Colour Trend – 2018

2018 is off and running.

Ladies it’s a new year and time to give your wardrobe a refresh.
If you are a lover of mauve, lilac or purple you’re in luck as the Pantone colour of 2018 is violet.

Pantone of 2018 is violet
Pantone of 2018 is violet


Purple is the colour of luxury, power, royalty and ambition.
Purple is also known as the colour of peace, magic and independence.

There are many variations of violets and purples so choose one that suits your skin tone and personality.


Inject the colour of the year into your wardrobe with accessories.







I’ve put together some colour combinations to give you some ideas.











Join the trend by finding your favourite shade of purple

I would love to hear what
you came up with.

Summer Trends 2017 – 2018


Many of my clients feel the garments already in their wardrobes may be dated, and ask me about whether they should be wearing them. My answer is, if you love it and it fits you well you can make it work by adding accessories in the current fashion colours or teaming it with on trend extras; like that skirt you love with an off the shoulder top.


Florals and ruffles are still with us this season and teamed with your favourite pants or jeans will give you an on-trend look.


As for colour, different shade of yellow, and my own “go to” colour red are the colours of the season. You can never go wrong with a crisp white top teamed with your favourite denim jeans – just add a pop of colour with fashion jewellery or a printed scarf.

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The Paper bag waist skirts, shorts and pants have made a comeback. Be careful with these as they may add bulk in the tummy area if the fabric is stiff.  Look for fabric that falls and doesn’t crease easily.


Always team the paper bag waist with a body skimming top. Gorgeous Lauren has allowed me to share her photo with you.

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Fit and flare dresses or skirts are a fun classy look that you can dress up or down.

The latest fashion trend is the Robe. I bet you’re thinking, how do I wear it?

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Have fun with this look – be creative and mix your textures and colours to give you an individual look.  I’ve found a few styling ideas for you.

Just remember, if you’re short like me don’t drown yourself with too much fabric.Summer trend 3





How to disguise thick thighs


Ladies, always try to draw attention to the parts of your body you love and away from the parts you are not happy with.

I often hear women complaining about thick thighs so below find some tricks to disguise them.

  • Avoid tight, clingy garments and pale colours on your bottom half.
  • A-lined or fit and flare dresses highlight the waist and hide the thighs.
  • A-lined skirts teamed with a pretty top draw the attention to your upper body.

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  • If you have a waistline, highlight it (most ladies tend to hide their waist)
  • Choose shorts with a wide leg made from a light weight fabric that just falls as a stiff fabric may add bulk.

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  • Avoid faded jeans or jeans with rips and patches.
  • A well- fitting, dark indigo, straight or skinny legged pair of jeans will work, teamed with a top that’s not too long, and layered with a jacket.
  • Avoid pants with side pocket, zippers or any detail on the thigh area.

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  • Wear wide legged pants teamed with a body skimming top.
  • Vertical Stripes will give the illusion of slenderness and elongate your legs.
  • Avoid tops that finish at your widest point
  • Maxi dresses, finishing just above the ankle, are very flattering and are trendy at the moment
  • If you feel comfortable in a long-lined top, go for an asymmetrical hemline.
  • Utilise your colourful accessories to draw the attention to your upper body.
  • Choose tops with patterns, prints and ruffles.

The right outfit can make your body appear longer and leaner.



Tips and Hints on How to Highlight Your Best Assets


The months ahead are definitely going to be warmer and its swim wear weather – you can’t escape it.

In Australia our summers can be extremely hot, especially if we are holidaying on the coast or visiting family in regional areas. And wherever we are we seem to be surrounded by water.

With that in mind, I’ve had a few of my clients asking what style of swimwear suits their body shape best?


There are many styles and heaps of rules, so today I thought I’d share tips and hints on how to highlight your best assets.


Choose swimwear that is made from a good quality lycra and remember the following.


  • Look for support in bust and bottom area.
  • Hi cut bikini bottoms will elongate your legs
  • Boy leg pants may make your hips look wider
  • Halter tops, bra style tops and tie front will draw the attention to your bust line
  • Use patterns, colour or details to highlight the parts of your body you LOVE
  • Use a darker solid colour in areas where you don’t want attention focused
  • Disguise your tummy with ruching or gathering
  • An all over print will disguise all those lumps and bumps
  • Frills and ruffles are the latest trend and they add volume to your bustline – great for small busted girls.


