Think a nice juicy orange to add zest (pardon the pun) to your wardrobe be it a new lipstick, a statement necklace or a solid tee that will go with all your black/navy and white, not a fan of orange? Choose a pale pink or any colour that looks great on YOU!
That marine blue is a perennial favourite, but instead of looking like you have joined the navy try some lapis lazuli beads and eyeshadow. If you don’t want to follow the crowd think of jeans in this shade of mid blue, which is flattering on all shapes and goes perfectly with any white shirt, this season the white shirt/top is exaggerated with full bodies and or sleeves, cutouts, and the odd ruffle. Floral is back again for dresses both long and short with mid to large flowers in all shades and styles.
I have always loved scarves, so versatile especially when travelling. My mother Elizabeth showed me how to make a bag out of any size scarf. It is so easy! Take a square scarf, make a knot 2-3 inches down on each corner. When you have 4 corner tails, tie 2 together forming the handles and you are good to go. I only use them as beach bags or to use as a little evening bags to add a little style to hold a lipstick and brush as not much security for valuables.
Another summer gone, and 2016 will be remembered as the hottest since records began in some places. I for one welcome September with fall, or autumn, as we call it in England just around the corner. I love the more temperate weather which energizes me and I just seem to be happier. This is certainly my favourite time of year and this is what I am doing now. Here are my top 5 tips.
- I have been window shopping and seen what is now available, I am pleased to say it is not really for me, not a fan of cold shoulders or chokers but these are so easy to make just take some pretty ribbon sew on a couple of stud poppers to close and add a favourite brooch and you are trend ready.
- If you want to update your home or your wardrobe only buy something that you really love, and makes you look amazing. If anything needs replacing get it now before you need it. I have bought two trays, a silver plated one for drinks specially requested by my husband for his personal use in his domain or man cave and a square wooden one to corral and keep odds and ends neat and tidy.
- Polish up your image with some style. The new hose for this season will give anything you already own a new look.
- Don’t forget to give the pieces you already own some love. Polish, clean and repair! You will look stylish.
- Check out your makeup and skincare getting rid of anything that is broken and used up. Edit your look and update it for the coming season.
There is an interview 15 minutes in of the link below (if you can be bothered to fast forward)of me talking to CBC regarding Windsor & Essex County’s new mentorship program to continue to attract the the over 50s to create new businesses and startups. For more information, http://www.retirehere.ca and here is the link to the interview.
Spring forward! At this time of year the marketers and the shops encourage us to “update our wardrobe”, “find your spring inspiration” and “out with the old, and in with the new”. All code for buying new items that you may or may not want or need. Problem is, not everyone gets the organization and editing of the spring makeover.
Most of us want to be organized and stylish so take a few hours for yourself to do it properly and ease into the new season with these tried and tested tips.
Update your wardrobe! The easiest of all! Once those coats, boots, gloves and scarves are removed you have already lightened up! You always see paler colours being introduced each spring plus the perennial navy and white, black and white with pops of pastel – think a pastel scarf or a primary coloured hand bag.
Finding your inspiration! Simply window shop, by looking online or visiting your favourite stores and see what is being offered this season. For 2016 we are seeing a lot of denim even in trench coats and espadrilles. Here are three trends. There is the prairie pretty – lacey, crochet and denim. Remixed 90s style for a new cool vibe and the practical preppy Parisienne style. There are of course any more…so take a look and find your look this season.
Out with the old, and in with the new! Of course not everyone gets rid of the old but if you take note of what you already have at home, white shirts, do you need another? You can edit and not duplicate by simply buying another version of what you already have. You can still spluge and buy something that you really love, that looks great on you and if it works with what you already own. You can do this for your home too!
1 If anything needs to be repaired, do it before you need it.
2 Go through all your skincare and makeup especially lip colours.
3 Paint your toenails or have a pedicure and start applying a good hand cream up to your elbows and feet just before bed and you will have softer, more youthful looking hands and feet just in time for sandals.
Ready to donate? Take it to the charity shop. Worn out? Use for decorating or doing messy jobs, otherwise cut up old softer absorbent clothes such as tees to use as rags for the spring clean.
If you need help updating and restyling your clothes and closet, contact me.
I have been getting calls, “I have nothing to wear” or “I have been shopping” Can I show you what I have bought?” and the one that causes the most anxiety “What do I wear with it” The first, had purchased a beautiful little black dress, very formal, classic and would look perfect at a funeral, but it’s for a party! she wailed. Option one was to dress it up with jewelry and option two was to take it back. Julie kept the dress, she loved it, it fits me in all the right places! To make it work for her party we added black lacy hose, black patent high heels, a fun statement necklace, small gold earrings and some bracelets plus a new red lipstick for all out glamour. The same dress was paired with a jacket and large modern black and white pearls for a business lunch and then for a weekend brunch out with the family just add some more casual jewelry, boots and a cardigan. Added cost was for hose and a new red lipstick.
Looking through the closet, we switched out the LBD for the LWD – Little White Dress (from summer) and now it becomes Winter white with a new necklace. Added cost was for a necklace on found on sale!
Last but not least, this lady had bought this dress on sale and never bothered to wear it, why buy another when this one looks great! add a statement piece, some sheer black hose and small pearl studs to look fabulous! Added cost was for sheer hose.
My daughter just emailed me to ask for advice for an upcoming job interview for a management position so for anyone wondering about what to wear, here is a primer.
Traditionally a job interview outfit would be a neatly pressed suit, white shirt/blouse, ironed if needed and your shoes should be polished. So smart business attire or smart casual? With a suit you can’t go wrong with clean well cut lines. That said, trousers should be a slim cut not skinny. If you choose a skirt look for a pencil or an A line that is not too short or long.
To find your ideal length, simply take a towel stand in front of a long mirror and place the towel in front of you. Move up and down until you find the most attractive length. Measure the length if you can’t remember and if necessary, have it hemmed once you buy the skirt. Hem it yourself or take to the dry cleaners to alter it to the right length so you will always look your best.
What do most of the managers in your industry wear the most? What do you feel most comfortable in? If you already have the clothes try them on and see what looks best, if you only have a couple of pieces say the jacket and shirt, wear them when shopping and see if you can find a great skirt or dress pant.
To avoid the banker look you can replace a shirt with a simple top such as a tee but in a nice fabric such as silk that is not low cut or sexy. Jewelry should be simple, a pair of small diamante or pearl studs, a simple necklace if you want and your bag should be neat. Another option would be a dress and jacket.
What not to wear!
No heavy makeup, dangling jewelry, huge bags, leather jackets, denim, scuffed shoes.
This fall 2015 fashion statement from Chanel was one I photographed while window shopping. It immediately struck me that this is something that if you are handy with a needle you can do yourself using every embellishment you own to make it pop! Can’t sew? Have a look around the local craft fairs who will probably have something similar at a fraction of the price. Style Organization’s trendspotting includes more handmade textures, more retro looks including macrame and other textiles especially in contrasting colours.