That’s great – except that I have nothing to wear! I have three quite traditional suits, one is definitely a winter suit and it’s been far too hot for it. Another is really starting to look very tired, not surprising since I’ve had it for about 5 years now. The third is currently in the dry cleaners and has already made it to the interviews I’ve done so far. Time for a new suit.
I popped into Brown Thomas last week to look for a new suit. After an hour or so of looking I was… shock and horror… getting bored. So I decided to see if BT has a personal shopping service. I went down to the information desk to ask about it.
The women’s wear person was on a break so the men’s wear guy came to see me – he shook my hand and explained how it all works. He said that it’s a totally free service and there’s absolutely no obligation. Then the women’s wear girl came back so I had a quick meeting with her where I described what I was looking for and gave her my size. She booked me if for Thursday afternoon.
Thursday came around and I went to the personal shopping suite. There was a large room with racks at one end and huge three way mirrors and a couple of lounge chairs. Sharon had a half dozen suits ready for me to try on in the huge changing area. I tried a couple on and we discussed what I did and didn’t like about them. We also discussed budget. She then disappeared (brought me some tea) and went to find more.
Over the course of the next hour I tried on about 30 suits all up. Included were suits from Vivienne Westwood and Paul Smith – one of the Paul Smith suits was navy pinstriping with skin tight pants, very 60’s – all it needed was the winkle-picker shoes! Surprisingly it looked awesome on me 🙂 Showed off my figure perfectly, but was perhaps a little out there for the average financial institution.
In the end I decided on a Moschino Cheap and Chic suit in brown. It’s got all sorts of tweed and pinstriping type panels, so the unusual type detailing that I love. It comes with a pencil skirt – they didn’t have my size in skirt so they brought in the company tailor who pinned up a larger one and will size it down to fit me perfectly at no extra cost. The jacket is shown in the picture here.
As I was finishing up with the tailor Sharon brought in about 20 pairs of jeans for the next client – what a fabulous idea! I’d recommend personal shopping if you have something quite definite in mind to buy. I’m sure I’ll be using the service again too!