I’m always hearing complaints about back fat, so no matter what shape you might be, avoid narrow, tight straps that will dig into your skin – go for wide straps where you can.


We all have different body shapes, as I have explained in my previous article “What Body Shape Am I?”  , so use the guides below to find the right swimwear for YOUR body shape.


Inverted triangle body shape

This shape is easy to dress as your shoulders are broader than your hips. So consider the following –


  • Highlight your waistline.
  • Side panels will give the illusion of a waistline
  • Strapless
  • Halter neck or a deep V -neckline

Avoid the following –

  • a racer back
  • skinny bra strap style
  • high necklines


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Hourglass body shape

If this is you, you’re lucky,  with a balanced body shape and almost all styles will work.


  • Halter neck
  • Strapless
  • Bra strap style
  • Side panels
  • Remember to highlight your waist
  • If you have a tummy go for ruching or patterns which will disguise the problem area


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Triangle body shape

Your shoulder are narrower than your hips and you generally have fuller hips and thicker thighs, but don’t despair, follow these tips


  • Work with your shoulders
  • Try to bring the focus to your upper half with frills patterns or colour.
  • Halter neck
  • Strapless or one shoulder
  • Keep your bottom simple, choose a darker solid colour.
  • Hi-cut will elongate your legs
  • High waisted bottoms will flatten the tummy and highlight the waist


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Square body shape

Your body tends to be very straight up and down so the aim is to give the illusion of a waistline .


  • Halter neck
  • Frills and ruffles will create curves to your body shape
  • Go for diagonal lines and avoid horizontal stripes as they may make you look boxy
  • Bright prints and florals will give the illusion of a curvy body
  • Avoid a solid colour
  • Curved side panels will work


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Circle body shape

You carry your weight in the middle and usually have great legs. Lets take the emphasis away from the middle.


  • Hi cut leg will draw the attention away from your tummy and to your legs.
  • Low cut front usually a Deep V
  • Choose a darker colour to slim down the body, you can work with two solid colours.
  • Crossover front works well.
  • Avoid swimwear with horizontal stripes as they will make you appear wider.
  • Wide Straps to support the bust area
  • Try a one-side cossie which will draw the eye away from your middle.
  • An  A-lined top with a structured bra teamed with high waisted briefs

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Spring shoe trends!

Spring is time for that pedicure you’ve been putting off as toe-baring shoes are the latest trend.

If you don’t like to show off your toes, don’t despair – Slides and Mules look just as good.

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I’m a shorty, so this season I’m steering towards nude shoes and sandals the focus will be on my garments and I may even look taller.

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Guess what ? You may remember the see through PVC plastic shoes. Well they are back for that nineties look. If you are going to purchase a pair, take note, they need to be cleaned inside and out after every wear, to keep them looking sharp.


Look what I found tucked away! It’s true, I still have a pair of blue and PVC shoes. I’m set for this Spring.

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If you want a bit of a heel with your floaty dress or shorts a canvas and woven wedge shoe will give your outfit a relaxed and stylish look. Just be careful,  some styles tie around the ankles which may make you appear shorter.

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If you like sparkle, bling or pearls you’re going to have so much fun adding them to either your day or evening outfit. Barefoot Bling is quickly becoming very popular with brides at Beachside Weddings.

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Ladies, an interesting pair of shoes is a great conversation starter. If you’re wearing your favourite quirky pair of shoes at a function where you don’t know anyone, making a connection is easy if someone makes a comment.  Test it next time you’re out, it works!


What’s in for Spring 2017?


Whilst I strolled through fashion stores in Melbourne I found Spring this year is definitely 90’s inspired. There are so many styles to choose from; I’m loving the full maxi and midi skirts…

red top spotted skirt

If you’re short like me don’t drown your body shape with too much fabric no matter what is ‘in’. Go for skirts with an angular hem or slit in front or sides. The floaty wrap skirts with a frill, look gorgeous and suit most body shapes.


If you want try something different, wide legged floral jumpsuits look great and can be dressed up or down.  Loose fitting floral shorts will become a staple for some mums.

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Florals and stripes are huge this season. You may see some designers teaming both together. Stripe on stripe may seem too much but if it’s teamed up with the right accessories it can look quite smart.

striped jacket and white shoes

Anything embroidered is the go; sneakers, jackets, jeans or bags. If you’re going to follow this trend don’t overdo it. I’ve dragged out my 90s jeans and I’m going to team them up with a brightly coloured jacket and nude jacket and jeans

Ladies get out your leather pants and skirts – team them up with a t-shirt and sneakers for a casual look or satin top for a date night.


