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How To Work Out Your Colours 

After my recent post on how to choose colours for your capsule wardrobe (if you missed it you can catch up here), I received a few requests to help you figure out which colour suits your complexion. While nothing beats being able to have an in-person consultation to work out your colours, this is a topic myself and my styling partner Rachel Worden explore in great detail in our online style course, Not About Size, and today I’ve borrowed a few of these colour tips to share with you.

1. What colours are you wearing?

 

If you’re unsure of what colour works for you, start by looking at the clothes you’ve been wearing.

Which do you wear and feel really good in? What pieces seem to always get you compliments?

Line these pieces up according to colour and see if you can find any commonality. For example – do they all seem to have shades of blue or green? Or perhaps you wear a lot of golds or mustards?

Take note of these – you’ll need to refer to these shades again later.

 

2. What jewellery do you wear?

Similar to your wardrobe, rummage through your jewels and see what you wear all the time.

Generally speaking we tend to wear either gold (or bronzes) or silvers (or pewters).

Again – take note of what you tend to wear for later as these give an indication as to what colours suit you best.

3. Pink or yellow undertone?

Finally, take a look at whether you have a pink or yellow undertone. While this may not be easy to tell, try to look at your wrist or the crook of your elbow.

These areas are generally less affected by the sun, spray tans and bronzers, so is generally a good reflection of your undertone.

Try holding up a pink-ish or blue piece of clothing (or even a scarf or piece of cloth will do) against your face, and compare that with an orange or yellow-toned piece of clothing. If the pink item makes you glow and look healthy then you are likely to have a pink/ blue undertone, and vice-versa. If the yellow item makes you look warm and glowing then you are likely to have a yellow undertone.

 

Once you’ve taken a look at the above, download our Colour Cheat Sheet here to help narrow down your colour palette.

 

 

How to Work Out Your Colours

 

There’s no doubt that assessing colours remotely isn’t always easy, but hopefully with the tips and cheat sheet above you’ll start to get a good idea of which palette you might suit.
And as I always say – there’s only two rules when it comes to colours: wear the colours you feel FABULOUS in, and then ENJOY!

 

With wardrobe happiness,

 

 

 

How I went from dressing like a frump to fashion stylist

No matter who you are, when it comes to style EVERYONE has a journey.

 

Style is rarely something you’re “born” with. It’s something you develop over time, as you learn more about yourself, your body and what works for you in terms of clothes, colours and accessories.

 

And this is a journey that I know intimately, having been on it myself.

 

I’ve been that kid at school, with crooked teeth and nerdy, big, terribly unflattering glasses.

And thanks to the era I grew up in, I’ve worn some seriously awful late 80’s / early 90’s fashion trends 🙂

 

 

I’ve also experimented as a young adult, wearing some simply SHOCKING outfits and even more shocking hair!!

 

Quite simply, I didn’t have an understanding of what worked in terms of cuts, colour and accessories for me.

 

I literally wore the wrong necklines, drab colours and unflattering cuts. I looked much, much older than I was, and my hair and make-up did nothing to help.

 

How did I get myself out of this rut?

 

1. Take an interest in and learnt about fashion

Over the years, I forced myself to take an interest in fashion and style. I observed more keenly what others were doing.

I ASKED other women where they got their clothes and paid attention to what I liked about their outfits. In short, I was ready to LEARN and absorb all I could find out about what worked.

Slowly, I began to piece things together. Then, that understanding became an interest and finally a passion – until it eventually gave birth to my career as a personal stylist.

 

2. Keep a fashion diary

 

The best thing I ever did was to keep a “fashion diary” of my outfits and then examined every (sometimes cringe-worthy!) photo I took of myself.

This helps you to see which pieces of clothing are unflattering and why.

For example, looking at my old photos I realise that I was hiding behind baggy clothing, and wore clothes that were much too long – an especially bad mistake given I am so short! I also realised my footwear made me look stumpy!

 

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3. Change the lengths and shapes you’re wearing

 

Becoming aware of what I was wearing helped me steer my course. And the simplest change I made was to try THE EXACT OPPOSITE of what I was wearing!

