I got to share a trick and a tip with my clients last week. I’d love to have the snapshot of their eyes when I demonstrated them. If an image is better than just reading about their excitement, here’s what you can do. Go look in the mirror at yourself, make your eyes twinkle and say with deep enthusiasm, Oh wow! How you look in the mirror right now is how my clients looked. Adorable!
The tip is about turning a long cardigan into a shorter shrug by flipping it upside down. The trick is how to get a bracelet to slip over your hand when it absolutely, definitely, under no circumstances, wants to.
Tip: The cardigan that transitions into a shrug
My friend Mariam is the person who first showed me this tip. I complimented her one day at Nordstrom on a long black cardigan she was wearing over a white dress. She enthusiastically told me it was by Eileen Fisher. “But watch this,” she said. She took it off, turned it upside down, put it back on, and the cardigan turned into a shrug. It was now high in the back and in front it was hovering near her waist instead of her calves. It was pretty astonishing.
This last week I was with a new client in her closet. I was looking for cardigans for a specific date night outfit I was creating. I pulled out a cardigan and tried it on her the normal way. Then I took it off her, turned it upside down and asked her to slip into it the upside down way. Yup, the look on her face was the same one you just saw in your mirror demonstration. Amazed.
This tip won’t work with every cardigan but it will work with many. It’s always fun to discover these two-for-one items in a client’s closet. Try this with your clients and see if their eyes sparkle when they say, WOW.
Trick: The bracelet that wouldn’t fit now fits
I’ve been in many closets with clients when the bracelet I grab to finish an outfit won’t go over their hand. They bought it 10 or 20 years ago and now it’s too tight to wear. They may blame it on aging. Or sometimes a client will blame weight gain. Or someone else will have been doing muscle training and she thinks that’s why her bracelet won’t fit.
When a jewelry designer shared this trick with me this last month and I tried it at home, I couldn’t believe my eyes. (Picture big eyes, loud “Wow!”) I hadn’t gotten that wooden bracelet on for at least five years. The plastic sleeve which came from my delivered New York Times is what I used as my fit tool. Here are the simple steps:
- Try the bracelet on to be sure it doesn’t fit (for scientific purposes).
- Cut the end off a newspaper sleeve or use any other plastic bag with two open ends and slip it over your hand.
- Slip the bracelet over your plastic coated arm.
- Pull the plastic bag away and look at your beautiful bracelet sitting on your wrist.
- To take the bracelet off, just repeat the steps: Put the plastic bag on under your bracelet and then pull the bracelet off.
I used this on a client last week who has a beautiful collection of bracelets. Many of them don’t fit. I announced to her that I could make them fit. (This is what I saw when I told her that: Scowly face, no patience.) I whipped out my demonstration tools and showed her.
Amazed, that’s what she was! She begged me to leave my blue newspaper sleeve behind and I did.
It’s so fun to surprise our clients with fixes they never could have imagined. Have you got some tips or tricks up your sleeve to share? Please do!