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I first talked with Julie in February, 2012, and met with her in early March, and I would strongly recommend her and her services. Julie brings a professional approach to style, and to working men out of their comfort zone, and into a more modern and updated style. She is professional at all times, thoughtful in her approach, and yet easy to work with and comfortable in her manner and approach.
The process can be daunting to men, who are used to the same style of shirts or suits or colors for years and decades … and business has a fairly conservative approach to these things, but the world moves forward, and Julie is able to help one understand and evolve with this.
I have been able to update my own style, becoming more comfortable in different business and social settings. Whether with young or old, in cities or the country, around rich or not-so-rich … an updated and comfortable style makes one confident and at ease, and others drawn to you. This helps in many ways, whether it be in relationships, or business. In my case, in helping through interviews and capturing a Chief Executive Officer position.
Julie is excellent, and can bring terrific value to men with her approach to style, which is really about one’s self .. their self-confidence, and helping people to maximize their best features and strengths. Julie Rath is terrific !!!Thomas, Chief Executive Officer
John O., New York, NY
I now have a wardrobe of “A” list clothes. All of my clothes make me feel good. The feature I like best [about Rath & Co.’s services] is that it’s not just advice; it’s hands on getting it done with me.
Julie was great at stretching me out of my comfort zone while understanding that I had limits. I’ve never had much of an interest in fashion or clothing, but I’ve always wanted to be well-dressed. Given my lack of interest and knowledge, the only way to get what I wanted was to hire an expert. I just needed to be willing to pay for that expertise, and now that I have, the change was well worth it.
I would recommend Rath & Co., because if you want to make a change and you haven’t done so, then you need to do something different. Hiring Julie made the difference between changing and staying the same.Jon Diamond, 53, Dentist
We started with a session to determine the right color palette for me and to clean out my closet. Of the things that we decided to keep, I learned that most of them didn’t really fit me well. First win, Julie recommended me to a killer tailor. As I was getting fitted, I could see my pants and jackets mold to my body and I saw what Julie was saying. These clothes simply didn’t fit before.
Next, Julie recommended a custom tailor that measured me for 3 custom suits and 5 custom shirts. She met me there and helped pick out fabrics and then the details that would result in perfect custom fits.
Last, we met to pick out 5 starter ties and 2 pairs of shoes. Julie was fun to work with, fast, decisive and totally pulled together exactly what I needed within a week. It was absolutely perfect, I couldn’t have asked for a better experience, or results.Mark, 42
I have worked with Julie for over a year now and with only a few meetings during that time here is what she has accomplished so far:
1. She culled and replaced 80% of my clothes (much of which I have had since college 20+ years ago) with a great, cool contemporary wardrobe. Given that my lodestar for “cool” is Jake Ryan from Sixteen Candles, Julie’s gentle insistence on purging my old clothes was as important as her judgment on how to build my new wardrobe.
2. She introduced me to a hair stylist who has given me the best haircuts of my life—- by far. My hair looks better than it ever has and it takes me literally 10 seconds in the morning to “do”. The only downside of this is the chagrin that comes with knowing I combed my hair like a complete dork for half of my life.
3. She had me fitted for top-quality custom made suits and shirts that would have cost at least 4 times more if ordered through a name-brand boutique. The first time I wore my custom-made suit was in South Beach 6 weeks ago. While waiting for some colleagues at the lounge in the Mandarin Oriental I started chatting with two women. After about an hour one of them gave me her card and on the back it said “Room 713 . . .after 11pm”. . . I can freely admit this has never happened to me before . . .I am not sure if the suit has special powers (maybe Julie had them use some sort of enchanted thread?) or if I just came off that confident wearing it.
I think Julie’s #1 attribute is her understanding of men and their attitudes towards fashion, style, etc. Shopping with her is not like shopping with your wife or girlfriend—she understands that many of her clients have a certain time and attention threshold when it comes to clothes. Because of this she pre-selects clothes and has them ready for you to try on, so that you do not have to endure the passage of time like a convict waiting for rec time while idly thumbing through rack after rack of clothes.
And if you happen to be one of those guys who loves fashion and the whole process then use Julie just for the money she can save you with her resources in the city and the new fashion flair she can add. While I am relocating out to the Rockies I will make sure that Julie is always somebody I’ll see when I come back to NYC.John C., 44, Owner of business with 80 employees
After years of experimenting both on my own, and through female friends, I decided to turn to Julie to see what a true professional can bring to the table. Rath & Co. far exceeded my requirements, with the great deal of personal care and ownership in the project that Julie brought. Beyond just “Getting Stylish Clothing”, Julie sat me down and discussed the mechanics – something that I’ve always lacked understanding in. Most importantly, I feel extremely good about how I look, and even better at the random compliments I receive both among my own family & friends, as well as when meeting new people.Dave, 31, IT Engineer
Working with Julie has shown me how accessible it is to dress in an attractive way that speaks to my personal success, style and attractiveness. I love wearing the clothes Julie picked out for me. I feel well dressed and sharp, and it has improved my self-confidence and feeling of being well put-together. I also get the sense people treat me with more respect because I am dressed in a sharp and attractive style.
Julie never ceases to amaze me with how courteous, friendly and attentive to detail she is. Julie is great at identifying what looks good on me and what doesn’t. I don’t love shopping, and she took the indecisiveness out of it which is important for me. Everyone in my opinion would benefit from considering their style of dress and presentation, and Julie Rath absolutely does a great job!!!Jesse Coombs, 42
I feel much more confident in how I look. People have definitely noticed the way I have broken out of clothing combinations I have relied on for years. Since working with Julie, I have learned to be more comfortable with new colors and combinations of textures. I think Julie makes people feel comfortable. Clothing and how we dress is such a part of who we are, and any approach that does not consider that as personal will not succeed in making true differences happen.Alex P., 46
I had been experimenting for quite some time with different looks, colors, etc – and couldn’t achieve a look that I liked. I was discouraged enough that I was actually skeptical about whether it was possible for me to look much better.
[Now] when I present professionally, the difference in how I feel – and therefore, how I carry myself – and the depth of the confidence I can project – is very significant. The difference in both appearance and projection creates a dramatic difference in how I’m accepted and my message received. As a public speaker and change-maker for people, this is a very solid ROI.
You taught me information that I’ll be able to use to avoid huge blunders in the long-term – and to have an idea of my limits – knowing when I need to “call the pro” again. That’s very helpful in eliminating a bunch of uncertainty because uncertainty translates to lost time and money.
I’m no longer a total fashion dummy – both in the sense of not knowing what will work for me or look right – and in the sense of being blind to the fashion sense and statements of others. I’ve saved time and money, and continue to do that whenever shopping for clothing for my professional environment. I present a much better image, and I feel enough better in clothing that it enhances my communication and authority.John Bailey, Motivational Literacy Coach, www.motivationalliteracy.com
Julie is a talented, first-rate professional to whom I have referred many clients, family and friends. Everyone raves about her work. Julie’s taste level is high quality, she has helped me to look better than ever. The impact: I feel more powerful in professional settings, and more relevant at social engagements. My dress now genuinely reflects who I am as a person, and I save a lot of time both in shopping, and getting dressed in the morning.Laurie Pachetti Executive Coach, NYC
Julie taught me a valuable lesson that goes beyond what is in style. She taught me that the way you present yourself has a significant impact on your self-perception. While Julie overtly helps you improve how you look on the outside, I can say that the result of working with her was feeling more comfortable in my own skin. If you want a one-size fits all description of fashion, go with someone else. If you want to understand your fashion and what it says about you, go with Julie.Jonathan, 30
I initially was hesitant to hire Julie because I wasn’t sure if she would impose her personal tastes without my input. In addition, I am a dentist and wear scrubs all day so my perceived need for nice clothes and styling was limited. I also hate clothing shopping. Well, I was wrong on all counts. Julie made the entire process of evaluation, shopping and outfitting me not only painless, but it was actually fun! She helped me realize the benefits of presenting myself professionally outside of my normal working hours as well. The efficiency of meeting Julie at a store after she already had multiple items picked out for me to try on helped me actually enjoy the shopping experience for the first time in my life. I highly recommend Julie’s service and now look forward to going to my closet to pick out my clothes and feel better about myself in my presentation to others.Michael K., Dentist
Julie Rath is effective as a style consultant because she is skilled at what she does, she gives her clients honest true advice, and she is always respectful of her clients’ lifestyles and tastes.
