Short and Stylish – Top Tips for Looking Taller

A lot of my shorter clients ask for styling tips and tricks to make them look taller, and what they should avoid wearing. Sc I’ve put all my best advice here in one blog for you!

Tonal colour from head to toe.

This creates a lengthening column of colour. If you wear a different colour on your top half to your bottom half you will visually shorten yourself.

Heels.

This seems fairly obvious, but remember to keep the height of your heels in proportion – if you are very short you do not need a very high heel. In fact, going too high will only highlight your shortness. Matching your shoe colour to the colour on your legs is a simple but effective way to look taller. For example, if you are wearing bare legs, wear nude coloured shoes. Wear black shoes with black opaque tights. It’s another form of column dressing.

Shorter hemlines.

Going above the knee with your hemline will make your legs appear much longer than they are. But you can also embrace the midi trend by choosing a dress/skirt that has a shorter underlay over sheer lace, or wearing a fitted, deep V neck top, over a high waist midi skirt, with heels.

Highlight your waist.

Find wear your natural waist is by running your hands down the side of your torso. The most narrow part is the area you want to highlight. Make sure your tops and dresses are fitted in this area, or use the half tuck method on looser shirts.

Wearing belts and high waist skirts and pants, cropped tops and jackets will all visually lengthen your legs. And who doesn’t want long legs?

Point your toes.

Choose pointy toe shoes over rounded toes to visually lengthen your legs. This is especially useful when choosing flat shoes.

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Smaller handbag.

It’s all about proportion. An oversized handbag will accentuate your shortness, but a small bag, clutch or a mini satchel will be perfect. Mini satchels are very on trend, so embrace them!

What to avoid…..

Big prints.

Mid calf length boots.

Wide length pants.

Round toe shoes.

Jeans that are too long, causing bunching at ankle.

Oversized accessories.

Midi length dresses and skirts with flat shoes.

Ankle straps.

3/4 length pants.

I am available for Personal Style workshops, public speaking, wardrobe and colour consultations and personal shopping styling sessions, based in Perth, Western Australia. For more information on all things styling, visit myFacebook page or website.

Winter Weekend Capsule Travel Wardrobe

Going away for a weekend this Winter? Margaret River or somewhere similar?

You really only need to take a few carefully selected garments, similiar to those above, to have an outfit for any occasion that may arise. Except a black tie function.

Here’s how to combine these items for 5 different looks:

Friday Night – Travelling and Arrival – A, D and G. 

Saturday Morning – Al Fresco Breakfast – A, B, E and H. Wear scarf and gloves for extra style and warmth.

Saturday Afternoon – Wine Tasting and Lunch – C, D , H and scarf.

Saturday Evening – Dinner – C, F and H. Wear E for extra warmth, and necklace for style.

Sunday – Check out, Breakfast and Travel – A, E, F , B and G. Add scarf and gloves for warmth and style.

You should be able to fit your weekend travel wardrobe, including toiletries, sleepwear and underwear, easily into an overnight bag. Leaving plenty of room in the boot for cartons and cartons of wine!

Cheers!

If you would like to know more contact me via my website or Facebook page.

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

Winter Weekend Capsule Travel Wardrobe

 Going away for a weekend this Winter? Margaret River or somewhere similar.

You really only need to take a few carefully selected garments, similar to those above, to have an outfit for any occasion that may arise. Except a black tie function.

Here’s how to combine these items for 5 different looks:

Friday Night – Travelling and Arrival – A, D and G.

Saturday Morning – Al Fresco Breakfast – A, B, E and H. Wear scarf and gloves for extra style and warmth.

Saturday Afternoon – Wine Tasting and Lunch – C, D , H and scarf.

Saturday Evening – Dinner – C, F and H. Wear E for extra warmth, and necklace for style.

Sunday – Check out, Breakfast and Travel – A, E, F , B and G. Add scarf and gloves for warmth and style.

You should be able to fit your weekend travel wardrobe, including toiletries, sleepwear and underwear, easily into an overnight bag. Leaving plenty of room in the boot for cartons and cartons of wine!

Cheers!

If you would like to know more contact me via my website or Facebook page.

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

Using a Personal Stylist – Why it’s the New Norm

In the early 1990’s, I was a young mother of two working part time as an aerobics instructor at various local Tasmanian fitness centres. One day, I came home and told my husband that I had an idea for a business, but that I would need to travel to mainland Australia to do the training for it. I discussed my idea with a few close friends, most of whom told me to forget it. I was living in a small Tasmanian city, and they could not see how my business vision would ever work.

No-one in their right minds would ever pay $20 an hour to have someone physically train them – personal trainers were only for the very wealthy and famous. I persisted and became one of Tasmania’s first female personal trainers.

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Me! Circa 1995 – Photo by  Karleen Minney

More than twenty years later, Personal Trainers are used commonly by the general population. Everyone I know has used one at some stage, for a variety of reason.

A few years ago, as owner and manager of a fashion boutique, I did a Graduate Certificate of Business at University of Tasmania, and completed an assignment predicting that, in the same way people now use personal trainers to maximise their fitness goals, there would be a rapid growth in the use of Personal Stylists.

Why use a Personal Stylist?

