Who is your straight shooter in the dressing room?

This is Lynn Peck. She's my straight-shooter in the dressing room at my local Ann Taylor Loft. She'll tell you if it looks bad and helps you figure out what works and why.

This is Lynn Peck. She's my straight-shooter in the dressing room at my local Ann Taylor Loft. She'll tell you if it looks bad and helps you figure out what works and why. She cannot be held responsible for my outfit in the photo. I just threw something on to run jean shopping.

After 40 years of life I recently learned that I am “short-waisted.” I had no idea. I also learned that I need the straight fit not the curvy fit – despite being curvy – in my jeans.

I learned all this from the straight-shooting, tell-it-like-it is Lynn Peck, who works at my local Ann Taylor Loft and is a freelance style consultant.

Women may go in thinking Lynn is just there to get them a different size if they need it, but she is really there to tell you with complete honesty what works on your body and what doesn’t.

I hadn’t bought jeans in five years – since after the birth of my last child. I needed some new jeans, and I had a 50 percent off email to the Loft. So I headed on in.  I saw Lynn in the store and she told me which jeans to start with.

I brought back probably nine pairs of jeans to try on. I would step out and she would say things like “you see this, the crotch isn’t right.” After trying on a bunch she said “I’m sending out for a dark blue, 10, modern straight pair. I think that’s the one.”

And it was. They fit great, are stretchy and make me look small. (She didn’t like the light blue on me. I love how definitive Lynn is!)

I always try to put myself into bigger sizes and she told me NO. I needed to be in the 10 not the 12.

You can always go shopping with your friends or your mom but it’s nice to have someone who really knows what they are doing.

Do you have a favorite salesperson in a store who helps you? Are they straight-shooters? Do you trust their judgment? Who do you trust to tell you if something looks awful or good?

42 comments Add your comment

Jeff

November 8th, 2012
8:23 am

Are you taking advice from the people who receive commission from the very same advice they give you?

Chaos

November 8th, 2012
8:59 am

I don’t trust mirrors so I always take pictures.

Me

November 8th, 2012
9:18 am

@Jeff — She may very well be taking advice from the people to whom commission is being paid but, should the advice prove to be bad, etc., then that salesperson has not only lost potential sales to a single customer but potential sales to customers who just might read a posting on a blog, Facebook, etc.
I have done so much business with Jos. A. Bank and Brooks Brothers that I know the representatives by name. And who doesn’t expect these employees to be paid whether it be commission or otherwise? The better they do their jobs the more inclined I am to return and to also speak about the experience to others.

HB

November 8th, 2012
9:19 am

Sure, Jeff. The style consultant has a vested interest in making her look good — she’ll come back and buy again.

Mayhem

November 8th, 2012
9:24 am

No need. I know what fits and what I like.

Peachy

November 8th, 2012
9:46 am

@Jeff – Ann Taylor doesn’t pay on comission, I know Nordstrom does, but I find their people to be the most honest. I think because if the item is returned it comes out of their comission so they don’t want you returning stuff.

I think its too bad your Mom or friends aren’t as honest with you as a sales person. My Mom is the first to say, “no that is not a good look for you”

Kat

November 8th, 2012
9:48 am

These are the type of salespeople that are hard to find these days. You used to be able to go in and someone could make suggestions from top to bottom. And, since you WILL look good in those things, you’d return. Now, you ask for help, and they couldn’t care less.

The BEST salespeople work on commission because they are committed to ensuring you look good and are happy when you leave.

heather

November 8th, 2012
9:49 am

I just take my 4 year old. She is honest and lacks any brain to mouth filter.

Kat

November 8th, 2012
9:50 am

I would love to have a hair stylist and makeup artist.

I know what you need for Christmas...

November 8th, 2012
9:54 am

…an iron and ironing board…”I just threw something on to run jean shopping.”

And you need to have more pride in your “public” appearance, especially if you are going to write about it…

mother of 2

November 8th, 2012
9:58 am

This type of service is exactly what I’m looking for when I go shopping! It saves me time and money having a knowledgeable employee help me choose what’s right for me.

