Shopping for the wonderful women in your life is no simple task. That's why we're putting together our annual gift guide to help you find something she'll love - and remember for holiday seasons to come.
At Lily Winston, we cater seminars to businesses and institutions that ensure employees and students at all life-stages are using body language, personal image, etiquette, and ways of self-reflection that leave an unforgettably outstanding impression on others.
Happy Tuesday Everyone! Last week in our #CorporateCountdown, we discussed the differences between business professional and business casual wear. This week, we’re taking a step further by discussing how to incorporate your personal style within those – something everyone should feel confident doing!
Each new year, we celebrate a fresh beginning and an opportunity to change our lives for the better. New Year’s resolutions can be a motivating drive for change. So, how come we often break them after just weeks or even days? The truth is, resolutions are hard to keep. Lily Winston is here to help you stick to those new goals.
While you may have all of your shopping done, some may still be struggling to find that perfect gift for under the tree. We know how near and dear the women are to you in your life. So, this year Lily Winston decided to work in reverse. Instead of searching for a type of gift, try to focus on the type of womanyou’re shopping for. It can be much easier this way!
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The weeks surrounding the holiday season can bring a variety of emotions: joy, laughter, anxiety, and and stress. Gathering around with your coworkers and bosses at your annual holiday work party can bring all of these things to life.
There’s no denying the holiday season can bring about its own kind of stress. Often, the gift for a partner can be one that takes days of thought, frustration, and even doubt upon actually making a purchase!
This year, Lily Winston is here to help. This week, we are talking gift-giving to the man in your life.
With the cold months upon us, it is the perfect time to start reinventing your wardrobe for winter. From organizational tips to finding the perfect staple items, Lily Winston can provide you with the go-to-guide to staying fashionably warm all winter long.
In April, we wrote a blog post about the relevance of etiquette in our society. It is clear that etiquette has become lost in translation over time. In a professional setting, candidates lose the opportunity to make a favorable, lasting impression by disregarding simple steps in etiquette. At Lily Winston, we believe that the smallest of actions can have the greatest of impacts. And who knows, that impact may just be the key to securing a new job or receiving a promotion.
In today’s day and age, we are accustomed to sharing and interacting using our social media accounts. We publicize every aspect of our lives, whether it be the dinner recipe you made last night or photos from your family vacation last weekend. We post everything from our thoughts about celebrity red carpet looks to our political views. We have transitioned to a pattern of automatically posting when something interesting or new happens to us. But what we think of as harmless sharing with our friends and family can often be taken too far. When certain social media posts find their way into our professional life, consequences can be disastrous. Reputations can be damaged and positions can be taken away. It’s important to know what to post and what to keep to ourselves. Continue reading below to learn about five major mistakes that can downgrade you from social media expert to amateur.
We’ve heard it said that “money doesn’t buy class.” It’s true: the title of your job, amount on your paycheck, or status in society has no place when it comes to presenting yourself to others in a positive light.
Etiquette is not a reflection of your background or your financial security, it is simply the steps you take to make a favorable, lasting impression. Anyone can be taught etiquette; it is cost-free for you and priceless in the world of business. You become elevated with the proper etiquette. It is an effective tool in marketing yourself to others.
You can’t believe the price of the counterfeit Chanel bag you just bought. So the craftsmanship may not even be close to that of the actual purse, but all of your friends will believe you purchased the real deal. Only you’ll know the truth, and will it really bother you all that much?
In purchasing counterfeit bags, customers may be unknowingly supporting questionable organizations often responsible for the production and distribution of these goods. Economically, the sale of counterfeit designer products may result in the loss of jobs and revenue from original designers, as well as the possibility of these questionable organizations not complying with tax laws.
You may be hesitant to give in to the latest trend of boyfriend jeans. But with the right ensemble, these otherwise masculine, boxy jeans can give you an effortlessly chic and flattering look. Purchase these wide-legged pants cuffed and slightly distressed for the perfect look. Wear them with a classic pair of heels and a neutral sweater or blazer for a unique business casual look.
THE SKINNY JEAN
Love them or hate them, the skinny jean is here to stay. In a dark wash, the skinny jean can be the perfect item to pair with a leather jacket or blazer for a professional look. For a more business causal dress code, try a tunic or over-sized sweater accompanied by a pair of heeled booties. Or, dress the jean down with a simple tee and a pair of flats or ankle boots.
