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Smashing The Sales

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 /

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When it comes to sales shopping it’s elbows out and let the battle begin. The last thing we want after all that effort is to come home with bags of stuff that you don’t really need or love. How do we avoid the frenzied desire to splurge? Follow these simple steps and your sales experience will be much more rewarding.

Wardrobe review

Start thinking about what you need now. Review your wardrobe and identify which items need to be replaced and what is missing. Are there items in your wardrobe that you love but never wear because you don’t have the right pair of shoes or pants to wear with it? If you purchased that missing item would you be able to team it with at least 3 other pieces? If the answer is ‘yes’ then add it to the shopping list.

Don’t forget to add underwear and hosiery as it is often these hard working pieces that can make or break an outfit. I have seen many great pieces laying dormant in a wardrobe waiting for a great strapless bra to liberate them.

Do your research

Once you have finalised your shopping list it’s time to do a little online reconnaissance. Search your favourite stores and if the item is a little obscure try www.shopstyle.com.au where you can enter specific details and the site searches stores worldwide for your item. Doing your research means that you can set a realistic budget and prioritise your shopping list.

Cost per wear

It’s not a bargain if you don’t need it or never wear it. A great fitting pair of black trousers on sale for $150 will be worn on average once a week over a year will cost $2.88 per wear. However, if you purchase a pair of black trousers that are poor quality for $69 and you only wear them 5 times before they start to look worn they will cost you $13.80 per wear.

If an item I love is on sale and no longer available in my size I will buy it in a bigger size and have it altered. I did this with a great Whistles dress from ASOS which I had been eyeing off for some time. On sale it was 60% off and the alteration cost me $40. I have worn that dress at least 25 times. Definitely met my cost per wear criteria and one of my favourite sales strategies.

Don’t buy it in every colour

I visit many wardrobes and it is amazing to see how many of them are able to clone items such as black t-shirts. If you love an item and it’s the perfect fit then perhaps buying two is acceptable. Buying the same item in every colour and multiples of 3 can lead to boredom. Instead buy pieces that you love, you’ll find that excitement with your wardrobe again and amazingly (if you are being true to your style personality) everything will mix and match.

Wear comfortable shoes

You will be walking, changing, strutting and admiring yourself for a good portion of the day. So do yourself a favour, wear comfortable shoes, great underwear and stay hydrated (trail mix is also recommended).

Don’t forget the accessories

It’s the accessories that make an outfit and define your style. Luckily, accessories are usually the best bargains to be found during sale time. This is the time to invest in shoes and bags.

Have fun!

 

 

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Trend Update: Pop Art

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 /

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L-R: Country Road Art Print Silk Dress $299.00 reduced to $111.75, Anthea Crawford Tetris Digital Print Stretch Jersey Dress $339.00, Target Runway to Rack Structured Dress $99.00.

The Trend

It’s all about wearable art, bold brush strokes, abstract prints and colourful graffiti. Love it! If you are looking to make a statement this is the trend to embrace this Spring/Summer. Is it worth investing in this trend? For Autumn/Winter 2015 we’ll see lots of bold colour, some colour blocking as well a bold patterns. So yes this trend will see you through the next year as long as you steer towards patterns rather than printed pictures. If you love it, get it. You’ll wear it.

Style Personality

Perfect for Dramatics, Creatives and some Sultrys.

How to wear it

Work

For more conservative work environments introduce the trend through a top, blouse, jacket or scarf. If you have more creative licence go crazy including suits, dresses, skirts and pants.

Play

Have fun with flirty shifts and structured dresses, drape pants and quirky tees.

My favourites

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L – R from top: Marcs Spot Print Boat Neck Tee $79.00, Portmans Colour Block Panel Tee in Blue Danube $49.95, Veronika Maine Printed Silk Tee $199.00, Anthea Crawford Tetris Digital Print Crepe de Chine Top $189.00, David Lawrence Eclipse Cotton Skirt $149.00, Marcs Ombre Striped Maxi Skirt in Pink Multi $199.00, Veronika Maine Multi Coloured Swirl Print Pencil Skirt $185.00, Target Runway to Rack Full Skirt $89.00, Blue Illusion Kaleidoscope Twist Front Dress $149.95, Saba Mosaic Fold Dress $299.00, Country Road Belted Print Dress $179.00 reduced to $74.96, Jacqui E Carolyn Stripe Panel Shift $149.95 reduced to $119.95.

