The Style & Well Being Consultancy
This service is for anyone who would like a truly thinking and holistic styling experience; someone to listen, acknowledge your individualism, and help you work through any barriers to self-styled expression
We specialise in working with individuals going through periods of change, whether they be physical and or emotional, and offer a guiding, empathetic hand through the often daunting world of fashion
We work to help you develop your personal style so that it reflects who you are on the inside, and the person you want to project to the world
"I have always been interested in personal style, the way it makes us feel, the way it is shaped by who we are and the way it shows who we are"
I am a practicing chartered Psychologist, having completed a BSc, MSc, and Doctorate in Psychology.
I have long held a love for fashion, coming from a family of avid sewers; creating outfits for my dolls and religiously tuning into The Clothes Show with my mother every Sunday evening as a child.
I have always been the person my male and female friends turn to when wanting to find that special outfit or try something new, and so I decided to complete a Diploma in Personal Styling with The London College of Style. There, I honed my skills in male and female body shape, colour, brand awareness and style personality.
I noted people often turned to dress and appearance during periods of change and as a means of expression e.g, at the beginning or end of a relationship, a change of career, or when in a place of self-re-evaluation. For me, this highlighted the intersectionality between Psychology and dress, and the power of "the feel good factor", known as hedonic wellbeing. As a Psychologist, I focus on the inside, and as a stylist, on the outside. But people are wholes, not parts, so why not attend to both?
I love to shop for others, support motivation, and promote self-esteem and confidence, and believe fashion should not be a daunting, stigmatising or an exclusionary affair.
Fashion is for everyone, and expression is human.This is why I created The Style and Wellbeing Consultancy. Welcome to a true retail therapy experience!
A specialised conversation, exploring your present situation, resources for change, and together identifying the next steps towards the future you want.
£100 per 50-minute session
A stress-free and supportive shopping experience tailored to your budget and needs. Including one to one style advice.
£80 per hour
De-clutter and get ideas about mixing and matching. Come away with a shopping list to further revitalise your wardrobe.
£160 for a 2-hour session
SLIDING SCALE FEES
I believe that everyone should have access to services which promote positive wellbeing regardless of financial circumstance. I, therefore, offer motivation and wellbeing consultations, and styling advice for a reduced fee for those on lower incomes.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT?
Our work together begins with a 1:1 consultation, either over the phone or in a quiet location. This provides you with a chance to ask any clarifying questions, and for me to get to know a little about you and what has brought you to the service. Also, importantly, this will give us the chance to see if we are a good fit. By the end of the consultation, we will have created a bespoke package for you varying in length and components dependent on your needs and wants.
MOTIVATION AND WELL-BEING CONSULTATIONS
For those seeking to make meaningful and long-lasting changes in their lives, a series of psychologically informed consultations drawing upon motivational interviewing and solution focused brief therapy approaches may be beneficial. In these sessions, we will explore and identify your resources for change, barriers to change and motivators. The aim of these sessions is to get you to a place where you are motivated and have a plan and understanding of your situation that will allow for your motivation to transpire into tangible and observable positive actions.
We will begin by exploring your current style, what you need from your wardrobe, why you have decided to do this now, and how you like and would like to express yourself perceptually in different areas of your life (how you dress at the weekend may be very different from in the week). We will think together about shape, colour and personality while thoughtfully taking into account any additional considerations, e.g. changes in your body, worries and anxieties, and needed specialist clothing/undergarments. After this, we will pick out some items for you to try; when and where this takes place can be decided as not everyone is comfortable in clothing store changing rooms.
Taking place in your home, you and I will go through your current wardrobe, discussing your favourite and not so favourite pieces, and perhaps pieces that you're just not sure how to wear day to day. We will identify missing key items that would help pull your wardrobe together. Often a whole new wardrobe is not needed; we just need to rethink how we wear what we have. By the end of the session, you will have a clear idea of new outfits you can try, items you may want to purchase, and what is flattering for on you.
WHat clients say.
"I was very impressed with the amount of preparation Dion had done. I was surprised that she had read me so well choosing a colour and style not too far away from my usual wardrobe but enough to modernise and rejuvenate my look. I am not sure how she managed this but it was very effective. The questions she asked were very relevant and gave me the opportunity to expand on what I was looking for without feeling I was being cross-examined. I really enjoyed the whole experience and I learned a great deal
I am delighted not only with the clothes but, more importantly, with how I feel. I am now more focused on my buying and feel everything better reflects who I am. I certainly look more youthful (but not inappropriately so) and I feel it too."
We had Dion speak at the Dragon Café as part of our Festival of Freud for the Mental Fight Club. She gave an engaging and inspiring talk that got everyone thinking about the choices we make in deciding what to wear and the assumptions we make about others based on their appearance. The key point was a powerful one - clothes do more than ‘express’ how we feel but actually affect how we feel – with the good news that we can have some control of that process.
Ivan Ward /Freud Museum London
Mandy / Recently retired
Dion came to my flat for a wardrobe edit and consultation. I was at a complete loss as to what worked or didn’t anymore, what to pair and what to wear in a given situation. When I shopped I picked up random bits but never an outfit and felt I had lots of clothes but not anything I actually wanted to wear. After Dion helped me with my current wardrobe I had several staple outfits I felt good and more put together in. There was more in there than I thought and Dion’s tweaking of bits I had meant I didn’t need to go out and get a whole new wardrobe as I’d thought. When I go out now I feel much better in what I’m wearing and have received compliments about my clothes. I don’t feel out of my comfort zone and it’s not about being dressy or overdone. I’ve realised I don’t need as many clothes either. I’ll be shopping much smarter in the future with Dion’s tips too!