Clearly what I was wearing wasn’t flattering. So I decided to try the exact opposite shapes and lengths that I would normally reach out for! While this wasn’t 100% fool proof, it certainly helped open my eyes!

For example, when you compare my “old” shoes and “new shoes” you’ll notice that I now often wear shoes that have a wide, open front (instead of covering most of my foot).

I also now wear a lot of asymmetric skirts with a soft drape, like this one from Tobi, instead of longer, straight hemlines.

All of this helps to soften my shape and elongate my silhouette so that I look taller than I am, and was part of my journey in learning how to wear pieces that flattered my shape and (petite) height.

 

Skirt from Tobi

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4. Experiment!

 

In reflecting on my previous style, I realise that I never experimented with anything new.

Taking a risk doesn’t mean wearing out-there pieces that are age-inappropriate or wrong for you. But being conservative means not even trying anything out of the box at all, and this meant I always looked a few seasons “behind” and therefore a bit drab.

So when you’re next out in the shops, try something different. Pick up a piece that’s out of your comfort zone – something younger, more modern. It will be hit and miss – but even if it’s a miss, it won’t cost you a cent to just try it on! 🙂

It may not always work out but on occasion it may surprise you – just like this jumpsuit did for me! Not normally a fan of jumpsuits because they’re too long for me, this midi-length was just perfect and is one of the “edgier” trend pieces in my current wardrobe.

 

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Jumpsuit from Tobi

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5. Know what colours suit you

 

I wrote a post recently on how to choose colours for your capsule wardrobe. I’ve had a few requests to write a post on how to choose colours that flatter you!

This post is coming soon, and is so important because choosing the wrong colours can drain your complexion and age you.

For example – compare the picture of old me taken some 18 years ago  in really awful dark greys at the start of this post, to the photo below of me in lighter grey taken this year. The lighter grey takes years off me and is much more flattering.

Colour is also important because it injects fun and interest to your wardrobe. It doesn’t have to be bright, bold colours if that’s not your thing. Try colours that are more subtle for example this wine / burgundy colour – it still breaks things up so you’re not in black all the time and isn’t over the top.

 

Grey jumper from Abercrombie & Fitch

Wine skater dress from Tobi

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Understanding and developing your style is not an overnight process. It begins with observation and being open to what’s new and fun around you. It’s also an acknowledgement that you will (like all of us!) have to “kiss a few frogs” before you find your prince (or true style in this case!).

 

I hope that sharing some of my style journey will inspire you to be open to where your journey can take you!

 

Can you relate to some of my fashion faux pas???!!! Let me know in the comments area below 🙂

 

PS. Want to learn how to create your own personal style? Learn how with my 6-week online style course Not About Size.

 

With wardrobe happiness,

 

How to Create Your Accessories Capsule Wardrobe

There are a few things I am obsessed with in life…. 

The pursuit of the perfect molten chocolate pudding. 

My dogs Iggy and Dora (if you haven’t met them please visit my Instagram for a sneak peek at these furry monsters that have my heart).

And finally, accessories. Every single one of my baubles, shoes and bags holds a special place in my heart!

 

Those that have been following this blog will know that jewellery is my favourite way to express your personality and style.

My formula to get more wear out of your fashion dollars is to buy simpler, classic clothing and then vary the look with accessories.

But like all things in life, one can OD on too much of anything – even accessories.

 

In The Capsule Wardrobe my ultimate philosophy is to declutter your closet and live a more minimalistic, clutter-free life.

The same principles therefore also apply to creating your very own “capsule jewellery box”. Here’s how:

 


Want a recap of the video instead of watching it? I’ve got you:

 

Create Your Accessories Capsule Wardrobe

Your jewels need to reflect both seasons: winter and summer

 

Create jewellery capsules for both seasons – this means setting aside “light” pieces for summer and “heavier” pieces for winter.

Lighter accessories for summer should be lighter in colour and also smaller, more delicate pieces. Chunkier pieces may overpower lighter, flowy summer florals and soft fabrics.

