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The Final Question I Ask Myself Before I Buy Anything New

21 Nov

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When I’m thinking about buying something new there’s a series of four questions I go through in my head to determine whether it comes home with me or whether it stays in the store.

This means that I don’t waste my money on random purchases and that my wardrobe is filled with only pieces that work.

If the item has passed my first three questions then the final question – the deal breaker –  is asked..

Can I wear this piece in at least three different ways, using what I already have in my wardrobe?

If I can’t visualise at least three ways of wearing it, whether it’s a t-shirt, shoes, a belt or pants, I don’t buy it.

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As you can see in the photos above, Italian fashion designer, Giorgia Tordini is wearing her suede ankle boots in four different ways.   With pants, with a skirt, with a dress and with jeans.

If I were Giorgia I would consider the boots to be a very good, versatile, hardworking purchase.

How many times do you fall in love with something in a store, bring it home without considering how you’ll wear it, and find that it remains hanging in your wardrobe, unworn?

Take your time when you shop and make considered purchases.

Avoid wasting your money and get the most out of your clothes.

READ: “Wear One Piece Five Ways” here

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How To Wear The Pleated Skirt In Autumn and Winter

28 Apr

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If you bought a pleated skirt (which if you didn’t know, are very fashionable at the moment) in summer and you thought you’d have to pack it away now til next year – it’s not the case at all.

When it was warm you may have worn it with a cami, blouse or tee and sandals, now in autumn and then into winter, try winterfying it by teaming it with a knit, jacket, tights and boots, pumps or brogues.  (If it’s warm enough – or you don’t feel the cold like I do – you can even wear it with bare legs and sneakers)

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Like all things fashion, this style won’t work for everyone, but if you like the look, don’t be afraid to give the pleated skirt a try.  (What have you got to lose!) Some of my clients, who were not completely sold on the idea at first, have been very pleasantly surprised that, with clever styling (on top and on the feet), the right fabric, length and fit (you want it to skim rather than cling over the hips) it has worked beautifully for them and has added an interesting and versatile piece to their wardrobe.  (I’d wear mine to a wedding, to the races, out shopping or to lunch. I’ll try and remember to show you on Instagram.)

This, this and this  are a few of the good ones I’ve seen lately, but I also bought one from ASOS for myself recently.

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The Statement Skirt

8 Nov

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A statement skirt…

In an eye-catching color, shape, texture or print.

It could be something you can dress up or down and wear shopping, with your denim jacket and a basket or to the theatre with your heels and sparkly earrings.

All it needs to accompany and showcase it, is some key fresh basics  – a simple sweater, a classic white shirt, a flattering t-shirt or a well fitting simple jacket. (And of course, it goes without saying, a great shoe).

If you don’t have a statement skirt, perhaps consider adding it to your shopping wishlist.

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CHALLENGE: If you have a statement skirt, pull it out and see if you can come up with a few ways to wear it differently.  Maybe you’ve only worn it to weddings or to work…see if you can style it in a way that you could wear it casually. (Or at least a less dressy situation)

Style your clothes in different ways, for different occasions and get more wear out them.

*If you’re not playing around with your clothes and coming up with different ways to wear them, remember you can book me in for (or enquire about) an outfit planning session here 

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To Drape A Jacket Over Your Shoulders…Or Not

13 Jul

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When I was looking through all the street style images from the recent Couture shows in Paris, photo after photo showed women wearing jackets draped over their shoulders.

Hmm. Could I? Would I do it I wondered.

What I like about it is that you can create a new look using the clothes you already have in your wardrobe – and I’m a big fan of doing that whenever you can.

No, it’s not an everyday look.  It won’t work for picking up the kids from school, playing golf, grocery shopping, waving or hugging (anything really where you need to use your arms), but if you happen to be going to an event – a wedding, a ball, dinner or drinks with friends – it’s an option.

I can see it working for me if I was racing off somewhere and just wanted to throw something over my shoulders for added warmth (or a splash of color), like I do sometimes with a sweater. (Remember I wrote about it here)

I can also imagine it would be handy if I were wearing something that had a neckline or a sleeve that is practically impossible to wear a jacket over. (eg. batwing or ruffled sleeves)

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What do you think, would you give it a go, yay or nay?

*Notice in all the photos that the sleeves are sitting close to the body, that the fabric of the jacket is not too thick and heavy, adding bulk to the frame and the shoulders are not enormous.

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