I am Jessica Carter; I am a wife, mother and a Chief Petty Officer who has served in the world’s finest Navy for 15 years.
Up until 2012, I hated fashion. I’d look through magazines seeing celebrities and models wearing outfits that were “perfect.” Not acknowledging that the lives they lived did not intersect with mine. I would go shopping regularly to get these perfect outfits, just to end up with a closet full of items with nothing to wear. It hit me, that I was imagining fashion in the worst possible way. I would buy this shirt to match that pair of pants, and this shoe only went with that outfit. It was enough to drive a person crazy! I realized then, that I had to find a better way.
When you have to get up at 5am in the morning to deal with kids, sailors issues, OPTEMPOS, inspections and all other things that come with being in the military, the last thing you want to worry about is what the hell your going to wear. And you especially don’t want said event lasting 30-45 minutes as you search your closet trying to locate something to wear just to get to work, take your cute outfit off and put your uniform on. I needed my mornings simplified however:
Even if I’m only wearing my ensemble for just 45 minutes (30 to drop daughter off at school and 15 to get to my office), for those few minutes, it is important for me to just feel like a woman.
After much research, with little success, in trying to find image consultants that “felt right” and had a thorough knowledge base of image consulting, I made the decision to become one myself. I didn’t realize it at the time, but I had already participated in image and brand consulting years ago, albeit unofficially, assisting both family and friends. But it was time to make it official. And I did. I certified as an image consultant through Studio For Image Professionals and have been charging forward ever since.
As I began to ReImagine my closet, I gutted it and started from scratch. I built a wardrobe that fit my body type, personality, aspirations and one that allowed me to establish and express my personal style. I was able to remix what I owned; creating put together looks, all while shopping within my own closet.
I needed a wardrobe to reflect the person that I am: a wife, a mother, a Christian and a Sailor. But I also wanted my wardrobe to reflect the person that I will be in the near future, a business professional. I feel like over the years, I have really created that and I am really excited to be able to share my journey. I am excited to have this platform to help other military service women that may be in the same boat.
It doesn’t matter if you are Navy, Army, Airforce, Marines or Coast Guard, you are a woman. You are beautiful creatures that have a presence that should be respected, adored and revered. My desire is for you to be the best version of yourself from the outside in………..You, Reimagined!