Conversely, when you’re wearing multiple layers of heavier knits, wool or leather, the textures and weight of  bigger pieces of jewellery will ensure that your accessories match the look of your outfit and doesn’t get lost within the heavier pieces of your winter wardrobe.

 

 

Choose colours carefully

 

If you haven’t read the blog on creating your own colour palette for your wardrobe, take a few minutes to back-track and then dive back here, as it has some key tips to pick colours for your accessories capsule.

In a nutshell, you’ll need to choose a primary, secondary and trend colours for your capsule.

When choosing primary colours and secondary colours, go for more neutral tones that you can always come back to time and time again. Don’t overly invest in pieces in trendy colours as these will come and go as the trends do.

 

So keep these tips in mind when creating your very own accessories capsule and let me know what are the key pieces in your accessory-drobe in the comments below!

 

PS. Thanks to your feedback, next time on the blog I’ll share my 3 easy hacks to work out what colours best suit you!

With wardrobe happiness,

 

 

How to create a colour palette for your wardrobe

Folks – you probably know that colour is SO important when it comes to your wardrobe.

 

If you’ve read The Capsule Wardrobe book, you’ll know that picking a colour is crucial. A good selection of colours lets you mix and match more effectively, therefore giving you more versatility and bang for the buck.

 

In today’s blog, I show you ways to choose a colour palette for your own wardrobe.

 

First up, here’s my colour palette that I’m currently using.

(You’ll want to update your colour palette every season especially for the “accent / trend” colours)

 

My colour palette this season:

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How to choose your own colour palette:

 

Can’t view the video? Here’s a recap:

 

colour palette for your capsule wardrobeChoose 3 Primary / Foundation Colours

 

When it comes to your colour palette, start with 3 – 4 primary / foundation colours. These are neutral or “base” colours, eg. blacks, whites, grey or beiges / creams.

These colours will become the foundation of your wardrobe and are colours worth investing in as they will form the majority of your key pieces.

 

 

Pick Your Secondary Colours

 

Secondary colors are key anchors to your wardrobe. They add colour and interest and should be colours that you really love – so you won’t get tired of these any time soon. These are colours that you can feel confident in buying whole pieces in (eg a whole blazer or coat) as you will  wear it from season to season.

 

 

Select Your Trend Colours

 

To keep things modern and contemporary, you’ll need a couple more colours that reflect the currents trends of the season.

To keep your wardrobe fresh, you’ll be changing these colours every season (Winter / Spring / Summer / Autumn) so don’t spend a lot on these pieces and consider using them in small amounts (ie accessories or just a few pieces of clothing).

 

Bonus tips:

 

1. Don’t forget accessories

Use your colour palette to guide your choice in accessories. If you don’t consider your accessories in light of your new colour palette, you won’t be able to mix and match your outfits with jewels and handbags effectively!

 

2. Use prints as inspiration

Struggling to choose colours for your palette? Look for prints to inspire you! Pick up a scarf that you gravitate towards colour-wise, or a printed dress you love and really look at the colours. These colours all work as a palette as some designer has done the hard work of picking the colour combination for you, so look to these as your colour palette!

 

 

Choosing a colour palette is essential to create your very own capsule wardrobe so that you don’t end up with a mish-mash, but ultimately my motto is just have fun with colours!!!

You’ve seen my colour palette, what’s yours? Let me know colours you’re thinking of in the comments below OR if you need help, just leave me a question below!

 

With wardrobe happiness,

 

 

7 Steps To Finding Your Own Style

As I write this week’s blog I’m surrounded by some of the most fashionable and on-trend people in the world – New York City.

 

I’ve arrived here from Los Angeles, as part of my (very) whirlwind trip to the US to meet my publisher and see my book “The Capsule Wardrobe – 1000 Outfits From 30 Pieces”  in Barnes & Noble (because I probably wouldn’t have believed it otherwise!!!).

 

Side note: This trip to the US isn’t part of a formal book tour – but I hope to be back soon for a formal tour to more cities later in the year! 

