Tag Archives: Clothes maintenance

Before And After

12 Feb

This pea coat was about to be thrown out.

While I love it, in fact it’s one of my favourite pieces – I knew I couldn’t wear it like this (below) anymore.  I had to do something to save it or it needed to be ditched. 

Firstly, I tried using this little comb (testing it on a small area), but it didn’t work.  It was pulling and tearing at the fabric – it was too rough for it.

So when I saw someone mention this little de-pilling device on Instagram, I thought I’d give it a go …and it worked a treat!

It now looks as good as new.

You can watch how I did it here

How you take care of your clothes is very important – both for ensuring they wear well and last as long as they should, but also so that you look well put together.  You’ll never look stylish if you leave the house with frayed, scuffed, faded, stained, pilled, creased…or like you slept in the dogs basket, with fluff or hair, all of your clothes.  Go the extra step and take great care of the pieces you invest in.

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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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Weekend Wardrobe Challenge

31 Mar

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Even if you were wearing a beautiful dress from Chanel, there’s no way you could look stylish wearing a shoe like the one pictured above.  (Which I must say, is not mine)

I’m a big believer that the shoes are the most important element (apart from the underwear) of the outfit.

So…in preparation for the colder months of autumn and then winter, this is your Weekend Wardrobe Challenge.

Take out all of your autumn/winter shoes and (ruthlessly) go through each of them one by one, to decide..

  1. If there are any shoes that need repairing or a good clean (This includes sneakers)
  2. If any of them are outdated and need to be retired
  3. If any of them are no longer required for your lifestyle
  4. If any of them no longer work for your personal style and represent the image you want to portray
  5. If any of them are too small, too big, too uncomfortable – and send them on their way
  6. If any of them are unflattering.  For example here

This week I took these shoes (which if you follow me on Instagram you’ll see I wear a lot when I’m taking clients shopping, because they’re the most comfy shoe I own) to my local cobbler and (for $18) had new heels put on.  I then gave them a polish with Mr Sheen to shine them up.  I know that I’ll be wearing them through the next couple of months and well into winter so I need them in good shape and ready to go.

Next up…

Make a list of the various areas of your life (For example, work (weekdays), work (casual Fridays), weekend (casual during the day), weekend (going out), etc, etc)  Determine whether your shoes cover the areas you need them to.  Make a list of any gaps you need to fill.

Take a good look at what you have and consider what could be added to your shoe wardrobe to create more outfits with your existing clothes.   (ie a pair of knee high tan boots to wear with some of your dresses or a pair of white sneakers so you can wear some of the dressier pieces in your wardrobe, more casually)

If you are having trouble deciding what’s still current, what’s not, what should stay, what should go, what needs adding or ditching, and would like some help, you can book in for a Wardrobe Overhaul here (or read about it here)

Something to leave you with..

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How To Wear White Sneakers In Winter

16 May

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When I think back to the days I used to walk home from work in my suit and sneakers, I never looked anywhere near as chic as Victoria Beckham does in her trousers and sneakers. (below)

I used to put my trainers on in the office (they were the same ones I wore to pump and spinning classes at the gym) and walk as fast as I could out of the CBD in the hope I wouldn’t bump into anyone I knew.

Back then trainers were really just for that – training – and wearing them for anything but exercise was seen as being a bit daggy.  (Think Jerry Seinfeld in his jeans and runners) But now, wearing a pair of smart sneakers is fashionable.

If you’re thinking about adding a new comfy casual, runaround shoe for winter, consider a pair of white (Yes white for winter) sneakers.

They’ll add instant freshness to your look and work with all those stylish colors you no doubt have in your wardrobe.  (ie navy, grey, khaki, black, white and camel)

Here are some ideas for how you could wear white sneakers in winter..

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TIP: For winter, consider leather rather than canvas which are a challenge to keep clean in winter.

*Note how fresh and new all the sneakers in the above images look.  Keep yours clean with one of these.

 

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