Newsletter: Issue #031 March 2012

Style Snippets

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Jane's Jottings

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The change of fashion season's is here again, so this month is all about the style trends. If you're in North America, the UK or the Northern hemisphere see this season's trends here. If you're in Australia, NZ or the southern hemisphere, check out the new season's looks here

I've also observed a new, season independent, trend that may be around for a while.

It's also that time of year when I remind you to review and plan your wardrobe before you start buying new clothes. After you've had a good sort out, here's an idea for recycling what you don't want.

If you live in Sydney (or are planning a trip here), I'd love to help you review and plan your wardrobe. I've added a new "Shop Your Wardrobe" package to my services as a fast start, practical way for you to refresh your style.

Enjoy this month's Style Snippets. Until next month, all the best


PS I always welcome your feedback, so please contact me with anything you'd like to see either on the website or in this newsletter (reply to this email or use the Contact Me link below).

A New Trend That's Here to Stay?

Do you ever find that something, such as an idea, or an observation, occurs to you and you suddenly find yourself reading about and hearing about it everywhere? 

Well, that's how it's been for me with this trend observation. I now seem to be hearing it from many sources. Each season there are now so many choices in styles and colors that it's hard to pick just a handful of trends to highlight.

Of course what we notice most is based on our personal likes, dislikes and life experiences. Different trend reporters see different ways to theme and report the trends. In fact, for a while it seems the fashion magazines were just as confused as the rest of us -- a year or so ago they stopped creating themed story boards.

The new trend is to express our personality by mixing and matching trends like never before.

What this means is that it's now more important than ever to gain some style knowledge. Use my 6 steps to savvy style article to help get started and to keep on track.

Luckily the fashion magazines have woken up to the fact that we need more help than ever and have resumed creating style themes for each fashion season.

Clothes Recycling

After you've reviewed your wardrobe you will likely have a number of clothes and accessories that you want to find new homes for. Some ways to do this include...

  • Selling designer or good quality recognized label items either online, for example through eBay, or through a consignment second hand clothing store
  • Giving items to charity shops

  • Donating suitable items to charity organizations that help disadvantage women establish economic independence

However, before you do any of the above you might want to first consider hosting a clothes recycling party. It can be nice to see your pre-loved (or never worn) items giving pleasure to someone you know.

Twice a year I host, or help someone else run, just such a party.

It can work well with a group of women as small as 4 or 5, but the more the merrier. Tell  them to bring along clean items they no longer want that are still in good, wearable condition (not frayed, or stretched, or faded).

Items can include, clothes, shoes, bags, costume jewelry, scarves and other accessories.

In the sessions I run no money changes hand. The only "rules" are that each person takes home any items they brought with them that weren't claimed by someone else (or you could agree to donate everything to a particular charity). And to have fun! 

What you'll need...

  • Some means of hanging the clothes and display shoes and other accessories. I have some portable clothes rails I take with me, but you could use portable clothes horses, or rig a line with washing line and bookcases, or dowling rods suspended somehow
  • Hangers (label any good ones if you want them back) -- ask your guests to bring these
  • 1 or more full length mirrors
  in this issue
Jane's Jottings
Your Questions Answered
Product & Service Updates
New Style Articles
Tell Your Friends

Style Snippets Back Issues
  fundamentals of style
Understand and wear your best colors

Know your body shape and proportions

Dress to flatter your shape
  follow me on...



Your Questions Answered

Each month I pick 1-3 questions I've been asked that I think other readers will be interested in and publish them here. You can ask me questions or share your style story either directly on my website or through my contact me form.

Q: How do I choose a summer handbag? from Josie of London

A:  A great question from Josie! She's a cool summer and wants to know what will work for her coloring best. I've given her ideas for colors and other aspects for choosing a bag.

>> Read my answer...


Product and Service Updates

New "Shop Your Wardrobe" Package

This package starts your style makeover with a wardrobe review.  I show you how to mix and match the clothes you already have to suit your body shape, your coloring and your personality. I'll also identify what you need to add to create an inspirational wardrobe. 

If you live further away, bring your wardrobe (well some of it anyway) to me in a suitcase or two!

>> Read more about the "Shop Your Wardrobe" Package

>> For details of all my services click here


New Style Articles

New Spring and Summer Fashion Trends 2012
(Australia, NZ and Southern Hemisphere)

My observations of the latest spring and summer fashion trends. Includes my tips on how to navigate the vast choice of new spring summer fashion styles to help you keep looking contemporary.

>> Read the article

Autumn Winter Fashion Trends 2012
(North America, UK and Northern Hemisphere)

My observations of the main new autumn and winter fashion trends for 2012 in Australia, NZ and the southern hemisphere.

>> Read the article


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