Julie has a skilled eye for mens’ style and fashion from years of study and working with clients of all different ages, professions and income levels. I’ve seen it in the way she looks at me when she’s assessing what I’m wearing or something new that she thought would look good on me. Every detail gets scrutinized. A jacket that otherwise looks fine is nixed if the fit isn’t quite right, or the lapel is too wide. If it isn’t right, it goes in the donate bin or back on the rack, no matter how perfect it otherwise is. She’s saved me thousands of dollars over the years by not letting me buy things that I’ll end up never wearing when I realize that she’s right.
Julie is honest, almost to a fault. If she thinks something I’m wearing doesn’t look good, she has no problem telling me, no matter how much I like it or my friends say I look “fine”. She doesn’t humor me, and that’s what I like about her. I need her honest assessment, since people who look at me make “honest” assessments of how I look all the time, good and bad, whether they share them with me or not.
Through it all, Julie’s best trait is her respect for her clients. Changing clothes and styles isn’t an instant process. She has a difficult task sometimes convincing me that I look good in jeans, or that my wildly patterned ties aren’t appropriate for the professional image I’m trying to convey. Julie is honest, but not brutally so. In giving me her opinion, I’ve never felt that she was criticizing me or my thinking or choices, just the clothes. She makes it very clear that I can wear whatever I want, whether she likes it or not. I’ve learned that the closer I stick with her suggestions, the easier it is for me to look good and achieve the image I’m striving for.Carl, 46
During Christmas, I saw my dad for the first time in about a year. The first words out of his mouth were “Hey, you’re finally dressing better!” No more honest words were spoken. Probably like most folks, I was apprehensive with the idea of a “makeover” – just the very word suggests transforming me into someone I wouldn’t recognize. Julie put those fears to rest because she wasn’t trying to change me – her goal was to bring my best qualities to the forefront so everyone can see my best possible “version.” So in the span of several hours (Oh, did I mention that Julie spent three times the hours picking clothes ahead of time in preparation?), Julie worked her magic in only two shopping trips: two new shirts, pair of jeans, winter jacket – all aces. And under budget.Sam, 32
I’m the father of 3 kids and recently divorced. My marriage may be over, but my desire to share my life with a special woman is still strong. I found that 12 years of marriage made me a little complacent about my appearance. Julie turned me around and gave me a more marketable style. She had a no nonsense approach to getting me back in step with the times. Julie gave me a whole new look that stretched me but worked for me because it still within my comfort zone. One example is the earring that I had since I was 20. I felt it was a part of me, and I had never considered taking it out. Julie suggested that I try removing it for a few days just to see how it felt. Very soon, I started getting used to not having it. Now I am so glad that I gave this small change a shot. I’m not 20 anymore, and I don’t want to look like I’m trying to be 20. Making this change helped me achieve that. She also took me to see her hairstylist for an update I didn’t even realize I needed. Like the earring, the long hair was part of that younger look i was hanging onto. I love my new cut, and maintenance is a snap. What has all of this done for me? Since my makeover, I have had the opportunity to meet many attractive women. I’ve been told my look is what first drew them to me. I’ve gotten numerous compliments on my clothing, accessories, hairstyle and the way I put it all together. I recommend this service to any guy who’s considering making a change – big or small. Thanks Julie!Ron, 43
First of all, I never thought of myself as style-challenged. My colleagues and friends often gave compliments, I felt I had a certain “look” going on. But I wanted to branch out, I wanted a new summer look and I was impressed when I met Julie Rath, so I signed up with one of her packages. She assessed what colors complimented me (my clothes were 180 degrees off!), went through my closets, and set up fittings at several stores that suited my style and budget. I have new clothes, I know what to look for, I know where to look and I had a lot of fun doing it. Julie should have an honorary PhD in shopping from Harvard. She’s awesome!Tim, 52
