Archives for Working with Clothes

Uniqlo for the whole family

Shop for the whole family at Uniqlo If the only way you get to do any shopping is with partner and/or children in tow, there is one shop that will satisfy everyone’s clothing needs -Uniqlo.  Although you may not be in the market for winter basics right now, you’ll want to remember the name Uniqlo. On a recent US trip, we happily kitted out the whole family’s winter wardrobe for less than USD $600.The good news is that Uniqlo’s first
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Styling Strategies 101 – how to dress it up and down

Ever been advised to buy clothes only if you can wear them at least 3 ways?  You nod sagely and then think, “How do I do that? How do I dress it up and down so I can wear it for formal or casual situations?” It’s pretty simple once you under the basics which I call my 6Ss (acronyms….you can tell corporate training is in my blood). Of course,  if you want to reserve play things for play time and
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Host your own clothing swap party

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
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Clothing Swap: interesting observations on human behaviour

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
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Wear a chunky knit with style not chunk

As it gets colder, it’s lovely to wrap yourself up in soft, cuddly chunky knits. They’re all the rage at the moment  and you can find them in a variety of shapes and lengths.  You don’t have to sacrifice your shape when you wear a chunky knit.  There are ways to enjoy the softness of a knit AND look stylish in the silhoutte you cut.  This video shows you how.
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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
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Let’s go shopping in your wardrobe.

What’s your first reaction when you think you’ve got nothing to wear? Go shopping at lunchtime, fingers crossed that you’ll see the one thing that will solve all your sartorial problems? Only to feel buyers’ remorse by the time you’re back at your desk? Have you ever considered a more relaxed and potentially awesomely satisfying experience of shopping in your wardrobe? I love showing ladies how to go through their wardrobes to recognise and use the clothes and accessories they
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The more you know, the less you need.

I came across this Aboriginal saying and it lays at the heart of one of the most common questions I get asked as a personal stylist, “How do you mix and match and look so pulled together?” Simple.  You can get more outfits out of core items when you pick up a few pointers on mixing and matching.   This means you don’t need to go shopping so you save money.  It means you can go shopping in your wardrobe,
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How to do smart casual on weekends – a man’s dilemma

This is one of the most common questions I get with my male clients.  It seems that Monday to Friday dressing is a no brainer for many.  Everyone seems to be comfortable with their quasi-uniform – suit minus tie.  But what happens on the weekend when they go to a nice restaurant for dinner , catch a show, go out for drinks or get invited to the corporate sporting box?  What’s the fine line between overdressed and smart casual? Here
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How well do you speak fashion?

Colourways.  Skant.   Paillettes .*   Fashion has lots of jargon (meant I guess to separate the girls from the women).  Allow me to translate.  Every season, designers and magazines use (or make up) terms to describe what’s currently hip and happening.  If you strip away all the hype, you’ll recognise the following building blocks of a trend.  Think of these as the cake ingredients and the fashion trend as the cake. Colour – neutrals (black, white, grey, navy, and every shade
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