THE STRAIGHT LEG JEAN
Keep your closet stocked with the jean that will never go out of style. This timeless pair of jeans is best worn with a pair of flats or ankle boots. Complete the look with an elegant blouse, sweater, or blazer for a simple and sophisticated look.
THE FLARE JEAN
With everyone seemingly obsessed with the skinny jean look, your flare jeans may have ended up buried in the back of your closet. Pull them out! If styled correctly, they’ll give your ensemble a chic edge. For a professional and tasteful look, wear dark wash jeans with a sweater underneath a long pea coat or a simple staple top. Heels are a necessity.
THE DENIM BUTTON DOWN
Dress it up or dress it down; the denim button down is easily one of the most versatile pieces you can own.
Stay cool this season with the latest trend of white on white. Head-to-toe white has the potential to give you a modern, fresh look as you step into spring. Unsure as to how to wear this season’s daring trend? Lily Winston breaks down the runway to help you white-out your spring wardrobe.
Spring is finally here! Not only can we say hello to warm weather, but to a whole new wardrobe. It’s time to put away those scarves and sweaters and shop this season’s trendiest items to incorporate into your spring closet. While a new fashion season can seem overwhelming, the Lily Winston team has put together a list of the top trends to make your transition easy!
What is so attractive about the relatively new activewear trend that has so rapidly become prominent in just about every modern woman’s wardrobe? And more importantly, what is the correct way to wear it? At Lily Winston, we believe it is absolutely crucial for the busiest and most tenacious of working women to seize the same benefits as the rest of the world and wear something that is pleasantly comfortable, yet inspires confidence and is just as fabulous as the women wearing it. Athleisure provides women with just that. Not only can the style be worn casually in their own home and working out at the gym, but women can wear the fashion when shopping for groceries, running errands, walking the dog, even grabbing lunch with friends…as long as it’s done right.
This month, we are challenging you to discover your inner beauty and to love yourself for who you are, inside and out. It is so easy for women to lose themselves in the hustle and bustle of everyday life and the unyielding modern media glorifying the “perfect” woman. However, a stick thin body, thousands of dollars spent on plastic surgery, and a head to toe closet full of designer labels are not what make a woman perfect. What makes a woman truly beautiful is her smile, her laugh, her confidence, her passion. Happiness is what makes a woman beautiful, and that is what we want you to find by following our top seven ways to look and feel beautiful in your own skin, each and every day.
Our goal is take to care of our bodies by staying hydrated. How do we do it? By bringing a reusable water bottle wherever we go! You would never guess just how many health benefits water has. 1. Re-energizes. Feeling drowsy? It may be a sign that you are dehydrated. Swap your cup of coffee out for a bottle of water!
We know that you’re beautiful and we want you to know it too! Follow these daily steps to boost your self-confidence. 1. Dress to impress. Your attire influences how you carry yourself. Wear something you feel best in, and you will naturally display more confidence when interacting with others.
There is often a certain negative connotation associated with the pantsuit. The mere utterance of the phrase sends men cringing. So what is it about the pantsuit that is so unappealing to men? Should we apologize for not finding comfort in a closet full of suffocating, yet apparently attractive, skirts and dresses? For wanting to, occasionally, experience the ease and flexible movement with which men’s clothing offers? For feeling an ounce of power in defying conformity and being taken seriously like any woman in a position of authority? Hilary Clinton is rarely seen without a pantsuit, and she is certainly not apologizing to anyone. But suppose you do not aspire to lead a lifestyle commensurate to Hilary’s. Suppose you dream of creating your own legend as inspiring working woman with both respectable status and covetable feminine allure? Suppose I know just how you can make that dream a reality… Step 1: Put your slacks to the side for the first time in your life. You are about to make a power statement in a pantsuit.
For years, they have been by my side, remaining loyal and accommodating, supportive and magnanimous. They have seen me laugh. They have seen me cry. They have witnessed my failures, and they can vouch for my successes. No matter the occasion, they stand by me without judgment. They push me to look and feel my best and never cloud my sparkle. There are very few people in my life who possess such qualities. But I am not referring to people.
This past week I caught up with Wendy Bryant Gow of Lily Winston. Wendy is an amazing woman, she has great style and enthusiasm. Wendy and her team are committed to helping people achieve their best as they work with clients as their image consultant and suits their individual needs.