Mayhem

November 8th, 2012
10:11 am

@Heather – LOL…..I remember those days….no brain to mouth filter…..too funny…

Denise

November 8th, 2012
10:20 am

I’m sure if I took my “do you have a baby in your tummy” niece shopping with me she’d be honest. Or my friend’s “when are you going to try on clothes in your size” daughter would work. (She said that to her, not me.) But honestly, I’m so critical of myself that I “know” when something is bad. I am just not a good judge of when something is good unless it is REALLY, REALLY good. Jeans are just not going to make me as excited as a sexy dress so I just check to see if my butt looks good, there is no gap in the waist band, and they fit in the hips, crotch, and thighs. I made a big error in buying pants that “read” like they should fit and are horrendous and Old Navy won’t let me return them because I don’t have my receipt. I do wish I had a consultant with me when I buy dress clothes like suits and I wish I could buy more suits in separates because of my broad shoulders and long arms. Hell, I might need a whole suit in the bigger size because of my new hips and probably need someone to “encourage” me to do that… LOL

jarvis

November 8th, 2012
10:41 am

@TWG, You’ll have to forgive the lack of concentration, but I’m only a man. I don’t know what you were talking about a couple of years ago. Your boobs still look fine.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

November 8th, 2012
10:49 am

thanks Jarvis

My mom lives 2000 miles away and I don’t have gaggles of friends to shop with. I like this lady because she actually knows something about style and tells you this is too bunchy here or we can make that look better, let’s try this one. Jeans are horrible to try on and within 30 minutes we had the right ones and they look surprisingly good. I appreciate her help and her opinion.

Jeff

November 8th, 2012
10:51 am

Jarvis, I agree. She looks perfectly normal, which we men happen to be attracted to BTW.

I think the bigger (no pun intended) issue here is self esteem. Which, you can’t shop for, get from a consultant, your spouse, the Kardashians, E, faking it (the pretend self esteem, not the other faking), etc.

It’s something you have to come to terms with in your own head.

JOD

November 8th, 2012
10:53 am

@heather – So true and so funny! My 4 yo has no filter at all, and I would definitely not take her shopping with me.

Apparently I am ’short-waisted’, too…I never had a pair of jeans that really fit until low-rise jeans came out when I was in college. Everything else fits like mom jeans no matter the style!

Lynn sounds like a great asset to the Loft. I don’t remember any consultants at the Loft I used to frequent, but that would have been nice.

Denise

November 8th, 2012
11:32 am

@Kat – you should go to MAC for a makeover. They do a great job with any kind of look you are trying to achieve…natural, every day, dramatic etc. All you have to do is buy $50 worth of makeup at the end, which isn’t hard by the time you buy a lip liner, lip gloss, and lipstick. I did that on Saturday and loved how I looked. If I had bought everything she used I would have spent $200 but I have my own foundation and more eye makeup than you can imagine. You can find more affordable eye shadows and mascaras other places but the brushes, foundations and concealors are great.

ARL

November 8th, 2012
11:36 am

All you have to do is watch a few episodes of What Not to Wear to know that the majority of people get a style (or lack a style) and stick with it. I have a degree in fashion, have analyzed by body knowing I am short/short waisted/narrow shouldered/heavy in the middle & skinny on the ends, and have hobbies where clothing is a major point. But I STILL come home with stuff that I have to take back. Now if I don’t see a WOW the second I look in the dressing room mirror- it doesn’t come home with me. EVERYONE can benefit from someone outside of themselves seeing the whole picture. Even Stacy London admits she has stylists that help her look good on WNTW.

jarvis

November 8th, 2012
11:39 am

@Jeff, right on. I’d sitll give them their own journalistic assignments.

Mayhem

November 8th, 2012
12:42 pm

I’m not going to spend money for someone to tell me something doesn’t look good on me, I already know.

As for makeup well I quit wearing that stuff YEARS ago, and haven’t looked back. The only make up I wear is mascara and lipstick, and those are usually both freebies I get when I buy my Lancombe face cream.

I’ve saved a TON of money by not using makeup.

motherjanegoose

November 8th, 2012
12:53 pm

Not stepping in this pond since I was told a few weeks ago, that I need an $800 suit and $200 shoes.
REALLY…to work with children and teachers? Guess I am out of fashion if that is what it takes.

