What is your personal style?

A personal style is the expression of our personality through our visual appearance.  It is also our own interpretation of fashion and how we like to wear clothes.

Style comes from more than just our clothes, it comes from knowing who we are and who we want to be.  Style is the expression of your personality through your appearance.  Someone who feels comfortable and confident in what they wear will create a better impression.  And as we all know, you only get one chance to make a first impression, and they do last.

As the legendary Coco Chanel once said:

Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.

People are affected and influenced by your appearance whether or not you (and they) realise it, and whether or not you (and they) think appearance is important.

We all have a personal presentation which includes our appearance, communication skills and mannerisms.  These automatically influence people’s behaviours towards us.

The first and most important step to developing style is to project confidence.  I’m talking about the kind of confidence that tells others that we respect ourselves, love ourselves, and dress up for ourselves, just because we can, and it makes us feel good.  When you look good on the outside, you automatically feel better on the inside.  It is not necessarily about being beautiful, but about being comfortable within yourself.

Your personal style is determined by many different factors such as personality, lifestyle, age, body shape, living environment and of course your personal taste.  Just because I like something, and happen to look good in it, is not to say you’re going to like it or look good in it.  And sometimes, even though you don’t like it, you might look better in it than I do…so sad but so often true.  We are all different with individual wants and needs, and that’s ok.  We don’t need to fit into a ‘one mould fits all’…how awful would that be, to not be an individual, an one of a kind beauty.

The trick is to know yourself, not overcomplicate things, and to know what is appropriate…for your age, figure and/or occasion.

Once you know who you are and where you are going (or want to be), it is as simple is figuring out what you like and dislike.

Page through fashion magazines.  Take out the pages with styles/clothing you like and create a collage.  Through doing so you will soon start to notice the commonalities in the pictures, for instance colours you’re drawn to, type of overall look you like etc.  This will help you figure out your true individual custom made style.

Some have a defined true style, and others are a combination between different styles, and that is ok.  You just need to figure out how to incorporate your different tastes.

According to me there are 7 main styles:

  • Classic/Conservative
  • Sophisticated/Chic
  • Trendy/Fashionista
  • Creative/Eclectic
  • Dramatic/Bombshell
  • Romantic/Feminine
  • Natural/Earthy
  • Sporty/Active

In the next couple of weeks I will be outlining and discussing the different styles as well as giving examples.

Have fun discovering the stylish you.

xoxo

(Images from Google Images, Concept from The Wardrobe Academy)

The perfect fringe for you

Fringes seems to be doing its rounds this year, from celebrities to myself trying different looks.

Adding a fringe is a fantastic way to update your image and bring a fresh perspective to your style without making too drastic a change.

A well-cut fringe will draw attention to pretty eyes, cover up an uneven hairline and can even make you look younger.  But not all fringe cuts/types suits all face shapes or hair types.  The wrong choice of cut is likely to draw attention to prominent features (you know, those features you actually want to hide).

The key to a fab fringe is to take your face shape and hair type into consideration and work with them to create a great look that’s easy to maintain.  A good hair stylist will be able to advise you on this and help you avoid bad hair days for months, until it’s grown out again.

Here’s some of the more popular fringe cuts

Cleopatra:

Kim Kardashian Rings in the 2012 New Year at TAOSleek and Bold.  Straight, thick and severe, this fringe is cut to, or just above the eyebrows.  It’s a fantastic way to hide a large forehead or draw attention to beautiful eyes. The look is bold and retro and works best when it’s groomed to a sleek and shiny finish.  Avoid this particular fringe if you don’t have time to style your hair in the morning.  This fringe is especially suitable for oval, heart or long face shapes and straight, medium or thick hair.

Peekaboo:

Jennifer-aniston-bang-hairstyleGlamorous.  This is the longest type of fringe and half-covers or completely falls over one eye.  It is glamorous and feminine and works best in an undulating wave.  It helps to soften angular features but is best kept for special occasions as it is not always practical.  Luckily a long fringe can easily be swept back into a ponytail or behind the ear for everyday wear. This particular fringe suits all face shapes and works best with thick and medium wavy hair.