As I sit here looking at all the beautiful people in LA and NY, I observed that the ones that stood out the most weren’t always the ones wearing the most expensive or trendiest outfits from the runway, but those that had learnt how to master the skill of highlighting their best assets and at the same time, clearly loving what they were wearing.

 

So how do you create your own sense of personal style that is authentic to you?

 

7 Steps To Creating Your Own Style

Let go of the bad wardrobe karma

If you haven’t already, dive in first to our wardrobe detox worksheet here. I’m a firm believer that to develop your true sense of style – you have to first let go of what’s not working & start afresh.

When you’re determined to create a new look, you don’t want the pieces of your past in wardrobe doors each morning – it’s just bad wardrobe karma!!

Conduct a wardrobe detox & start afresh

 

 

Observe other styles

Become a student of fashion. By this, I don’t mean follow runway trends or the Kardashians like a slave, but do keenly note other people’s outfits or styles that you like.

As someone with a zero background in fashion, my style was developed by being a clever copycat! I started by observing what I was attracted to in others’ outfits.

It’s a skill I still use to this day, working with some younger, groovier kids in their 20’s. I observe what they wear and keep my mind open to their take on fashion & style, through a fresher lens.

You can certainly do this by observing celebrities or other style icons and pay attention to what elements of their style that you love!

Observe celebrities or style icons & take note of what you love about their style.
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Keep a mood board or “look book”

Put your observations above to good use by keeping a mood board or “look book”.

Either take photos of your own outfits, clip out pics from a magazine or use something like Pinterest (you can also use the new “save” functionality in Instagram too) to help you to keep track of what elements of other outfits you like.

Having a visual record of what you like (and don’t like) is important to work out the common thread in these styles that you’d like to bring to your own outfits in the future.

7 Steps To Finding Your Own Style

Example mood board using Pinterest

 

 

Know your assets & flaws

I haven’t met a woman in this line of work, that hasn’t complained about her thighs / hips / tummy / legs / knees / arms (you get this gist!).

Yet what I wish I saw more of are women embracing their assets!

For everything that you DON’T like about your body, I’d like you to find one thing you DO love. It could be your swan-like neck, glowing skin, tiny ankles, long limbs, curvaceous bust…. Find your assets and make sure to show them off in your new style!

(And if you need some quick and easy tips to instantly boost your body confidence, check out this post here)

7 Steps To Finding Your Own Style

Know your assets – eg. I try to show off my waist but am aware I need shape wear to keep my tummy suck in.

 

 

Create a “look”

Every great style is developed by treating your outfit as a “look” rather than just an outfit. People with a great sense of style actually love the whole process of getting dressed and creating a specific look.

Rather than treating it as a function, start to enjoy the creation of your next outfit. Think about the image & feeling you’d like to project today. Pay attention to the details that will help you create that look whether it’s in your accessories, shoes or colour.

7 Steps To Finding Your Own Style

Look at all the details in your outfit to create a “look” rather than just an “outfit”

 

 

Shop with purpose

When finding your sense of style, don’t fall into the trap of shopping without purpose.

Know what you are looking for (your mood board above should assist with this). Know what assets you want to show off and what you’re trying to camouflage – this will help you in selecting the right fabrics or cuts.

In the same way that when you go to your grocery store without a shopping list and come back with really random shizz and NOT what you need to make dinner, you too need to shop fashion with purpose! So make a list and stick to it!

7 Steps To Finding Your Own Style

Shop with purpose! Know before you go what you’re looking for!

 

Break the habit

Shop for your new style and not your old!

With new styles you may have to force yourself to break the habit of buying in your old style. If you catch yourself picking up the same pieces, going to shops you’re familiar with or even just reaching out for the same colours – tell yourself to put it down and try something new!

 

With these 7-steps in your fashion vault, download your 7 Steps To Finding Your Own Style checklist here! Stick it up on your wardrobe door and you’ll find and create your own style in no time!

 

With wardrobe happiness,

 

7 ways to detox your wardrobe this new year

The start of a new year is always a great time to take a breather and detox.  And while I’m not a big fan of new year’s resolutions, I do think it’s a great time to flush out some negativity from your life – including your wardrobe!

