I first met Jacqui in December 2012 when I was 30. I did a Google search for a colour and style coach and as soon as I came across Jacqui’s website I knew she was ‘the one’. When I approached Jacqui, I was after a quick fix. I wanted to know what colours I should be wearing and that’s all I thought I needed. Once I arrived at Jacqui’s studio in Huddersfield with my suitcase of clothes, it quickly became apparent that I needed a style consultation too.
The initial thought of working with a style coach seemed extravagant and slightly materialistic. I wasn’t a celebrity, on TV or in a customer-facing role but I was looking for help because deep down I wanted to feel better about myself. Every time I walked into a shop, I was overwhelmed. I didn’t know where to start. I had no idea what suited me in terms of colour or style.
Every time I looked in my wardrobe, the old Jane was staring back at me. I had nothing to wear that suited me or that I felt good in. I wasn’t a student anymore, or a dancer. I was now a professional woman in my 30s working in an office job I didn’t love with black being my choice of colour.
I felt lost and depressed. I didn’t know who I was anymore and it reflected in my choice of colour, clothes and make up. I didn’t realise the colours and patterns we choose to wear (or not) are a reflection of how we’re feeling.
I expected the work I did with Jacqui to be an overnight fix, but I later learned that any true transformation takes time. I never expected my colour coach to become my life coach, but that’s how deep this work goes. It’s more than just knowing what colours and styles suit you. It’s a way of working out who you are now and who you want to be.
I’m eternally grateful for meeting Jacqui, she set me off on a journey where I began to release the best that’s within me
I still wanted to dress in a sexy way and Jacqui helped me to make it classy and confident at the same time. She started me off on a ‘journey’ that continues today. It isn’t a case of finding yourself, it’s a way of releasing yourself, or releasing the best that’s within you.
Now I can walk into any shop and the bombardment of loud music and the amount of clothes doesn’t distract me. Neither does buying into what people think I should be wearing or how they think I should look.
I confidently walk into shops now, armed with my colour chart and have clarity about my style. I know the right colours for me, ‘soft, warm and deep’ so these pieces jump out. The second part is checking if the item is my style. It’s a way of quickly narrowing down the choices. It makes being in the changing room a pleasant experience because when I go to try the clothes on, I instinctively now know if they are right for me by how I feel.
I now don’t waste money buying the wrong clothes and have them sit in my wardrobe gathering dust. I’m also not part of the fast fashion culture because the pieces in my wardrobe are good quality and timeless. What seems like an indulgent expense at the outset has become one of the best investments I’ve ever made.
After experiencing the benefit of having a coach myself, I decided to retrain and I qualified as a life coach in 2015. I’m currently on maternity leave writing my first book, helping others to release their highest self without the same distractions, delays and deliberations which held me back for much longer than necessary.
I’m eternally grateful for meeting Jacqui, she set me off on a journey where I began to release the best that’s within me. It’s now my mission to help others in the same way. Now I’m a mum, I’m going to use every tool Jacqui taught me to remain confident, sexy and classy, even when I’m on the school run.