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When I Stepped Outside Of My Comfort Zone

9 Aug

I wore a skirt! 

(But was very tempted to change my mind and take it off) I used to wear skirts, and occasionally dresses, when I worked in an office but when I left I pretty much stopped.  Nowadays I tend to only wear them to funerals, the races and weddings. When I do put one on I feel slightly uncomfortable and a bit self conscious – despite the fact that I love a beautiful dress…and even love the idea of wearing them.

(I liken it to my clients who tell me they stopped wearing heels for whatever reason and find it hard to get back into them)  Sound familiar?

It’s not because I’m being lazy or that I’m just all about comfort, (well I am to an extent, isn’t everybody?) it’s just that I feel more me in pants – interestingly more feminine too.

Anyway, I decided when I ummed and ahhed about wearing this skirt,  that this spring and summer I’m going to challenge myself to try more dresses and skirts (particularly anything 70’s inspired) and see how I feel in them. Promise!  Just like wearing heels, perhaps for me, wearing dresses might take a bit of practice til I feel like myself in them.

Then again, perhaps I’ll decide just like one of my style idols, Emmanuelle Alt (who talks about not wearing dresses and skirts in the video below), that they’re just not my thing.

The most important thing for me (and for you) is that I wear what makes me feel my best –  good about myself.. confident and authentic!  Rather than just wondering what clothes do that though, this does require trying, sampling and challenging from time to time.  Otherwise, there’s a good chance I’ll (You’ll) get stuck. Nobody wants that. Stuck in a time and/or stuck in a rut.  Emmanuelle might not deviate too much from her uniform of pants or jeans and great jacket or top look, but what she does do is stay modern and current in new season shapes, fabrics and styles.

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Shopping In His Wardrobe

27 Mar

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It’s ok to “shop” in your husband or boyfriends wardrobe, as long as you don’t try to wear the item in the same way he does.

In this photo Garance Dore wears her (former) partners shorts.

The reason they look so good (apart from her great legs) is because she’s added her own feminine touch to them – heels, a silk shirt, a beautifully tailored jacket and red nails.

Is there anything in his wardrobe you might be able to wear by styling it your own way?

Be creative.

(As Sharon Stone did when she wore her husbands white shirt to the Academy Awards with a Vera Wang skirt)

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This Is One Way to Update Your Autumn/Winter Skirts And Dresses

21 Apr

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One way you can change the look of some of your autumn/winter pieces is to add fancy hosiery.

Don’t just think of tights as something you wear for warmth – think of them as an item you can add to your clothes as decoration.

Black is certainly chic and somewhat safe, but don’t be afraid to experiment with other colors if it suits your personality and the image you’re wanting to portray.

Updating your wardrobe doesn’t always mean having to spend a lot of money.

Be creative!

Here’s some polka dot tights I found on sale.

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The Personal Style of Costanza Pascolato

13 Oct

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I aspire to be half as stylish and elegant as Italian born, Vogue contributor, Costanza Pascolato, when I’m 75.

There’s a lot we can take for inspiration, from observing how Costanza dresses and styles herself.

She keeps her canvas very simple generally in slim pants or jeans and a basic top, but then decorates with oversized sunglasses, a fabulous jacket, statement jewellery (Did you notice her skull ring?) and amazing shoes. (Often the Valentino Rockstuds)  And then of course, there’s her signature coiffed hair.

About aging, on Garance Dore’s site, Costanza was quoted as saying..

“I am a lucky person. All women in my family were strong and positive. They taught me to accept aging. But of course, they were intelligent, elegant, and my mother was very beautiful. The new generation follows their examples: my daughter Consuelo is 50 and looks great. And Alessandra is 48 and looks much younger than her age. We all have a sense that life is a privilege. So we treat our bodies (and souls) gracefully. I do a lot of exercise, eat well etc., but I do not try to look much younger than I am. I only want to look the best for my age (74), and that, happily, makes me stay away from anxiety.”

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