Client Experience: Sarah's Personal Shopping Trip to Birmingham

Sarah is a busy entrepreneur, running the successful and expanding  Naylor George Recruitment and balancing this with her love of coaching individuals through Live, Love, Life Coaching.  She has also just finished writing her first book and undertaken an additional coaching qualification, which has meant she has been an extremely busy lady of late! A shopping trip down to Birmingham was a treat to herself to give her some downtime.

The Brief

I first had a wardrobe consultation and personal shop with Sarah back in 2015 when her personal circumstances had just changed and she wanted her wardrobe to reflect her new self! After getting her core pieces sorted Sarah's wardrobe continued to evolve. However with her limited spare time Sarah found herself making quick, unplanned purchases which began to become a bit 'samey' and boring.

To get Sarah back on track we did some Style Identity work, which identified that Sarah had a long standing love of relaxed boho style elements, mixed with a splash of shiny metallics, an eclectic mix! We also found her celebrity style inspiration in Trinny Woodall, who shares similar characteristics and style to Sarah.

Shopping Trip

Having regularly shopped in Nottingham, Sarah wanted to try somewhere different and so we ventured down to the Bull Ring in Birmingham with it's impressive selection of department stores and shops which we just don't have locally. Within 10 minutes of arriving we had found Sarah two perfect pairs of shoes in Selfridges which underpin all her outfits, she also discovered her dream Issey Miyake bag, but the budget didn't stretch quite that far! 

Outfits

Here are a selection of Sarah's outfits, which mix with existing pieces that Sarah had, most of which we had picked up on a previous shopping trip:

Outfit 1

Outfit 1

Outfit 2

Outfit 2

Outfit 3

Outfit 3

Outfit 4

Outfit 4

Outfit 5

Outfit 5

Outfit Details:

Outfit 1: Top, Whistles (last year); Culottes, Monsoon; Espadrilles (last year).

Outfit 2: Top, Oasis; Skirt; Karen Millen; Shoes, Clarks.

Outfit 3: Top, Monsoon; Leather Jacket and Denim Culottes, Whistles; Shoes, Carvela.

Outfit 4: Top, Joules; Skirt, existing piece; Shoes, Clarks.

Outfit 5: Dress, Warehouse; Sandals, Carvela; Cat (models Own!).

Feedback

Here is what Sarah said about the experience:

Many thanks for ALL your help – it was a fab day even if I was totally knackered! Loving my new clothes. I would never have been able to achieve all of that without your fab help!

Style Question... How To Style Jogging Bottoms For The Spring

Hi Hayley, I really like the casual look of smart jogging bottoms and just haven't managed to find the right ones. I am also not sure exactly how to wear them and what to team with it. I would really love to nail the trend for spring, can you help?!

Of course I can! The staple sportswear item has been given a makeover over recent years and is now a great casual contemporary alternative to jeans and oh so comfy! Here are Olivia Palmero, Emma Stone and Emily Blunt sporting the trend.

Top Tips

To look contemporary and avoid veering into Vanilla Ice or Vicky Pollard territory follow these top tips:

  1. Slim cut pair. For a contemporary silhouette, no MC Hammer crotch! 
  2. Neutral shade. Will give you maximum styling options.
  3. Keep it simple. Team with t-shirts, vest tops, relaxed knits.
  4. Cover up. Try a leather or denim jacket.
  5. Choose the fabric wisely. Go for a pair with a tailored element to them in a good quality jersey or light weight cotton. Avoid the thick heavy material of traditional sports wear. 

How to Wear

One of the trickiest things most people find with wearing a sports inspired trouser is what footwear to team it with. Keep it casual in line with it's sportswear roots, by teaming it with trainers, sandals, espadrilles or Toms during the daytime. If you want to wear them for evening, you can swap them for some heels for a nightime look. Here are some ideas:

Outfit Board

The black jogging bottoms featured below are from Hush (£49.50) and also available in khaki and charcoal so a neutral to co-ordinate with every colour palette. All the other pieces are from the High Street, simply click for all the details.

Do You Have a Style Question?

Get in touch, or if you would like some personalised advice for you check out my in person and online services. In the meantime, head over to my Facebook page for regular style tips and ideas.

Hayley

Client Experience: Gemma's Occasion Fix

Gemma contacted me after buying some glittery silver jeans in the Black Friday sale, but being unsure how to wear them for an upcoming works Christmas party. Gemma wanted a relaxed evening look, without being too dressy.

Morgan Glittery Coated 7/8 Slim Jeans, £49

 

Here's are some image I used to inspire the outfits:

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Outfit Boards

To offset the sparkle of the trousers, I included simple, casual elements, using the same cool colour palette to complement Gemma's colouring.

