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RECHARGE YOUR WARDROBE

Body shape, Colour, Key Pieces, Personal Style, Style, Personal StylistEmma CarrComment
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For me January is a month for taking stock and planning for the year ahead. Detox’s and dark nights mean we’re all happy to be at home, making it the perfect month to RECHARGE your wardrobe. Re-organising your wardrobe can be a daunting task, and despite knowing you’ll feel better once it’s done, it can be difficult to know where to start. 

The reality is you may not get it all done in one day, especially if you’re trying on your clothes as you work through your wardrobe. From my experience with clients, three hours is usually the tipping point so I would break it up over a couple of sessions - that way you won’t give up half way through leaving it all in a pile on the bedroom floor. If possible I would get a portable rail, so you can pull-out your wardrobe in sections, making it easier to see what you’ve got. I would then look at each item and ask yourself the following questions:

Does it need altering/mending - we’ve all got those pieces in our wardrobe that if we just had the waist taken in or the hem mended, we’d wear them. Pull them out of your wardrobe and don’t put them back in until they’re fixed. 

Does it still fit - it’s very tempting to hold onto those jeans that used to look amazing, in the hope that you’ll get back into them. Trying to squeeze into clothes that don’t fit anymore will do nothing for your confidence, so remove them from you wardrobe and make space for clothes that work for your body shape now.

You don’t have anything to wear it with - I see lots of clients with pieces in their wardrobe which they like, but they have nothing to wear them with. I always recommend when making new purchases that you know you can style them in at least three ways with items already in your wardrobe. If you don’t want to invest in something new to wear with these pieces, then there’s no point in keeping hold of them. If you do want to invest, then write a list of the pieces you need to create the looks you want - these should be the items you buy with any money raised from items you sell from your de-clutter. 

When was the last time I wore it - there are many reasons why you might not have worn something for a long time (see points 1, 2 and 3 above). If none of them apply then the chances are it no longer represents your personal style. Again, it’s very tempting to hang on to clothes that remind us of a period in our lives, but your wardrobe should reflect the person your are now so LET THEM GO.

Once you’ve done the above, you should end up with four piles - keep, mend, charity and sell. There are lots of ways to sell your unwanted clothes - dress agencies, eBay and car boot sales. If you’re lucky enough to be selling any designer items take a look at www.vestiairecollective.com Finally, I would recommend that you hang all the clothes going back into your wardrobe by style and colour. This will make it far easier to see what you have in your wardrobe and make outfit selecting everyday a breeze.

If this still seems daunting, then hiring a Personal Stylist to help guide you through the process is one of the best investments you can make. Not only can they bring their creative eye to your wardrobe, giving life to your old clothes, they can also help you work through your wardrobe objectively. It’s very easy to underestimate the emotional connection we have to our clothes and having someone there to help make those decisions without judgement (and the desire to help you look and feel your best self) is an investment worth making. 

If you think you would like some help with your wardrobe, then please drop me a line at emma@cravepersonalstyling.com to arrange a free 30 minute phone consultation. Alternatively you can find details of my Wardrobe Recharge service here:
www.cravepersonalstyling/wardroberecharge
 

Image: via Pinterest

 

SAVVY SALE SHOPPING TIPS

S/S16, Key Pieces, Wardrobe staples, Sale ShoppingEmma CarrComment

For some, there’s nothing better than rooting through the sale rail looking for a bargain. We’ve all got that friend who whenever you ask them where something is from, they casually say it was bought in the sale for half price, leaving you green with envy. For other’s, it’s their worst nightmare and just the thought of it can bring them out in a cold sweat. Sale shopping doesn’t have to be scary and if you plan ahead, not only can it be enjoyable, you can actually make some of your best purchases. So for those of you that don’t know where to start, here are my top tips for savvy sale shopping:

1. Would you pay full price for it - this is the golden rule of savvy sale shopping. We all get caught up in ‘bagging a bargain", but it’s only a bargain if you were prepared to pay full price for it in the first place. If you apply this rule before anything else, then it will stop you from buying just for the sake of it. 

2. Set a budget - whether that’s an overall budget or a budget for individual pieces, it’s always best to set one. You’ll probably be looking at 20 to 30% discounts at the beginning, but they could go up to 50 to 70% towards the end of the sales. Obviously, if you hang-on you can run the risk of the pieces you want being sold out, but that’s when you have to weigh up how much you want something versus hanging on for the biggest discount. If there is something you really want and it has sold out, don’t forget to keep looking in-store and online as there are always returns. 

