Hi, I'm Jane Liddelow of Style Makeover HQ and your personal image guide!
I am a TAIC certified professional Image Consultant (see below) and a member of the Association of Image Consultants International (AICI).
It is my privilege and passion to help men and women, just like you, find their best look and improve their confidence.
The outer image we portray has such a powerful effect on our lives. It can either help us achieve our goals and dreams or it can sabotage our efforts.
It really is so important to periodically assess our outer image. We need to ensure that the image we portray is still in step with our inner image and is appropriate for our lifestyle and how we want to be seen.
Having been through quite a few lifestyle changes over the years I've had the need to re-assess my own image many times. My lifestyle changes have included a number of major relocations (England to Australia to England, London then Cambridge, to the USA, Seattle then San Francisco, to Australia, Perth to Sydney) and several career changes (including: Wedding and Event Planner, IT Business Analyst and now, Image Consultant).
I'm now finally settled in beautiful Avalon on Sydney's Northern Beaches and I'm passionate about my work as an Image Consultant.
I wouldn't call myself a born style guru. For me it was something I've learned. And because of this I'm well placed to teach others how to look their very best.
Before I became interested in learning about image I mostly got it right, but not always. When I did I received compliments. Sometimes I wore the right color for me, sometimes the right style and sometimes both. That's when the compliments really flowed! And I'd wear the outfit to death. However, I still didn't know exactly what it was that I'd got right. Just that the outfit made me feel good and that I received compliments on how I looked.
Then, 20 years or so ago, just after I'd finished university, I stumbled onto color analysis. I think it was through Amway's "Color Me Beautiful". It made me realise that typically I was wearing the wrong colors. I had a group color analysis from an Amway consultant. Then I decided I needed more help. So I researched Image Consultants and made an appointment to have both my colors and my styles assessed by a professional.
It completely changed the colors I wear. I went from wearing black and white and pastel colors (so wrong on me) to wearing autumn colors such as olive green and burnt orange. And I've never looked back -- there's no black or white in my wardrobe (though since my training I now know how I could wear these colors if I really wanted to)!
My styles were less of a surprise. At that time I was making all my own clothes, due to being a poor student. And I generally knew what suited me. It was only when I ventured away from the styles I knew that I made the occasional mistake. When I saw a picture in a magazine of a model wearing an outfit I liked, in a style I didn't normally wear, that's when I could get it very wrong!
The beauty of knowing which styles suit you is that when you want to try a new look that's in fashion it takes the guess work out of whether the style will look good on you.
Over the years I have helped family and friends find their colors and styles by taking them to image consultants. Then I decided to become an Image Consultant myself! I've discovered there's so much more to it than just knowing your best colors and styles. My job is to provide you with the information in a way that makes it easy to understand and to put into practice.
My trainer and mentor is Ann Reinten of Image Innovators. Ann's course is accredited with the AICI (the professional international image consulting organisation), which is one of the reasons why I chose her course. I gained my certification in September 2007 and have been providing image consulting services ever since. I love my work! It's so much fun!
I love helping men and women like you improve your feelings of self worth and confidence by guiding you through the various aspects of how to dress well and look great.
I hope you will let me help you create your new look and get the style confidence you would like either in-person, here in Sydney, or remotely via email (for information on my services click here).
Feel free to contact me with your style makeover questions, or feedback on my website. I'd love to hear from you.