Stand out from the crowd with fashion advice from leading Sheffield personal stylist

As Coco Chanel once said ‘if a woman is not well-dressed one notices her for her outfit, but if she's impeccably dressed it's her that one notices'.

Friday, 22nd February 2019, 12:45 pm
Updated Friday, 22nd February 2019, 12:47 pm
Karina Leacock, aged 47, from North Sheffield, is celebrating being one of the leading personal stylists in the UK, with a thriving business in North Sheffield and Penistone.

It's a motto that Karina Leacock reminds herself of each morning as she dresses for work – usually in a skirt with a bold prints or a top which is a bright colour.

Once she is dressed, Karina heads out of the door and off to meet other Sheffield women to help them to dress well for she a personal stylist.

The mum-of-two has been working in the industry for over ten years and is now celebrating being named one of the leading personal stylists in the UK.

She said: “My purpose is to empower people to be the best version of themselves. As a professional image consultant I enable my clients to make better choices, look more attractive, feel more confident and save time and money.

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“When you look good, you feel good, so why not look and feel good every day.”

Karina, aged 47, is one of a network of consultants with House of Colour, and offers colour analysis, personal styling and image consultancy in North Sheffield and Penistone.

Similar to most women, myself included, Karina had a love of fashion and clothes from a young age.

Unlike most women, however, she dared to make bold choices at occasions when others might opt for a more conservative options - such as wearing a red leather pencil skirt at her confirmation.

She said: “ As a little girl, I loved the thrill of going shopping and eagerly observing people’s reactions when trying on clothes they liked.

“When I was old enough to make my own fashion choices, I felt most confident in bold prints and colour. I just loved being unique.”

Karina decided she wanted to become a personal stylist after going to get her colours analysed by her local colour consultant.

She said: “I remember that ‘wow’ moment and the instant confidence I felt. I hadn’t seen that girl in the mirror for so long. It was like magic. 

“I then thought why not actually make this into a business for myself? A seed was planted.”

Her business was launched in 2008, and grew alongside her children, who are now aged nine and ten.

Karina meets new clients on a daily basis and  sees fashion as an escapism from what is otherwise quite a serious world.

She said: “I love the diversity of my clients. Clothes are a necessity, we can’t be without them, but that doesn’t mean that what we wear must be dull and conservative. A pop of colour can make such a difference.”

To book a consultation with Karina, and learn more about the services she offers, including personal styling and make-up and colour help, you can e-mail her at karina.leacock@houseofcolour.co.uk. You can also call her on 07984 809070. You can also visit www.houseofcolour.co.uk??????? to learn more