HOW TO DRESS WHEN YOUR CLOTHES *SHRUNK* DURING COVID

Let’s be completely honest, we’ve all put on a little weight during lock down, haven’t we?

Bracing yourself when attempting to pull on those jeans again after weeks of ignoring their existence was *intense*, wasn’t it?

#covidkilos

As a Sydney personal stylist, I chat about body types, size and weight a lot (not just during lockdown) and so many of my clients have put on an average of 5kg.

That seems to be THE number!

I’m A Different Kind of Sydney Personal Stylist

body types

But as a personal stylist with a more unique approach to solving fashion problems, I’m sharing some practical style tips to help your clothes become more flexible in size so you wear them more.

I don’t want you to feel like you have to rush out and buy a new wardrobe but instead offer you some sustainable fashion tips to avoid feeling so crappy about yourself.

4 Fashion Tips To Give Your Wardrobe A Makeover

These tips are for those of you who need to make their clothes half-to-one size bigger for any reason, not just #covidkilos but could be part of your MUMMY MAKEOVER service

Practical fashion tips = instant wardrobe makeover!

1/. FASHION STYLE : SKIRT ZIPS

I’ve had fantastic feedback from my image consultant clients about this handy little style hack that means they enjoy wearing skirts they had previously written off!

Why This Fashion Tip Works:

Skirts generally have a longer shelf life when we put on weight because we wear them higher on our waist as we expand (perfect for my petite clients who might feel the skirt was initially a little long in length).

Therefore, most skirts already have about 1/2 or 1 size flexibility in them naturally – then this fashion tip creates a further 1/2 a size!

It’s also helpful during dinner dates to know you have some flexibility without your skirt falling down! ;-0

2/. FASHION STYLE : PANT WAISTBANDS

I know from 20 years fashion experience that pants are THE hardest thing to make fit well!

This is because unlike skirts that really only need to fit 1 part of our body – at the waistband – pants need to fit our 3D bodies in every way!

Most of us know about the ‘belly band method’ of extending the size of our jeans waistband often used during pregnancy but my method creates a more comfortable and permanent solution that doesn’t show your skin.

Being able to add half a size can be the difference between you wearing them and not and we don’t always consider the power of the inside jigger button.

3/. FASHION STYLE : JACKETS

CALL ME CRAZY, BUT LET’S GET THE SCISSORS!!

It might sound counter-intuitive from a fashion stylist, but removing some of that fabric you paid for could be the difference between enjoying it or ditching it.

4/. FASHION STYLE : TIGHT WAISTBANDS

When you’ve only got room to tuck in 1 layer and you want to keep warm, this is your secret weapon!

Currently reduced to $20, this little clothes style from Glassons will be your best friend, an uber comfortable SEAMLESS V-SCOOP CROP TOP

Why This Clothes Style Is A Problem Solver:

It works because it’s:

  • V or scoop neck
  • Comfortable seamless layer next to your skin
  • Flat necklines that don’t look bulky under a layer
  • Long sleeves keep you warm that you can cut shorter (jersey doesn’t really fray, no-one’s going to see it, so save on paying to alter it
  • Obviously the fact that it’s cropped and doesn’t need tucking in!

It’s available in 7 colours, 5 of which cater to different skin tones. Unsure what your undertone is then contact me for a COLOUR CONSULTANT makeover service:

  1. SAND CASTLE = olive & brown skin
  2. PRINCESS PEACH = golden undertones
  3. BLACK = black & dark brown skin tones
  4. WHITE = pale ivory skin
  5. FAIRY FLOSS = cooler undertones

This is another version I’ve just found that’s only $16 bucks but only offers 1 neckline and 3 colours:

2021 UPDATE:

Here’s another Glassons styles currently in store you can online shop today, or try this one that comes in a few colours.

Learn how to shop smarter and benefit from a PERSONAL SHOPPER experience.

I hope these fashion tips will help makeover your wardrobe – and your headspace. Often just a ‘tweak’ is all we need to feel more comfortable in our clothes.

Enjoy x

HOW TO TRANSFORM A SUMMER DRESS IN TO A WINTER DRESS

As a fashion stylist, I can affirm that there’s many ways to convert your feminine summer dresses in to winter appropriate frocks – and the best news?

This makeover only takes a couple of key wardrobe essentials to achieve!

Wardrobe Essentials You Need In Your Wardrobes, Sydney!