We live busier lives these days, with different priorities. The rise of social media has made us become very much aware of the importance of our image. More and more women and men are choosing to use a stylist to help with their wardrobe, either on a one off basis, or two to three times a year.  You may think it’s expensive (around $100 per hour is an average fee) but go and add up how many items you have in your wardrobe that you’ve only worn once or twice, or, even worse, never. And how many hours and hours have you wasted trying to find the right outfit!

Instead of thinking “Can I afford to use a stylist?” ask yourself if you can afford not too?

 

Who uses Paterson Personal Styling?

Most of my clients are not rich and famous – most of them are everyday women living in normal circumstances who are feeling frustrated  and lost with their clothing and that their clothing doesn’t really reflect who they are and is not flattering to their body shape and colouring.

And I can fix that!

The benefits of using me as your Personal Stylist

My clients come to me because it saves them a lot of time and stress, and also quite a bit of money. Together we create a wardrobe that mixes and matches, is flattering shape wise and colour wise, and is in line with their lifestyle, personality and, importantly, budget.

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And you know what I love about personal styling particularly  in comparison to personal training?

The results are IMMEDIATE! I can make you look younger, slimmer and taller in about two hours!

Without you even breaking a sweat!

 

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

 

Building Your Brand Using Your Wardrobe

In a recent blog post I explained the importance of making a good impression – in a nutshell, you have three seconds. So you can see that most first impressions will be based on body language and appearance.

Although most of us aware that it’s not nice to judge someone based on the way they look, we are doing it subconsciously all the time, and similarly, others are also making assumptions about us.

For the business person, using your wardrobe as part of your personal branding is a great strategy.cropped-robyn-paterson-19.jpg

Dress to reflect not only your personality, but also your business. And not just your business, but the most successful vision of your business. In other words- as Roxette once sang about – get dressed for success.

Today, I am talking specifically to owner/operators about how you can  enhance not only your own personal style, but also use your wardrobe to create an awesome personal brand for your business.

There’s a lot of stuff on the web about this, but I noticed that it’s quite generic. And yet, as small business owners, we are not generic! And the clothes we wear when conducting our business should not be generic either- we should radiate the essence of our business and reflect its personality.

But how do you give your business a style personality?

If you were to put your ‘why’, mission statement, point of difference, unique selling point AND you into a blender, what words would come out?

Professional, ethical and honest? Trustworthy? These are obvious words and most articles on wardrobes and branding are based on creating the image that you are all of the above.

But go further than just that. Look for the words that are less generic, more individual and unique. These words help you define the personality of your business.

For example, is your business creative or artistic?  Remember, you have only three seconds to impress upon your potential client that you are not only professional, ethical, honest – you are also creative and artistic, so your clothes should have an element of creativity or even drama about them.

Style a wardrobe to reflectyour business personality, in it’s most successful form.

You will be very comfortable wearing your ne
w work wardrobe, as it’s based  both, on you personally, as well as the fundamentals of your business. Think of your wardrobe as a logo for your business.jpg

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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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

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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!

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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.

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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.

Reasons Why Women Buy Clothes But Never Wear Them

Let me start with this sobering statistic: In Australia, over her lifetime, a woman will buy more than 100 items of clothing that she will never wear! Add that up in monetary terms, and tell me again why you think shopping with a Personal Stylist is too expensive?

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I’ve conducted dozens of wardrobe audits and I don’t think I’ve ever had a client who didn’t have at least one garment hanging up in her closet still with shop tags on. Here are some of the most common reasons I hear..

“I bought it on sale.”

No matter how much an item is reduced by, you will be wasting your hard earned cash if you never wear it. A $200 dress reduced to $50 is still a waste of $50, if it doesn’t suit you, fit you properly or just doesn’t feel right.

A good rule to adopt is to never buy anything on sale that you wouldn’t buy at full price.

“I bought it online.”

Online shopping is great fun and by the time your purchase arrives you kind of feel that it’s a present arriving for you, don’t you? There are so many ways you can be disappointed though – the size,  fit, the colour, length, shape can all be different to what you were hoping for.  You must be prepared to return any garments that are not ‘right’. Do it immediately- the garment is not going to magically improve hanging in your wardrobe!

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“It’s just not my style.”

This commonly happens when you take a friend/sister/partner/Mum shopping with you to help you choose something.

When you allow others to choose for you, it’s highly likely that they will choose the items that they like for themselves. They may be clever enough to get the fit and colour just right for you, but whenever you put the garment on, it just doesn’t feel right. Each of us lean towards certain style ‘personalities’and wearing something that doesn’t fit in with that may feel like you’re wearing a costume.

One of the hardest parts of being a Personal Stylist is learning to choose clothes and outfits for the client’s style personality and completely switch off from my own personal style and has taken a lot of training and practice. Relying on a friend, no matter how well they dress themselves, can be an expensive and ultimately fruitless, waste of time and money.

“I don’t know what to wear with it.”

Impulse buying often leads to  a hit and miss wardrobe full of clothes – but very few outfits!

Before buying on impulse, take a deep breath and ask yourself if it will have at least three ‘friends’ already in your wardrobe – i.e. can you immediately wear it with three existing items ?

Does it fit in  with your style personality and work with the colours of your existing wardrobe?

Personal Shopping and Styling sessions can save you both time and  money.

If you are guilty of ever thinking or saying any of the above, I am happy to help you dress fabulously!

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