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Capsule Wardrobe


Twiggy – the simple clean 60s look great for androgynous figure types who love to show their legs.

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Jeans the staple…

General tips

Capsule Wardrobe

If you think about the job of a fashion designer, part of it is to devise a collection that works together for the brand.  Therefore, all dresses, tops, skirts and trousers are usually interchangeable within each range to encourage the client to stay shopping with the same company showing devoted loyalty.  This is the type of collection that would be produced and this can form your capsule wardrobe if you are clever in your colour and fabric choices.

Given these 12 items you would be able to create 40 outfits with them.  What more does a woman need?

  1. One good quality woollen coat, classic in style but perhaps a strong colour, one trenchcoat short or long, classic usually works the best, to use anywhere (or a padded outdoor jacket for more casual wear).
  2. Two well fitted superb good quality suits, (or more commonly these days two sets of separates) which work well together jackets trousers/skirts.
  3. Two pieces of good quality knitwear a bold coloured cardigan and preferably a loose V-necked merino or cashmere sweater in a simple neutral colour eg: taupe, black, navy or grey.
  4. One day dress in black/navy – corporate coloured jersey with sleeves, which can be worn from day through to evening, with flats or heels, not too revealing or covered up or can be worn with your cardigan.
  5. One stunning but simple evening dress in a bold colour of your choice if you suit black this is the easiest to wear, if not go for a colour that you suit red, pink, emerald, purple, blue or cream are good bold choices depending upon your colour type. This should fit well and be of sumptuous cloth, preferably lined and working well with one of your coats/jackets.
  6. A pair of simple good fitting jeans, which feel ultra comfy and look good with everything else in your wardrobe, pick a good make but ensure comfort and fit comes before brand.
  7. One pair of sandals/loafers or ballet pump flats, a pair of heeled leather court shoe/boots a stylish and elegant pair of evening shoes and a pair of boots/hightops.
  8. Finally at least 4 tops or shirts in a variety of styles and colours and fabrics to dress up your suits, preferably interchangeable with both suits and jeans. This is where you can add to the selection and ring the changes.

If you start to imagine all of these together in different combinations, I am sure you too could create at least 40 outfits.  I managed 57 varieties with all the different accessories, tops and permutations bearing in mind that all the colours should work together.

singer sargent 1884

Boned- bodice evening wear – Singer Sargent 1884 (Classic chic )

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This is my new book out on Amazon Kindle just published.

This book has an NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming)

Style chapter encourages you to work with your body shape and

love the body you have – dressing it and treating it in the best possible


Snapshot of Be Remarkable cover

Love your pear-shape

Creative  Style

Be remarkable…   be yourself

This illustration shows how to put together a simple look that does for your figure what #Sarah Burton ’ s dress did for #Pippa Middleton at the #Royal Wedding.

The top is a cowl neck striped pattern jersey, which drapes well and creates a fuller bust than you may naturally have!  This is useful for slim girls like Pippa, quite curvy slim pear-shaped figure types who are not very full at the top, as this gives them extra curves and balances them out. If you are really curvy on the bottom half with pear-shaped hips and thighs an A-line skirt is the most flattering.  But a pencil skirt still looks good, especially in a strong woven cloth or tailored style as it accentuates your figure.  Just ensure that it is not too tight – tight lycra is only good for true gym bunnies, but if you are proud of the curves show them off.  This sort of style combination will balance out top and bottom, and looks very classy in one colour top to bottom, which also adds the illusion of height.  Other balancing tricks that work (if that is your aim) are shoulder pads, flounces frills and other neck details.

Also this sort of skirt and top goes from day to night – just wear with a blazer and pumps during the day and swap for a clutch and strappy or high metallic court shoes for at night.


Debenhams Pencil Skirt light brown (or black).

New Look, Aztec inspired stipey top in warm colour tones. Tomato Red pumps from Strolling 4 Shoes or Suede wedges from LK Bennett.

If you prefer cool colours to go with a black skirt, try tops at Debenhams ‘Betty Jackson’ Grey and White or ‘Jasper Conran’ £32.00 grey stripes with sleeves.

There are some other interesting cowl necked tops at Desire, Cockermouth, Monsoon and TK Max Carlisle and French Connection and ASOS online.

For Creative Style Advice to help you be your best contact: maggi@toner-edgar.com 01900 825407 or 07773158941

How to balance a slim pear-shaped figure

Pear-shaped ...be remarkable...be yourself

Pear-Shaped Julie 001 © Maggi Toner-Edgar

Body confidence?

The original meaning of the word sexy, would I suppose be “tempting sensuality” – the best description I have ever heard. However, I am on a mission to make women and men feel good about themselves. I start with posture and as a Tango dancer – the walk! My business is Creative Style (about personal style rather than the fashion business I used to be in) my strap line is ‘be remarkable…be yourself’. I can develop a  sense of style with the person so that it is learnt and then comes naturally, rather than having it done to you in the Gok Wan sense of the word.  Although,  he is great fun and does it very nicely.

I can encourage learning how to be happy in your own skin, loving the imperfections, with a self confidence that  is very sexy and attractive on both males and females. Self belief and love without arrogance, and a genuine smile that shows you care. It is a serious business and I have cracked a method to help people achieve it!

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