During this Women in Transition Workshop you will be surrounded by experts in the fields of fashion/style consulting, hair and makeup, weight management, as well as a certified professional coach. The main goal of this event is to help women master their confidence and beauty from the inside out.
Opening a clothes closet can be intimidating. Our closets are filled with possibilities, but finding the right outfit can be difficult due to disorganization and clutter. Our team of organizers and wardrobe stylists with Lily Winston assess the problems and implement a plan to edit your wardrobe, eliminate the clutter, and arrange your closet in a way that makes it accessible and inviting. The result will be a welcoming closet that allows you to more readily dress, without all of the usual stress, by easily mixing and matching what is clearly laid out before you. “So,” you may ask, “how do I get started?”
One of the most frequent dilemmas that cause women to shy away from fashion is not being able to dress their body type. Have you ever walked into a department store and wished you could turn and run since there are so many options that can make you easily overwhelmed? Well, it is time to put away those running-away shoes and strap on ones that will match a perfectly fitted outfit that will make you feel confident and empowered! This might sound easier said than done, right? The first step in being able to find pieces that will fit your body type is discovering what body type you actually have. Once you know what items to look for you will no longer feel helpless when walking into a store. With this in mind, here are the four main body types that might be more difficult to dress. The first one is the top-heavy figure, the bottom-heavy figure, the apple-shaped figure and flat-chested figure. In the words of Coco Chanel, “Fashion is architecture; it is all about proportions.” With the correct tips, you can turn any of your problem areas into the ideal body image that you would like to show off!
It’s a common misconception that the only people who need styling or wardrobe assistance are celebrities. Truth be told, everyone can benefit from an image consultation! Whether you’re a high profile professional, someone in the public eye, or a stay at home Mom, Lily Winston is here to help. As image consultants our objective is to create an effortless transformation into the best possible you with our team of expert stylists. Gone are the days when only the fashion elite are privy to our full range of advice, tips, and services. With fashion becoming such a mainstream entity, everyone is exposed to the latest trends and the hottest designers, but what “Bravo” and “TLC” don’t show you is all the extra prep and time that goes into creating these looks. Very few people roll out of bed, spend an hour at the mall, and walk out looking flawless. It takes time, money, knowledge, and planning. We understand that in today’s busy environment, our clients have jobs and lives and so often have neither the time or abilities necessary to devote to their appearance. We make your life easier and functional while helping you develop your personal style and building your staple wardrobe. As your image consultants, we do just that, we consult you on your image. But we do more than just the basics. We de clutter your closet, re organize your wardrobe and create a classic wardrobe that is built around your life, wants, and needs. We'll help you understand and translate the fashion of today’s world and give you the options you crave on a budget you can afford. Unlike the Rachel Zoes and June Ambroses of the world we do more than dress you for an event; we dress you for your life. We give you beauty tips and hair options to help elevate you to your personal best.
"I retained Wendy to update my professionally conservative, subdued and boring Japanese style to a more sophisticated Western direction. It has been a truly eye-opening experience, and the impact completely exceeded my expectations. My wife and I have become big fans and supporters of Wendy. Her image and style advice have transformed my portfolio of clothes, shoes and accessories to better reflect my personal and professional personality and accomplishments. Through our sessions and conversations over the past year, my wife and I have learned a great deal about fashion trends and classic styles, including what works best for me and why. For the first time in my life, I realize wearing clothes which I genuinely love really boosts my confidence and performance in business situations and happiness in my daily life. I receive lots of positive feedback - especially in Tokyo with clients, colleagues, family and friends since working with Wendy. The ROI was a significant plus for me. Wendy is the consummate professional, supportive and a pleasure to work with! I strongly recommend her!"
“We wanted to hold a special and unique training session for our large HR Service Center team who had been through a lot of change over the past year. We wanted it to be informative, educational, fun and personal. We worked with Wendy to design a workshop covering business etiquette, first impressions and professional image. The full-day workshop was a great success as it hit all the points we were looking for. Everyone learned some great etiquette techniques for a wide variety of business situations ranging from the office environment to entertaining situations. Everyone learned first impression tips and techniques for meeting and working with a wide range of employees and customers. And we learned the real but often overlooked value of professional image as Wendy and her team taught useful techniques for looking your best for appearance, hair, makeup for the women, and skin care for all. Wendy and her team even completed a number of mini-makeovers to show how small changes and techniques can build self-confidence. Everyone left the workshop feeling confident with some new tricks for looking, feeling, and acting their best. It was a great day and a great reward for the team.”
