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What is Your Shoe Style?

What is your shoe style?

 

WHAT IS YOUR SHOE STYLE?

Shoes are an important element when putting together an outfit, look what they did for Cinderella and Dorothy. There are shoes for for all ocassions,  varied styles and in many colours.

Everyone has unique style preferences when it comes to choosing the shoes that are ‘just right’ for them. These style preferences relate to your Personality Style. The elements that relate to your shoe Personality Style include:-

  • colour,
  • shapes and styles,
  • comfort level,
  • level of detail,
  • heel shape and height,
  • fabric choice

Last week I visited Tascha at Mainstreet Shoes in Queanbeyan and talked all things shoe related.  Let’s look at What’s Your Shoe Style. Remember when you look at these photos that your shoe preferences can be a combination of a few of these Personality Styles.

 

CLASSIC SHOE STYLE

Classic shoes have a timeless, understated classy look. They are mainly in neutral colours with a low vamp and do not have much detail. The classic style includes court shoes with low to medium heel height.

 

NATURAL / RELAXED SHOE STYLE

 Natural / Relaxed shoe styles are generally practical, comfortable and functional with a no fuss look. A low heel is the preferred option with comfort being the number one factor in selecting shoes. The patterned floral print shoe at the front is a combination of  relaxed / natural style with a feminine floral print in creative colours.

 

FEMININE SHOE STYLE

Feminine shoe styles include court shoes, ballet flats and slip ons. Heels can be low or high and usually in colours to match outfits. These shoes will not be shiny or chunky but will have soft feminine features such as bows, ribbons, lace, flowers and sparkles.

 

CREATIVE SHOE STYLE

Creative shoe styles include shoes with quirky and interesting detail such as unusual construction, styles, shapes, any patterns and combination of colours. These shoe styles will make a statement and create a focal point in your outfit.

 

DRAMATIC SHOE STYLE

Dramatic shoe styles are usually bold, and make a modern, contemporary statement. High heels, stilettos and pointed toes are usually preferred to flats. Geometric, graphic and animal prints are favoured. The animal print flat shoe would be a combination of relaxed and dramtic because of the animal print.

 

ELEGANT CHIC SHOE STYLE

Elegant Chic shoe styles have a modern, sophisticated look. They are usually court shoes or ballet flat styles with metal decorations such as discs, buckles and flat squares. Preferred colours are usually light to medium neutrals – grey, camel, browns, burgundies and blues but nothing too dark or bright.

 

REBELLIOUS / SEXY SHOE STYLE

Rebellious / Sexy shoe styles are those that are somewhat unconventional or really sexy. The favoured colour is black and more black. Shoe styles in this group include doc martins, motorcyle boots, metal detailing such as chains, spikes and buckles and very high sexy styles.

Take a look at the shoes you love to wear and take note of the elements that you like to wear. These elements become your Shoe Personality.

 

How Can a Personal Stylist Help You?

How Can A Personal Stylist Help You?

 

HOW CAN A PERSONAL STYLIST HELP YOU?

I often get asked ‘What does a Personal Stylist do’? Many people are unaware of what a Personal Stylist actually does. They think a Personal Stylist is only for celebrities and just takes you shopping. This is definitely not the case.

A Personal Stylist can add much value and contribute positively to how you feel everyday. The reasons women seek out the assistance of a Personal Stylist include:-

  •  tired of spending money on clothing they do not wear,
  •  hate clothes shopping,
  • unsure what clothing suits them,
  • wear the same clothes on rotation and feel bored and frustrated,
  • have many clothes in the wardrobe but still can’t find anything to wear,
  • struggle to make outfits with the clothing in their wardrobe,
  • don’t know what is appropriate dress for certain situations,
  • have a wardrobe that is dated and not current,
  • not happy with the way they look,
  • tired of wasting money on clothes they don’t wear,
  • want assistance to declutter their wardrobe and discover what they have,
  • discover the colours that work best for them and always makes them look healthy and radiant,
  • have many clothes in their wardrobe that fit but when they put them on take them off again and don’t wear them,
  • feel the need to make a positive change with their visual image.

Working with a Personal Stylist  is not about:-

  • fashion and trends,
  • spending lots of money 
  • having a quick make over following rules and looking like everyone else or your favourite celebrity.
How Can a Personal Stylist help You?

