As an Image Consultant, I love the change in Seasons!  But this one has been quite a challenge!!

The AW20 season hit the catwalk back in Feb, and since then our shops have not only faced the challenge of covid19, they have also had to take the catwalk trends and shape them into wearable pieces for us everyday.  Also during this time, how we have dressed has changed, with more home working – some of us will be happy with this, whilst others will be wishing to get back to their ‘normal’ dress code and the desire to get out and about again.

One element that came through the catwalk trends was a continued focus on sustainability, and pieces that are more classical and wearable over time.  CHECK is a key ‘trend’ for AW’20.  Check never goes out of style for long, which is presumably why with sustainability and a more seasonal-less approach to dressing, it was thought that AW’20 was the perfect time to bring it back to the foreground.

Checks are an easy pattern for even a print-avoider to incorporate into their wardrobe.  However as ever there are some keys tips for getting the most out of this trend for you personally.

Colour checks:

If you suit dark colours, you probably have dark hair and eyes – and this cape jacket from River Island is a great throw on over everything from jeans to a pencil skirt

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Black mono check cape jacket, River Island, £68

Whilst if dark colours overwhelm you, you probably have blonde hair and light eyes, and hence something like this fitted jumper from Marks & Spencer will balance out your delicate colouring.  Its super soft, so great for the autumn days ahead, and whilst the design is bold but the lighter colours make it easy to wear.

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Dogtooth Funnel Neck Jumper, M&S, £25

If you have a pink undertone to your skin, then you look great in blues – and this luxe lightweight coat delivers effortless cool.  You can wear now with a tee or into autumn / winter over winter knits

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Lightweight Longline Check Coat, M&Co, £39.99

Whilst if you skin tone is more olive, then browns are a great neutral for you.  These check culottes are a very versatile item – wear with a cosy jumper and pumps, or with a blazer and brogues for the office

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Check Culottes, James Lakeland (HoF), £68

If you have dark hair and bright eyes, then this dress will make those eye pop due to the contrasting colours! Midi dresses are great for this time of year as you can layer up as and when needed – now with a cardigan or lightweight denim jacket, and as we get further into autumn then team with a long layer underneath plus opaque tights, boots and jacket.

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Check midi dress, Monsoon, £60

If you find that colour can ‘swamp’ you then you might be better in softer and more muted colours.  This mac from Tommy Hilfiger will be perfect for you, and will definitely be an item in your wardrobe that you will get lots of wear out of year after year

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Tommy Hilfiger Pink Check Mac Coat, £290, Next

Curvy checks:

Checks best sit on straighter body shapes….  So if you have curves then its best to look for checks on the diagonal in softer fabrics – like this gorgeous autumnal coloured poncho from the plus size brand, Persona by Marina Rinaldi.  Team with slim leg jeans and a tee or polo neck for a casual look, or dress up with coated leggings and a silk camisole and heels.

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Persona by Marina Rinaldi Check Poncho, £150, John Lewis

Given that checks are a style that isn’t off-trend for long, you might also have some fab finds in your own wardrobe already – and it might just be a case of updating how you wear them!

If you need any help or guidance on understanding how you can best wear checks, or your own personal colouring or body shape, then drop me a line.  My studio is now open again for face to face consultations.  Plus, I am also running online consultations too for anyone who is in quarantine, shielding, in local lockdown etc.  So get in touch if you would like to step into the new season with renewed confidence about your appearance.

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Aligned to the Government Guidelines I can recommence face to face consultations from 1st Aug’20.  

So what will be different?

Face to Face Consultations (in my home studio)

  • I have PPE in place, along with all other measures you would expect e.g. hand sanitising, distancing as much as possible etc
  • Due to the COVID guidelines for the virus on fabric, my fabric colour drapes need 72 hours between clients, so I have limited slots for Colour Consultations (I would advise that you book ahead to secure your date)
  • I will also be consulting in a different place within my house – to limit your exposure to soft furnishing etc, and have direct access to use any hand washing, toilet facilities
  • All facilities will be cleaned before your Consultation, and fresh hand washing towels etc will be provided

 

Face to Face Consultations (in your home environment)

  • I am also offering mobile consultations – where I come to your home environment
  • I will wear my (now) ‘normal’ consultations PPE, hand sanitise, even bring my own hand towel for hand washing, and minimise contact with items in your house eg seats, sides etc
  • I charge a little extra to cover the extra travel time (based on your location from my studio), but if you are more comfortable in your own surroundings, then this is a perfect solution

 

Virtual Consultations

  • However just because I can see clients face to face doesn’t mean that is the only option
  • I will still conduct virtual consultations online, as these have been working very well during lockdown
  • So if you are isolating, or just prefer a remote option, then virtual sessions are perfect for this
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

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!

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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

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Polo Ralph Lauren round, House of Fraser, £127

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Prada Oval sunglasses, John Lewis, £127

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Booking is now open for my ever popular Style Update for AW’20.  Contact me to book your place

Session details:

Friday 9th Oct’20, 10am – 11am

AW’20 Colour Edition

Via Zoom

The session will cover:

  • Whether you are new to colour, or just dipping your toe in – this session will leave you Colour Confident for not only the season ahead, but ahead of that into the future
  • New colours will have an instrumental role in the recovery of the fashion industry – colour will be powerful and help renew customers confidence and lift their spirits
  • I will take you through the power and importance of colour this season, and importantly how you can best wear them for your personal colouring
  • I will also take you through where to buy your new colours
  • Plus I will be joined by Lou Murphy from Captain Tortue who will also showcase the new colours via the latest Captain Tortue collection.
  • You will receive (in the post after the session) a personal swatch containing 6 BRAND NEW fabric colour swatches – which is perfect to add into your current CMB colour wallet, or start your colour journey.
  • After the session:
    • You have the opportunity to book a personal shopping session with Lou or Lou and myself, where you will have the opportunity to try on any of the latest Captain Tortue collection in a private and covid safe environment
    • Sessions with both Lou and I are on Monday 19th Oct, between 9.30am and 2.30pm (you will receive a 1 hour personal session), and will take place at my home Studio in Croxley Green
    • Date with Lou only to be arranged with Lou directly

This session is good for you  if you want to:

  • See for yourself the power of colour – you will look healthier and younger!
  • Have an introduction to Colour
  • Expand your existing CMB wallet colours
  • Be more confident in your appearance 

Friday 16th Oct’20, 10am – 11am

AW’20 Style and Body Shape Edition

Via Zoom

The session will cover:

  • The latest trends for AW20
  • How you can best wear these trends for your Personal Body Shape 
  • How to be authentically you whilst incorporating the latest trends

This session is good for you  if you want to:

  • Understand the latest trends for AW’20
  • Look more current (stylish and appropriate, rather than a fashionista!)
  • Be more confident in your appearance 
  • After the session:
    • You have the opportunity to book a personal shopping session with Lou or Lou and myself, where you will have the opportunity to try on any of the latest Captain Tortue collection in a private and covid safe environment
    • Sessions with both Lou and I are on Monday 19th Oct, between 9.30am and 2.30pm (you will receive a 1 hour personal session), and will take place at my home Studio in Croxley Green
    • Date with Lou only to be arranged with Lou directly

£20 per session, or £15 if you either:

  • Bring a friend along to one session
  • Book both sessions
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.