HOW TO WEAR FLUTED SLEEVES
Sleeves that make a statement are on trend in the shops at the moment. The fluted sleeve is a statement sleeve available in tops, coats and dresses from casual to formal wear.
Let’s look at some styling elements to consider when wearing fluted sleeves.
What are Fluted Sleeves?
- Fluted sleeves are usually three quarter or long sleeves.
- These sleeves are narrower at the top and at a certain point become shaped and fuller.
- The fullness is greatest at the end of the sleeve.
Tips to ensure fluted sleeves are flattering your shape
- Fabric – softer fabrics will not create as much volume as firmer fabrics.
- Seam line – These sleeves sometimes have a seam line where the sleeves change shape. Take notice of where this seam line is positioned on your body (bust, middle, thigh, hips) to ensure it is not creating a widening horizontal line in an area you would prefer not to look larger.
- Fullness – Where the fullness of the sleeves sits on your body can also have a widening effect.
- Length – If the sleeve length falls below the wrist it can give the appearance of the top being too big.
STYLING MY Motto FLUTED SLEEVE TOP
Casual style teamed with jeans.
Smart casual style.
WHAT I DISCOVERED WEARING THE FLUTED SLEEVES….
At first I found the sleeves annoying because I wanted to keep pushing them up as I usually do with long sleeves. These sleeves wouldn’t stay up. It felt different but I am getting used to it.
These sleeves were not too voluminous but they did tend to get in the way when doing certain activities. Be careful when eating.
- WEARING A JACKET
I will only wear this top when I know I won’t need to put on a jacket. The sleeves felt somewhat uncomfortable when constrained under the jacket.
- WILL I BUY ANOTHER FLUTED SLEEVE TOP?
I won’t be buying another long sleeve one because it didn’t quite give me the comfort level I like in my clothes for the above reasons.
I found myself fussing with the sleeves somewhat. It didn’t have The Goldilock’s Principle for my personality style –
it wasn’t ‘just right’ for my no fuss comfort level.I love the colour, style and the way this top integrates into my wardrobe. It is a purchase that will be worn in the coming season but not for going out to dinner.
HOW TO TRANSITION YOUR WARDROBE FOR A NEW SEASON
For me change of season creates an opportunity to move forward with my style by putting new outfit combinations together. It excites me. Many of the clients I work with find it difficult to transition their wardrobe for a new season. Having a wardrobe full of clothes does not make a working wardrobe.
Let’s look at the steps for making your wardrobe work for you in a new season.
GET YOUR WARDROBE READY
The starting point for dressing for a new season is in your wardrobe not the shops. Let’s look at some steps for transitioning your wardrobe for a new season.
- Organisation is important.
An overcrowded wardrobe makes it difficult to ‘SEE and REACH’ items of clothing to create outfits. This leads to much frustration and despair every time you get dressed.
– Relocate all the clothing items that are not suitable for the present season in a different location. While you are doing this sort and cull items of clothing that no longer fits, needs repairing or doesn’t have a place in your life anymore. This also makes it easier when the time comes for the next season changeover.
I keep my out of season clothing in laundry baskets on the top shelf of my wardrobe.
– Create a shopping list of any items that you need to replace and be on the lookout for when shopping.
Last winter I created a shopping list to fill the gaps in my wardrobe. This list included navy tops, tunic and a long cardigan. Creating this list meant that when I went shopping I was on the lookout for these items. When winter arrived this year these items were already in my wardrobe and ready to be combined to make new outfits.
- Ask What has changed in my life?
Thinking about any changes in your lifestyle will help you when deciding to keep or cull clothing items. You may have lost weight, put on weight (happens to most of us), changed jobs, retired, rejoined the workforce, taken up a new activity. These changes can impact on your clothing / outfit requirements
MAKE YOUR WARDROBE INTO YOUR DAILY SHOPPING BOUTIQUE
It takes more than sorting and culling to transform your wardrobe. If you want to be able to get dressed without frustrations and melt downs you need to see the contents in your wardrobe as OUTFITS and not individual items.
- Take the time to play and create outfits.