3. Do your homework beforehand - during the run up to the sales keep a note of the pieces you like in-store and online and make a “wish-list”. Also, take a look through your wardrobe and see where the gaps are. If a leather jacket is what’s going to pull all your outfits together, then this should be top of your list. 

4. Invest in your key pieces - these are the items you wear all the time, your wardrobe staples. For me that’s ankle boots, blouses and animal print, so these are always on my “sales radar”. 

If you know you always buy black suits and white shirts every year for work, then the sales are a perfect time to buy them. 

5. What are your aspirational brands - we’ve all got those brands that we’d love to covet, but may not be within our reach financially. The sales are a perfect time to grab a slice of them. Again, do your homework beforehand and make a note of which pieces you’d like and work out how they are going to fit with the rest of your wardrobe. If you’re going to invest in your dream designer brand you want to make sure you get maximum wear out of it. I’ve already mentioned setting a budget, but it’s even more important when looking at your aspirational brands. Just because it’s a brand you’ve always lusted after, doesn’t mean you should break the bank to get it. 

6. What are the big trends for next season - do your homework on which trends you want to invest in for next season. Ruffles, animal print and trench coats are all going to be big autumn/winter 16, so if you like these trends then these should definitely be on your sales shopping list.

 

MIND THE BUMP

Body shape, Expectant mum, Wardrobe staplesEmma CarrComment

With Mothers Day only a week away I thought I would talk about expectant and new mum’s wardrobes, with the first instalment covering maternity wear. 

So many women struggle with how to dress during pregnancy, but just because you’re pregnant doesn’t mean you can’t look and feel great. Gone are the days of tent dresses and unflattering dungarees being your only option. Maternity wear has come on leaps and bounds in recent years and there are now some great maternity lines across both designer and high-street. There are many pieces you can cheat though, so if you shop smart you don’t necessarily need to buy “maternity” wear and can invest in pieces that you’ll be wearing long after baby has arrived. 

First, have a look in your wardrobe to see what you already have that will still work for you during pregnancy (jersey fabrics, drawstring waists, oversized shirts, tunic tops/dresses), then make a list of what new pieces you need to continue wearing them. As with your non-pregnancy wardrobe it’s about having a handful of key pieces that you can mix and match to create as many outfits as possible. First on the list should be maternity denim - these are the one thing you can’t cheat and are a must-have investment when pregnant. With many brands now adapting their lines, there’s lots of great maternity denim to choose from and I would always recommend buying a couple of different styles (one smart and one casual) as these will be the foundation of your pregnancy wardrobe. Finally, when it get’s to that last trimester and comfort is your main priority, look to accessories to add something different to your simple basics. 

The main thing is to stay true to your personal style, just because you’re pregnant doesn’t mean you can’t still look like yourself. You’re growing a new life inside of you, so if anyone deserves to look fabulous, it’s you.

Images: Pinterest

 

JIGSAW A-LINE

A/W15, High Street Hero's, Wardrobe staples, Stylish mum, Jigsaw A-lineEmma CarrComment

Last week I was lucky enough to be involved in a photoshoot at the beautiful Jigsaw, King Street store in Manchester. During the shoot I got to take a look at their new A-Line collection and what a treat that was. From beautiful wool culottes to cashmere knits the 40 piece limited-edition collection is full of timeless pieces you’ll have in your wardrobe forever. The luxe fabrics and well cut designs mean we can all have a taste of affordable luxury. 

The mainline collection didn't disappoint either, in particular the outerwear and accessories. From perfectly tailored overcoats to gorgeous faux-fur stoles, Jigsaw is definitely hitting the mark again. 

Images: Jigsaw, King Street Manchester & A-Line marketing campaign

WARDROBE STAPLES

Wardrobe staplesEmma CarrComment
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We hear the phrases ‘capsule wardrobe’ and ‘wardrobe staples’ a lot these days when reading about fashion. They are the handful of items in your wardrobe that pull the rest of it together, the ones you go to time and time again. 

Some of my wardrobe staples are my Topshop high-waisted girlfriend jeans, a Mango nude blouse, a pair of black Kurt Geiger ankle boots, a black Mango satchel bag and my now very worn (but much loved) Whistles leather jacket. For you it may be different, but whatever your key pieces are this is where it’s worth investing. Choose pieces that are timeless style-wise and most importantly flatter your body shape. Once you’ve nailed your key pieces you’ll never be stuck for something to wear again, which for me, is an investment worth making.

If you would like help creating your capsule wardrobe then please get in touch to see how Crave Personal Styling can assist you. t: 07930 033889 / e: enquiries@cravepersonalstyling.com 

Images: Leather Jacket: Whistles / Jeans: Topshop / Blouse & Bag: Mango / Boots: Kurt Geiger