How To Remodel A Blazer

9 Aug

There’s several things that can be done to blazers to remodel them. Some are small(ish) jobs and some are major. (Ie expensive).

Here’s a few..

Lapels can be reshaped
They can be changed from three button, to two. (Sometimes)
Sleeves can be shortened or lengthened.
Shoulders can be reshaped. (Big job!)
They can be shortened. 
Taken in… or let out.

And then of course there’s buttons. I changed the buttons on this one (above) – which I talk about here

If you have a blazer that you think might be looking a bit outdated, or not fitting quite right (but still in great condition) – take it to a good tailor to see what they can do. (This is a jacket I recently had re-modeled)

If you have a blazer that you think might be looking a bit outdated, or not fitting quite right (but still in great condition) – take it to a good tailor to see what they can do. (This is a jacket I recently had re-modeled)

If you’re not sure what you have in your wardrobe that could be altered and would like my help, read about my wardrobe sessions here

Wearing..

Blazer – J.Crew
T-shirt – Country Road
Jeans – Levis
Shoes – YOOX
Bag – Furla

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You Don’t Have To Wear Anything Unless You Want To

7 Aug

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You don’t have to wear lots of jewellery

You don’t have to wear dresses

You don’t have to wear color

You don’t have to wear make up

You don’t have to wear jeans

You don’t have to wear designer

You don’t have to wear black

You don’t have to wear patterns

You don’t have to wear the latest tends

You don’t have to wear anything, unless you want to.

One of the reasons I love the style of Emmanuelle Alt (pictured) so much, is because she does what she wants to.  Emmanuelle is the editor-in-chief at Vogue Paris. She’s surrounded by the very latest fashion trends yet she pretty much always wears a variation of the same thing. She knows what looks good on her, but more importantly she knows what makes her feel good.  She dresses for herself. I’ve never seen a photo of her wearing a dress and (she talks here about how she no longer wears dresses or skirts in the video here) and I’ve only seen her wearing color (red, pink, etc) , a couple of times.  She mostly wears (rolled up) skinny black jeans, white jeans or black pants.   She pretty much always wears one of two belts. Generally just a t-shirt (with a great jacket) or a men’s shirt and often the same Cartier watch and Hermes cuff.

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For some people the way Emmanuelle dresses is boring, bland and uninteresting.  But for others, those who have a similiar style, like myself,  it’s super chic. We get it. We get that you shouldn’t feel pressured to dress in a way that doesn’t feel right for  you.  You should feel confident and comfortable in your clothes and that means dressing in a way that pleases you.   Your partner, your friends or your family might not get that you always wear pants or always wear black, but that doesn’t matter.  It’s how you feel that is most important.

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Having said all this, it’s also important that we consider the message, what we’re wearing is saying about us.  Of course there are situations, particularly in our work place, where we have to look a certain way.  (For example, if you were a pilot you wouldn’t arrive at the airport to fly the plane wearing a daggy old track suit.  Imagine the message that would send to the passengers waiting to board the plane)  But at those time’s when you’re wearing something other than what you have to for work, you want to be authentic to who you are.

So..let’s say you’ve decided you don’t want to wear heels. Flats are your thing.  Then it’s your challenge to wear fabulous flats.  Flats that represent your style.  Flats that are flattering.  No just any old daggy flats.  Emmanuelle might only wear black shoes, but they’re always stylish black shoes.  If it’s jeans you love, make sure those jeans are great jeans…..   Get it?

Whatever you choose to do when it comes to your style, do it because you want to, not because you think you “should” and do it well.

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The ‘Just-In-Case’ Outfit

6 Aug

Try and have at least one or two pieces in your wardrobe that you can rely on for different occasions.

For fancy dinners, for weddings, for dates, for funerals, for job interviews, etc.

It could be a little black dress, a cream suit, a navy jumpsuit or a couple of classic separates. (As is the case for me here).

Make sure they’re current, modern, in great condition and ready to be transformed for the particular event. (Eg. I’ve added high suede pumps, a belt, a small vintage bag, and tiny sparkly earrings – for a day at the races recently. If I was going to a bar for drinks, I might remove the belt, swap the bag and change to an ankle boot. Different look (and feel), using the same reliable classic pieces.

Remember – you don’t have to have lots and lots of clothes, to have plenty of outfits. It’s all about having the right versatile pieces

Wearing..

Blazer – J.Crew
Belt – Jigsaw
Pants – Country Road
Shoes – Jean Michel Cazabat
Bag (vintage) – Mill Markets Geelong

READ: “Do Your Classics Need An Update….Or A Revamp? here

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Matchy Matchy

24 Jul

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Matchy-Matchy is an adjective used to describe something or someone that is very or excessively colour coordinated. It is a term that is commonly used in fashion blogs to describe an outfit that is too coordinated and consists of too many of the same types of colors, patterns, fabrics, accessories, etc. “Matchy-matchy” was added to the Oxford Dictionary of English in 2010 along with 200 new words that were previously considered as slang. – Wikipedia

In the case below, wearing two pieces of the same bright color in one outfit works because the skirt and the shoes are so close to each other that it almost seems like they belong together.

The matching is not too obvious.

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Whereas in the outfit below, the matching is too much.

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In this case if the shoes, belt and bag were not a bright color (ie perhaps navy or tan) it could work – but in this case, it’s too matchy/matchy.   You notice the accessories more than the overall outfit. 

Back in the 50’s or 60’s an outfit similar to what Queen Elizabeth is wearing (above), where you matched your bag with your shoes and gloves, may have been very stylish, but just remember, we’re now in 2019 and you don’t need to match everything in your outfit to be well dressed.

In fact, being too coordinated and matchy, can age (and perhaps out-date) your look. 

That said…who knows….. just like all fashion trends, matching your shoes with you bag just might come back in to fashion one day.

READ: “How Fifty Year Old’s Dressed In the 1950’s” here 

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