'RULE OF THIRDS'
Looking at the photos above you can see examples of the rule of third dressing.
Two:third item; grey scarf
three: third item; tan shoulder tie jumper
four: third item; long necklace
five: third item; layered jean jacket
six: third item; grey sweatshirt
So why is the third item so important?
If you tend to lean towards dressing basic (like me), then going from a regular two piece outfit made up of quality basics and then adding one more thing to finish can elevate an outfit.
The third item can, pull the entire outfit together, or just make it that much more flattering.
The ancient Greeks claimed that a 1/3 to 2/3 ratio is the most aesthetically pleasing division of spaces. In fashion, this is often referred to as “the rule of thirds”. Look at the Eiffel Tower, considered one of the greatest structures ever erected. It breaks visually into roughly 2/3 at the top, 1/3 at the bottom
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ITS ALMOST THAT TIME OF THE YEAR AGAIN!
Swimsuit shopping can be daunting BUT it doesn’t have to be so painful when you know how to shop for your body type.
As a Style coach, I’ve had LOTS of practice when it comes to helping clients select the most flattering one for their silhouettes.
I’ve had countless Style Coaching clients tell me post swimsuit shopping together how easy, painless and successful it was when we knew what their body type and colours is AND which swimsuit styles and brands are best for them.
(I even offer online shopping experiences)
In my new blog post, I am sharing my swimsuit shopping tips for how to shop for a swimsuit successfully!
Solve your swimsuit problems by implementing my style tips below!
Know your body type and best colours. That is the first thing I do with my clients.
By knowing your body type you can then easily assess a swimsuit, whether it be in person or online, and determine if it’ll flatter your figure or not.
This will save you so much time and energy (and probably sanity!) trying on swimsuits as you’ll avoid ones that are just never going to work.
For example, if you are an hourglass you want to focus on styles that have a wrap-like silhouette.
If you are more of a triangle, then a swimsuit with an off the shoulder or boat neckline can be very flattering.
When I am shopping for swimsuits for a client I always ask them what areas they would prefer to conceal, AND which areas they wouldn’t mind accentuating.
For example, I often have clients that don’t love their upper thighs so we go with a cute skirted swimsuit or a swimsuit with a kimono wrap.
Or a client that has had multiple c-sections and prefers to have her tummy concealed, so we focus on high waisted bikinis or ruched bottom one pieces.
But you can’t just focus on the areas you want concealed, you also have to accentuate the positive!
I know this can be challenging as women because we can be too hard on ourselves, but I believe in you!
If you have a pretty collarbone, then why not get a swimsuit with a pretty ruffled or detailed neckline.
Or if you have a more defined waist, then opt for a swimsuit that’s belted at your natural waist.
When you are honest with yourself you are able to really enjoy shopping for swimsuits that will really serve and flatter you.
If you have a larger bust, then finding a swimsuit with underwire or good support is important.
It’s not always easy to try on swimsuits, especially after the winter and spring when we’re used to seeing ourselves more covered up.
But remember at the end of the day we are often our own worst critics.
By implementing my swimsuit shopping & style tips, you will find success in finding a flattering swimsuit that you are both comfortable & confident in, just like my Style clients have!
HAVE FUN WITH IT AND ENJOY YOUR NEW SWIMWEAR AND SIP COCKTAILS ON THE BEACH!
I wanted to do a post on jeans as it’s something most my clients ask me!
Not all jeans are created equally, and I want to help you find the perfect pair that fits you perfectly. Here are some tips and tricks for finding the perfect pair FOR YOU!
I wear jeans at least 3 times per week. Sometimes more. I’ve tried on hundreds of pairs!
I constantly see women wearing the wrong size or style of jeans for their body. So let’s talk about it!
And remember, the perfect pair of jeans for me might not be the perfect pair for you, because we have different bodies. So it’s important to be patient and find the pair that’s right for you.
WHICH RISE OF JEANS DO I CHOOSE?
* This is totally personal preference, and definitely depends on your body type.
* If you carry weight around your stomach, avoid low rise jeans because it creates a line on your body right below this wider area of your body.
* If you have a flat booty, steer away from super high rise since it makes your bum look flatter.
* Try different styles and heights to see what works best for your body.
LET’S TALK ABOUT THE WAIST OF YOUR JEANS
* The most common issue I see is gaping in the back. Your jeans waistband should touch your body all the way around, or else they’re too big, and you need to size down in the waist. If sizing down makes the rest of the jeans too small, choose a different brand or get it altered!
* If your jeans squeeze your waist and cause your stomach to squeeze out over the top, your jeans are too small. Size up.
WHAT LENGTH SHOULD MY JEANS BE?
* Skinny and straight fit jeans: The most flattering spot for the hem is right above your ankle bone. You don’t want any excess fabric bunching around your ankles. If they’re too long, choose a brand that offers petite lengths. (Stores like Miss Guided offer length and size options)
* Boot cut and flared jeans: These are most flattering with a heeled shoe (wedge, heeled boot, stilettos, etc). The hem of the jeans should hit about 1″ above the ground when you’re wearing your shoes.
* Wide leg jeans: If you’re wearing long wide leg jeans, apply the same rules as the flared jeans. If you’re wearing cropped wide leg jeans, apply the same rules as skinny and straight jeans.