You need to step out of your comfort zone and put aside some time to play dress ups to explore the outfit potential in your wardrobe.- Select one item (top or bottom) and make at least three different outfit combinations to suit your lifestyle needs Remember an outfit includes clothing, shoes, accessories and scarves. You may need to experiment with different combinations to create three outfits that you feel good in.- Take photos of the outfit combinations you like. Keep these somewhere handy (in your phone, on the back of the wardrobe door, in a look book) so you can refer to them for inspiration when getting dressed.
- Ask What have I added to my wardrobe since this time last year?
Look in your wardrobe at any items that can be transeasonal. These pieces are very versatile and with some thought can be adapted from season to season.
In the act of creating outfits you are aiming to introduce new combinations of your clothing so that you do not become bored and think you have nothing to wear.
These tights are at least two years old. I had very few navy clothing items in my wardrobe when I purchased them.
NEW PURCHASES this year included Vigoralla navy tunic, Sheridan long line cardigan and Wittner loafer shoes.
This Motto skirt was purchased last year. Only had one top to wear with it.
NEW PURCHASES this year – Vigorolla navy asymmetrical top, navy loafers, Tani tights.
FOLLOW THE ABOVE STEPS TO TRANSITION YOUR WARDROBE INTO THE NEW SEASON
CREATE CONFIDENT STYLE YOUR WAY EVERY DAY
WHAT IS MONOCHROMATIC DRESSING
Monochromatic means shades of the same colour. The colour wheel is a great tool for looking at how to combine colours. Each segment of colours represent shades of the same colour. When you wear shades of the same colour family in your outfit from top to bottom you are using the monochromatic colour scheme. You can choose colours from the colour wheel or neutral colours to create your monochromatic outfit.
WHY USE A MONOCHROMATIC COLOUR SCHEME TO CREATE AN OUTFIT
Wearing a monochromatic colour scheme creates a vertical column of colour which gives the illusion of a taller and slimmer appearance. The eye can travel from top to bottom of your outfit without being interrupted by lines of different colours.
HOW TO DRESS UP A MONOCHROMATIC OUTFIT
Wearing a monochromatic outfit may appear boring to some people but that doesn’t have to be the case. There are ways to add interest and more colour to your monochromatic style.
- Wear light, medium and dark shades of the one colour.
- Combine different fabrics and textures to create interest.
- Add accessories to create different looks for your various activities.
When wearing your monochromatic outfit remember to choose a colour that harmonises with your complexion so that you also look healthy and vibrant.
HOW TO USE COLOUR TO CREATE A FOCUS POINT
The colours you wear and how you place them on your body is important to achieving a balanced, enhancing and harmonious style. When planning an outfit you can use colour to create a focus point. A focus point is an area that draws attention and is noticeable.
I have found that most women have certain areas of their body (upper or lower) that they would prefer not to draw attention to. When you understand how colour can work to highlight or hide areas of your body you are able to dress with more confidence and highlight your assets.
When you think about creating an outfit ask yourself this question – WHERE DO I WANT PEOPLE TO LOOK?
Let’s start with looking at how colour works on our bodies:-
- Light & bright colours come forward. They are advancing colours and will be noticeable. Placing light or bright colours on an area of your body will draw the eye to that area and create a focus point.
- Dark colours recede and therefore are best placed on areas of the body that you do not want others to notice.
- Patterns are more noticeable than a plain colour. Wear patterns on the area of your body you wish to highlight.
- High contrast and sparse patterns attract more attention than low contrast and dense patterns.
When you look at the following outfits take note of where and what your eye is attracted to. In all of these outfits I have created an upward focus with jewellery so that attention is drawn to my face. The face is our communication centre and this is an important focus area. If you draw attention upwards then the attention of others is diverted away from the areas you don’t want noticed.
WHERE ARE THE FOCUS POINTS IN THESE OUTFITS?
Using the same colour (monochromatic) top and bottom creates a column of colour. This is slimming.
Different coloured shoes creates a foot focus.
Jewellery draws the eye back to my face.
If I wasn’t wearing the necklaces and earrings the focus would remain on the coloured shoes.
The jeans are lighter than the top so attention is drawn to my legs.
Shoe colour has been toned with my pants and blend with the jeans.
Tunic is brighter and darker than the bottom half.
Upward focus created with jewellery.
Red column of colour from shoes to top. No obvious focus.
Earrings and necklace create an upward focus.
