More and more fashion companies are setting up a new type of business model for consumers who want to ‘rent’ fashion, rather than commit to a purchase.
This allows the person to have a constantly revolving wardrobe which keeps them looking up-to-date, but avoids the problem of what to do with garments once you have got bored of them. Particularly helpful if you regularly need statement items for special occasions, if your size fluctuates, or if you want to experiment with your style.
Rent the Runway is a USA based company who have been selling this new concept of recycling fashion, as are denim brand Mud who actually recycle returned jeans.
As a Sydney colour consultant, my business is based on helping people understand why certain shades look better on them than others. It depends on your natural colourings – and one of those is the colour of your hair.
These 2 articles are re-pinned from WHO WHAT WEAR and shows what type of colours look better on 1. brunettes and 2. blondes. Although it’s quite generic as it doesn’t take in to account eye/skin tone, it’s an effective quick-guide.
Brunette hair colours
Blonde hair colours
Colour is the quickest way to give yourself a wardrobe makeover as it transforms us instantly!!
Most hairdressers give style advice telling us we shouldn’t change our hair more than 2 tones from our natural shade, unless it’s a fashion colour such as the pink and purple we have seen recently, so why not enhance what you have?
My personal styling services are all about offering practical and cost saving advice so I love a quick fashion tip – a piece of style advice that’s easy to follow & results in wearing more of your wardrobe in a more stylish way.
The dress trend has been recently taken over by the top & skirt combo which looks more edgy, particularly if the skirt sits on hi-waist and the top is slightly cropped.
However, there’s no need to rush out and spend money on the new fashion trend, just tweak a longer top you have already with a simple knot!
It gives your garment an instant makeover!!
This way, you can crop it as short as you like, depending on where your skirt waistband sits and how adventurous you feel.
Tip : It works better if the top is stretchy.
This is a great example of when a woman wears the wrong shape and colour for her particular features (click on image to enlarge). Eva Longoria is a beautiful, slender woman.
However, the outfit on the left:-
– swamps her petite figure
– makes her athletic figure look more rectangular
– does not flatter her winter colourings
Yet the outfit on the right :-
– has less fabric and doesn’t over take her-even if it was a maxi
– defines her waist and makes her appear curvier
– is a more vibrant shade to suit her skin tone
Get the most out of simple pieces of fabric. Brilliant.
This is a fantastic article in Design Sponge from May by Amy Azzarito. It outlines how “buying less makes you rethink your possessions” and when you actually make the time and space to be able to see all your possessions, you value them.
We clutter up our wardrobes surprisingly quickly, which makes it difficult to appreciate what we have, and therefore nothing brings us pleasure and so we just keep on buying. Realising how your current possessions can work for you definitely makes you hesitate when buying more. It’s a great read with some great tips and i couldn’t agree with her more!
Click here to read the full article :-
Let it Go: A Closet Makeover
This skirt shape is really flattering due to the uneven hemline that doesn’t cut the legs off so harshly, like standard horizontal hemlines. It works in minis & pencils and can also look fantastic in softer fabrics too.
Take care : if the fabric is thick & heavy, the wrap creates layers of fabric which can sit on top of each other and end up adding bulk around the hips & thighs. So if you are larger in this area, choose a pencil length in a medium/lightweight cloth.
This kimono x-over shape is perfect for apple shape – those of us who carry weight around their stomachs. This is a key shape for A/W and can be found in most fashion forward retailers.
I chose examples from Zara / Country Road / Lisa Ho but ASOS and Topshop also do great, well priced, examples. It’s unusual for blouse shape to look great with a sleeve but this x-over does, which makes it practical and perfect for this time of year.
PS: works when you have a pregnancy bump too!
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’re 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.
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