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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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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