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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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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Bagging A Bargain

We all love a bargain, don’t we? But how many of your previous sale purchases do you actually love and wear regularly? A  bargain is only a bargain if you actually wear it! It is all too easy to get carried away by thoughts of how much you’re saving and end up buying something you would never normally consider and that is destined to lurk unworn at the back of your wardrobe (Tr...
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Selecting Stylish Sunglasses

At this time of year the accessory that tends to get the most wear is usually our sunglasses. It’s certainly true that the addition of a pair of sunglasses to your look gives you an undeniably cool edge - but how do you go about finding the perfect pair for you? With a plethora of shapes, shades and sizes to choose from we’ve put together our definitive guide to choosing ...
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What To Wear To A Wedding

Are you going to a wedding? Perhaps you’re the mother of the bride or groom? If so, you will want to make sure you look your very best.  Here are some tips to help you get your outfit right so that you not only look and feel fabulous on the day but also when you look back on the photos in years to come. What type of wedding is it? There are so many different options for weddi...
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Why White is Right, Right Now!

One of the first things I’m often asked when people come for a colour analysis is “Can I wear black?” Black dominates many of our wardrobes and one of the main reasons people give for wearing it is that “It goes with everything”. However, whilst black may not actually clash with other colours, there are in fact few that it actually enhances. For Summer, choosing a lighter...
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Hats, Hats, Hats!

Hats were very much to the fore at the royal wedding and there is no doubt that the right hat adds a stylish finishing touch to an outfit and imparts a sense of occasion. With this in mind, I asked local milliner Deborah Dalton for her thoughts on how to wear hats well. Here's what she had to say...   "The recent Royal wedding was fantastic! A great occasion f...
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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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