Best places to shop the trend

 

 

 

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Retail Review: Boden

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 /

The brand

Founded in 1991 Boden launched with a small menswear line of just 8 products. Twenty-three years later ‘the best of british’ boasts fabulous womens, mens, mini boden and johnnie b collections. They stock everything from clothing, shoes and accessories as well as the most gorgeous bags you’ll see. You can basically shop for your entire family and be colour and style coordinated, which sounds ideal to me. Boden has recently launched its Australian online store – so what will you find?

The vibe

Not driven by trends but by lifestyle, Boden understands that you want to feel comfortable but look fab at the same time. Stocking beautiful classic, elegant, fun, and quirky pieces the online store exudes happiness and positivity.

Style Personality

Great for Feminine, Classic, Natural, Elegant and Creative style personalities. Feminines will love the softer colours and flowing silhouettes and Creatives will adore the quirky prints and unexpected colour combinations. Boden stocks great quality classic pieces such as pants, tops and skirts that will also appeal to Natural and Elegant style personalities.

Colour

Boden is for lovers of colour and caters for every colour palette. If you prefer neutrals and a monochromatic look best to look elsewhere.

My favourites

I’ve picked my favourite womenswear but definitely check out the other collections, very dangerous. In particular, I love Mini Boden for baby gifts.

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From top L – R: Embellished Jumper in mid pink $158.00, Mary Jane in Citrine $188.00, Bella Top in Ivory Confetti $98.00, Natalia Dress in Freckle $198.00, Resin Necklace in Raven $78.00, Zoe Dress in Pewter $148.00, Bella Top in Black Confetti $98.00, Printed Scarf in Painted Leopard $38.00, Printed Cotton Pencil Skirt in Black/Green Leopard Print $88.00, Wool Skater Dress in Bright Blue $208.00Printed Scarf in Brown Pop Leaf $38.00Draycott Bag in Cognac & Night Blue $258.00, Fashion Pointed Pumps in Beetroot Patent $138.00,   Canary Wharf Jacket in Navy & Magenta $148.00, Paternoster Shift in Beetroot & Orchid Pink Spot $208.00, Wrap Jersey Top in Blue Steel Beads $43.20Canary Wharf Pencil Skirt in Navy & Magenta $88.00, Thurloe Bag in Check Print $88.00.

Shapes and sizing

Sizes range from 6 to 22 and shoe sizes 5.5 to 10.5. The online store has a comprehensive sizing guide which has great instructions on how to measure yourself to ensure that you order the correct size.

Price point

Tops start at $34, dresses at $88, pants at $78 and jackets at $138.

What do I love?

Most pieces will come in at least 2 other colours or patterns which is fabulous. I also love the prints, they are lively and fun and brighten up any outfit.

What’s not so great?

I find the colour can be a little hit and miss and often appears brighter online than it is. It’s worth reading the reviews for comments on the colour and fit.

The essentials

Available online at www.bodenclothing.com.au

Delivery and returns

Standard shipping is a flat rate of $10 per order and will be delivered in 3 -5 business days. Boden operates a no-quibble returns policy where you can return an item for a full refund within 3 months of receipt.

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Top 5 Tuesday: Printed Shirts

Monday, August 25, 2014 /

A classic white shirt never goes out of style but if you’re feeling a little adventurous it’s time to try a printed one. This is the season to embrace it from checks, stripes and spots to abstracts and bold florals – have fun with it.

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Clockwise from top: Sportscraft Fynn Liberty Shirt $104.96, Boden Alexa Blouse in Pink $88.00,  Target Long Sleeve Floral Blouse in Yellow $30.00, Target Cotton Boyfriend Shirt in Barberry Spot $30.00, Trenery Check Wrap Shirt in Night Sky $129.00.

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Top 5 Tuesday: Event Wear

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 /

Over the last few weeks I’ve had lots of questions on what to wear to various events. From  cocktail and formal here are my picks for the week and they’re all from Events. Usually I wouldn’t put together a post of items all from the one store but after spending an hour at Events with a one of my gorgeous clients on Saturday, I’m really excited about their stunning dresses and the fabulous fit. Can you guess which one I want?y-21

L-R: Contrast Deep V Dress in Black & White $149.00, Grecian Bead Dress in Red $199.00, Half Sleeve Lace Dress in Green $199.00, Hollywood Dress in Grey $199.00, Peplum Gown in Multi $149.00.

