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The Personal Style of Costanza Pascolato

5 Jan

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I aspire to be half as stylish and elegant as Italian born, Vogue contributor, Costanza Pascolato, when I’m 80.

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 black pants and top, but then decorates them with a great jacket, lovely shoes, statement jewellery (Did you notice her skull ring?) and over-sized sunglasses.   And then of course, there’s her signature coiffed hair.  (I’ve also noticed she always wears the same shade of lipstick.)

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, and that, happily, makes me stay away from anxiety.”

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The Personal Style of Meryl Streep here

The Personal Style of Viviana Volpicella here

The Personal Style of Emmanuelle Alt here

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How 50 Year Old’s Dressed In The 1950’s

21 Nov

 “At that age, women were officially deemed old and were therefore expected to keep their bodies shrouded. On them, bright colors were considered garish; loose hair was out of the question.” – More Magazine

..and this is how some women in their fifties, dress today..

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READ: “Are You Dressing Too Old” here

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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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Are You Inspecting Your Outfits From Head To Toe?

21 Jul

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I’m still surprised when a new client tells me they don’t have a full length mirror and they need to race out and buy one before our wardrobe session.  

I’ve met those who have had a mirror they never use in their downstairs bathroom, those who have a mirror that, on my arrival, came out of storage from the garage, and those who only have a mirror that shows the face and shoulders.

For those of you who belong in the above category, just imagine if you had a full length mirror you could see whether..

  •  the shoes work with the pants, dress or skirt
  • your bra and underpants are not the wrong color or too tight for the outfit and causing bulges
  • your top or jacket are too long and cutting off the length of your legs
  • the bottom half of the outfit works with the top half
  • your skirt or pants are a flattering length
  • the hosiery goes with the clothes and shoes
  • your jeans are still flattering…from the back as well as the front

We’ve all thrown something on in the morning, thought – that’ll do – then raced off to work or lunch.  Along the way, we’ve caught a glimpse of ourselves in a shop window and thought, I shouldn’t have worn this – I feel daggy, self conscious and uncomfortable.

A quick inspection head to toe before you leave the house will help prevent this from happening. Think about putting a mirror behind your bedroom door or inside your wardrobe.  You can get them from hardware stores, Kmart and Ikea and I’ve seen them for as little as $20.

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