What To Consider When Shopping In Cheap and Cheerful Stores

22 Mar

I was told by someone who worked in Spain at the head office of a well known clothing brand, that their clothes were designed to last 16 washes.

Whether it’s right or not, I’m not sure, but I always keep this in mind when I buy anything from them. (or similar stores). What it means is that when you buy cheap and cheerful fast fashion, the pieces are not intended to have a long life. You might notice your new t-shirt loses shape after just one wash; even though you’ve only had them 6 months, the crotch of your jeans starts to wear out and a thread is hanging from every buttonhole of a shirt, after only a few wears.  

If you want to invest in and build a wardrobe of clothes that have longevity, rather than fill it with stuff (that you might have to throw out after a few washes or wear shabbily) buy quality pieces.

For example, the shirt I wore in the photo above is 100% silk. It cost me a fairly hefty price about 3 or 4 years ago, but it still looks like new and I imagine if I take good care of it, I’ll have it for another 3 or 4 years – at least. It won’t stop me from buying from the cheaper brands  (If you follow me on Instagram you’ll notice I often wear cheap and cheerful) but I’m very conscious of making sure their pieces don’t make up the bulk of my wardrobe.

(Note: Buying quality pieces does not necessarily mean expensive or designer.  I consider the jeans I’m wearing in this photo to be of good quality and they only cost me about $50)

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Why I Need To Take Oprah Shopping For Jeans

19 Mar

When jeans are too long they can look sloppy, ill-fitting, add unnecessary bulk to the frame and even make your legs appear shorter than they are.

Oprah needs to come jeans shopping with me so I can teach her how to know when jeans fit properly and show her the most flattering length to wear them. 😉

Sometimes just the smallest alteration can make a big difference.

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How To Reinvent Your Blazers

27 Feb

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If you’re like me and you have a collection of blazers you’ve gathered over the years, you might consider trying this new(ish) look for autumn.

A logo/print/band/statement t-shirt, under a blazer.

It’s a casual (yet smart) way to wear some of your blazers that have in the past, felt restricted to just wearing to work.

It means reinventing an old piece from your wardrobe and wearing it in a new way.  (Like I did with this sentimental old jacket)

(You can see how I wore my velvet blazer with a Mickey Mouse t-shirt here)

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For those wondering, I don’t think this is a look that has an age restriction.  Everyone can do it.  You just need to find a tee that represents you and your style. (And of course, one that’s flattering)  For some it might be a favourite band (ACDC?) and for others it could be something with an artsy pattern or some sparkle on it.

If you fancy the idea of a gingham blazer, this is one that I like in the stores at the moment.  You can buy it here  *It’s $299 or $209 when you shop with me (With my stylist discount).

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Introducing A New Styling Session – Shopping For Jeans

21 Feb

Whether you’re petite, curvy, lean, 30 or over seventy, there’s an ideal pair of jeans for you.

Great jeans will make you feel stylish and confident. They will fit in all the right places and feel comfortable.  They’re one of the most versatile pieces of clothing you can have in your wardrobe.  You’ll be able to wear them to work on casual Friday with a blazer and boots, on the weekend with a t-shirt and casual sneakers and to a party with heels and a blouse.

However, finding a pair of jeans that are flattering and stylish can be frustrating and overwhelming; after all there are literally hundreds of different brands, styles, washes and fits to navigate your way through.

Because there are so many options available, it’s not uncommon to hear someone say they returned home from a jeans shopping expedition exhausted and dissatisfied or even worse – with a pair of “they’ll just have to do”  jeans.

Do you need new jeans but have no idea where to start?  Then my new styling session is for you.

The idea is that we only shop for a new pair of jeans (or two) for you. Perhaps your current ones need updating or you feel that you’d like to sample some different styles to what you’re already wearing – maybe something new and fresh for autumn. (Sick of your skinnies?)

The session is for one hour – maybe in your lunch break or after work.

*If, by chance, we are able to find the perfect pair of jeans in 10 minutes, you can use the extra time leftover to shop for something else.  We’ll play it by ear.  (Obviously though, I will not be researching anything else for you, so it will be off the cuff)

Just to get you thinking, these are a few things some of my clients have not known about jeans, til I taught them.

  • The placement and shape of the back pockets to give you the best butt shape
  • What to avoid to not make the butt, hips and thighs look bigger than they are.
  • What rise to look for (ie Length from crotch to waist band.) Low rise, mid rise, high rise, etc.
  • What the most flattering style is for your body shape
  • How to prevent buying jeans that stretch out and become baggy every time you wear them
  • Whether whiskers work for your shape (ie Pre-fabricated creases that create a broken-in and worn look in the denim at the crotch/upper thigh level.)
  • What length you should wear them
  • The shape of the back yoke. (Which will have an effect on how flattering they are on your butt)
  • How they should fit at the knee.
  • Where to shop

*Of course I’ll also answer any questions you might have about taking care of your jeans, altering them, and one of the most common questions I get, what shoes to wear with them.  (How to wear ankle boots with them is a query I get regularly.

An added bonus is that at a few of my favourite stores for shopping for jeans, including Levis, Country Road, Trenery and Saba, I receive up to a 35% discount.  (Which applies to not only jeans)

The price of a one hour jeans shop is currently $120 for one hour/$180 for 1.5 hours.

*You can do a jeans shopping session with a friend or two, and share the cost, however, an hour might be a bit tight.  I’d advise an hour and a half or two.  (We can chat about it!)

The difference a flattering pair of jeans can make


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