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Top 5 Tuesday: Fancy Flats……again

Tuesday, August 5, 2014 /

As requested, it’s ‘Fancy Flats’ again this week. What would you like to see next week?

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Clockwise from top: Jigsaw Suede Brogue in Grey $185.00, Sambag Tina Primary Zig Zag Woven Straw Ballet Flats $180.00, LK Bennett Mitzi Spotted Suede Flat Slipper in Blue Marine £120.00, Diana Ferrari Kleo Flats in Grey at David Jones $140.00, Kate Spade General Flats in Natural/Black $USD258.00.

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Top 10 Suits

Thursday, July 31, 2014 /

Buying a suit can be tricky, especially if you want something other than a stock standard black number. So bearing this in mind I have pulled together my Top 10. I’ve included the usual suspects – the neutrals including black, charcoal, grey and navy. I’ve also added in some pops of colour such as cobalt and mustard.

If anyone has seen a great red suit can you please let me know. It’s a key colour for Spring/Summer but I couldn’t find any that really stood out for me (I may be looking in the wrong place).

So here they are. Which one works for you?

1. Bolt of Blue 


Colour:
Cool & Clear; Cool, Clear & Dark; Cool, Clear & Bright and possibly Cool, Muted & Soft; and Warm, Muted & Dark.

Shape:
All.

Personality:
Classic, Elegant, Sultry  and Dramatic.

 

2. Streamlined Suiting 


Colour:
Great neutral for most colour palettes. Just remember that if you are Light or Bright that you will need to wear the right colour with the jacket to balance its depth.

Shape:
All.

Personality:
Classic, Elegant, Sultry and Dramatic.

 

3. Gorgeous Grey 


Colour:
Great neutral for all colour palettes.

Shape:
Hourglass, Rectangle and Triangle.

Personality:
Classic and Elegant.

 

4. Stand out from the crowd 


Colour:

Warm & Muted; Warm, Muted and Soft; Warm, Muted & Dark and some Cool, Clear and Dark.

Shape:
Rectangle and Triangle.

Personality:
Elegant, Dramatic and Creative.

 

5. The Full Ensemble


Colour:
Great neutral for most colour palettes. Just remember that if you are Light or Bright that you will need to wear the right colour with the jacket to balance its depth.

Shape:
All.

Personality:
Classic, Elegant, Sultry, Feminine  and Dramatic.

 

6. Keeping it natural 


Colour:
Warm & Clear; Warm, Clear & Light; Warm, Clear & Light and some Cool, Muted & Light.

Shape:
All.

Personality:
Classic, Elegant, and Natural

 

7.  A little bit nautical


Colour:
Cool & Clear; Cool, Clear & Dark; Cool, Clear & Bright and possibly Cool, Muted & Soft; and Warm, Muted & Dark.

Shape:
Hourglass and Rectangle.

Personality:
Elegant, Dramatic and Creative.

 

8. Traditional tweed


Colour:
Cool & Muted; Cool, Muted & Soft; Cool, Muted & Light and some Cool & Clear if combined with the right colour.

Shape:
Rectangle and Inverted Triangle

Personality:
Classic, Elegant, and Natural.

 

9. Subtle suiting


Colour:
Cool & Muted; Cool, Muted & Soft; Cool, Muted & Light and some Warm & Clear

Shape:
Hourglass, Rectangle, Inverted Triangle and some Triangles.

Personality:
Classic, Elegant, Sultry  and Feminine.

 

10. Printastic


Colour:
Cool & Clear; Cool, Clear & Dark; Cool, Clear & Bright and possibly Cool, Muted & Soft; and Warm, Muted & Dark.

Shape:
Hourglass, Triangle and Inverted Triangle.

Personality:
Elegant, Creative, Sultry  and Dramatic.

 

Would you like to discover your best colours, styles and shapes? Join me at the Hub – Canberra Centre on Sunday 31st August for Group Colour and Group Style Consultations. Find out more.

