ENC SPOTLIGHT | CHRISTEN JOHNSON

Updated: Mar 1


They say, “Dress for success,” but what does that truly mean?


Today you may see a prominent CEO wear a plain shirt and jeans to a shareholders‘ meeting, and someone else wear a full suit to a kids soccer game. It can be hard to determine a unique way of dress that not only speaks to your competency but also to your personal expression.


This is where Christen Johnson answers the call to help people find expression and success through dress without compromise.


As a fashion stylist, Christen created a unique styling company, SophisticatedChic Brand, tailoring to the needs of everyday people who want to look and feel great especially as leading professionals.


A creative by nature, Christen always knew that she wanted to start a business even while in college at North Carolina A&T.


Knowing that she wanted to pursue her passion for fashion, she started out blogging her own life experiences through a fashion lens in 2013.


Shortly after, she began to develop her own fashion company and in the following year, Christen went into fashion styling where she had the opportunity to actually style others.


She began uncovering a deep passion for styling everyday people while working editorial magazine style photo shoots.


Shortly after, she earned a position at the Trunk Club where styling everyday people gave her the tools to fine tune her own brand, SophisticatedChic Brand, to do the same and she’s been going strong ever since.


We sat down with Christen to get a scope of her journey as a fashion stylist and why embracing your own style opens the door to possibilities.




What is the best word that describes to what led you to where you are today, and why?


Shift.

I was trying to do it my own way and it wasn’t the way to go. It wasn’t just me who got me to where I am today.


It wasn’t me that got me through college, who put the ideas in my head and placed the desire to run my own business.


It was really all God and I didn’t realize that in the beginning.


I thought it was all me.


So it wasn’t me all along, God is the one who positioned me to where I am.


And I want everyone else to realize that as business owners, entrepreneurs and professionals who are working in their industries.


It took a change in mindset and a shift in thinking to be the person I am today.




What is and/or are your daily spiritual practice(s)? The daily habits you consistently do to maintain a healthy well being to execute at the level you operate from)?


When I wake up, I pray. I say whatever comes to my mind in what I want and what I feel is important to ask for.

I go to the gym two times a week and I try to eat well also.


I do listen to a lot of spiritual podcasts as well as podcasts related to entrepreneurship and building a business.


And lastly, I go to church. While I may not attend every Sunday, I try to go as much as possible.




What have obstacles taught you?


I recently studied a plan on the Bible App discussing crisis and how certain situations happen for a reason.


A lot of the things we think are bad or the things that make us say, “Oh my gosh why is this happening to me,” is really a good thing.


So I am learning that those obstacles and those situations that we call bad are just opportunities for growth.


They are opportunities to learn more about ourselves, to grow closer to God, and take a step back to figure out where we really are.


It makes us stronger in the end.


It took a change in mindset and a shift in thinking to be the person I am today.


What does embrace possibilities mean to you?


Being open to different things and different opportunities.


When we ask for things sometimes, we assume that we will get it in a certain way.


And when it doesn’t come that way, we ignore it and think it was for someone else because it wasn’t packaged the way we thought it would be sent to us.


So embrace possibilities truly means being open to everything even though it may not look the way you thought it would look. And also trying new things not always sticking to the typical way you do things.


As an entrepreneur, building a business is all about trial and error. There is no right way to do one thing. There are so many other stylists, motivational speakers and entrepreneurs and no one does it the same.


Some people get stuck because they say, “Oh everyone is doing it,” but no one person does it the exact same way.


So try new things, be open to new things and opportunities, this is what embrace possibilities mean to me.




If you could sum up your life’s purpose in three words, what would it be?


Educate, inspire and guide.


Christen's Unique Path Inspiring Through Fashion

And the guide Christen is: educating people how they can dress light while working heavy on their goals and dreams.


She’s launched a consummate guide, “The Body Shape Bible,” that helps combat the common wardrobe challenges people face from time to time.

Furthermore, she’s created a new platform to help guide and coach individuals who are looking to create their own fashion styling business.


Project Style University is a 12-week coaching program for emerging wardrobe stylists looking to professionally manage and grow their businesses to the next level.


“I want to be the person to educate those who want to be in business for themselves and be a guide to others helping them on the same path I am taking.”

If you’re an emerging wardrobe stylist and you’re ready to get serious about your business in 2020, schedule a discovery call with Christen here.


Want to teach your audience how to show up in your industry?


Want your audience to understand what it’s the best style for your industry?


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