Have you ever had a personal shopper? No, me neither. I’d like to think it would be amazing, but in reality, I’d probably feel pressurised into spending money on things I don’t need. But Wallis have launched an online personal shopping experience – The Wallis Style Advisor – which aims to help us choose clothes that will suit our body shape, without any pressure or potentially embarrassing changing room mishaps (tell me I’m not the only person to have experienced a jammed zip!)
How does it work? Well, you answer a bunch of questions about your body shape, hair colour and eye colour. Then it asks you about colours you like wearing, parts of your body you like and dislike, and what size you are at a specific shop. Finally, it asks you questions about your personality – if and when you like to get dressed up, how you would describe your style and other brands you like and dislike. Then it gives you your style profile and some recommendations!
My style profile is:
“You have voluptuous curves, a defined waist and lovely shoulders. Your key to dressing is to highlight your top half and minimise the focus on your bottom and hip area. Tops and dresses with nipped in or fitted waists, added details at shoulder and bust and wearing darker colours on your lower half are magic styling tricks for you. Lower necklines flatter your fuller bust. Non clingy bottoms and skirts that skim over hips without adding volume will make them disappear. Avoid embellished details and hemlines that finish at your widest part.”
So how did The Wallis Style Advisor do?
Pretty good! The only thing it seemed to get wrong was it kept telling me to order clothes in a size 18. I’m not a size 18 and my gut feeling was that if I ordered things in an 18, they’d be too loose and unflattering. So I went for a size 16 and bingo, I was right. Here’s what recommendations it made…
First up, it picked out this Natural Print Kimono (now £20 in the sale) which I LOVE. It’s very loose and floaty, and can be slung on over plain outfits to jazz them up a bit. I love the print, which is a peach black and grey graphic flower print. I wore this outfit last week, when I went to meet some blogger friends at Cha Cha Moon in Soho for dinner.
Next, it chose me a maxi skirt (now £15 in the sale). I’m a fan of a maxi skirt but don’t actually have many of them, for some reason. The coral colour of this one really jumped out at me, and I like wearing it with a clashing coloured vest or tee. I wore this outfit a couple of weeks ago to a picnic at the primary school the little one will be going to, but I’m just as comfortable wearing it while I work from my kitchen table. I love that it’s a crushed polyester so you could take it on holiday and not worry about creases from the suitcase.
Lastly, it picked out a black jumpsuit for me. Now I love this. It’s a stretchy material (so comfy) and is super flattering, hiding all my lumps and bumps. I love the skinny tapered ankle and the wrap/v-neck top. I’m going to wear this, this week, at the Brilliance In Blogging Awards.
What do you think – did the Wallis Style Advisor do well?
• Thanks to Wallis for asking me to review its Style Advisor app – it was lots of fun!