Since March, I have been digging into our remote services and it’s been a fun and gratifying challenge to bring what we do in person to clients all over the country and even overseas. I have worked with clients via Zoom since March. Our process and materials are different, but the connection to clients remains the same.

“<What surprised me the most about working remotely with DC Style Factory is> how personal the service felt and how much Rosana ‘got’ me, the flexibility of her approach to fit, and <understanding of> what I was trying to achieve.” 

Another aspect that remains the same between in-person and remote work with clients are our discussions about body shape and size and, more specifically, the unrelenting critique of ourselves. The human condition and existing in these bodies — equal parts strong and fragile — is something I will never take for granted. It is the greatest gift of this career: I  get to see me in all of you.  

Two months ago, an interaction with a new client inspired me to go more in-depth with a key component of our styling process: dressing for body shape. She sent me a picture of herself in pants pointing out why she “always wears longer tops to cover up.” It is a familiar conversation. It is difficult to witness someone’s shame. It is not pity or sympathy that I feel, but it is reminds me of all the times I covered up something because I was ashamed. We all are conditioned to cover up, to apologize, to make excuses for who we are. We have been taught we are never enough.

Instead of ignoring her statement, I faced it head on. I told her I did not want any more pictures, discussion, or language where she disparaged herself. I told her that I was really excited to to work with her, but there was only one way for us to move through this process that would yield tangible, positive results  — with love. We would have to agree together, as two grown women who understand what self respect and self care means (and I’m not talking about facials or bath salts), that there would be no more body shaming during our appointments.

She agreed. I agreed. We moved forward.

Together via Zoom we took her measurements, but not in a rushed way to get it done and avoid the numbers. We looked at her measurements together, we went through the math, we talked about visuals, and we simplified in a few key goals how we would be dressing her.  We slowed it all down so we could understand,  make plans, and get excited for the kick-ass style we would create together!  It felt so wonderful for both of us.

That appointment is what inspired the creation of this latest DC Style Factory styling package, Form and Function: Understanding and Dressing Your Shape. I had so much fun putting it together! I am excited for you to get excited about dressing yourself! I love the idea of this as a holiday gift too. Instead of another sweater, how about tools for a deeper appreciation and understanding of your body and dressing you?

This Form and Function styling package is available this holiday season only while supplies last. We will ship the package to you in the mail that will include:

  1. Body Shape Cards. These illustrated cards detail  five main body types that will help you understand your shape. They will help you put into practice key styling goals for your shape. The cards also include ideas, suggestions, and pro-advice for styling yourself up!
  2. Body Shape Worksheets. These comprehensive worksheets will walk you through how to take your measurements, the two-step process to defining your shape, calculations, and more. The key is not just to focus on the visuals, but the numbers behind shape and proportion. Calculating your measurements helps you shift from subjective judgement to a concrete understanding of proportion.
  3. DC Style Factory tape measure to take your measurements.
  4. A DC Style Factory pen to record your measurements, calculations, notes and more.
  5. Selfie Card. Most fun of all, you will get to share the outfit that you put together based on the worksheets and body shape cards. You will email this outfit to me using directions on the selfie card. I will review your look and send practical tips, pro feedback, etc.  You will be on your way to creating more looks that work for your shape and proportions!

As with all our offerings, we are offering Form and Function on a sliding scale. At DC Style Factory, we seek to demystify personal styling as a luxury level of self care only for those with access to resources. We have limited quantities at each pricing level. Each person purchasing at the $95 level is allowing a member of our community to purchase at the $65 level and also the “No Charge” level.  Click on the pricing that matches your level of access to resources and privilege, described below. 

The Self Care You Deserve – $65

The $65 rate is to provide access to our services to those who have less income due to systemic social injustice and privileges. This rate is for you if:

  • you are able to meet basic needs but have limited expendable income.
  • paying for styling services may qualify as a sacrifice, but it would not create hardship ( i.e. you have to forgo some evenings out to pay for styling services).
  • you have dependents or are supporting family members
  • you have significant institutional debt (student loans, tax debt, etc.)
  • you have significant health medical bills

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If this price this is out of reach for you, we have set aside several packages available at no charge. Please contact me directly at dcstylefactory@gmail.com to arrange for shipment. Available while supplies last.

Keep the Lights On – $85

This price enables us to develop, produce, and ship high-quality  styling products like Form and Function. This rate is for you if you:

  • own the home you live in
  • have investments, retirement accounts, or inherited money
  • travel recreationally
  • work part-time by choice
  • may have dependents or are supporting family members
  • may have significant institutional debt (student loans, tax debt, etc.)
  • have a relatively high degree of earning power due to level of education. Even if you are not currently exercising your earning power, this is a question of privilege tied to earning potential. 

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Pay it Forward – $95

When you pay this rate, you are supporting members of our community to access this service at both the free option and $65 price.  It is an opportunity to not only receive top-notch styling services, but also to support  fellow community members receive the self care we all deserve. This rate is for you if you:

  • own the home you live in
  • possibly own a second home
  • have investments, retirement accounts, or inherited money
  • travel recreationally
  • have access to family money and resources in times of need
  • work part-time by choice
  • have a relatively high degree of earning power due to level of education. (Even if you are not currently exercising your earning power.)

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