“Wardrobe essentials” are the building blocks of your closet that as a WARDROBE PLANNER I suggest you invest in, to ensure you have everything you need at your sanitized fingertips to effortlessly dress. Every. Single. Day.

Sustainable Fashion

Wardrobe essentials are the considered purchases that will last season after season, saving your time, money and energy whilst creating a more sustainable closet.

Buying even just a few generates a wardrobe makeover because they’ll be the hardest working, most flexible pieces you own!! I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again…

YOUR WARDROBE SHOULD BE AS FLEXIBLE AND HARD WORKING AS YOU “

—– Trans-seasonal Styling —–

1. Personal Style : ROCK CHICK

If you like a ‘tougher’ look that transforms your pretty summer dresses, this one is for you, although I’ll post some alternative styling ideas so there’s a version depending on your personal style.

It’s 2.5 minutes long, although I do need to point out how unrehearsed this video was, noticeably “…..got that more attitude type feel”. Gosh. I clearly wasn’t qualified to home school my daughter English language was I? :-0

Double Your Fashion Style

So don’t think that a white summer dress is just for the hotter months, you can get double the enjoyment from it by styling it differently for colder weather.

THE WARDROBE ESSENTIALS YOU NEED TO ACHIEVE THIS LOOK :

BIKER JACKET + BOOTS

Rock Chick Styling

The Fashion Styles & Brands

Teal biker jacket Topshop (bought 8 years ago from their vintage section)

Black biker boots Dune (bought online last winter)

White dress – Country Road (last summer) bought in the sale for $100!!

Green dress – Ganni at David Jones (current season) bought in the sale

CONTACT ME FOR OTHER STRATEGIES ON HOW TO RE-STYLE YOUR SUMMER CLOTHES FOR WINTER!!

2. Personal Style : BOHO CHIC

This is a different example for those of you who fashion style is a little more laid back and bohemian.

This is an actual gorgeous client I worked with back in May who needed to transform her summer dresses in to autumn winter ones, but wasn’t sure how…so I showed her!

These dresses were some of her favorites because they’re patterned so she doesn’t have to worry too much about accessorizing, they flatter her stunning hourglass figure as well as reminding her about her carefree days traveling the world so we want to make them work harder.

The Fashion Styles You Need

THE WARDROBE ESSENTIALS YOU NEED TO ACHIEVE THIS LOOK :

DENIM JACKET + ANKLE BOOTS

Denim Jacket – most brands have their version, ideally it would have stretch in the denim and the length to finish around the waist so it works well over dresses

Ankle Boots – aim for the shade to be similar to your leg so there’s a flattering flow with a small wooden heel

3. Personal Style : MINIMALISM

This is another example from a client who had just bought this expensive Proenza Schouler dress and wanted to understand how to re-style it to reduce her cost-per-wear.

Doubling the amount of times you wear an expensive dress, HALVES your ‘cost-per-wear’!

Adding An Underlayer

This time we layered something UNDER her dress.

I spend a lot of time work shopping ‘how to layer clothes’ because it’s a tricky area of fashion!

Because this particular client loves shorter sleeved styles, she’s stayed true to her personal style meaning she can layer these pieces to achieve edgy, yet practical, outfits.

FASHION TIP: when you choose a polo neck to layer under your patterned dress, pull a shade FROM the pattern!

I’ve used an olive polo neck below under my check dress in image 2, as well as pairing with a solid navy dress in image 3

…I’ve even layered my black polo neck under my boiler suit! Have you got a boiler suit or pant suit? If you have, this is how to wear it during the cooler months!

The Fashion Styles You Need

THE WARDROBE ESSENTIALS YOU NEED TO ACHIEVE THIS LOOK :

POLO OR TURTLE NECK KNIT

Polo Neck – go for a body-con style and because it’s a knitted yarn it has lots of stretch in for great fit and comfort.

Ideally go lighter weight so you can layer clothes over it with only 1 fold on the neck to avoid too much bulk here.

CONTACT ME TO COME AND WORK-SHOP YOUR SUMMER CLOTHES TO MAKE THEM APPROPRIATE FOR WINTER!!

HOW TO SHOP LIKE A PRO

Whether it’s online shopping or in-store, this is everything you need to know because as a Sydney fashion shopper, I bet you’re not doing the 2 *crucial* things that makes shopping most effective

Shop Like A Personal Shopper Does

The actual ‘act’ of shopping is generally just the purchasing part – the central process – but there’s a pre and post activity that I do as a professional PERSONAL SHOPPER that generates much better results.

