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.

 

 

Who – or What – is Gifted Life?

 

In the past few months I have mentioned the name Gifted Life on my social media.

 

I’m often asked about ‘Gifted Life’, what it is and what does it stand for. ‘Gifted Life’ is a charity which supports and empowers transplant recipients and was founded by the inspirational Lauren Rowe. Lauren is a double lung transplant recipient herself.

 

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You might well ask how ‘All About Style’ became associated with Lauren and her charity.

In 2015 Lauren’s mother Shayne purchased an All About style gift voucher for her eldest daughter, Katie.

That was the beginning of an amazing journey for us all…

 

Lauren and Shayne were amazed at what I could do with Katie’s wardrobe, so they also became my clients. We discussed the body shape; how to highlight your greatest assets and how to disguise parts you’re not happy with. Let’s be honest, we all have something we aren’t happy with.

 

We played with warm and cool colours, so we can choose a colour pallet to create a mix and match wardrobe which suits both their personality and lifestyle.

 

Early this year Lauren asked me if I would like to hold my ‘Dressing for You’ workshop at an Empowerment Day held by ‘Gifted Life’ in Sydney. I was very honoured and excited to meet these women and be able to share heaps of tips and hints on how to dress with confidence.

 

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I believe without confidence we can’t live our life to its full potential.

 

The Empowerment Day was a great success and Lauren shared her dream to take this event around Australia and to be able to share fashion, style, makeup and plenty of fun and laughter with many other transplant recipients.

 

What she needed was funding and Lauren went on a mission to get it. She entered The Women’s Weekly Women of the Future competition – and guess what?  Lauren won the Peoples Choice Award and was placed second in the Judges award.

 

The dream has now begun in earnest, with first stop Melbourne.

 

The event was named ‘Love You, LoVe Life’ and was an inspirational day full of fun and laughter. It’s such a privilege to meet so many women from all walks of life and to listen to their journeys.

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I truly believe I also have a ‘Gifted Life’ by association with this wonderful organisation.

 

Next stop,  Perth at the beginning of 2017…

Spring 2016 Seasonal Colours.

Spring is a transition from a cold, dark and dreary winter to a warm, bright and energetic Spring.

Spring colours

The Spring colours transform our wardrobe and give it an energetic feeling.

Some of us may join a gym, start walking or even go for a run to change from our winter hibernation and our style of cooking may change as well. Instead of warm, heavy comfort food we tend to go for light and fresh meals.
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The garden is my favourite place in Spring; watching the buds and blossoms appearing, then the sudden burst of colour as flowers bloom. And this is what you will find in my wardrobe too.
But you don’t have to rush out and spend a fortune to bring your wardrobe into Spring; inject the fashion colours into your wardrobe with accessories. A scarf, necklace, bag, shoes hat or even sunglasses will lift an outfit.

 

Remember that the colours of the season come and go so choose three fashion colours that can be mixed and matched with your existing wardrobe. Mostly importantly choose the colours that suit you best, colours that make your skin look brighter and your eyes sparkle.
black and red themeFor me, Fiesta Red is a high energy colour, Green Flash is my pop of colour for the season and Iced coffee will be my neutral.
What colours are you going to inject into your wardrobe?
blog_jeans7 Have fun playing with the colours of the season and remember, shop from your own wardrobe first.