Steve Sutton, Director & Regional Delivery Manager, Volvo Group University
"I’ve been a stay-at-home mom for the past thirteen years. A year and a half ago I started my own business and recently found myself in desperate need of a wardrobe upgrade to fit into my new lifestyle. I decided I just didn’t have the time and energy to invest into what it would take to put a wardrobe together, so I hired Wendy as my stylist. Little did I know how brilliant that decision would become. First of all, she totally “got” me from the beginning. She completely understood my style, what I like, my needs, everything. She made putting a wardrobe together so easy and effortless that at this point I can’t ever imagine doing any of my own clothes shopping going forward without her. The best part, though, came as a complete surprise. Shortly after Wendy helped me, I started getting compliments on how I looked, everywhere I went, and I mean EVERYWHERE. Even to this day when I put on something she helped pick out I get stopped on the street by complete strangers and complimented. Recently my husband and thirteen year old son and I took a trip to Charleston, SC. Every day I got compliments, but on most days I would have someone stop me to compliment my outfit or look about every hour or so. Can you imagine? It was so insane my husband and son got to the point that they said they felt like they were with a celebrity! It was crazy. But I owe it all to Wendy. She is an expert at what she does and is spot on when it comes to styling clients. The fact that she is a lovely person to work with is just icing on the cake."
"Your work with me on my wardrobe has completely changed my appearance and substantially increased my self-confidence! The pieces that you helped me find and purchase were the foundation for a new wardrobe and a new look that has served me very well over the past few months. With your inspiration, I gutted my closet and started afresh and now I have a much less packed closet but, ironically, much more to wear! Most days I need to look fairly corporate but on my patient care days, I have ample options to look comfortable and approachable. It is nice to have both options!"
Susan M. Pollart, MD, MS, Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Faculty Development, University of Virginia School of Medicine
"Wendy is a fantastic image consultant and interior designer/organizer! Along with her team, Wendy helped this clueless full-time professional thirty-something bachelor not only select and organize his wardrobe; his interior furnishings; a complete bathroom renovation; and de-cluttered my entire home to create a manageable, clean, sophisticated look and environment. Wendy was inquisitive about me, my personality, and my goals to help select a wardrobe and home environment that would suit me rather than try to satisfy any temporary fad. They worked within the constraints of my budget, including me in every step of the thought process, and allaying all of my fears of forever being forced to “chase trends” and constantly buy new clothes/furniture to keep up with whatever new transient style that was being hawked by a magazine or some fashion guru. They helped me create a clean, organized, and stylish wardrobe AND home environment that satisfied my desire for "low maintenance" and "practical", yet still have class, sophistication and longevity. I enthusiastically recommend Wendy for anyone, male or female, looking for help with their wardrobe and home!"
"Recently retired, on the top of my “to-do’s” was having a flexible, casual wardrobe for traveling and clothes that were accessorized. I have this now and MUCH more after working with Wendy and her associates. My new stylish, high quality pieces are adaptable for different occasions and climates. Everything works together: the jackets, jewelry, scarves, and handbags, etc. She encouraged me to buy colors and fits that I never thought looked good on me. Besides being so talented and fashion-forward, Wendy finds good value for her clients. She is generous with her time, fun and so easy to work with. I love everything she selects for me. No more stress of shopping and wasted money on things that don’t go together. I now enjoy looking into my closet and finding something great to wear. "
"I have the good fortune to have a wonderful daughter and husband who learned about your magic and gave a Lily-Winston styling experience to me for Christmas. I have lived all these years with really not finding my style, or “personal brand” as you aptly say. And on top of it, in 2011, I was diagnosed with breast cancer and went through 2 surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation treatment. I found that the physical recovery actually takes less time than the mental recovery and necessity to find and maintain a positive mindset. I can attest to how one’s self-image suffers having had a mastectomy and hair falling out…it’s hard to feel pretty or attractive, much less stylish. My daughter and husband have watched me try to grapple with this “new normal.” Enter Lily-Winston… I loved our first meeting so you could learn more about my preferences and lifestyle to be better able to select some clothes for a new me. I loved that when you went to Saks in Atlanta that you spent time looking for special pieces at special prices for me. It was very exciting to meet you at Nordstrom, and to widen the selection of possible outfits with your choices from there as well. After hours of feeling pampered in a large dressing room, including a lovely lunch at the Bistro, we had an amazing NEW look for me, from shoes to jeans that were not “dungarees” to beautiful flowing sweaters with silky tops and lingerie...be gone cotten underwear! Next step, hair transformation. I used to have a full head of curly, thick hair. After chemo, it came back rather straight and thin. You don’t realize that something is so tied to your own identity until it’s gone or different. By far, the cut and color I received from Ajido were the best I have ever experienced…and that includes stylists in New York and London. Last step, make-up. The wonderful afternoon at Saks experiencing the Trish McEvoy line at lunch with the group of your interesting clients has truly provided the finishing touch. I feel like a new person, transformed and back to my real self (only with a better look than ever before). Funny that clothes and an outward appearance could have such an impact on one’s mindset. Beyond the styling experience, it has been a pleasure to get to know you. I would recommend your wonderful services to anyone, anytime, anywhere. Thank you Wendy."