3 Key Fashion Tips For Successful Online Shopping

ABC reported on May 19th that Australia Post says online shopping has increased by 80% during lock-down, so in my video I share 3 key fashion tips to help you shop online efficiently.

What you choose to remove from your wardrobe is just as important as what you choose to keep in your wardrobe

If your closet contains rubbish, you’ll look rubbish and feel rubbish and this is the OPPOSITE of what your wardrobe should do for you!

How To Shop Like A Professional Personal Shopper

My skills as a WARDROBE PLANNER are paramount when approaching a personal shop for my personal styling clients and for myself personally, then the outfitting kicks in, have a listen….

If you feel like you need some help with shopping, outfitting or anything to do with your wardrobe, I’m only a phone call away!

I’VE ROAD TESTED THE MOST COMFORTABLE PLEATHER LEGGINGS ON THE HIGH STREET!!!

So you don’t have to 😉

Faux Leather Leggings

Faux leather leggings have been a staple of mine for years, and years.. and years, in fact as an IMAGE CONSULTANT I’ve been banging on about them as a key fashion piece for your wardrobe since 2014 as seen in this old blog here!

PLEATHER LEGGINGS ARE A PERMA-TREND!!

And they’re not just for mums, although they do elevate the most daggiest of clothes which was what I looked for when I needed a MUMMY MAKEOVER.!!

They are for every women no matter what your size, body type or age – you’ll just style them your way – and there’s SOOOO many ways to wear them for winter, spring AND autumn!

Their season is undefined!


Buy An Instant Wardrobe Makeover

If you could buy 1 inexpensive piece that instantly transforms your wardrobe for 8 months out of the year, wouldn’t you buy a version?

Oh – and they make you feel a bit more ‘cool’ & ‘sexy’ (although simply writing those words makes me feel pretty ‘uncool & ‘unsexy’. Ha)

My Personal Shopper Clients

The principal request of 90% of my PERSONAL SHOPPER clients right now, is this:

” find me a pant that’s NOT a jean and NOT active wear”

And that’s exactly what I’ve done and trust me, I’ve found a goodie, all due to a genius special design feature that as an ex-fashion designer, I know works!!

AND they’re on sale!!

Find out more details about the Karen Millen pleather legging here.

Buying Clothes You’re Actually Going To Wear

So click above for my image consultant inspo, not just on the usefulness of a pleather pant in your wardrobe, but also a long line hoodie that covers our covid kilos yet still looks ‘cool’.

I’ve been wearing my black H&M style for several winters now, not just with faux leather pants but with skirts, dresses and of course.. active wear.

Personal Shopping Via Insta

If you miss out on these brands, then check out my instagram and click on insta stories ‘WINTER 2020’ for other options of the legging sizes 8-30 and the long line hoodie sizes 8-36.

Call me and let’s create an effortless winter wardrobe that’s stylish AND practical.

Happy Shopping!

1 MINUTE WARDROBE MAKEOVER COLOUR CHALLENGES

Your mission, dear reader, should you choose to accept it, is to revamp your old clothes in to new outfits, using method 1, 2 or 3 of my mini-colour-challenges

How To Create NEW OUTFITS From OLD CLOTHES

Without spending any more money, my professional stylist skills can help you create impactful outfit simply using any of these 3 colour pairing formulas!

It’s perfect if your bored of your wardrobe but short on cash (like most of us are coming out of #ISO!)

  1. COLOUR CLASH – dramatic colour blocking
  2. TONAL SHADES – if you like a particular colour, it’s likely that you own a few versions of it so why not try wearing 2 pieces together?
  3. MONOCHROME DRESSING – create an impact by wearing 1 single colour

Capture YOUR Colour – Colour Consultant

If you’re afraid the colour will wear you, and not the other way around, it’s because you might be wearing the wrong shade for your features.

If you want to understand what TYPES of colour suits you best so you can embrace these fashion trends with confidence, then book in for my COLOUR CONSULTANT SERVICE

As a WARDROBE PLANNER and PERSONAL SHOPPER, I encourage you to buy in to those shades that flatter you to build up your wardrobe, particularly when you’re wearing 1 colour head-to-toe!

Wearing a flattering shade is the difference between YOU wearing colour, and the colouring wearing YOU!