Textured:

short_layered_hairstyleJagged but soft.  Cut to different lengths to give lots of texture and a casual, slightly messy look, this stylish fringe can be soft or slightly more jagged and severe looking.  It draws attention to the upper half of your face, and helps to balance a heavy jaw or chin.  This particular style works best with layered cuts, while highlights or lowlights help to bring out the texture.  Suitable for square, long and oval face shapes and wavy, curly, medium or thick hair.

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The perfect all-rounder.  This fringe is soft, feminine and usually fairly long blending into your hair.  The feathered fringe works best with layers around the face, as the fringe gently ‘flows’ into the layers.  It is very popular because it is a great all-rounder and suits all face shapes and hair types, as long as the hair around the face is layered.

Micro:

Short and daring.  Just like the micro mini skirt, this super-short fringe will definitely raise apl-021-kid-awds-720x1024eyebrows.  It usually falls just below the hairline, or somewhere on the upper half of your forehead.  The micro fringe can be cut square (almost like the cleopatra) to suit rounder face shapes, or curved to suit square faces.  It showcases your face and works perfectly with elfin styles or longer layers.  Round, square, heart and oval shapes with medium to fine straight hair types can try this.

Grown-out

jessica-alba-bangsBoho Chic.  This type of fringe is cut to give the impression of a shorter fringe that has grown out.  Long enough to reach the eyebrows or even lashes, it focuses attention on your eyes, making this look laid back and stylish.  Because of its length, it is very versatile. You can pin it back, or part thereof, sweep it all to one side or part it in the middle.  This style can be worn by round, oval and square face shapes and suited for all hair types.

( Info: Essential Guide to Beauty 17, Images: Google Images)

2013 Spring/Summer Fashion Trends: Woolworths

Earlier this week I did a post on Spring/Summer Fashion Trends.

Have a look at these Woolworths pieces and see how many of the 2013 trends you can spot.

woolies fashionAnd what’s best…most of the major Woolworths outlets do offer online shopping and delivering services.  How much easier can a girl shop?!

2013 Spring/Summer Fashion & Colour Trends

At last spring is almost, less than a week away, (touch wood) here.  Well, only technically.  1st of September is officially the start of Spring Season in South Africa, but in Cape Town, according to me, it only really starts closer to mid-October.

Cape Town Fashion Week was about 2 weeks ago, therefore I’ve decided to do some research on all things ‘hot’ this upcoming spring/summer season by looking at local and international catwalks for inspiration and ‘guidance’.

This is what I’ve concluded:

White on white, black & white outfit & colour combos as well as black and white with a pop of colour.Top-3-Fashion-Trends-For-Women-Spring-2013bcbg-spring-2013-black-and-white

Bold geometric print, especially in black & white.02-black-and-white-w724 ss_2013_trends_black_and_white-estilotendances

Bold stripes & print.spring-2013-trends-indian-inspired-textiles-prints-marc-jacobs-altuzarra-tory-burch 05-bold-stripes-w724

Bermuda shorts & short suits.08-shorts-suits-w724 01-bermuda-shorts-w724

Luxe leather and other ‘interesting’ textures.06-leather-w724J-Mendel-Runway-Fashion-Week-Fall-2013-Photos

Delicate beading, embellishment, fabric & design…think India, Middle-East & Russia.07-beading-w724marchesa-spring-2013-collection-pictures

Sporty & skater inspired dressesPictures-Review-Richard-Chai-Love-Spring-Summer-New-York-Fashion-Week-Runway-Show 09-sporty-dresses-w724

Holographic & metallics.burberry-spring-summer-2013-collection-l-sttre6 Blumarine-RTW-FW2012-silver-metallic-tgifguide1

Cut-outs.cutout-sp2013-mainCushnie et Ochs 2013 runway spring black cutout dress style

Statement Sunnies.04-statement-sunglasses-w724Photo edited with http://www.tuxpi.com

 2013 Spring/Summer Fashion Colour Trends

According to Pantone, Emerald is a must have colour this season.

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(Image from: http://meccinteriors.files.wordpress.com/2012/10/spring2013vshome2013.png)

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(Image from: http://thesevenology.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/Pantone-2013-Spring-Color-Report2.jpg)

In a follow-up post I will discuss how to incorporate these trends into your cupboard and seasonal fashion buys.

(Runway pics from Google Images & http://www.glamour.com/fashion/2012/09/spring-2013-most-wearable-fashion-trends)

Winter Warmers

It is DEFINITELY winter!  Especially here in the beautiful Cape Town.

