Stories on Styling | My personal styling experience with John Lewis

One thing I’ve never done in my life (well, up till now) is go to a personal stylist. Both professional jobs I’ve had have offered the service in their stores, but somehow I’ve been too nervous to go! I have a very particular sense of style and the thought of someone else stepping in and picking things for me is way out of my comfort zone! When I was offered a personal styling session at John Lewis, I was therefore naturally a bit nervous! Will they put me in a pink ruffly dress? What if I hate all the outfits – how do I tell them? And what do I do if they want me to buy all the clothes? *takes out loan and 0% interest credit card!*

I needn’t have worried! Before the session, Emma my stylist emailed me asking details of my sizes and for a general overview of how I’d describe my style. She had already seen my Instagram too, and so could put together a good style profile before we met. When I arrived at the session, Emma was so lovely and welcoming. She showed me into the ‘styling suite – how fancy! – stylishly decorated and modern, and a total copper and marble heaven! There are actually 2 suites, one of which has 2 changing rooms. They offer a dual styling session upon asking if you want to go along with a mate for a girly day – my mum has booked in to go for a friend’s birthday treat! I should say here that the styling sessions are all complimentary – woohoo! – so even if you’re skint you can treat yo’ self!


Emma then invited me to have a look at the items she’d picked out for me, and let her know my thoughts. Most of the pieces I jumped at – she had done a fab job of picking out things that were familiar and I’d love. There were some definite ‘no’s’ which Emma had put in to get me out of my comfort zone, and some I was on the fence about but more than happy to try on!

So, let’s get down to the outfits! I’ve put them together in a lookbook-style format, and will talk a little bit about each one so I don’t bore you with rambling on – there were so many great ones that it would take forever if I went through them all in detail! I’ve included the details of all the clothes in the images so if you spot anything you like you’ll be able to find them on the site.

Look 1

Whistles ‘Lola’ shirt dress £100 | Hobbs ‘Mischa’ roll neck £35 | Carvela ‘Slept’ boots £129 | Belt my own, old Primark

This ended up being one of my favourite looks of the day! I was really unsure when we paired blue and green together, as I’ve always lived by the rule of ‘blue and green should never be seen’, but it really worked! I pulled in the waist of the dress with a belt as it was quite baggy otherwise, but I really loved the style of it – it comes in so many different patterns! It’s a look I’ve already sort of recreated at home as I’d never thought of layering a roll neck with a shirt before, but it’s definitely something I’ll be doing more often. The perfect transitional combination!


Look 2

Whistles ‘Lea’ shirt £71.20 | 7 For All Mankind super high waist skinny jeans £85 | Carvela ‘Lucky’ lace up brogues, Navy £39


7 For All Mankind super high waist skinny jeans £85 | Carvela ‘Lucky’ lace up brogues, Navy £39

I absolutely loved this shirt on the rail – it’s a great light linen shirt which I can picture being so comfortable in summer. It’s just the right amount of smart for the office or going out if you smartened it up with court heels. I’m not the biggest fan of indigo jeans, so this I’d be more inclined to style it casually with black jeans or leggings and trainers. I did really like these Zara-esque brogues, however – I think they’d look great with a mini or midi skirt in spring!


Look 3

Whistles ‘Brunch Club’ logo tee £39.20 | AG Jeans Jodie crop high rise slim flare (couldn’t find these online) | John Lewis ‘Eliza’ white trainers £45

My favourite look of the day! I’m a skinny jeans girl through and through but once I put these flares on, my mind switched. They’re so flattering and make your legs look 10x longer – bonus points for making your butt look great too! How cute is this tee as well?? If I hadn’t been a week before payday and living off soup for the week (true story, 4 days of soup is soup-er (heheh) boring, don’t do it to yourself, kids) this would have been my top purchase choice from the day!


Look 4

Jigsaw fleece merino raglan jumper in sugar pink (not online) | Modern rarity silk cami in sage £65 | Whistles leather A-line skirt £136 | Carvela ‘Slept’ boots £129 

This jumper is the softest and warmest thing ever! It was like wearing a warm, fuzzy blanket and I’m in love! Emma styled this with a lacy cami underneath which I wouldn’t have thought of but adds another texture and layer of interest to the look. I usually do my signature little ‘front tuck’ of the jumper with this kind of look but I quite liked how it hang loose in this look. Pairing it with the chunkier lace up boots complimented the leather skirt and toughened the look up a bit more – perfect to keep it a bit less girly for my style!

Look 5

Hush ‘Santana’ skirt in Picante £45 | Hush ‘Leith’ silk tee in sun star print £65 | Carvela ‘Audrey’ leather shoe boot in tan £109 | &or Isabella whip stitch bucket bag £109

OK, not going to lie, this look is really not me at all! However, the whole idea of the personal styling experience is to try things you wouldn’t normally, otherwise what’s the point, hey? This really pushed me out of my comfort zone – it’s very boho and a lot more girly than my usual looks! I did really like the tee, however, and I’d probably style it with black skinnies and heels, or a black denim mini and trainers.


Look 6

&or ‘Billie Jean’ blouse in ochre £69 | J brand 811 mid rise jeans £200 | Hush denim jacket in light denim (not online) | Carvela ‘Audrey’ leather shoe boot in tan £109

Another piece I wasn’t sure about was this top – although my brief said no ruffles, I was super glad Emma included this in the pick! I absolutely love this colour (what? you couldn’t tell from my insta outfits?!) and I never would have thought about putting it with white! Although this is a realllllly pale and dangerous outfit for me, it’s something I’d be likely to recreate for a summer evening at a bar or for the office (just take any sort of coloured food or drink I have in my hand away from me please!)


Look 7

&or ‘Oh Yeah’ slogan tee £29 | Reid’s ‘Jessie’ knitted wrap skirt (not online) | John Lewis ‘Eliza’ white trainers £45 | &or Isabella saddle bag in red £7

This look is one I’d definitely have put together myself. Although I wasn’t a fan of this particular tee, I’d style it with a white slogan top. This pencil skirt is so comfy and flattering too – the wrap feature makes it much more versatile and adds a bit more style to it than just a plain black skirt.


So there you have it! The fact we managed to create 7 looks in just under 2 hours is amazing – if you’re in the market for a whole new summer wardrobe, this is what you need. Although you might be pushed out of your comfort zone at times, it’s so worth it as it gives you a whole new perspective on what suits you and the sort of pieces you could wear together. You might already have some of them in your wardrobe, and just haven’t thought to wear them together. And being a free service, as the Music Magpie ad would say – why wouldn’t you?? This has definitely opened my eyes to personal shopping as a whole, and I’d be much more likely to recommend a session to someone having seen what it’s all about!

If you’d like more information or want to book a personal styling appointment yourself, follow the link here

Keep an eye out for my post on the fashion show Emma and the team are putting on in a few weeks time!

Disclaimer: This is a promotional post Personal styling is a free service, but I was invited to a fashion event and given a free makeover in addition to the styling service in exchange for this blog post. 

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