Let’s Start Your Wardrobe Makeover!

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1. COLOUR CLASH

If you want a colour blocking fashion style that people will remember, try this trend!

This is the most dramatic of looks and suit SPRING & WINTER season clients

Actual Client Outfits:

Over different seasons working with my personal styling clients, I’ve been helping many of them create THEIR version of these looks, so here’s some actual client examples using clothes similar to what you might own to help inspire you:

Colour Clash Makeovers:

This can include an accessory if mixing 2 clothes colours feel too strong?

Who knew you had some much newness from clothes you’ve been looking at for years?

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2. TONAL SHADES

This fashion trend can look pretty and feminine, or as bold as you dare!

You can pair tonal top + jacket/cardigan and pop on with a jean for an easier-to-wear version

This fashion style works well for ALL seasons because there’s a version to suit your colourings!

Tonal Shade Makeovers:

You don’t need to spend money to create new outfits

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3. MONOCHROME DRESSING

This is the most flattering because single colour dressing makes us look taller and therefore slimmer. Read more about BODY TYPES here.

This clothes style works perfectly for softer seasons like SUMMER & AUTUMN client

Monochrome Makeovers:

You can match the colour with the top + bottom or match your layers like this lemon cami + blazer. My client loves this yellow shade and had never thought about pairing them to make such a fashion statement!

This client bought this above green outfit during our personal shopper session, has been wearing it for 2 years, get comments on it every time because the shade looks amazing on her WINTER colourings and then separates the pieces and wears with weekly with denim, black and white!

WE CREATED MAXIMUM BANG-FOR-BUCK!

Stylist Challenge

So, pick an approach depending on your colour confidence and give it a try!

What have you got to loose? Nothing.

Just lots of fabulous brand new outfits to gain!

Prefer a professional stylist to come and help you workshop, then book in my WARDROBE MAKEOVER here

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RING RING… YOUR 17 PIECE #ISO WARDROBE IS CALLING!! ☎️

Below, I introduced you to the 17 cannot-live-without clothes styles you need in your #iso #wfh wardrobes Sydney, AND for living life in general – ’cause remember, I’m the type of personal stylist who encourages sustainable wardrobe choices..

And with most of us on a more limited budget at the moment, it seems the perfect time to help your money go further!

Re-styling = Effortless Wardrobe Makeover

In my video below (click here to refresh your memory), I explained the types of styles needed, many of which you probably already own, explaining the features & benefits which generate effortless styling both up & down.

Well, I know you’re dying to see the all outfits I generated..

….. and guess how many outfits I did create?

No, go on, guess?
30….35….40??

I MADE 60 OUTFITS!!! From pieces you probably already own!

You only have to wear each outfit 6 times and you have 1 years worth of clothes from just 17 pieces!!

Now can you understand the value of a professional personal stylist in generating bang-for-buck from your clothes purchases?

I’ve Just Created Your Personal Shopper “Shopping List”

And if you DON’T own similar styles already, then we’ve just identified your next shopping list!! You’re welcome!!

Read more about my Personal Shopper service here

So have a look at how I’ve worked as a wardrobe planner to co-ordinate these pieces and have a go with YOUR versions from YOUR wardrobe. See how the tops + bottoms combine because of the colour and shape I’ve chosen, plus how the pieces layer too!

Is there 60 brand new outfits sitting in YOUR wardrobe waiting to be discovered?

The Vital Role Of A Colour Palette

Sticking to a colour palette plays a HUGE role in how effortlessly these pieces work together because the TYPES of shades are similar, therefore harmonious. Read more about my colour consultant service which identifies the colours that flatters your features that you can build your wardrobe from.

You can see that only 3 pieces are in black and 2 in white so don’t let any fashion stylist tell you that you need black & white as the scaffolding to your closet. That just lacks imagination!

These versatile fashion styles will take you literally ANYWHERE inside ISO and beyond:

  • from your couch-to-gym
  • lounge-to-lunch
  • from-zoom meetings-to-dinner prep
  • cleaning-to-cocktail making
  • playground-to-office rotation
  • Saturday sports-to-dining out
  • disinfecting-to-dancing-round-your-living-room
  • banana-bread-baking-to-dinner-time-making

Did I miss anything? (All with responsible social distancing of course).