It is so cold, I just can’t seem to get warm.  My hands, feet and nose are all freezing…all the time.

Last night I realised I only have 2 warm coats and one leather biker style jacket to keep me warm…we went out for a quick bite and I had to dress warmly as the wind was howling and it was raining.  One of my 2 coats is a ‘hand-me-down’ vintage coat from when my mom was a student…so it’s really old.  It basically has no lining left, although the outer still looks good.

I’ve decided it is time for a new coat and jacket.  Something that fits properly, is not too bulky and heavy, but can keep me warm.  And where better place to start my search than trusted Woolies.

Here’s a couple of great choices.  And what’s more, they’re ranging in price between R500 – R850, so it is not going to ‘break the bank’.

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One thing I have noticed is some of this season’s jacket styles are quite ‘boxy’.  Not flattering for most body shapes…especially when you’re a juicy apple.  Anything that is not nipped in at the waist will make your upper body appear even bigger/rounder and is not flattering at all.

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Now if I can just get myself to move away from the heater and leave my cosy house to actually go and try them on.

(all images: http://www.woolworths.co.za/Home/Women/Jackets-Coats)

Colour Analysis: Cool Winter

So you are a Winter

What does this mean:

Skin colour include:

  • Skin colour include porcelain white, rosy beige, olive, almond, cocoa, mocha, mahogany and ebony to black, with a blue or reddish undertone.
  • Skin with rosy or charcoal gray freckles.

Hair:

  • Winter hair will never have red, golden or copper undertones as they are warm tones.
  • Black tones include jetblack, brown black and Asian blue-black.
  • Medium to dark brown.
  • Silver, white and salt-and-pepper.

Eyes:

  • Any gray tones, a deep, dark eye colour, including black, black brown, red brown.
  • Hazel with blue or green, dark blue, clear blue, gray-blue, gray-green or light green.
  • The iris often has a dark rim.

Your best colours:

  • Bright jewel colours with a blue undertone such as emerald green, bright turquoise, royal blue, shocking pink, cardinal purple and blue red.
  • Neutrals such as black, white, navy, taupe and grey.
  • Silver or gunmetal jewellery.

Colours to avoid:

  • Warm browns, copper, gold, rust, apricot, orange, olive green, light khaki, cream and beige.

Winter Celebrities:

(Images from Google Images)

This is Winter in a nutshell.  I will be discussing the remaining 3 seasons in upcoming posts.

xoxo

 

 

 

My personal style is Sophisticated and Chic

SOPHISTICATED / CHIC

  • You enjoy a stylish, contemporary wardrobe consisting of classic basics and a few seasonal pieces to keep your look up to date and chic.
  • Your style is sexy without being overt and modern without being too trendy.
  • You could be described as a minimalist.
  • You favour clean sleek lines and uncomplicated cuts in a palette of mostly black, white, grey, or monochromatic colour schemes, while adding a bold accessory such as a bright handbag or scarve or shoes for a splash of colour.
  • You enjoy shopping, preferring high-end boutiques to chain stores, as they tend to stock good quality, beautifully cut investment pieces.
  • You always look modern and chic, even when dressed casually.
  • Well cut jeans and trousers, jackets and high heels and a variety of handbags are big features in your wardrobe.
  • You always manage to look occasional appropriate.

Examples are Jennifer Arniston, Katie Holmes, Gwyneth Paltrow.

(Images from Google Images, Concept/Words from The Wardrobe Academy)

 

My personal style is Classic/Conservative

CLASSIC / CONSERVATIVE

  • You tend to have a formal wardrobe and like to appear well turned-out, neat and elegant.
  • You most likely lead a professional, high profile, upper class life and or work in a corporate environment.
  • You prefer tailored pieces and timeless basics in neutral colours with simple clean lines and minimal fuss.
  • Suits and co-ordinated separates in high quality fabrics are the basis of your look.
  • Your casual style could be described as preppy: classic chinos, polo shirt or a twinset and pearls.
  • You will very rarely wear jeans, but then only if it’s a classic,well cut and good fabric.  No washed denim with rips etc.
  • You are not all that bothered with seasonal fashion trends, and prefer to invest in good quality staple pieces when necessary.

Examples are Hillary Clinton, Jane Fonda, Princess Diana.

(Images from Google Images, Concept/Words from The Wardrobe Academy)