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A New Outfit Wearing My Old Clothes

17 Jul

A New Outfit Wearing My Old Clothes

 

Leonie and I worked together about 3 years ago. We did a Wardrobe Overhaul and an everyday winter shop.

She emailed me last week and said she felt herself falling back into some of her old ways – wearing the same thing over and over, day after day, and wasting money buying things (in the sales) that she had no idea what to do with.  (And as result didn’t wear!)

She was getting bored with her clothes..and worse..herself.

I suggested I come over and we play around with her clothes and see if we could come up with some new outfits – then take some pics so she could have some go to outfits – which should eliminate daily what to wear stress. It could be that some pieces in her wardrobe are getting tired and need refreshing, and/or it could be that she just needs to feel excited about her clothes and getting dressed again.

To (hopefully) inspire her and show her what possibilities could be hiding within her wardrobe I wore a new (never worn) outfit today – using all old pieces.

I’ve had the jeans, the belt and the shoes for about 3 years, the blouse is about 8 years old and I bought the trench in 2006.  The bag – a statement that adds freshness to the old clothes, I bought about 18 months ago. The only new thing I’m wearing is a Uniqlo Heattech camisole under my blouse for warmth.

You can find the details of what I’m wearing here

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What I’m Planning To Add To My Wardrobe For Autumn

20 Feb

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When I changed careers several years ago, my clothes needed to change too.

I was working at an Investment Bank so most of my wardrobe was made up of suits, crisp shirts, heels and blazers, but when I started being a Personal Stylist, my needs were different. My style was still classic, but it needed to transition from corporate classic into a more casual, fashionable classic.

Before I went out and bought new clothes I made the conscious decision to simplify my wardrobe, and how I dressed, and also decided that I would build a wardrobe around a color palette, which was black, white, grey and navy.

Having these colors as my primary base means that everything works together and therefore dressing is easy.

Over time, for variety,  I would add bits and pieces in other colors  – red, orange, cobalt blue, fuchsia – that would complement the neutral basics.   (You can see some examples of my colored pieces here, here and here.)

I’m now ready to introduce a new neutral.  One that I know will work well with all my other neutrals and a lot of my colored pieces.

Last year my color was red (If you follow me on Instagram you would have seen I added a red jacket, a red silk blouse, red espadrilles and red sneakers) This year my new color is khaki (or thereabouts)

These are some photos I’ve saved on Pinterest for inspiration…

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What are the primary basic colors you’ve built your wardrobe around?  (For you it could be beige, charcoal, cream, white, etc) If you haven’t (and your wardrobe is only made up of lots of colors and patterns) it could be one of the reasons you find putting outfits together difficult and you feel like you have nothing to wear.

READ: “Wearing Old Pieces In New Ways” here   (About how I slowly transitioned my wardrobe over from my old lifestyle, to my new lifestyle)

You can keep an eye on my Instagram here, to see how I go with one of my autumn style goals

Details of my personal styling services (Including prices) here

Get to know more about me and my style on Facebook here

I’m Taking A Trip..

2 Aug

I’m taking a *trip at the end of this month for a couple of weeks.

So…..if you’ve been thinking about booking in for a Wardrobe Overhaul,  some outfit planning or shopping in preparation for spring, now’s the time to do it (while I still have availability before I head away).

I’m also taking bookings for my return in mid September (Which can start to be the beginning of crazy time in the lead up to the Spring Racing Carnival, so secure your appointment now)

Don’t miss out!  (Email me here for my availability)

(Keep in mind I take shopping appointments til 7pm Monday – Thursday.  I’m squeezing in as many sessions as I can, to get you ready for spring, before I go)

You’ll be able to follow my trip (what I pack, what I discover, what I buy, where I go, what I do and what I’d recommend) on Instagram here.

Details of my Personal Styling Services are here

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How I Get Myself Out Of A Style Slump

21 Jun

 

If you’re feeling yourself falling back into a style rut, if you’re starting to get a bit tired and bored with your clothes and your current look, if you’re getting stuck each morning putting something to wear together and you’re really not sure what to buy to inject some freshness into your wardrobe……perhaps it’s time for a Wardrobe Review.

Although we’re only a few weeks into winter I recently found myself feeling a bit blah about some of my clothes, and felt like I needed to shake things up a bit.

I’m just like everyone else.  I find myself getting a bit lazy, bored, unexcited about my clothes and putting outfits together.  For me it can happen when I’m busy, tired, stressed or have other things on my mind.  I start to reach for the easy option and wear the same thing over and over.  Fortunately, I’m very aware of it when it happens and I know how to pull myself out it.

Firstly, I spend some time going through images on Pinterest to get some fresh new ideas.  (I particularly focus on pictures I’ve collected in “My Style” and “My Style Role Models” boards so I can be reminded of what I love.

Then I sit down and reassess my style.  I’ll make a list of about 5 or 6 words that describe the personal style (and the image) that currently feels right for me based on my lifestyle.  (Doing this keeps me on track with what I need to achieve the look)

Once I’ve done that I’ll go through each and every piece of clothing I have (for that particular season) and work out whether they’re still working for me.  Do I need to freshen them up?  Do I need to see if I can come up with a new way to wear them? Do I need to reinvent (alter) them? Do I need to buy something that will give it new life?  (As I did here)  Or do I simply need to let them go?

Next up, I’ll spend some time playing around with new outfit combinations with the intention of trying to come up with at least 3 – 5 ways to wear each piece.  (If you follow me on Instagram you’ll see that I try to show you how I use my clothes in lots of different ways and that you don’t necessarily need a lot of clothes, to have lots of outfits)

Doing this not only creates new outfits, but also gives me a good idea of what gaps I have in my wardrobe.  (For example, I may discover that there’s a skirt I wore in summer that would work well in winter with the right knit, tights and boots)

Dressing stylishly is not just about how you look.  It’s also about how you feel.  Winter is long and can be miserable and dreary, so it’s important that we dress in a way that uplifts us and makes us feel good about ourselves.  If some of the pieces you’re wearing now to get through winter, are tired, drab or outdated, that’s how they’ll make you feel.

If you need some help getting unstuck from your winter style slump – perhaps a Wardrobe Review or some Outfit Planning (or both!) shoot me through an email here

*If you’re not sure about which style session is right for you, we can have a chat about it and I can help you decide.

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