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Top 5 Tuesday: Fancy Flats

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 /

I think I need to make this regular post ‘Top 10 Tuesday’. It was so difficult to narrow it down to 5! So if you are into flats, take advantage of the fabulous options available at the moment. From ballet, brogues, loafers and t-bars, whatever your preference there is the perfect flat for you.

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Clockwise from top: Elk Lucido Wedge Derby in Electric Blue $165.00, Forever New Ally Almond Toe Ballet in White/Black Spot $69.99, L.K. Bennett Audra Leather Check Print Flat in Red £175.00, Karen Millen Patent Ballerina in Yellow $145.00, Country Road Brynn T-bar Flat in Dove Grey $149.00.

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Top 5 Tuesday: Feeling a Little Spotty?

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 /

Spots, dots, sploshes and splashes. Add a little fun at work with these gorgeous spotty numbers. y-1 L-R: Gorman New Bandwagon Cardigan $99.00, Marcs Double Spot Scarf in Red $69.00, Dickens Jones Flippy Spot Skirt at House of Fraser $91.00, H&M Jersey Jacket $55.00, Marcs Spot Print High Heel $149.00.

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Retail Review: Uniqlo

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 /

The brand

Ok, so I’m biased – I love Uniqlo and have been a fan since my UK days. This mega Japenese brand started with one store in Hiroshima in 1984 and has now grown to more than 1300 stores in 15 countries. This includes the brand spanking new mega store at The Emporium in Melbourne, a pop up store in Sydney (more details below) plus the launch of the Australian online store (very dangerous). Uniqlo stocks clothing and accessories for women, men and kids.

The vibe

Stocking great basics in every colour and quirky prints, the philosophy behind the brand is to create simple essentials that can be freely combined to create an individual’s unique style.

Style Personality

This is heaven for Naturals and Classics. Uniqlo’s collection is made up of jumpers, jeans, jackets and t-shirts in simple silhouettes and classic details. In particular, Naturals will be drawn to the gorgeous textures of the cashmere, merino and alpaca blends as well as the practical outerwear such as the Ultra Light Down Collection.

Creatives, Elegants and Dramatics will not be disappointed as there are lots of great base pieces that can be layered to create unique looks. Plus for creatives Uniqlo are famous for their quirky prints and patterns on their sweatshirts and tees.

Feminines and Sultrys will be drawn to the softer colours and textures on offer.

Colour

Colour heaven! If you are still a little nervous about embracing colour and you don’t want to spend a lot of money this is the place to do it as every colour palette is catered for.

My favourites

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L-R: Wool Blended Short Duffel Coat in Purple $129.90, HeatTech Skinny Fit Straight Jeans in Blue $59.90

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L-R: Cashmere Blend Fine Guage Stole Cardigan in Green $49.90, Soft Jersey Jacket in Off White $59.90

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L-R: Merino Blend Combination Tunic in Black $59.90, Chiffon Pleated Print Mini Skirt in Wine $49.90

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L-R: Silk Long Sleeve Blouse in Green $79.90, Extra Fine V Neck Cardigan in Green $49.90

 

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L-R: Cashmere Crew Neck Short Sleeve Sweater in Light Gray $79.90, Military Long Sleeve Dress in Wine $49.90

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L-R: Silk Print Long Sleeve Blouse in Beige $79.90, Ponte Pencil Skirt in Navy $29.90 reduced to $7.90 (that’s not a typo)

Shapes and sizing

Sizes range from XS to XXL which is a size 4-6 up to a size 18. The online store has a comprehensive sizing guide which has great instructions on how to measure yourself to ensure that you order the correct size.

Price point

T-shirts start at $19.90, knits from $39.90 and dresses $49.90.

What do I love?

The variety of colours available in each style and the quality of the pieces. I have Uniqlo knits that are over 6 years old and they are still in excellent condition. Just make sure that you follow the care instructions.

What’s not so great?

The sizing is on the smaller side.

The essentials

Available online at www.uniqlo.com/au/

The Emporium, 269 – 321 Lonsdale Street Melbourne

The Glasshouse Shopping Centre, 150 Pitt Street, Sydney (the pop up store)

Delivery and returns

For a limited time there is free delivery for online orders over $75.00. For metro areas (including Canberra) allow 1 – 3 days for delivery. Returns for online items can be made within 30 days for a $7.00 return fee. Online purchases cannot be returned in store.