Re-style the outfit AND the Item

As well as styling these outfits ‘up & down’ to satisfy 60 occasions, I’ve also re-styled a few crucial pieces in several ways.

The black top, pencil skirt & legging, as well as the shirts are all versatile enough to create different shapes.

YOUR WARDROBE SHOULD BE AS FLEXIBLE & HARDWORKING AS YOU ARE!

Focus On Just A Few Fashion Styles?

So, I encourage you to re-run my 17 piece capsule wardrobe video, then check back through my 60 outfits, but you might prefer to focus on just 6-7 items and play only with them, and that’s fine.

My goal in doing this for you wasn’t about achieving a certain amount of new outfits, it was about showing you the process of starting to create any new outfits at all.

Contact me if you want to expand your wardrobe choices without spending a penny more on new clothes!

You’ll never say “I have nothing to wear” ever again!!

HOW TO DRESS IN #ISO WHILE #WFH

Everything you need to know about creating your #iso capsule from pieces most of my clients already have in their wardrobes. 

This Isn’t A Just A Covid Capsule

You know me, i’m all about creating a sustainable closet that lasts for years not slavishly following fashion trends.

Therefore, this isn’t a separate capsule wardrobe – but part of the essential pieces you need in your wardrobe at all times to make dressing a breeze!

Read more about the crucial role of a wardrobe planner here

Just Add YOUR Personal Style!

These are examples I’ve bought over the years to curate my capsule wardrobe according to my fashion style, so I’m not telling you that you need these exact items, but that you need this type of item that does that particular job...just add your personal style!

14 clothes + 2 shoes + 1 bag = your smart/casual capsule!

You then add a few other pieces such as a smart blazer and denim jean (don’t worry, I’m also delaying re-acquainting myself with tight jeans!) for when, and if, we return to a conventional office environment.

Some Personal Shopper Guidance

I also make suggestions about brands to buy from in-case you haven’t got similar pieces already in your closets, including the key fabric names to look out for.

Ready to give your wardrobe a makeover Sydney……?

Feel like you need some help curating your flattering mix & match capsule wardrobe? Then contact me for an online or in-person stylist session!

I’ll Prove How Effortlessly These Mix & Match

Stay tuned for me to prove how these clothes styles mix & match effortlessly when I show you ALLLLLLLL the outfits I create for you!

...and it’s probably a few more than you expect

Leave your email here to get sent these outfit options for you to replicate using your iso capsule wardrobe!

Non-contact personal styling straight to your inbox!

HOW TO DE-CLUTTER YOUR WARDROBE

…With a sustainable slant

Understanding what to KEEP is just as important as what to get rid of, particularly in this era of overzealous waste.

Over the years working as a personal stylist, I’ve realised most of my clients completely underestimate the fantastic clothes and accessories they’ve purchased, so I encourage you to TRY ON anything before you discard it…you might just have an undiscovered gem waiting to be rediscovered!?!

Plus it saves you money AND does our bit to save worldwide resources

It’s a triple whammy win!!

How To Detox Your Wardrobe

7 pieces to consider removing
6 pieces to consider keeping

Re-style Your Clothes For An Instant Wardrobe Makeover

Remember to consider my Wardrobe Planner styling tips for giving your clothes a 2020 update!!

Or click here for Mummy Makeover style tips I wrote for the fantastic Mama Tribe on how to wear your more ‘special’ pieces for everyday.

ACTIVE WEAR THAT HIDES CELLULITE …… *WARNING* THIS BLOG WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE!!

Hello, real women of the world, how is covid-comfort-eating + slinky yoga pants going for you?

Not ‘Coronavirus’, I’m Talking About The Other ‘C’ Word

Cotton On Body Top + Seed Cycle Shorts – see Personal Shopper Section below for details

Ever since we got told to ‘stay home to save lives’, I think I read it as ‘stay home for snack time’ and when I chat to others, it sounds like we’ve all been doing the same!

This devastating uncertainty seems to have triggered a comfort eating – and alcohol drinking – pandemic in us which further encourages dimples on our skin

Aim’n Instagram

Comfort Eating (& Drinking)

I’m actually writing this whilst consuming copious glasses of red wine and enough Easter chocolate to feed a family of 20, which is the perfect reason to tell you about real-world clothes styles that compliment real-word body image issues we ALL face such as C E L L U L I T E

Now don’t get me wrong, as a fashion stylist who likes to change up looks, some days I’m ok with cellulite and couldn’t care less, but other days it’s the bane of my life and I just don’t want to SEE it.

