Archive | September 2013

Combining Spots and Stripes

Combining spots and stripesYes. You Can Combine Spots & Stripes

Can you wear spots and stripes together? Yes you can.

Here is the way that you, a modern Baby Boomer woman, can wear them stylishly so that you look ‘Wow’.

Basic Rule 1 – Black & white is easier to do than any other colour combination

Basic Rule 2 – Spotted skirt, solid colour in the middle, striped top

Basic Rule 3 – The middle solid colour is always the same colour as the background colour of the spotted skirt

Basic Rule 4 – Small to medium spots and stripes are more slimming and look better than larger ones

Combining spots and stripes - from Trend Report catalogueEASY WAY – The model on the right from the Westfield Trend Report catalogue is wearing a spotted skirt teamed with a white blazer and a striped top. A white blazer has been chosen because her skirt has more a white background. Her striped top has an equal amount of black & white. The secret is in only seeing a small amount of the stripes so that the combinations are in unequal proportions. With no matching colour in-between, spots & stripes together can look ‘clownish’.  You can wear matching black an white accessories. A spot of colour in your accessories eg her yellow ballet flats modernises the look and keeps it from being too old-school classic.

Striped Black CardiIf your spotted skirt has more black than white in it and you have darkish hair, wear black as the middle colour. I once had this black cardigan which has a small amount of black & white stripes at the round neckline. This had the same effect over a dominant black skirt with small white spots as the white blazer and striped top on the right.

Basque design Spot skirt & striped top from MyersHARDER WAY – The model on the left and in the title graphic is wearing Myer’s signature brand (Basque) clothes. Her skirt is a diamond pattern (same effect as spots) and the diamonds get smaller near her waist. The skirt has a medium-width black waistband which matches the dominant black background of the skirt colour and the greater concentration of black at her waist. A medium-width black belt would do the same job. Her striped top graduates from wider to smaller equal colour stripes at the neckline. The pleated neckline breaks up the stripes into an interesting pattern. Note the block colour black & white handbag. This is a harder look to pull off. Buy that total outfit or keep the picture as your guide.

Now, should you choose, you can combine spots and stripes with confidence.

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How to Wear Accessory Sets the Modern Way

Today I am writing about how to make your accessories give you a modern and ‘with it’ edge.

The old rule of wearing matching accessory sets has gone. It will date you as old and old-fashioned. Wearing each piece separately with other similarly-coloured pieces will modernise your look and expand your accessory options.

But you can break the matching accessory rule.

Here’s how – wear your matching 2-piece set or any two pieces of matching accessories with a third smaller piece that highlights one of the colours.

Imagine your three accessories as a ‘mother, daughter & son’. One piece is the stand-out or larger focus and this represents the mother. This can be a necklace, belt, bright-coloured or patterned shoes, scarf, large earrings or a beautiful brooch. The two other pieces you add are the children. Think of the daughter as matching the colour, design and pattern of the mother but smaller. Think of the son as different and small but still related to the family.

Fuchsia, Black and white necklace & earrings & fuchsia ringFuchsia handbag and ring and olive & purple necklaceHere’s my family set. – On the left, my necklace & earrings are matching (mother & daughter) and my fuchsia ring (the son) is in the same pink family but a deeper colour. A coloured or patterned handbag only counts if you wear it the whole time and you want it to be a ‘mother’ focus. So, on the right, I have paired my fuchsia handbag with a fuchsia ring (daughter) and an olive & purple necklace (son).

Animal print belt and bracelet + black bracelet & gold earrings - from 'Weight Watchers magazine. Aug 2013The photo (from Weight Watchers magazine, Aug 2013) has a lady in a navy dress with an animal print belt (mother), hard-to-see in this photo narrow animal print bracelet (daughter) and a black bracelet & almost hidden gold earrings (sons). Two sons are acceptable if they follow the family colour theme.

PS – Black shoes and handbags are neutral and don’t get included in the formula. A coloured or patterned handbag only counts if you wear it the whole time and you want it to be a ‘mother’ focus.

NEW MODERN RULE – For accessories, think ‘mother, daughter & son’ ie large, small, small with two matching and one co-ordinated. It will always work and you will look stylish and modern.

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eBook Review – Svelte in Style

‘Svelte in Style – How to look and feel great while losing weight

an eBook by Jill Chivers & Imogen Lamport. Sweet Price – US$27.00

ebook Review - 'Svelte in Style'I am always interested in what other people write about dressing – particularly in areas where I do not want to specialise.

This eBook is one I came across through Facebook.  I have met Jill Chivers personally and Imogen Lamport has her own Image Consultant Training business in Melbourne.

‘Svelte in Style’ packs a lot in one eBook. It is almost a complete system for the do-it-yourselfer about to start or re-start your weight-loss journey. Jill writes the first section on ‘feeling good’ and Imogen writes the second section on ‘looking good’. There are two bonus sections. Annette Sym writes on ‘eating healthily’ and Amanda Cox writes on ‘exercising healthily’.

You can use this either as a full program or as an additional boost to any other slimming program. The eBook combines the theory with lots of practical exercises to pick and choose from. Here are what I consider to be the gems in this book.

On page 15, Jill covers one of most women’s biggest mistakes and that is – ‘a life suspended’ while you focus totally and often obsessively on weight loss. As part of the section on ‘self-care’, Jill includes tips to inspire you to explore and expand your mind, your horizons and your skills so that your awareness is on expansion rather than deprivation.

Imogen gives you lots to read on ‘looking good’. I suggest you read the story on page 77 to help you change your mindset from ‘if it fits, it will do’ to saying ‘no’ to anything less than your best colours and styles even if they fit. This is a game-changing way of dressing. On page 90, Imogen looks at ‘a life suspended’ from a dressing viewpoint and reveals a secret tip for enjoying wearing clothes that fit at all your weight-loss stages. Go back to page 37 to read Imogen’s story about a sneaky tip on men’s attitude that you can use when trying on new clothes during your weight-loss journey.

Losing weight isn’t just about a goal to conquer and that’s it. It is about maintaining a healthy, steady weight for the rest of your life. So read page 122 for Annette’s healthy eating maintenance tips. Also read pp 139 & 140 for Amanda’s practical tips for including purposeful activity in your daily life.

This eBook is a smorgasbord of  great inspiration, tips, exercises and recommended resources.

My Tip – To avoid overwhelm, do not try to do it all. Start with what resonates and what you can easily do. Then gradually add more as your confidence and self-esteem improves.

D'Svelte in Style' eBookisclaimer – I am now an affiliate seller of this eBook & I receive a commission on sales through this link. I am recommending it because I believe that its value, especially the parts I have emphasised, are worth much more than the price you pay for it.

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