I’ve brought you the Stylish Thoughts of lots of other bloggers, but never shared mine, so I thought that this week I’d give you a taste of my personal style.
What is the secret to great style?
Knowing who you are, owning that, and expressing it through your clothes.
Good grooming. Grooming is the first thing we can’t be bothered to do when we’re sick or tired, yet it can make such a difference to our overall style quotient. I think it’s important to have a ‘minimum level of grooming’ that is best adhered to before leaving the house if you want to have style.
Do you have a signature piece or style?
Ever since I discovered that large scale jewellery makes my very large bust look smaller, I’ve taken to wearing big necklaces. They have now become my signature pieces that people comment on and say make me stand out.
What is the one thing you would spend a lot of money on?
A great quality coat that you love. Fabulous knee-high boots that will last. These items can easily see you through 10 years if they have some classic styling and are high quality.
What is the one thing you wouldn’t spend a lot of money on?
Anything that is a fashion fad that will only be around for 6-12 months. You may want to enjoy a bit of a trend then buy it more cheaply, then it’s easier to let go when the trend has passed.
What are your top tips for looking stylish when travelling?
Knits and fabrics that don’t need ironing and are comfortable are essential. Create a wardrobe capsule that can create lots of outfits and then you’ll feel like you’ve got lots of options but won’t be breaking your back carrying your luggage. Don’t forget the accessories, a few pieces of costume jewellery or scarves can add style so easily, yet are light and easy to pack and carry. There are lots of tips on capsules to travel with in my ebook Travelling Light.
It’s so easy to look stylish in a dress
What’s your favourite short cut to style?
Pop on a dress. It’s just so easy to look stylish when you’re wearing a dress as there are so many gorgeous really comfortable dresses on the market. Then add a statement piece of jewellery, a necklace, earrings, pile of bracelets or a giant ring.
Loving the animal print trend
What’s your favourite curent trend?
Animal prints. I’m really enjoying wearing them.
What’s the worst current trend?
All the super-dooper high heels, that are basically unwearable unless you’re about to sit down. As much as I love the look of a heel, I’m always looking for attractive shoes that I can walk and wear all day, but they still want to look feminine rather than clumpy.
I love this tunic by New Zealand Designer Robyn Mathieson and it goes so well with this necklace from Wild Bling
How would you describe your personal style?
Dramatic, creative, feminine would be the words that spring to mind.
Who are your style icons?
I adore Iris Apfel. I’m never going to slide into polyester slacks suits as I age. I want to get more dramatic and outrageous as I age and she is the epitome of personality style dressing.