Trend Alert: Ways to wear pyjamas by day

pyjamas

Inspired by Coco Chanel and the louche loungewear of the twenties, this street-style trend for wearing one’s pyjamas in the daytime looks set to stick around. Key pieces are the cami, slip dress, piping detail, 7/8th cropped wide pant leg pant & of course the pyjama shirt. All colours and prints work well; a black & white combo makes it easy to wear. Don’t be afraid to give it a go!

To rock this trend, pick one pyjama-inspired piece and mix it in with your favorite wardrobe pieces. Pair a pyjama top with slouchy pants during the day. Edge up a slip dress or cami with a moto jacket in the evening. The key to nailing this trend is dressing for comfort while keeping it simple and sleek. The result? Sultry, effortless and on-trend looks that prove pyjamas don’t just belong in the bedroom.

Trend Alert: The Cold Shoulder

cold shoulderThe bare, or cold, shoulder is a massive trend for summer that is destined to be around for a good while. Women have simply fallen in love with the romance of this silhouette. This is a trend that is sexy without being overt and it works for all ages. It’s a way to show off skin but in the most modest way possible. It’s incredibly flattering because everyone’s shoulders look great… it’s true, the shoulders are a beautiful part of the body to show off. This trend is also so versatile and perfect for am/pm, you will love how easily you can dress this on trend silhouette up or down. Find your perfect cold shoulder top or dress and embrace this new trend for summer.

Trend Alert: Stripes

StripesStripes stormed the summer 2016 catwalks in every style you can possibly imagine – horizontal and vertical; thick lines and super skinny ones. Stripes are a pattern that will never go out of fashion, they are a classic that should always be in one’s wardrobe in one form or another. This season, however, statement making stripes are clearly going beyond the classics we all know and love. In bold new colours, or mixed and matched, there is a stripe to suit everyone. Vertical stripes are a girl’s best friend as they are incredibly flattering so look for off the shoulder dresses or wide leg pants in your favourite stripe.

Wardrobe Audit

wardrobe audit

1. Pull out your entire wardrobe (and any clothing you have packed away) and sort them into two piles a. Clothes you love and wear regularly (approx 20% of wardrobe) b. Clothes you hardly ever wear (approx 80% of wardrobe)

2. Then organize the above two piles into the following four categories a.
Dry cleaning b. Mending and alteration c. Give away d. Pack away

3. Start with pile 1a. (the ‘Love’ pile) – check each garment for dry cleaning and mending; if either is needed put the item into the correct category as above.
If no dry cleaning or mending is required, put the garment onto one of your brand new matching hangers. Start setting up your wardrobe from this point

4. Next go onto pile 1b. (the ‘Hardly ever wear’ pile)
a. Firstly, be strong! Go through the pile leaving emotions and memories out of it. Items that no longer fit, are damaged, aged, pilling, or no longer reflect how you like to dress, need to go in the ‘give awaypileb. The next step is to try on every piece of clothing that is now left. Look carefully at yourself in front of a full length mirror. Ask yourself the following questions to help you decide what category these garments belong in:

i. How do I look and feel? ii. What do I need in my wardrobe to be able to wear this more? iii. Does it need a slight adjustment to fit better? iv. Is the cost of the adjustment worth the benefit I will get from the garment?

As you start answering these questions place the garments in one of the four main categories described above in step 2

5. Place piles 2a. 2b. and 2c. into large plastic bags and place them in your car immediately so that you deal with them right away

6. Place pile 2d. (‘Pack away’ pile) in vacuum bags, taking up as little space as possible. Then place in an attic, garage or at the top of a wardrobe in your house

You are now officially ready for the season ahead! Remember that this is an ongoing process. Don’t expect to get it right the first time,
you will get better and better at this process the more you do it.

If you get to the end of this process and you are feeling very disheartened with your wardrobe, please contact one of our trained stylists to
book yourself a one-on-one styling session.

Trend Alert: The Shirt Dress

shirt dressThe button down shirt has always been one of those “forever” pieces we need to own, but this season it has moved up the on trend list as a must have piece. Worn open over a slip cami, tied around the waist, accessorised with a chunky necklace or worn with the cuffs undone, this iconic piece is being seen everywhere! it’s suitable in both winter and summer climates, making it the perfect transeasonal garment. We can all agree, I am sure, that this great piece is an easy favourite because it’s just so darn simple to wear.

HOW TO SHOP A SALE AND AVOID MAKING COSTLY FASHION MISTAKES

How to shop a saleA

1 – HAVE A PLAN
Have a look at your current wardrobe and figure out what you really need. Keep this list in your handbag or on your phone so that it is accessible at all times.

2 – SALE SHOPPING REQUIRES TIME FOR CONSIDERATION
Shopping when you are under time pressure often results in bad decisions.

3 – TAKE A FRIEND WITH YOU
One who will tell you the truth. Otherwise work with a shop assistant whose opinion you value.

4 – BUY WITH THE COMPLETE OUTFIT IN MIND
Ask yourself if you have anything at home you could wear the item with. If not, buy a complete outfit so that you don’t have another “orphan” in your wardrobe. Alternatively, take your “orphan pieces” with you when shopping and find the missing pieces you need to make a complete outfit.

5 – BUY THE RIGHT SIZE
The best purchases are quality pieces that make you look good. Don’t be tempted by the price tag of a beautiful item if you know it is too small or too large. Consider the cost versus the benefit of buying a larger size and having it altered.

6 – TRY BEFORE YOU BUY
Don’t just buy it because it looks great on the hanger and the price is right.

7 – CHECK THE WASH CARE LABEL
Consider the garment’s care instructions. Does ‘dry clean only’ or ‘hand wash only’ suit your lifestyle and budget?

8 – DO THE “WALK AWAY TEST”
If you are not sure about the item, go and grab a coffee and if you are still thinking about the garment go back and buy it. Don’t wait too long during sale time though!

9 – CONSIDER WHETHER YOU WOULD PAY FULL PRICE
If your answer is no, you’re probably headed towards a buying mistake.

10 – SALES ARE A GREAT TIME TO BUY HIGH TICKET ITEMS
Such as jackets, coats and formal wear.

11 – BUY OFF-SEASON GARMENTS AT GREAT PRICES
Sale is a great time to buy beach wear and beach wear accessories.

12 – SALE IS A GREAT TIME TO BUY YOUR BASICS
i.e. Garments that you regularly wear year after year.

13 – USE SALE TIME TO BUY INTO FASHION TRENDS
The risk of a fashion trend is that it can be here one day and gone the next, making sale a perfect time to buy into a trend that you love… guilt free.

14 – JOIN YOUR FAVOURITE STORE’S DATABASE
Beat the crowds and get advance warning of sales and promotions.