The Outfits

Here's Gemma in her outfit, inspired by the boards:

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Feedback

"I bought the trousers without thinking about what I was going to wear with them. I got a bit overwhelmed and was running out of time so decided to ask Hayley for some ideas.  My favourite outfits were Look 1 and 3, I decided to mix up and inspired me to use some similar pieces which I already had. I found the outfit boards really helpful, it took the worry out of what to wear. I liked the outfit so much I actually ended up wearing for my birthday night out the week before my works night out! My friends really liked my outfit and I got lots of compliments.'

If you need some help with an outfit for a special occasion, check out my Online Special Occasion Fix.

Hayley

Client Experience: Elaine's Online Capsule Wardrobe Fix

Elaine had a colour and style consultation a few years ago with a different consultant. Elaine has always followed the advice given to her, but has found it difficult to always find pieces in the shops which tick all the boxes, whilst still looking contemporary.

THE BRIEF

Elaine works four days as a Legal Executive spending most of her time seeing client's in the office, but occasionally having to go on last minute hearings to court with little notice. Elaine therefore requires a flexible business casual wardrobe, with the option to upgrade to a suit when required.

OUTFIT BOARDS

To complement Elaine's cool, deep Winter colouring I chose basics in neutral colours of black and grey for a skirt, trousers and jackets, combining them with accents of deep forest green, deep fuchsia and aubergine. This ensured that everything worked together to provide as many outfit options for Elaine as possible.

OUTFITS

Here is Elaine in a couple of her new outfits:

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FEEDBACK

"My work wardrobe had become dated and I hate shopping for work clothes. Some pieces I have had for longer than I care to think about, there may even have been a few maternity pieces left from when I was pregnant with my son, 4 years ago! Although my wardrobe was full, I only wore a few things to work and felt that I didn't have anything to wear, I'm sure my colleagues were bored seeing me in the same old things! I owned a lot of suits from a previous role which I no longer use, but had not got around to replacing them with a new more casual wardrobe.  To complicate matters, I currently have a foot injury which means that my old shoes were uncomfortable and I had reverted to wearing slippers whilst sat at my desk!

I have been looking at Hayley's outfit boards for a while and when she launched the new Capsule Wardrobe Fix, it was the perfect solution! I asked Hayley to source me a Capsule Wardrobe with a budget of £400, to include some comfortable shoes and nothing that needed dry cleaning, it's a pain!

I was so excited when I received the first outfit board, I couldn't believe I could get a months worth of outfits from twelve pieces! I just loved how it all worked together. There was a pair of shoes which I wasn't keen on, so Hayley substituted them for me. My favourite piece is the dark forest green blouse with a jewelled neckline, which I would never have looked at in the shops, but I absolutely love it!

The process was so easy, I liked being able to order everything myself when I had time. There was a couple of pieces that didn't fit me when they arrived, but Hayley suggested alternatives which work really well. I feel so much better going to work and have had so many compliments. I can't wait to get Hayley to help me with a new Capsule for my casual wardrobe next year! "

How to Choose the Perfect Christmas Party Dress for Your Body Shape

It’s that time of year when party season is upon us, whether you have one or more occasions to go to, it can be stressful if you have nothing to wear. Most of us have a few occasion dresses lurking in the back of the wardrobe, but often they no longer fit, are outdated or you simply don’t really like it anymore!

For most of us it’s a rare opportunity to get glammed up, so you want to look good, feel confident and have a good time! Getting the shape of the dress right is key to finding the perfect fit and feeling comfortable in it. You want to find a dress that balances your body by accentuating it’s positives, flatters your natural shape and features.

To help you find your perfect shape dress, follow these simple guidelines. 

 
Little Mistress, £70

Little Mistress, £70

 

 

 

Heavier on the Bottom Half

If you carry your weight around your bum and thighs, a fit and flare shape or A-Line dress will skim and flow over your bottom half. Adding details on the top half will draw the attention upwards. Looks great teamed with a classic black heel and clutch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fuller in the Middle

Elongate your torso and draw attention away from your waist. The sparkle on the neckline of this navy blue dress creates attention above your bust, whilst the asymmetric hem creates interest below. Just enough sparkle to be festive and wear it through the year too.

Mint Velvet, £129

Mint Velvet, £129

 
Coast, £69

Coast, £69

 

 

 

No Curves

If you feel that you want to add curves to your silhouette, try a dress with patterns which move the eye around the body. The horizontal bands on this dress will create the illusion of varying widths, adding curves to your body. The classic lace will be timeless.

 
The Pretty Dress Company £149

The Pretty Dress Company £149

 

 

 

Defined Curves

You have a balanced top and bottom half and proportionately smaller waist. Follow the natural curves in your body, by choosing a dress that nips in at the waist. This forest green dress comes in a stretch velvet to fit your curves and comes in a number of different colours.

 
Monsoon, £109

Monsoon, £109

 

 

Wider on the Top Half

Draw attention down to your hips with shimmering fabrics and details on your bottom half. The pleats in this velvet dress will add volume to your hipline, balancing it with your shoulders. The beautiful teal blue of the dress will work well for most colourings.

