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!

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

Self proclaimed DIY-er Setting my creative juices on fire!

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I am a DIY-er, clutter creating, mistake making, mish-mashin ‘somethin-outta-nuttin’ kinda lady.

The first time I saw the beauty in something so mundane was when I was about 10 years old and it was on a church beach trip. I fell in love with a thick tree branch that had all these smaller branches growing out of it and was stoked when I was able to persuade my mum to let me bring it home.

I envisioned painting it and hanging the few accessories I owned off the smaller branches. Long story short the beast never turned into the beauty so my mum threw it out.

To this day I still collect a lot of knick knacks that I think will look great as an outfit accessory, however it isn’t until I’m rummaging through my drawers that I remember that I have them. Here’s a classic example:

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This necklace is a belt I just added brooches to.

One of the reasons I love to alter pieces of clothing is that it fuels my curiosity to create. My brain is constantly ticking, thinking, analysing, over-analysing so physically creating things allows me to get things outta my head and bring them to life whether they’re a hit or a piece of crap.

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1 piece worn 4 ways

I am definitely one of those people who when I see something I really like or if I come up with an idea, I prefer to try and make it myself. Part of it is because I think if someone else can do it so can I and the other reason is that I get to learn something new, which means I’m challenging and working on myself.

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up-style baby!

I always like to up-style things in my wardrobe especially my shoes by adding or taking off pieces where I can. I can stay in a haberdashery store like Dave’s Emporium for hours just looking at all the bits and bobs that will set the creative juices on fire.

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More up-stylin

 

I say if you can put your mark on something, do it. I ALWAYS try and put the Kila’s Style touch to everything and I sprinkle that goodness everywhere!

 

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The aim is always OTT!! Customised Costume Consultation

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Customised Costume Consultation

Customised Costume Consultation

 

The aim is always OTT!!

I went to a ‘hawaii’ themed party and rather than hire a costume I decided to create my own costume using clothes and accessories I already owned.

I offer a Customised Costume Consultation service where I put together a costume that is going to stand out in the crowd. We can use clothes from your current wardrobe; get an entire new outfit or a combination of both.

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