Beginner Tips for Mixing Prints & Patterns

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Last week on the blog, I talked about some simple ways to take your style up a notch – one of which was mixing prints and patterns.

I have to admit, this is one of my FAVE styling tricks because it is SO MUCH FUN + it makes you look super stylish and cool (when done right).

I know it is a bit of a scary style trick to try for the first time. But I also know it is one that once I show my clients how to do it, they LOVE it!

So, instead of just giving you a bunch of tips and tricks, I decided to scour the interwebs to find you some great examples of it being done right.

Take your cues (or just copy them outright!) from these stylish ladies who know how to mix it up like a boss and try these Beginner Tips.

 

1) Pick one dominant print, and accent with a smaller one.

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2) Break up the prints with a solid neutral.

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3) When it doubt – stripe it out!

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I hope these pics gave you some inspiration to try this fun style trick.

Next week we will take it a step further with some Advanced Tips – in the meantime, enjoy mixing it up!

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3 Simple Ways to Take Your Style Up a Notch…Today

Simple Ways to Take your Style up a (2)It’s one of the top complaints I hear from both my one on one clients and my workshop participants when it comes to their wardrobe…

“I’m bored.”

And it’s perfectly understandable.

Most of us only wear 20% of our wardrobe 80% of the time. On top of that, the pieces we do wear – we tend to wear them in the same combinations all the time.

No wonder we feel stuck in a style rut!

Well, no more.

Try out 1 (or all 3!) of these super simple ways to take your style up a notch.

Try a New Colour Combination

I’m not even talking about going all out and super bold. Trying a new and unexpected colour with your neutrals can be all you need to give yourself that style pick me up and a fresh new look. Like Magenta with Navy, Peach with Grey, or Yellow with Army Green.

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Wear a Bold Accessory

Whether it’s a chunky and colourful necklace, some statement earrings, a standout belt, or a cool hat – make one accessory the focal point of your outfit by keeping everything else minimal. That can mean wearing simple basics like a solid coloured top and pair of jeans or dressing head to toe in neutrals (or different tones of one colour) and simply adding in your standout accessory.

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Mix Prints & Patterns

This is really one of the easiest ways to take your style up a notch in an instant, but one that everyone seems to be the most afraid of. An easy way to do it to start with two simple prints – like a plaid and a polka dot or a stripe and a floral. Then just make sure they share at least one similar colour.

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So, what do you think? Are you ready to taker your style up a notch?

I’d love to hear how it goes or if you have other ideas as well you can share.

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“Sneaker Chic” – How to Look Stylish While Wearing Sneakers

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“I just want to be comfortable.”

I can’t even begin to tell you how many times over the years I have heard those words from the women I work with.

I get it.

And now that I am a Mom of a very active and curious 18 month old, I REALLY get it.

But you don’t have to sacrifice style to be comfortable. And no, I am not talking about throwing on a pair of yoga pants with a certain logo and calling it a day. Logo’s do not equal style. ICK.

I’m talking about being creative and cool with your comfort wear. Like adding in interesting elements to juxtapose the comfort piece you are wearing.

If you haven’t noticed it yet, the Sneaker is making a serious comeback and it’s more stylish than ever – whether they are slip ons, running shoes, or classic Converse, women are wearing them everywhere and pairing their sneakers in the coolest combinations!

So this week, I want to show you 3 of my fave ways to style your sneakers – what I call, “Sneaker Chic.”

I love the idea of a printed slip on, and coordinating it with a pretty sweater and skinny jeans. Get funky and add in another print(s), a simple accessory, and you've got a comfy cool look.

I love the idea of a printed slip on, and coordinating it with a pretty sweater and skinny jeans. Get funky and add in another print(s), a simple accessory, and you’ve got a comfy cool look.

 

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The running shoe is the star of the comfy shoe world and I love the different colour combos that are out right now! Grab a pair of colourful kicks and pair it with a solid coloured sweater dress, a fun statement necklace, a classic jean jacket and cross body bag, and you will be running out the door looking as stylish as ever.

 

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For the more daring, a classic pair of converse paired with some sexy pleather leggings, a simple long sleeve top and a faux fur vest is a super chic comfy look. Add on a pendant necklace and classic leather bag, and you are good to go!

 

So, what do you think?

Are you going to run to grab a new pair of kicks for Spring 2015? How do you plan on  wearing them?

I’d love to hear YOUR ideas in the comments section below!

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How to be “Effortlessly” Stylish

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If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you may have heard me say before that there is no such thing as “Effortless Style.”

