Summer’s officially here! Well, the high street seems to tell us so, with the clothes that are currently on offer. An abundance of printed trousers, jackets and tops. I’ve been discussing prints a lot over the last few weeks with my clients, as many seem to be a bit shy when it comes to embracing them. Although The Devil Wears Prada will have us believing that prints like florals are actually rather passé, the reality is that they pose a bit of challenge for some individuals. If you’re one who’s not really sure about how to build prints in to your wardrobe, then keep reading.
Often when I mention the word ‘fashion’ people get very disturbed by it. But none more so than men. You see, despite there being rapid growth in menswear over the last few years, there’s still a stigma attached to being male and overly interested in clothes.
If you’re a guy and you take an interest in your personal style you run the risk of being the butt of the jokes amongst your peers. So instead, you end up looking nondescript, happy to be average, like a poster boy for a Grattan catalogue.
Do you wish you could walk gracefully in pair of stiletto heels? I’ve had a couple of comments from readers recently who wanted to know just that. It’s sometimes assumed that women automatically know how to walk in heels. But all you have to do is take 10 minutes to people watch on a friday or saturday evening and you’ll know that so many are one step away from a fall. No one wants to do a Naomi on their way to work or when out with friends. So if you’re just after a few nifty tips for strutting like a runway model or want to dust off the 5 inch stilettos you bought, but could never wear, this article is definitely for you!
“Once, at a workshop, I sat with other unpublished writers, silently nursing our hopes and watching the faculty—published writers who seemed to float in their accomplishment. A fellow aspiring writer said of one faculty member, “Look at that dress and makeup! You can’t take her seriously.” I thought the woman looked attractive, and I admired the grace with which she walked in her heels. But I found myself quickly agreeing. Yes, indeed, one could not take this author of three novels seriously, because she wore a pretty dress and two shades of eye shadow.” – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – Why can’t a smart woman love fashion?
Ever wondered how some people achieve their effortless style? Where they look like they’ve just rolled out of bed in the morning, perfectly preened and put together. They always seem to get it right no matter what the occasion, but look like they didn’t try at the same time. You may think it’s down to a team of stylists and make up artists but that’s not always the case. You can find examples of women and men in the celeb world who appear to have an innate ability to always get it right, in addition to the stylish individuals that are normal, everyday people. So I thought for this post I’d share some of their secrets in a playful take on Stephen Covey’s famous book.