To button or not to button? How to go from simple to stylish in a few seconds

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Understanding the functions and features of clothing can instantly make you look stylish; you are basically dissecting an outfit.

We all know the purposes of clothing but I’m going to hone in on the adornment factor and teach you how simple adjustments will help you turn a functioning piece of clothing into a feature that will create on-the-spot stylish looks for you!

 

THE UNBUTTONED SHIRT

(Who can forget our crowd favourite of Dancing Stylist’s Suit and Tie video where I’m wearing a white shirt unbuttoned)

There are a lot of rules about the unbuttoned shirt. A few examples I’ve heard include:

‘If you’re not sure play it safe and only unbutton 1’

‘To remain classy, don’t go lower than 2 buttons’

‘Anything lower than 3 unbuttoned needs to be worn without a bra’

‘Only wear 3-4 unbuttoned when you have a camisole/singlet underneath’

I generally leave 2-3 buttons undone depending on where I’m going. However, during summer, the long sleeve shirt looks cool buttoned up and teamed with some short shorts or mini skirt. (create a balance) And in winter you can wear this same shirt unbuttoned with a long deep v-neck sweater and some fitted jeans.

Being a creative dresser I love wearing 3 unbuttoned with a super chunky necklace worn underneath my shirt. (so you can only see it through the opened shirt gap) I’d team this up with a long full length tight fitted skirt and some sneakers.

For someone who has a more feminine style I would recommend a soft and flowy pastel coloured long sleeve shirt with 2 buttons undone, some medium -long length pearls with matching bracelet paired with some high waisted dress pants and some open- toed platforms.

 

THE BUTTONED SHIRT

The ‘buttoned up to the neck’ look was traditionally known as corporate wear but nowadays is seen as edgy.  I’m always thinking ‘What are you hiding under there?’ when someone buttons all the way up. There’s something mysterious about intentional covering up that is sexy. Wouldn’t you agree?

Some like to wear it as is and others like to add a bow tie, scarf or necklace for extra style. The latter is a perfect example of how to wear the buttoned up shirt in a corporate environment and still look chic. Just keeping in mind that the colours need to be neutrals with a single colour or a simple print and the same goes for necklace. It needs to be thin – medium in both thickness and height -nothing too bulky or extreme.

There is no right nor wrong answer. You can wear it one way on one day and another way the other dependant on where you’re going and what you’re doing and how you are feeling.  Style is all about experimenting, confidence and attitude and you will discover what works for you as you try different combinations.

Regardless of your Personal Style, you need to understand that the shirt buttoned or un-buttoned can still look fashionable.

And you need to remember that little things matter, oh yes they do.

 

Where do I start? Are you the quirk / pretty princess / MISS refined / always OTT / the sexy siren or the ‘whatever’ chick?

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Your Personal Style is defined by your personality, hobbies and lifestyle. Most people identify with a few different styles but have you found that one style that truly speaks to you?

If not let me help you define your style…..

Step One:

Find out who your ultimate style icon is

Start by researching via Instagram/ Pinterest/ Google and create a board of outfits worn by your style icons. People generally say something like ‘well, I like Gwen Stefani’s street style but I also like a mixture of JLO’s cutting edge aesthetic and the hippy chick in Nicole Ritchie’. So Initially you will start with a number of fashionistas and then you will notice who repeatedly appears. You’ll also figure out what you like and don’t like– This is where you’ll discover who your style influencers you.

 

Step Two:

Hone in on their style

Look further and focus in on the outfits being worn. How would you describe the clothes they are wearing? What draws your attention in? Are they feminine, soft and flowy? Bold, loud and confident? Or comfortable, sporty and casual? Use this description as a starting point and add and refine it until you can completely resonate with it.

 

Step Three:

Re-acquaint yourself with your wardrobe

Keeping this new defined style in mind, go through your wardrobe and find all the pieces that fall in this category. Toss everything out that doesn’t speak to you so you can start to refine your new exciting style.

 

Step Four:

The nitty gritty

Look thoroughly through your smaller wardrobe.

You will find a lot of duplicates. These are the pieces that make you feel comfortable and happy. These are your staple pieces. It’s OK to have a few similar pieces as long as they are not basically the same thing.

You’ll also find a few ‘out there’ pieces which represent a style that you like but you’re not completely comfortable with. If you feel your style is constantly evolving, keep these pieces. However, if it has been a while since you last wore it then it’s better to take these pieces out and make space for your new style.

 

Step Five:

Be a smart shopper!

Don’t buy on impulse

Make time to check how tightly the buttons have been sewn in, test the zips, check the hem and stitching. If you are going to buy discounted clothing, purchase them from well-known quality brands and avoid fast fashion.

Splurge on staple pieces for your wardrobe (quality jacket or blazer, classic pair of shoes, comfortable high quality jeans etc)

 

Step Six:

Polish your look.

Accessories are your cherry on the top. From statement necklaces, beach hats to patterned scarves. Accessories will always compliment an outfit and will help you pull off the look you are trying to create so it’s good to have a wide range of accessories to work with.

 

Step Seven:

Accentuate your assets

What are your favourite physical features or what do people usually compliment you on?

If people say you’ve got gorgeous toned arms, then wear sleeveless tops that draw attention to your arms. If your favourite physical feature is your long hair, then wear your hair down or in hairstyles that show off the length of your beautiful hair.

 

Step Eight:

It’s all about style not size

As long as you have confidence you can make anything look fabulous!

We need to change our mind-set about fitting into a small clothing size. Don’t let a number define who we are as individuals.

 

Step Nine:

Feel good in your own skin

You have refined your personal style which is a true representation of who you are

Embrace fashion, own your personal style and flaunt your individuality and personality.

