It has been said that if there is one fabric that characterises the modern wardrobe, and the ever increasing fluidity of our lifestyle its denim – and I couldn’t agree more.

It is a timeless fabric that has been reinvented over the years – and this season is much more diverse, with new shapes and textures.

So for those of you who love denim, you really will be in heaven this season!

In addition to this, Pantone have announced that their colour for 2020 is Classic Blue.  So if there ever was a time to get out that blue denim – it is now!

 

Pantone Colour of the Year: Classic Blue

Here’s a quick round up of some great denim options:

Jumpsuits are still very much on trend, as they have been for a few seasons now.  The cut of this jumpsuit from White Stuff is slightly more relaxed, and is lovely and soft.  A great casual option.

White Stuff £65

White Stuff £65

Whilst this one from Oasis is great for layering when the weather is still a little on the chilly side.

Denim jumpsuit

Oasis £56

If you like the all over look of denim, then a Dress could be a great option for you.  This one from Boden is great if you want to skin over your tummy area.

Denim Dress Boden £75

Boden £75

Whilst the belted dress from Whistles will show off a fab waist!

Denim dress

Whistles £139

I can’t talk denim without mentioning denim Jackets.  But don’t think you have to go down the traditional boxy denim jacket route.  I love the tailoring of this blazer from M&S.  Plus it has some stretch, so that you can move in it too.  M&S even have matching trousers, so you can do double denim (and yes, this season, its OK to do double denim!), but the contemporary way.

Marks & Spencer £59

Marks & Spencer £59

There is every type of denim shirts around season, but to stand out from the crowd, why not wear something a little different, like this polka dot shirt from Dorothy Perkins.

Dorothy Perkins £24

Dorothy Perkins £24

Or for those of you who like a bigger statement, then how about this full sleeved shirt from Mint Velvet.  The trend for big sleeves is still very much around for this season.   This is a great shape if you want to add detail to your hip area, but any pear shapes should avoid sleeves like this, as they will only create width around your widest area.

Demin full sleeve shirt Mint Velvet £79

Mint Velvet £79

A denim skirt might be something you already have in the back of the wardrobe, and if so get it out!  In the shops, there are some lovely modern shaped denim skirts like this tiered skirt from Monsoon.  Tiered skirts and dresses are a big trend for Spring / Summer’20, so with this skirt you will hit both trends – double bonus!

Monsoon £55

Monsoon £55

Many of us also have jeans in our wardrobes, but don’t just think jeans for this seasons denim trousers – as there are some great alternatives in our shops right now.  These utility trousers from Whistles are a great option if you have a fab waist and slim hips.

Whistles £149

Whistles £149

Whilst these culottes from M&S are super flattering for most

Culottes M&S £35

Marks & Spencer £35

When choosing your denim trousers do consider which leg shape works for you – as a wide or tapered leg can make a huge difference depending on height and shape.

Accessories in denim are useful if you want just a hint of this trend, or if you want to add to a full-on denim look.  This pouch from Gap is a perfect addition.

Gap £29.95

Gap £29.95

Whilst these canvas shoes from Levis, are perfect to show that denim isn’t just for jeans!

Levis £39.99

Levis £39.99

Now for me as a Colour Expert and Personal Stylist, I know that many people like blue – however as ever, we look our best in our best shade of blue.  Or some of us need to ‘warm up’ a denim blue to ensure that we look fabulous.  Some modern denim can also be softer and more fluid than the traditional stiffer denim – so its key to know what kind of denim fabric suits you best.

So if you want to know how you can wear denim for your personal colouring and body shape this season, then why not book yourself a Full Image Consultation?

What does the new year hold for you?  We often take the turning of the year to reflect on the year past, and what we would like the future year to look like.

I see many clients in the New Year who want ‘New Year, New You’ – and in my world that means an image refresh. Rightly or wrongly we are judged on our appearance – someone who looks very well presented is assumed to be ‘on top of their game’. But our image also sends messages about who we are (or who we want to be perceived as).

In my new Personal Branding consultation, I focus on what our image says about us, and ensuring that image is the one that we want others to have of us. One element that I touch on is the psychology of colour.

Colour can not only make us look amazing, it can also send messages to others about us. Plus, the Colour we wear also has an impact on how we feel too!

So if you are thinking about your image going into the New Year – whether that to give you inner confidence or to wow your new boss at your interview – then maybe you might like to think about how you can use colour to your advantage to tell the world what you are all about:

Here’s a quick run through the primary colours.

Red – Is a real power colour!  It’s exciting, energetic and ambitious.  But beware, the power of this colour can be seen as aggressive to some.  So use in situations carefully, and ones that you want to be in charge of!

