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





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.

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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

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.

Tips for the most effective Shopping trip



Tips and Hints


We all know how frustrating it can be when trying on garments in a dressing room on a shopping trip. I want to share my tips and hints on what to consider while you’re in there, to get the best out of your money and time.


Lighting –  the colours of the garment may look brighter in the daylight so  make sure you check if unsure.


Look directly at yourself in the mirror, not down. Looking down at yourself will make you appear larger.


Armholesask yourself, ‘is my bra showing? Is the armhole too tight and is it causing excess skin to pop out? Not a good look.


Shoulder straps– makes sure the straps sit firmly on your shoulders; there is nothing worse than fiddling around with your straps while you’re out at a function. You should be comfortable that they are in place.

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Neckline – V Necklines suit most body shapes. If you’re small busted look for the current frill and ruffle trends, which will create the illusion of a larger bust. If you’re large busted go for open V necklines and keep it simple.



Waist lines -before you start your shopping spree, it very important to know whether a high-rise or mid-rise pant or jeans suits your body shape best.


Hemlines – For most women, dress or skirt hem lengths are on or above the knee. The length can also depend on the style of shoes you choose to wear with your outfit.


Button-up shirts –  make sure you’re not bursting out. If it’s a stretch fabric make sure the neckline fits you firmly otherwise it will keep slipping down.



Shoulder Jackets and tops with a set-in sleeve should have the seam sitting on your shoulder and not drooping off onto your arm.



Prints and patterns – the general rule is that large prints add volume and small prints and vertical stripes decrease volume and disguise any lumps or bumps. An example – if you are large busted avoid large flowers on your bust area!Patterns

Horizontal stripes  – they do say these add volume but I’ve found with most of my clients it can actually disguise any lumps or bumps and appear quite slimming, when teamed up with a longer line, plain jacket or vest.


Avoid loose, baggy and shapeless clothing. What I really want you to remember is that unless you’re going to wear it over your swimwear, worn poolside or at the beach, don’t wear it at all.


Before you purchase your next garment ask yourself ‘what am I going to wear it with and how many different outfits can I create with this garment?’