It Might Be Beautiful But Does It Fit?

18 Jul

focus on fit

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It doesn’t matter if something is fancy designer and cost you a lot of money, if it fits badly, it looks bad.

Remember when Gwyneth wore this gorgeous pink dress to the Oscars?  I bet she felt uncomfortable and self conscious at a time she needed to feel beautiful and confident.

It’s not that it wasn’t a nice dress, it just didn’t fit. Supposedly she removed the piece that was designed to wear under the bodice (Breast pads or a structured bustier – I’ve read several stories), which meant the top didn’t sit properly.  It didn’t matter that the dress was Ralph Lauren and worth a squillion dollars, it didn’t look great, because it didn’t fit.

Focus on fit

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The No.1 thing I see when I do Wardrobe Overhaul’s, is clothes that don’t fit properly.

Often they’ve been bought, despite being too big or too small – “near enough will have to do” – because they’re a designer piece and because the person buying it thought it was a great bargain.

What seems like a great find at the time, ends up being a big waste of money.

Most of are not educated on how clothes should fit our bodies.  Growing up, if we could get it on and do it up, meant it fit. That’s fine if that’s enough for you, but if you want to look better than “that’ll do”,  then spend some time really looking at the way your clothes drape over your body.  Is anything pulling?  Is anything puckering? Is anything making you look bigger than you are? Is anything adding bulk to your frame?

If you’d like to learn how to know when something fits or doesn’t fit you well, book in for a Wardrobe Overhaul or Personal Shopping here 

READ: “When Pants Do This, They Don’t Fit” here

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Is Your Wardrobe Lacking Fluff And Icing?

15 Jul

bomber

You might recall a little while ago I gave you a reason you could be feeling like you have nothing to wear, despite having lots of clothes hanging in your wardrobe.  I encouraged you to think about what your wardrobe was made up of. (If you missed it you can read it here)

This is a quote from that article..

“70 percent of the clothes you own should be meat and potatoes. 30 percent should be icing and fluff — that’s colour, pattern, shine, accessories. Too many women get the proportions the other way round, then can’t figure out why they can’t get dressed” — Michael Kors.

If you took my advice (well Michael’s really) back then and made sure your wardrobe consisted of meat and potatoes, it’s now time to think about the icing and fluff.

The icing and fluff that Michael Kors talks about, is the decoration.  The pieces you need in your wardrobe to dress up your basics.  The items that you can use to highlight your personal style and show your personality.  The things that transform your basics, into outfits.

For example, if your style is classic, your icing and fluff might consist of an amazing pair of Gucci loafers and a beautiful pair of pearl earrings, that you’ll wear with your basic white t-shirt and blue jeans.

If your style is bohemian, your icing and fluff might be a fabulous fringe handbag and a gorgeous patterned silk scarf, with your basic white t-shirt and blue jeans.

You can see here, herehere, and here some fluff I’ve added to my wardrobe to wear with my meat and potatoes.

If you have plenty of great basics, but your wardrobe feels a bit dull and boring, it may well be that it’s time to start adding some fancy pieces.  Some fluff and icing!

Those fancy pieces don’t have to be expensive, (some of mine have been found in op-shops) they just need to be interesting.

*The bomber jacket above is a recent addition to my “fluff and icing”collection.

 

READ: “Is your wardrobe mostly made up of fluff and icing?” here

 

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To Drape A Jacket Over Your Shoulders…Or Not

13 Jul

Draped jacket over shoulder

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When I was looking through all the street style images from the recent Couture shows in Paris, photo after photo showed women wearing jackets draped over their shoulders.

Hmm. Could I? Would I do it I wondered.

What I like about it is that you can create a new look using the clothes you already have in your wardrobe – and I’m a big fan of doing that whenever you can.

No, it’s not an everyday look.  It won’t work for picking up the kids from school, playing golf, grocery shopping, waving or hugging (anything really where you need to use your arms), but if you happen to be going to an event – a wedding, a ball, dinner or drinks with friends – it’s an option.

I can see it working for me if I was racing off somewhere and just wanted to throw something over my shoulders for added warmth (or a splash of color), like I do sometimes with a sweater. (Remember I wrote about it here)

I can also imagine it would be handy if I were wearing something that had a neckline or a sleeve that is practically impossible to wear a jacket over. (eg. batwing or ruffled sleeves)

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drape jacket over shoulder

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Drape jacket over shoulders

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draped jacket over shoulders

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Draped jacket over shoulders

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What do you think, would you give it a go, yay or nay?

*Notice in all the photos that the sleeves are sitting close to the body, that the fabric of the jacket is not too thick and heavy, adding bulk to the frame and the shoulders are not enormous.

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Why I Use Instagram

12 Jul

Meaghan Smith Personal Stylist Melbourne

While I’m pretty terrible at taking photos of myself and feel somewhat silly doing it (and most of the time I forget), I do realise using Instagram to give you some insight into who I am and what I’m about, is a necessary part of my job.

The idea  (Which is the same reason I use Facebook) is that you can get to know me a bit before we meet. It’s a way for me to share what I think is relevant, about myself. For I do understand that for some people working with a Personal Stylist can initially feel intimidating and cause some anxiety.

I’ll also show you how I use my clothes in different ways.  For example, I might wear a pair of pants with a coat and boots in winter and the same pair in summer with a light blouse and espadrilles.

I’ll share purchases I might have made, bargains I have found (like jumpsuit that cost me $25 from Coles) any D.I.Y. projects I do (Perhaps a swapped button, a dyed pair of sneakers, or pieces I’ve pulled from the back of my wardrobe and reinvented.)  And when I remember I will also try to include a style tip.

Although you and I might have very different styles, my intention is that you might take some inspiration from the photos and use them to come up with new ways to wear some of your clothes.

Here’s a few pics I’ve posted recently…  (Mostly taken in changerooms after I’ve finished a shopping session with a client, as my mirror at home is not ideal for photo taking and sharing)

Meaghan Smith Personal Stylist Instagram

Meaghan Smith Personal Stylist Melbourne

Meaghan Smith Personal Stylist Melbourne

Meaghan Smith Personal Stylist Instagram

Meaghan Smith Personal Stylist Instagram

Meaghan Smith Personal Stylist Instagram

Meaghan Smith Personal Stylist Instagram

Meaghan Smith Personal Stylist Melbourne

Meaghan Smith Personal Stylist Melbourne

Meaghan Smith Personal Stylist Melbourne

Meaghan Smith Personal Stylist Instagram

Meaghan Smith Personal Stylist Instagram

Meaghan Smith Personal Stylist Melbourne

Meaghan Smith Personal Stylist Melbourne

Meaghan Smith Personal Stylist Melbourne

Meaghan Smith Personal Stylist Melbourne

Meaghan Smith Personal Stylist Melbourne

Meaghan Smith Personal Stylist Melbourne

Meaghan Smith Personal Stylist Melbourne

You can find me on Instagram here

READ: “I Know And Understand That Meeting Me Can Cause (Unnecessary) Anxiety” here

 

Details of my personal styling services (Including prices) here 

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