I hope that helps! If you need any further help and guidance or simply don't have time to shop, check out my new online Special Occasion Fix service, handpicked head to toe outfits especially for you! 

Hayley x

 

Client Experience: Alison's Wardrobe Update

Alison is a busy mum to two gorgeous daughters both under three. Due to Alison's recent pregnancies and demands of motherhood, she hadn't invested in her wardrobe which had meant that it had become dated and worn out. Alison called on me to bring her wardrobe back up to date!

The Brief

Alison wanted to create a contemporary and sophisticated wardrobe, which was practical for days with her daughters, but also a few pieces for work and evenings out.

Alison had a few items in her wardrobe that she still loved but that she had nothing to wear with them, such as a sequinned skirt and charcoal grey blazer. 

Together, we came up with a selection of images to inspire our shopping trip, which would then form the basis of Alison's new wardrobe.

You can see from the images that Alison prefers a neutral, muted palette of colours, with a mix of classic pieces and contemporary details. From this, I compiled a shopping list. This included updated basics which would form the backbone of Alison's wardrobe and finishing touches, such as a blanket scarf, a fedora hat and animal print ballet flats.

Shopping Trip

We headed into Nottingham and hit the High Street shops including H&M, Zara, Next and Oasis.  We found Alison lots of pieces that she could layer over the winter, rediscovered her love of hats and found an amazing festive outfit! The one thing we struggled with was finding wide fitting shoes. As is common in the shops, they have plenty of choice if you are a standard size/height/fit, but if you require tall/petite/wide fittings the stock in the stores is low or non-existent, so it's often a case of popping online to order some additional pieces.

Outfits

After a long day, including a stop off for lunch and an afternoon carrot cake to keep us energised we found some perfect outfits, here are just a few:

Outfit 1

Outfit 1

Outfit 2

Outfit 2

Outfit 3

Outfit 3

Outfit Details:

Outfit 1: Coat, Zara; Top,Jeans and bag all Oasis; Boots, Next; Necklace existing piece. 

Outfit 2: Scarf, Jumper, shirt and Gloves, all H&M; Coat, Warehouse; Jeans, Oasis; Boots, Next.

Outfit 3: Top, Skirt and necklace, Next; Bag, Oasis; Shoes existing piece.

Feedback

Here is what Alison said about the experience:

My wardrobe took a back seat for effectively three years after having two children. I was left with a few well-worn favourites, very dull and dated staples and the odd pieces which didn’t go with anything else so still had price tags on!! The task of updating was daunting and I wanted to spend my limited time and money wisely so I got in touch with Hayley.

Hayley is friendly yet professional, she gave me lots of useful tips and advice on everything from how to organise my wardrobe to the best way to accessorise my clothes. Whilst out shopping Hayley kept me focused on what we were looking for and had a plan in place so that we could make best use of time. As well as finding completely new outfits, we picked up pieces to wear with items I already had, but had not yet worn so that I could make the most of them. It was  a really fun experience and I now have a wonderful selection of clothes which all work really well together, that I love. Thank you Hayley xx 

 

CLIENT EXPERIENCE: AMANDA'S PERSONAL SHOPPING TRIP

I met Amanda back in 2015 when we worked together on a fashion show. Amanda is a talented lifestyle photographer, specialising in commercial photography. As a busy entrepreneur, mum and wife, Amanda was ready to update her look and find out what really suited her.

THE BRIEF

Amanda’s primary objective was to find outfits that she felt comfortable in and were practical for her busy lifestyle, predominantly on the school run, on location as a photographer and at business events. Amanda was most at home in clothes with bohemian elements which reflected her artistic flair and passion for nature.

INITIAL CONSULTATION

We had an initial consultation in 2015 when I showed Amanda the 'spring' colours which made her glow and the style of colours which would flatter her body shape, we even got to have a mini personal shop in a local boutique when Amanda found a sassy dress and shoes for an event she was going to.

OUTFIT BOARDS

To reflect Amanda’s requirements I created a number of spring and summer outfits boards for her with inspiration of outfits to wear for different occasions, which she could just click and shop. She loved them!

SHOPPING TRIP

As the colder weather set in Amanda realised that her Autumn/Winter wardrobe was not up to the same standard as her new outfits for warmer months and so we booked in a shopping trip to Meadowhall to find her some perfect pieces. Amanda’s priority for this trip was clothes that she could wear for networking events and client meetings.


We shopped in Amanda’s go to brands of Debenhams, Next and Marks and Spencer. I also introduced her to White Stuff which I knew would have plenty of patterned skirts and dresses she would love!

THE OUTFITS


After a fun few hours we had found plenty of pieces which all worked with each other, giving Amanda plenty of mix and match outfit options.