Combining a neutral dark dress with lighter brighter green colour repeated in shoes, cardigan & jewellery.
Using the same colour on your shoes creates a top and tail focus which is balanced.
The patterned coloured pants are a focus and noticeable.
The lighter coloured top and repetition of the pink colour in the jewellery brings the focus back to my face.
Wearing two patterned pieces my not fit with your Personality Style.
The higher contrast more sparse pattern of the pants draws attention first.
The eye is drawn upwards because of the repetition of colours in the top.
Wearing a necklace, scarf or neckline detail will help to create an upward focus.
USING COLOUR TO CREATE FOCUS POINTS IN YOUR OUTFITS CAN BE FLATTERING
HAVE YOU HEARD OF BEAUTY BUNDLES?
Beauty Bundles are all about accessories. I first read about beauty bundles in Fashion Makeover 30 Days to Diva Style by Brenda Kinsel.
Accessories play an important part in creating a stylish outfit. They create interest and focal points as well as changing the look of an outfit for different occasions.
A beauty bundle is a group of accessories that relate well together. The accessories in a beauty bundle could include:-
- bracelets / bangles
The items in a beauty bundle can be related to each other by colour, pattern, style and level of refinement. They can be worn together to create different looks for different occasions. We are not talking about matching sets. An important point to remember is that you wouldn’t be wearing all of these items at the one time.
HOW TO CREATE A BEAUTY BUNDLES
This is a great way to think about the jewellery you have and how you can wear it. Many people have their jewellery in boxes and very easily forget what great pieces they have.
- Look at your jewellery and sort into colour & metal groupings. It is important to remember that your jewellery relates to your Personality Style. If your jewellery is gold, silver and pearls then don’t think you have to rush out and buy bold coloured jewellery.
- Do you have shoes, scarves, hats that coordinate with your jewellery groupings?
- How does your jewellery colour groupings relate to the colours in your wardrobe?
- Think about how your jewellery relates to your lifestyle and outfit needs. Can it be worn for different occasions – casual, smart casual, semi casual or formal.
Let’s take a look at some of my beauty bundles. My wardrobe colour palette consists mainly of black, charcoal, grey & navy neutrals and teal, plum and red colours.
I only introduced navy to my wardrobe last year and now I can’t get enough of it.
I do not have a lot of red in clothing items but wear it a lot in accessories. It goes well with all my neutrals.
I am on the lookout for a red bag that is just right for me.
This colour is one of my all time favourites. I am always on the lookout for accessories and clothing in this colour.
It will be a magic day when I find more shoes in this colour. I will doing a happy dance.
This is my more formal beauty bundle. The bags are very special as they were made by my mum about fifteen years ago.
I wear these necklaces for more casual dressing as well by teaming them with other necklaces.
Creating beauty bundles:-
- gives you an overview of how your accessories contribute to your wardrobe
- adds value, versatility and variety for styling your outfits
- gives directions for what you are missing and might need to buy
- allows you to create different looks for different occasions
- is the most economical way to recreate different looks
- is lots of fun
HAVE YOU HEARD OF BEAUTY BUNDLES? – IT’S TIME TO START CREATING YOUR OWN
The question ‘What do you do with new purchases?’ has been on my mind for quite a while.
When I go into my clients’ wardrobes I often find many unworn clothing items. Some are still in plastic bags or hanging with tags still attached. Many of these purchases have been forgotten once they were put in the wardrobe.
Take a minute to think about what you do with new purchases. Let’s look at ways we can ensure that new purchases are not left unworn and unloved in the wardrobe. It is what you do in the shops, change room and when you get home that determines whether your new purchases make a valuable contribution to your wardrobe or not.
WHAT TO DO IN THE SHOPS?
- Before you purchase an item try it on and make sure it fits and feels right. Ask the important question ‘How does it feel?’ Sometimes clothes can fit you and look good but may not feel right. If it doesn’t feel right in the shop it won’t feel right at home.
- Think about whether the item has a place in your wardrobe.
– Do you have something similar to this in your wardrobe? Many people forget that they have multiple items of some clothing.
– What can you wear with it to make an outfit? (I like to think of at least 3 outfits that I can make with the new purchase.)
– When can you wear it? You will only wear something if it fits with your lifestyle.
- Can I dress this up and down to suit different activities?
