Knitwear and Body Shapes – The Easy Style Solution

bs5Autumn and Winter 2016 is all about knitwear! Of course, like any trend, not every style will suit every body shape, so here’s a quick run down on what to look for that will both flatter you and keep you up to date in the fashion stakes!

Big Bust/Broad Shoulder – Personal Style Choice

Women with bigger busts and/ or broad shoulders should always choose a style with a scoop or V- Neck. An asymmetrical hemline and elbow or 3/4 length sleeve are features which are flattering on you. Look for small tonal prints or plain colours.

Prominent Tummy/Pregnant- Personal Style Choice


Jeanswest Pure New Wool Collection

A long cardigan in a fine knit is the perfect style solution for you. Choose one with slight shaping under the bust, and check that it sits over the bust and not on the outside – it’s much more slimming. Plain lapels are best – waterfall cardigans do not hide your tummy, instead often adding bulk to where you already have bulk! You don’t have to choose a plain colour though – patterns and textures will be simply stunning on you, especially worn over a column of one colour from top to bottom. Push the sleeves up a little to show off your slim wrists and add a scarf for super styling!


Small Bust / Narrow Shoulders – Personal Style Choice


Jeans West 

If you have a small bust and your shoulders are narrower than your hips, you can choose roll necks and thicker knits to look snuggly and cosy all winter. For an edgier look, go for an off the shoulder sweater, or a roll neck vest- both  will look amazing on your body shape!

It’s Really Cold!


Temt and Valleygirl

On really, really cold days this winter try throwing over a poncho, over a fine merino wool pullover, jeans and boots. Invest in a some pieces made from merino wool if you are prone to feeling the cold – it really makes a difference. Choose garments in your ‘base’ wardrobe colours and they’ll mix and match with everything to keep you warm throughout winter. Portmans has a great selection of basics.


Portmans Merino Wool Collection

Do you have any problems styling particular trends? Please let me know by commenting. I’m happy to help…..

I am available for Personal Style workshops, public speaking, wardrobe and colour consultations and personal shopping styling sessions, based in Perth, Western Australia.


Jeans – Problem Solving Style Advice


Jeans – A Wardrobe Essential

No matter what age or shape you are, a flattering, comfortable pair of jeans in your wardrobe is an absolute must -have. If you don’t own a pair that look AND feel great, then read on – I’m looking at the various problems I’ve encountered fitting jeans to my clients (I am a Personal Stylist), and sharing some of my solutions.

The Muffin Top – Style Solution

To prevent tummy spillover, look for a mid-rise style with a wide waistband. Jeans designed for women, rather than teens are usually a better option. I recommend Katies Fashion Ultimate fit jeans. Wearing a top that is looser around the tummy, but fitted at the bust will work, if you currently own a pair of jeans that give you a muffin top.

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Katies Fashion Ultimate Fit

Plus Size Curves – Style Solution

A straight leg or boot-cut style with some stretch will be both slimming and comfortable. Mid rise is also more comfortable for you. Choose a darker denim, and avoid embellished pockets and ‘whiskers’ across the front.


City Chic CC Jeans

Flat Bottom – Style Solution

Flat bottomed girls – you make the rockin’ world go ’round! And here’s how to make your bottom look a bit rounder…..  Avoid flat low pockets, instead look for slit pockets or flap pockets. Pockets that sit higher will be more flattering.


Just Jeans 315 Stretch Wide Leg Ocean Jean

Large Hips, Small Waist – Style Solution

Look for stores that cater for women and not teens. Many have jeans with hidden adjustable elastic waistbands, so you get fit in the hips and at the waist too! No more gaps!


Rockmans Indigo Jeans

Long Legs – Style Solution

Who would think having long legs would ever be a problem? But, it can be hard to find jeans long enough. Cuffing your jeans is right on trend this season, which makes it easier, but you can also buy unhemmed jeans from Jeanswest and hem accordingly.

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Jeanswest Long Boyfriend Jeans


I have covered the most common problems women have with finding the perfect pair of jeans, but if you have a problem that I haven’t helped with, please comment below.

I am available for Personal Style workshops, public speaking, wardrobe and colour consultations and personal shopping styling sessions, based in Perth, Western Australia.



Turning 45 ? – Here’s your cloak of fashion invisibility!