Outfit 1 

Outfit 1 

Outfit 2

Outfit 2

Outfit 3

Outfit 3

Outfit 4

Outfit 4

Outfit Details:

Outfit 1: Top, Oasis. Skirt, Amanda's own.

Outfit 2: Dress, Mantary at Debenhams. Boots Amanda's own.

Outfit 3: Top, Marks and Spencer. Gilet, Marks and Spencer. Skirt, White Stuff.

Outfit 4: Top, Marks and Spencer. Skirt, White Stuff.

FEEDBACK

"If I'm honest, I was a wee bit anxious about my personal shopping trip with Hayley as I wasn't sure whether there would be enough choice to suit me in the shops. But I needn't have worried, Hayley knew where to find everything and I was surprised by the amount of choice I had!  

My aim for the shopping trip was to find pieces that could be mixed and matched to make up several different outfits that I could wear on different occasions . Hayley showed me how to put different combinations together whilst we shopped and I am really pleased with the selection that we found which enables me to do just that.

Working with Hayley was lots of fun, she's very easy to get on with.  Hayley picked lots of pieces up for me to try on which I wouldn't have chosen myself. It was fab as it allowed me to experiment and try new things and I loved her choices!

Having a personal shopping experience is an investment in yourself and one that will give you value for many years to come so if you've been thinking about doing it for a while now's the time to do it so you look and feel amazing in time for the festive season! "

HOW TO FIND YOUR STYLE PERSONALITY

Do you prefer neutrals or bright colours? Statement pieces or understated elegance? Minimal or embellished? Or do you feel overwhelmed and not really sure what you like, let alone how to turn it into an outfit that you can actually wear?! Don’t despair, read on!

IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU

Having a clear idea of what you like will really help you to create outfits that you love and wear. I think it’s one of the areas that is the most important to me when I am advising clients, because everybody has their own tastes, likes and dislikes. One look definitely does not fit all, although some key wardrobe basics definitely help!

The more you know about what you like, your style and the image you want to portray, the easier it is to find and create outfits that you love. As a stylist, knowing this make it easier for me to advise my client's about how to use those elements in your own wardrobe so that you can create your perfect outfits. 

FIND YOUR INSPIRATION

The simplest and most visual way to do this is through Pinterest. If you haven’t used Pinterest before, it’s effectively an online scrapbook of millions of images to inspire you, no old style sticking and gluing required! Pinterest is an amazing tool for getting inspiration. Accounts are free and you can sign up here with a few easy details. But warning, you may find it a bit addictive and hours can easily pass by!

  1. Simply create a ‘board’, you can find out how to do this here. You could call it something like ‘Outfit Inspiration’. In the category, choose ‘women's fashion’.

  2. Want to keep you board a secret? When you create a board it defaults to a public board, so that anybody can search and see what you have created. If you want to keep it a secret so only you and I can see it, simply click the option ‘Secret’ below the category. You can change the boards privacy options at any time.

  3. For my client’s, you can add me as a collaborator Hayley Eleanor so that I can see the board and suggest outfits for you.

  4. Start pinning! To help you get started to find images you like, here are a few options:

    1. Take a look at my profile and pin images you like.

    2. Use the search feature to input details such as ‘women’s casual outfits’ or ‘women’s coats’, etc.

    3. Use the ‘home feed’ feature next to the search bar to search images in Women’s Fashion.

    4. You can also upload images you find on websites or images you have taken or stored. Find out how to here.

THE ANALYTICAL BIT...

Once you have created an outfit board, now is time to analyse it. Don't worry it's nothing complicated, no science or math degrees required! Simply list the things that the images you have pinned have in common, to get you started:

  1. Colours are they bold, soft, neutral?
  2. Prints/ patterns, do you have lots or stripes, busy patterns?
  3. Details, do the pieces have lots going on or are they minimal?
  4. Fit, are the looks tailored or loose?
  5. Pieces, have you pinned a lot of trousers or skirt?
  6. Accessories, do the images contain lots of statement jewellery or is it barely there?
  7. Statement, does one statement pieces crop up repeatedly, such as shoes or bag?

TRADITIONAL STYLE PERSONALITIES

To assist you, I have summarised eight of the traditional style personalities below. It may be that you wholeheartedly align yourself with one  or that you find yourself associated with elements of a few. No matter which you fall into, it's important that it represents you so that you feel confident in your choices. There is no right or wrong. 

 

Classic.

You like co-ordinated basics, in neutral colours which combine for an elegant, timeless, sophisticated look. Celebrity followers: Elle McPherson, Kate Middleton and Anne Hathaway.

 


 

 

Romantic.

You like to look feminine with accents of lace, embellishment or sparkle, sometimes with vintage elements. Celebrity followers: Taylor Swift, Emma Watson and Naomi Watts.

 


 

Relaxed.