Our mental health is being put to the test right now and if we can make small changes to see ourselves more positively and not get bogged down by the small stuff we can’t change, then I’m all for it.

You feeling me?

I’m ok with stretch marks and less-than-sexy skin on my tummy, it housed my child so I’m pretty grateful – occasionally even proud of that part of my body

However, cellulite is another thing entirely. It serves NO purpose!!

And it’s the one thing most of my personal styling clients comment on when dressing.

Comfort Dressing

The other thing we’re all doing collectively during this #iso time is living in a limited amount of comfy clothes and for most of us that means a lot of soft, stretchy fashion styles such as lounge-wear and active-wear.

I think we’re all needing a soft cosy hug right now aren’t we?

Perfect For ANY Lifestyle!

But as a personal stylist, I know that the stretchy jersey fabrics I’m introducing you to to aren’t just limited to work-out gear, but work across all product areas for inside AND outside the gym, the office, the bar and the races (remember those places we used to go to?)

Perfect For ANY Body Types!

Fabric is powerful enough to give us an instant skin makeover!

These jersey knits are PERFECT for any tighter fitting clothes you might want to enjoy more, including tops and dresses because we can get annoying dimples or unsightly skin anywhere on our bodies regardless of what body type we are and how much we try and eliminate it!! – aren’t we lucky?

(I’ve been exercising consistently for over a year now and I STILL have cellulite!?!?!?! (And eating the entire contents of my house while at home every day is NOT helping!!))

” THIS IS THE QUICKEST WAY TO GET RID OF CELLULITE WITHOUT A SINGLE SQUAT! “

This Ribbed Fabric Can Solve Any Body Image Problem!

What I’m talking about specifically is a ribbed jersey fabric.

This is what my black Seed bike shorts are made from that I’m wearing in the first photo above and left (black now sold out – because flattering product sells quickly! But see below for alternative), that will flatter any areas where you feel you’re ‘limited’ in what you feel comfortable wearing.

 

PROBLEM + SOLUTION

Cellulite around your knees = buy 3/4 or long pants in rib

Dimples on your tummy = purchase a one piece ribbed swimsuit

Dimples over your arms = purchase a sleeved top in rib fabric

ASOS Maternity Rib Top

Including Pregnancy!

Pregnancy often calls for extra support for your growing boobs and/or belly = try a ribbed body-con top

Pregnancy can mean you’re less body confident due to lack of exercise = buy a textured dress to smooth you out

Rib jersey has a large stretch and retention capacity so clothes can be worn long before, during and after baby is born. Its the perfect Mummy Makeover fabric

FASHION TIP : HOW TO WEAR BODY-CON DRESSES IF YOU HAVE LUMPS & BUMPS 1. change your underwear to high waist light/medium hold ‘big knickers’ or shorts to create a smooth curve 2. then try a textured or ribbed fabric which conceals unsightly skin


The Fabrics You Need In Your Wardrobes Sydney!

So here’s a quick crash course on what type of FABRICS to look for and what to avoid, and the great news is that jersey is one of the most affordable fabrics on the market!

“FRIENDLY” FABRICS TO LOOK OUT FOR :

1.Knitted :

This describes the construction of a fabric that creates natural stretch. ALL jersey fabric is knitted (rather than woven) and jersey is what I’m focused on today

2. Rib Jersey :

The rib structure creates a bumpy texture that conceals our small lumps and bumps by smoothing over them. Rib naturally fits close to the body & adds support

(This Cotton On Body style is the one I’m wearing with my bike shorts. I love how the heavier rib fabric holds me in and the longer length means that when I sit down, I can pull it down to hide folds of skin. If this sounds like what you need, then this is the top for you!)


3. Textured Jersey :

A raised/patterned surface, sometimes called ‘jacquard jersey’ like this navy one shown here.

It acts in a similar way as a rib in terms of concealing the imperfect texture of our skin by covering it with an intentional texture

4. Elastane/lycra :

Stretch yarn that offers stretch & comfort in knitted and woven fabrics. It’s why some clothes fit well and move with you and others don’t


5. Neoprene :

Synthetic heavier weight rubbers used in wet suit fabric where the bonded structure offers better coverage for cellulite.

