Style Personality and What It Means for Your Wardrobe

Lots of women are attracted by the idea of a capsule wardrobe and certainly as we become increasingly aware of the social and environmental cost of throw-away fashion, having masses of clothes we hardly wear is starting to feel a bit self-indulgent; irresponsible even. My own view is that we should shop with care and try to ensure that we wear everything in our wardrobe ...
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Sensible and Stylish Footwear

To be honest, sensible shoes have never been my thing. I have always lived in high heels. I love the way they lengthen and slim my legs and give me extra height (I’m only 1.58m so every little helps!) Until very recently, even my flip flops had a wedge heel.  For me, flat shoes meant sensible and distinctly unglamorous. Recently though, I must admit I’m becoming a bit of a conv...
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Choosing Your Best Necklines

As a personal stylist, I love the transformative power of clothes. Choosing the right styles can make your figure look altogether more shapely and well-proportioned. Getting the style of neckline right not only balances out your body but can also enhance your face shape.   When choosing necklines, you need to take into consideration: Face shape Neck length ...
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Travelling Light

Now, I don’t want to sound smug but the fact is I am rather good at travelling light. I can virtually guarantee that my husband Nick and I will have the smallest, lightest bags in the airport check- in queue. Back in the day, we used to travel with a single suitcase between us until we realised that if it went astray we would literally have nothing to wear! Nowadays we spli...
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Style Me Slimmer

I’ve styled literally thousands of women over the years and most of them say they'd like to look slimmer.  The good news is that this can easily be achieved through clever dressing.  This month I’m sharing some tips for dressing particular “problem areas”.   Wide hips/thighs Keep to a darker block colour on the bottom half and avoid unnecessary pockets or detail. ...
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Colour Me Slimmer

Image c/o The Sunday Times Style   A column of colour Dressing in one colour or similar shades from top to toe is very slimming as a column of colour elongates the frame giving a leaner silhouette. And the good news is that you don't have to stick to black.  Black may be slimming, but so are navy and charcoal and chocolate brown. In fact any deep colour will work,...
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Spring Coats

Hooray! Spring is just around the corner. Nonetheless, with our rather unpredictable climate you’ll still need to wear a coat or jacket (and keep an umbrella close at hand too) for a while yet. Fortunately there are lots of stylish options to choose from. Blazer Blazers are a favourite of women with a “Classic” style personality and are perfect for smartening up a ...
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Finding Your Perfect Jeans

Most of us have a favourite pair of jeans that we wear time and again, but if we’re honest we probably also have quite a number of other pairs which we never wear because they’re just not quite right. Shopping for new jeans can be time-consuming, frustrating and sometimes demoralising but is certainly worth the effort. Very much a wardrobe staple, jeans can be worn for all sort...
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Cosy Cashmere

When you come to me for a style consultation I’ll tell you which fabrics and textures will work best for you; your body shape, your lifestyle and your budget. For me, the ultimate luxury fabric for Winter has to be cashmere, once you pull on a cashmere jumper you will never want to take it off! As well as feeling amazing, cashmere is also extremely practical; offering wa...
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Do You Feel Invisible?

Do you feel invisible? The reason I ask is because feeling invisible is one of the key reasons women give me for deciding to come along for a consultation. They say that no one notices them anymore and they’re losing confidence and feelings of self worth as a result. This is reflected in a survey of 2000 people by  Dr Julian De Silva which found that by the age of 45 women s...
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Prints Charming

Prints are big news this Autumn/Winter.  I saw some great examples in the catwalk show at London Fashion Week Festival and these are now reflected in the shops too. The easy option is of course to combine a solid colour with a pattern. But it is far more interesting to combine one, two or even multiple prints. Although you can basically make any combination that you like, there...
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Making Trends Work For You – How to Wear Green

  Each season different colours take centre stage and for Autumn/Winter 2018 we’re going GREEN. The perfect shade for Autumnal weather, the key to embracing this trend is to choose YOUR GREEN and wear it in a way that complements your colour characteristics. Here are our guidelines to incorporate this trend into your wardrobe for the season ahead… LIGHT ...
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This Season’s Key Trends

Animal print This is never out of style and is the single biggest trend for Autumn-Winter. You can take your pick from leopard, zebra or snake print in a multitude of colours from natural animal colours to pink, blue and green. Cast aside your memories of Pat Butcher and Bet Lynch! Nowadays, animal print is regarded by many as a neutral that can be mixed and matched with ...
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Stress-Free Dressing For Social Events

As we approach the Festive Season, the chances are you’re going to be invited to various social events - Christmas lunches/drinks , dinners , office parties and the like.  I know that this can lead to some angst about what to wear so I thought I'd provide some pointers. Nowadays, these sorts of occasions rarely call for formal dressing but most of us will want to look and feel ...
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The Power of Three

I had lots of positive feedback and a few questions  about my last blog on using accessories to pull an outfit together so I thought I’d expand on this theme further. This blog will provide you with a simple formula for putting together stylish, interesting outfits. It  boils down to the power of three. This is an understanding that things that come in threes are more satisfy...
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Sophie Lee, Emsworth

"Have to let you know how much I adored today. I had an absolutely fantastic session  with you, and it was just so incredibly useful. I have learnt many things from the consultation that I am really looking forward to putting into practice... and most of all, it was great fun! Thank you for all your skill and expertise, I felt in really safe hands."
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Wardrobe Full Of Clothes But Nothing to Wear?

Despite having jam-packed wardrobes, many women feel they have nothing to wear.  Often this is because they have lots of individual items of clothing but not enough outfits. One of the simplest and most effective ways to pull together disparate elements in your wardrobe  and create attractive outfits is to invest in some well chosen accessories – whether statement belts, jew...
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Wear What You Like!

You may be surprised to find a personal stylist telling you to wear what you like, but there really is no better advice. Great personal style boils down to wearing the clothes, make-up (if you like it) and accessories that make you feel at your most happy and confident. The trouble is that lots of us haven’t quite worked out how to dress in a way that makes us feel good. We ...
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