You want to feel comfortable in your clothing, preferring simple, casual looks which are easy to pull together. Celebrity followers: Jennifer Aniston, Cameron Diaz and Julia Roberts.

 


 

Eclectic.

You like experimenting with unconventional and creative looks, by using patterns and playful combinations. Celebrity followers: Lady Gaga, Rachel Zoe and Lana Del Ray.


 

Bohemian.

You're free spirited and like clothing with an ethnic and bohemian vibe in natural fibres, paisley and florals. Celebrity followers: Sienna Miller, Uma Thurman, and Nicole Ritchie.

 


Fashionable.

You are a trendsetter, confident and bold in your choices ready to try out the next new thing! Celebrity followers: Beyonce, Blake Lively and Rihanna.


 

Dramatic.

You are confident in your clothing choices and like to stand out from the crowd. You show of your feminine form in bright or figure hugging clothing. Celebrity followers: Kim Kardashian, Dita Von Teese and Sharon Osbourne.

 

 


Rock.

You love to look edgy wearing leather and plaid with flourishes if lace, studs and metal work in deep moody hues. Celebrity followers: Kate Moss, Rita Ora and Pink.

 

 

 


PUT IT TOGETHER

Now that you know what you like, have a look in your wardrobe and see what key pieces you have identified you are missing to create the look, it may be a biker jacket for your rock chick days or some statement heels to add some vavoom to your outfit! Whatever it is, go forward and wear it with confidence!

I'm always posting easy to follow style and outfit inspiration over on my Facebook page, with ideas as to how to wear current trends so go and give it a 'like' for your daily dose of inspiration! If you're still struggling, get in touch for a one to one consultation where I can help you find your style mojo!

Hayley x

 


Style Question... Help! I Need Some New Ankle Boots for Work

Hi Hayley, I'm looking for some ankle boots for work. I would like a bit of heel that I can wear under my longer trousers instead of court shoes, but also something that would look nice with skirts. Can you help?

Ankle boots have become a wardrobe staple over the past few years. They're versatile, going with anything from skirts, shorts to jeans. They're much more flattering on most people than mid-calf styles and it's much easier to find a pair to fit than knee high styles which have to fit around your calves aswell, which can be a challenge in itself!

Here are a few quick tips to bear in mind when choosing ankle boots:

Your Scale

Choose a pair which replicate the size of your legs. If you are slimmer legged, a pair of chunky wedges or thick platform will make your legs look twiggy and feet  boat like, so opt for a lighter weight pair. If you have heavy legs, a delicate heel will make them appear thicker, whereas a chunky heel will balance them out.

Your Proportions

Broader on the top half? A pair of statement boots with colour, pattern or embellishment will distract and draw attention away from your top half.

Larger on the bottom half? Opt for simple styles which will not draw attention. Try to match the colour of your boots to your trousers or hosiery which will provide the illusion of a longer and therefore slimmer bottom half.

Your Style

Basic boots in  neutrals colours will go with everything and are a good start to your wardrobe. It’s ideal to have a dark pair such as black and taupe or brown and tan to wear with tights in the winter or bare legs when it’s warmer. Also consider incorporating details which reflect your style. So if you like bold and dramatic, try a bright colour. If you like rock inspired elements, look for zips, studs and metal details. A cowgirl at heart? Go for a contemporary western inspired boot.

High Street Finds

Colour block to add a statement! Oasis, £45.

Colour block to add a statement! Oasis, £45.

Sassy open front! With added comfort sole. Also available in Black and Grey. Carvela, £130

Sassy open front! With added comfort sole. Also available in Black and Grey. Carvela, £130

A bit of a twist with a shoe boot and open back buckle. Also available in Grey. Clarks, £50

A bit of a twist with a shoe boot and open back buckle. Also available in Grey. Clarks, £50

60s inspired! Also available in Black, Navy and Leopard. Dune, £90

60s inspired! Also available in Black, Navy and Leopard. Dune, £90

Love the bow detail on this suede boot! Also available in Beige. Aldo, £90

Love the bow detail on this suede boot! Also available in Beige. Aldo, £90

Glamorous ankle wrap with an on-trend metallic detail. Carvela, £130

Glamorous ankle wrap with an on-trend metallic detail. Carvela, £130

Do You Have a Style Question?

If you are looking for an item, send me a message  and I'll be happy to help! In the meantime, head over to my Facebook page for regular style tips and ideas.

Hayley

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Style Question... What Footwear Do I Wear With These Khaki Crop Trousers?

I recently had a query from one of my lovely client's who had picked up these fab cropped khaki trousers from Oasis but wasn't sure what footwear to wear with them. 

Cropped trousers can be a bit daunting if you haven't worn them before and people often think they can't wear them if they are shorter or heavier in the leg as they create a visual break in your leg line. However, with the right footwear this needn't be a worry!

Three Easy Ways to Wear Them

1. With Trainers

Stick to simple low or slip-on styles, rather than high tops to maximise the length of your pins!

