What's the difference betweern ruching, gathering and draping

Understanding the Impact of Ruching and Gathering

Personal style isn’t just about picking the right clothes; it’s about understanding how certain design elements can enhance or conceal various parts of your body. As an expert in this field with 20 years of experience, I’ve witnessed how strategic choices, particularly with regard to rushing and draping, can significantly impact your appearance.  I was…

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Shift Happens: 15 Style Tips For Menopause and Perimenopausal Changes

Shift Happens: 15 Style Tips For Menopause and Perimenopausal Changes

Menopause which is the cessation of menstruation (and Perimenopause, which is the period before that often lasts for around 10 years) are something I knew very little about until I started going through them, and even then there were a bunch of strange symptoms that have happened to me over the past 15 years that…

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How to choose shoe colour to go with your column of colour outfit

The Ultimate Guide to Matching Shoe Colors with Your Column of Colour Outfit

In my 7 Steps to Style online program, I do a monthly Q&A session on Zoom to answer members’ questions.  This month one of the questions I received was how to wear a column of colour when you don’t always want to wear a third piece (jacket, cardigan, additional layer) because you live in a…

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How to find your style at any age - particuarly after retirement

Finding Your Style at Any Age: A Guide to Dressing Sharp and Feeling Confident

As we journey through life, our bodies and circumstances change, and sometimes so does our sense of style. I recently had the privilege of hearing from a woman who shared her story of struggle and transformation.  A retired former administrator found herself facing the daunting task of rediscovering her style after battling breast cancer and…

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Flattering Shrugs, Wraps, and Pashminas for Different Body Shapes

Flattering Shrugs, Wraps, and Pashminas for Different Body Shapes

Reader Question: Please could you do a post about choosing shrugs, wraps and pashminas for the different body shapes? My particular problem is being short with an O body type or Apple shape. Should I use longer or shorter shrugs etc. to balance my proportions? Also With pashminas, I tend to wear as a thicker…

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Chaos to Confidence: 4 Steps to Mastering Your Personal Style

Picture this: you’re a multitasking woman, managing both your family and your career. You stand before your overflowing wardrobe, feeling overwhelmed by choices, and think, “I have nothing to wear that’s comfortable and suitable for work and play.” This scenario resonates with many women who find themselves pulled in multiple directions. It’s not just about…

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