I am a Personal Stylist based in Perth, Western Australia

The common perception is that to use a Personal Stylist, you should be a wealthy young socialite who gets tonnes of invitations to A-List red carpet events.

And of course, there are many stylists who work in that very glamorous field.


Paris Hilton – photo courtesy of


However, the majority of my personal styling clients are everyday women, on everyday budgets, aged in their mid 40’s and older.

They are finding it difficult to know where to buy clothes that are both on trend and fit their shape. Shape changes are inevitable and even though you may have always been a size 12, a brand designed for 20 year old women will generally not fit your 45 year old body very well.

According to the last census conducted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics there are 10.87 million women living in Australia, of which 5.03 million are aged 45 or over.

Almost 50% of Australian women are 45 or over.

So, where are the fashionable and well fitting clothes designed just for them?

Well, there is good news – there’s actually a number of stores that do cater for this demographic quite well. And let’s face it – with almost 50% of the female market, why wouldn’t there be? So, why is it so hard for my clients to find clothes?

The marketing.

Who is that aimed at appealing to?

Just last week a video clip turned up in my inbox, showcasing Autumn/Winter 2016 styles soon to be available at Noni B. The styles of the clothing would suggest it would suit women of a middle to mature age bracket. So why have they used a much, much younger woman to model the clothes? Although the range is quite lovely, I honestly don’t see women under 45 being attracted to it, and are probably not Noni B’s target market.

There has recently been a noticeable increase in the number of plus size models being used in advertising, and it’s pleasing to note that it’s not just plus size brands  using them now.

Last year Target Australia featured both plus size and mature women (well, one mature woman, but it’s a start) in a catalogue. The women were not advertising plus size or mature age fashion – they were just modelling.

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Target Ad

There are many beautiful, glamorous and attractive women aged 45 and older in Australia – over 5 million women to choose from – so why can’t our retailers start using them in their advertising?

Why do women over 45 suddenly become invisible in fashion? Why do the vast majority of clothing retailers ignore almost half the female population of Australia in their advertising?

I would love to hear some of your thoughts- I’m sure many of you have something to say!

I am available for Personal Style workshops, public speaking, wardrobe and colour consultations and personal shopping styling sessions, based in Perth, Western Australia.













Body Shapes, Personal Styling and Fairy Godmothers.

body shapes

Can you relate to this? You have a friend/colleague/sister. You are both about the same height and weight, and wear the same size.  And yet, the outfit that looks so fabulous on her, makes you look 5 kilos heavier and 10 cm shorter! Why???

Horizontal Body Shapes

A common reason for this is because you have  different horizontal body shapes. A style that  flatters one woman can be a disaster on another.  A slim girl can have the same horizontal body shape as a curvier girl, and a short woman the same horizontal body shape as a tall one.  It’s not about how much you weigh, or what size dress you wear. 

There are many different variations and numerous descriptions of horizontal body shapes. I break it down to five : Triangle, inverted triangle, rectangle, oval and hourglass. No fruits here! Each of these shapes has it’s own set of ‘rules’ of what styles to wear, and what to avoid. (To avoid turning into a pumpkin at midnight.)

Vertical Body Shapes

It’s not just your horizontal body shape that you need to dress for. Your vertical measurements must be taken into consideration too.  The length of your torso in comparison to your legs determines the length of the tops, jackets, coats and dresses you wear. Magically!


6 different women, 6 different body shapes, both horizontally and vertically. The only thing these women have in common is their weight – they each weigh 70 kgs.

Individual Features

Last, but definitely not least, are your individual features . Some examples?  Individually,  ideal necklines and also sleeve lengths are affected by the size of your bust.

Slim ankles look great in delicate, strappy sandals, whereas those same shoes will draw unwanted attention to thick ankles.

Glass slippers should fit ……



Personal Stylist or Fairy Godmother?

It’s my job to teach you to show off your assets for maximum impact, while drawing attention away from those bits you dislike the most. When you are styled in clothing that follows the guidelines for your body shape and features, I can guarantee you that you will look both taller and slimmer. And that makes you feel like Cinderella and me feel like a fairy godmother!


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I am available for Personal Style workshops, public speaking, wardrobe and colour consultations and personal shopping styling sessions, based in Perth, Western Australia.