7 Fashion Tips from a Sydney Fashion Stylist

As a Sydney fashion stylist who works with busy, professional women, I’m often asked for simple, quick ways to lift an outfit or to make my clients feel more attractive. Here are my top seven ideas.

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1.  Strategically position your focal point

Every memorable outfit has a focal point that attracts the eye and holds interest.  A focal point can be a design element, a bright colour or interesting texture. Choose whichever element you prefer and place it on an area that you’re happy to accentuate. Be careful of having competing focal points e.g. too many colours or big earrings and a big necklace because it may jar and overpower you.

2.  Showcase your assets

Honour your body and work with the shape you currently have.  I know every woman has at least one part of their body that they love and don’t mind showing off. It may be your décolleté, arms or legs.  Show those areas off by drawing attention to them.  For every part you camouflage, you need to reveal or accentuate another part. This gives your body and your outfit definition.

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What’s your personal fashion style?

I was recently admiring the Archibald Prize entries at the Art Gallery of New South Wales when I overhead two art enthusiasts talk about the portraits. I heard “tautology of choice….dichotomy of subject matter”, but didn’t have a clue what they meant.   I don’t know much about what I like in art, but I recognise what I like when I see it.  I suppose this is similar to how some of my clients feel when I ask them to describe their fashion style.

Every woman has inborn style and an eye for what she likes though she may not have the words to describe her preferences.  Once she develops a small vocabulary about clothes, not only will she be able to describe what she likes, she’ll be able to judge if something suits her or not.

Here are five criteria commonly used to describe clothes. They come in really handy when you’re editing your wardrobe or going shopping.  Once you know how these five words apply to you, you’ll only buy things you love that suit your personality and style.

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Create the impression you want

I’ve worked in Asia and the US and in comparison, the workplace dress code in Australia is relaxed and casual.  Unless you work in a major city in “professional” industries where a suit is still the norm, getting dressed for work each day can be a headache.  How can you create an outfit that is professional, appropriate, comfortable yet injected with your personality?

A good place to start is to understand the impression you want to create on your clients, your colleagues and your boss.  What’s more important to you ? Projecting credibility, authority and generating respect for your expertise?  Or do you prefer to come across as approachable, friendly, collegiate?  To understand how to project your “brand” you need to know what your brand is first.  Clothing, body language and interpersonal skills  are merely tools to communicate what’s inside outside.

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