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Elevated Basics – How to Super Charge Your Capsule Wardrobe

One thing my personal styling clients often ask me about is the capsule wardrobe. It’s a concept that was devised so that you have up to forty interchangeable “basic” pieces that can be combined in a number of configurations, maximising your outfit possibilities. Purists would say that it consists of ten basic, and very hard working, pieces. But because I get easily bored with my wardrobe, I would argue that it consists of up to forty pieces. And those forty pieces result in more outfits combinations that I care to mention. You can read my complete guide to the capsule wardrobe here.

Once you’ve mastered the concept of your capsule wardrobe, there’s more you can do to take it to the next level. To super charge your capsule wardrobe. Its about looking polished, stylish and above all else, interesting. And it’s all about elevated basics…

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Find Your Style

Find Your Style

Fashion is a means of communicating without having to say a word. Whether you are interested in fashion or not, your choice of clothes says so much about you. Your outfits reflect your personality and can often reflect your mood. 

A lot of my clients have the foundations of a fabulous wardrobe, but have not accumulated the pieces in a coherent way to create an overall, consistent image or style that they are comfortable and confident with. They accumulate a mish-mash of beautiful pieces, but have no way of drawing them together to embody a coherent style that represents how they want to convey their personality.

As a personal stylist, I work with my clients in depth to identify the style that reflects them and their lifestyle, as well and ensuring they are choosing items that work best for their body type and colouring.

Not everyone can invest in a personal stylist, but there are some things you can do yourself to find your style, and give you some structure to your shopping each season.

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Master the Art of the Repeat Wear

There used to be a time when you could repeat wear outfits at different occasions with different crowds without fear of having the offending repeat outfit identified as such. Enter the age of social media and we are now faced with a world where every outfit can end up on Instagram, seen by most people you know, thereby immediately outing itself and limiting its ability to dazzle and amaze a new crowd at some future event.

My philosophy as a personal stylist is that true style is not always about buying something new. Everyone has the building blocks of a stylish wardrobe already in their closets. Before we add to the excess waste created by our fashion habits, lets maximise what we already have before we identify the gaps that need to be filled with a strategically chosen piece here and there. It also involves creating a working wardrobe for my clients where each piece can be worn on repeat in a way that won’t get boring or tired.

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Packing for a Ski Trip for First Timers

I only started skiing a few years ago, which explains why I will forever be an intermediate skier. Starting skiing as an adult is hard. I’m constantly thinking about whether my travel insurance will cover me if I have some kind of accident. The result is I ski far too cautiously to ever make any seriously good progress.

Nevertheless, I have progressed to a point when I can pretty much tackle most ski runs (with varying degrees of style and technique). And I now love my ski trip holidays more than anything. Apres ski has a lot to do with it.

Looking back, I can see the seriously steep learning curve I went through to get to this stage, and it wasn’t all on the slopes. Knowing what to pack for a ski trip the first few times was a bit of a dilemma and I had to ask around to find out what I needed to take to wear on the slopes. Continue reading “Packing for a Ski Trip for First Timers”

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A Guide to Shopping for the Perfect Spring Dress

It’s at this time of year when my thoughts optimistically leap forward in time, only by a few months mind you, to a more cheerful time. A happier time. A time when I can start liking my clothes again. It’s called spring.

It’s also at this time of year that the shops are replete with the prettiest, dreamiest spring dresses. So even though it is arctic outside, I can live out my fantasies of al fresco brunching, eating ice cream with friends and picnicking with abandon, at least in the shops.

A good spring dress is one that is multi-functional, thereby giving you far more joy-per-wear, while reducing your cost-per-wear. Here’s my guide to buying the perfect spring dress. Continue reading “A Guide to Shopping for the Perfect Spring Dress”

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Western Style – Don’t Go Full Cowboy

I’m not one to go for trends generally (there have been exceptions though, I’m only human). But overall, I try to avoid them. There’s no point investing in a piece that will look dated a year later.

On the other hand there are styles that come and go over the years. And the frequency at which they come and go makes me wonder whether they should be categorised as trends, or rather as a “look” that you can bring back into your repertoire at any time you like.

Western style, of the likes that you see popping up on cat walks, the internet and in real life at the moment, is one such style that I’m toying with. Is it a perennial look?

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Winter Style Ideas

During the summer, I bemoaned the challenges I experience with my summer wardrobe. Now that the evenings arrive earlier, the nip in the air is no longer that of a playful puppy, but more like an angry Rottweiler. And the problem of dressing for hot weather seems like a walk in the park compared to the one I face now: how to dress for winter, but still maintain some semblance of not having given up on life.

It’s not easy to stay warm in the depths of winter and still look cute. Outfits tend to take on an overall potato-like shape. All those layers, all the logistics, all the extra Christmas pudding consumed. After learning the hard way during last year’s hideous arctic vortex that hit London for an extended period of sartorial pain, here’s my tips for staying stylish when the weather doesn’t want you to be. Continue reading “Winter Style Ideas”

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Ten Ways to Wear Leopard Print

Leopard print is everywhere in 2018. That Realisation Par midi-skirt that saturated our Instagram feeds this Summer triggered a leopard print invasion not only on social media but IRL too.

I have long embraced leopard print and made it a vital part of my wardrobe. Treating it as a neutral will do that. But in order to do so, I had to stop thinking of it as something only worn by older women with big hair who troll singles bars hitting on much younger men (not that there’s anything wrong with that). There’s way to wear it and then there’s ways to wear it.

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My Multi-Hyphen Style

Nearly one year ago, I left my full-time legal career to transition into life as a travel writer and editor and fashion blogger and stylist. What I’ve learned in that time about work, life and style could fill a book. The flexibility that comes with a freelancing mutli-hyphen career. The freedom from office politics. The new perspective on life. And, most of all, the increased room to play with my style choices. Continue reading “My Multi-Hyphen Style”

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Pyjama Party – Sleepwear as Outerwear

You may have noticed sleepwear has been stealthily making its way out of the bedroom, out of the living room and onto the streets lately. It’s no longer confined to the domains of sleep, working from home (don’t pretend you don’t know what I’m talking about) and hungover Sundays on the sofa.

Sleepwear has become the new normal, whether you wear it as co-ordinate pieces or you go “full-pyjama.” And when I saw the recent sleepwear collaboration between the coolest woman on earth (Florence Welch from Florence + The Machine) with the most iconic print and fabric designer in the world (Liberty, natch), I embraced it whole-heartedly.

So if you like the idea of the sleepwear look, but are a little hesitant to try it, read on for seven tips on how to master it with style. Continue reading “Pyjama Party – Sleepwear as Outerwear”