What to wear after five?

Anything that sparkles!

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  • sequins,
  • bling,
  • appliques and
  • Lurex

Uneven hemlines, layers, cut-outs, fit and flare all help to make that statement.yellow top black skirt

Colours for the season

Crisp white, butter cup yellow and different shades of green are some of the colours that will dominate this season.


Ladies shop from your wardrobe first then make a list to fill the gaps. You may only need a pair of shoes or some accessories. Talking about accessories, head scarves, straw bags and cat eye sunglasses are trending. Make the most of these feminine and fun fashions this Spring

How to style the latest trend?


We are experiencing ‘Deconstructed’ and ‘Mismatched’ as trends when dining.  But it doesn’t stop there – the fashion industry is creating some funky and quirky outfits in those modes as well.

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Prints and patterns are being spliced and stitched together to create these garments.

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Florals, both small and large, stripes in vertical, horizontal and diagonal directions, ginghams in different sizes are being put together like a patchwork.  Shoulder baring tops, uneven hemlines and ruffles are features of many outfits. mismatched 4

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This trend isn’t for everyone as it is pretty busy. I’ve put a few styling inspirations together for you.
If you’re going to give it a go make sure you keep your shoes and accessories simple.

Finding Your Personal Style

In my last blog ‘What is age appropriate?’ I briefly talked about finding your own style.  This instigated many questions –


Can I wear it?

Does it suit me?

Do I look older?

Is this look for me?

I love this look, but I don’t go anywhere to wear it.


My answer to these questions is simply – ‘How do you feel when you put it on?’


Most of the time the reply is “I’ve never tried that look but I love it on others.”


I bet you’re wondering what look I am talking about?


It’s not a specific look we’re talking about, it’s about helping you discover your style. The style you want to portray about yourself, the first impression you make when you walk into a room.


Most people think a style is the latest fashion trend. But it’s not, as many of us can’t wear the latest cuts or colours. You don’t want to be one of those tragic fashion victims.


Style is being able to recognise what in the season’s current trends suits your bodyshape and personality and then being able to integrate it into your wardrobe.


Ask yourself “Self, what is my lifestyle?”


Whether you’re a stay at home mum, a corporate women, a business woman or a grandma, you will  have your weekend activities and casual days and finding your style will make those days more enjoyable.



Finding your personal style



Romantic – Soft florals, flouncy sleeves, frills, ruffles and lace in soft colours with simple accessories.




BohoBoho – hippy Seventies inspired, exotic patterns and texture, peasant blouses and layered chains.

    Printed maxi dresses layered with a leather or fur vests. Flared jeans and paisley printed tops.



ArtyArty – Individual and creative style of clothing, you love to rummage at the markets, Op shops or the vintage stores for that special had crafted garment.




ClassicClassic – Quality and not quantity, strong colours, structured clothing, trendy and fashionable. Sophisticated and timeless garments.




MinimalistMinimalist – three to five colours in your wardrobe, basic and quality garments that can be mixed and matched to create multiple outfits.




Chic– is regularly used in the fashion magazines and fashion blogs. For me it means skill and elegance.  The word chic describes a person who is fashionable but not a fashion victim, a person who skilfully dresses in the colours that highlight eyes and skin tone, selects garments that enhance body shape and personality. It not just about the outfit, it’s about the person. It’s not about dressing like a lifeless store mannequin. It’s about you and your personality shining through.


Ladies this is just a guide. You don’t have to box yourself into a style, because most of us are a bit of a mix.


Some ladies feel safe in black because they don’t want attract attention and just want to blend in.


You may have a signature piece;  for Jackie O it was her oversizes Sunglasses, Jennifer Lopez her Body Con dresses, Audrey Hepburn her cropped pants and flats. Marylyn Munroe highlighted her curves.  One of my client’s loves leopard print furs and they have become her signature. Another client loves her arty, high end Shoes, which have become her signature also.


For my own style, my look is mostly structured clothing, garments that skin my body shape.  I do also love the fifties fit and flare dresses and they are great on the days when I feel the need to disguise my tummy. I love deep rich colours and florals.


For a casual feel I tend to steer towards the Boho look as I love the different textures and layers which gives me a sense of relaxation.