 

(Having said that, you can do this wardrobe detox at any time of the year – not just in January!)

 

One of the biggest reasons why our wardrobes bring us angst is because we simply have too much. Plain and simple.

 

Too much “stuff” that we never wear can be frustrating and this ends up playing with our confidence. You see, opening a wardrobe door and feeling overwhelmed, affects how you feel in your outfits. Especially when you’ve spent all this time, money + energy on a wardrobe that isn’t loving you back.

 

Creating “small wardrobes” or a “minimalist wardrobe” can initially be a challenge, but these 7-steps will help you make a solid start in the right direction!

 

1. Get in to a “minimalist” mindset

Like any good detox, you need to enter it with the right mindset.

Minimalism has been all the rage since Marie Kondo’s philosophy of  moving things on “if it doesn’t bring you joy”. The mindset is simple (but tough to execute!) and well worth it when you are able to embrace it:

If it does not add value to your life or bring you happiness, then remove it – so you can make room for things that DO make you happy or has a real use to you.

In other words – less of what is just hanging in your wardrobe doing nothing, and more of the pieces you actually enjoy + wear!

 

2. Keep track of what you wear

For the next two or three weeks, I’d like you to keep a “wardrobe diary“.

Log (better yet – take pictures) of your outfits during this time. I find it REALLY helpful to print these photos off (or use a good old fashioned Polaroid camera) and stick them up where you can see it.

Then download my Wardrobe Diary Worksheet here and make a note of what you love (or didn’t) about each outfit.

Look for common threads as to what you liked as this will help you assess exactly which outfits you enjoyed wearing and why.

 

3. Mark each item as you’ve worn it

The majority of us wear 20% of our wardrobe 80% of the time.

So start taking a note of exactly what you are wearing so that you start to become aware of which pieces lie in your wardrobe untouched, unworned and therefore should be moved on.

One easy way of tracking this is to get a stash of clothes pegs by your wardrobe. As you wear each item during your 2-week “wardrobe diary” above, place a peg on the item or its hanger. By the end of the two weeks it should be really clear to you which pieces have lots of pegs (and therefore lots of wear!).

Another method is to tie a ribbon to mark which half of your wardrobe you’ve worn!

7 ways to detox your wardrobe this new year

 

 

3. Conduct a wardrobe decluttering session

I recently posted a Wardrobe Decluttering Cheatsheet on the blog. If you haven’t had a chance to tackle it yet, why not give it a go?

The Cheatsheet will help you make sound decisions as to what to keep, toss or alter so that your decluttering decisions become easy-peasy! 🙂

7 ways to detox your wardrobe this new year

 

4. Take side by side comparison photos to help you declutter

For those of you that really struggle with the concept of minimalism (or letting go of pieces from your wardrobe), a trick I use is to take a photo of me in something I know I look and feel good in.

Then, I line it up side by side with another photo of me in a piece I’m unsure about.

Lining them up side by side makes it really obvious whether to keep or throw the piece in question as you can truly compare it with what makes you look awesome!

 

5. Consider what you can alter or re-use

Some time ago on the blog I posted ideas on how to re-use or alter your clothing to breathe new life in to them, rather than having to buy new all the time.

Check it out here as I think you’ll be super surprised at how effective a simple alteration like a change to hemlines can have on an outfit!

7 ways to detox your wardrobe this new year

 

6. Detox your accessories, shoes and bags

One of things often forgotten when it comes to a wardrobe detox is all the peripheral items we own such as shoes, bags and jewellery.

I often see ladies clear out their clothing with gusto and then run out of steam and not bother with the rest. But in my view “the rest” is the most important!

It’s those shoes and bags that make or break an outfit – so it’s important to go through them and remove anything that’s tarnished, scuffed or broken and ensure you have a good rotation of reliable accessories that are modern and contemporary.

7 ways to detox your wardrobe this new year

 

7. Experiment with new combinations rather than shopping for new

It’s a common issue that I see all the time where we get stuck in a rut of wearing not just the same pieces but the same combinations over and over again!

