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Liz's Style Makeover

style makeover for liz Liz's New-found
Style Confidence

"I now feel more confident about wearing nice clothes" - Liz

Liz first contacted me shortly after she'd turned 70.

Although she no longer works she leads a very active life. She regularly plays golf, socializes with friends, spends time with her grown children and grandkids, enjoys going to the ballet and the theatre and travels a few times a year.

Before I saw her the first time Liz had done a massive cull of her wardrobe and was struggling to put outfits together, especially for every day wear and casual socialising.

Please note the photos on this page were taken by me (not a professional photographer) for the purpose of reminding Liz how to wear her clothes and accessories. They are published here with kind permission from Liz.

The style makeover brief

Liz wanted to create a style to take her into her 70s and beyond.

She was specifically looking for help co-ordinating clothing. And to understand the shapes and lengths that best suited her proportions.

She had stopped colouring her hair a while ago (and why would she colour her beautiful silvery hair?!), and was no longer sure what colours worked best for her.

Liz also wanted help with where to shop for items. She likes clothing shopping, but had become frustrated with not finding clothes that worked for her age and shape.

The style makeover journey

We started with a Style Discovery session, to work out Liz's style criteria and so I could see what was in her wardrobe and where she was struggling to create a style she liked.

Your style criteria:

  • The colours that suit you best
  • The shapes that flatter your body proportions
  • The styles that work with your personality

It's so much easier to shop for clothes and accessories when we understand our style criteria. It also makes it easier to assess items in our wardrobe with this knowledge about yourself. And it's easier to create flattering outfits.

See 6 Steps to Savvy Style to learn more.

This was followed by a comprehensive wardrobe session to assess exactly what Liz did have that worked with her style criteria, and for her lifestyle, for the upcoming season (Spring and Summer 2015). I was able to show Liz new outfits using clothes and accessories she already had. We also created a shopping list of missing items.

The next steps were to go shopping and then a follow up session in the wardrobe to show Liz how to use the new items and her existing items in outfits.

I found that Liz did already have some lovely clothes and accessories. However, as she had correctly assessed, she was missing a few key items needed to complete outfits. She also needed some updated styling knowledge to create outfits that worked for her personality and lifestyle.

Liz's new style

Liz's style criteria

cool muted and light colours

Cool, Muted and Light (aka Light Summer) colours work beautifully with Liz's colouring

liz body proportions

Liz's horizontal body shape is Rectangle, her vertical shape is Balanced Body. Her main challenge for off-the-rack clothes is her petite height, although this is often simply fixed with altering the length of garments, or knowing how to style an outfit.

liz style words

Liz's style words that represent her personality and how she wants to look. There's a whole glossary of meaning that supports these words, but these 4 words serve as a reminder when buying clothes and accessories and putting outfits together.

Spring & summer outfits 2015/2016

The focus for our first style upgrade sessions was to create a stylish spring and summer wardrobe with a focus on everyday wear and casual socialising both during the day and the evening. Here are some of the examples of the outfits we created before going shopping:

Liz spring summer existing outfit 1

Dressier outfit with 2 choices of sandals.

Liz spring summer existing outfit 2

Remove scarf and jacket for warmer days!

iz spring summer existing outfit 3

This length for crops is better than ankle length for Liz's proportions. As is the partial tuck for the longer top.

iz spring summer existing outfit 4

Just missing a pair of white sandals - fixed with a shopping trip!

These are a few outfits we created after shopping, some combining new with existing items:

Liz spring summer existing outfit 5

Interesting, fun, relaxed elegance. I can see all of Liz's style words here. Can you?

Liz spring summer outfit 6

We created several casual outfits with these white shorts.

(Tip: if you can't find shorts in a length you like buy longer pants and cut them to the required length, or turn long pants into crop pants!)

liz spring summer outfit 7

This is one of 4 smart casual day dresses we added to Liz's wardrobe for every day wear and casual socialising. I found a few ways to style each dress and we had outer layers for each, in case the weather turned chilly.

liz spring summer outfit 8

This lovely Gerry Weber dress has become a favourite smart casual dress for Liz.

Autumn & winter outfits 2016

Liz autumn winter outfit 1

We shortened this shirt to make it more flattering for Liz to wear untucked.

Liz autumn winter outfit 2

Aren't these snake skin print pants interesting and fun?! The faux fur around the removable hood on the vest is also a fun, glamourous touch!

liz autumn winter outfit 3

Sleeveless dresses are so versatile and can be worn in many seasons, by changing the layers under and/or over (see more ideas below).

liz autumn winter outfit 4

This grey ponti skirt from Trenery is proving really useful in both casual and smart casual outfits. Styled here with a dressy sequined round-necked sweater and 2 options for outer layers.

so many ways to style a sleeveless dress

So many ways to style this
sleeveless dress

Spring & summer outfits 2016/2017

These are a selection of outfits we created for spring and summer:

Liz spring summer outfit 1

This dress from 2015 has proved a favourite. The Diana Ferrari denim jacket is proving to be a new casual favourite. The metallic look sneakers are both comfortable and fashionable - they create a youthful look.

Liz spring summer outfit 2

This Saba silk dress was perfect to attend a beach wedding in Bali. Notice how prints with a lot of light colours in them work so well with Liz's hair, creating a harmonious look.

liz spring summer outfit 3

Relaxed-elegant summer style. This top can easily be dressed up with nice pants (white, navy or grey) and sandals to take it into smart casual evenings.

liz spring summer outfit 4

Shift dresses like this are so easy to wear in summer. Take care that any pattern is the right scale for you, and notice where pattern elements fall on the body to ensure you're not calling attention to an area you'd rather have disappear!

Autumn & winter outfits 2017

The main focuses this season were on:

  • Replacing worn out coats and jackets
Liz autumn winter outfit 1

Stylish, more formal coat from Gerry Weber. Great to go to the ballet.

Liz autumn winter outfit 2

This boiled wool Marcs biker jacket is a warmer equivalent of the spring denim jacket.

liz autumn winter outfit 3

Pretty Sportscraft shower-proof anorak.

liz autumn winter outfit 4

Stylishly ready for cold weather in this Gerry Weber puffer jacket.

  • More formal evening wear, especially styling existing dresses and making more use of Liz's lovely red suede pumps
Liz autumn winter outfit 5

See how the different shoes change the mood of this Gerry Weber dress? The silver is more formal, the red more playful.

The red Alannah Hill cardigan with detachable faux fur colar adds balance to the red pumps.

Liz autumn winter outfit 6

This blue Alannah Hill feather stole adds a touch of fun to this modern Karen Millen dress.

Liz autumn winter outfit 7

See how the feather stole and ankle boots change the mood of the Gerry Weber dress?

All of the items below were already in Liz's wardobe. Here I helped her style them in different ways to complete going-out outfits.

Liz autumn winter outfit 8

The dress can be made warmer with a fine 3/4 or long sleeve v-neck navy tee underneath.

The red cardigan and feather stole would also work with this outfit.

Liz autumn winter outfit 9

The beautiful flock wrap works well with the darker tones in the dress to create a more formal look.

Helping you gain style confidence

I love working with clients on an ongoing basis and becoming part of their style journey. It's so rewarding to see your style evolve as you become more confident with what you wear.

We might meet for 2 seasonal updates every year. Or for smaller wardrobe and/or shopping trips more frequently throughout the year. Or, every couple of years if you want a minimal wardrobe that you wear to death! Togeher, we work out what you need and want.

If you're ready to upgrade your style contact me I'd love to help you.

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