The Mission

To cultivate confidence through fashion and style.

The Vision

We strive to be the premier destination for entrepreneurs, #mompreneurs, C-suite Executives and high-performing professionals who want to elevate their style with ease and show up both powerfully and authentically.

The Values

> Everybody and every body is important, valuable, and has a place in the YCS community.
> Elevated style can be accessible to anyone, anywhere.
> Diversity is respected and celebrated in our community. All are welcome at YCS.

Meet the Owner

Erika Cartledge, Founder + CEO

Hi!!!! I’m Erika, the Founder and CEO of Your Chic is Showing. I started Your Chic is Showing (YCS) to help my clients elevate their personal style and build their confidence. YCS makes personal styling accessible to clients through a variety of services including personal styling, educational courses, eBooks, and an award-winning blog. Each day I strive to provide a unique, elegant and chic experience to each of my clients by delivering exceptional service.

I got my break in personal styling by starting with up-and-coming professional athletes and models, but now I focus on providing services to individual, group and corporate clients. I have a certificate of image consulting (International Association of Professional Image Consultants) and nearly a decade of experience, styling and educating hundreds of people through one-on-one services, as well as workshops, masterclasses, webinars, and publications. My styling expertise offers specializations in plus sized and full-figured styling, maternity styling, career styling, and special event – wedding, engagement, etc. – styling

In addition to running Your Chic is Showing, I sit on the Board of Directors for Tumaini DC, Inc. When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, shopping (obvi), reading, traveling, and talking back to podcasts (it’s a terrible habit). I graduated, Cum Laude, from Howard University in 2005 (HU, You Know!). Upon graduation, I entered the finance industry where I spent 13 years before I made the transition to the philanthropic sector. Now, I’m based in the DC metro-area where I live with my awesome hubby Roger and raise our three incredible children.

My Style Philosophy:

Chic isn’t an adjective; it’s a way of life.

My Style Must-Haves:

  • Little Bold Dress
  • Structured Work Tote
  • Leopard Print Loafers
  • Fashion Forward Sneakers
  • Well-Manicured Nails
  • A Big Smile

Certifications + Memberships:

International Association of Professional Image Consultants

Goldman Sachs’ One Million Black Women: Black in Business, Inaugural Cohort

Meet the Team

Daisha Bates, Junior Stylist

Daisha is a self- motivated, goal oriented, fashion industry professional with 4 years of experience in fashion merchandising and marketing, styling, content creation, consulting and in terms of visual merchandising both brick and mortar and e-commerce background and experience. She has a keen eye for the latest styles and successfully applies current and relevant trends in the industry when styling clients. Daisha excels at delivering customized and personalized experiences to her clients.

Ean C. Swinton, Virtual Assistant

Ean C. Swinton is a Strategic Account Manager at AssistRx headquartered in Orlando, FL.  He graduated from Loyola University formerly Loyola College in Maryland with his B.S. In Biology and Psychology.  Ean has taken the skills he has acquired throughout his career and launched his own Virtual Assistant agency which helps a vast array of clientele including entrepreneurs and small businesses owners.  The mission of his business is to help assist clients with smaller administrative tasks to redirect their focus to the development and expansion of their business.