WHAT IS STYLE?
Style is unique and personal. When referring to style in terms of dressing it is about how you combine your clothing so that it balances and harmonises with your personal and physical characteristics. Sometimes style and fashion are seen as the same thing. Here are some thoughts about fashion and style.
- Style is not found in the shops. You find individual fashion items in the shops. If chosen wisely these can become tools for creating your own unique style and look.
- You can only have style if you are young and have a great body. This is definitely a false statement. Every woman no matter their size, shape and age can be stylish.
- Style isn’t something you are born with. Some woman may be more interested in clothing and have an innate ability to create stylish outfits just like some can create great meals without a recipe. Discovering your style can be learnt just like any other skill. There are ways to develop your knowledge and understanding of yourself to discover your Style Recipe or the Stepping Stones to Create Your Style.
- Style is very individual and always evolving whereas fashion is forever changing and easily discarded and outdated. Following fashion usually results in having clothes in your wardrobe that were purchased on impulse and not worn.
- Style is not about following a predetermined set of rules. It’s discovering the style guidelines that align with your personal and physical characteristics to create enhancing outfits for your lifestyle requirements.
- Style does not come from having a wardrobe full of clothes, wearing the most expensive clothes or the latest fashion. It is about having the clothes that balance, harmonise and coordinate with you to create outfits that look and feel great.
Great style comes in many different forms and looks. Have you looked at someone and thought – “She looks great but I wouldn’t wear that.” The next time you notice a stylish look take notice of how the individual pieces have been put together to create a balanced and harmonious look that relates to the wearer. When I work in my clients’ wardrobes I have noticed a missing link. This missing link for my clients is how to create outfits that truly represent who they are. It is not just about what you are wearing but how you are combining all your clothing items.
YOU are the most important element in discovering your style. The women that I work with discover their style & colour guidelines that create their unique style look. They then have the knowledge and confidence to dress and shop to ensure their wardrobe adds joy to their life by supporting their personal, social and professional story. They gain confidence and can step out each day with confidence and a smile.
“Never confuse fashion and style.
Fashion relies on attainable looks on women with unrealistic bodies.
STYLE is about utilizing the best aspects of 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.
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
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?
STYLE RESCUE HOW TO FIND WAYS TO REWORK CLOTHING YOU ARE NOT WEARING
This post is about how I found a way to rework clothing (three tops) that I was not wearing.
The clothing in your wardrobe only contributes positively to your life if you wear it. I really liked these three tops. They were the right colour, felt good on but when I always ended up putting them on, taking them off and not wearing them because they didn’t look right.
If I am not wearing an item I can usually cull it but I wasn’t prepared to do get rid of these tops because I wanted to make them work. I just had to determine what was the problem then I could see if I could change the tops in some way.
These troublesome tops were taken out of the wardrobe and put into my STYLE RESCUE basket that lives on the top shelf of my wardrobe.
Recently I found a way to rework this clothing that I was not wearing. Inspiration can come from anywhere. While participating a GREAT Workshop with Anne Whalley The Pattern Whisperer I realised why these tops weren’t working and what I needed to do.
The two reasons these tops were not working for me were related to Proportion & Line.
- These tops were longer and didn’t seem to look balanced and work in the 1:3 ratio for dressing to create a flattering look.
- Also they had a straight hemline and I don’t usually wear straight hems. If I wear a top with a straight hemline I like to use a belt or half tuck to create a different shape. These tops didn’t work with a belt or the half tuck method.
The tops didn’t work for me because they conflicted with elements of my Personality Style.
SOLUTION – CHANGE THE HEMLINE FROM STRAIGHT TO ASYMMETRICAL BY CREATING A DIAGONAL HEMLINE.
Now these three tops have been altered and reintroduced into my wardrobe and I am having fun creating and wearing new outfits.
Here are some outfits after the STYLE RESCUE.
These tops can be mixed and matched with the three bottoms creating nine new outfits to my wardrobe just by finding a way to rework clothing I was not wearing.
Follow these steps to find ways to rework clothing you are not wearing:-
- STYLE RESCUE: If you love most things about the item and it fits put it into the STYLE RESCUE BASKET so you can come back to it. This means that you don’t just put it back into your wardrobe and forget about it.
- FIND A SOLOUTION – IDENTIFY why it may not be working for you. Think about your Personality Style and consider what you might be able to alter.
- TAKE THE NECESSARY ACTION to make these changes and restyle it into your wardrobe.
Shopping plays an important role in creating a wardrobe that becomes your own daily shopping boutique. What you put in your wardrobe has the potential to contribute positively to your life everyday. What you buy will only add value and versatility to your wardrobe if you wear it.
These Five Questions to Take Shopping with You are Important
The next time you are thinking about buying clothing or accessories resist impulse buying by asking these these five questions:-
- WHERE DOES IT FIT?
