Are You Dressing Too Old?

20 Feb

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There are many reasons why some of us dress older than we need to. It may be the company we keep is older than we are; we might think the number on our drivers license dictates how we should look; we may recall that this was how our mother dressed when she was this age or we just don’t feel youthful and attractive any more.

I know when we get to a mature age it can be tricky because we can worry about dressing too young. (I’ve just turned fifty, so I’m constantly asking myself whether I think something is too young or too old for me to wear.) But I think what often happens, in trying to make sure we don’t dress too young is, we dress too old.

Fortunately there are simple changes you can make to your wardrobe that will immediately make you look and feel younger, up to date and attractive.

..and let’s face it, every woman, despite their age, size, lifestyle, shape or budget deserves to feel good about themselves.

You can see in these before an after photos what a difference clothes can make.

In this photo the clothes are ill-fitting, shapeless, unflattering, outdated and drab.

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In the photo below, the same woman is wearing clothes that, without being too tight or uncomfortable,  highlight the figure, fit quite well, show a little bit of skin and are more modern.

She looks younger.  (And slimmer)

style makeover

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Do you feel trapped in the fashion past and stuck in a world of beige, plain, sensible, too big, drab, unflattering, clothes?

Consider the following when assessing whether your wardrobe is too old and whether you need a fashion makeover

  • There is not one fitted, figure enhancing item in your wardrobe
  • You haven’t updated your reading or sunglasses in fifteen years
  • You wear your hair the same way you did in primary school
  • You either don’t own a pair of jeans or the ones you do have are acid washed and the waist is almost up to your armpits
  • The only handbag you use is the one your Nana gave you for your 21st
  • Your last bra fitting was also your first
  • 99% of what you have in your wardrobe is functional and comfortable, rather than stylish and flattering
  • The only pair of heels in your cupboard are the ones packed away in a box with your wedding dress
  • You still have and from time to time wear, outdated outfits you wore to work in the eighties
  • The majority of your wardrobe is two sizes too big or too small

Are you dressing too old?

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How To Freshen Up Your Look Without Spending A Lot Of Money

13 Feb

When you decide you want to update your style and your wardrobe, it doesn’t necessarily mean you need to buy lots of new clothes. Not everyone is in the position to do that.

It might mean reinventing some of the pieces you already have or being creative and coming up with new outfits, that feel fresh and different.

Last week I worked with a lady (reviewing her wardrobe) who had a beautiful dress in a fabric and color she adored, but the shape of it was no longer working for her. Rather than getting rid of it I suggested she have it made into a skirt. She loved the idea. I do it myself with my clothes, when I get bored with something. I might change a sleeve, adjust a length, dye it or in the case of this blazer….swap over the buttons.

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Before And After

12 Feb

This pea coat was about to be thrown out.

While I love it, in fact it’s one of my favourite pieces – I knew I couldn’t wear it like this (below) anymore.  I had to do something to save it or it needed to be ditched. 

Firstly, I tried using this little comb (testing it on a small area), but it didn’t work.  It was pulling and tearing at the fabric – it was too rough for it.

So when I saw someone mention this little de-pilling device on Instagram, I thought I’d give it a go …and it worked a treat!

It now looks as good as new.

You can watch how I did it here

How you take care of your clothes is very important – both for ensuring they wear well and last as long as they should, but also so that you look well put together.  You’ll never look stylish if you leave the house with frayed, scuffed, faded, stained, pilled, creased…or like you slept in the dogs basket, with fluff or hair, all of your clothes.  Go the extra step and take great care of the pieces you invest in.

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7 Feb

When I’m not at a client’s home going through their wardrobe or taking them shopping, one of the things I might be doing – is research.

This could mean online searching, ringing around, calling into stores and chatting to the staff about what’s new and what’s coming in soon… and lots of trying on.

(I try on to see how things fit size wise but also to see how they look on the body – perhaps how the fabric drapes and moves- as well as how they feel.) *Comfort is a very high priority for the majority of my clients – and me!  I’ll also be looking to see how well – or not – the garment is made (despite the cost) and I’ll be sampling new season styles.

Research and preparation is done so that I can put together a suggested itinerary of stores to visit and a list of pieces to try – but also to ensure that our time together is well spent and not wasted.

Here’s me trying on pieces in Zara 🙂

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