Outfit Planning

23 Jul

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Getting bored with your clothes and/or your look can happen when you wear the same thing, the same way, every time.

Play around with your clothes and put different outfits together. Try combinations you may not have tried before. Then, like me, take a picture so you can refer to it later, when you need some inspiration for what to wear.

Whenever I start to feel ho-hum about my clothes, I pull something out of the wardrobe that I haven’t worn for a while (the six year old striped blazer in this case) and come up with 3 – 5 new ways to wear it.

By doing this I also recognise gaps in my wardrobe.  For example, when I was putting this outfit together I wanted a v-neck white t-shirt but realised I had thrown my old one out and hadn’t replaced it.  So a v-neck white tee was added to my shopping list.

Give it go…

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Have You Had A Fashion Light Bulb Moment?

16 Jul

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In order for you to dress and shop without frustration and so that you feel confident and comfortable in your clothes, you need to have a very clear idea what your style is. Keep asking yourself every time you put something on, how you feel. (It’s not just about how you look. You might put something on that a friend or shop assistant says looks great, but unless you feel it, it’s not going to make you confident, self assured….great)

I was thrilled to get this email from a lovely girl I recently worked with. It’s always very rewarding when I know that someone has got it (and also received some nice compliments).

“Hi Meaghan

I just wanted you to know that I had a fashion light bulb moment when we went out (shopping) and I’m so please with my purchases. I even took all the tags off the items I bought. Amazing.

I went out to the work function in the outfit we bought at Country Road and felt fabulous. I went around to my daughters before I left, to get her opinion and her husband was just staring at me. He said he didn’t think he had seen me in a skirt and why on earth not. At the function the girls commented positively on my outfit. In a way it didn’t matter what they thought because I was dressing in a manner that was MY style and I felt really comfortable. And it wasn’t hard. Thank you so much. As I said before I feel like I can breath and a weight has been lifted off me.

In the short time I have spent with you you have made a difference in my life and I am truly grateful.

Regards

I.M.”

You can read what some of my other clients have said about their experience working with me here

Read about my light bulb moment here

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The Personal Style of Meryl Streep

15 Jul

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Like most women who have spent time exploring and developing their personal style and learning about what clothes are flattering for their body shape, Meryl Streep seems to understand what works very well for her and appears to have a formula…at least when she’s wearing a dress….that she regularly sticks to.

  • Necklines are either deep V’d, scooped or off the shoulder to highlight the decolletage, collar bone or shoulder.  Also lengthening her neck and bringing all the attention up to her lovely face.
  • She often wears a belt or her dresses and jackets have ties or bands to accentuate her waist
  • Skirt lengths generally sit over the knee, mid-calf (which is not always flattering but works for Meryl because of the shape of her legs) or long to the ground
  • Sleeves often finish near or close to the elbow (drawing attention to the waist) or just above the wrist. (exposing a delicate part of her body)
  • Often she wears a peep-toe shoe

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Not only is Meryl a stylish woman, and of course an incredibly talented woman, she’s also a very wise woman.  During a recent Q & A session after accepting an honorary doctorate from Indiana University she had some advice for young people (wanting to become actors):

“For young women, I would say, don’t worry so much about your weight. Girls spend way too much time thinking about that, and there are better things.”

“For young men, and women too, what makes you different or weird, that’s your strength. Everyone tries to look a cookie-cutter kind of way, and actually the people who look different are the ones who get picked up. I used to hate my nose. Now I don’t. It’s okay.”

Bravo Meryl!

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Read about the personal style of Viviana Volpicella here, Lori Goldstein here, Constanza Pascolato here and Emmanuelle Alt here.

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How I’ll Wear My Denim Jumpsuit

14 Jul

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You’d know, if you’re one of my Facebook page followers, that I recently bought this chambray jumpsuit. (Yes this one is chambray, rather than denim)

I’ve had it for a few weeks now, but really my intention is to wear it when it gets a bit warmer, given how light the fabric is and because I very much feel the cold, I don’t know that it would be warm enough for me, this time of year.

When I mentioned I’d bought it, I had a few people say they liked it, but had no idea how they’d wear it, so I thought I’d give you a few ideas by showing you some ways I might wear it (based on my style and my age) come spring.

TIP: I think the most flattering way to wear this jumpsuit is to show a hint of ankle (like so) and a heel. Certainly I will be wearing it with my flats but I know that it will always look better on me with heels on.

In the picture above I’ve styled the jumpsuit with a Gap striped tee, navy sandals from Seed Heritage and a tan leather bag I bought in Tuscany several years ago.  (If you want to wear something underneath you’ll want something fitted. You don’t want anything that will add bulk to the mid-section)

Like everything I add to my wardrobe I want to be able to wear a piece in several different ways (those people I’ve worked with in the past will recall my challenge to wear each piece they have in at least 5 different ways)  for various occasions. For example, in the picture above I might be meeting a friend for coffee and in the picture below I may be shopping with a client.

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(Above) Jumpsuit styled with orange espadrilles from Zomp and clutch (which also has a strap and can be worn across the body) from Seed Heritage (teen section).  I might also add a pair of gold hoop earrings and a chunky gold watch.

In the image below I’ve styled the suit in a way that I might be going out for lunch or dinner perhaps. Wearing it this way feels a little bit 70′s – which I like a lot.

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Shoes are on sale here at the moment and the bag was a little D.I.Y. project here

Below is how I’d wear the jumpsuit if I was going out at night to a bar or casual restaurant. I know I’ve added the necklace but the more I look at the picture the more I think I would probably just wear the heels and carry a clutch. I like to keep things very simple when I go out in the evening. The necklace might be a bit much for me in this case.  I’d probably be more inclined to wear one or two fine gold necklaces.  (I’ll have to have a try-on and see how it feels)

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Shoes are from Jean Michel-Cazabat and the necklace is from Lovisa

Again, a casual shopping, lunching, etc, outfit.

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Shoes are from Zomp, necklace from Seed Heritage and the french market basket is from Provincial Living.

And finally, probably the way I envisage wearing the jumpsuit the most - simply throwing it on and working at home or doing some post office runs or grocery shopping or wandering to the park to eat my lunch.  I see the jumpsuit as being an easy, comfy piece that I can wear instead of slothing around in a daggy old tracksuit.  * This look, for me, would need some of my favourite tangerine lippy to feminise it, just so I don’t feel like I work as a mechanic.

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Asics sneakers and Rayban sunglasses.

..and while I haven’t shown it in the pictures, I’d also do an ankle boot, a cute little colored loafer like these and play around with alternate belts.

You can buy this chambray jumpsuit from Mix Apparel here for $29.

*Keep in mind that this item is quite cheap and that realistically it will probably not last for years and years. But that’s ok.  That’s why I was happy to only spend this amount on it.  It’s a piece that is “trendy” at the moment and might be outdated as soon as next year.  My philosophy is to invest my money on classic pieces that last me years and years (like the tan leather handbag above that I bought seven years ago) and save my money on pieces that might be a fleeting fashion phase – but I still want to experiment and have some fun with.

You can get some more ideas for how to wear a denim/chambray jumpsuit here

**I bought the jumpsuit myself. (ie I wasn’t gifted it or paid to write this post)  I just like it!

 

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