Tag Archives: Skirts

Are Your Dowdy Clothes Ageing You?

15 Mar

Are your dowdy skirts and ill-fitting jackets making you look older than you are and frumpier than you want to be? (Nobody wants to look frumpy, right?)

Next time you try on a skirt and/or a jacket take a close look in the mirror..

Is the skirt length flattering your legs?

Is it sitting at the right place on your waist?

Is there too much fabric?

Is the jacket the right length for you?

Do the shoulders and armholes fit properly?

Is there too much material in the sleeves?

Is the style still current? (Or outdated?)

As you can see in the images above, a few tweaks (and perhaps a little bit of photo-shopping in one) to what you’re wearing and how you’re wearing it can make a whole lot of difference.

If you’re not sure about some of the clothes in your wardrobe and would like help determining whether something should stay or go or be reinvented, book in (or enquire about) a Wardrobe Overhaul here  (Likewise if you’re not confident shopping for flattering clothes)

READ: “Are You Inspecting Your Outfits From Head To Toe?” here

*Original source of photos is unknown.  I came across them on Pinterest.  If anyone knows please contact me and I’ll credit it.

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Matchy Matchy

24 Jul

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Matchy-Matchy is an adjective used to describe something or someone that is very or excessively colour coordinated. It is a term that is commonly used in fashion blogs to describe an outfit that is too coordinated and consists of too many of the same types of colors, patterns, fabrics, accessories, etc. “Matchy-matchy” was added to the Oxford Dictionary of English in 2010 along with 200 new words that were previously considered as slang. – Wikipedia

In the case below, wearing two pieces of the same bright color in one outfit works because the skirt and the shoes are so close to each other that it almost seems like they belong together.

The matching is not too obvious.

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Whereas in the outfit below, the matching is too much.

matchy matchy

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In this case if the shoes, belt and bag were not a bright color (ie perhaps navy or tan) it could work – but in this case, it’s too matchy/matchy.   You notice the accessories more than the overall outfit. 

Back in the 50’s or 60’s an outfit similar to what Queen Elizabeth is wearing (above), where you matched your bag with your shoes and gloves, may have been very stylish, but just remember, we’re now in 2019 and you don’t need to match everything in your outfit to be well dressed.

In fact, being too coordinated and matchy, can age (and perhaps out-date) your look. 

That said…who knows….. just like all fashion trends, matching your shoes with you bag just might come back in to fashion one day.

READ: “How Fifty Year Old’s Dressed In the 1950’s” here 

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The A-Line Casual Skirt

11 Aug

After my recent post about me wearing a denim skirt, (here) I’ve had a few of my clients message me to see if I knew where they could find one similar. (Mine was a last summer purchase)

I did a bit of research and I thought I’d share my finds with you (given many of you are my clients)

A-line skirts are great if…

  • you’re a triangular shape and you have difficulty finding skirts that fit both your waist and your hips/thighs (keep in mind there’s still a good chance you need to go that extra step and have it altered to fit perfectly)
  • if you want to visually lengthen your legs
  • if you want to create an hourglass shape using your clothes
  • if you want to accentuate your waist
  • if you want to (visually) create a waist

….basically, they’re all round great UNLESS you wear one that doesn’t fit you properly (particularly the length) and it looks dowdy.

The one pictured above (has only a slight A-line but still does all of the above and is probably my favourite out of all of them here), and the three below are not quite the same as my longer length wrap style, but still good and worth checking out, nonetheless.  Each of these featured, I’ve seen on some of my clients and would recommend giving them a try.

*Keep in mind with this one that the belt can be removed and replaced with something else.

All of these skirts can be found here (for as little as $39)

READ: “The Skirt That Flatters Most Body Shapes” here

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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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