maria-soledad nelson, cps

Personal Stylist

Areas Served: San Francisco East Bay + Marin County

Services Offered: Personal Style Consultation, Professional Style Consultation, Color Analysis, Closet Sweep, Personal Shopping, Outfit Coordination

Certification: CPS, Wardrobe 911

Fees: Hourly + Flat Rate



As the former President of Wardrobe 911 and a rich history in marketing, style and fashion at Levi’s Strauss & Co. , Maria applies her unique set of skills and experience to help working women and stay-at-home moms look and feel their best. Maria incorporates her client’s lifestyle, personal coloring and body type to create a wardrobe they’ll love and wear. Check out her savvy outfit recommendations from her Wardrobe 911 posts.

As a busy professional mom, Maria relates to the wardrobe challenges shared by many women. She hopes to share her style philosophy to help women in their quest to have a style that reflects their lifestyle and goals. Maria provides personal stylist consultations, color consultations and closet sweeps primarily in the San Francisco East Bay. She also offers personal shopping services in the East Bay and San Francisco shopping areas.

Client Testimonials

Working with Maria was a great investment. I was one of those people who had a closet stuffed with clothes that I never wore, many still with price tags on them. Even worse, I always felt like I never had anything to wear! During our first consultation – I learned which clothes better suited my body type – which helped me understand why some of my “great purchases” were not so great after all. We also did colors – and now I take my color swatches with me everywhere. During the Closet Sweep phase Maria helped streamline and organize my closet – and taught me how to work with the clothes I had, arranging them into stylish outfits. Our shopping trip was very productive. We focused on adding pieces to supplement what I already had, to make my wardrobe more versatile. Maria is extremely knowledgeable and style savvy. It is easy to make an instant connection with her – she makes you feel comfortable and at ease. Even better – she is tons of fun. I wasn’t sure if I should use a personal stylist – now I am so glad I did. And so thankful I was able to work with Maria. I can’t wait for our Fall Wardrobe additions!

Debbie, Stylish Restaurant Owner and Mom

I can’t tell you what a dream it was to get ready today! First, I already had an outfit in my mind that I haven’t worn before, but was easy to create because I had a better idea about what I have and how to put them together. Then, when I opened my closet this morning, it was so much easier to find the specific layering piece and sweater and to decide which shoes to wear. In addition to modern, polished and creative, I’m adding “less is more” to my mantra. Thank you!

Kerry, Stylish Urban Planner

After a style consultation and color analysis with Maria, I was excited to purchase fall clothing that would flatter my body type and coloring. But without confidence in my own styling decisions, I was reluctant to shop on my own before completing a wardrobe review. Maria’s talent and experience helped me efficiently take inventory of my closet and create outfits with what I already owned. Maria expertly helped me decide which clothes to keep and created a shopping list for missing core items. Her excellent suggestions for closet organization were just in time for my upcoming home remodel and closet expansion. In addition to being great at what she does, Maria is very patient and really fun to work with. The personal shopping trip for my winter wardrobe really pulled it all together for me. I now have a complete wardrobe and I can’t say anymore that I have a closet full of clothes and nothing to wear. I am also enjoying the compliments that I have received about my stylish clothes.

Jill, Dentist and Stylish Mom

Maria helped me understand how to find the most flattering silhouettes for my body type. She understood that I needed a balanced wardrobe that included clothes for the professional part of my life and clothes for the busy mom. I also bring my color palettes with me when I shop so that I can buy the right colors for me.

Jennifer B., Restoration Hardware Planner and Stylish Mom

After meeting Maria, the money I spend on clothes is all worth it! I not only have a color palette that Maria put together, but I know what clothes look good for my body type. (My colors are warm and cool. I am inverted, my style personality is classy, polished and carefree!) I go shopping now and it is so much more refreshing. My money is now well spent on the right colors and style and I feel good in my clothes every time I put it on! Maria’s style consultation have tremendously helped me shop more efficiently!!

Anne Marie H., Stylish Mom

I can’t thank Maria enough for setting me on the path to being fashionable. She did a wonderful job choosing my colors. I don’t go anywhere with out my color swatches in my purse. I get compliments when I wear certain colors, that I never would have chosen before Maria’s help. I also have a better take on my body shape and am buying more flattering pieces. It has been a great learning experience and shopping is more fun now.

Michele H., Stylish Mom

Shopping is much more fun and productive now that I have my color palette! As a busy Mom I spent little time thinking about what colors were best for me. Having the swatches makes all the difference. I don’t waste my time looking at clothes outside my color palette and go straight for the ones that are. Some of my colors were actually surprising. I knew I was probably a warm but didn’t know the wide spectrum of colors within that. Maria’s styling consultation is professional and thorough and something every woman should treat themselves to!

Karen H., President of Galaxy Group and Stylish Mom

Wow! What a difference in the way I look after having my colors done by Maria. It was amazing during our color analysis to actually see how much the correct colors can make you look more alive and vibrant. Friends and family have commented on how good I look, and ask if I have been at a spa! When I go shopping, I make sure and carry my color swatches, which are in a small easy to use case. The only regret I have is not doing this sooner. Thanks Maria in helping me look my best!

Karen V. , Owner of KSV Concepts and Stylish Marketing Professional

Maria and her collegue did color consultations for four teenagers as part of my daughter’s Sweet 16 birthday party. At the consultation, they were extremely organized and demonstrated a real understanding of colors. Everyone was very pleased with the process and the results.

Toni, Senior Vice President, Finance

Maria has been valuable addition to the 2011 Fashion’s Night Out Team at San Francisco’s Stonestown Galleria. Maria has showcased utmost professionalism and mastery of her craft as both a personal shopper and a colorist. Maria’s color analysis consultation has been particularly revealing about color choices for a wardrobe that work best with each individual’s skin type and personality. I highly recommend Maria to anyone who is looking for a wardrobe and personal style/image makeover, she is an essential element in developing your personal image and a coordinated wardrobe.

Stefan Skipakevich, owner/founder of Trademark Ventures/Promo Models United

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