You probably know someone though who seems to make it look so easy – but the truth is that there is ALWAYS some effort involved.

Unfortunately for some, that “effort” might be put into going into debt to keep up with the trends and only buying “the best of the best”, or maybe planning outfits the night before, or even buying complete head to toe looks straight off of the store mannequin.

None of which I would recommend.

The first one for obvious reasons.

The second because I can be in a very different mood come the morning.

And the third, it just feels “blah”. It lacks creativity, and even worse – imagine if you encountered someone else who had done the same thing. Awkward! Talk about a real life version of “Who Wore it Best”. Hilarious!

Seriously though, what I dislike most about all of the above methods is that they require ongoing effort. As in, IT. NEVER. ENDS.

I don’t know about you , but I don’t have time for “ongoing effort”. Especially when it comes to figuring out to wear. I am all about ease when it comes to style and I would rather put in more hard work and effort at the beginning, to make life easier for myself on the daily.

Kind of like cooking all your meals for the week on a Saturday afternoon.

And for me, 2015 is all about living more simply and stressing less. Which if you know me at all, I can stress out about anything – so this is a big one!

So, if you find you’re stressing about what to wear, it’s probably due to one (or all) of the following…

                          

1) You have no idea what your “Personal Style” is. Until you have this down, putting outfits together, shopping, and feeling awesome & confident about what you are wearing is going to be an uphill battle.

Solution: Troll around on Pinterest and pin outfits you like to a Secret Pinterest Board. Check out my boards and “follow me” to get ongoing inspiration.

Start off with a dozen or so pics, and then have a look at what you’ve pinned.

You’ll probably notice a recurring theme – that’s a clue as to your ideal personal style. Take your style cues from those pics (instead of mannequins) to create your unique personal style.

                     

2) You have too much stuff, your wardrobe is overflowing, but you still feel like you have nothing to wear. When you clean out your wardrobe and get rid of the items that are “cramping your style”, getting dressed will become so much easier. This is truly a case of “less is more”.

Solution: Cleaning out your wardrobe doesn’t have to be this huge production. Forget those “how to” articles on creating a “keep”, “donate”, “alter”, “toss”, “maybe” pile and trying every piece in your wardrobe on. ICK! That is hugely time consuming and I can think of much more enjoyable ways to spend my weekend.

Instead, use my “Unlucky 7” system to clean out your closet and you’ll be way ahead of the game. And even though it’s 7 steps, it really should only take about 30 minutes – MAX.

So, standing in front of your clothing, I want you to give it a quick once over and get rid of anything that falls into the following categories…

  • You don’t have to try it on to know it doesn’t fit (and never will).

  • It is past it’s “best before” date (the colour has faded, or it has holes/stains that can’t be repaired/removed).

  • It is dated and screams a particular fashion era or expired trend.

  • It is a colour that you hate and/or doesn’t flatter your complexion.

  • It makes you look bigger than you really are.

  • You just don’t like it anymore.

  • It doesn’t fit in with the Personal Style you aspire to.

3) You struggle with putting outfits together. This is usually the result of a combination of the above two issues – having too much stuff and being unclear about the image you want to project.

Solution: Wardrobe Capsules. In case you haven’t heard the term floating around the interwebs, a Wardrobe Capsule is a collection of a set number of pieces that can be mixed and matched with one another to create a variety of looks for a particular season and/or lifestyle – a mix of tops, bottoms, skirts, dresses, shoes, accessories, etc.

Building a Wardrobe Capsule takes some work, but once you do it the first time, it gets easier. Plus, you only have to do it 4 times a year (once for each season), and you’ll have a complete wardrobe that you can mix and match each piece with one another to create a variety of looks.

Actually, with my Wardrobe Mixology program, I teach you how to build a 13 piece capsule to create more than 60 different looks. Yeah, you could wear a different outfit EVERY DAY just with 13 pieces!

Psst…the next session of WM begins this coming Monday and the price goes up after that. Sign up here to get the never again to be offered $147 price.

So there you have it!

A handful of “some effort required” solutions to make you “Effortlessly Stylish”. :-)

I know this was a long post, but I really want to make sure you “get” this style thing and I want to show you the easiest route to get there. Like I said, it will take some effort at first (discovering your Personal Style, editing your wardrobe, and building Wardrobe Capsules), but it makes getting dressed, and life in general, so much easier!

By the way, Wardrobe Mixology also includes a private Facebook group where you can ask me anything you want and get one-on-one feedback along the way, but if you want even more hand holding and expert help with your style and wardrobe, I have a NEW Online Style Coaching package available. There are only 3 spots left for April (5 left for May, 6 left for June), so if you want to get next seasons wardrobe in order, now is the time to get on it.

