One of the things I love to do is help my clients find gorgeous new things for their wardrobes from charity shops, secondhand shops, online sites and even our very own dress agency.
But a beautiful embroidered Monsoon skirt does not an outfit make. Not without a few raised eyebrows anyway. So it can be nice to demonstrate preloved clothing as outfits to give my customers a sense of how things can work together as a whole. Here's a few recent outfit creations I put together along with one or two tips on the outfits and how they work on the body:
I also think a shirt is a really useful thing to have in the wardrobe. In winter, you can wear it under jumpers and just have the collar and cuffs showing, or wear it under jackets. And in summer that shirt can be used almost like a casual jacket, worn open over vest tops. This lime green size 18 Artigiano one is a long linen shirt over a pair of navy Boden trousers with a white Crew top underneath. Perfect to keep the sun off your arms and to smarten up trousers and a top.
Understanding how colour works together can be a really easy way to start creating co-ordinating outfits. In our online colour consultations, I show clients which palette of colours works best for them, and how they can use that palette to create visually harmonious outfits and wardrobes. This cream Monsoon skirt goes well with this XL mango linen Boden top, as they are both warm toned, and so knowing that means it's easy to pick shoes and a necklace with a bronze metallic finish as it harmonises with the colours.
My final outfit is a great work around for anyone who feels top heavy, or wants to minimise a larger bust. The patterned trouser draws the eye down to the legs and the casual open jacket creates slimming lines down the centre of the body. I love the fabric on these Hobbs trousers (sold out), and I've teamed it with a white Crew top and blue linen jacket.
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