Christmas and the 'silly season' are well and truly upon us! Please do take time to b r e a t h and enjoy yourself!
Here are a few tips to remove dressing for events from your stress list.
If you're travelling over this period this article contains tips for travel packing (it's my review of an ebook on the subject, but also contains plenty of actionable tips).
Of course if you'd like any help with creating outfits or with your travel wardrobe I'm here to help you, whether you're here in Sydney or further away. Simply reply to this email let me know what you're struggling with and I'll let you know how I can help you.
For help identifying the styles that flatter your shape you might be interested in this holdiay special offer.
And how about this as a gift idea?
Wishing you a joyous Christmas and happy holidays. Fingers crossed you'll be seeing my new website design in the new year!
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Planning Your Holiday Season Wardrobe
As I'm sitting here writing this newsletter I can see and hear wind and rain. Here in Sydney we've been having a run of unsettled weather including daily storms. Unsettled weather at this time of year isn't that unusual, although the frequency and severity of the storms is. I'll need to add an outer layer to my outfit for tonight to ensure I stay dry (for an outing to the Sydney Opera House)!
Luckily my wardrobe can cope with this type of last minute need without compromising my style. However it wasn't always so. The trick is to plan your wardrobe.
I do sincerely hope that by now you have planned your outfits for all the Christmas events you have coming up. If you haven't please set aside an hour or two in the next few days to work out your outfits.
List all the events then shop your wardrobe for outfits for each event. Each outfit should flatter your current shape, coloring and personality and be suitable for the occasion (for example, not too revealing or sexy for a work event).
Try each outfit on, especially if you haven't worn it recently, and check it for fit, condition (for example, ensure it's stain-free, and not faded or stretched), and whether you still at least like the outfit on you.
Make sure you complete each outfit. Think: shoes; accessories; outer layer (just in case it's cold or wet), handbag (evening bag for after 5 events).
Can you add a seasonal feel to an outfit by combining separates in new ways? For example: a sparkly or metallic top with a different skirt or pants; or a red or green top. Or by adding a pop of seasonal color to an outfit with a fun bag, bright lipstick, piece of jewellery or a scarf?
Don't be afraid to mix up your separates and jewellery and try combinations you haven't tried before.
If you're missing something put it on a shopping list. Though I hope at this stage that you're only missing perhaps a necklace or a pair of earrings, rather than a whole outfit.
Yes, there is still time to shop for you, but buying items when you're under pressure is never a good idea. However, if you are in this situation try and think about whether you have an existing outfit that will suffice. Perhaps adding a new statement necklace to a neutral top and pants will work if you can't find just the right outfit? If you do buy a new outfit now consider how much use you will get out of it. Can you wear it in more than one way?
If you need some visual inspiration click here to see pictures of outfit ideas.