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…

When You're in a Style Rut Because of Body Shape and Size Changes

What to Do When You’re in a Style Rut Because of Body Shape and Size Changes

Reader Question: “I‘m turning 40 this year though I still feel 30 I have an 18 month old baby and I just feel like my style is a huge mum rut since dropping my breastfeeding down to once a day I noticed the weight start to creep in around my tummy and I’ve always been…

What to Wear When You've Gained Menopausal Weight

6 Essential Tips on How to Dress Stylishly When You Have Menopausal Weight Gain

Menopause is a natural stage of life for women, but it can be a challenging time for many. One of the most frustrating things about menopause is gaining weight, which can be difficult to manage. It’s important to be gentle with yourself during this process, as you are adjusting to a new body after having…

All About Choosing Fabrics For a More Sustainable Wardrobe

All About Choosing Fabrics For a More Sustainable Wardrobe

Do you want a more sustainable wardrobe?  There are many aspects to sustainability in fashion and one that many haven’t considered is the fabrics that are used in making the garments you wear.  The wrong choices can mean your clothes wear our more quickly which means more waste and environmental damage. Choosing the right fabric…

What to Wear in Summer When You Have Dark Value Colouring

Reader Question: You have posts and information on light values wanting to wear dark colours to appear more authority from authoritative and professional. What are your suggestions for dark value girls who want to lighten up to look more in tune with summer and appear more feminine and approachable? Summer can be a tricky time…

Your Colour and Style Questions Answered on Video: 32

In This Video 0.09 How do you get your own taste in clothing to offer helpful advice to others? How can you distinguish personal preference from style faux pas? 7.53 – Do muted colours on sheen fabrics read as lighter or darker? Will they advance or recede? 9.02 – Can you define mental and emotional…

Brilliant Tricks of the Clothing Magician – How to Highlight and Camouflage for Figure Flattery

When you’re thinking about how to flatter your body and enhance it in a way that makes you happy, there are a few ‘tricks of the trade’ that make it easier to decide what to wear (and what to avoid when you’re shopping so you don’t keep making expensive mistakes). How does the magician create…

How to Choose Linking Pieces and Accessories to Co-ordinate Your Outfit More Stylishly

How to Choose Linking Pieces and Accessories to Co-ordinate Your Outfit More Stylishly

When thinking about putting together an outfit once you’ve got the basics sorted (find out more about my Outfit Formula and choosing the best neutral basics for you) you may want a uniting or linking piece that ties other elements of it together. This may be a garment or accessory that contains elements such as…

How to make a monochromatic outfit more interesting

How to Make a Monochromatic Outfit Interesting

  Monochromatic, meaning one colour (read up on the definition here), outfits can look extremely sophisticated and gorgeous, or if you’re not careful, a little boring and plain.  So how do you ensure that your monochromatic outfits are stylish and sophisticated not dull? Jill Chivers of 16 Style Types and I discuss ways to put…

One thing You May not consider when buying clothes - discover what I learned from renovating

The One Thing You May Not Think About When Buying Clothes That Will Change the Way You Shop Forever

My house is currently undergoing a major renovation (basically I’m getting a whole new house except for my office/studio and the front door!). This is my first renovation (it is necessary to upsize our house as we’ve gone from 2-4 kids with marriage), and my kitchen was so small you couldn’t have two people in…