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One Way To Take A Summer Dress Into Autumn

16 Feb

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When the weather cools down, try wearing a sweater (jumper) over some of your summer dresses.

It might work.

It might not.

Don’t be afraid to make some mistakes.

Have fun with your clothes and get the most out of them.

Here are some more ways you can transition your summer clothes into the cooler months.

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Sophia Loren Says..

2 Dec

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“A woman’s dress should be like a barbed-wire fence: serving it’s purpose without obstructing the view”

– Sophia Loren

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How To Buy A New Party Dress

1 Dec

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I wish I had a dollar for every dress I’ve seen in wardrobes that either still had the tags on or was under a piece of dry cleaning plastic, where it had been for years and years.

Unfortunately, many of us buy dresses for occasions and wear them, feeling less than fabulous in them.

Either the dress was bought last minute, or because it was on sale, or because nothing else could be found and it was a “that’ll have to do” purchase.  And because the item was never really loved and it never really flattered the owners figure or made them feel amazing when they wore it – it just remains in the cupboard, hanging there and wasting space.   Or it could be that the dress was in fact lovely, and it did make the wearer feel good, but now they have no idea what to do with it.  They don’t really go anywhere to wear it or they’re not sure how they could wear it again.  Sound familiar?

When you shop for a new party dress there’s a few things to ask yourself so that you end up buying something that not only makes you feel great, but something that becomes a versatile piece in your wardrobe.

  • Is it my style?  (Remember how I told you before I understood my style I bought dresses that were other peoples style because I loved it on them – Read about it here)
  • Is it accentuating my best features?
  • Is it the best length for my particular leg shape?
  • What underwear will I need to wear under it?
  • Can I change the look of the dress, so I don’t get bored with it,  with the use of different accessories?
  • Can I move in it? (Sit, dance and walk elegantly)
  • Is it flattering?
  • Could I possibly dress it up and dress it down and wear it for other occasions?
  • How will I need to take care of it? (ie. will it need to be drycleaned or can it just be hand washed)
  • Does the color complement my hair and skin?
  • DO I LOVE IT?

READ: “You’ve Bought The Dress But Have You Thought About The Underwear?” here

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When In Doubt, Don’t

20 Jul

Today I got an email from a client asking for some advice.  

We’d recently worked together doing an overhaul of her wardrobe during which we put together a list of things she could add to fill the gaps and to complement the pieces that were remaining.

One of the things we put on the list was a shirt dress.  We both agreed a shirt dress would work both for her style and her shape and it would be ideal for work or for lunches with girlfriends.  In the chilly months she could wear it with tights and boots and then in summer she’d wear it with a pair of sandals.

So today the email I received said that she had tried one on but “wasn’t sure whether it was what she was after – whether it flattered her in the way she wanted it to.”  She also included a picture of her wearing the dress and asked – “What do you think?”

My advice to her was simple – If In Doubt, Don’t.  

I reminded her, that whether it was something she was trying on from her wardrobe or in a store she should always ask herself, Do I love it?   

When she said that she wasn’t sure about it I knew that it mustn’t have been right for her and she’d done the right thing by leaving it in the shop.  

The ultimate aim of creating a great stylish wardrobe is for it to be filled with things that you love.  By doing so every morning when you wake up and have to dress quickly for work or to take the kids to school,  whatever it is you pull out of the wardrobe, whether it’s a pair of sandals, a cardigan or a singlet, you know it flatters you and you feel great in it.  If you have things in your wardrobe that are, ok or do for now, it’s exactly how you’ll feel when you wear them – mediocre. 

The same thing applies when you see something online.  Just because it’s half price and it’s by a great designer, doesn’t necessarily mean it’s right for you.  Again, ask yourself if you love it, or are you talking yourself into it because you want to buy something.

I told her to keep searching til she found a dress that made her feel great as soon as she tried it on.  She’ll know when she finds the one and be confident that she’s made the right choice.   There’ll be no doubt or questions.   

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