Newsletter: Issue #099 September 2018
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Jane's Jottings

It's been a while! Somehow I missed sending 2 newsletters and I've only just made the end of September (ok, so it's now the beginning of October, but I'm pretending it's still September)! Really -- where does time go?

Back in June and July I had a wonderful time in the UK visiting family and friends. The weather was amazingly warm and dry, so I didn't use many of the usual layers I'd packed for this trip (I'm not complaining). If you didn't see it at the time you can catch up with the photos of the outfits I wore here on Instagram. The capsule wardrobe I created was the best yet. I often get bored with a limited wardrobe, but this year I had enough variety -- it worked well, but wasn't too much to carry.

I recommend you get an understanding of what's new and what's still on trend this year before you review your wardrobe for the upcoming fashion season. I'm certainly not suggesting you adopt every trend, but it really does help keep your wardrobe contemporary. If you've been maintaining your wardrobe regularly you won't need to buy many new pieces to keep your look fresh and modern. Sometimes all you need to do is wear your clothes in slightly different combinations. (Of course you may need more if your weight has changed, or your lifestyle needs are very different).

To help you understand the new fashion season this month I've got trend articles for you. I've got you covered whether you're going into spring and summer or autumn and winter. (You'll find the links below).

The next step is to list the activities and events you know you have coming up over the next 3 months or so, then go into your wardrobe with current trends and your lifestyle requirements in mind to review your wardrobe for the new season. If you need it, you'll find the link to my wardrobe workout articles below.

Do contact me if you'd like help with discovering your best colours, finding your style, editing your wardrobe (or creating a travel wardrobe), and shopping. I can help you in person if you're in Sydney, or online if you're elsewhere (I have a new online color analysis tool that makes it easier to assess colors from photos).

This time of year is busy for me, but I do still have 1 spot at the end of October and availability from mid November.

If you'd like to talk to me about what you need to do to update or upgrade your style I'm now offering complimentary 20 minute Style Makeover Action Plan consultations (so new it's not on my website yet). Simply reply to this email and let me know where you are and any days or times that are best for you and I'll get back to you.

Also, if you're in Sydney you'll often find me working at Decjuba in Avalon Beach on Saturday and Monday afternoons. I can't believe what fun I'm having there! You're welcome to drop by and say hello!

Enjoy this month's Style Snippets. Yours in style

How to Create Confident Style

If you'd like to look more stylish and easily select stylish outfits to wear everyday, but don't know where to start check out the 6 steps to savvy style. (Hint: includes how to dress for your shape, your coloring, and your personality.)

New Season Fashion Trends

Australia, New Zealand & the Southern Hemisphere

On the runways the main trends in silhouettes continues to be larger volume and longer lengths. These trends are reflected in the shops with a greater selection of:

  • Wide-leg pants -- both full length and cropped styles
  • Fuller (A-line) midi and maxi length skirts
  • Midi and maxi length dresses with fuller skirts
  • Blouses, tops and dresses with fuller sleeves -- such as: puff sleeves; flutter sleeves; trumpet-shaped sleeves
  • Oversized blazers
  • Chunky footwear -- platforms; flatforms; wedge heels; stack heels; chunky sneakers
  • Oversized ear rings

Increased volume is also being created by unusual layering. We've seen something of this for a while on the runways and it's a major theme of the northern hemisphere's AW runways. It's also starting to appear in store lookbooks and in street style photos. To try this look experiment with wearing 2 outer layers such as a jacket kimono under a denim jacket; or pants under skirts; or 2 shirts.

At first this may seem like a strange trend continue reading...

UK, US & the Northern Hemisphere

These are some of the more wearable trends. Overall the trend for volume continues.
  • Animal instinct. Animal-inspired prints never entirely go out of fashion, but this year they are more on-trend than ever. Look for leopard, zebra, tiger and snake-inspired prints. You'll find these and other animal-inspired prints in both natural colours and neon versions. Fur, both real and faux, and shearling are also major trends, especially for outer wear.
  • Check and florals. Tartan-style checks, mens suiting-style checks and dark background florals are other major pattern trends.
  • 80s-inspired volume. Oversized jackets, coats and sweaters. Strong shoulders. Wide-legged pants. Full midi skirts and fit-and-flare midi dresses.
  • Western-inspired styles. Think cowgirls, 'Little House on the Prairie'-women and native Indians. Look for Victorian-prairie dresses; fringing; ponchos and blanket coats; cowgirl ankle boots; gingham check; ethnic prints; saddlebags; billowy long skirts; jeans; denim jackets.
  • 3D sparkle. Especially shiny silver with noisy embellishments. Look for metallic detailing; chain-mail inspired detailing; and sequins. To inject a touch of sparkle into an outfit continue reading...

Style Articles

How to Create an Inspirational Wardrobe

An inspirational wardrobe is one that functions well for your current lifestyle, it also reflects who you are and flatters your shape and your coloring. It means you'll always have something right to wear for every occasion.

3 steps to an inspirational wardrobe - continue reading...

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