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You Don’t Have To Wear Anything Unless You Want To

7 Aug

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You don’t have to wear lots of jewellery

You don’t have to wear dresses

You don’t have to wear color

You don’t have to wear make up

You don’t have to wear jeans

You don’t have to wear designer

You don’t have to wear black

You don’t have to wear patterns

You don’t have to wear the latest tends

You don’t have to wear anything, unless you want to.

One of the reasons I love the style of Emmanuelle Alt (pictured) so much, is because she does what she wants to.  Emmanuelle is the editor-in-chief at Vogue Paris. She’s surrounded by the very latest fashion trends yet she pretty much always wears a variation of the same thing. She knows what looks good on her, but more importantly she knows what makes her feel good.  She dresses for herself. I’ve never seen a photo of her wearing a dress and (she talks here about how she no longer wears dresses or skirts in the video here) and I’ve only seen her wearing color (red, pink, etc) , a couple of times.  She mostly wears (rolled up) skinny black jeans, white jeans or black pants.   She pretty much always wears one of two belts. Generally just a t-shirt (with a great jacket) or a men’s shirt and often the same Cartier watch and Hermes cuff.

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For some people the way Emmanuelle dresses is boring, bland and uninteresting.  But for others, those who have a similiar style, like myself,  it’s super chic. We get it. We get that you shouldn’t feel pressured to dress in a way that doesn’t feel right for  you.  You should feel confident and comfortable in your clothes and that means dressing in a way that pleases you.   Your partner, your friends or your family might not get that you always wear pants or always wear black, but that doesn’t matter.  It’s how you feel that is most important.

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Having said all this, it’s also important that we consider the message, what we’re wearing is saying about us.  Of course there are situations, particularly in our work place, where we have to look a certain way.  (For example, if you were a pilot you wouldn’t arrive at the airport to fly the plane wearing a daggy old track suit.  Imagine the message that would send to the passengers waiting to board the plane)  But at those time’s when you’re wearing something other than what you have to for work, you want to be authentic to who you are.

So..let’s say you’ve decided you don’t want to wear heels. Flats are your thing.  Then it’s your challenge to wear fabulous flats.  Flats that represent your style.  Flats that are flattering.  No just any old daggy flats.  Emmanuelle might only wear black shoes, but they’re always stylish black shoes.  If it’s jeans you love, make sure those jeans are great jeans…..   Get it?

Whatever you choose to do when it comes to your style, do it because you want to, not because you think you “should” and do it well.

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Black And White

26 Nov

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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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Why I Aspire To Be Imperfect

23 Aug

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When people first meet me and discover I’m a personal stylist  I think sometimes they’re taken aback a little.

I’m not that impeccably groomed, blow-waved and meticulously manicured person they might assume I will be.  You see I aspire to be imperfect.

Those of you who are born perfectionists, as I am, will know it can be exhausting and stressful.  In a couple of areas of my life overcoming my (Virgo) perfectionism is still a work in progress, but when it comes to how I dress I think I’ve just about nailed it.

I like my hair to look undone (slightly messy even), my nails to be short and neat, and my jeans to look a bit worn in.  Sure I can pull it all together and look very well presented when I need to – I did it for over 20 years when I worked in banking – but these days you’re more likely to see me in my favourite black (sometimes faded) jeans, a Gap t-shirt and a blazer with my hair slightly tousled.  It’s my personal style.

Recently I was reading Nina Garcia’s, The Little Black Book of Style and came across a passage that resonated with me.  It was titled, “How to be imperfect”.

“I call it “The Kate Moss Factor”.   Kate Moss has this tactic down.  She never looks like she is trying too hard.  Something is always a bit off.  Her hair is messy, her accessories don’t match, her shirt is rumpled.  And yet, she always looks amazing.

It’s kind of painful to see girls so pristinely put together all the time.  Those girls that always look like they are ready for a photo shoot do not interest me.  I’m more interested in those girls who are less than perfect (perfection is overrated).  They are the ones whose hair is not flawless, whose outfits are not perfectly matched, who are somehow breaking the rules. Every time I see a girl who has mastered this tactic, I smile in silent worship.  They know how to live, these girls.  They know how to have fun and let their hair down.  They never look too perfect.  These are the girls who know the most about style”

It was during my first trip to Paris when (as Oprah says) I had a light-bulb moment.

Parisian women, well at least the Parisian women who caught my eye, were not over-groomed.   Certainly there were those walking their poodles with coiffured hair and  couture suits, but these were not the ones who inspired me.  It was those who were casually, yet stylishly dressed.  I realised it was all about how you wore the look.  If you stood and walked tall, ensured there was an element of uniqueness and femininity, dressed in clothes that flattered your body shape and did it all with confidence – you could be chic and elegant in a simple jeans and tee combo.

Ines de la Fressange, who masters this look beautifully,  talks more about French imperfectionism in this article here.  Of particular interest to me (as a woman in her 50’s) were her views on grooming.

“It gives you a lot of age if your hair is too done—I am fifty-four, and it makes me look much older. I think it is good to take care of yourself, but it shouldn’t show. I hate, for instance, when women have things on their nails, like a French manicure. I think that sometimes women do too much—they put earrings, and color, and necklace, and the lipstick, and fake eyelashes, and fake hair—it’s a nightmare.”

 

These are my style influences and this is my style – not my Mums, my sisters, my friends or my clients. Just mine.  Who are your style influences and what’s your style?  Have you spent time working out what your unique personal style is?   Have you defined it?   Understanding your personal style will help when you shop.  Knowing how you want to look and dress will mean that you won’t waste money on clothes that are not complementing your style.   It will make you feel confident and self assured.  By understanding how you want to look and the image you want to achieve you’ll fill your wardrobe with things you love and things that will make you feel confident.  Not understanding your style properly means wearing things that might not feel right and feeling uncomfortable and often self conscious.  No one wants that.

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A Pop Of Red

20 Dec

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One way to add impact and interest to your outfit, is to add a pop of color.

While the easiest options are colored shoes or a colored bag, they’re certainly not all that’s available to you.

Here’s some ideas to get you thinking…

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*Make sure you don’t overdo the amount of colors you wear in one outfit.  While some clever people can combine several different colors very well, for most of us it’s a good idea (so that we don’t appear confused) to limit ourselves to only a couple. (As demonstrated above)

See me wearing a pop of red here, here and here.

READ: The Red Lip here 

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