The same tee with the same shorts, the same belt with the same dress, the same jacket with the same  blouse – you get where I’m going with this! 🙂

 

Challenge yourself this year to break the habit – as you reach out for the same two or three pieces to wear together, ask yourself – can I try a different top? Or even just a different accessory?

 
Creating wardrobe happiness isn’t a magic trick. It is entirely possible to achieve when you start to really pay attention to what you’re doing and focusing on what you actually truly wear + need.

 

Ready to detox and get your ultimate Capsule Wardrobe? Check out The Capsule Wardrobe book here!

 

So have fun with the detox, embrace a minimalist mindset and let it take your wardrobe to a refreshing new level!

 
With wardrobe happiness,

2016: A Year in Review

With 2017 literally peeking around the corner, it’s time to take a look back and show gratitude for everything that has happened this year.

It’s been a huge year for me personally, with lots to keep me busy at home and at work.

While it’s been fun launching new initiatives, blogging and writing – the philosophy has always stayed the same – to bring wardrobe happiness to women everywhere!

 

As we wrap up the year that was at WendyMak.com, here’s a look at some of the key moments:

 

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Personal Brand Workshops

2016 was another great year working with the University of Technology Sydney, and also Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand, speaking to students on how to curate your personal brand to deliver an exceptional image and first impression.

With a long background in corporate work, personal brand has become a real passion as I aim to keep wild amounts of cleavage, VPLs and other inappropriate outfits out of offices and Boardrooms!! 🙂

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Speaking at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS)

 

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Launching the Fashion & Style Business Academy

Together with Rachel Worden from Ruby Slippers Styling, I launched a series of new training courses for aspiring and budding fashion stylists.

While this training is something I’ve done for years, it was time this year to bring in a new perspective and trainer in Rachel, and create the Academy so that together we are able to offer our collective experience and insights to new stylists everywhere!

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With Rachel, running our advanced stylist workshop in Melbourne

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The launch of the Not About Size online style course

Another collaboration with Rachel Worden from Ruby Slippers Styling, this 6-part online e-course has been a labour of love for myself and Rachel. Together, we’ve poured our heart + souls in to creating the Not About Size style course to teach women everywhere how to style themselves for life – no matter what your size.

It’s been amazing fun to watch and mentor all our members as they develop their personal style, curate their wardrobes and enjoy fashion and shopping again.

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Gorgeous feedback from Beth, one of our Not About Size members

 

 

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After a hiatus from TV appearances, I was warmly welcomed back to your television boxes in Australia, thanks to several segments on Channel 9. Your support has been amazing and it’s been a great platform to share my styling tips.

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The Capsule Wardrobe

While technically not available in stores until January 2017, I have spent all of 2016 preparing for the launch of my book The Capsule Wardrobe. Based on my self-published book, it’s been an eye-opening and very humbling experience working with publishers and book stores to try and get this project off the ground.

With the launch now just around the corner, it’s time to get excited!!! 🙂

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So thanks for the memories 2016 and cheers to an awesome 2017!!!

With wardrobe happiness,

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Packing Light: Your 9-Piece Travel Wardrobe

With the holidays upon us, for many it’s a chance to pack up and hit the road for a holiday escape.

For those of you ready to head somewhere for a bit of R&R, I have shared some of my grooviest packing tips in the video below!

 

Appearing recently on Channel 9 in Australia, I show you the secret to packing light this holiday with just 9 pieces to create 30 outfits! Yep, you read correctly!

 

This means you don’t have to drag around a heavy bag or wait for your checked-in luggage. The best bit is my capsule travel wardrobe formula will free up time from working out “what to wear” so you can spend more time holidaying – whether that’s shopping or lounging by the pool with a mai-tai in your hand 🙂

And while the capsule travel wardrobe showcased in this video is for a summer get-away, you can still take the same principles and apply it to your colder escape too.

 

(The capsule wardrobe secrets shared below all come from my new book coming out on 3 January 2017 – The Capsule Wardrobe. Am super-excited!!! Pre-order your copy here!!)

