Winter Wardrobe Update 2014

It’s difficult to think about autumn/winter fashion when you’re in a bikini and enjoying a beach BBQ. But fashion moves on and as shops put away their sales signs, you’ll begin to see new shapes and colours being introduced. So here’s my quick winter wardrobe update 2014.

Here are my five picks of what I think we’ll see a lot of in the next few months.  The good news is that many of these “new trends” are a continuation of what was popular last winter, which means you get to wear them again or upgrade last winter’s favourite pieces this time around.  Many of you know how picky (and frugal) a shopper I am so you know I am not suggesting you go out and buy five new pieces (unless you want to).   Rather  I recommend you dust off your existing pieces and look at them in a new way.   Pay attention to how they are combined in shop windows or  magazines and then use what you have.

Australia Winter 2014 Menswear Vibe

The Downton Abbey Influence? Classic checks and tartans are in.

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Worst clothes 2013: My least favourite buys of the year

What was I thinking?

Shoppers’ remorse.  Just because I am a personal stylist doesn’t mean I don’t experience it sometimes.  I may have a lot of practice shopping for others (and myself), but I don’t get it right 100% of the time.  I figure shopping is a metaphor for life.  If you don’t make any mistakes, you probably aren’t pushing yourself enough to try something new.  And life is all about evolving, improving and growing.

Here are five things that I wished I hadn’t bothered to bring home.  They are not seriously bad (OK. Maybe the shoes are a bust), but they don’t justify the space they occupy in my wardrobe.  That said, each item represents a lesson in decision making.

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Best clothes 2013: My favourite buys of the year

As 2013 draws to a close, I like to take stock of everything that has happened wardrobe-wise.  I find it educational to examine my year’s purchases to understand what were good buys and what were silly spends. This bit of sartorial reflection makes me appreciate my favourite pieces more.  It also teaches me what not to spend my money on so I can mentally resist the urge to splurge.

So here are my five most beloved wardrobe additions of the year.  They make it on to the list because they get worn at least once a week, are comfortable and make me feel invincible when I walk out the door.

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How to fit jeans without trying them on

In the market for new jeans, but dread trying on fifty pairs to find a pair that fits right?   Here’s a very cool tip to fit jeans without trying them on.  This trick will  save you time and keep you sane when shopping for jeans.  When you find a pair and want to know if it’s worthwhile trying it on properly in the dressing room, do this quick test.

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Host your own clothing swap party

host your clothing swap party

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A clothing swap party is a wonderful way to enjoy time with girlfriends and to experiment with new fashion styles without spending a cent. Hosting your own clothing swap party is easy.   Here are five ideas to ensure yours runs smoothly and everyone has a great time.

1.  Timing

Consider hosting a clothing swap party at the end of a season.  A change in the temperature will encourage your friends to sift through their wardrobes and identify what they’d like to pass on. [Read more…]

Clothing Swap: interesting observations on human behaviour

Clothing swap is a great way to pass on your unwanted clothes.

I went to my first publically organised clothing swap  last Saturday in Surry Hills. Over 50 women (and a handful of men and children) had travelled through the cold and wet to wait patiently outside the library. We’d been told to come early to check in our donated clothes in exchange for buttons.  Each button entitled the bearer to take away a preloved item. It sounded like a fun way of passing on clothes I no longer wanted.  There was also a delicious possibility I’d find something different to try out.

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Three tips to make your clothes more versatile

Well done.  You’ve cleaned out your wardrobe and freed yourself of unwanted clothes.  Feels good, doesn’t it? But before you rehang your clothes and think about shopping for new things, take a few moments to survey what’s left.  You really can achieve more with less.  Here are three tips to wear your favourites differently.

People generally associate wardrobe edits with springtime.  I believe autumn is just as suitable a time to get your wardrobe organised. Take advantage of sunny days to air out your winter coats, jumpers and boots.  Check everything smells fresh, is clean and ready for any sudden drop in temperatures.  Here are my suggestions to help you edit your wardrobe hassle-free.

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The easiest way to declutter your closet

Can you smell it?  Spring’s in the air (at least in Sydney). It’s a wonderful time to dust off the winter cobwebs to contemplate new ideas and fresh possibilities.   Why not start with your closet and your clothes?

If you’re like the majority of my clients, you know it’s always a good idea to clean out your closet, but it’s about as appealing as cleaning out your handbag or car. That goes double if you haven’t done it for a couple of years.   Cleaning out all your clothes in one go can be an overwhelming task.  Not only is it hard to find the time, the process can be emotional and confusing.  Instead, set yourself a goal of editing one clothing category at a time. For example, just tops, just casual wear. You can achieve this realistically in 15-60 minute blocks.

Fill your wine glass, light scented candles, blast some catwalk music.  Choose your way to set a positive mood.  Know you’ll feel renewed and energized once you clear some space – physically and mentally.

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