NOT A JERSEY but still fantastic for improving the look of our skin that’s available in active-wear and swimwear

‘FOE” FABRICS TO AVOID :

  • Lightweight stretch cloths that don’t offer decent skin coverage
  • Slinky flat fabric (slinky with a rib or texture is ok but if you have heavy cellulite I’d stay away)
  • Light colours ie. white & blush show off everything! Heavier weights are more flattering

Online Shopping Made Easy

We’ve all been forced to shop online for fashion but that creates challenges around understanding fabrics doesn’t it? So now I’ve made it easy to find the exact product because you know the fabrics to google!!

FASHION TIP : if you sew, why not look for these fabric types at fabric shops to whip up something of your own?

Personal Shopper Product Edit

During these financially uncertain times, as a personal shopper I’m not going to encourage you to shop for anything other than flattering, confidence-building fashion styles and a layer of confidence is worth it’s weight in gold isn’t it?

So here’s the products in these “friendly fabrics” that are worth investing in because they’ll make you look and feel fantastic, loooonnnggg after the coronavirus has disappeared

…and the great news,

– lots are seamless and therefore ultra comfortable

– they come in loads of different colours

– the returns policy is extended

– most are on sale!!

– these clothes are flexible to allow for a little weight gain or loss during this ‘new normal

Bike Shorts

These are a strong fashion trend and not for everyone but if you’re thinking about a new short shape, I encourage you to try them as the high waist longer length styles are surprisingly flattering!

Yoga Pants & Sets

FASHION TIP : remember that darker colours help hide cellulite more than lighter shades – BUT THIS DOESN’T MEAN YOU HAVE TO STICK TO BLACK!

Tube Skirts

A fantastic item to own that grows and shrinks with you, perfect for pregnancy too

Tank Tops

Because these are close fitting, they’re easy to pop warmer layers over in autumn and winter

FASHION TIP : if you want to wear lighter shades then textured and ribbed fabrics help them flatter and conceal

Sleeved Tops

Versatile enough to wear with jeans or out to a bar

Dresses

As a fashion stylist I know that a body-con dress is a versatile must-have that will take you anywhere. It’s a blank canvas, just change up your accessories depending on where you’re going!

Swimsuit

One of THE most confronting items of clothing to buy so feel less exposed wearing textured fabric

Maternity

I take my personal shopper clients in non-maternity stores and show you to types of styles that will flatter and accommodate a bump so you have more choice and less compromising!

Read more about my Personal Shopping For Maternity Wardrobes here

So when one of the biggest decisions of the day for most of us right now is what to wear (or what colour wine to drink), let’s make sure both are choices that makes you smile, because we DEFINITELY need more smiles right now.

Enjoy your wardrobe, and your body. Stay healthy

LET’S START WITH THE BASICS – ORGANISING YOUR WARDROBE!

So gang, how are we feeling about spending more time at home?

Considering we’ve all had to go ‘back to basics‘ with our lifestyle, it felt only right that I did exactly that with my fashion blog.

The Perfect Time For A Wardrobe Makeover Sydney?

I’m big on opportunity so I’d like to lend a hand (a sanitized one that is) to help you use this time positively to re-connect with your wardrobes Sydney!! Or where ever you are in the world at the mo!

What’s the hashtag… #wereallinthistogether !?!

FASHION TIPS : YOU CAN OWN STUNNING CLOTHES, BUT IF YOU DON’T STORE THEM CORRECTLY, YOU SIMPLY WON’T ENJOY THEM


What Drives Me As A Wardrobe Stylist

It doesn’t matter whether you’re a teacher, a stay at home mum or a combo of the two (like most of us are right now #wfh), everyone wants stress free mornings, regardless of if you’re leaving the house or not, don’t they?

” AS A WARDROBE STYLIST, ONE OF MY DRIVING PRINCIPLES IS TO GET YOU OUT THE DOOR QUICKER, EVERY MORNING !! “

And Here’s How…

Wardrobe Makeover Service Check List

I thought it’s easier to listen rather than read how best to conduct a wardrobe makeover service, so I created a couple of style videos for you as a check list, so when you have the head space, click play on part 1* and let’s start!

*please excuse the multi-tasking-mum-cum-maths-teacher interruptions


*Display* Your Belongings

There’s a reason fashion boutiques ‘display’ their clothes styles, because you can simply slip on anything and own it! Your wardrobe needs to be the same.

FASHION TIPS : IF YOU CAN’T SEE IT, YOU WON’T WEAR IT!

