For the past five weeks, I’ve been Elaine’s intern at Simply Chic Styling. When I started on the first day, I had no idea what to expect. I ended up having a really great hands-on experience since Elaine always found a way to keep me involved. I’ve been to client sessions, filmed and edited content, written blog posts, and helped pre-select and style outfits. The five weeks flew by, but in that time I learned a lot!
The first time Elaine sent me off into a store to select items for a client, I kind of freaked ouT. I hadn’t met this client yet, so I really only knew her size. The clothing options were overwhelming and I was worried I would bring back the “wrong” clothes to the dressing room. Eventually, I managed to scrounge together a bunch of items since I didn’t want to return empty-handed. I assumed the client would hate every single one, but after she tried on all the pieces we chose, she ended up purchasing a few things I had picked out for her. After this shopping session, I realized that the consequences of making a mistake are often not as severe as they might seem. If I pick something that a client doesn’t like, the worst thing that could happen is that they hang it up on the “no” rack. Or, on the flip side they could end up loving it and I get the satisfaction of knowing I chose it just for them!
Many of the clients Elaine works with are busy women who don’t have time to shop for clothes or don’t know how to. They have so much on their plates that shopping is the last thing they want to worry about. So, often these women go day-to-day wearing clothes that might not make them feel as incredible as they actually are. In the dressing rooms and at style sessions there were so many instances where clients would feel noticeably more confident when wearing the right clothing. They would stand taller, smile, or even strike a pose. It was so rewarding to see these women feeling more confident and comfortable simply by changing what they wear.
Up until this internship, the people who I interacted with on a daily basis were my peers at school. Throughout these five weeks, however, I had the chance to work and interact exclusively with adults. Obviously, I spent the most time working with and helping Elaine, but I also had to interact with clients and salespeople. Although I may have been slightly intimidated at first, I began to realize that it really isn’t that bad. We were all working toward the same goal, which meant it was very easy to communicate and make the process move efficiently.
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