2. With Boots

Channelling a 70s vibe,  perfect for winter. Just ensure that when you sit down that the boot comes up high enough so that you continue to see the boot or alternatively some hosiery in the same colour as the boot to continue it's look.

3. With Heels

Dress up your crops for the evening with a simple court shoe or heel. Avoid any details around the ankle or lots of strap details and elongate with lower cut styles.

High Street Finds

Given the warm khaki colour of the trousers, the trousers would look best with a warm neutral, such as camel, tan or brown. The footwear would then compliment and work with other pieces in your wardrobe. Here are a few options...

Converse, Office £59.99

Converse, Office £59.99

Next, £55

Next, £55

Debenhams, £78

Debenhams, £78

Do You Have a Style Question?

If you have found an item and you are not sure what or how to wear with it, send me a message  and I'll be happy to help! In the meantime, head over to my Facebook page for regular style tips and ideas.

Hayley

Masterclass...How to Colour Block

I recently spotted this photo of Chrissy Tiegan in a fab berry and orange colour blocked outfit. It looks so chic and effective and is perfect if you like to keep details in your outfit minimal but like to wear colour!

What is Colour Blocking?

It's a method of wearing multiple solid colours in an outfit. The outfits is usually limited to a palette of two or three colours, often in contrasting shades. There are no patterns in the outfit as this would take away the 'block' effect. It was very popular in the 60's and 80's but looks just as contemporary today. 

How Do I Use it in an Outfit?

There are a number of ways that you can use colour blocking in an outfit:

1. Use the same colour throughout the outfit, but in different shades. 

2. Use separates in two or three contrasting colours. 

3. Buy an outfit off the shelf where the garments have been blocked for you.

Which Colours Should I Use?

This is where a good old colour wheel comes in handy! The most popular choices for colour blocking are by either using two colours which are opposite each other in the colour wheel, known as complimentary colours. Or as Chrissy has done above, use colours which are next to each other in the colour wheel, known as analogous colours. You could also use one colour but in different shades, known as monochromatic.

How Do I Accessorise an Outfit?

It depends on how brave you're feeling! With so many colours going on in one outfit you may want to tone it down with neutral accessories to ground the look, such as black, navy or tan. If you're feeling brave and have stuck to a monochromatic or analgous combination, you could try a contrasting accent.

I hope that gives you some inspiration, let me know how you get on and don't forget to like my Facebook page for regular style tips and inspiration. 

Hayley 

What to Wear on A Night Out... Embellished Jacket

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Are you going out this weekend, but at a loss what to wear? Keep it simple and take inspiration from Olivia Palmero and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley's tried and tested formula of jeans, heels, a classic top and stunning statement jacket.  Here are some of the best embellished jackets from the High Street at the moment:

Pretty Little Thing, £30

Pretty Little Thing, £30

Zara, £89.99

Zara, £89.99

French Connection, £99

French Connection, £99

TopShop, £120

TopShop, £120

Just Landed... High Street Finds from 2 August 2016

The first of the new season Autumn collections are beginning to appear on the High Street. Whilst I was out and about today in Nottingham I found these slightly preppy and Victorian inspired pieces:

Zara, £89

Zara, £89

  • Zara always have great jacket and coats. 
  • Wear with some slim legged trouser and a blouse for work.
  • Team with some skinny jeans an a basic tea for smart casual.
Ted Baker, £99

Ted Baker, £99

  • Inspired by a traditional man dinner jacket this navy, white and pink top will be sure to make an impact in the office or out in the evening.
  • The thick lined material means it will be better worn out than tucked in.
  • Wear with dark wash denim for evening chic.
Paul Smith, £85

Paul Smith, £85

  • Not the purple/pink version I spotted in store, think I may just be 'ahead' of the game!!!
  • When choosing a hat, make sre the brim isn't wider than your shoulders so you're wearing it rather than it wearing you.
  • If you only purchase intend on having one hat, choose one in a neutral so that it co-ordinates easily will other items in your wardrobe.

Until next time, happy shopping!

Hayley x

5 Key Pieces for Every Stylish Woman's Professional Wardrobe

Do you want to look professional but stylish in the workplace? Whether your business dress code is casual or corporate, here are my key pieces to keep your professional wardrobe up to date this autumn.

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Trench coat. The ultimate cover-up which looks equally great whether worn with skirts or trousers for effortless elegance. The tied belt is great to accentuate a small waist, or tied around the back will create shape. Stick to single breasted if you are larger on the top half and conversely double breasted if you want to add volume.

  1. Water repellent mid thigh coat from Zara is ideal if you get caught in a downpour if you nip out for lunch. Cotton Trench Coat £69.99.