"My shopping experience with Wendy felt like 100 tons had been lifted off my back. Never again would I stand in the middle of a department store and wonder which direction to turn, what to try on and what to buy. Wendy helped me select items for my new wardrobe that have elevated my image, my confidence and my potential for success in business. I have been armed with a new personal and professional outlook. All the stress and decision making about every aspect of my wardrobe has been transferred. Now I can concentrate on what I do well, my job at home and in the field. Not only have I found renewed strength and motivation, but my customers have specifically asked me “what’s new about you?” – they have taken note, and my new image has made a positive and professional impression. I couldn’t ask for more. Thank you Wendy, I am truly grateful. I am looking forward to our next season of shopping."
Holly S. Thomas, Pharmaceutical Sales Representative
"While transitioning from a full time corporate job to an outside counsel job and finally to almost real retirement, I found I had overflowing closets, but couldn’t find anything suitable to wear. An acquaintance suggested that I contact firstname.lastname@example.org for help with organizing my closets. Wendy came over to my home and helped review what I had. With her help, we organized the stuff into outfits and seasons. Slowly, albeit painfully, I’m finally giving up outfits and pieces that are no longer useful, either because of fit or because their function doesn’t match my current lifestyle. Wendy is now helping me shop to fill in the gaps and still comes over 2-4 times a year to make sure I’m on track and help create new and interesting outfit combinations. Having her help me shop is really great because through her I have access to a team of professionals and to stores not in the area without having to go on tiring and expensive shopping trips to Atlanta or New York. I’m currently looking forward to her new venture into creating a ‘Virtual Closet’ so I can easily review my current outfits."
"Just wanted you to know that I get compliments on my new wardrobe wherever I go! The clothes you selected are a delight - classic yet stylish, flattering to both my physique and my personality. Wearing them gives me confidence that I make a positive first impression which is critical to my business success; this has been a great investment. It has been such a pleasure working with you and your associates - you made me feel so at ease. I will see you soon as my 25th high school reunion is a few months away and I know you can make me look like a million dollars!"
Amy A. Germuth, Founder and President, EvalWorks, LLC
"Wendy Gow was the gift that keeps giving! I reached out to Wendy to offer as a birthday gift to my wife, Kathleen, last year. Wendy truly made me look like a hero. She met with Kathleen and they instantly hit it off. I think Wendy has that sort of personality, to make anybody comfortable and feel good about themselves to open up to the possibility that fashion choices can bring out the natural beauty in a person and bring out their best attributes. Even with us living in Greensboro , with the shopping choices so much better in the Triangle, Kathleen looks at her trips to see Wendy as mini-retreats. From my conversations with Kathleen, Wendy takes a very holistic approach, starting with who the client is, what’s currently in their closet and what the client does on a daily basis, which avoids cookie-cutter solutions. She recognizes that each client is like a snowflake, with needs and objectives that are different. Kathleen now is sporting a new hair style and wearing make-up, clothes and an attitude that fit her both her personality and the current year. It has been a real confidence booster. Kathleen now shops with Wendy’s “eye” and “admonitions” in mind. I don’t want to overstate it, but it really was the best birthday gift I have given in years."