Think about your belongings selling themselves to you, longing to be worn.

Read more on my Wardrobe Planner page that includes some real life client case studies


Closet Organizer

I advise all my personal styling clients that, apart from your active-wear, jeans and knitwear, organize ALL your clothes in the hanging part of your wardrobe by product type, for example sleeveless tops together, pencil skirts together.

This way you can quickly identify where you have duplicates – or holes in your wardrobe – and these holes make getting dressed even more challenging!

If you don’t have the essential building blocks of your closet, outfitting WILL be challenging

How To Organise your Clothes

  • Hang in order of weight starting with lightest weight at one end, through to heaviest, as we have to dress based on the temperature/conditions of our day ahead
  • Ideally tops hanging on the top rail
  • Bottoms on the bottom rail

Some people organise their clothes by colour but that’s an instant thing we can see, therefore be practical first – dress for the weather – then emotional – choose the colour you fancy


FASHION TIPS : hang suit jackets separate to the skirt or pant in your ‘jacket section’ so you consider wearing it with a different bottom of body, or even over a dress?

Your Virtual Personal Shopper

You don’t want your wardrobe to cost more than the contents, do you?

So as your virtual personal shopper, here’s LOADS of affordable space-saving storage and innovative ways to organise your belongings … and none of these items are currently rationed!

HANGERS

Target

I outlined the best hangers in the first of my style videos, but a few of these particular hanger styles shown here are handy as they can hang strapy tops, blouses as well as clip skirts AND pants!

You need this versatility for closets that evolve season after season!

Click here to buy at Target

Or visit Kmart to browse their collection

Pinterest

DIY PINTEREST IDEAS

If you’re a bit crafty and have some time during the lock down, why not consider some homemade storage solutions?

These work particularly well for fashion accessories.

Click to be inspired by hundreds of DIY ideas on my Pinterest board

Remember, if you don’t have the appropriate space to house all your belongings, create the appropriate space

Space Saving Style Advice

Most clients that don’t wear accessories are those who have them shoved in a draw and can’t see them. Sound familiar?

FASHION TIPS : IF YOU’RE SHORT ON SPACE, TRY ROTATING YOUR ACCESSORY FOCUS IE. DISPLAY SCARVES NOW WHILST IT’S GETTING COLDER SO THEY KEEP YOU WARM, THEN SWAP FOR NECKLACES IN THE SUMMER?

DRAWS

Ikea Komplemet

Not Just For The Bedroom

As a personal stylist, my advice isn’t limited to just the bedroom! Here’s details of the flexible bedroom draw dividers I found to be helpful across all areas, including tidying kids bedrooms or the cleaning cupboard – and because I’m home A LOT atm, I’m feeling the need to tidy A LOT!

Click here to purchase


Ikea Komplement Dividers

Ikea Bespoke Wardrobe Systems

Here’s the wardrobe systems I suggest to all my personal styling clients, even the celebrities!

1. Elvarli Wardrobe System

This is the system I have on the video I introduced you to. It’s brilliant. Click here to view the different set-ups or design your own!

2. Pax Wardrobe System

This is a slightly more conventional wardrobe style but can also be designed to fit your needs. Click to see more

Ikea Pax Wardrobe $492 (reduced from $580)

3. Komplement Glass Front Or Metal Draws

Choosing glass fronts on draws or glass shelves allows you to see what you have at a glance, or wire can work well too!

Click here for the Komplement system

4. Jewellery Displays

This is one of my favorite items that separates jewellery and watches whilst displaying them beautifully!

Ikea Komplement $125

I visit lots of clients that don’t wear necklaces they love purely because they’ve got tangled!

Temple & Webster $68

Another idea is a free standing jewellery display like this one from Temple & Webster.

These work well if you don’t own so many pieces, prefer delicate styles or want to rotate your jewellery for a focused look.

Click for details.

Howards Storage is another shop to try that’s delivering throughout is lock-down period

Fashion Tips : You can buy all these online during lock-down for delivery or free contactless click & collect

A Few Do’s & Dont’s

  • Don’t hang heavy knits, they mis-shape quickly. Fold or roll them
  • Don’t over fold your clothes, you’ll make ironing for yourself
  • Don’t overfill your wardrobe

Have questions? Click here to book in a online catch-up to solve any problems you might have that prevents you from creating your easy-to-use ENJOYABLE wardrobe x