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The Wrap Dress

7 Aug

If you love color and like wearing patterns and you’re looking for a new dress for spring, this wrap dress is one to try and get your hands on to sample.

It doesn’t look much on the rack but looks great on.  (Providing you wear the right size) It needs to be worn snug – with great undies and bra.

Wear it with a trench and nude pumps for work or sandals and a denim jacket on the weekend.

Was $199, now $39. From here

*Like everything the wrap dress is not for everyone. Some of my clients have said they feel they are too frumpy.  However, I do always suggest that it could just be the wrap dresses they’ve tried (without me) have been the wrong fabric or fit for them. (ie not the right length, not sitting on the waist in the right place, too big, a print that is ageing, etc, etc)

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Do You Wear A Uniform?

10 Jun

If you’ve seen the TV show, Shark Tank you’ll be familiar with Naomi Simson.

What you might have also noticed, if you’ve watched it a few times, is that Naomi only ever wears red.  It’s her unique signature look.

Wearing the same thing or a variation of it every day is just like wearing a uniform.

I tend to wear a bit of a uniform when life’s busy and I don’t have a lot of time to put much thought into outfit planning.

I”ll find myself often wearing slim jeans, a blazer and pumps.  It works for me because it’s simple and stress free. (I consciously made a decision to simplify and streamline my wardrobe when I changed careers) It makes me feel comfortable and confident and most importantly, like myself.

Some people like to have a wardrobe full of lots of color, pattern and various styles and wear something different each day according to how they feel or what they’re doing – others like to keep it as easy as possible and have a uniform.

I think the most important thing, if you decide to wear a uniform, is to not get bored with it and find yourself in a style rut.

For example, if jeans are your thing,  try different styles, if you like to only wear flat shoes make sure they’re fabulous and if you prefer to always wear black, ensure you wear lots of different fabrics, textures and shapes. …and of course, always remember to decorate.

Naomi might only wear red, but she never looks boring.
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Why I Keep An Eye On The Collections Overseas

5 Jun

One of the aspects of my job that I love, is looking at the collections overseas.   I could get lost online for hours and hours watching videos of the shows, trawling through images and marveling at how talented and creative some of the designers are.

Much of what I see is not realistically what I or my clients would wear, but nevertheless I gain a lot of inspiration from them and use them as a way of keeping up with trends.

When I’m studying the images I’m looking beyond the fact that the clothes featured might cost as much as my yearly income or that the models may be 6ft tall and nineteen years old. Some of what I’m focusing on is:

  • the lengths and shapes of skirts, dresses and pants
  • the style and color of shoes the models are wearing – most importantly the shape of the toe
  • the width and length of sleeves
  • how they’ve accessoried the look (the decoration part of the outfit) 
  • color combinations they’ve put together
  • how they’ve clashed patterns
  • the way they’ve layered pieces
  • the way they’ve mixed different shapes and styles together
  • the style of handbags they’re carrying
  • how they’ve belted a trench, twisted a scarf or rolled a sleeve
  • the way they’ve chosen to showcase the clothes with make-up/hair/nail-polish

While I see lots of shows that I love, I don’t often feel compelled to share them, but in the case of this one, I thought it was so beautiful, that I really should.

These are a few of my favourite looks from the Gucci Resort 2016 Collection

Sublime, don’t you think!  It’s the slightly vintage feel (You know I love old things), the unexpected matching (or non-matching) of the shoes, combined with the magnificent use of color, that makes me love it so much.  I feel inspired to race out and search for beautiful colored and textured pieces to add to my wardrobe.   ..maybe even a cat eye pair of glasses too!

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Navy and Green

11 Sep

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When I was growing up wearing blue and green was not the done thing.  I still remember when I first started working at a stockbroking firm (in the mid eighties), wearing something combining the two colors and my boss politely suggesting, “Blue and green should not be seen”.  For years after that I avoided wearing the two together because I thought doing so was committing a fashion faux pas. But just like many of those old-fashioned style rules that notion is now dated.

I think blue and green look great together. What do you think?

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I thought I’d show you a couple of few ways I could wear some navy and green pieces, combined from my own wardrobe, but when I started doing it I realised I only owned one piece of green (I had no idea) – so I was a bit restricted, but despite that, I was still able to come up with a couple of outfits.

 J.Crew jeans, ASOS top, David Lawrence belt and Seed sandals

 J.Crew jeans, J.Crew blazer, Ralph Lauren shirt and Evado shoes

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