Pants and jeans aren’t my go to but some mornings I’ll get up and feel that’s exactly what I want to pop on. This feeling at times continue on for a few days. I tend to dress how I’m feeling and that’s why I ask how you feel when you put a piece of clothin on?


Why do you need to know what style of clothing you want to wear?


Building a mix and match wardrobe makes it so much easier and more economical to dress, without any ‘loners’ that you just don’t know how to wear in your wardrobe.


Most importantly a great style isn’t just making that first impression, it’s about feeling confident within yourself each and every time you walk out that door.


“A girl should be two things Classy and Fabulous” Coco Chanel



Just because the Winter weather has arrived at last doesn’t mean we have to turn to dark and dreary colours.

Mix it up with the latest colour trends.


I’m loving the vibrant reds, rich burgundy and deep plums – mix them up with your blacks or greys.

colour trends 2017 - redIf green is your colour you’re in luck as you can choose from different shades of jade, forest and emerald green, which is my personal favourite. Khaki and the military look are a popular trend as well.

Colour Trend 2017 - greenIf you prefer grey or the classic nudes, winter isn’t just for layering your garments, layer your colours using different fabric and textures.

Grey Winter 2017 trendsSilver, Gold, Rose Gold or Bronze will add a bit of fun to your outfit.

Metallics aren’t just for evening wear so why not add a bit of sparkle to your outfit tomorrow.

Add MetallicsThis is what I’ve put together.

WInter 2017 lookI’d love to see some of the combinations you’ve put together.


Remember ladies shop from your own wardrobe first.

Shopping in Melbourne


Since returning from my last Styling and Shopping trip to Melbourne, I’ve been asked where I went shopping and if it is easy to find your way around?


Melbourne is easy to navigate.


On this trip I tried the Sky Bus from the airport to Southern Cross station, a quick change and a free shuttle ride to the motel. It was economical and convenient.  Once settled in to your hotel you can plan your shopping trips.


Burke Street Mall is where you’ll find Myer, David Jones, Zara and many other fashion stores.


The GPO Melbourne is a historic listed building (I love the architecture) and where you’ll find H& M.


The Emporium Melbourne is great to stroll through and experience Australian and International designers.


The Block Arcade is in Collins Street and full of interesting shops, starting with Wittner Shoes, my favourite Australian shoe designer. Just a bit of history for you; Wittner shoes started as a family business in 1912. Haigs Chocolate is another favourite even if isn’t fashion – pick up some energy on your way around.


Melbourne Central is a new discovery and a shopping district in it’s own right, found when I had to catch the Frankston train to visit a client. I just had to make a detour before I caught the train.


DFO South Wharf is somewhere I just have to visit when I go to Melbourne; it’s easy to get around, has heaps of great buys, with brands like Mimico, Furla, Kate Spade, Marcs, Michael Kors and many more to be found. Its worthwhile checking out, even if you’re not a DFO Shopper.


It’s worth noting that most of the time I was able to walk around the CBD and across to South Wharf but if you’re not keen on walking most of it is in the Free Tram Zone. It’s easy and free to hop on and off the tram when travelling within that zone.


Outside of the CBD there are plenty of great shopping areas.  I went shopping with a client at DFO Moorabbin where we found heaps of bargains and a great variety of stores – Portmans, Review, Diana Ferrari, Strandbags, Jeans West to name but a few.


Eastlands Shopping Centre and Westfields Doncaster are also great shopping spots that I had the opportunity to visit with clients.


Chadstone is a true shopping experience, and one you need a whole day to wander around. If you are not a ‘shopper’ it can be a bit overwhelming though.  I didn’t get there this trip but if you get the chance you can grab the free Shuttle from Federation Square.


I needed a Vintage fix after shopping with clients in the Melbourne CBD and DFOs for a couple of days. So where did I go?

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QV Shopping Complex is where I found American Rag, a neat and well laid out vintage store with a variety of men’s, women’s and children’s vintage garments.

Then, with only 2 hrs to spare, I headed down Swanston Street to the Nicholas Building, a heritage building with a beautiful glass dome ceiling. This is a great place to find vintage clothing.


First there is Vintage Sole, with a large variety of well-priced vintage garments and where it’s easy to spot what you’re looking for when you’re in a hurry. I made a quick purchase and moved on. On the first floor is the home of Retro Star vintage clothing. There is a huge variety of men and women’s clothing, shoes and accessories. I’ll definitely be back to try on the evening garments.

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Have Fun on your next trip to Melbourne. I hope this gives you inspiration on where to shop while there.