56Network She I Autumn/Winter 2012Launched by Stephanie Roper in 2011 The Wardrobe Angel re-styles, re-works and re-sells your clothes. Stephanie says she wanted to offer a new perspective on women's clothes."I see clothes as an investment. I re-style, re-work and re-sell clients' clothes making it the ultimate cost effective, money making service for busy women." said Stephanie. Her business is supported by Jacqueline Gold and PR guru Lynne Franks who says, "Stephanie is offering such a well-needed service at Wardrobe Angel where busy women like me can get our clothes sorted out in a way we never have time for, and actually get rid of what we don't need in a way that will bring us an income." Stephanie uses a unique wardrobe labelling system to ensure her clients save time each time they dress. So where did The Wardrobe Angel come from? Stephanie explains: "Well, with over seven years working on the shopfloor for some of the high streets biggest hitters, I know how to shop a shop and style a style. After graduating from Nottingham University I won a coveted place on the Marks & Spencer graduate trainee scheme. There I discovered my flair for Visual Merchandising where I was trained in everything from styling and window installation to shop floor layouts. From M&S I moved to H&M and New Look, my career highlight being VM Manager of the flagship H&M store on Oxford Circus. My motto is 'Time Saved, Money Made.' I use my twitter feed to give my top fashion and retailing tips and my blog covers retail from a shopfloor perspective: how to; shop a sale, how to; find what you are looking for, how to; complain and get a result. I also do event speaking at ladies networking and for the Womens Institute. Knowledge is power and in the current economic climate every penny counts; I want women to feel empowered when they shop not baffled and disappointed. So what interests me about fashion? If you had met me when I was 11 I wouldn't have said a lot - I was a tomboy and hated wearing dresses. But the seeds of a career in fashion were sown really young - my Mum remembers I was very opinionated about what I would and wouldn't wear when I hit the age of two and that attitude hasn't changed! The thing I love about my field is it's ability to be devisive yet inclusive at the same time - which looks are on-trend, what's a 'must have', what is in fashion, what's out. I love educating my clients about fashion then teaching them about style. My job is a balancing act on the tightrope between fashion and style; I want all my clients to The Wardrobe Angel goes where many of us fear to go.into the closet to sort out your clothes.Where angels DON'T FEAR to treadStephanie Roper
have wearable, workable wardrobes which are on-trend without being 'trendy'. What I relish is the opportunity to create individual looks for them and give them the tools to continue to grow their own sense of style long after I have left them. The biggest compliment and the most frequent feedback I receive from clients is that I have given them confidence. How awesome is that."I love educating my clients about fashion then teaching them about style. My job is a balancing act on the tightrope between fashion and style.www.networkshe.com57How to make your wardrobe work for youIncrease your wardrobe wearability. You will be surprised how many outfits you can create out of what you already own. Tops especially can be worn two or three ways you just need to use accessories such as belts and tights to create different looks. Invest in a simple shift dress - this can be layered up or down, is great when you are feeling bloated and will work in summer and winter. Plus it is a great item for day-to-night dressing. Make your wardrobe manageable. Separate your key work wardrobe items from your casual and event clothes. Instead of dealing with your whole wardrobe you are dealing with a small section so it's more manageable. Some items are great dual purpose items (a suit jacket can be worn with jeans and flats for a great weekend outfit) but keeping certain items separate will make it easier to spot gaps. Accessorise, accessorise, accessorise. Loop necklaces, bracelets and scarves over the hanger and save yourself some much needed time in the morning. Break glass in case of emergency. Have another option. Mine is my little black dress which I can wear umpteen ways. You always need a back-up in case you spill coffee down your front, get deodorant down your side, or find a rip down your back. Fashion comes in all shapes and sizes. Remove size cubes from hangers: don't worry about what size retailers think you are.