Let’s face it. We’re not all blessed with flawless personal style, and with our Instagram feeds constantly being flooded with perfectly composed, fashionable looks, it’s hard to identify a specific style or trend that speaks to your own unique personality. In these cases, perhaps, all you need is a helpful nudge from a style guru.
And with Debenhams free Personal Shopper Service, you can rest easy in any of their bespoke personal shopper suites, and let the experts guide you toward recognizing the best styles that suit you, and only you!
That’s precisely what we did when we first heard about the service. Located on the first floor of the fabulous Debenhams flagship location at Grand Avenue, The Avenues, the Personal Shopper Service promises customers inspired style advice, in a stress-free shopping environment. While you can call ahead to book your appointment, walk-ins are also completely welcome.
As soon as we arrived at the Personal Shopper area, we were greeted by our wonderful Personal Shopper Eva, who warmly ushered us into one of the suites for a relaxing consultation session and some coffee to start off our experience. One Americano, one latte and whole lot of biscuits later, we were laughing over all the different trends that are out there, and how hard it can be to nail down the one that could work to bring out your own personal style.
I mean really, not anyone can pull off that Pajama trend! That’s for the truly adventurous. She reassured us, saying that “We’re lucky to be in this amazing space to start off the day. Let’s have some more coffee, try on some looks, and have some fun!”
And boy, did we have fun! Eva first asked us about the purpose of our visit, and she claims that identifying your style or wardrobe goals helps in finding key pieces that speak to your style. For instance, if you’re prepping for a big event ahead, then the Personal Shopper Service at Debenhams at Grand Avenue is the perfect fit.
The beautiful personal shopper suites are equipped with heels, sample bags and clutches, and even that helpful shapewear for those form fitting gowns. Every personal shopper suite is equipped with these necessities to tempt your fashion palates, along with beautiful fragrances, and did we mention that the lighting is amazing too?
While our eyes gleamed over the pristinely decorated suites, where mid-twentieth century design meets glam. I was also completely distracted by the selection of shoes on display, but Eva veered us back on track to identify our style goals. I personally was after curating some looks for a beach getaway weekend, while my friend felt that she was ready for a breezy seasonal wardrobe update that can take her straight from work to a dinner party.
I also asked Eva if people can sometimes ask for help on how to style a specific item, and she smiled, saying that this was actually one of her favorite tasks, “I love it when I get to walk around the shop to put together different pieces to complete a look—it’s so much fun and it pleases me when I see the smile on our customer’s faces.”
After our consultation was concluded, a perfectly curated selection of swimsuits, kimonos, and accessories made their way to our fitting area. An on-trend straw bag, the perfect summer hat, along with stylish swimwear, along with floral-inspired printed kimonos and kaftans were exactly what I had in mind.
As I was always impartial to two-pieces, Eva helped me find a more modern, and fashionable one shouldered one-piece that worked for my body type. Truth be told, I was smitten when those kimonos came out—it’s as if Eva went on my Pinterest page, and saw my summer style board, studied it, and came back with an even better selection than what I had in mind.
For my friend’s seasonal wardrobe update, we fell in love with every single piece Eva presented. I think what I loved the most about the experience is how she captured my friend’s penchant for colors, but was able to translate that into uber-chic pieces by Preen, rather than her regular go-to colors. She tried clashing patterns (yes, we went there!) with statement necklaces, along with eye-popping heels and fashionable bags that simply made the outfit selections sing.
I also loved the Personal Shopper service because it allowed us to indulge in the latest collections from all the different new brands that have arrived at Debenhams, such as Jennifer Lopez handbags, Quiz, Forever New, Inwear, Preen, Karen by Simonsen, as well as Guess, amongst many others!
We perused incredible pieces, from the comfort of the lavish suites. I asked Eva if the service is also available for men, and Eva confirmed this, cheekily offering that sometimes, “Men need more help!”
If you find yourself still asking, “Who needs a personal shopper?” I can safely tell you from our experience that it the service is for someone who is ready for a style change. And sometimes, you absolutely need an outsider’s point of view, so why not let the experts help you?
After our experience, I’m definitely going to book myself another appointment at Debenhams this month to curate my Ramadan wardrobe for those festive Ghabqas and grand Iftars.
Try out the Personal Shopper service at Debenhams today! Find Debenhams at Grand Avenue – The Avenues. The store is open from 10 am to 11 pm, and from 10 am to midnight on Thursday, Friday & Saturday. For more information please follow @DebenhamsME on Instagram. Photos by bazaar and courtesy of Debenhams.