Working with A Personal Stylist is about:-
 

  • understanding your uniqueness – the person behind the clothes
  • discovering how the clothes you wear can tell your individual story of who you are,
  • knowing how to dress your physical assets in an enhancing way to highlight your best features,
  • understanding the colours that harmonise with your complexion and how to use colour for dressing to create a focus and impact,
  • maximising the clothes you wear by being able to dress your outfits  up and down for the occasion,
  • creating a wardrobe of clothing that can easily be coordinated in a variety of ways to meet the needs of your lifestyle,
  • gaining greater body confidence and self acceptance,
  • having the knowledge and confidence to style an outfit in many ways for different purposes,
  • shopping with purpose because you know what’s in your wardrobe and know what you need to fill the gaps,
  • being able to get dressed each day with less frustration and wardrobe melt downs,
  • self care.                                                             
A Personal Stylist can give you
CONFIDENT STYLE – EVERY DAY YOUR WAY
 
 

Steps to Create More Outfits

Steps to Create More Outfits

How is your wardrobe contributing to your life?

Is your wardrobe:-

  • a place that you can go to each day and easily create an outfit that makes you look and feel great?
  • bringing you joy?
  • the right mix of clothes for who you are and your lifestyle requirements?
  • current and not outdated?
  • full of clothes that easily mix and match to create a variety of outfits?
  • an inspiring place to visit?

Many wardrobes that I go into have lost their purpose and direction. They have become storage spaces for unworn, unloved and forgotten clothing. Having a lot of clothes and going shopping does not ensure that you have a wardrobe that works for you.

A wardrobe that works for you will give you the gift of:-

  • confidence,
  • inspiration,
  • energy,
  • versatility and value every day.

Let’s look at ways to make your wardrobe your favourite place to shop.

These steps outline the process that I adopted over the last year to create more outfits to wear.

1. Review how you feel about your wardrobe

Ask yourself these two questions:-

  • What do I want from the clothes in  my wardrobe?
  • What don’t I want from the clothes in my wardrobe?

When I asked myself these questions this what I came up with:-

  • I want my clothes to:-
    – easily mix and match,
    – have the versatility to be dressed up and down
    – be comfortable and give me freedom to move easily
    – make me smile every day
    – give me energy
    – be different
    – last for more than one season
    – bring colour to each day
  • I don’t want my clothes to:-
    – be the same old same old
    – hang in the wardrobe and not be worn
    – be a waste of money
    – not have the ‘Goldilock’s Principle’ – read more here

2. Look at Your Colour Palette

Open your wardrobe doors or step into your walk in, stand back and take note of the colours you see.
Are they a mismatch of colours or do they coordinate?

A colour palette is needed if you want to be able to mix and match your clothing items.

Your colour palette needs to have:-

  • neutrals – colours not on the colour wheel such as black, grey, camel, brown, beige, navy
  • colours that cordinate  to add interest, variety and accents. This gives you the opportunity to create more outfits from your wardrobe pieces.

Having a Colour Consultation with a professional stylist ensures you wear colours that make you shine and are able to build a cohesive wardrobe.

Be Colour Confident  outlines the benefits of a Colour Consult.

When I looked in my wardrobe I noticed that black was my neutral and teal was my main colour. I have added three new neutrals – navy, grey and white plus berry colours as well as  patterned tops and pants.

Steps to Create Outfits

This white Cotton Village tunic upstyles these eight year old Cordelia Collection shorts. Shoes and necklaces used to upstyle. It can be worn with jeans, slimmer line pants and with a slip dress under it.

 

How to Create More Outfits

This grey Cotton On dress is teamed with navy accessories to create a professional work outfit. Just by changing the accessories I can change the look and feel of the outfit.

 

What a difference it has  made to the number of new outfits I can wear. By adding only one new piece of clothing to your wardrobe that coordinates with four other pieces you now have four new outfits. Now that is an investment.

2. What is Missing?

What is in your wardrobe needs to compliment your lifestyle? Think about the types of activities you need clothing for to determine what you need to shop for. This gives direction when shopping and lessens impulse buying.

My wardrobe was very lacking in summer play or casual clothes. This year I added two pairs of shorts as well as a couple of summer dresses. This summer I showed my legs (yes I had to shave them more regularly).  I have kept my legs covered by wearing pants for most of my life.

After years I threw my irrational thoughts about my legs out the window and exposed them by wearing shorts or knee length dresses. This was very liberating. We have to work at feeling good about our body and being realistic as to whether our thoughts are founded in reality or not.  

Steps to Create More Outfits

Wearing this berry  Cotton On top with Big W navy with white spot shorts. The shorts are actually men’s – I find them very comfortable on my straight up and down H shape body. The top has had the straight hemline cut  into an asymmetrical line. This is actually a cold shoulder top with the sleeves tucked in.

 

Steps to Create More Outfits

Many clothing items can be worn as casual or smart casual. Teaming these Target blue & white sorts with my favourite top and adding accessories I was ready for a lunch date.

