Petite Style

As someone who is 5’3” (in the morning, on a good day, standing up as straight as I can!) and has styled literally hundreds of petite women, I know how frustrating shopping for clothes can be if you're short. Given that the fashion industry typically designs for women 5’6” – 5’8”,  if you are buying from a brand’s standard range, you are likely going to need to get your clothes...
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What I Wore on Repeat in 2023

skirt and top
I saw this article in The Times the other day and it prompted me to review my own wardrobe to see what I have been wearing most over the past year. I found it a really useful exercise which you might like to try as I think it says more about who you are and what you really like to wear than any style personality quiz! Here's a rundown of my most worn items: A mustard turt...
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Using Jewellery to Elevate Your Party Outfit

If ever there was a time to dress up, it’s Christmas and New Year! There's no need to rush out and buy a whole new outfit though; think about how you could use jewellery to add some glamour to one you already have.  Have a root through your jewellery box to see if there are any hidden gems in there, or buy some inexpensive costume jewellery to add some sparkle and make your ...
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Five Festive Footcare Tips To Help You Party The Night Away

Picture of Gabor shoes
  The festive party season is almost here! If you're in the process of planning your Christmas party outfit, your shoe choice is no doubt somewhere at the top of the list.  Alongside being stylish, how do you ensure that your festive footwear choice is comfortable enough to party the night away without a hitch? I came across these foot care tips from Charles Clinkar...
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Key Trends for Autumn – Winter 2023

“Buy less, choose well, make it last” Wise words from Vivienne Westwood which increasing numbers of us are buying into.  Rather than blindly embracing fast fashion and acquiring ever more clothes, my clients are more interested in building a curated wardrobe of outfits that they look and feel their best in. Fortunately, the fashion world seems to be buying in to this ap...
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Current Fashion Exhibitions

Here's a round up of some exhibitions which you might enjoy. Personally, I loved "Crown To Couture" and I have tickets booked for the Gabrielle Chanel. Fashion Manifesto at the V & A next year, which I'm very much looking forward to. Crown To Couture Kensington Palace  Closes: Sunday, 29 October 2023 £25.40 This brand-new fashion exhibition for 2023 takes over ...
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How To Look Effortlessly Stylish

  Just about every woman who comes to see me says her goal is to look effortlessly stylish. You know the look; relaxed but also pulled-together. For most people, this means looking good without looking like you’ve tried too hard or spent hours getting ready. You probably won’t be surprised to hear that there is in fact some time and effort involved in achieving t...
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What Clothes to Pack Away Now

Leopard print dress
  Keep your wardrobe current It should only contain clothes that you are realistically going to wear during the current season. In this way,  you will be able to see pretty much at a glance what your clothing choices are for any particular occasion. You will also be able to identify if there are any gaps in your wardrobe that need filling. Don't have anything in y...
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Ageing With Attitude

I'm not going to pretend that ageing doesn't have it's downsides. But, let’s face it, it’s a whole lot better than the alternative! We all know that the hormonal changes wrought by the menopause can play havoc with our bodies and emotions but for some of us this can be a liberating time of life. These women know that they have a wealth of expereince and wisdom to offer. ...
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Chic In The Heat

Summer dress and bag
I love the summer months but, like many women of a certain age, it can be a bit of a challenge to not end up feeling like a hot sweaty mess! Here are some tips on what to wear to remain cool and stylish. Fabrics Hot weather calls for lightweight, natural, breathable fabrics such as cotton and linen that will stop you getting too sweaty. Whilst silk is also a natural fabri...
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Quiet Luxury

  The quiet luxury (also known as stealth wealth) trend has been bubbling for a while now but has really come to the fore since Gwyneth Paltrow’s court appearances where she wore a succession of low-key but highly expensive outfits which exemplified the look. So, what is this trend? And, if it resonates with you, how could you incorporate it in your wardrobe with...
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The Key Trends You’ll Want to Wear This Summer

Miny Velvet blazer
I think most of us are probably over feeling the need to embrace every new fashion but it’s always good to keep an eye on key trends to refresh our wardrobe and keep it looking current. Once you understand your style personality (and therefore the types of clothes that will make you feel your best, authentic self) and your shape, scale and proportions, you can filter out th...
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Stylish Footwear Options for Difficult Feet

Court shoe and brogue
I adore heels! At only 5’3” (in the morning, when I’m standing up very straight!), I love the extra height they give. I am aware though that, at my age, I am pretty lucky still to be able still to tolerate them. I know that lots of women have all sorts of problems with their feet which can make it difficult to find shoes that are both stylish and comfortable. In fact, it’s one ...
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How to Wear Wide-Leg Trousers and Cargo Pants

Most of us have  been wearing skinnies for years but it could be time for a re-think. The current trend is for a more relaxed, straight or wide-leg jean/trouser and the stand-out style for summer is going to be the cargo pant. As part of this more relaxed approach, a  drawstring/elasticated waists is another key feature this season. So will this work for you? That really comes ...
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Sally Pellow, Reading

"Nicola, I wanted to report back and tell you how much I appreciated my time with you on 13 January. Since seeing you, I have made lots of simple changes. The easiest one was getting back into the habit of wearing makeup most days, and I am confident again in my technique. I have been surprised that I have gladly worn lipstick daily too - and your advice on using a lip pencil ...
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Niki P, Oxfordshire

"I really enjoyed our session together and can see exactly why you are an award winning consultant! For the first time (and this was my third experience with a consultant) I came away feeling confident, empowered and happy. I rushed headlong into a very busy long weekend with family and friends so haven't had much headspace to digest everything you said, but the "feeling"...
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Why What We Wear Matters

What should I wear?
  I have always enjoyed putting outfits together and choosing what to wear for various occasions is a source of pleasure rather than stress. However, I know this is far from the case for many people. When I was working in the corporate world, an image consultant presented at one of our meetings. The tips she gave seemed pretty obvious to me but for many of my col...
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My Wardrobe Heroes

  Happy New Year! This is the time of year when the shops are awash with so-called sale bargains and it’s all too easy to get carried away and buy clothes that are destined to languish unworn in your wardrobe. Equally though, choose wisely and it can be a great opportunity to upgrade your wardrobe and invest in some classic pieces in quality fabrics that you may not othe...
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Seasonal & Tonal Colour Analysis – What’s the Difference?

Colour analysis mind map
  A couple of weeks ago I was invited to do a Facebook Live with Kettlewell's in-house stylist, to explain the tonal system of colour analysis. For those of you who haven't come across Kettlewell before,  it's a clothing brand for women who love colour and effortless style. Kettlewell are huge advocates of the value of having your colours analysed.  The Live was for...
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