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

Dear Valentine…… Don’t get friend zoned

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Dear Valentine,

We’ve had a very strong relationship for nearly 20 years and you’ve been there for me through thick and thin. When I moved overseas and returned you followed me; now that’s what I call loyal. We know each other inside it, you know every single curve of my body, my favourite feature, my problematic areas and my favourite colours. You constantly remind me to be fair but know that I do favour some of you over others yet there is no judgement. At times I have reminisced about those who have departed because we no longer connected, through tragedies and those I let go because I felt others needed to feel your fabulousness and I still miss you.

If I was to lose you I honestly would not know what to do because the struggle is real getting out of bed each morning but waking up to you gives me hope. I know that you’ll set the mood for my day by injecting your pizzazz into me that makes me want to dance through the streets.

From the sequins, faux fur, leather, layers, embellishments, shoulder pads, floral prints right down to all your buttons and wrinkles; YOU I cannot live without!

You continue to help me every day; during the cold winters and even when the unexpected appears and then there are times when you want to humour yourself and as a result it is a hit and miss for me however nonetheless you always make me feel beautiful and for that I LOVE YOU!

 

You help me represent the REAL ME to the world and I am proclaiming it –

I LOVE YOU WARDROBE!!

vday blog

 

What is your relationship with your wardrobe like?

(A) Are you lovers/BFFs?        If you can fully resonate with the above, then you have found your soulmate!!

(B) Are you friends?                 Your wardrobe gets some of your attention and you connect every now and then.

(C) Are you acquaintances?    Your wardrobe is there for the sake of you not leaving your house naked?

If you picked A – High Five

If you picked B or C read on girlfriend!

 

Your relationship with your wardrobe determines your image and your image tells the story of your personal style.

If you feel that your personal style is not in sync with your true inner self, then you need to re-create yourself by having a good thorough look through your wardrobe and ask yourself:

1) What is my Personal Style?

Am I a creative/elegant/classic/sexy/natural/feminine/dramatic?

Once you have determined what your personal style is then everything in your wardrobe that does not fall under your personal style needs to go.

2) What colours look good on me?

You will need to get your colours done so you know what colours compliment your natural complexion. Once you have determined the 20 colours, only keep these colours in your wardrobe.

3) What is my body type?

You need to find out which clothing types and fit compliment your body shape and help enhance your confidence. Anything that doesn’t work with your body type needs to be taken out.

4) Do these fit me?

All your clothes should fit. It does seem quite obvious but so many people wear clothes that are either too tight or too baggy and it is very unflattering.

There is also the dilemma of holding on to hope that one day you might fit into your fave dress from 2 years ago that cost you a fortune and giving it away would seem like a gesture of defeat however you are not doing yourself any favours. There is the possibility that it will go out of fashion and it is just hanging there taking up room.

5) How long have I had this for?

If you can’t remember when you last wore it or when you bought it, or they have fluff balls on them then they are too old and they need to go!

6) How appropriate is this?

Revealing clothes (such as low cut tops and hot pants) need to be worn at appropriate times as it can look unprofessional or distasteful. Find out how to wear these pieces so that you’re not giving the wrong impression at the wrong time.

7) Why do I have 4 pair of black skirts?

EXACTLY!  You don’t need duplicates. If the style, fit and length are similar keep your favourite pair and get rid of the rest.

8) Am I going to get this fixed soon?

Rips, missing buttons, potential alterations need to be addressed. If not get rid of them. Give them to a fashion tech student who would appreciate them for practise work.

 

 

During this process you are getting rid of all the clothes that don’t work for you, getting rid of the clutter and confusion and making room for the clothes that reflect your true inner self.

You are also giving your clothes some breathing space so they don’t end up smelling musty that can lead to mildew.

The next phase of your re-creational process is to start purchasing new clothes that follow your new found personal style.

As a result, EVERYTHING in your wardrobe becomes interchangeable and you won’t have any mix and matching issues. Just think of all those last minute occasions that pop up that you can now go to looking completely polished!

Of course you will need to be careful with mixing casuals, formals and seasonable pieces.

There is a lot of work that needs to be done initially however on the plus side it only needs to be done once and another positive is that if you don’t have time I can definitely help you.

 

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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