Fashion Therapy

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Baby boomer RNs: fashion therapy for $250 an hour is here. Take an online course on what Melania wears and what Jackie Kennedy wore and why. As an RN can you put together your new look on your own? Or do you need fashion therapy?

Would you as an RN pay $250 an hour for fashion therapy?

  1. 1. Would you as an RN pay $250 an hour for fashion therapy?

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    • No
    • Maybe
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Fashion Therapy

As a baby boomer RN, do you sometimes feel like changing your look? We do spend almost 40 hours a week in scrubs or a facility prescribed uniform. What about the rest of the week? Do you feel like dressing younger than your age? There are two schools of thought, either dress to reflect the number on your driver's license or dress younger than your stated age. Baby boomer nurses especially may need a push when it comes to their fashion choices, since they may be also experiencing life transitions as well.


There is a psychologist in New York known as The Fashion Mentor who deals with just that question. With your disposable RN income, this psychologist will take 250 an hour to teach you how to dress age appropriate. For almost two decades Ania Schwartzman has been a clinical psychologist based out of New York. Four months ago, she started working as a consultant with women who wanted to change their look.


There is an old joke about retail therapy, which basically entails going shopping when you are depressed and spending money. Schwartzman doesn't do that. True, you are going shopping with her but as she explains she doesn't do therapy doing the shopping trip. Instead she will help women who may be experiencing life changes which most women experience. Life which often spills over into their fashion choices. This could be a midlife crisis, such as facing a divorce or relationship breakup or someone facing a birthday such as the big 5-0 or even 60. This is where Schwartzman applies her therapeutic background. She also has her private practice in New York where she has children and adults as clients. Ania explains that clothes are designed to help you feel empowered through their fashion choices. From her website, "Ania believes clothes are like armor. With the right can begin to find your confidence again." Her website also states that she offers a personal shopping stylist service.


You just don't show up and go shopping with this psychologist. No, as they say in therapy, you must do the work. That entails the following. Schwartzman meets with them before they step into the department store for a cup of coffee or they answer some key questions before preparing for this shopping trip. She looks at coping strategies as well as what bothers them on a day to day basis and what are their stumbling blocks to achieving success. The total package for the sessions usually is $750, which covers three outings with this therapist. During that time, they can put together a new look and face whatever life's curveballs have recently thrown at them.


Like mindful eating, where you think about what you are putting into your stomach instead of wolfing your food down, there is you guessed is, mindful dressing. Our fashion choices also have meaning. The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York may be offering a course called fashion psychology. Dawnn Karen, FIT instructor is the impetus behind this course. She already has been the instructor for this school's Center for Continuing and Professional Studies in fashion psychology. At FIT, she teaches how clothing and the colors we select can affect us on a behavioral level. Karen, by the way, has her master's in counseling psychology from Columbia University.

Karen also is a therapist. At the present time she charges clients $1000 to $5000 per month for brand consulting and counseling. She calls herself a fashion psychologist and she defines this as the "study and treatment of how color, image, style and beauty affects human behavior, while addressing cultural norms and cultural sensitivities." She is an innovator and has started an online Fashion Psychology Institute. Some of the course offerings are the hoodie phenomenon as related to Trayvon Martin and First Lady Fashion, which of course dissects current first lady and former model Melania Trump's fashion choices among others. These online courses go for $379.


In general, since nurses tend to wear uniforms, at times their personal style does not exist, at least during working hours. Do they need a boost as Schwartzman says or more analysis of their choices as Karen advocates? The jury is out on this. Nurses, is your fashion sense lagging? Do you need fashion therapy, or can you do it on your own?


Women are hiring shrinks to help them shop-New York Post By Doree Lewak Published April 27, 2018. Accessed August 19, 2018

The Dress Doctor Is In-New York Times By Jennifer Miller Published April 12, 2018. Accessed August 19, 2018.


Fashion Psychologist - Dawnn Karen

Debi Fischer RN, BA, BSN, MSW, LSCW is a nurse in a surgical oncology step down unit. Prior to that she worked in orthopedics and neurology. She has earned a master’s degree in social work and is also a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.

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To pay those kinds of 'consulting fees' is absolutely CRAZY for anyone. I can't see any nurse having that level of disposable income to support such an action. I certainly couldn't and WOULDN'T.

However I do think there prob is a real niche for it. I remember quite some years ago when the big craze was to pay to go to some class where you 'had your colors done'. Anyone else remembers the 'colors' trend?? You were a summer, spring, autumn or winter and the good classes coordinated your total fashion choices. Kind of like a 'girls nite out fashion appointment'. The cost for these classes were reasonable.

For the record, I recognize that clothes can have a significant impact on one's psyche. Society has long had a 'fascination' with 'red carpet' dressing. I've recently fixated on watching old reruns of 'The Nanny' with Fran Drescher. I watch to watch her clothes. She is so slender but her clothes .....!

Reminds me of the 1970s when we all watched 'Sonny & Cher Show' just to watch what Cher was wearing to talk about the next day. (She wore designer Bob Mackie's fashions.) We all know about the 'power suit' and the 'little black dress' and other iconic clothes items with the feelings they imbue the wearer. Hats for the Triple Crown horseraces and the royals are spectacular. And the 1980s gave us those padded shoulders (I just found my old ones the other day).

So yes, i do believe in the merits of 'fashion therapy. But not at those prices.

To Debi - I enjoyed this article. Something I'd not thought about, altho I do have my own favs. TY

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