 

3Set Yourself Style Challenges

Opening the wardrobe door and reaching for the same old outfit combinations is going to lead to feelings of boredom and the ‘I’ve got nothing to wear’ syndrome. To maximise  the clothing in your wardrobe you need to take some time to play and experiment to discover the potential outfits that you actually have in your wardrobe. There are a lot more than you think.

This year I set myself two style challenges to take me out of my comfort zone and maintain interest and variety in what I wear. 

  1. Mix and match patterns and prints. (see images below)
  2. Wear more than one necklace at a time.

I also set aside time (20 minutes to an hour) every four to six weeks to go shopping in my wardrobe. My aim is to create new outfit combinations I haven’t worn before. This makes me really look in my wardrobe and I discover forgotten clothing that is given a new life. Sometimes it results in items added to my shopping list. It also can be time for some quick culling when I discover something that doesn’t fit or I don’t like any more – wardrobe maintenance on the go. 

Here are some ideas for shopping in your wardrobe to create new outfit combinations:-

  • An organised wardrobe makes it easy to SEE, FIND and REACH your clothing when getting dressed. It also saves you time. If you need some pointers on wardrobe organisation read What Your Wardrobe Doesn’t Need
  • TRACK and MONITOR what you are wearing. Hang all your clothes on the rail backwards with the hook facing frontwards. Yes it does feel very strange and awkward but it d0es serve a great purpose. When you wear an item of clothing rehang it with the  hook facing in toward the wardrobe. (Hope this makes sense) This means that you can clearly see what clothes you are not wearing and make choices to wear something different. The more of your clothes you are wearing on a regular basis the more value you are getting from the money you have spent.
  • SET YOURSELF A GOAL to wear at least one different outfit combination a week. Reach for an item of clothing that is hanging backwards. Sometimes it is easy to reach for the same reliable combination because it is easy. This results in wardrobe boredom and wasting money on clothes that are just taking up valuable wardrobe space.
  • RESTYLE a favourite outfit
  • – change the shoes you wear,
    – add an accessory ( necklace, earrings, brooch, belt, scarf, different handbag.
    Read How to Upstyle an Outfit from Day to Night for more restyling tips.
  • MIXING PRINTS & PATTERNS can be a great way to increase the number of outfit choices in your wardrobe. Read more here.How to Create More Outfits

Wearing two patterns – my long lasting Andiamo pants with a home made newsprint top jazzed up with red accessories. When I add a colour to an outfit I like to repeat it once or three times.

 

  • STYLE WORD for the day – Think about what you are doing for the day and choose a couple of words to help guide your outfit selection.How to Create More Outfits
    Inspiration for this outfit combination came from the words playful and fun. The spots, colour and big earrings create that feel. A young girl in a shop actually said to me, ‘your outfit is great, it is so much fun.’
  •  TAKE PHOTOS of the outfits you create and love to wear. Use the photos for inspiration when getting dressed. It is very easy to forget some of the great outfits you create. Keep a record on your phone or print out the photos, laminate them and attach them to a curtain ring hanging on the back of your wardrobe door for easy access. There are also style apps you can use but I haven’t used them.
  • PLAN your outfit the night before or select a few on the weekend. When you are in a hurry you will always reach for what you know and walk out the day not feeling confident and happy.

Hope these tips inspire you to SHOP and PLAY in your wardrobe so that you can get dressed with

STYLE CONFIDENCE – YOUR WAY EVERY DAY.

 

 

 

 

How to Dress to Enhance Your Look

How to Dress to Enhance Your Body

HOW TO DRESS TO ENHANCE YOUR LOOK

The 2 key processes in how to dress to enhance your look are:-

  • Identifying what areas of your body you want to highlight or hide. This means taking a look at yourself and identifying the area or areas of your body where you are happy to focus attention. This may be your neck, bust, arms, wrist, waist, legs. Many of the women I work with find it difficult to identify an area of their body they feel comfortable drawing attention to. If you find this difficult then identify the parts of your body that you don’t want to draw attention to. Everyone has areas where they can focus attention and areas where they can redirect attention. I have spent most of my life hiding my legs only to realise in my early fifties that they were an asset. My own thinking from my teenage years had me holding onto thoughts and beliefs that were not realistic.

    A key area to always draw attention to is your portrait area (neck upwards) because this is your communication centre.
  • Understanding how to use the style elements of colour, line, pattern, detail and embellishment to create a focus in your outfit.

A Look at How I have Dressed to Enhance My Look

Remember your Personality Style will influence the colours, patterns, details, size and accessories you choose to wear and will combine in your own unique way to enhance your look.