"I used to think that I was a great shopper...until I met Wendy. Now, I can't imagine shopping without her. I have a demanding career and I'm the mother of a young child, so I need a wardrobe that does triple duty: a sophisticated professional wardrobe for my work with executives and clients, a business casual wardrobe for my casual days in the office, and a stylish weekend wardrobe that can stand the abuse of a 6-month old. Wendy has helped me put all of this together, and has taught me how to mix and match various pieces for maximum versatility. Also, now that Wendy knows what sizes and styles suit me, she searches the country for the best items for me, often bringing me pieces from New York, Atlanta, etc. This service is invaluable - not only do I get great items that are not available in my local stores but I don't even have to leave my house - Wendy brings the clothes to me and I can shop in the privacy of my own living room."
Alison Fragale, Ph.D., Professor, Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina
"With three children, a demanding job and countless pulls on my time, I'd long neglected my professional attire. Wendy worked with me to rebuild my wardrobe, giving me a professional image to match the success and position I've earned in my career. Not only that, she's made it fun and easyPacking for overnight business trips used to be a chore. Wendy's made it a breeze to pull outfits together and get packed in a snap."
Kristen Aleksa, Associate Vice President, Trizetto
"I cannot thank you enough for the amazing experience I had shopping with you. You have truly given me the confidence I need to be a strong woman. Now I know how to look sophisticated and classy with a punch of fun colors. Your associates were amazing and made me feel like a beautiful woman. Thank you for the time you spent with me and the considerations you put in ahead of time. I cannot wait to see you again."
"What a treat to hear Wendy Bryant Gow present fashion up-dates to the Raleigh Professional Women's Forum and Friends of the Wake County Bar Association! Wendy's knowledge about current trends as well as fashion "know how" in wardrobe building are of interest to all savvy women. Her easy going style and enthusiasm strikes a great balance as she answers questions from her audiences. She is the epitome of style herself and an incentive to all women to seek an individual style of their own."
Margaret N. Steed, Wardrobe Consultant, Doncaster by Tanner
"Wendy, I so appreciate your expertise in assisting me with my business attire. I can't tell you when I have been so excited and felt so empowered. I was anxious at first, but you and your associates completely put me at ease. The clothes that you selected are so beautiful and sophisticated. There is simply no way I could have chosen these clothes on my own, but your thoughtful selections made me feel like you could read my mind. Spending the day with you is a treasured memory, much like being with friends and family. Your services have totally exceeded my expectations. I recommend your services, without reservation, to anyone who seeks genuine advice on building a wardrobe."
"Wendy has taken my sense of style to a fresher, more sophisticated level. She has helped me to look with a discerning eye for the colors, fabrics and silhouettes that feel most like who I am. We are building a wardrobe of beautiful pieces that will stand the test of time- and we are doing it within a budget that feels comfortable."
"After 20 years as a broadcast journalist, I'd grown weary of the polyester "anchor uniforms" that are commonplace on nightly newscasts. Wendy introduced a new world of designers and styles to my closet, without breaking the bank. She helped me realize I didn't have to wear a dark blazer every night to be credible. She also conquered the television challenge: how to keep the camera from adding 10 pounds! Wendy updated my wardrobe with classic pieces and a few fun, contemporary items. They not only fit better; they're much more flattering both on camera and in person. I feel confident in the clothes she found for me and know I can present a credible and fashionable front whether I'm hosting my community affairs program or giving a speech. Wendy's talent and enthusiasm make her a pleasure to work with. She clearly loves what she does."
"Saks Fifth Avenue, Raleigh has worked with Wendy Bryant Gow in her capacity as a Fashion Stylist and Writer and as a Personal Stylist for her private clientele, since the store's opening in September 2004. We have always found Wendy's standards and selections reflective of her impeccable taste and knowledge of fashion. Due to her status in the Region as a Fashion Commentator, we have invited her to attend all our prestigious Fashion Shows and Trend presentations. Furthermore, in recognition of her personal integrity, Wendy has been given unique permission to borrow merchandise for fashion photo shoots and presentations on an as needed basis. Therefore, Wendy Bryant Gow comes with Saks Fifth Avenue, Raleigh's unreserved recommendation."
Teresa Roberson, General Manager, Saks Fifth Avenue
"Wendy, you are a genius! Thanks to you and your talented team of professionals (Ajido, my hair has never looked better), I looked and felt fabulous during my recent trip abroad. The number of people who thought I was European...I lost count. Most people thought I was French! I even had Europeans compliment my style. You made me like to shop. I NEVER thought I'd say that!"