DB

November 8th, 2012
1:05 pm

I love going shopping with my daughter — she is fearless when it comes to style, she’s got a good eye for color, and she’s also brutally honest: “No, mom, that skrit makes you look like a fire hydrant” or “I don’t know who those pants were made for, but NOT YOU,” or “that color makes you look dead.” Or, the all-purpose: “Are you KIDDING? NO!” Shoe shopping: “Those shoes look like shoes Grandma would wear.” She got the shopping gene from someone — but not from her mother or father! When she gives it her stamp of approval, I KNOW it looks great!

My most memorable shopping experience was when I was buying clothes for my honeymoon (and since I’ve been married 30 years, that tells you how much I hate shopping!) I found something in a store that I liked, but it needed . . . something. An hour later, after staking out the largest dressing room and trying on a dizzying number of clothes, both I and the saleclerk were happy campers :-) She had a gift for accessoriziing just the right belt, necklace, etc., and had a lot of fun putting together different looks with interchangeable pieces. It was my biggest ever shopping excursion, but it was also my most satisfying and I loved everything I bought! Unfortunately, I moved away, and when I tried to go back a year later, the store had moved and I lost it. :-(

There’s a sale consultant at the Chico’s at North Georgia Premium Outlets who is amazing — she’s fast, efficient and I always end up walking out with something that I love that looks great. She wrinkles her nose slightly if it doesn’t look just right, there’s a moment of silence, and then she’ll say, “Hmm — let’s try THIS instead . . . ” it’s funny! Gotta love an honest sales consultant!

Denise

November 8th, 2012
1:07 pm

Mayhem – you must be lucky not to have skin like mine. I have acne and hyperpigmentation from acne and sometimes I feel insecure about it so I put makeup on. That’s not every day (like today) but sometimes it’s a must. I look forward to the day when I don’t ever have to wear it. I’m working on it. (I want to fight the dang dermatologist who gave me stuff that made my face break out worse and sent be back to ground zero when I was making great progress! LOL)

RJ

November 8th, 2012
1:21 pm

It would be nice to bounce ideas off of others. I take my daughter sometimes, but usually it’s just me. I’m pretty good at picking out clothes that fit well. I have found jeans that work, but I’m always looking for a great deal. It took a while to find a brand that works. As for make-up, I enjoy wearing it. I usually wear a mineral foundation and lipstick, although sometimes I will do eyeliner and blush. It just depends on my mood.

Betty

November 8th, 2012
1:21 pm

@TWG– Not trying to be weird or anything–but I wish I had your legs!

FCM

November 8th, 2012
1:53 pm

@ TWG–you want a straight shooter take Rose in with you too. That way the salesperson (I like the ones at Coldwater Creek) can help you find what you like and fits….But nobody will tell you straight like Rose will.

If that doesn’t work I will send my eldest shopping with you. She does not spare my feelings at all. NO MOM! Your butt looks bigger, that color is ugly, just NO NO NO. But since I started taking her I have had lots more compliments on my wardrobe!

FCM

November 8th, 2012
2:03 pm

@Denise right there with you on suits. My pant/skirt size is usually 1 to 2 sizes smaller then any jacket I need…or worse if the jacket runs narrow in the shoulder I need a “W” but not in the pants.

I bought a suit this weekend and my mom says you don’t need to have the pants hemmed? She is 5 ft and everything even petites have to be hemmed to fall right. I put on my heels and she said I forgot you height is all in your legs. (She has better luck with finding jackets that fit).

FCM

November 8th, 2012
2:04 pm

@ MJG for my new suit and shoes $250. Tell that a-butt commenter to put it in their ear….and no, I am not wearing the suit to teach little people.

Mayhem

November 8th, 2012
2:07 pm

@Denise – no my skin is not perfect, I have a few imperfections. But I just decided a long time ago, that 1) the stuff is just too expensive, and 2) It would come off 1/2 way through the day, and I didn’t want to mess with it.

I haven’t worn make up in over 10 years, and I’ve saved A TON of money buy not buying all that stuff. :))

jarvis

November 8th, 2012
2:27 pm

Legs….breasts…..the compliments just keep flying today.

missnadine

November 8th, 2012
3:20 pm

I’m the person who likes to shop alone, and after 50 years in my body I know what works and what doesn’t. I keep up with trends, but also know what is no longer age appropriate. I am often told that I have good taste.

