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

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

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?

vintage rag 2

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.

vintage collage

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