Sizing up Accessories

You’re probably all aware of the fabulousness of accessories  You can draw attention to your best features, complete an outfit and create vertical lines with the right pieces.

But it’s also important to get the scale right, and match the size of the accessory to your frame.

For a petite woman, wearing big and/or chunky accessories will swallow her up and she will  look all out of proportion. This is especially noticeable when a petite woman wears high chunky heels. The eye is drawn straight down to the feet.

Petite women should choose necklaces with finer details and small to medium sized handbags.

A larger framed woman will look fabulous when she chooses big accessories – think bold statement necklaces, big totes and handbags, and chunky heeled shoes. Avoid thin strapped stiletto heels, small clutches and fine, short necklaces.

Larger framed women should choose longer statement necklaces, wrist cuffs, thick heels and medium to large sized handbags.


Recommended for large framed women – I especially like the narrow ankle strap. From Novo Shoes


A good choice for petite woman, from Novo Shoes


Petite women should choose small to medium sized handbags like this one from Colette Hayman.


Larger framed? Choose a medium to large sized bag like this tote from Colette Hayman


Necklace for a petite woman from Katies Fashion


If you’re a larger woman, you can choose bigger, bolder statement pieces like this one from Katies Fashion


Weight Loss and Wardrobe Management

So here we are – a few weeks into the New Year already! If you made a New Year resolution to lose weight and are sticking to it, you’re probably finding that your clothing is starting to become loose. Great, well done!


But, things don’t look so good now on you. And here’s the problem. If you’re only half way to your goal, you may not want to buy a lot of new clothes which will not fit you within a few weeks or months.

So here’s some advice: (Because you deserve to look and feel good every step of the way!)

  1. Start by removing everything from your wardrobe that is seriously too big. These clothes will no longer flatter you, and will most likely be simply uncomfortable to wear (especially pants and skirts that fall down).
  2. Buy a few basics  – look for garments which can be adjusted or altered quickly and simply. Fabrics with a bit of stretch (about 2%) will give you more bang for your buck.
  3. Purchase a couple of accent, trend pieces from the fast fashion cheaper chain stores. These keep your wardrobe up to date, and stop you from becoming bored.
  4. Find a good place to get your  high quality clothes altered.
  5. Buy clothing in capsules. A capsule is a few pieces that mix and match to create many different outfits.


By the way, shopping for new clothing is not always easier after weight loss. Many of my clients have found their new body shape has left them baffled! If this is you, I’m happy to help, or can recommend a  great stylist on your area. Contact me here.

And finally, please, always remember that you deserve to dress fabulously everyday. Don’t wait to be a certain weight!




6 Cool Tips for Heatwave Dressing

Extreme high temperatures are expected here in Perth, Western Australia, for the next few days. Dressing stylishly and keeping cool at the same time can be challenging – although not as challenging for me as stopping my make-up from sliding down and ending up on my chest somewhere! But that’s another blog…..

Here are my six top tips for cool dressing:

  1. Pick your fabric. Choose from cotton, linen and viscose rayon because they absorb moisture and allow air circulation. Avoid synthetics, silk and wool.
  2. Hang loose, mother goose. Choose breezy dresses over tops and pants. Avoid wearing tight or clingy clothing and go for looser, flowing garments.
  3. Go light. Dark colours absorb heat so wearing white, beige and pastels will keep you cooler.
  4. Wear Sunscreen, hat and sunglasses. Okay sunscreen itself won’t cool you down, but it will prevent sunburn. And sunburn is hot. This heatwave is going to last a few days, so if you get sunburnt on the first day, you will be more uncomfortable during the following days. Choose a paper or straw hat for air circulation.
  5. Go sleeveless. Avoid underarm sweat stains. If you’re self-conscious about your upper arms, deflect attention away by highlighting your wrists – wearing bright, big bangles will draw eyes.
  6. Flat Feet – Heat makes feet swell, so avoid heels and go for pretty, flat sandals.
Just Jeans

Just Jeans Crossover Maxi Dress $79.95 (95% Viscose)


Jeanswest Embellished Sandals Sale $62


Colette mixed bead and stone wristwear pack $12.99

Target flppy

Target floppy hat $10

Dress for Job Interview Success

Dressing appropriately for a job interview is one of the most important processes of job seeking. First impressions are made in less than a second, so the way you present yourself is significant.

But what is appropriate? A three piece power suit may impress a city law firm, but you will stick out like a shag on a rock if you’re interviewing for a creative marketing job! Check out your prospective workplace before the interview and aim to dress slightly better that the current employees. Don’t wear distracting items like short skirts, see-through garments, things that too tight, or too much make-up, perfume and jewellery- unless these are appropriate for the type of job you’re seeking.

And remember, that you are setting the criteria for your working wardrobe if you are successful at the interview, so let your personality show through. See the examples below for some inspiration or follow me at Paterson Personal Styling.



Copy the above look for an interview for an executive office job.

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The above look is suitable when applying for ‘front of house’, reception and hospitality style jobs.