If you just want a hint of this powerful colour, then an accessory like this chain strap handbag from Marks & Spencer is perfect.

Red EDIE CROSS BODY handbag Accessorize

Whilst if you want to command the attention that you deserve, then you will receive it in this structured but feminine silhouetted jacket from Hobbs.

 

Red Hobbs Jacket

Blue – In contrast to red, Blue is calmer.  It conveys messages of trust, peace and order.  It can also be seen as predictable and conservative – great for saying ‘I’m a safe pair of hands’, but not so much if you are more creative and want to shake things up a bit!

Well hello party season!  How we do love you!  This time of year often gives us the opportunity to get a bit dressed up – whether we have a party to go to or not – as it is the season where we can add a touch of glamour and shimmer even if we are on the school run, nipping to the shops, or having a quick coffee catch up with our friends!  This is particularly true this year, with the autumn / winter catwalks showing lots of ways to dress up the everyday outfit, and as ever the catwalk trends have made their way to our local shops.

So what does this party season look like?

Enter the party in style:

Capes are not only bang on trend this season, they easy slip over whatever your outfit.  This cape from Joules (available from your local Next) not only ticks the checks trend, also the faux fur trend this season.

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Joules Tweed poncho, £100

 

This season the key outerwear accessories are colourful gloves.  These gorgeous and super soft leather gloves from John Lewis come in a wide range of colours – so there is bound to be one that suits you!

AW trends, Accessory trends, Glove style

Red leather gloves (John Lewis) £25

 

The Main Event:

 

When its the start of a new season, its always best to remember what makes you uniquely you.  We don’t want to be clones of each other – we want to be the best version of ourselves.  Helping my clients do this is what makes me really happy as an Image Consultant and Personal Stylist.

Now is also a great time to have a declutter – so you know what you have, and what you might want for the new season to refresh your wardrobe to ensure you look current, and like the well dressed woman you want to be perceived as.

Each new season, the fashion industry and retailers bombard us with images of whats ‘hot’ right now.  How I tackle the new season, is to work with my clients to see how they can incorporate the latest trends into their wardrobe, whilst still feeling like themselves.

This Autumn/winter season we are seeing two opposing trends that I want to focus – to help you understand which might be ‘the trend’ for you.  These 2 trends are ‘Mixing Patterns’ and the ‘Tone On Tone Look’:

Yellow floral skirt and blouse mixed patterned look. Mustard tonal style

The sun is shining, and its time to get to get our sunnies on!

Sunglasses not only protect our eyes from harmful UV rays, but they are also a wonderful way of updating our look, adding interest to our outfit and showing our personal style.

Here’s my tips on choosing the best sunglasses for your face shape, personal colouring, and your unique style.

There are 3 things to consider when looking for the perfect pair of sunglasses: Shape, Colour and your personal Style

Shape

Different shaped sunglasses suit different face shapes – so I would suggest that you choose a frame shape that flatters and suits your personal face shape.

The general rule is if you have an angular face shape – where your cheekbones and jaw are in line (sometimes called square or rectangular shape) – then use glasses to soften the angular lines.  So go for round or oval shapes – like these from Polo Ralph Lauren or these from Prada for a more statement look

Sunglasses, shades, sunnies, sunglasses

Polo Ralph Lauren round, House of Fraser, £127

Sunglasses, shades, sunnies, sunglasses

Prada Oval sunglasses, John Lewis, £127

Spring / Summer Trends
 

Booking is now OPEN for my (very popular and always fun!) SEASONAL UPDATES for SS’20

Thursday 26th March, 10am – 12.30pm 

Friday 27th March, 10am – 12.30pm

SEASONAL UPDATES include:

The key trends for SS’20
The ‘hot’ colours for SS’20
How you can wear the latest trends, taking into consideration your colouring and body shape
Tips and advice on how to put whole outfits together for the new season
Handy take away guide
– PLUS: mini workshop session – details to be announced!

Sessions this season will have a sustainable focus to the seasonal style, whilst still allowing attendees to add an item or 2 from the latest trends at the session itself.

All clients will have the opportunity to get my personal advice on an item from their current wardrobe, and how that item could work with the latest trends.

If you haven’t been to an Seasonal Update before here are some words that clients have said about them:

– Informative
– Motivating
– Stylish
– Informal
– Self Care
– Personal Touch
– Fun

These sessions are in small groups, and often get booked up quickly – so book your place by emailing me

If you cant make these dates – then let me know and I can arrange a bespoke Seasonal Update session for you

Price is £15 pp, or £10 pp if you would like to bring a friend along

Contact me to book your place

Did you know that the fashion industry is one of the largest polluters on the planet, second only to the oil industry? That sounds bizarre but when you think about the water pollution, water consumption, waste accumulation, microfibres, chemicals, carbon emissions, soil degradation and rainforest destruction involved in producing textiles – the fashion world has a lot to answer for.

