Last Saturday I attended my first Lucky Things meet up, organised by the fabulous Sunita from the www.luckythings.co.uk blog. Sunita often organises these events which bloggers, stylists, entrepreneurs, mums and career women attend, touching on a variety of topics and this one was all about Feeling confident in your own style. Guest speakers included fashion stylist Susan Alcindor and Alison Perry from Not Another mummy blog
It was a lovely day meeting and mingling with like minded women and I even managed to pick up some style tips from the guest speakers and the other ladies who attended, so I would like to take this opportunity to share those tips with you:
1. Where to get style inspiration
Alison Perry openly admitted that she insta-stalks, to which we all giggled knowingly. In the past we only had celebrities and models like Kate Moss to look to for inspiration and when buying an outfit like something you’d seen Miss Moss in you’d realise it didn’t suit you because quite frankly most of us don’t have her figure so it’s refreshing to see stylish people on instagram of all shapes and sizes. You simply find people with a similar style and shape as you and use their outfit posts as inspiration.
2. What every wardrobe needs.
Denim is a key wardrobe staple, weather its jeans, a shirt, jacket, skirt or a dress. Another item both guest speakers mentioned was a breton striped top and Alison also said that if you team up a stripe with a leopard print you instantly look stylish (*note to self must try that out with some pieces from Mini-me London’s “Wild Things” and “Striped studs & starlets” collections as well as grabbing some keys items from the "Denim dudes and divas" collection).
The thing with wardrobe essentials is that you can jazz them up or dress them down to suit your own individual style. For example: a statement necklace can really jazz up a simple breton style top.
3. Get it tailored
A little tip blogger Emma_says shared with us was that if something doesn’t fit quite right get it tailored. Getting jeans to fit perfectly can be the bane of many women’s lives. Like Emma, I also have a smaller waist compared to my hips, hence jeans tend to gape, so personal stylist thefashioncraver passed on the tip to Emma about getting items tailored otherwise you will buy them and they will just sit in the wardrobe.
4. What to do with items that have been sitting in the wardrobe
We all have items in our wardrobe that we haven’t worn for ages, so a great style tip Susan gave was to hang it up outside of your wardrobe for a week or so. If it is constantly in front of you it may inspire you to wear it or you can work out whether you really love it or not.
5. Find your style
Don’t follow trends literally if it isn’t you. Alison spoke about recently getting sucked into the “velvet trend” and purchased a velvet blazer. However, that velvet blazer has done nothing but sit in her wardrobe for months and she really can’t see herself wearing it so is getting rid of it. Quite simply know your style and take inspiration from current trends that suit and go with your style, only then will you feel truly confident with what you are buying and wearing
6. What if you are struggling to find your style
As we get older or our body shape changes (I’m sure many of you who have had children can relate to body shape changes even if you have dropped to pre-pregnancy weight) and of course with lifestyle changes (not everyone can run around children wearing 5 inch heels), many people struggle to find what their style is and what suits them. Many women also get shoved into an age bracket box of how they “should” dress even if they are not particularly comfortable with that box. On top of that trying to find the time to shop and work out what you style is with a ratty mini-me in tow can be too much hard work so why not hire a stylist. Many department stores and retailers these days have their own personal shopping service but what I think would work more is hiring an independent stylist/personal shopper who doesn’t have any ties or loyalty to any one brand and can really hone in on what you are after. You might think “Stylists are only for celebrities”, but I think “what makes you any less than a star?” and if you think all the top stylists/ personal shoppers are in London think again, there are some fantastic ones all over the country. Here’s a list of some independent stylists I have had the pleasure to meet and some I totally admit I have been Insta-stalking: Karen at thestylenurse in London/ Hertfordshire, Lucy Eastment at styled_by_Lucy in Bristol & the South West, Gemma Lomas-Jones at gemmalomasjonesstyle in Derbyshire, Emma Carr at thefashioncraver in Manchester and Donna from sulkydollstyling.
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