Sharon de Escobar (left) models a Classic Max Mara USA camel hair outer piece and motoring jacket in tweed. Linda Yimoyines in a Donna Degnan ensemble including gold-foil sundress and novelty jean jacket for cruise or warm-weather wear. Mannequins dressed in the Yansi Fugel Collection Â— Â‘known for clothes that are real and wearable and have great style,Â’ according to Andrea Ward, who styled them all.
ItÂ’s not every day that a woman can wake up, know exactly what outfit she will wear that day Â— and feel great about it.
But thatÂ’s exactly what Andrea Ward has been helping her customers accomplish over the past 35 years as a personal fashion consultant: setting them up with an entire wardrobe that they can feel comfortable in, no matter the occasion.
Ward works with two or three customers a week and offers them outfit advice for every aspect of their life. Her clientele are professional career women in their 30s and up. Some of her clients have worked with her for more than 20 years.
Â“I love dressing women and have always felt that I am an inspiration to them for success in anything that they do Â— business or personal,Â” she explains.
A Hamden native who now lives in Oxford, Ward has worked in the fashion industry as a merchant, manufacturer, model and stylist. She started working at Ann Taylor in New Haven and then moved to New York as a stylist at Richilene, a fashion couture house. After marrying her husband, she moved back to Connecticut in 1985 and opened a specialty store called Andrea Renee Limited in Southbury. In 1995, she opened Andrea Ward Clothier in New Haven and did business there for a dozen years. After closing her stores, she now is the owner of Andrea Wardrobe Consultant of Essentials by Andi Kamel and is a personal fashion consultant with women across Connecticut.
Â“I love New York; it is where the center of fashion is, besides of course Paris,Â” she says. Â“But I love living in Connecticut with my husband and still maintaining roots in New York through my business.Â”
As for fashion advice, Ward, who calls herself a Â“true minimalist,Â” follows this philosophy: Less is more.
Â“Clothes should be special,Â” she says. A common fashion mistake women make now, she adds, is wearing Â“big shoulder pads that make you look like a quarterback.Â”
Â“Keep it soft,Â” she offers. Â“Stay away from tops that are too provocative; you don't buy valium to let it all hang out.Â”
Ward observes that New Haven women Â“love black,Â” so she encourages her customers to explore different shades of black, such as chocolate brown, midnight navy, loden, merlot, mushroom taupe or charcoal grey.
And for those women with messy closets, Ward advises to colorize pieces, organize clothes light to dark; hang suits together and to start with short pieces to long pieces.
Ward credits her favorite designers as Armani, Prada and Karl Lagerfeld because she says the fashion styles never look the same.
Â“My least favorite designers are those who use gimmicks that just do not depict a woman as they should, and tend to focus on garment and not what it should be saying on the woman,Â” she explains.
Ward follows five steps to help women find their fashion style: define your style and lifestyle; recognize your figure and personality type; assess your own clothes; start generic tramadol the basics and fundamentals; and build outward by adding components for excitement.
Â“Women want to look like the women in magazines, but be who you are and you will be fabulous!Â” she tells her clients.
WardÂ’s services are priced buy tramadol la carte. Spending a shopping day in Connecticut with her costs $75 per hour, plus $50 travel charge; buy ambien online day shopping in White Plains, N.Y. is $100 per hour (plus $50 travel charge); or a day shopping in Manhattan is $125 per hour and $75 travel charge.
Ward also offers private shopping appointment at which clothes collections are brought to the client and alteration services are included for a $100 consulting fee and a $50 travel charge. For a personal wardrobe consult and assessment, itÂ’s a flat $700 consultant fee and $50 travel charge. All services are preceded by a $200/hour consultation.
Â“It is just fun building the whole concept [of a wardrobe] for someone,Â” she says. Â“It is a renaissance for each client.Â”
From Seventh Avenue to Chapel Street, Ward says she sees exciting fashion decisions being made right here in New Haven.
Â“Women in the surrounding New Haven area are very fashion-conscious and love the classic element,Â” she says. Â“They love quality, they love to look great and of course they are very inspired by New York fashion.Â”
To learn more, visit Andrea WardÂ’s site at AndreaWardrobe.com.