Think how an item fits into your lifestyle. You are not going to wear a dress that is quite formal if you don’t attend formal activities.
The ‘just in case item’ will be a waste of money and take up valuable space in your wardrobe.
- HOW DOES IT FIT?
This relates to your Personality Style and what colours, fabrics, textures, level of details and scale you like to wear. When you buy items outside of your personality preferences you may not feel comfortable and these become your ‘put on, take off’ items.
Make sure you try the clothing on so that you can determine the LOOK & FEEL of the clothing.
This is so important. Just liking or loving a piece of clothing does not mean you will enjoy wearing it.
- WHAT DOES IT GO WITH?
This is an important question if you want to create mix and match outfits from your wardrobe. Having orphans in your wardrobe will be a waste of money and overcrowd the space.
Before you walk out the shop with something think of at least three different outfits you could create with the intended purchase.
- WHERE CAN I WEAR IT?
When you ask this you consider the clothing’s place in your life and relates to question 1. I always plan to wear a new purchase within two weeks of buying it and this means it doesn’t become the forgotten piece.
Once you have enjoyed wearing something you increase your chances of wearing it again.
- DO I HAVE ANYTHING LIKE THIS ALREADY?
Avoid ending up with multiple items of the one thing. Many years ago I discovered that I had about 30 pairs of black tights. For some unknown reason I kept buying them when they were on sale.
These five questions provide you with a shopping guideline for making purchases that will:-
- add value to your wardrobe and not just take up space,
- save you money because you will wear the clothes you buy,
- potentially stop overcrowding in your wardrobe. If your wardrobe is overcrowded this makes it difficult to find things and you wont wear them.
REMEMBER THESE FIVE QUESTIONS TO TAKE SHOPPING WITH YOU
I love finding new ways to restyle my clothing. It is a great way to maximise the potential of your wardrobe.
While shopping in the beautiful town of Milton I tried on a vest that had caught my eye.
I really loved the charcoal colour and wanted to add it to my wardrobe but wasn’t completely happy with the look. It just felt too baggy.
I started to play around with other ways to wear this top and came up with a completely different look and style.
Loved it, bought it and wear it often with pants and skirts. A valuable asset to my wardrobe.
RESTYLE A VEST IN 3 EASY STEPS
This vest was made form soft fabric, loose fitting and had large armholes. These were the key elements that enabled the restyling.
Put arm through one armhole.
Place the other armhole over you head.
Now you need to fiddle with the underneath and top pieces to position them on your shoulder and around your body.
I had to bring the shoulder seam up and locate along my shoulder. This part is hard to show in photographs.
This can also be achieved with shorter style vest.
HAVE SOME FUN RESTYLING YOUR CLOTHES AND ADD VERSATILITY AND VALUE TO YOUR WARDROBE AND STYLE EVERYDAY.
WHEN YOUR SHOPPING IS SUCCESSFUL YOU WILL HAVE A WRADROBE THAT WORKS FOR YOU
How much of your clothing are you wearing? Most people wear only 20% of their clothing 80% of the time. One of the reasons for this is bad shopping purchases. This means most wardrobes are not providing value for money and not working for you.
It is important that every shopping purchase makes a positive difference to your wardrobe and reflects your personality style, lifestyle and budget.
Avoid making purchases that you end up not liking or wearing and taking up valuable space in your wardrobe by following these Shop for Success hints:
1. KNOW WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR
Not many of us go grocery shopping without some sort of list of what we want to buy. Apply this same principle to clothes shopping and avoid wasting time, effort and money and create a wardrobe that works for you.
- Look in your wardrobe and make a note of the clothing you need to make your outfits work.
- Think about what items are missing in your wardrobe (Do you have skirts and pants and not enough tops?).
- Do you need clothing for social or work purposes?
- What colours do you need to coordinate and create outfits?
- Do you have a special event coming up?
- Do you need to replace some favourite items because they are past their use by date or don’t fit?
2. SET A BUDGET
Knowing your budget is a healthy way to shop and can avoid impulse buying and lessens the chance of overspending.
3. ASK QUESTIONS
Impulse buying often results in regrets, orphans in your wardrobe and a waste of valuable money.
STOP and CONSIDER the following questions:-
- Can I coordinate this to make at least 3 different looks/ outfits?
- Does this colour flatter me?
- Is this within my budget?
- Would I buy this if it wasn’t on sale?
4. TRY IT ON
- There is only one way to know if something fits, feels right and looks great and that is try it on.
- Use the mirrors and look from all angles – front, back and side.
- Take note of how it makes you feel and look.
5. TAKE TIME OUT
Before you buy take some time out and consider the reason why you are going to make this purchase. If you have any doubts put it back on the rack.
6. BE AWARE OF THE RETURNS POLICY
Sometimes the Returns Policy does not include changing your mind. Some sale items can not be returned.