  2. Patterned trench from Hobbs has a lovely highland flower print which adds a twist to the traditional block coloured versions. It will look great with basic black trousers and skirts to add some pattern. If you’re looking for something with colour, Hobbs also have same great choices this season in green, cobalt blue and berry purple. Mackay Trench £199.

  3. Graphite zipped biker inspired trench from Mint Velvet is great if you want an edgy twist. Graphite Zip Trench £170.

Power suit. For that important meeting, crucial presentation or job interview, every women needs a suit in which they feel confident and powerful. Choose a neutral colour such as Black, Grey or Navy which will coordinate with the other colours in your wardrobe. Ensure that the suit fits you perfectly and have it adjusted by a tailor if the arms or legs are too long,

  1. Next always carry a great range of suits. This grey striped suit has this season's key slim leg. Grey Self Stripe Suit £65.

  2. The grosgrain trims on this grey Hobbs suit will flatter your waist and the boxy style is reminiscent of Jackie O. Lilibeth Dress and Jacket Suit £358.

  3. Austin Reed are the go-to for a classic timeless style which will last. Black Classic Suit £298.

Blouse. A couple of great blouses can be worn with skirts or trousers, whether your business attire is casual or corporate. Just make sure it fits you properly, shapeless white shirts reminiscent of school days will not do anything for any shape and gaping buttons will distract attention from your key messages.

  1. Cream and black blouse with lace detail from Hawes and Curtis is simply stunning. Ladies Cream and Black Lace Front Blouse £28.

  2. Wraparound from the newly launched Bruce Oldfield collection is perfect for nipping in your waist. Bruce Oldfield Contrast Trim Blouse £79.

  3. If you desire high-end luxury for the office why not invest in a silk shirt. It will always be timeless. Jaegar have a great selection in various patterns and colourways. Silk Graphic Dot Print Blouse £150.

Killer heels. It’s no secret that wearing heels , but they also need to be comfortable. Wearing a pair that constantly pinches and blisters is not good for you or your feet. For ultimate comfort look for styles with a cushioned lining, a wedge or a block heel, which will spread the pressure on your soles.

  1. Clarks have a  great range of cushion soles to be the best on the High Street. Kendra Dime £60.

  2. Many brands are also starting to introduce different width fittings for those of us that don’t fit into the traditional width fittings. Duo has a great selection of courts for everyday in narrow and wide fittings. These gorgeous damson purple pumps are available in narrow, standard and wide fittings. Silken £130.

  3. Finery was launched last year and if some great pieces if you are looking for something contemporary and innovative. Lotus Leather High Heel Open Shoes £119.

Statement Handbag. For those in very traditional professions or very corporate businesses it is often hard to let your personality shine when you have a strict dark suit, light top dress code. A statement bag will provide you with a canvas of expression, whether you prefer a bright colour, bold pattern or give a nod to to latest trend. Whether your budget allows you to invest in the latest designer style by or your budget is more limited, think practically and ensure it has all the internal space you need, whether this be to carry around a client file or your laptop, getting the internal space right will make life so much easier!

  1. This Next shopper is in one of this seasons key berry colour and the laser cut detail gives it an extra edge. Laser Cut Shopper £34.

  2. This season Boden have some great patterned choices, this animal print being one of my personal favourites. Berkeley Zip Bag £159.

  3. Stella & Dot have some great roomy totes, front of The Shift turns into a clutch for perfect day to night transition. The Shift- Black Perf £170.

Until next time, happy shopping!

Hayley x

You Are Your Brand

Create the RIGHT first impression every time with expert Personal Style and Image Consultant, Hayley Eleanor Smith and talented Commercial Lifestyle Photographer, Amanda McConnell, with our exclusive ‘You Are Your Brand’ package.

It takes 7 seconds to make a first impression, make it a great one! In a competitive online marketplace, the image you portray in your business headshots needs to represent you and your business brand and capture you looking your professional best so you stand apart from your competition.    

Have you recently launched or are about to launch a new business? Are you rebranding an existing business? Are you in need of some professional business headshots?

To celebrate the launch of our exclusive You Are Your Brand’ style and photo shoot package, we are delighted to offer women in business an opportunity to win our package worth £300, which includes:

  • A personal ‘business style’ consultation with Hayley where you will find out the best colour and style of outfits that match your business brand along with guidance on hair colour and styles, accessories and makeup to finish your look.

  • Bespoke online outfit boards created for you OR the option to go on a personal shop to find the perfect outfits for you.

  • The use of exclusive boutique style jewellery from Stella & Dot to complete your look on your business headshot photo shoot.

  • A pre shoot consultation with Amanda where she will expertly guide you through the creative process to choose the right location and images/poses that will give you the look you want to compliment your business brand.

  • A two hour photo shoot with Amanda who will provide you with direction in posing, whilst ensuring you feel comfortable in front of her camera to enable those natural, characterful images to be captured.

  • Access to a private online gallery to view your images.

