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NEW SEASON WITH A TWIST?

AW19, Vintage, Fashion, StyleEmma CarrComment
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With the first drop of the autumn/winter collections in the shops and everyone talking up new season pieces, it could be very easy to let Oxfam's #secondhandseptember campaign pass you by - but there's is no escaping the harsh reality of what is happening to our plant and we all have to start playing our part, no matter how small. Vintage and pre-loved are of course another way approach new season, yet I know it can still feel like a minefield for a lot of people, especially when it comes to purchasing vintage (which is classed as anything that’s over 20 years old).

There’s definitely an art to wearing vintage in a modern way, which comes down to having a strong style aesthetic and the confidence to style it with more contemporary pieces. I’m always on the look out for pieces with a 70/80’s vibe and it was love at first sight when I spotted this blouse at Valery’s Vintage as the necklace has got all the Isabel Marant AW19 feels (see buttoned up pic). It’s also about having an eye for what to look for and how to look for it, but with so many beautifully curated stores who do all the hard work for you, vintage really is as an option for everyone now. And with some brilliant pre-loved sites doing the same, there’s plenty of options on that front too.

If you are going to buy new, then working with a stylist will ensure you shop in a more considered way. Making sure you buy timeless pieces, which can be worn in multiple ways and that form part of a curated wardrobe. There’s a misconception that working with a stylist means spending money on clothes you don’t need, but it couldn’t be more opposite. I get my clients wardrobes into such good shape after two seasons, they don’t need to work with me again for a long time - and clients that do a wardrobe recharge with me, often don’t need to buy any new clothes at all.

There are so many different ways you can approach new season and if you would like any help from me to think outside the box then get in touch to book a 15 minute consultation call HERE.

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

 

SHOP AW16 IN THE SUMMER SALES

Style, Fashion, AW16, Sale ShoppingEmma CarrComment

The summer sales are now in full swing and with prices still to be reduced by up to 70% there are some great savings to be made. As I mentioned in my Savvy Sale Shopping blog, it’s always good to keep an eye out for the next seasons big trends. I realise it might be hard to think about what you’ll be wearing in autumn/winter when we haven’t even had a summer yet, but if you shop smart you can grab yourself some of the key trends for AW16 now. So with that in mind, here are three of my favourite AW16 trends to look out for in the sales.

THE MAC

With everyone from Burberry to Celine featuring them in their AW16 collections, the mac is set to be the coat trend of autumn/winter16. There are so many great ones in the summer sales, I could have listed about twenty of them. Make sure to check out Zara, Mango and ASOS if this is a trend you want to buy into.

LEOPARD PRINT

Leopard print is going to be THE print of autumn/winter 16. Personally leopard print is always on trend for me, so if like me you wear lots of it, then the sales are always a good time to invest.

RUFFLES

Ruffles have been around for a couple of seasons now and are set to stay for AW16. Admittedly they are going to be heavier for winter (think knits and leather) but I still think it's worth looking out for lighter weight versions in the sales if you like this trend.

Catwalk images: via Pinterest