For me it started with a pair of glasses: one of the hardest things in the world for me is to find the right frames for my glasses. As a result, it had been a long time since I bought a new pair. When my old frames were destroyed by my dog, I had to face facts and find a new pair. I casually mentioned my problem to a friend saying that I wish there existed a service somewhere that would help me find the right pair. She referred me to Julie and her company. After speaking with Julie, I decided it was time for a whole image reboot. Julie, in her no nonsense, no pressure way, walked me through the contents of my closet and helped me to piece together my old wardrobe in new ways. She took me shopping, giving me trade secrets on how and where to find a bargain. She taught me how to shop and how to tell if a garment fit right. She showed me the proper way to have my clothes fit – in order to show them to my best advantage. She referred me to a hair stylist and other professionals who she felt met her high standards. She gave me an action plan – with a color chart that was specifically created for me and the image that I wanted to project. She gave me the confidence and the tools to go out on my own and build on what she taught me. The results were instantaneous. People took notice immediately. My superiors at my office were impressed with this change – not only in looks, but my attitude. I had no idea that a change in image would have such a change on me. Thanks Julie!Paul, 42
Julie absolutely revolutionized the way I view clothing and style. Her specific selections for my wardrobe were the missing links I’ve been seeking for years. Additionally, her advice on hair and inexpensive (yet amazing) hair stylists led to a whole new look that my friends, family, and agents love! My on-camera auditioning ratio picked up almost immediately upon heeding her advice. Thank you, Julie!Jason, 29
Julie took her time and really made an effort to customize a look that would work for me. Since making the change I’ve been happier with my appearance. I’ve also gotten compliments from friends and family on the new look. Most importantly…the first weekend I went out after making the change…I was approached by two attractive women in a 24-hour span. There have even been more girls since then. If you’re thinking about trying something different…take the plunge…it’s definitely worth your time.Chris, 35
I used Julie’s online styling service to help me select outfits for a reality tv show I was shooting on very short notice. I had almost no time to come up with different combinations for six different episodes, everything from formal to casual. My problem was that I tend to wear the same outfit for most things (nice jeans with a button down and a black blazer). I also needed a lot of help with knowing what goes with what and what’s appropriate for what occasion. Julie and I did all of our work together via email and Skype, and as a result it was extremely time efficient. She answered my questions and addressed my concerns right away. I sent her a schedule of events, and she sent me back an “itinerary” of what to wear for each day of the shoot. Clothes and shoes (all excellent choices) were literally delivered to my door within two days of speaking with Julie. And I didn’t even have to get up from my desk to get this all done. If you’re pressed for time or you hate shopping, she is a great resource for getting the job done quickly and painlessly.Jordan, 33
There is no more perfect image consultant than Julie. She is a calm perfectionist, which is a rare combination. She has perfectly edited taste!Kimara Ahnert, Celebrity Makeup Artist
Since the beginning of my relationship with Julie Rath she has always demonstrated a keen sense of personal style. As the relationship grew, I learned that Julie’s finely-tuned palette would extend into an ability to seek out cutting-edge accessory and clothing designers and build the kind of relationships that would eventually benefit the styles of others. With Julie you can trust not only that you will look good, but you will also have something that makes you unique.Mary Schook, Owner of www.msapothecary.com
Julie has such a great sense of style with a true eye for quality pieces. I would unequivocally trust her with my wardrobe, my image and most importantly my clients.Brooke Sheldon, Owner of Lilybrooke Events