I hope you are all ok and have navigated your way through the holidays (for those of you with school-aged kiddos) and come out the other side in one piece and still speaking to your children! As the summer draws to an end (sob), and we start September with cosy feelings of imminent conker arrival and the weekly helping of Strictly (I am as excited about this as my kids!!) it is only a matter of time before we will be thinking about our Autumn/Winter wardrobes and when we can start wearing our boots again!!
The beginning of a new season is the perfect time to take a step back and review your own personal style. We can all get stuck in a rut or style of dressing that almost becomes like a ‘uniform’ which we end up wearing day in, day out and end up feeling sick of it. However, with a few simple steps you can really give your personal style a boost and feel more excited again by how you dress.
1.Keep it current
You don’t have to be a slave to fashion, however it is important that you keep your look current. Glossy magazines, Instagram, Pinterest and blogs (like mine!!) are packed with image inspiration for the coming season and top tips on what is going to be ‘on trend’. Focus on the trends that appeal to you and would work with your body shape / proportions / scale and height…then decide how you are going to incorporate them into your look in a way that is still ‘you’.
These are some of the looks I am loving for the coming season…
Images courtesy of Who What Wear
2. Shoe business
Your footwear can make or break your outfit. Throw away those battered boots and invest in a new pair, in one of your neutral shades, to see you through Autumn/Winter. If you can afford to invest a little more they will last you several seasons before they need replacing.
These little beauties are my new boot purchase…and I ADORE them.
Keith Scarrot: £299
I must have tried them on at least 3 times last year and kept walking away as I just couldn’t justify them when I already had a perfectly good pair that were pretty similar. However- said pair have met their demise so with the promise from my family that they could be my birthday present this year I hot-footed it to get these gems- knowing they will be a brilliant addition to skinny jeans, denim dresses and my plentiful leather legging collection!
Other boot ideas could be:
A brilliant, classic pair of boots that will go with everything! Great price point- just remember to spray with protective spray otherwise they won’t last long on soggy days!
Being a bit of a leopard-print obsesser- I obviously LOVE these…and I truly believe that leopard print can be classed as a neutral colour…so wear with white, khaki, black, blue, red. These boots do all the talking so keep the rest of the outfit relatively simple.
Snakeskin is making a real comeback and I thought these were great for the evening to add a bit of glamour. They would look amazing with a floaty midi-dress or a pencil leather skirt and silk shirt for an evening “do”.
No need for words…just BRILLIANT!
3. Good foundations
Ideally you should be measured and fitted for a new bra around every six months. If you’re overdue then head to the fitting room before you buy a single new item for Autumn! Even if you think you know your size- you still need to check. I made this mistake last week when I ordered a whole load of bras online thinking I was safe as my size had been stable for a year or so now. Well I was wrong…none of them fitted and all had to go back. It seems that a summer of rosé-quaffing, ice-cream eating and cake-baking has taken its toll…!!
Good foundations are key to ensure comfort and smooth lines on your clothes. Personally I love the M&S t-shirt bras… as well as their pants….Fig leaves and Bravissimo are good for those with a larger bust and don’t forget the golden rule that if matching underwear is your goal- always buy three pairs of pants to every bra bought- that way you can get three days out of each bra!
4. Keep it colourful
There are some gorgeous shades around for the coming season so take this opportunity to try some new colours! These are the colours compiled by the team at Pantone.
They look at the colours used most by designers in the fashion shows in Paris, Milan, London and New York and then collate them so that the high street can re-create and we all know what is going to be out there. These colours will work really well for those of us with soft colouring as well as red tones to the hair or dark hair.
If you don’t know what colours work for you or how you can wear them- this is easily solved by a having a Colour Analysis Consultation..
This is a simple process that determines whether you can wear warm colours or cool colours, dark colours or light colours, clear or soft colours. If you wear the wrong coloured top it can either clash with your skin tone; by reflecting the wrong type of light onto your face-making you look ill, or it can make your head look like a lolly-pop, stuck on top of your body with no connection between what you are wearing and your natural colouring.
Knowing this information will have a massive effect on how you shop as you will be able to discount entire areas of shops (as they group colours together) and look for the colours you know suit you…therefore saving you masses of time and (and money-as you are only buying what you KNOW suits you).
5. Buy what you love
Don’t buy anything that is just ‘fine’, you (and your wardrobe) deserve more than that! If you put something on that you feel truly fabulous in, then go ahead and purchase it. When you wear something you feel amazing in you will exude confidence and this will guarantee you look amazing too!
During the Autumn Season, I run Seasonal Update Workshops where you can come to my studio and I show to you (and a group of your friends if you want to make an event of it!) the key looks for the coming season, how to wear them, where to find them and how to incorporate them into your wardrobe so that you feel updated and excited by your clothes again. This way you don’t have to work out what would work for you and what wouldn’t as I can tell you and also tell you which shops would work best for you and what they are stocking- therefore saving you oodles of time looking. Get in touch of you would like to book in for this service.
An Endorsed Blog by Kate Evans
Kate has been a qualified Image Consultant and Life Coach for over 12 years. Her friendly and relaxed approach as well as her understanding of styling means that she knows how to find clothes that truly fit people’s personalities, colouring, body shape and lifestyle. Not only will you look and feel better after a consultation with her, you’ll be able to shop more efficiently and get dressed in the morning without decision fatigue.
Kate works from her studio in Dumbleton, Gloucestershire, but can do consultations via Skype, virtual shopping trips via Pinterest and will obviously travel to your home if needed.
If you want to know more about any of her services please call for a chat…any questions answered! If you would like to subscribe to Kate’s monthly newsletter full of fashion tips and trends – contact her.”
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