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Where I Learnt About Tailoring

1 Dec

Much of what I know about tailoring and how clothes should fit, I learnt from Jose.

He’s been doing alterations to my clothes for about 15 years – while I’ve been observing and absorbing everything he does and asking him hundreds of (possibly annoying) questions, quizzing him on why he’s doing what he’s doing, what can be done, what can’t be done, where should a shoulder sit, a sleeve finish, etc, etc)

If you need anything made or altered go and see Jose Zarpan and tell him I sent you. He’s on Level 3 in the Nicholas Building, Swanson St, Melbourne.    (You can read what some of my clients who I have introduced Jose to, said about working with him on my Facebook page here)

*This is not a sponsored post, and I don’t receive any “kickbacks”/commission from Jose, I just think he’s very good and am very happy to highly recommend him.

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Are You Playing It A Bit Too Safe?

18 Oct

culottes

 

Are you experimental with your style or do you tend to stick to the same thing? (ie What’s safe!) 

Do you find yourself trying on or buying things that you already have a version or two (or ten) of, in your wardrobe?  For me, it’s stripes or leopard print.  (You can see me wearing both here and here)

BUT….despite being attracted and drawn to those things I always challenge myself to try new styles (and new stores).

It might be a new t-shirt in a fabric different to what I already have, a new style of jeans or a new trend in shoes. 

If you’re stuck in a bit of a style rut, and you’re not sampling new things, this could be one of the reasons. 

For example, have you tried culottes?

These ones pictured are by Country Road.  A few of my clients have bought a pair recently, despite looking a bit stunned when I initially suggested giving them a try.

You might like them, you might hate them.  Really what have you got to lose?  

YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE TO READ: “You Don’t Have To Be Trendy To Be Current And Fashionable” Here

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Duchess Kate Wears One Of My Favourites

3 Sep

Kate Middleton Gap Pants

image via here

 

It seems I’m not the only one who is a fan of Gap.

If you know what to look for there’s some great pieces to be found.  (As mentioned here in my previous post I certainly have some Gap favourites)

Kate Middleton Gap Pants

Duchess of Cambridge Gap patterned pants

image via here

Kate Gap pants

image via here

Gap patterned pants

I took a picture yesterday of the patterned pants they have in-store in Melbourne at the moment. (They also come in plain colors)  They retail for about $85, but if you go into the store today (Sunday) they’re 40% off.

*In case you’re wondering there is not an Australian online store.

TIP: A couple of things to consider if you go and try them on.  They will stretch a bit, so make sure you get the right size.  Also make sure the length is right.  Check, if they are sitting a little too short on your ankle, that they can be taken down.  (I can’t recall if there’s much of a hem you could work with)

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200 Years Of Australian Fashion

22 Mar

200 Years Of Australian Fashion

Even I get a bit bored and unenthused with my current wardrobe of clothes and how I’m dressing, every now and then.

It usually happens at the very end of a season, where I’ve been wearing the same thing (eg. knits, dark coats and jackets) a lot and find myself falling into a rut.

When I feel myself going there, I know I need to make some changes. It might be playing around with different looks and coming up with new outfits from the pieces in my wardrobe, introducing a few new things (more than likely shoes) or I do something that gets the creative juices flowing and inspires me.

That could be catching up with a stylish friend and talking about fashion, watching a film, (like this) flicking through a mountain of Vogues, browsing through Pinterest or Instagram (This is one of my favourite accounts), or going to an exhibition like the one I went to last weekend.  200 Years of Australian Fashion.

The exhibition showcases the works of more than 90 designers over two centuries of fashion design in Australia.

From the seventies onwards it was like a stroll down memory lane – particularly with the  music playing throughout.  (Which I thought made the exhibition)

As I wandered through it I was reminded what I was doing, wearing and listening to through the various years.

For example, there was one section I walked into, where I immediately was transported to a time when I had just finished school and had started work. The clothes were versions of what I was wearing and the tunes were exactly what I was listening to at the time.

Aside from the flashbacks to my past, I came away feeling inspired and uplifted. The exhibition, particularly through the 70’s and 80’s, was a good reminder of how fun, joyful and expressive fashion and style can be. I concluded that, it might be time to start taking a few more fashion risks…

Without spoiling it for you, this is a little glimpse into the exhibition.

200 Years of Australian Fashion

How on earth did women sit down when they wore a bustle?

200 Years of Australian Fashion

200 years of Australian Fashion

200 Years of Australian Fashion

200 Years of Australian Fashion

From Merivale & Mr John. Any Melbournians remember the Collins St. store?

200 years of Australian fashion

200 years of Australian Fashion

200 years of Australian Fashion

200 years of Australian fashion

200 Years of Australian Fashion

This was one of my favourites.  It’s hard to see, but it’s a fabulous knit – with leather sleeves. You need to see it close up to appreciate the work involved.200 Years of Australian Fashion

If you’re at a loose end over Easter, go along. Take a girlfriend and reminiscence about what you wore, what you were listening to, (perhaps who you were dating) and what you were doing, back when…

200 Years of Australian Fashion Ian Potter Centre: NGV, Federation Square.

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