Knowing your Colour Palette

A few weeks ago you may have read my post on a capsule wardrobe.  I had mentioned that I would be testing out a small wardrobe myself by selecting a maximum of 15 items, and only wear those 15 by mixing and matching.  Unfortunately due to the unpredictable climate that I live in, this didn’t work too well as I selected my 15 for the season we were in but our temps ranged from 16 to 31 degrees within a week!  So I cheated by then pulling in a few winter woolies and swapping out light weight pants for warmer jeans, but having been trialling it here and there since, where I can, I have definitely found my ideal colour palette (I think I knew this all along but having been conscious of it has just reaffirmed what I always knew).  Knowing your palette is probably one of the first steps to a capsule wardrobe as everything needs to be able to mix and match.  Then on top of these basic items (or some of them may not be that basic, but statement) still falling within the palette.  You will then have your velvet skirt, sequinned top, camo jacket, leopard print heels etc to add the fun and interest to your outfits. Sometimes you may add trend items but statement pieces aren’t necessarily always trend items.  A sequin top for example is a statement piece but you can keep if for years and wear it season after season without it dating.  An example of a trend now would be an off the shoulder dress, or a ruffled wrap canary yellow skirt.  Trends will come and go, you will adjust your wardrobe every season to chuck out the dated or overused shoe, bring in the floral tea dress, the canary yellow skirt etc, but the base of your wardrobe will remain the same.  The denim shirt, the striped t-shirt, the grey jumper will always remain (until they grow balls and develop holes 😉 )

I favour blues, whites and grey’s.  I definitely wear a few shades of green, sometimes black, pinks and creams or beiges but mainly stick to my palette of blues and whites.

Here are a couple of links to some seasonal items that you would bring in as your statement or interesting items, but that would not date too fast from one season to the next and further below some inspirational pics of what basic outfits from a staple wardrobe look like and wouldn’t change too much from one year to the next.

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Silver Velvet Skirt
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Striped Frill Sleeve Tea Dress

 

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Floral Bag
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Red Embroidered Blouse
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Black Embroidered Kimono 

 

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Beaded Clutch

 

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Lace Top

 

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Brides on a Budget

If your’e next in line to walk down the aisle I would count yourself lucky (when it comes to the dress department).  Never has there been such a wonderful array of dresses on offer from the high street.  Brides on a budget have so much choice from an ever expanding bridal collection, from Topshop to Whistles, to ASOS to name only a few, you actually wonder why even those NOT on a budget would bother spending large sums of money, that is how good the options are!  I have narrowed down some of my favourites (which may not be yours) but hopefully a link may open the door to your perfect dress minus the hefty price tag….

To me the fabric used to make this dress is absolutely everything, the most delicate lace that has a small foil print all over is so intricate and different.  For the unconventional bride! I also think this style would suit a small bust because of the low neckline and wrap style front. Shop here

This elegant dress is a combination of romance and simplicity and would in my opinion take everyones breath away.  Perhaps for the slightly taller silhouette having the empire line. Or maybe even a the perfect style for a bride who’s expecting 😉 Shop here

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Having a vintage wedding? This little beauty couldn’t be a better fit for the more casual bride, one of the prettiest dresses I’ve seen. Shop here

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A structured embellished gown in the most flattering style to suit any figure. Shop here

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This beautifully elegant gown is modern but timeless, with its bardot style top and beautifully shaped silhouette gives it a simplicity that will never date. Shop here

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Looking at all these beauties wishes I could pick my dress all over again!

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Lets Dress

We’re entering the season that we can layer a few more clothes! Im not talking extra jackets and scarves.  Dresses over pants ladies, this is what Im so excited about!

This trend has been trickling in and hasn’t really hit stores on our shores too hard yet but there’ s no reason why you can’t start layering your favourite silky slip over your velvet flares or skinny jeans.  There are no major rules to this trend apart from if the dress is longer, (so ankle length), be sure there’s a slit or two so that you don’t feel too frumpy, adding a heel will also help elevate the outfit ensuring you avoid looking like all the fabric is wearing you!  If the dress you have chosen is a shorter length (above the knee) opt for a more cropped trouser.  This is such a fun look to play around with, try different variations and figure out what works on you, you can also play around with fabrics and prints and the look can work for formal and informal occasions. For work stick to luxe fabrics, tailored pants, smarter shoes and structured bags.  Casual, opt for jeans, ditsy floral and floaty dresses.  There SO much fun to be had.  Enjoy!

