Wearing Old Pieces In New Ways

16 Dec

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When I left my job in banking to pursue a different career, I found myself with a wardrobe full of clothes that didn’t really fit my new life.  There were tailored suits, crisp shirts, wide leg trousers, fitted blazers and classic pumps.

At the time I didn’t have a lot of money to spend on buying a whole new wardrobe, so I had a good look at what I had and came up with ideas for how I could use my corporate clothes in different ways.

Some of my work pants, still in very good condition, were taken to my tailor to be remodelled and modernised, shirts were worn casually by rolling up the sleeves and accessorising with more jewellery than I would normally have worn to work and blazers were teamed with jeans (sometimes belted).

My change in lifestyle and lack of clothing budget at the time forced me to come up with different ways to wear what was in my wardrobe until I had the budget to start adding more pieces.  It made me look at my clothes in a way I hadn’t considered previously.  It felt challenging and creative and it meant that I wasn’t quite as desperate for new clothes, as I thought I was.

*While the image above might not at all represent your style, I hope you can take some inspiration from it.  What’s hanging in your wardrobe (maybe a structured, normally only worn to work, blazer) that could be worn in a way you might not have thought about before?

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Dressing Stylishly On A Budget

16 Dec

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One of the things on my clients shopping list a couple of days ago, was white jeans.

Between 8 – 10 pairs were tried on at different stores (at various different prices) and in the end these were my favourites.  (This many pairs were tried on because none of them were quite right, so we continued searching. Remember near enough is not good enough)

They were the best fit, fabric and flattering shape and were on sale at Uniqlo for $29.

While some things are certainly worth investing in, you don’t need to spend a lot of money to dress stylishly –  you just need to pay attention to how something fits and flatters.

In case you missed it, here are some ideas for how to wear your white jeans and here are some tips for how NOT to wear your white jeans.

*If you’d like to be alerted to sales, discover some of my shopping finds (like above) you might want to follow me on Facebook here or Instagram here.

**All details of my styling experiences (including prices) can be found here 

My Latest Favourite Hair Product

9 Dec

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With a cowlick, a bit of frizz and very fine hair, my fringe has a mind of it’s own at the best of times. So when you add into the mix my oily skin, by the end of the day (particularly in summer) my fringe can start to look a bit tragic.

Thank goodness for dry shampoo.

If I’m going out after work or working late with a client, I can race home spray some of this into my hair, let it do it’s magic (it absorbs the oil) and I feel refreshed.

I bought the Batiste Dry Shampoo at my local chemist for about $9.  I imagine you can also pick it up at Priceline.  The only thing I don’t love about this one is that it’s a light color, so you have to make sure you get it all out otherwise your hair looks grey. I know you can get dry shampoo for brunettes – I just haven’t found it yet. (Any recommendations?)

If you missed it, you can read about my tumultuous relationship with my hair (and have a laugh at my looks over the years) here

Sophia Loren Says..

2 Dec

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“A woman’s dress should be like a barbed-wire fence: serving it’s purpose without obstructing the view”

– Sophia Loren

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