Let’s look at how I have dressed to enhance my look.

 

FOCUS AREAS: Leg & upward focus.

Leg & upward focus (1)

Creating my focus with colour and print accents.

In the above outfits I have a leg and upward focus. This has been achieved by using colour and patterns.

My pants are patterned and brighter than the clothing on my top half so this creates a focus area.

I do not particularly want people to keep staring at my legs so I have introduced coloured jewellery that coordinates with the lower colour and this draws the eye upward to my face creating a coordinated all over look.

The peek a boo shoulder on the navy top also creates a shoulder focus.

 

FOCUS AREA: Feet, wrist and upward focus

Shoe and upward focus

Combining neutral clothing with splashes of colour.

The graphic print on my pants is a strong focal point because of it’s size and the colour being much lighter that the rest of the outfit.

Wearing coloured shoes creates interest at the feet. Once again I have drawn the eye upward with coloured jewellery and a scarf.

I only wear elasticised hip belts because I do not have a waist. This means I do not want to attract attention to this area and only wear a belt the same colour as my outfit. You can create a waist focus by wearing a coloured belt.

Wearing a coloured watch and red bangle creates a focus as well. I have only just started playing with wearing bracelets and bangles.

 

FOCUS:  Wrist and upward focus

Upward focus

Wearing a column of colour feet to neck which can create a slimming and elongated look.

Colour is introduced in my necklace, earrings, watch and bracelet to create a portrait and wrist focus.

Key Understanding for How to Dress to Enhance Your Look

  • lighter and brighter colours highlight and create a focus
  • patterns attract the eye
  • colour worn with neutrals will create a focus
  • lots of detail such as buttons, ruffles, ornamentation will create a focus point
  • larger patterns and jewellery will create more of a focus than smaller scale elements
  • high contrast will be more noticed

When getting dressed take notice to where colour, pattern, detail and contrast is placed to consider if this is where you want to direct attention.

Packing for a Holiday

Packing for a Holiday

 

Packing for a Holiday

Packing for a holiday can be a daunting task. How many times have you over packed for a holiday and only worn a small portion of what was in your suitcase? These tips outline a process for packing for a holiday that results in a selection of clothing that mixes and matches to create multiple outfits. Let’s look at how to create a travel wardrobe capsule that eliminates over packing.

Packing for a Holiday – What to think About?

Before you begin to think of packing you need to consider the following:-

  • length of your holiday
  • what temperature zone/s will you be visiting
  • what type of activities / events will you be involved in

The answers to these questions will provide you with direction as to what types of clothes you will need to consider packing.

Packing for a Holiday – Preparing a Travel Capsule

Your travel wardrobe needs to be a cohesive group of clothing that suit your holiday activities and climate.

All the items of clothing need to work together.

The key to preparing your travel wardrobe is to think outfits not just items of clothing. What you pack in your suitcase needs to be a mini wardrobe that coordinates and gives you versatility for the various activities you will be undertaking.

Your travel wardrobe needs:

  • a colour palette that can mix and match and is made up of neutrals and colours
  • outfits that can be dressed up and down with different accessories to suit different activities
  • clothing that you enjoy wearing
  • clothing that you feel comfortable in and fits well

To achieve this you need to put selected clothing items on the bed and try different combinations on to ensure you feel and look good in them.

The image below shows the travel capsule I packed for a recent holiday to Bryon Bay.

Packing for a Holiday Travel Capsule

These are the steps I followed to create this travel capsule.

  1. Selected a pair of favourite pants – the floral printed pairs.
  2. Chose 4 tops to go with these pants – 2 very casual tops and 2 tops that could be worn smart casual.
  3. Tried on all of these combinations to make sure I liked them and they all fitted.
  4. Tried on different shoes and accessories to go with these outfits and put those I liked to the side.
  5. Next I tried on and selected 3 more bottoms that coordinated with the chosen tops.
  6. Chose 2 jackets (long cardigan & shawl top) that could be worn with all outfits if I needed some warmth.
  7. Chose 1 x dress for travelling days.
  8. Selected 4 pairs of shoes  and accessories (not shown). I find culling shoes the hardest thing to do when packing for a holiday. I do like to take 3 but on this occasion I couldn’t make a decision. As I was travelling by car I didn’t have to consider weight.
  9. Accessories such as scarves, necklaces, earrings, bangles, belts  do not have to go with all outfits. I pack my accessories in plastic snack bags in colour groupings.
  10. Also included swimmers, toiletries and underwear.

This travel capsule gave me the choice of 16 outfits when I paired tops and bottom.