 

Now go and celebrate the New You!

Pacific Fusion Fashion Show 2016 ‘What is this new pacific fashion show I am hearing about? Probably just another fashion show’….

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HOLD UP!

Understand the WHY first. I am certain it will make you want to jump on board and support this NEW and EXCITING show.

The Pacific Fusion Fashion Show show shares the story of how generational journeys of settlement in New Zealand have been fused together to meet the needs of cultural and societal expectations in our communities.
Most of us share this same story. We are 1st generation Pacific islander’s born in New Zealand raised the traditional pacific way on cultural values and beliefs whilst living, working and educated in a western society. Our upbringing was a mixture of both Pacific and New Zealand influences which as a result caused some confusion on how we were supposed to act, who we represented and who we were as individuals. At some point in our lives we experienced a moment of identity crisis and asked ourselves ‘Am I Samoan/Tongan?’ or ‘Am I kiwi?’ This question was then further highlighted when we went to the islands and you were known as a kiwi and not a Samoan. #confusedmuch.

One of many reasons why the Pacific Fusion Fashion Show was birthed was to showcase the fashion design skill and talent of the new generation of pacific island designer’s who innovate with cohesion, creating a unique balance of diaspora living and traditional meaning. The fashion world sees the Pacific through traditional lenses (hibiscus in hair/ jandals /floral prints), often neglecting the influences and the journey’s of the pacific people living in diaspora.

The Pacific Fusion Fashion Show is about creating a platform that showcases creativity, innovation, originality and revolution of today’s NEW PACIFIC DESIGNER and this literally excites me as we as PACIFIC PEOPLE are going to show the world that we can do HIGH END FASHION!!

In addition, I hope it gives our Pacific people some clarity in regards to who we are.

When it comes to my own identity these are facts:

*O lo’u igoa o Nora Swann. O a’u o le Samoa

(My name is Nora Swann and I am Samoan)

*I am a kiwi

*And I am a proud Kiwi/Samoan

What I am saying is that you DON’T have to make a choice and pick one or the other; it’s OK to be both.

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We are looking for 10x Established designers and 10x Emerging designers who can truly resonate with the above story to contact us.

Designers – Together let’s show the world what the Pacific has to offer when it comes to high end fashion!

 

We acknowledge our diverse community and due to the overwhelming interest from non-Pacific designers we are accepting applications from all cultures locally and internationally.

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Team Fusions would like to thank all our partners who have come on board to date considering this is the inaugural event. To date we have 6 partners who will be revealed soon and continue to work on growing our partnerships.

We also are reaching out to any other organisations who resonate with our story to support the Pacific Fusion Fashion Show and help us bring this event to life by donating or funding our event.

 

Lastly to the ATeam who are helping me bring this vision to life – Thank you so much.

People have asked who my team consists of and I have said ‘They are people who BELIEVE and UNDERSTAND the IMPORTANCE of why this show needs to come to life which include a couple of ex kiwi pats currently living overseas.

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So this is our introduction to you as well as the introduction to the next most exciting and innovative fashion event that will take place in Auckland this year!

Please show your support by sharing, liking and letting all your family and friends know about our event.

Nora xx

(Team dressed by City Chic and Karishma Design)

 

 

The rules are ‘there are NO rules!’ Anything goes...........

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Every personality has a personal style to suit.

There are 7 main styles of dressing:

Natural

Classic

Elegant

Dramatic

Sexy

Feminine

Creative

 

Let’s talk about the CREATIVE STYLE!!

People with a creative style are original individuals who are always on the lookout for new combinations that express their own personality. This style comes naturally – you basically have it or don’t.  They can wear a rubbish bag and still look so bloody good in it and the rule is ‘There are no rules!’

The creative mixes anything and everything – from formal to sportswear, hard rock to soft and sweet.  They love juxtapositions and constantly get eyed up and down – they basically dress how they feel and as a result unintentionally dress to shock!!

Creatives are bold, innovative and enjoy to make statements. Of course your outfits clash however it is overshadowed by your confidence and tude.

Check out our Dancing Stylist video that screams ‘Anything goes’ from a self-proclaimed fashion junkie.

https://youtu.be/voMm6wXp1ME

Must haves – BOYFRIEND jeans Why? Because they fit better, look better and they remind you of him!

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Some of my favourite pieces in my wardrobe I have nicked from my husband’s wardrobe and they include his blue jeans. I love that baggy feeling when they sit loosely on my hips; not only do they fit better but they even look better. Plus, isn’t it a good feeling wearing your Mr’s clothing?

I was looking forward to working on this next #dancingstylist video because casual style isn’t one of my strengths so I knew I was up for a challenge when putting together this casual outfit. For me it was important that this look still had the Kila’s Style touch of being extreme.

My husband is 1.8metres tall so I knew instantly I would be cuffing the jeans. Cuffing of the jeans automatically brings style to almost any casual outfit. It also allows you to accentuate your dressy shoes.

I teamed my boyfriend jeans up with the gorgeous Karishma Design Krysta ballet wrap top which then gave my outfit that touch of femininity. What I love about ballet wrap tops is that there are so many ways you can wear them. So the boyfriend jeans went from super casual to casual and comfortable yet stylish.

Then to take it to the next level, I added some OTT 80’s inspired earrings and the fake fur necklace and opted for a muted colours theme as the accessories and features of both the jeans and top were just enough to create a balanced look.

And as a result – My rendition of boyfriend jeans in a street style sense.

Enjoy our 3rd #DancingStylist video -BLUE JEANS

https://youtu.be/lpU-tOC0sUE