"Wendy develops and builds lasting relationships! First of all, she understands healthy interpersonal relationships to collaboratively define goals. She understands the relationship of keeping classic "old friends" while energizing an image or look with new finds. Wendy's positive energy also promotes a healthy self image and relationship with one's personal style. She has visual "perfect pitch" and is a joy to have in your closet and life!"
Christina S. Winter, Ed.D., PMP®, Highmark Companies
"If milk is good for your body, Wendy is good for your image! With a few minor changes here and there, people immediately noticed a difference in my appearance. While I wish she was with me every time I shop, I've taken her tips to heart. This has saved me time and money. I now have a flattering wardrobe that can be put together effortlessly, is interchangeable, and classy. Wendy worked within my budget and pushed me just a little outside my comfort zone in the name of fashion, which ended up being a good thing! I never felt I was pressured to accept every single suggestion. Trust her and you will look and feel fabulous!"
"Wendy guided me from looking okay to looking my very best. She taught me how to choose classic pieces with style, quality, value and consistency. Her goal was to have all my choices look spectacular and work together -- and she achieved that. I get dressed in an instant and know that I look fabulous. And best of all, I've saved time and money. She never advised me to buy anything that didn't work with multiple pieces. I have a classic, sophisticated and professional wardrobe. I am very conservative with my money, and never in a million years would have thought I would spend money on an image consultant. But now I would not consider NOT taking advantage of Wendy’s services."
"I met Wendy my sophomore year in college with the intention of transforming my wardrobe to reflect a more mature, professional, and respectful image in preparation of future interviews and internships. It’s now been about three years and I have successfully worked with Wendy through acceptance of my first job after graduation! I have always received compliments from fellow employees about the professionalism and fashion-forwardness of my work attire. In fact, a CEO leaving an adjacent building at the end of a work day told me I looked like a million bucks and the good news traveled back to my bosses. It was a great feeling to know I’m sending a positive message about the company when outside the office. Overall, what I like most about working with Wendy is that she respects my budget, preferences and decisions. Her wealth of knowledge and admirable personality make working with her fun and exciting! Ultimately, I will continue to work with her and certainly will recommend any of my friends, colleagues and family members to her!"
"I read an article about Wendy and knew this was a person I needed to meet. My closet was full of clothes and shoes and I never had anything to wear. Wendy came to the beach and spent an afternoon sorting, organizing and packing for charity donations. We then met for a shopping trip in the Triangle and what a treat! I didn't feel like I was working with a professional stylist, but with a friend who has really great style. After just one afternoon shopping with Wendy, I love my wardrobe again and feel so much better about my fashion style."
"I started working with Wendy in the spring of 2011, having recently transferred with my company to North Carolina from Wisconsin. While my style was technically appropriate for my workplace, I noticed that most employees dressed more formally relative to the Wisconsin office. My manager advised improving my wardrobe for my new position, a suggestion I took to heart and attempted to do on my own. However, having met with limited success on my own, I decided to seek out professional help and found Wendy via the internet. Here I was clueless, thankfully Wendy knew exactly where to start, asking about me, what I was doing now, looking at my existing wardrobe, taking notes regarding what I had, what I lacked, and what I had that was out of style or more importantly did not fit correctly. After this meeting, she observed my real problem was not so much what I wore (although that too could be improved), but rather that I owned little if anything that fit correctly. We then scheduled a second meeting, this time at a local mall to shop. I was impressed by several things: First, we went to several stores and at each one Wendy had an existing relationship with sales people in seemingly every clothing department. Second, she was patient, taking the time to explain why she thought a particular color or style would look good on me. Finally, Wendy took me out of normal styles and colors, bringing me things that were more bold than I would have chosen on my own. Although she steered me toward more bold colors, Wendy also guided me toward classic styles that I will be able to wear for years and away from trendy pieces that might have looked dated next season. The results - my new wardrobe looks fresh, fits well and most importantly, I look and feel more professional and confident in my workplace. In autumn 2011, my wife and I were invited to several weddings and additionally both of us generally needed fall/winter professional attire. My previous experience with Wendy had gone so well that we decided to contact her again. The experience was as good the second time as it was first! When I need style advice in the future, I will not hesitate to call on Wendy and in fact have passed her name onto several friends. She is fun to work with, professional, knowledgeable and takes the intimidation out of shopping."