Ever had that feeling where you just don’t know what to wear or how to wear it?
Many of us go through a period in our lives where we fall out of love with our clothes, our style, ourselves, many often don’t know where to turn to for help or guidance.
We effectively loose our style mojo.
I’ve been that person too and I’m sure it’s something we can all relate too. As an image consultant I help ladies regain their style mojo, helping them understand their body shape, colouring and how best to style their clothes so that they can be the best version of themselves.
Regardless of your shape or size the first thing I advise, especially for busy mama’s, is build yourself a capsule wardrobe. This is where you mix and match your pieces of clothing to form different looks for different occasions. By utilising everything in your wardrobe you save money, by sticking to these rules you shop better only buying the things you need. And most importantly you always have something stylish to wear.
Style Tip – Choose your key piece for that season. Ask yourself honestly what do I need? As opposed to what you want and would impulse purchase just because you love it. In order to build your perfect spring capsule wardrobe, you will need that “key piece” from which to start, that may be a “wear everywhere dress” or your spring jacket or a pair of boots but essentially the idea is that you build around that one piece ensuring that everything you choose compliments that piece and each item can be mixed and matched.
For Spring a trench coat is timeless piece that will never date and will return year after year, choose one in a neutral colour to maximise the number of ways it can be styled. Personally, I’d avoid black as it drains the skin of colour in most skin tones, a camel alternative will warm the skin up avoiding dark circles under the eyes.
Lunch with the girls – Debenhams Studio Preen Blouse £45, Primark Trench Coat £25, River Island Black Bella Jeans £42, Primark Boots £16, Marks & Spencer Bag £29.50
School Run Look – Next Breton Tee £16, Dune Elurru Trainers £85, Coat, bag and Jeans as before. Bag worn long across the body.
When choosing your key piece be it a coat, jacket or blouse identify the right base colour for you. Hold the item up to your face, what impact does the colour have on your skin? Does it darken it creating shading, or does it lighten and brighten? The key, is for it to brighten the skin, look at alternatives to black, consider grey, navy or camel as your base colours.
Once you’ve identified your base colours and the key item you need in your wardrobe, that you’ll wear all season, you can add accents of colour through accessories, scarves, tops, blouses and shoes. You are now starting to build the foundation of your capsule wardrobe.
Other key pieces to consider for your Spring capsule wardrobe is the “wear everywhere dress”, this is a dress that can be styled in a multitude of ways.
I love the versatility of a shirt dress. This one from Next could be worn for work with the white cylinder heels. For play with the Dune trainers, for the beach with the Next weave yellow mules and worn open over white jeans for a transitional piece for cooler weather.
My favourite wear everywhere piece is a jumpsuit, they are incredibly versatile and can be layered up for cooler weather and smart enough to be worn for all occasions. For a chic casual look, roll the sleeves up to the elbow, unbutton the top two buttons and style a white slogan tee underneath.
Denim can be such a versatile fabric when chosen in a key style, I love this dress by Oliver Bonas at £69.50 this should be your key piece for a number of outfits. I’d layer it with the breton tee underneath and wear the Dune trainers and M&S bag worn long across the body to add a pop of colour for a casual running around after the kids day time look. For a work appropriate look switch the footwear to the Primark boots, take away the breton tee, keep the red colour pop bag and you’re good to go.
Personalised style advice is on hand whatever your budget or time constraints. Why not book in for a Personal Styling session or a Personal shop to revamp your wardrobe ready for Spring.
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