As always, leaving you with heaps of inspiration for your next outfit 😉

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Have a happy Wednesday everyone

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What is a capsule wardrobe

Everyone always goes on about a capsule wardrobe, there are lots of write ups, posts and general rules about what a capsule wardrobe should consist of.  However as a personal stylist, I believe in order to help individuals with this, one needs a guide to follow or understand rather than listing actual items, as obviously for everyone a capsule wardrobe is different.  There is no standard rule to what you should own but rather a palette and carefully curated items that suit your lifestyle.  You get some individuals out there who really dislike wearing jeans and love to wear skirts, whether they are visiting a park with their toddler or going to an evening function.  They may however dress their skirts down with sneakers and a tee.  Then you will come across somebody who needs to dress for a corporate job 80% of their time so would need to own 4 pairs of court shoes in various colours as part of their capsule wardrobe.  Be honest with yourself and what you need to get out of your wardrobe, don’t build a fantasy wardrobe of things you love over things you need.

Lifestyle: Obviously this plays a large part when figuring out what you need.  What you do career wise and what percentage of your week you are wearing formal vs informal.

Ask yourself how many ways or occasions can you wear an item.  Anything less than 3 is a waste.  In other words you want to be able to wear a blouse three times and each time with something completely different from your wardrobe.  Obviously we all have a few pieces like dresses that this wont count for, but then that dress is not being counted as part of your capsule wardrobe (and then do you need it?).

Quality: If you want to build your capsule wardrobe to last then choosing quality over quantity is essential.  Invest in well made basics and look out for sustainable clothing where possible.  Look for good quality fabrics that wont wear out after a couple of washes.  Consider where the clothing has been made and by whom.

Choose fit over size and find brands that work for your body.  Just because your friend loves J Brand jeans doesn’t mean they are going to be your best jeans.  Try on many different brands and sizes to find what works for you.  This goes for size, if you are a size 8 in one store doesn’t mean you will definitely be a size 8 in another .  Try and buy the one that fits!

Style: we all have our own style and hopefully you are familiar with your style.  Buy your clothes for today not for tomorrow.  I have made this mistake so many times, I see something I love, I have no clue when I am ever going to wear it but I purchase the item regardless and actually never end up wearing it.  There will always be good stuff out there, so don’t buy something for “one day, maybe” or your fantasy wardrobe as mentioned before, buy for now!

Every closet needs a consistent palette of neutrals (figure out the colours that suit you). White does not suit everyone and neither does black so find your neutral colours first.  Then add accent colours to your wardrobe to bring in colour.  You want to be able to mix and match your wardrobe and wear as many combinations as possible.

A couple of signature pieces are enough.  Choose timeless over trend pieces.  Not only as this will be more useful to you but it will be less harmful to the environment.  “The clothing industry is the second-largest polluter in the world, second only to the oil industry”.  Also look out for ways to recycle your old clothes.

Organisation: Make sure you have a clean and organised closet.  This way you will be able to see your clothes and get dressed with ease.  Having a full closet with clothes spilling out creates chaos and is damaging to your garments.  Launder your clothes with care, follow label instructions and if anything is remotely delicate pop it into a bag before adding to the machine load or hand-wash.

So I am now going to challenge myself to a small capsule wardrobe which you should try too.  I will be selecting 15 items from my wardrobe and only wearing those 15 for the next 10 days.  This is a great way for anyone to trial a capsule wardrobe before completely committing if you are feeling apprehensive about letting go.

For anyone seeking further one on one styling advice please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Hope you are all having a super week!

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Jackets to get you through Spring, Autumn & Winter

There are so many reasons to invest in jackets for your wardrobe.  Jackets like these are so good because they can be thrown over something light, something slightly warmer or worn under larger and thicker coats.  The jacket is a fast way to update your outfit or create interesting layers.  I personally love wearing a leather or smaller blazer under a coat when it’s bitterly cold and in doing so it opens up the option of taking your coat off and feeling more comfortable with just a jacket on whilst keeping the chill at bay.

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The Military Blazer here
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Leather Biker Jacket here
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Quilted Bomber here

 

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Gingham Check Jacket here

The leopard print faux fur does not exactly fall into the smaller jacket category but I thought I’d add it to this line up as it sure is versatile, brightens up any dull wardrobe and will be around for many years jazzing up your outfits.

 

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Faux Fur Coat here

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