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Denim on Denim – How to Wear the Canadian Tuxedo

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It’s a trend that comes and goes quite often and one I am often asked about – how to wear denim on denim.

AKA the “Canadian Tuxedo” or the “Texas Tuxedo”.

If this is a look you think you may like to try – here are some of my fave (and safest) ways to do it.

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Now I want to know – do you mix denim with denim already? What is your fave way to do it?

Let me know in the comments below. I’d love to hear your ideas!

 

 

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How to Build an Outfit from Scratch – A Recipe for Style Success

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Okay, time to get personal here.

I don’t cook.

Well, I shouldn’t say “I don’t”, but very rarely. And when I do, it’s usually the same 3 things – eggs, cabbage rolls, and Scottish breakfast. If making toast and smoothies counts, then I can make 5 things. :-)

Seriously though, I just don’t have the patience for cooking. And if a recipe calls for more than 5 ingredients, I’m out.

My husband on the other hand, he can throw amazing dishes together without a recipe and it turns out great all the time! I really don’t know how he does it.

Thinking about how easily it comes to my husband and how much I struggle with it,  it got me to thinking about getting dressed – and how cooking and putting an outfit together are very similar.

Some people can just instinctively know what to do, and others need a recipe.

Well, if you fall into the latter group, I’ve got you covered!

Here’s my no fail 5 step recipe for building a stylish outfit from scratch.

1) Start with your statement piece.

Think about the “flavour” of your outfit and what spice you need to make it happen.

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So, if you’re feeling a little sporty, maybe it’s a pair of Converse sneakers. If you’re feeling edgy, maybe it’s a cropped leather jacket. Feeling girly? Grab a fitted lace top.

 

2) From there, pick out a piece that will juxtapose the style of your statement piece.

In other words, something that will contrast the style of your statement piece, (so you don’t look like you are wearing a “Sporty” uniform head to toe), but that still “goes” with it.

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For example, if you went with the Converse sneakers, maybe you will grab a nice fitted top in a feminine print or pattern.

 

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If you choose the cropped leather jacket, maybe it’s a nice knit dress.

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3) Next, you need your completer piece.

In my world, a “completer” piece is a basic item that “completes” your outfit. You know, so you are fully clothed before leaving the house? :-)

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So, if you went with the converse sneakers and a feminine top, you need some pants – try them with a pair of skinny or boyfriend jeans.

 

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If you have the cropped leather jacket and knit dress, you need some footwear – so, grab a pair of cute ankle booties.

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And if you have a girly lace top and cargo pants – you could add on a pair or fun flats (maybe in a metallic or some sort of print).

 

4) Next is your topper.

The “icing” on the cake.

This is something that adds that extra bit of flavour.

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For the sporty converse look, a cute vest would work.

 

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If you went the edgy route with the leather jacket and dress, a printed scarf would be a nice added touch.

 

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And for the girly lace and camo look, a denim jacket to top it off.

 

5) Lastly, an accessory.

This can be anything from a statement necklace, to a funky cocktail ring, to a pair of sparkly studs. It doesn’t have to be big or flashy, but you need something.

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And there you have it – my easy to follow recipe for creating a stylish outfit in 5 steps.

So, get in the kitchen closet and start experimenting!

If you feel like sharing, I’d love to see what you come up with! Post it on my Facebook Page and help inspire others at the same time. Or if you’re shy, feel free to message me directly to show it off (or ask for feedback).

 

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P.S. If you’re like my clients and want to be fed styled well everyday, but are feeling overwhelmed at the thought of cooking up multiple outfits for all areas of your life, there are always other options.

1) You could always hire a Personal Stylist to help you out one-on-one – the equivalent to hiring a Personal Chef. You’ll have someone focusing just on you and your needs, doing the work for you, and they’ll make sure you get exactly what you need.

2) You could always take an e-course like Wardrobe Mixology for Busy Mama’s – the equivalent to a cooking course. You’ll get expert advice, lessons, and mentoring along the way so you can learn how to do it yourself.

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How to Create Balanced Proportions

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As a Personal Stylist, I always am being asked about my best tips for dressing your body shape.

Though it’s important to know a few tips to make the most of your shape, it is just as important to know how to work with your proportions – AKA your vertical body type.

By the way, this has nothing to do with being petite or tall, it is just about your proportions and the length of your upper body in comparison to your lower body.

