I am passionate about clothes, fabrics, prints and interesting colour combinations and I love to inspire others to find the right ones, which in turn builds self confidence, particularly if you have had a few changes in your life.
If you feel there are no clothes out there for you, try looking with fresh eyes in stores you may not normally visit. Before you shop work out what you need and the criteria each item should follow (maybe you want smart/casual, washable, natural blend fabrics, bold print) then survey the rails, quickly eliminating all those that don’t tick the boxes, so you can focus on a ones to try on.
I often play around with my own clothes…trying things on back to front, layering flowers and stripes and experimenting with sheer over prints, basically playing at dressing up.
If you are not sure how to experiment I have set up workshops with Catwalk in Godalming to start you off. Last month I worked with small groups of lovely ladies, looking at colour and trying on something new. It’s a liberating session that ends in finding the right jeans fit for you. It’s less pressure buying, more about having fun and seeing how it feels; give something a go that may inspire a new direction or remind you of a little gem hanging in the back of the wardrobe.
What they said:
“I was a little bit nervous if I’m honest (stepping out of your comfort zone is never easy!) but I can truly say I relaxed quickly, learned a lot, and enjoyed myself into the bargain too.”
“I loved our session and am already enjoying my pieces. Also, feeling inspired to reinvent a few of my outfits with fun colour details using the colour wheel”Style Workshops - CATWALK Two PDF
What we got up to on previous workshops:
TOP TIPS to love clothes again
Prepare – Searching rail after rail can be tedious so use the filters on-line to find what you want in store, I often phone ahead to put items aside. Make lists of the shapes you need and the preferred colours, but be flexible with those pieces you just feel a passion for.
Experiment – If you like the look of it, try it on. But always love something about it, colour, fabric, print – think of another way you could wear it – layer under or over; when would you wear it?
Make the outfit – If you love a skirt in your wardrobe but don’t have a whole look, take it with you to find its partner. Remember colours don’t have to match perfectly, a few shades off can often looks better.
Size up – It’s miserable trying on something too small, you can always size down if needed. Too tight is not a look to go for, remember waists can be tailored, hems shortened.
Check the labels – I always prefer the natural blends, viscose is ok, polyester hardly ever, although I know it has it’s uses, but the feel, or handle of the cloth, has to resonate.
Give yourself the time to play.
Enjoy K x