You’ve Bought The Dress But Have You Thought About The Underwear

23 Oct

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The Melbourne Cup Carnival is only a week away.  If you’re planning on going to any of the race days and in the process of putting together an outfit,  don’t forget to think about your underwear.

There’s no point wearing a beautiful dress if you’re not going to get the foundation garments right.

Think about it now. Have a dress rehearsal. Try on your outfit in good light and work out what you need. Don’t just leave it til the morning of the event to put on your dress and discover you have a revealing bra strap, a wobbly tummy or lumps and bumps around the thigh where the underpants dig into your leg.

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You’ve gone to all that effort to put together something lovely to wear don’t spoil it by neglecting the little details.

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TIP: If you’ve bought the outfit but not yet the underwear, take what you plan to wear to the underwear store with you.  Show your dress to one of the staff in the store and ask them to suggest what might work and then try the underwear and the dress on together.

Read, “Top Ten Tips For Surviving The Spring Carnival In Style” here

 

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The Personal Style of Costanza Pascolato

13 Oct

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I aspire to be half as stylish and elegant as Italian born, Brazilian Vogue contributor, Costanza Pascolato when I’m 75.

There’s a lot we can take for inspiration,  from observing how Costanza dresses and styles herself.

She keeps her canvas very simple generally in slim pants or jeans and a basic top, but then decorates with oversized sunglasses, a fabulous jacket, statement jewellery (Did you notice her skull ring?) and amazing shoes. (Often the Valentino Rockstuds)  And then of course, there’s her signature coiffed hair.

About aging, on Garance Dore’s site, Costanza was quoted as saying..

“I am a lucky person. All women in my family were strong and positive. They taught me to accept aging. But of course, they were intelligent, elegant, and my mother was very beautiful. The new generation follows their examples: my daughter Consuelo is 50 and looks great. And Alessandra is 48 and looks much younger than her age. We all have a sense that life is a privilege. So we treat our bodies (and souls) gracefully. I do a lot of exercise, eat well etc., but I do not try to look much younger than I am. I only want to look the best for my age (74), and that, happily, makes me stay away from anxiety.”

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The Personal Style of Meryl Streep here

The Personal Style of Viviana Volpicella here

The Personal Style of Emmanuelle Alt here

Read more about Costanza  (& her style essentials) here

 

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The Often Forgotten Decorative Piece…The Watch

10 Oct

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I did a poll on my Facebook page recently asking people to tell me whether they wore a watch or not.  As I’d imagined many people said they no longer need one because they just use their phone.

But rather than just think of a watch as being something we use to tell the time, think of it as something that decorates your clothes and helps to show your personality in the same way a belt, bag, a pair glasses or shoes do.

Just like all the things you have in your wardrobe and your accessory collection, think about whether the watch you own is something that represents your style.  For example, if you like to wear pretty, feminine clothes a man style chunky watch might not feel right.  Similarly, if your style is classic, tailored, maybe a little bit minimalist, a delicate watch with sparkly detail, probably wont work for you.

And if you’ve got a watch you love, draw attention to it. (And your delicate wrists)  Don’t just keep it hidden underneath your clothes.  Paint your nails, wear a ring, roll up your sleeves and/or team it with one or two bracelets. Make your fabulous watch a feature of your outfit.

You can see below the impact a watch can have on your clothes and to your overall look.

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You can see the watch I’m currently wearing (while I’m eyeing off this one and in my dreams this one) on my Instagram page here 

Do you wear a watch these days or do you just rely on your phone to tell the time?

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The Cardigan….As A Top

1 Oct

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Most of us have a cardie in the cupboard.

They have many purposes.  We keep one on the back of our chair because the office airconditioning means we often need to wear something long sleeve despite how warm it is outside; we carry one with us in case it cools down while we’re out and about and we use one to cover our arms if we’re wearing something with no sleeves.

But did you know a cardigan can also be worn as a top?

You can either wear nothing under it, wear a camisole or as I often do, a tank top/singlet.  (This is what I generally wear under mine for some tummy support)

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again and again, challenge yourself to wear your clothes in different ways.  You’ll find if you do this you don’t need as many things in your wardrobe as you thought you did.

*Take care of your cardies.  Don’t just throw them in the wash with your towels.  Read the washing instructions and follow them.  Some require hand washing and some can be washed in the washing machine on a gentle cycle.  If the fabric starts to get small balls on it gently remove them with a de-piller,  (Buy them from Lincraft, Cleggs, Spotlight, $2 shops, etc) or if you’ve had it for a while, consider whether it’s time to let it go.

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