Teaming the jackets gave me another 32 different outfits.

Total outfits from the possible combinations comes to 58 outfits + 1 more when you add in the dress.

Packing for a Holiday – Did it Work?

Yes it did. I wore all the items packed except for the shawl top. I probably could have got away with 3 tops and bottoms but I like to have variety and choice.

Make packing for a holiday simple by creating a travel capsule.

 

 

 

 

How to Style a New Purchase – Part 4

 

WHAT CAN I WEAR WITH THIS TOP_

 

HOW TO STYLE A NEW PURCHASE – PART 4

When you buy a new item of clothing the most important step you can take before you put it in your wardrobe is to make the time to create outfits. This process means you can see if the new purchase is going to be a valuable and versatile item in your wardrobe by mixing and matching. If you can not mix and match your new purchase with other clothing in your wardrobe it is going to be an orphan and maybe needs to be returned. The other benefit is the time you can save getting dressed because you already know what goes with what, especially if you take photos.

So far in this series How to Style a New Purchase Part 1, Part 2 & Part 3 I have created 15 new outfit combinations. This post looks at styling the top to create some dressed down and dressed up outfits to suit my personality, social & work needs.

When creating outfits you need to look at colour, shape and lines, proportions and where your  focus is going to be.

 

Styling a top - jeansThe coloured scarf creates an upward focus as well as warmth on this -3 degree morning. An uneven hemline is formed by using the half tuck (part of my signature style) and creates an outfit proportion of 1:3 which is balanced and flattering.

styling a top - furry vestColour combination for this outfit is neutral + 1 colour (dark green). The area where you choose to put colour will become a focus area so always ensure you place colour in an area that you want to be noticed.  Layering with a third piece such as a vest can upstyle an outfit. The texture of this vest also creates interest. I have repeated the grey from the vest in the rivets on my shoes, necklace and earrings.

styling a top - Japanese panel skirtThe pink necklace and earrings repeat a colour in the panel of my skirt and draw the eye focus upwards.  Wear a column of colour create an illusion of looking taller and slimmer. Another tip for looking taller is to wear 3/4 sleeves or push your sleeves up. This something I have always done due to the fact I do not feel comfortable in  long sleeves.

styling a top - teal pants & skirtTake the time to think about ways to dress up some of your favourite pieces so you can wear them more often. I love my new bamboo patterned tights so have teamed them with a skirt and dressier boots for a smarter casual look. Necklaces and earrings pick up on the teal colour and create a balanced look and upward focus. My earrings are quite bold so have worn 2 plain necklaces.

styling a top - long vestThese highly patterned pants are the hero of this outfit so I have kept everything else neutral. Once again adding a third piece in the form of this long vest takes this outfit from being very casual to smarter casual. Shoes can make a big difference to the level of refinement of your outfit.

I now have created 20 new outfits for various activities from the new top and skirt I purchased. Remember if you buy a top and bottom together make sure you think of them as separate items as this will extend the number of outfits you can make and wear.

Get to know your wardrobe and make every purchase count and contribute to making you look and feel YOU.

HOW WILL YOU STYLE A NEW PURCHASE

Are Your Jeans Flattering from Behind?

ARE YOUR JEANS FLATTERING FROM BEHIND?

Are Your Jeans Flattering From Behind?

Do you ever think about whether your jeans are flattering from behind? The detailing, positioning, shape and style of pockets can create very different looks on different bodies.

I love my jeans but sometimes they don’t like me, especially from the rear view perspective. Always make a point of looking at the rear view before buying jeans to observe how flattering they are from behind.

No matter what our size or shape not many of us set out to look bigger or wider than what we are. There are a number of elements that can create a flattering or non flattering look depending on you body shape and size.
 
Here are some helpful pointers for the next time you are shopping for a pair of jeans.
  • The darker the denim the more slimming and flattering the look.
  • The more contrasting the stitching detailing is the more noticeable that area becomes and can creates a focal point – an area that will be noticed.
  • Back pockets with embroidery, pocket flaps, buttons and stitching detail will definitely draw attention to your butt area. This is ideal for someone with a small or hardly there behind but can be less than ideal for others.
  • The higher the pockets sits on your butt the more flattering the view.
  • Shading detail also creates a focal point for the eyes. If you don’t want to draw attention to an area be aware of this.

Ask yourself Are these jeans flattering from behind?

You can read more on styling your jeans here and here.

LOOK GOOD FROM THE FRONT AND BACK VIEWS WHEN WEARING YOUR JEANS IN CASE SOMEONE WANTS TO TAKE A SECOND LOOK
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