What to Wear this Autumn-Winter

This month’s blog was originally going to be an in-depth look at the key trends for Autumn-Winter, but then I got to thinking about what really interests the women I work with; looking and feeling good, rather than slavishly following fashion. Of course, they want to look current but they’re less interested in what’s “in” for a particular season and more interested in what work...
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What I Wore on Holiday

I have just returned from a wonderful ten day holiday in beautiful Croatia.  Given the pandemic, this was the first time I have had to pack for a proper holiday in quite some time! I have previously run workshops on how to pack for a holiday within cabin luggage allowance, so I am pretty good at putting together a very limited capsule holiday wardrobe. This time around thoug...
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Neutrals, And How To Wear Them

What are Neutral Colours? Neutrals are basically the non-colours.  They are created by either being achromatic (the absence of colour – eg. black, white and grey) or by mixing lots of colours together until there isn’t any distinguishable rainbow colour left eg brown tones such as sand, camel, honey, beige etc. Neutrals will never be the most exciting colours in your wa...
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Style Tips for Mature Women

Attractive mature woman
I know that when we reach a certain age, some women start to feel invisible and lose their sense of identity.  Even those who were previously confident in their choices, can start to doubt themselves and feel that they've lost sight of their personal style.  Clients tell me that lockdown has just served to exacerbate these feelings. As a woman in her fifties, I totally unde...
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Accessorising With Style

Accessories can make or break an outfit.  Generally, the plainer the clothes, the more fun you can have with accessories. The right accessories can not only instantly update an outfit but also add a “pop” of colour. If you’ve already had a Colour Analysis, you will know what colours suit you best but you will probably have found that there are items in your wardrobe which are t...
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Dressing For Your Proportions

I think that most of us appreciate that to dress well we need to understand our shape. But did you realise it's equally important to understand your proportions? Whether you are short-bodied or  long-bodied has a big part to play in putting together flattering outfits. Broadly speaking, if you have balanced proportions you will measure the same from the top of your head to y...
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How To Choose The Best Swimwear For Your Staycations

It’s always summer somewhere. This year, for many of us, it looks like that “somewhere” could mean a holiday in our own country. And why not? There are so many beautiful places to visit in our country. And yes, we may not get the Mediterranean heat but there are plenty of staycation options offering the pamper luxury of a spa day, indoor swimming pool or heated outdoor pool....
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Help! I Don’t Know What To Wear!

  As we finally begin to emerge from lockdown and start to contemplate returning to the office,  dining out,  trips to the theatre and generally having a social life (remember those days?), I know that some of us are feeling that we’ve lost our sense of direction when it comes to knowing how to dress. After months of loungewear or top-half only dressing for Zoom, we...
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Can I Wear Black?

This is often the first question I am asked when people come to me for a colour analysis.  I'm really not in the business of telling grown women what they can and can't do but, whilst many of us love black, sadly for some (myself included!), it doesn't give the same love back. Deeps, Cools and Clears will all have Black in their wallets; it's a useful neutral. We give Lights...
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The Joy of Jackets!

I'm a real fan of jackets so I am looking forward to having more opportunity to wear them as we emerge from lockdown - hurrah! There are lots of good reasons to have one or two jackets in your wardrobe. Here are five: They’re perfect for transitional dressing when it’s not cold enough to warrant a coat but not quite warm enough to risk going without an outer layer. J...
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Key trends for this Spring-Summer that you’ll want to wear

The  Spring - Summer 2021 collections were created in exceptional circumstances with designers around the world battling the challenges of lockdown and the uncertainty as to what occasions we’d actually be dressing for. It's perhaps not surprising then that designers have broadly taken two approaches—some created fabulous, infectious clothes to put the joy back into getting dre...
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How to decide what types of clothes to buy

For me, one of the benefits of getting older has been that I have a stronger sense of who I am and what suits me. I know this isn’t the case for everyone though and lots of women come to see me precisely because they have lost sight of what their style is.  This can lead to random purchases that then go unworn. Having a style consultation is a good way to get back on track but ...
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Time to Cosy-Up!

Picture of different styles of jumper
OK, so it’s the middle of Winter, we’re stuck in Lockdown, we’ve gained weight due to comfort eating and lack of exercise and we’re not exactly feeling on top of the world. Definitely a time for snuggling up in cosy jumpers! If you’ve gained weight and “lost” your waist - or indeed have never had one! -  here are some simple tips to help you look and feel your best in yo...
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Your Professional Image

“Style is a way of saying who you are without having to speak"  - Rachel Zoe With the fantastic news on the two vaccines, hopefully this year life should start returning to normal. For many of us this will mean working at least part of the week from an office and meeting in person with colleagues, suppliers and clients. This is a great time to be a woman in business. Co...
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How To Wear Black

Most women have quite a lot of black in their wardrobes and it’s easy to see why: The shops are full of it It’s seen as being chic and sexy It’s slimming Unfortunately, on most mature women, black looks rather harsh and can be quite ageing.  And there's really no need to wear it to look slimmer; all dark colours will have a similar effect, so how about trying ...
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Don’t become a slave to styling rules!

Jumble of clothes
I know that a lot of women find choosing what to wear for any given occasion quite stressful so I aim to make getting dressed as simple and straight forward as possible you so that you can spend less time worrying about your clothes and more time enjoying life. We women are often our own worst critics, tending to focus on our perceived faults rather than appreciating our...
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Which type of colour analysis is right for you?

I was prompted to write this blog by a visit from Kettlewell founder, Melissa Nicholson, and her in-house stylist, Jo, who came to see me to find out more about the tonal approach to colour analysis. Kettlewell Colours, is an online shop selling good quality basics in over 300 glorious colours. Melissa founded the business in 2004 after she’d had a colour analysis and had st...
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Let’s Get Layering!

There’s a definite chill in the air so it’s time to start getting our Autumn-Winter wardrobes together. Don’t automatically pack away everything you’ve been wearing over the Summer though, there could well be pieces that you can layer up and wear well into the new season. Key Layering Pieces The following pieces are great for layering: Different types of fine, close ...
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What to Wear to Lunch With Friends

friends having lunch
Whenever I do a style consultation, I ask about the client’s lifestyle, favourite shops etc and what occasions they find it challenging to dress for. Almost without exception, women tell me that what they find most difficult is dressing for lunch out with their friends! Generally, there will be at least one woman in their group who absolutely nails her look, leaving the ...
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Facing Up To Face Masks

I don't think anyone enjoys wearing a face mask but we have to accept them as our new normal, and regardless of the style and colour that you choose, first and foremost, we must remember that they exist to keep us safe. That said, I have been asked for advice on many different aspects of wearing masks, so I thought I'd share a few thoughts with you. What style should I wea...
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