So Autumn is finally here and although it’s still quite warm some days, now is the time to start thinking about coats and jackets for the months ahead. When you’re investing in a winter coat, there are a few things you need to consider to ensure you get maximum cost per wear and you look your very best.
Are you curvy with a defined waist? Or do you have a straighter body shape without much waist definition? If you are curvier and have a waist, make sure it’s not hidden. Ensure there is some shaping to your coats and jackets; that they’re not a boxy shape. Straighter body shapes can opt for straighter styles.
Consider the fabric too. Curvier body shapes need softer fabrics that drape well over curves. If a fabric is too stiff it will again hide your shape. Anything hiding the fact you have a waist will only make you look bigger than you are. If a coat has some sort of belt or tie at the waist, use it to define your waist. If you don’t have a waist or feel self-conscious with it fastened, try tying it at the back.
This is a combination of your height and the size of your bone structure. If you’re quite petite, don’t go for fabrics that are too heavy or bulky and avoid too much volume as this could swamp you. Any details such as buttons, lapels, patterns etc should be kept smaller and more delicate. Conversely, if you’re larger in scale and height, heavier, bulkier fabrics will work better on you. Go for larger, bolder patterns, and bigger lapels and buttons.
This will dictate the style of coat you choose without you even really thinking about it. For example, Creatives will love this embroidered coat from Boden..
Dramatics will go for something more like this leopard print faux fur coat from Sosander...
or perhaps a bolder colour...
And Classics will much prefer a more understated single breasted coat in a neutral colour.
If you love a neutral like the Classics / City Chics, you will love a coat in a beautifully understated neutral that goes with many items in your wardrobe. Just try to avoid black, it can be very draining for many colouring types and there so many other great neutrals, (such as taupe, chocolate brown, camel, many different greys, olive, rust, pewter), that it’s worth trying something new.
However, if you prefer more colour you might like something bolder like red, purple, or even yellow, just be sure that whatever colour you choose is in your most flattering shade.
If you plan to wear your coat over a skirt or dress, think about whether or not you’re happy for the skirt or dress to be longer than your coat. If you plan to wear it over anything that shows the shape of your legs (e.g. shorter skirts or skinny jeans/leggings), ensure the coat hem doesn’t finish at an unflattering part of your leg, e.g. the widest point on your calves.
So follow these tips when you decide it's time to shop for your winter coat, and if you would like more help in choosing a coat or any style of clothing to flatter you, please get in touch.
Does this sound familiar? Is this you? For many of us, this happens every morning when opening the wardrobe. It's rammed full of clothes and yet still you feel you've nothing to wear.
There's a variety of reasons why this may be happening, but fundamentally it will come down to one common denominator.. you haven't identified your true personal sense of style.
Your sense of style is the thread that pulls everything else together - the styles of clothes you like, how you wear your clothes, how you wear colour, how you do your make-up (if you wear it), how you style your hair, where you shop, how you shop, etc, etc.
I talk a lot (and increasingly), about style personality and our sense of style because it's so very important. It's the key to wardrobe happiness, it really is! When we truly understand our own sense of style, we feel that our clothes express who we really are and we feel completely comfortable wearing them.
Did you know that we spend an average of 287 days of our lives deciding what to wear? That's over 9 months!! What a waste of our precious time.
Imagine, you have a coordinated, flexible wardrobe that makes you happy every time you look at it. One in which you can easily see and reach everything. One in which everything mixes and matches easily with several other pieces. One where you can simply open the doors in the morning and quickly and easily put an outfit together and get dressed. Well this is possible. But you need to start with really pinpointing your own individual sense of style.
Once you've done this, you will then be able to create a wardrobe that works for you and kiss goodbye to spending hours staring at your wardrobe and trying to decide what to wear.
And who doesn't want that?
And it's not difficult to do either. So if you need help with this, get in touch and I'll help you start down the road to wardrobe freedom and happiness!
Make bad clothes days a thing of the past.
Have you ever noticed how some people always look effortlessly stylish? Looking good is all about understanding what suits YOU.
A Style Consultation will help you understand which styles flatter you and why, so you can select the clothes and accessories that suit your shape, personality, lifestyle and budget.
We'll start the session with a coffee and a chat about what you'd like to achieve from the consultation, whether that's creating a new wardrobe from scratch, feeling more confident, finding a more formal look for work, ideas for a special occasion outfit, or simply dressing to look slimmer, younger or more 'put together'. You’ll start by filling in a short questionnaire to help me determine your style personality. This is an essential part of the consultation as it dictates how you will put outfits and accessories together. Then we'll discuss your body shape and the golden rules for dressing to flatter it most. We'll also look at how to dress for your proportions height, scale. I'll show you how to make the most of your best features and how to take attention away from the features you don’t like so much. My advice will also cover tailoring, clothing styles, fabrics, patterns and accessories, as well as places to shop.
I encourage all clients to bring several pieces of clothing from their own wardrobe to the consultation - some things you like and wear a lot, and some you don't. The aim is that by the end of the consultation, you'll be able to identify the whys behind this and see in practice what you have learnt throughout the session.
We'll make a note of all the tips and advice you receive, in your style workbook so you'll leave your consultation with a record of all the advice you have been given. You will then have the confidence of knowing what your personal style is and how to choose the right clothes for you when shopping.
I will show you how to:
Find your best styles and take the indecision and frustration out of looking up-to-date each season.
Prior to the consultation, I will ask you to send me some details about the brands you like, your budget, any challenges you face when shopping, (e.g. fit, proportions, etc), and any planned purchases you may have, (e.g. wedding, job interview, etc).
On the day, the consultation will begin with a presentation showing you the new season's looks and we'll discuss which ones work best for your personality, colouring and body shape and why. You will learn about the 'must have' items and styles, and some great colours for you this season.
A Seasonal Trends Update session will show you: