Calling all new mums

Now i’m a new mum, i’m constantly looking for fashionable garments, that are also practical, and although they have been around for a while, the pleather (faux leather) paneled legging is an absolute must have in my wardrobe. They are the perfect weight for the current weather, can be styled in many different ways, look a little sassy rather than mumsy, but best of all, they are wipe clean – which is great when you’re around grubby little hands! The fact that they are paneled with the faux leather make them much easier to wear and more versatile than full pleather leggings, as well as more comfortable.

Most retailers from designer level through to lower end high street, carry a version, so have fun shopping around and make sure you take advantage of the panels and angles to flatter your particular body shape.

How to wear…the essential white shirt

The vastly underrated button-though white shirt is a must have piece to have in your wardrobe. It can take you from a job interview to a dinner date and there is one to suit all body shapes and ages. Because of its conservative connotations, you can team it with something uber sexy and it still retains class.

The secret is to buy a good quality one made from a medium/heavy weight cotton, ideally with a little stretch in it to help with fit (particularly helpful when some padded bras burst open the front buttons). Hugo Boss sell a beautiful white shirt that has the center front placket stitched down to avoid this ‘bursting open’ look and a few other retails have since followed.

Also, a white shirt needs to be washed on a white wash only to retain the bright white colour which will keep it looking new. Look for shirts with flattering seam details or expensive looking buttons.

The many looks below show it’s versatility …but there’s many more

 

The best skirt shape for your body shape

Love this website WHOWHATWEAR as they give some really practical fashion tips to help women dress for their body shape, which is what i’m all about.

We categorise body shapes – often using the humble fruit – to help people understand what styles will look best on them and which ones to steer clear of, but we must take in to account that not many people are a textbook. For example, a small apple can wear quite different styles compared with a larger sized apple, and that is the case here.

The first high-waist flouncy skirt is not suitable for a larger sized apple as the skirt will hang too far away from the thighs and look very unattractive. So a lot of the guides you read for what styles a particular body shape should wear, are generally steered towards the smaller size version of that fruit.

Have a read here.

Finding a diamond in the rough

Not that i’m one for throw away fashion, i do appreciate that there is a place in our wardrobes for a few lower priced items that are a bit more trend driven. After the interesting L&B experiment by Best & Less, it got me thinking about other shops with a stigma attached when buying clothes, and so i had a browse in KMart and found this little gem.

It’s easy to wear and not too masculine or rock ‘n roll, and as I would have bought it for $40, I thought it was a wise purchase. I trimmed the armhole a little so it looked a bit more authentic and styled it with a vintage red leather skirt, Zara heels & a lace bra peeping through. No one would have guessed it was from KMart – or is that a bad thing – should i be proud of that fact I love my $8 tee?

It’s all about how much you value your purchase.

How to wear…the essential white jean

Yes, white jeans are a little difficult to wear for some of us. But if you do have the figure, they are surprisingly versatile. The actually give a less harsh outline than dark jeans so can be surprisingly flattering. Make sure you go for a heavyweight denim so to give you good coverage and like all jeans, make sure the back pockets are in the correct place for your bottom shape.

Best&Less launches ‘The L&B Experiment’

 

I love this, it’s such a fantastic social experiment. Ricki from Campaign Brief reports on the success of the latest, and very bold experiment, by Banjo – the PR agency for Best & Less. By presenting exactly the same clothes within a more beautiful retail environment, peoples perception of the value of the items changed dramatically. They could view the garments without the stigma and indeed, appeal to a lot more people that wouldn’t have usually stepped foot inside a Best & Less. Customers were even prepared to pay a higher price for these items, almost 4 times the correct price! The video is a must watch.

Due to this lower end market not giving the love the clothes that they should ie. steaming garments before hanging, using decent hangers, merchandising in to outfits etc, it’s often hard for potential customers to imagine how good they could look once they get them home and mix them with their own wardrobe. I think there is definitely a place for lower priced fashion. But it should still fit well, be made of a cloth that doesn’t give you a rash and be a considered purchase. You should never buy an item because it’s cheap. If that’s the motivation, you’ll never love it, and it’s just a waste.

I visited Best & Less yesterday and was pleasantly surprised by their knitwear and encourage any one to go in and take a fresh look, particularly at this category.

http://www.campaignbrief.com/2014/02/bestless-launches-the-lb-exper.html

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Skirting Around The Issue

This is a great article in UK Grazia, September 2013, discussing how what you wear on a date can ‘make or break’ it. We all know that making a good first impression is key to any important meeting, but after fashion blogger Natalie Joos wrote about her date who complained about her designer jeans went viral, Rebecca Holman decided to see for herself. Rebecca details her experience as she embarks on 4 dates that she organised using on-line dating websites and then got the men she met with, to judge her outfits.

Rebecca enlisted the advice of psychologist Jennifer Baumgartner who states that “Not only does the outfit affect how you feel….it becomes part of the non-verbal package unconsciously used to assess you.”

It’s interesting that the short LBD generated the most positive response from any of her dates because he could see her ‘great legs’, despite Rebecca feeling incredibly uncomfortable in it. The man asked her on a second date but Rebecca declined however as she would have rather be asked out again because of her ‘winning personality.’

Rebecca concludes that next time she would definitely choose to wear an outfit that reflects her true personality and that from now on, she would perhaps be less judgemental of her date’s outfit…

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In Search Of Frugal Fashion

Can you put together a fashion savvy outfit that suits your shape and personality for under $100? An article in The Age online 2012, puts it to the test. It encourages people to look at alternative places to shop, such as second hand shops and market stalls. It’s not about buying cheap fast fashion that satisfies for only a moment, but searching other avenues that can give you the same look and quality, but for less money.

The  people in the article discuss the need for versatile clothes that can easily take them from day-to-evening and it is exactly these types of styles that i would help you identify. we acn then build around these depending on your particular needs.

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That’s A Wrap!

According to WRAP, the waste reduction body, “a third of all unwanted clothes – 430,000 tons of them – end up in landfill, when they could be sent to charity shops or given a new lease of life”. Clothes swap parties are a great idea when you have become bored or no longer fit in certain styles, or customising your clothes to reinvigorate them with little or no extra money. All these ideas i can help with.

The WRAP report also studied the behaviour of almost 8,000 adults in Britain and found that “the average household spends £1,700 a year on clothes, second only to food and drink expenditure”. When you realise how much we spend on our clothes, you also realise how much more thought we should give our purchases. Often there is so little thought yet they are our third largest financial outlay.

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