WHAT TO DO AT HOME?
- Introduce the new clothing item to it’s wardrobe friends. Take the time to create at least one new outfit combination. Having a planned outfit means you are less likely to have a wardrobe meltdown in the morning when getting dressed. Mornings are usually chaotic and hurried so you are less likely to create a new outfit on the spot when time is precious.
- Cut tags off.
- Place the new purchase in a spot where you can see it so that you remember to wear it. Once you have enjoyed wearing an item of clothing it will not be forgotten. (I hang the new purchase on the back of my wardrobe door and put it into the wardrobe after I have worn it.)
- Plan to wear the new purchase within the next two weeks.
You only get value out of what you buy if you wear it. Make sure what you put into your wardrobe adds value, versatility and variety to what you already have.
WHAT DO YOU DO WITH NEW PURCHASES?
Here is an outfit I wore today combining two new purchases – black and blue tunic style top and a long line black cardigan. Today I had the opportunity to wear both of these purchases together and I know I will be reaching for them again.
HOW TO MOVE YOUR STYLE FORWARD
How to Move Your Style Forward outlines a process for setting actions for change. It is important to take some time to reflect on how you feel about your wardrobe and how it is meeting your needs.
Getting dressed each day starts in your wardrobe. Let’s step into your wardrobe to look at what is and isn’t working for you. What is in your wardrobe determines the choices you have on a daily basis so this makes a great starting point.
What you need in your wardrobe is clothing that:-
- suits your NOW body not the one you had 10 years ago or when you lose weight
- you enjoy wearing and makes you feel and look good
- can be easily located and found
- is suitable for the different activities in your life
- easily mixes and matches to create multiple outfits thus giving you a valuable and versatile wardrobe
HOW TO MOVE YOUR STYLE FORWARD – WHAT IS OR ISN’T WORKING?
Reflecting on the last year in your wardrobe can identify actions for change. These questions look at your frustrations and needs. They can help set your style directions.
- What did I enjoy wearing?
Identifying the outfits you enjoyed wearing can give you clues as to the style elements that you feel most comfortable wearing.
The style elements you enjoy wearing are closely related to your Personality Style. The elements you need to take notice of include:
– colours (dark, light, neutrals, colours)
– patterns / prints (stripes, checks, spots, paisley, houndstooth, digital, floral, animal, geometric, stylised, graphic)
– types of clothing (pants, skirts, tops, dresses)
– fabrics (woven, stretch, soft, stiff)
– shapes of clothing (loose, firm, fitted, symmetrical, asymmetrical)
- What haven’t I worn?
Most people only wear 20% of their wardrobe 80% of the time.
Use the list compiled from the questions above to look at the clothing you haven’t been wearing.
Ask yourself how do I feel in this?
Take some time to see if you can create outfits with the clothing you haven’t been wearing? If you aren’t able to do this then the item probably doesn’t belong in your wardrobe.
While creating outfits take note of items of clothing that may be missing from your wardrobe. Create a list of items to fill your wardrobe gaps.
- When did I feel frustrated or struggle to put together an outfit?
Identify when you usually find it difficult or frustrating to put together an outfit that makes you feel and look good.
Is it when you are:-
– time poor and in a rush
– feeling low or unwell
– unable to find an item in your wardrobe
– unable to create an outfit because you are missing a crucial piece
- How organised is my wardrobe?
An overcrowded or disorganised wardrobe will always make it challenging to get dressed without feeling frustrated. Take the time to reorganise, sort and cull your wardrobe can make a difference.
NEXT STEPS FOR MOVING YOUR STYLE FORWARD
- Stop shopping for a while and take the time to SHOP IN YOUR WARDROBE.
- Plan your outfits at the weekend or the night before.
- Make a list of items that are missing from your wardrobe.
- Ask yourself these three questions when you put on an outfit:-
1. Does this fit?
2. Does outfit flatter?
3. How does this outfit make me feel?
- CONTACT INDIVIDUALLY YOU FOR A FREE 30 MINUTE STYLE DISCOVERY CHAT OR CONSULTATION
Investing in a Style and or Wardrobe Consultation will save you time and energy getting dressed every morning and when shopping.
DISCOVER HOW TO HAVE CONFIDENT STYLE – YOUR WAY EVERY DAY?