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Black And White

6 Dec

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“Tell me about this floral (pink, yellow, green, orange, red, blue) top”, I ask my client during her Wardrobe Overhaul, “Do you love it?”

“No”, comes the response, “I bought it because I thought I should add more color to my wardrobe.”  “I hate it!”

There’s a misconception, I’ve discovered since doing this job, that to look interesting you need to wear lots of color and pattern – but it’s simply not true.

In fact, as you can see in the pictures below and above, often the most stylish and sophisticated looks can be achieved by simply wearing black and white.

And there’s nobody better to highlight this than the women who personify style than Grace, Jackie and Audrey.

My tips to make certain your black and white outfit looks chic, rather than bland, are to:

  • Ensure the black is very black and the white is very white (ie those faded pants you’ve been wearing to work for the past 7 years won’t cut it)
  • Make sure the fit is impeccable.  (Because black and white is so clean, an ill- fitting silhouette will be highlighted)
  • Keep the cuts and styles modern (Rather than outdated)
  • Put plenty of consideration into how you decorate your black and white pieces (Don’t let down an otherwise great outfit with a daggy, sensible shoe or scruffy handbag)

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CHALLENGE – Pull out all the black and white pieces  (including, t-shirts, belts, scarves, shoes, knits, etc) from your wardrobe and put them on the bed.  After checking them all out to determine whether they make the cut, come up with at least 5 different outfits using these pieces.  Be creative!

READ: “How To Not Look Like A Waiter Wearing Black And White” here

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How To Remodel A Blazer

9 Aug

There’s several things that can be done to blazers to remodel them. Some are small(ish) jobs and some are major. (Ie expensive).

Here’s a few..

Lapels can be reshaped
They can be changed from three button, to two. (Sometimes)
Sleeves can be shortened or lengthened.
Shoulders can be reshaped. (Big job!)
They can be shortened. 
Taken in… or let out.

And then of course there’s buttons. I changed the buttons on this one (above) – which I talk about here

If you have a blazer that you think might be looking a bit outdated, or not fitting quite right (but still in great condition) – take it to a good tailor to see what they can do. (This is a jacket I recently had re-modeled)

If you have a blazer that you think might be looking a bit outdated, or not fitting quite right (but still in great condition) – take it to a good tailor to see what they can do. (This is a jacket I recently had re-modeled)

If you’re not sure what you have in your wardrobe that could be altered and would like my help, read about my wardrobe sessions here

Wearing..

Blazer – J.Crew
T-shirt – Country Road
Jeans – Levis
Shoes – YOOX
Bag – Furla

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

8 Jul

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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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Pattern

25 Jun

I’ve mentioned before that I have a thing for patterned pants (while I generally don’t feel comfortable wearing a print on top)

When I wear patterns one thing I’m conscious of, is choosing a print that’s in scale with my petite size. I tend to favour small gingham, check, stripes and of course, animal prints.

Large florals or big bold geometric prints could be too overwhelming for my little frame. It’s not to say I wouldn’t try a large print, but more than likely I’d end up reverting to something smaller. .

Details of what I’m wearing can be found here (Tap on the image)

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