Stylish Thoughts – Sarah Brummitt – Image Consultant


Today I’m introducing the stylish thoughts of Sarah Brummitt, a London UK based image consultant who I met at the AICI Conference in Orlando in May who is inspiring and absolutely heaps of fun.
What is the secret to great style?
For me it’s always 3 things:
  1. Knowing what you want your clothes to express about you.  Women dress to make a statement, to provide a shield or to create a seduction…..and I definitely dress to make a statement.
  2. Being adventurous and willing to try new things.  At the very least we should overhaul our look every time we enter a new decade!
  3. Knowing what suits you…….most women when they look in the mirror and think ‘yuk!” will blame their body.  Instead you should blame the clothes.
What is the one thing you would spend a lot of money on?
Shoes.  During our lifetime we will walk more than 15,000 miles and you can’t do that in cheap footwear.
What is the one thing you wouldn’t spend a lot of money on?
Bargains during sale time.  Most often they’re not really the ‘bargain’ they appear; they don’t fit or work properly and you probably already have 7 of the same type of thing at home anyway.
A manicure and fab costume ring
What are your top tips for looking stylish when travelling?
  1. Get your hair, nails and toes done before you go.  Good grooming carries people a long way.
  2. Work on the concept of a capsule – a great dress, pair of trousers and/or skirt, jacket, some tops, costume jewellery and shoes will do the trick.  Women think they want lots of clothes – actually what they want are lots of outfits and the two are not the same.
  3. Always consider fabric.  You want clothes that travel and don’t crease.
L-R: Sarah, Brenda Kinsel and Sue Donnelly
What is your current obsession?
Purple.  I adore the colour and love getting accessories in it.
I also love the flares and drama of the ‘70s vibe which is back in fashion.  Jumpsuits, wide leg trousers and kaftans are right up my street.
Sue in Vivienne Westwood  (left) with Sarah (right)
Who inspires you?
Vivienne Westwood, Michelle Obama, Gwen Stefani, Nadia Ivanova (an amazing woman who makes a lot of my clothes for me).
What’s not worth the money?
Very high end, high fashion shoes.  Come on – who’s really going to wear 6.5” heels or platforms?
What’s your secret to making yourself stand out?
Having something that’s your visual ‘signature’.  All women should have one – it could be great lipstick, always wearing fabulous earrings or shoes, a gorgeous smile..pretty much anything. 
I have always wanted to have a white streak at the front of my hair and have never looked back since I did it.
The one piece of advice most women need but don’t get?
That your size doesn’t matter but your shape does when it comes to dressing well.
Sarah with Sue Donnelly
What’s the best piece of style wisdom you’ve ever received?
Accentuate the best bits (for me it’s my waist) and draw your eye away from the dodgy bits (my bottom, hips and thighs).
What is your favourite current trend?
The 70’s ….again and again and again!
What are your favourite websites
How would you describe your personal style?
Bold, Dramatic, Stylish, Stand Out


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  • just wanted to say that your previous post (on stomachs) inspired me and I've quoted and linked to you. Thanks.

    And I very much enjoyed this interview with Sarah.

  • Love the post from Sarah and combined with Imogen's posts that helped me understand my size H shape this clarifies for me why I feel good and think I actually look good (people treat me like I look good) when I wear clothes that work on an H. Does not matter that I am size 12. When I am the best H I can be, it all works. Thank you.

    A fan from New Hampshire.

  • Sarah sounds like great fun, and makes sense too. I love her manicure, her passion for purple and her white streak.

    I'm not sure I'd choose an image consultant deeply into the '70s but I am sure she would not put me into that gear even though she looks terrific in it.

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