 

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Some women are lucky enough to be ‘Balanced’ (like Kate Winslet on the right), but for the rest of us, we may need some help to balance our vertical proportions.

So, if you have a shorter torso and longer legs (like Scarlett Johansson on the left) or shorter legs and a longer torso (like Rachel Bilson in the middle), check out my tips to create more balance.

 

Longer Legs with a Shorter Torso (aka ‘High Waisted’)

No matter what your height, this just means that you have a longer lower body compared to your upper body.

Though most women tend to want to have longer legs than a longer torso anyway, if you want to create more balance (and make your torso look longer), here are some ways to do it…

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– Choose tops with vertical details.

– Choose medium to longer tops and jackets.

– Invest in a good quality bra to ensure your bust line is lifted.

– Avoid tucking in your tops.

– Choose lower rise pants and skirts (only if it works for your horizontal body type though).

– Dress the top half of your body in darker colours than your lower body.

 

Shorter Legs with a Longer Torso (aka ‘Low Waisted’)

Again, no matter what your height, this just means that you have a longer upper body compared to your lower body (as a result, it’s not uncommon for this type of proportioned woman to have a bum that looks lower).

Since most women tend to want to have the appearance of longer legs, here are some ways to do just that and balance your proportions…

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– Bring the focus up toward your face (and away from the lower body) with printed tops or tops that have other details that create visual interest up top.

– Use accessories like necklaces, earrings, and scarves to also bring the eye up.

– Create a shorter looking torso by tucking in your tops. If untucked, make sure they end no lower than your hip bone.

– Visually shorten the length of your torso with wider belts.

– Visually lengthen legs by matching your footwear to your pants, and matching your skirts to your hosiery. If not wearing hosiery, match your footwear to your skintone.

– Stick to straight or bootcut style jeans/pants and wear heels when possible to lengthen the legs.

– Wear mid to higher rise pants (and skirts) to lengthen your lower body. Lower rise styles will make your legs look shorter.

– Dress the top half of your body in lighter/brighter colours than your lower body.

 

coldeditIf you want to dig deeper and learn how to really make the most of your shape and up your style game at the same time, check out my one-on-one services OR my new online program Wardrobe Mixology for Busy Mama’s.

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How to Wear Ankle Boots

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I am a big fan of ankle boots and with Spring right around the corner (please Mother Nature, enough Winter already!), it’s the perfect time to start wearing them.

I’ve heard from a lot of clients and readers of the blog though that they just don’t know HOW to wear them.

So, I’m going to clear up the confusion for you here and now!

 

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When wearing them with jeans (or skinny pants), the jeans either have to be ankle length so you still see a bit of skin, or you need to cuff them. Messy cuff, thick cuff, thin cuff, any one will do. Just make sure you never tuck your jeans into the ankle boot or worse, try to pull them over top!

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For work, swap out your pumps for an ankle boot when wearing your favourite pencil skirt. Not only will it be comfier, but you’ll look super stylish! If the skirt goes below your knee, you don’t want to loose too much of your leg line so the only rule is to make sure you wear a boot that dips down a bit in the front to show some of your ankle, or a boot with cut outs to show some more skin.

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Tip #3

For a playful and fun look, ankle boots looks super cute with fuller skirts! If you are wearing a style of boot that cuts straight across the ankle though, it will cut off your leg line a bit, so make sure the skirt is above the knee so more leg is exposed.

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So, are you ready to try some ankle boots for Spring? I hope so!

If you have any other questions about how to style them or would like to share a pic of you in yours, I’d love to see it! Come on over to my Facebook page and share.

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9 Necklaces, 9 Necklines – How to Choose the Best Necklace

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I was recently asked by a friend what type of necklace to choose for a specific style of dress she was wearing to an upcoming event.

Of course, everyone’s personal styles/tastes will vary, but the overall style/shape of the necklace should mimic the neckline of the garment you are wearing. In other words, when it comes to choosing a necklace, it all comes down to the neckline.

Check out my cheat sheet below and bookmark it to use as a handy “what type of necklace should I wear?” reference.

You’re welcome!

 

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How to Look Cute when it’s So Cold

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I don’t know about you, but where I am…this cold snap feels like it is NEVER. GOING. TO. END.

Really, I’m not sure how much more I can take of it! It’s starting to cramp my style. Do you know what I mean? There is only so much you can do to look cute and stylish when it’s so freakin’ cold out. Am I right?!

The good news is, I do have a few tricks up my sleeve.

Check them out below so you can keep looking cute in the cold too…

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 How do you stay looking stylish when it’s so cold out? Come on over to my Facebook page and share!

 

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