Style does matter, but before we delve into why, we want to introduce our newest guest blogger, Laurie Brucker. She’ll be contributing great pieces of advice regarding style, empowerment, and fashion. And keep your eyes out on her site for René’s pieces, as well! So with that, we’ll let Laurie take it away!
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There is one thing I have learned in my life over and over again. Style matters. Not necessarily a specific fashion, but more so how you carry yourself in your clothes, which creates the style. Your style is your essence, your demeanor, your confidence, your pride, your stance, and your being. Throughout my life I have recognized its value in all kinds of ways. From discovering at Indiana University, in the Apparel Merchandising program, that I didn’t want to dress like everyone else—instead I wore vintage, mixed with modern pieces. Or when I was living in New York City as a fashion designer—unlike my colleagues I wore my heels TO the office and flats in the office. The streets became my runway! I wanted to be different. I wanted to express myself powerfully. I wanted to stand out. And with style I did just that.
When I started my business as an image consultant and launched LaurieBstyle, I found that this concept really came into play as I was stepping out into the world as an empowered entrepreneur. Having been a successful fashion designer for seven years, only to walk away from it all and go back to school to get a degree at FIT in Image Consulting, I felt like I was starting all over. It was a new beginning, and starting my own business was a whole new terrain. As I navigated that entrepreneurial road I continued to grow, learn, and acknowledge all the ways that style has affected my journey through and through. It is why what I teach to my clients is so practical. Style should be easy, not intimidating—and with my already robust expertise and my own personal practicality of how to make it effortless I created a formula for Stylepowerment. It’s not a concept I just teach. I walk my talk. Making sure I set the example for others to feel confident in their wardrobe, wear what is right for their body type, find timeless looks that work no matter what, and use style as a visual business card to enhance their business interactions and personal power. In working privately in closets all over Southern California, as well as via Skype across the country, I have stood witness to the power of what these tools and techniques can do. Watching my clients feel more confident about themselves, feel more inspired with their day to day wardrobe and then seeing them continue to grow and evolve into the people they’ve always dreamed of being. It is truly fulfilling to be apart of that journey.
There is a great quote from Yves Saint Laurent:
“Over the years I have learned that what is important in a dress is the woman who is wearing it.”
And he is 100% right. I think about that every day when I get dressed and when I dress my clients. It’s something I truly believe. YOU are the style. It’s really that simple, and it’s been my mission to light the way and guide women into seeing that powerful possibility for themselves as it enhances their lives and empowers their careers. We all deserve to feel confident with our wardrobe, don’t you think? So… what are you going to wear tomorrow?