Posts by Sharon Billingham

3 Tips to Style A Scarf

Brrr.  Winter is definitely here.  It was only 9 degrees this morning as I style a scarf over my jacket to drive my son to his morning (way too early) music practice.  A scarf is my favourite accessory.  Not only does it keep you warm,  it adds instant pizzazz to any outfit and it camouflages whatever you’re wearing underneath (in this case my pyjamas). Bored of the usual way you normally style a scarf?  Here are three ideas to help
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What is a personal colour analysis?

Have you ever wondered what a professional colour analysis is? Simmy Wong, Personal Colour Stylist and owner of Colour Soup, answers key questions about colour analysis and how we can harness the power of colour to look and feel our best. What is colour analysis? Colour Analysis is the process of observing the effect of different colours (usually in the form of coloured drapes) on your skin to determine your natural colour tone.  It’s a process to help us understand
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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. 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
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5 Ways to Get Out The Door Faster Each Morning

If you feel rushed off your feet each morning getting yourself (and others) ready for the day, here are five tips to streamline your morning routine so you get out the door faster. I did an experiment this week and was startled by the results: being disorganised adds 23 minutes to my morning routine -time I’d rather spend in bed. I timed myself with a stopwatch over four days to see how long my morning routine was and to identify
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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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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
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How to buy clothes that fit you properly

I tried on a black and white jacket last week and emerged from the cubicle to examine the fit.  Even before I had time to register my reflection in the mirror, the sales assistant gushed, “You look great.  The jacket fits you so well.  It’s my favourite this season and I wear mine all the time.” I know she was trying to be helpful, but what I appreciate when I’m trying on new clothes is a few minutes of quiet
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Does this go with that?

It’s wonderful to apply high-school knowledge to real life.  I’m glad I stayed awake in my art class when my teacher droned on about colour theory.  (To this day, I still need to think through my tints and shades though.) Colour theory can be complex to understand.  But here’s my take.  I use electricity even though I don’t understand it. You too can use colour theory to create knock-out clothing combinations to reflect your mood and to inject some zest
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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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Is a personal shopper worth the money?

A couple hundred bucks (industry rates range from $75-$150 an hour) is a lot of money for “advice”.  Is it a good investment when you can go shopping with a friend and put the money towards your new purchases? I get asked this question all the time and thought I’d explain some facts so you can judge whether hiring a personal shopper for a few hours is going to be worthwhile for you. Technically, personal shoppers fall into two categories
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