Making important transitions in life can be challenging, but Ahwatukee Foothills resident Merry Randolph is committed to making the transition easier for women from the outside in.

Randolph has had various careers in artistic directing, acting, modeling and being primary buyer for women’s clothing stores. Currently she’s the manager of the Prickly Pair boutique in Ahwatukee Foothills, which began carrying women’s clothing just over two years ago. Through her experience studying clothing and people, she said she’s seen too many women purchase clothing that isn’t right for them.

“I’ve seen many women come in and sabotage themselves,” Randolph said. “I think women tend to dress or shop emotionally. They might see an actress wearing a certain dress and they love that outfit so they go in and try that outfit on, but they’re not that woman. They don’t have her build or shape or height. Immediately they’re disappointed because they had that emotional connection.”

Shopping emotionally, Randolph said, causes women to doubt themselves and lose some confidence which then causes them to avoid shopping for new clothing. Other times women just get busy and sacrifice their own style in order to take care of their family’s needs or their job.

“We as women are so critical of ourselves,” she said. “We’re busy, we’re multi-taskers… They get to a point where it’s time for them. Many of the women I see are in transition of sorts. They may be going through divorce or going back to work or even going through menopause. They’re thinking, ‘Now what?’”

That’s where Randolph feels she can help. She will be hosting an hour-long seminar at Prickly Pair, 3961 E. Chandler Blvd., to give women a crash course in how to dress for your body type.

The seminar will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 27. It will be limited to 10 women.

Randolph will have models and examples. She’ll also be on hand to help women choose an outfit that works for them. There is no cost for the seminar and no pressure to buy anything.

To register, call (480) 706-3939.

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