THE CROTCH AREA (YEP, I GOT TO TALK ABOUT IT)
* Your jeans crotch area should not point or bunch when you sit. If they do, the jeans are too big, or are not the right style for you.
* If your jeans give you a wedgie in the front, or accentuate your front parts in any way, they are either too thin of a material (like jeggings), or too tight.
* The placement of your pockets determines how your bum will look.
* Low pockets make your bum look saggy. High pockets make your bum look longer and often rounder. Pockets with a wider space between them makes your bum look wider. Small pockets make your bum look bigger.
* In my opinion, back pockets make or break a pair of jeans for me.
* Everyone has a different shape, so try on a few brands until you find a pair with back pockets that flatter you.
WHICH JEAN FABRIC IS BEST?
* There are so many jeans, and so many different materials. Some true denim, some lightweight jeggings. I won’t say that one is better than the other, but some fabrics sag after an hour of wearing. Some fabric is too lightweight so it shows underwear lines and stuff. Some fabric is too stiff and restricts your movement.
* I personally like a medium weight stretch denim. But that’s just my personal preference!
* Just know that there are lots of options out there, and if you feel like all your jeans are sagging after a few hours of wear, or all of them are too thick, it’s time to try a new brand of jeans.
My last tip is darker jeans are good for ladies who want to give the illusion that their bottom half is smaller and lighter pairs will highlight the area.
Hope this has helped!
Wearing the right colours can lift your complexion, brighten your eye colour and hair, take years off your age, and most importantly, brighten your mood, making you feel more confident.
I am also really interested in the Psychology of Colour, as it can really impact our mood and how we feel. Often clients will believe that there are certain colours which they ‘can’t’ wear even though they might love them. With most colours, it is just a case of finding the right shade to work with your complexion. As Karen Haller says in her Little Book of Colour ‘there is a yellow for everyone. It is just a matter of finding the right one for you.’
I’m also a great believer in breaking the rules where necessary! As an Autumn colour type myself, I really shouldn’t wear black as it is draining on my warm complexion. But black is one of my favourite colours and perfect for wardrobe staples. I love a black and white outfit and instead of banning black from my wardrobe, I mix in warm colours and neutrals that also help to lift my complexion. Working in rusts, orange, mustard yellows, red and khaki or a splash of pattern. Or I add in a bright warm coral or red lip to lift my face.
Want to learn your best colours? Let’s book an online consultation and let’s start your fashion journey to a more confident you.
I am a big believer you should always ‘DRESS FOR WHAT YOU WANT’
I’ve been asked by a few clients about workwear and how to build a capsule wardrobe or outfit build from your existing wardrobe for work. As jobs can be so wide ranging it can be difficult to pin point looks unless you know the specific person and their dress code for their office and company. But there are some key pieces everyone can work with.
�With the idea of a capsule wardrobe in mind, and my focus on sustainable fashion, I always like to try and make wardrobe’s as hard working as possible. By that I mean that it should be possible to buy items which will work both for the office and for the weekend, if you know how to style them for different occasions.
�A lot of offices are more relaxed in their dress codes now, with a more smart casual vibe than they have been historically. This plays perfectly into mixing and matching your current wardrobe items. There are 6 key items which I think you need to invest in for a working wardrobe and the rest you should be able to pull together from your existing wardrobe.�My 6 key items for the office are:
1. The Blazer
2. The Cigarette or Smart Trouser
3. The Pencil or Pleated Skirt (depending on personal preference and body shape)
4. The White shirt
5. The Blouse
6. The Black Trouser (coated skinny jeans, black leather, black tuxedo trousers etc depending on personal preference)
A Blazer should be a really hard working piece in your wardrobe. It can be used for layering and to smarten up less formal pieces such as floaty dresses and black denim or leather trousers. Ideally it’s great to invest in a 2 piece matching blazer and trousers which can then be worn as separates as well. Checks tend to be a great timeless option for this, as they won’t date and tend to be neutral, working both with muted tones and colours. You can also mix checks with other prints as it’s such a subtle print.
I highly rate H&M for their blazers as they are really well cut, good quality fabric, yet very affordable.
A pencil or pleated skirt can bring a more feminine edge to your working wardrobe, and these items can be dressed down for the weekend as well, making them very versatile. A white shirt or blouse worn with a pleated skirt and blazer is a great corporate look, where as for the weekend you can dress it down with a casual sweatshirt and trainers.
�Don’t be afraid of colour and print in your workwear outfits. A lot of people shy away from colour as they don’t want to stand out and draw too much attention to their outfits. You should be able to have a bit of fun with your work outfits and show your personality. Colour and print don’t have to be scary, you can play it safe or something more out there like a leopard print blouse, which will make your outfits more interesting.
If you really feel bold colour is not appropriate in your workplace, a good way to add some interest or colour is through your accessories. I love Zara for their accessories as they have some really bold options. This will help to lift any outfit.
The great thing about the current trends for SS20 is that blouses are definitely having a big moment, which means there is a huge choice on the high street. Some gorgeous romantic blouses, pussybow detailing and bold animal prints, polka dots and pretty pastel hues can all work well in your workwear wardrobe. Again, there are some beautiful blouses to be found second hand, with delicate detailing such as lace and it’s lovely to own something that no one else will be wearing in the office!
Once you learn your best colours and styles on one of my online or offline consultations this will make getting dressed everyday so much easier.