I find the salespeople at The Loft, and Ann Taylor, way too pushy. At first, I am really polite when I tell the salesperson that I don’t need help, don’t need her to put stuff in the dressing room, etc.. by the 3rd or 4th person who asks, I am a little less polite. One time it was really bad, and 6 people asked me- I just left. obviously if I want their help, I know to ask for it. The same goes for their endless credit card pushing.

On another note, I did go to Ann Taylor 2 weeks ago and score a $175 white blazer for 18.88. It was on clearance. I had just read the latest Marie Claire and saw that white blazers were one of the go-to items for fall and winter. I was pretty happy about that!

I thought...

November 8th, 2012
3:45 pm

…you were NOT supposed to wear white after Labor Day, or is that just for white pants and shoes?

missnadine

November 8th, 2012
4:17 pm

@I thought.. that has become obsolete, kind of like in the past when shoes always matched the handbag. White or off-white is good all year around.

Becky

November 8th, 2012
4:25 pm

That’s great that you found her and trust her..Like others, I just take my 10 year old..She will tell me not to wear it..Since I pretty much wear shorts year round, I don’t worry about it to much..

Not sure who first mentioned it, but I wear makeup every day if I’m going somewhere…My oldest sister had major skin issues about 10-12 years ago and the dermatologist told her to never leave the house without at least a very light foundation.. Beings that we both have the same type of skin, I follow that rule also…

Denise

November 8th, 2012
4:32 pm

@Mayhem – you just stated the reason I don’t wear it everyday. I hate worrying about the touching up to keep it up. But I do feel prettier with it on. I don’t feel ugly without it, just better with it. I wear it infrequently so I’m clearly okay with the natural me 80% of the time. :-) And yes, it can be expensive because I can’t wear cheap foundation and powder on my skin. Talk about make me itch and break out! Yikes!!! But I will buy any kind of eyeshadow, eyeliner, and mascara as long as it works. With the cheap stuff I just put on primer and it sticks.

I heard some advice on dressing once. Figure out your best part and dress that first. Then work around the rest. I guess I can see that. I know before anything, if I have on a dress I check to see how my legs look in it. If the legs don’t look good (dress hits at a funny spot) then off it goes. If they do, then I check to see if my butt and boobs look good. If so, then I see if my tummy is camouflaged. If yes, to the register I go.

Tiffany

November 8th, 2012
4:56 pm

@Theresa…you really do have a cute figure as others have said. I’d like to see a picture of you in your new jeans. They sound like some I would wear too. I usually take my daughter along when I buy clothes. She really has a good instinct and a gift for what looks good on people. I feel like going shopping now….

Kat

November 8th, 2012
7:01 pm

@Denise: Thanks – I might just try that.

@TWG: When you get the right cut/fit of jeans, it is almost always a smaller size. And, since I’m curvy in the hips, I always thought I needed baggy jeans. One visit with one of those personal shoppers made me realize the error of my ways. I needed straight fit jeans.

Georgia

November 8th, 2012
8:31 pm

Theresa, you wore a skirt to go buy jeans? This one time, I actually wore long johns to buy a speedo. When I was done, the store detective actually stripped searched me, (and I liked it!) So I know how you feel.

Observer

November 8th, 2012
10:48 pm

TWG, good for you for finding Lynn Peck. Last year I purchased a perfect fitting dress/business pant from Ann Taylor. They fit perfectly. Came home and purchased 4 more online, every color. Don’t have the time nor want to take time to shop. Purchase running shoes the same way as well as the same classic Anne Klein pumps I buy in multiples. I buy makeup the same way. Now, I do make a TJ Max sweep at least every month. Please tell Lynn Peck will visit Loft in ATL and heed her wisdom about jeans.. Busy moms, good advice, thanks!

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

November 8th, 2012
11:17 pm

Wow you guys are so nice!! I really appreciate all the compliments. I thought about posting a shot of the jeans but didn’t. maybe i will. they are so stretchy and feel comfortable.

catlady

November 9th, 2012
4:13 pm

My adult daughters, the little we shop, tell me if something is good or not. Right now they are both after me to get some new clothes due to losing weight. I am resisting–soon as I do I will gain some back. Things that come the closest to fitting, generally are from the time I got my BS–40 years ago. (Of course, the weight is differently distributed)