Is Your Handbag Flattering Your Frame?

17 May

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If creating a longer leaner look is important to you, then one thing you can pay attention to is your handbag – the size and shape of it and where it sits on your body.

A wide chunky (maybe slouchy) crossbody bag that sits at the largest point of your hips, will make your frame appear broader (particularly if you’re petite) than a narrow structured bag that sits close to the indent of your waist.

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Chunky, with a wide bottom and sitting on the hip.

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Structured, narrow and sitting close to the waist.

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Why Clothes Matter

16 May

FURTHER READING: “Are Your Clothes Saying What You Want Them To?” here

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How I Use Pinterest To Come Up With New Outfits

11 May

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I’ve talked before about using Pinterest to help you develop your style.  This time I thought I’d give you an example of how I use it to give me ideas for new outfits using the clothes I have in my wardrobe.

Recently I can across the image above while I was scanning through my feed.  It instantly caught my eye. To be honest I think it was probably the red shoes that grabbed my attention.  (If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know I have a thing for red)

The simplicity of the outfit and the combination of gingham, white and red, appealed to me.

While I don’t wear shorts (well maybe if I was on a beachy holiday) and I’m certainly not as young or tall as Alexa, I was inspired by the photo to come up with this outfit (Using all pieces I had in my wardrobe)…

When you’re looking at images on Pinterest I want you to try and look past the fact that the women in the photos might be younger, older, thinner, taller, shorter than you.  I want you to use the photos as inspiration and ask yourself,  if you see something that appeals to you, how you could interpret the look to suit you.

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How To Wear The Pleated Skirt In Autumn and Winter

28 Apr

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If you bought a pleated skirt (which if you didn’t know, are very fashionable at the moment) in summer and you thought you’d have to pack it away now til next year – it’s not the case at all.

When it was warm you may have worn it with a cami, blouse or tee and sandals, now in autumn and then into winter, try winterfying it by teaming it with a knit, jacket, tights and boots, pumps or brogues.  (If it’s warm enough – or you don’t feel the cold like I do – you can even wear it with bare legs and sneakers)

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Like all things fashion, this style won’t work for everyone, but if you like the look, don’t be afraid to give the pleated skirt a try.  (What have you got to lose!) Some of my clients, who were not completely sold on the idea at first, have been very pleasantly surprised that, with clever styling (on top and on the feet), the right fabric, length and fit (you want it to skim rather than cling over the hips) it has worked beautifully for them and has added an interesting and versatile piece to their wardrobe.  (I’d wear mine to a wedding, to the races, out shopping or to lunch. I’ll try and remember to show you on Instagram.)

This, this and this  are a few of the good ones I’ve seen lately, but I also bought one from ASOS for myself recently.

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