And as consumers we can be just as much to blame. The ‘fast fashion’ habit – where you might buy a cheap top for a night out only to have it fall apart after a couple of washes so you throw it away – only exacerbates the problem.

What is “Sustainable Fashion”?

“Sustainable fashion” is a bit of a catch-all phrase for the growing movement within the industry towards a more environmentally conscious approach to design and production.

The industry is doing its bit to clean up their act by developing processes that are kinder to the environment and to the people involved in production. And you canfind designerswho focus on sustainability and fair trade, but you do need to hunt for them. I think it will be a while yet before sustainable fashion goes mainstream.

how can you be sustainable with your clothes

So what can we as consumers do in the meantime?

Checks and Animal print styling
As much as I’ve enjoyed such a glorious long, hot Summer, I’m actually pretty pleased that Autumn is finally showing its face. This is undeniably my favourite season! I’m so relieved to be waving goodbye to those hot humid nights of precious little or no sleep, and welcoming the crisp mornings, dew on the grass, and piles of crunchy golden leaves to stomp through.

Every change of season heralds a new range of fashion collections, and as a personal stylist and image consultant that sets my trend-spotting antenna buzzing! And the new Autumn/Winter 2018 season has not disappointed. I’m thrilled that prints have remained firmly on the menu in just about every couture collection doing the rounds of the catwalk shows.

If you attended one of my Spring/Summer styling sessions, you will remember my advice on how to wear patterns. Anyonecan wear a pattern, you just need to choose carefully according to your shape and style personality.

This Autumn you will see patterns wherever you look, so if its not something you would ordinarily consider I encourage you to think about it now. Some of the new trends are already hitting the High Street, and the two main patterns I want to highlight are animal printand checks.

summer holiday suitcase
How many times has this happened to you? You come back from a wonderful holiday in the sun with a great tan, your phone full of photos and videos, totally chilled – and a suitcase full of clothes only half of which have been worn? Okay so the laundry load may be lighter, but how frustrating is it to realise that there was no need to pack it all in the first place? Think of all the space you could have saved for souvenirs!

In the past I’ve fallen into this trap just as often as the next sun-seeker, and these days I have the double challenge of packing for my young son too. I often find my suitcase filling up with hisbooks, toys, inflatable crocodile and snorkelling gear. Add enough sun screen to sink a battle ship and you can begin to understand why I’ve now been forced to hone my holiday packing skills into a fine art.

It seems that we’re required to travel light these days. Airlines have put increasing restrictions on checked-in baggage weights and the volume of liquids you can carry with you are severely limited, so we can’t sneak things like cosmetics or toiletries into our hand luggage. They don’t make it easy for us girls, do they?

Over the years I’ve learned the hard way how to pack smart so now I’m sharing my top tips with you. My experience as a personal stylist has taught me how a simple holiday capsule wardrobe and just the right accessories can see me from beach to bar and beyond without breaking into a sweat.

Tip #1:Put everything you want to take out on your bed. Then put half of it back. That sounds a bit drastic but it forces you to focus. Be ruthless – you always wear less than you think you will!

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And if that woman happens to be wearing red lipstick, then she is saying “I’m a woman in control”!

As a styling and makeup consultant I regularly get asked for tips on wearing red lipstick. Usually this is because while most ladies would love to be able to wear red lipstick when they feel like it, they don’t know how to go about finding the right one.

So why wear red lipstick?

The colour red has so many meanings – danger, stop, energy, strength, power, passion, desire, love – and all those meanings practically scream the same message:-

Look at this! Pay attention! Don’t look away!

Red lips are a definitive and perennial staple of women’s beauty regimes for a very good reason. It’s the look that symbolises “classic” beauty. Think of all those iconic women whose signature look is red lipstick – everyone from Marilyn Monroe and Jean Harlow to the current stars of stage and screen like Taylor Swift and Scarlett Johansson. There isn’t one that doesn’t reach for a slick of red lipstick when they want to make a statement. It’s just one of the ways they portray their undeniable feminine power and self-possession.

When I see a woman wearing red lipstick I immediately think “this woman is confident and in total control”. Red lipstick is a source of strength. When you put it on you immediately feel more poised, more self-assured and empowered. It draws attention to your mouth and – subsequently – the words that come out of it. Red lipstick is all about asserting yourself. I often reach for a slick of red lips on days when I need a boost, it’s my own personal mood changer.

Why are some people scared of wearing red lipstick?