When you understand your style and the thing that brings it together and makes it clearly ‘yours’, getting dressed into outfits that make you look and FEEL confident becomes easy. Then you start to shine more brightly and the right kind of people are magically drawn towards you and your work.
Have you ever shopped from your own wardrobe? Do you even know what it means? One of my favourite ways to support my private clients is in a mix and match session where we create as many fabulous outfits as we can from what they already own.
When you put on a ‘smart’ outfit for a ‘smart’ occasion, how do you feel?Like a well-coordinated, sophisticated woman? Or like you have been bundled up into a constricting outfit that makes you feel like you’re pretending to be someone or something you are not? There’s no right or wrong answer to this question, just an understanding that we are all beautifully different, which is why sometimes knowing what to wear for certain parts of your life can feel hard.
This week, it’s trip down memory lane to my first solo shopping trip… I take the number 10 bus into Leeds city centre, on my own. My precious notes safely stored in my shiny purse. My clothing allowance is a new grown-up privilege now I’m 13 and becoming more and more bothered about what I will and won’t wear.
If you’re a woman who wants to have an impact on the world, you probably find yourself struggling to carve out time for yourself.
Despite being one of the most popular items of clothing in a woman’s wardrobe, finding the perfect pair for you is no mean feat. Whether you like to wear jeans on a daily basis or just for going out (remember that?) you’ll find my jeans-buying tips useful.
We aren’t quite there yet but each day I notice something else on my daily walk that shows me that winter is almost over. I enjoy each season (although Autumn is my fave) and I LOVE change, so when the days become lighter and longer and the beautiful sunny daffodils appear, it brings me a definite spring in my step. That, coupled with the very real prospect of being able to live a bigger life this summer has me feeling SO happy.
Remember those days of taking time in the shower, doing your hair nicely, putting on more than a lick of make-up. Choosing which perfume feels right for the day? Admiring yourself in the mirror and enjoying a compliment whether from someone you live with or someone you see through a screen.
There’s no doubt this festive season will be different for most of us. I usually have a constant stream of fun, social dates in my diary throughout December, from a civilised carol concert with my mum to my (often messy) university reunion. My wardrobe needs to work...
This week, I'm sharing a fantastically useful guest post written by the talented London dressmaker, Dara Stringham, of Dara Ford. Dara is a women’s tailor and designer based in Isleworth, West London. From wedding dresses to smartly tailored pieces, Dara’s designs are...