Just Because It’s Your Usual Size And You Can Get It On, Doesn’t Mean It Fits

3 Nov

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Two (generally) size 12 women go into a store together.

One is five foot 2 (considered a petite) – she has a defined waist and her hips, bottom and thighs are wider than her bust and/or shoulders. (Commonly known as triangular in shape).

The other is five foot 9 – her shoulders, bust and hips are about the same size, with no defined waist. (Commonly known as rectangular in shape).

Remember both generally wear a size 12.

There is no way that the size 12 in the store will fit them both beautifully. It might roughly fit, (ie they might be able to get it on) but that’s about it.

In this case, when something fits you sort of ok – it’s then up to you to decide whether you walk away or whether you commit to having it altered.  Near enough, is not good enough. 

*As a petite it can be challenging to find clothes that fit me well.  If I find something I love that doesn’t fit just right, I buy it with the proviso I can return it, then I take it to my tailor to see if he can alter it to fit me. This might mean having it lifted on the shoulders or waist, the seams run in through the middle, the sleeves shortened or just a simple hem taken up.

Learn how to tell when something doesn’t fit you properly. It’s the number one thing I see in the wardrobes that I help overhaul. Lots of women buy clothes that don’t fit them, then just settle for wearing them ill- fitting. Often they can tell something isn’t right – because they know when they put something on that it doesn’t feel great – but they’re not sure why.

Despite your budget, ensuring each item in your wardrobe fits well, (whether it’s a t-shirt, blazer or pair of jeans) will instantly give your look a stylish upgrade.

*If you’d like me to teach you about how clothes should fit contact me here 

READ: “It might be beautiful but does it fit you properly” here 

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The Shoe That Will Freshen Up And Modernise Your Existing Wardrobe

1 Nov

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Once you’ve found yourself a cool pair of sneakers try wearing them with unexpected pieces from your wardrobe.

The skirt you wore to your child’s christening, the slim black pants you wear to work or the trench coat you save for weddings or meetings.

Sneakers can add a freshness to your wardrobe by casualing (I may have made that word up) down some of your more formal pieces – so that you’re wearing them rather than just looking at them hanging in your wardrobe.

REMEMBER to keep your sneakers looking like they’re fresh out of the box – rather than like you’ve been out working on the farm in them.

TIP: Note the length of this skirt with the sneakers. Be careful you’re not wearing your skirt, with your sneakers, at a dowdy unflattering length.

See how some of the women who inspired me while I was recently in Paris, wore their sneakers here 

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This Is One Thing Your Wardrobe Needs For Spring

15 Aug

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It’s time to start thinking about what your wardrobe needs for spring.

Go through it and consider what should be replaced (ie what’s looking tired) and what gaps need filling. (Preventing you from creating more outfits).

Do you need fresh new t-shirts, have you got great shoes to wear when it warms up and do you have at least one casual jacket? (Ie not a coat and not a cardigan)

Maybe, if it works for your style and lifestyle – a denim jacket?

(If you already have one, does it still cut it? Does it still look current or has it become outdated?)

*See me wearing my denim jacket – which I’ve had for about 16 yrs here

If you need help working out what gaps need filling and/or filling them you can book in for a styling session here

READ: “The Denim Jacket” here

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The A-Line Casual Skirt

11 Aug

After my recent post about me wearing a denim skirt, (here) I’ve had a few of my clients message me to see if I knew where they could find one similar. (Mine was a last summer purchase)

I did a bit of research and I thought I’d share my finds with you (given many of you are my clients)

A-line skirts are great if…

  • you’re a triangular shape and you have difficulty finding skirts that fit both your waist and your hips/thighs (keep in mind there’s still a good chance you need to go that extra step and have it altered to fit perfectly)
  • if you want to visually lengthen your legs
  • if you want to create an hourglass shape using your clothes
  • if you want to accentuate your waist
  • if you want to (visually) create a waist

….basically, they’re all round great UNLESS you wear one that doesn’t fit you properly (particularly the length) and it looks dowdy.

The one pictured above (has only a slight A-line but still does all of the above and is probably my favourite out of all of them here), and the three below are not quite the same as my longer length wrap style, but still good and worth checking out, nonetheless.  Each of these featured, I’ve seen on some of my clients and would recommend giving them a try.

*Keep in mind with this one that the belt can be removed and replaced with something else.

All of these skirts can be found here (for as little as $39)

READ: “The Skirt That Flatters Most Body Shapes” here

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