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.

 

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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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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

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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.

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Body Shapes, Personal Styling and Fairy Godmothers.

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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!

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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 ……

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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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If you would like to know more, follow me on Facebook or  contact me via my website.

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

From Desk to Dinner in 15 Minutes

The silly season is here! We are all busy at work, and our social lives have moved from first gear into full throttle.

Here’s my quick guide on how to dress for those days when you rushing straight from work to dinner or drinks.

Desk – Wear a simple dress that flatters both your shape and colouring. A well cut blazer and sensible nude heels will complete the outfit.

Dress - Jeanswest $89.99 Jacket - Jeanswest $99.99 Shoes - Williams Corelli $49.99

Dress – Jeanswest $89.99
Jacket – Jeanswest $99.99
Shoes – Williams Corelli $49.99

Dinner – Remove the blazer, change into killer heels and add your accessories. Touch up your make-up (red, red lips) and hair. Have a great time!

Dress - Jeanswest $89.99 Shoes - Betts $79.99 Clutch- Novo $39.95 Jewellery - Collette Hayman

Dress – Jeanswest $89.99
Shoes – Betts $79.99
Clutch- Novo $39.95
Jewellery – Collette Hayman

How to survive Summer with ‘Tuck Shop’ arms.

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It’s a common problem for a lot of women – flabby arms. If you’re self conscious about your upper arms, dressing for summer can be difficult when a lot of the fashions are sleeveless.

I recently found a product via Facebook called Nude Sleeve, and they have very kindly sent me their product to review.

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When I opened the pack it looks like a pair of pantyhose for your arms – which is exactly what it is. And when you think about it, it makes sense – legs always looks firmer and smoother with pantyhose. The fabric is quite sturdy, so by taking care when putting on or off and washing, the Nude Sleeve would last well.

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I suggest when wearing Nude Sleeve under a sleeveless top or dress, that you wear a watch or bangles where the cuff ends. Not only will this disguise the cuff, but it also draws attention to your wrists, which is one of my top three slimming tips.

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Nude Sleeves come in tan, natural and black, small, medium and large, and can be purchased online here.

Just imagine how much easier shopping you summer wardrobe is going to be!

Three ways to instantly looking slimmer!

What if I told you I can make you look like you’ve lost up to 10 kilos, without you even breaking a sweat?

While working as a stylist, I’ve learned many little tips and tricks (at least 25) that help to visually slim a body, and depending on your size, combining some of these will visually take up to ten kilos off you! Before I go any further, I personally believe that being slim is not the be all and end all of anything, but, while working as a stylist, I’ve learned that many women  do desire to look slimmer and it’s often part of the brief when hiring my services.

So here are three of my favourite and easiest tips:

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  1. Push your sleeves up to just below your elbow to expose your wrists. Wrists are always proportionally slim and an attractive body part, so show them off. Highlight wrists with bangles, watches, bracelets etc to draw the eye towards them.

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2. Match your hosiery to your shoes. This creates a longer, leaner looking leg. In summer, this means nude shoes.

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3. Wear a deep V neckline (within reason!) . A deep V creates up/down eye movement, which is slimming. Balance wider hips with a wider neckline.

Each of these tips will visually take one to two kilos off – and I have over twenty more of them! If you would like to learn more, why not book into one of upcoming workshops, either in Devonport, Tasmania, or Rockingham, Perth, WA?

Returns: Repair, Replace or Refund?

A few days ago I bought an item at a store. It’s not an owner/operator store, but a nationwide chain store.

At the checkout, the sales assistant said to me “If there any problems, you can bring [the item] back for a store credit or replacement. We don’t give refunds.”

It’s actually illegal to say this. Because, by law, if an item is faulty the store MAY have to give a refund. But not always – it depends on the fault.

An example of a good store policy sign

  An example of a good store policy sign

This sign gives the impression that the store will not give refunds or exchanges, under any circumstances.

This sign gives the impression that the store will not give refunds or exchanges, under any circumstances.

If it’s a major fault, the customer can choose a refund, replacement or repair. On an item of clothing, a major fault would be something like the fabric tearing or fraying at the seam (on the first wear, and providing the garment is the correct size), or the colour running even though washing instructions were adhered to.

With a minor fault, the store gets to choose whether to repair, replace or refund. Buttons coming off, for example, is a minor fault.

If you simply change your mind, no matter what the reason is, then it’s entirely up to the store as to whether they refund, give store credit or do nothing at all.

To avoid any problems, always keep your receipts until the refund/return time has lapsed. The time frame will depend on the garment and it’s intended use. You can’t expect to return a garment that you’ve worn dozens of times before the problem arose.

Always wash in accordance with the instructions on the garment.

Lastly, deal with it as soon as you possibly can. Even if it’s a genuine fault, you’ll have your work cut out if you leave it for a few months before attempting to get a refund.

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