Best Dressed Wedding Guest

Were you, like me, glued to the screen watching the royal wedding? I loved the simplicity and elegance of Meghan’s  Givenchy wedding gown, topped off by that fabulous veil. It will be interesting to see how her choice influences bridal wear over the year ahead. Exciting though it was to see THE wedding gown though, it was actually checking out what the wedding guests were we...
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My Personal Style – Melanie Robinson

Melanie is a Captain in the Royal Naval Reserve, an Executive Coach and Mentor, wife, mother, sister and friend. She took her place in history when she became one of the first females to command a Royal Navy warship 20 years ago. She has been trailblazing ever since, carving a career which currently sees her appointed as one of the most senior ranking females in the Roya...
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Summer Style

I love this time of year when the shops are awash with the new season colours and styles. Over the past month or so, I have been talking a lot about Summer Style -  on  BBC radio Solent, at Winchester Fashion Week and my own Seasonal Update events -  so I thought it would be useful to summarise some of the key trends for you on my blog. Pastels There are two broad colo...
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A Walk On The Wild Side

Something  strange has happened  to me – I am developing a bit of a penchant for leopard print! What’s so strange about that? Well, until quite recently, I wouldn’t have been seen dead in it!  I think my aversion to animal prints can be traced back to Bet Lynch in Coronation Street who was often seen wearing  head-to-toe leopard print, bright blue eye shadow and lots of blin...
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The Art of Layering

The shops may be awash with Spring/Summer styles but it’s still be distinctly chilly out there so, if you’re going to splash out on new season styles now, you’ll definitely need to add some layers for warmth. In fact, given the unpredictability of the great British climate, layering is a sensible way of adjusting to changing temperatures year-round. After all, how many d...
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My Personal Style – Catherine Turness

I am delighted that Catherine Turness, has agreed to tell us about her personal style. Catherine is Executive Director at Winchester  Business Improvement District (BID) and leads a team that delivers multifaceted projects on behalf of 750 diverse businesses.  One of these projects is Winchester Fashion Week (16th - 21st April). Catherine was the Winner of the 2016 Women in...
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Ten Style Tips for Midsters

I am often asked what the “rules” are for dressing post fifty. The first thing to say is that we should be able to wear what we like so I really don’t think it’s appropriate to be too prescriptive. However, I know that when some women reach middle age they lose confidence in their own ability to judge what does and doesn’t suit them. Many tell me they dread looking like “mu...
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My Personal Style – Louise Proddow, Entrepreneur

One of the reasons I called my business My Personal Style is that I think it's really important for us express our own sense of style. It’s what makes us individual and interesting. I’ve therefore enjoyed interviewing some inspiring women about their personal style. I'm kicking off  this occasional series with Louise Proddow, entrepreneur, strategist, author, mother, friend, fo...
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Top Tips for Successful Sales Shopping

We all love a bargain, don’t we? At this time of year the shops (actual and online) are awash with discounted stock and it can be very tempting to splash out. However, years of running Capsule Wardrobe Workshops and doing Wardrobe Weeds have taught me  that most women's clothing mistakes were so-called sale bargains. So, before you rush off and buy something which you mi...
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How to Dress For That First Date

This month's blog comes courtesy of Daisy Mae, author of "Dating Daisy" which tells the story of 52 year newly-divorced Daisy's quest to find romance through internet dating. Daisy came to me to have her colours analysed and also took the opportunity to get my advice on what to wear for dates. Here's her account of our conversation which also featu...
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Personal Branding For Professional Success

Before I trained as an image consultant, I spent more years than I care to remember in a corporate environment. I worked in recruitment, sales and channel management so I know how important the way we present ourselves can be to our professional success. Rightly or wrongly, people form opinions about our character, professionalism, socio-economic status and authority based on w...
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The Importance of Good Grooming

Your professional image Recently I’ve been working with individuals and businesses around personal branding, executive presence, call it what you will. Basically, it’s about ensuring you project the best possible professional image. Now that business casual and smart casual are often the prevailing dress codes for a lot of businesses,  immaculate grooming is particularly es...
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Salvation! Dresses With Sleeves!

This post comes courtesy of Tracie Beardsley of Fab Frocks, a boutique which specialises in occasion wear with starting prices comparable with high street shops such as Coast and Monsoon. Staff at Fab Frocks pride themselves on being able to dress real women of all shapes and sizes - with sizes 4 to 24 in stock. "As soon as BBC’s ‘Strictly’ hits our screens, customers inunda...
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Update Your Autumn-Winter Wardrobe

  October is a great time to go shopping for your Autumn- Winter wardrobe. You don’t need to spend a fortune though -  a few well-chosen pieces will give your wardrobe an instant update. Colour This season’s key colour is red.  This is a confident, sexy colour that will get you noticed so make sure you get the right shade for you. If you have warm undertones opt f...
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How To Wear Colour

You may have noticed by now that I am on a mission to get people to inject a little more colour into their lives. Not only does wearing the right colours make you look more attractive and vibrant, it can really lift your spirits.  A colour analysis will show you your most flattering colours  and how to wear them. For those of you who haven’t had an analysis yet or would like a ...
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Office Chic in the Heat

Hopefully Summer will be making a re-appearance sometime soon! When the heat is on striking the right balance at work between being comfortable and looking professional can be challenging. Here are some tips to help you navigate this style dilemma! DO choose your fabrics wisely Natural fabrics like cotton, will be more lightweight and allow the skin to breathe. If you ...
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Casual Chic in The Heat

When the heat is on the last thing you want is to be feeling hot and bothered. Here are our tips to keep you cool and chic in the Summer sun this season….Lighten Up Darker colours absorb heat so opt for the lighter shades in your palette wherever possible. If you fall into the Deep colour category this can be particularly tricky but you can try adding a little contrast in the ...
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Why What We Wear Matters

According to most researchers, people make decisions and judgements about us within  7 seconds of meeting.  Their subsequent interactions with us are very much influenced  by their first impression of us. A positive first impression stores up a lot of goodwill, whereas a negative one is difficult to recover from. Therefore, whether  it’s a first date or an interview, the messag...
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Swimwear Style

We spend the whole year looking forward to our Summer holiday; after the long, dark days of Winter there’s no better feeling than the sun on your back and sand under your toes. It’s only natural that we want to look our best and spend time planning our holiday wardrobe, but how many of us give much thought to our swimwear (apart from thinking that we really don't want to be see...
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Summer Stripes

Stripes have become part of many women’s daily uniform. Age-appropriate, versatile and timeless, they never go out of fashion. This season, in particular, the shops are awash with them.  How savvy are you about choosing the stripes that will be most flattering on you though? Vertical stripes are slimming – right?   Conventional wisdom has it that vertical stripes are slim...
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