In my latest article with Vantage Point magazine, I worked with Alison discussing her own wardrobe and creating new outfits from clothes she already had – we split up two-pieces, played with new colour combinations and made loved items work for her life now. For the full story, more images and Alison’s own comments, see below.

 

Me in work mode…measuring!

This stripy Boden shirt came with a pale pink camisole and was quite dressy for Alison’s less corporate every day needs, but with a darker cami and turned up boyfriend jeans and ankle boots it looked more edgy and stylish …..  for going out we added her long line blue jacket and cross over shoulder bag.

We discussed how to wear midi skirts in the modern trend and the tights or no tights dilemma. Neither of us were over keen on tights with pale ankle boots or trainers in this instance and there is something fresh about seeing bare skin with ankle boots for less chilly days but when the weather turns, fill the gap completely with long cosy boots.  A funky t-shirt adds a fun attitude to a possible prissy mistake.

Yes to funky t-shirt with midi skirt

No – midis look best with bare legs and ankle boots or long boots covering the gap

Yes to bold colour with prints or toned down with darker shades for quieter days. Perfect long slouchy boots for this look.

Yes to the long dress and oversized cardigan or layer with a chunky knit and leather jacket to turn into a skirt look.

Alison rocks shorter skirts with oversized knits on top to balance, keeping boots low heeled.

Question: Navy skirt with black opaques? Yes…don’t try and match with coloured tights.

Two looks for khaki Hush joggers with a black cropped knit and a pop of colour with plum ankle boots or a dusky pink sweatshirt and neutral boots to make a less dressy option.

A classic stripy top works of course, but for a change add a sheer knit over the top.

Alison’s long slim jacket is a great trouser layer but too much length for longer skirts.

Great jacket over trousers

Lost in proportion, long over long doesn’t work here

Once a two piece, now stylish separates from Toast.

What Alison said:

“I really enjoyed taking time out and playing dress up, something that I felt I never had time to do on my own.  I’ve done my own wardrobe de clutter but more in terms of what I am or am not wearing, that six month rule – however having Kirstie come over made it a focused session on what actually works together in my wardrobe – a very different objective.   It was time well spent as I certainly found new ways to wear things and that a few minor alterations or adjustments gave items a whole new look. 

I thought I might have had lots to get rid off but having Kirstie go through items I was able to rework items which obviously saves money and helps me feel like I’m doing a bit towards my own sustainable footprint in the world.  Kirstie doesn’t judge your wardrobe but she does ask questions of it.  She gets to the crux of your needs always making sure you look stylish and modern.  I felt relaxed in her company and comfortable to accept or say when her suggestions didn’t feel right for me.

The most insightful area for me was working out the best proportions of clothes for me. It has helped me get a clearer focus on what works best together to flatter my figure which has changed dramatically in the last 18 months.  Knowing that for me I need a tighter top to wear wide trousers, or that a chunkier or oversized jumper needs a tight skirt we’re useful tips as I had all the combinations but wasn’t putting them together to flatter me at all times.”

A Wardrobe Edit, (more details HERE) is a fun and uplifting session that can have emotional moments as you build in confidence. Finding the shapes that work and deciding on the image that you want to portray are sometimes quite powerful moments – let’s chat about it.

Kx