At the moment life in the outside world is on hold.
It is so important that we stick to the measures in place for the safety of our loved ones and greater community, as we navigate these difficult times.
I try to look at the positives of any situation, and I am most warmed by the thought of families spending time together in their homes and backyards, and looking inward to take this time to hit reset.
While we press the pause button on planning events and outings, it is important to remember that this won’t be forever.
So, I thought how can I provide you with a distraction or a project to take your mind off things?
How can I contribute to some positivity out of this time at home?
I would like to help you build your confidence.
I want to help you do that through personal style.
So, let’s start with everyday style!
What does every day style mean to you?
In my career, I have found that a clients’ self esteem and confidence is impacted by how they feel in their clothing.
We are spending a lot of time at home at the moment and potentially you could stay in your pyjamas all day! But, the majority of you won’t and that is because you feel ready to take on the day once dressed. You feel better about yourself and the tasks ahead. You feel more in control and prepared.
I can extend this to how we feel when we are dressed in something that we are unhappy in vs. something we feel fantastic in!
Think about when you have thrown something on that you don’t like.
When you head out down the shops and you shrink away when you see someone you know thinking ‘please don’t see me like this’…
When you go out to meet a friend and you spend half an hour trying to find something to wear and you still don’t feel good about yourself when you head out the door.
A business meeting that you feel unprepared for as you don’t feel confident in how you are presenting.
Trepidation about heading to school pick up as you don’t feel like you are as stylish as the other mums, you don’t look put together.
An event, big or small where you are imagining how you are going to feel underdressed or not as stylish as the other attendees.
There are so many different scenarios that women describe to me that they find intimidating.
What is so great about getting your wardrobe under control is that you find your life becomes more in control.
You can approach every single one of these situations feeling confident and it will change your entire experience!
You will be happy to stop and chat, find out about what is happening in your community.
You will be open to introducing yourself to other Mums at the school gate and forming new friendships, receiving more invitations.
You will project an ease and confidence in your business meeting that will make all the difference.
Your world will open up to you and you will get your head into the mindset of a ‘yes’ person.
Open to opportunities for growth personally, socially and professionally.
I’m not suggesting this is because you look better.
I am telling you it’s because you will feel better.
So, my first step I would suggest during this time at home is to begin culling the things in your wardrobe that are going to fit ‘one day’, the ones that the rise isn’t high enough on, or are too long, the fabric you find too clingy – you get the picture!
I’m also talking about all those clothes you’ve held onto even though you don’t like them, to just wear them around the house because getting rid of them seems wasteful.
Basically, the ones clogging up your wardrobe so you can’t actually see the ones you enjoy wearing. The clothes you cast aside every time to find the ones that you actually love.
Of course keep an outfit for gardening or housework but really, getting around the house in scratchy, holey, unflattering clothing is going to bring your mood down!
When it is time to venture out again I want you to have culled everything that you would not want to be seen in so you have a wardrobe of just fantastic clothes you love.
Clothes that you can actually SEE because you’ve culled the junk!
When looking at your ‘everyday’ clothes for weekends, I want you to really consider what this could mean for you.
I think a good place to start is to give you a bit of inspiration as to what your wardrobe could look like.
Some alternatives to provide perspective for when you decide what stays and what goes!
Here are a few examples of super laid back style for your everyday life.
I have picked these looks as a basic starting point to begin transforming your wardrobe.
Next I want to show you some examples of elevated everyday style.
Fitted cuts, luxe materials and added embellishments can really take your look to the next level.
The looks I have shown you so far a quite classic, and you may lean towards a more creative style or would like to bring more life into your wardrobe.
I’m going to suggest you head into a store like Gorman to play with colour, pattern and fun accessories!
You can really see how by making some clever clothing and accessories purchases it really takes the same amount of effort to look stylish as it does to throw just anything on.
I’m really passionate about the fact that we shouldn’t waste a second in clothing we are uncomfortable in – you deserve better!
I hope I have given you some inspiration to reassess your wardrobe and as always my stylists and I are here to help!