  • Professionally edited, high and low resolution images presented on a personalised disc with all usage rights granted.

  • A featured blog article documenting details of your experience with Hayley and Amanda that will be shared on both websites and social media pages.

 

Entry Requirements

  

  • You must be a female business owner.

  • Living in Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire or South Yorkshire.

  • Have social media accounts for your business.

  • Tell us why you would like to win this ‘You Are Your Brand’ package.

 

Terms and Conditions

  1. The style consultation and photographic session will take place within 30 miles of NG18. http://www.freemaptools.com/radius-around-point.htm

  2. You agree to the images that we capture of you, being used by Amanda McConnell Photography and Hayley Eleanor Smith for print and online marketing.

  3. Your privacy will be respected and your details will not be shared with any third party without your consent.

  4. The closing date for all entries is Thursday, 15th October 2015

  5. A winner will be chosen and notified on Friday, 16th October 2015.

  6. The competition prize should be claimed and used by 6th November 2015.

Good Luck!

 

How To Wear High Waisted Slim Jeans

The skinny jeans which have been the key feature of most of our wardrobes for many seasons are starting to be replaced by the more forgiving straight and slim leg. Thanks to the 70s trend, high waisted trousers are also making a comeback, which can be very helpful in hiding a muffin top!  I have take one pair of Next high-waisted slim jeans and created four unique looks:

1. Layered. Grey is a key colour for next season so get in early with this layered knit from Mint Velvet.

2. Wrap. Designers continue to take inspiration from the orient and this Oasis wrap top couldn't be more wearable.

3. Cropped. To show off a small waist, wear a cropped sweater or blouse which sits on the waist band of the jeans,  making your legs look endless.!

4. Blouse. With autumn slowly creeping up on us, this Boden blouse  and ankle boot combination will ensure that you are ready for the cooler days.

Details of all the pieces featured can be found here

Do you have a style query that you want help with? Send me a quick message and you may just find it featured in my next blog!

The Prettiest Nursing Clothes

In celebration of national Breast Feeding Week I've found some of the best nursing bras, tops and dresses for after your bundle of joy arrives.

In an ideal world most of us would like to jump straight back into the clothes that we wore prior to our baby bump appearing. In reality this doesn't happen because we are usually carrying natural baby weight or practicality takes over. As a matching set girl prior to having my son, I found it quite difficult finding pretty co-ordinated underwear that made me feel nice whilst allowing me to feed easily. I also found nursing tops that I actually wanted to wear, tricky to track down. For those of you that are expecting or are nursing, here are some top tips that I learnt along the way:

  • Ensure you have regular fittings to ensure you are wearing the correct size. Your boobs have an amazing ability to change size whilst pregnant and I found particularly when feeding when they would increase and decrease like a yo-yo! I was amazed when I recently found the Lorna Drew range of maternity bras which you can adjust up to three cup sizes bigger- perfect!
  • Wait til your final trimester to buy a nursing bra when you're breasts shouldn't change too much more. I would then suggest buying nursing bras rather than a maternity bra to see you through the first few weeks until feeding has been established and your boobs have settled down.

  • Buy at least two sets, ideally three, you'll be doing enough washing to keep them fresh!

  • I was hesitant to spend a lot on nursing bras as I thought I would only need them for a relatively short space of time. However I ended up feeding for a year and with the reduced amount of sets I was now reliant upon, couple with the inevitable amount of times there were washed, the costs per wear were actually very small. 

  • Buy matching pants- you'll feel feel so much nicer in a matching set rather than some mismatched multi-packs!

Here are some of the best nursing underwear and clothes that I have found from Figleaves, Bravissimo, Jojomanmanbebe, ASOS, Seraphine, Tiffany Rose and Lorna Drew:

The Best Wedding Guest Styles

With wedding season in full swing, most of us have one or more invitations lined up. If you haven't been to a wedding for a while or don't regularly get the opportunity to get glammed up it can be difficult to know what to wear. if you still have not yet found your perfect outfit, take a look at the ideas below from the new collection that I recently found at En Vogue in Southwell from Paper Dolls and Sugarhill Boutique.

This sophisticated lace dress is great if you want to cover your shoulders are upper arms. A nude shoe will not only elongate your legs but keep the dress looking light and wedding perfect. The dress could easily transition to an evening event later in the year by changing the accessories to black.

The cowl neck on this vibrant pink dress above is perfect to add volume to a small bust. Picking up the white in the waist band to use in the accessories is a great way to keep the look contemporary without being too girly. 

This fab floral patterned dress is amazing for any busty women or those with wide shoulders as the V Neck will break up a heavier top half. I've picked out the coral from the dress to use in the accessories, keeping the look bright and very on trend as it's one of this seasons key colours.

Don't forget, if you're struggling to find an outfit for an upcoming wedding, do get in touch, I'd love to help!

Full details of all the outfits can be found on Polyvore.