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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
 

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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.

 

HOW TO FIND YOUR PERSONAL STYLE (AS FEATURED ON BODY CONFIDENTIAL)

Body shape, Personal Style, Wardrobe Detox, Wardrobe Hero, Wardrobe staplesEmma CarrComment

It’s that time of year, the beginning of a new fashion season when all the glossy magazines are telling us what we should be wearing for the next six months. As someone who loves fashion, there’s nothing I like more than working my way through the new-season fashion specials. 

If you follow my blog and social media you’ll know that I talk about current trends a lot, but as a Personal Stylist I also understand that great style isn't just about following trends alone. The women I find most stylish are the one’s who look current, but timeless at the same time. Women who’s style is really identifiable to them and yet always looks so effortless, which for me is what great style is. So here are my top tips for developing your personal style:

DEFINE YOUR STYLE PERSONALITY

Personal style is about knowing which clothes suit your look and personality. It’s fine to look to other people for inspiration but just because you admire someones style doesn’t mean it will look the same on you. Stay true your personality and you’ll never feel (or look) like you’re wearing something that you’re not comfortable in.

IDENTIFY YOUR BODY SHAPE

When it comes to choosing your outfits it is extremely important that you consider your body shape. Learning to wear what suits your shape, albeit curvy or boyish, will ensure you're flattering your best bits. After all, it won't matter how trendy your outfit is if it doesn't suit your body type. 

IT’S HOW YOU WEAR IT

Great personal style isn't just about what you wear, but how you wear it. You can give two people the same outfit but it’s how they put it together that will set them apart. The turn of a cuff, layering in an unexpected way or adding a simple accessory - it’s all in the detail.

GET A PARISIAN ATTITUDE

The french are considered super stylish, yet in a way they are anti-fashion. They rarely buy into every new trend each season. They stick with classic wardrobe staples like a great pair of jeans (always with heels), a well cut jacket, a silk blouse, a cashmere jumper and black, lots of black. So why do they stand out so much? It’s all about the ‘attitude’ they wear their clothes with. 

HAVE FUN WITH IT

I personally think there’s room in your wardrobe for classic staples and a latest trend - fashion should be fun, you should enjoy the clothes you wear and they should make you look and feel like you can handle whatever life throws at you. In the words of Vera Wang, “A woman is never sexier than when she is comfortable in her own clothes.” 

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