Twiggy – the simple clean 60s look great for androgynous figure types who love to show their legs.
Jeans the staple…
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?
- 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).
- Two well fitted superb good quality suits, (or more commonly these days two sets of separates) which work well together jackets trousers/skirts.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Boned- bodice evening wear – Singer Sargent 1884 (Classic chic )
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Part Two of the Cumbrian Style Show
This is the second part of the Cumbrian Style Show, focusing on country chic at Cockermouth Country Clothing Shop. The women were both surprised as they thought it was just a shop for farmers, and horse riders, but we do have a great country clothing shop in Cockermouth, it is a beautiful tourist town in the Lake District and we live in such a beautiful place we need some outdoor gear. These women are both business women and mums and they had dismissed this sort of clothing as not really suitable for business but they were surprised what quality items they could find. They need this as they travel miles in rural environments going to see clients in very isolated locations, farm tracks, cobble stones, lots of rain etc! I though it was just what they needed and Sarah the owner has just won a business award she is doing well with her online store http://www.cockermouth-country-clothing.com/ with brands such as Toggi, Hunter, Ariat, Ness etc. Give her a ring and she can get your size.
Thanks to my friend singer/songwriter Judith Jones for allowing me to use the intro to Mississippi Flood which is out on CD – ‘Under Orion’s Stare’ I just love this intro…. enjoy
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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
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Go and see this great blog if you need to understand how Urban clothing really works http://goodtogoclothing.wordpress.com/2012/03/01/the-urban-fashion-difference/
Their website and blog gives some good sizing advice and a bit of a how to find your urban style which I like. See this urban style from New Orleans with Dog and urban chicken. >
http://goodtogoclothing.co.uk/ Got to say it just seems right for men and the men seem to have that laidback urban attitude that really counts, love the hats on these guys I think they look better than the women. The girls need more urban attitude mixed with style!
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