 

Can’t view the video?

If you live outside Australia, you may be restricted from viewing the video. Don’t worry – I’ve got you! Here is a short summary of how to create your own 9-piece capsule travel wardrobe.

  • Choose a range of tops and bottoms – in this case I’ve gone with 4 x tops and 3 x bottoms to suit a summer vacation
  • Make sure each top matches each bottom so that they can ALL be mixed-and-matched
  • Look for things like prints so that you have more colours in the print to play with
  • I’ve then rounded out the wardrobe with a light-weight jacket and a versatile dress
  • Ensure that you can layer the jacket over each outfit to give you an additional look
  • Plus, get creative and layer blouses over your dress for even more options!

 

I hope you enjoy packing light for your next trip, as it is the most liberating feeling knowing when you land, your holiday wardrobe is all sorted! 🙂

 

And don’t forget to check out ALL my capsule wardrobe secrets with even more ideas and complete colour illustrations to create the ultimate capsule wardrobe of 1000 outfits from just 30 pieces – check out all the details + get a copy here >> The Capsule Wardrobe book.

 

 

 

With wardrobe happiness,

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Fashion mistakes that could be killing your career

As a stylist, I’ve had the opportunity to work with lots of women on their work place style – from young graduates, to entrepreneurs and heads of [insert fancy job title here]!

 

One thing I’ve learned from working with different kinds of women in the workplace is that no matter what your profession or calling is, your overall look can make or break you.

 

Your choice of clothing is a reflection of you, your position, how you want to be perceived and ultimately – your personal brand.

While what to wear definitely shouldn’t occupy your whole train of thought every morning, your work wardrobe should definitely be thought through.

 

I was recently interviewed by News.com.au on what I thought were the big no-no’s when it comes to career dressing – the kind of mistakes that can take you from  100 to sub-zero!

 

Here’s my top fashion mistakes that could be killing your career:

 

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Not embracing what suits you

 

If you find something that’s stylish, comfortable and perfectly reflects your personal style,  then buy it! And by the way it’s totally okay to buy the one item in different colours if it means you don’t wear them too quickly.

For example, as a hard wearer of shoes, I once bought the BEST pair of black heels (on sale!) that I wore out in 6 months. On reflection, especially at that bargain price I should have gotten two pairs and stretched them out to last a year or more!

 

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Letting white pieces … go grey

 

Picking up from the previous point above, wearing items often can diminish its quality and value quickly – and this is especially true with white pieces.

There is such a pure, pristine crispness to a white dress or blouse that you don’t want to overextend the welcome by continuing to wear them even after they are shabby or worse – when they start to look a bit grey!!

 

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Not keeping shoes and bags on point

 

My personal view is that we tend to get away with lower price points in clothing as it is easier to find “expensive” looking clothes at a bargain price due to improvements in how fabrics are produced nowadays.

Whereas it’s harder to get away with lower price point shoes and bags. This is probably because, although great options are on the rise, trying to pass off faux leather for real is a bit tougher to do.

Look for high-quality shoes and products that can stand the test of time, making it worth the investment, as worn out shoes and bags are often the first thing people notice.

 

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Emphasising the “casual” in business casual

 

Casual workplaces or “Casual Friday” dress codes can be interpreted in so many ways – which is where so many of us stumble.

My rule of thumb is to stay on the “business” end of “business casual”. After all, it’s still a professional workplace at the end of the day!

Keep things casual but sharp with dark wash denims for jeans and using blazers to bring the biz back to your outfit.

 

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Skimping on accessories

 

Regular readers of this blog will know how much I love accessories. It just “completes” the look.

Wearing an ensemble that is finished and well put together is one of the best ways to show that you’re on top of things and have everything sorted down to the very last detail.

You can do lots here – from a simple pair of stud earrings to a fun clutch to counter the formality of a suit.

 

 

So stay away from these workplace mistakes and don’t forget to exude confidence and let your wardrobe complement the lady-boss that you already are 🙂

 

For more useful tips, check out the full article here! >> News.com.au 

 

With wardrobe happiness,

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