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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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

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?

How to Choose a Flattering Neckline

Lovely neck

The right neckline on your top or dress will flatter you from the bust upwards, and draw attention to your face. It will make your neck appear longer and more slender. In most cultures a long, slender neck is recognised as an attractive part of the female body, and some go to great lengths to attain this. (Pardon my pun)

Long Neck

Without being this drastic, it’s not too difficult to enhance your neck by choosing the right neckline for your body shape and bust size. If you’re not sure of your body shape, please see my previous blog https://patersonpersonalstyling.wordpress.com/2015/04/22/whats-your-body-shape/

There are so many necklines and different ones come in and go out of fashion almost as regularly as the ocean tide.

Here’s a diagram showing the most popular necklines followed by my guide on what you should choose based on your body shape. I suggest you ‘pin’, save or print this so it’s always handy:

:PS NECKLINESS

Hourglass / Small Bust:  You can wear sweetheart strapless, scoop, V-neck, off-shoulder, bateau (boat), jewel, square, halter, high neck, sabrina, spaghetti strap, halter strap, asymmetric, queen Anne and illusion.

Hourglass/Large Bust: You can wear straight across strapless (look for boning for extra support) scoop, V-neck, off-shoulder, bateau (boat) , square, halter, spaghetti  strap (boning again), halter strap, asymmetric, queen Anne and illusion.

Triangle/Small Bust: You can wear sweetheart strapless, scoop, V-neck, off-shoulder, bateau (boat), jewel, square, halter, high neck, sabrina, spaghetti strap, halter strap, asymmetric, queen Anne and illusion.

Triangle/Large Bust: You can wear straight across strapless (look for boning), scoop, V-neck, off-shoulder, bateau (boat), jewel, square, halter,  sabrina, spaghetti strap (with boning), halter strap, asymmetric, queen Anne and illusion.

Inverted Triangle/Small Bust: You can wear  scoop, V-neck,  jewel, square, halter, high neck, halter strap, asymmetric, queen Anne and illusion.

Inverted Triangle/Large Bust: You can wear  scoop, V-neck, square, halter, high neck, halter strap, queen Anne and illusion.

Oval/Small Bust: You can wear scoop, V-neck, off-shoulder, bateau (boat), jewel, square,  asymmetric, queen Anne and illusion.

Oval/Large Bust: You can wear scoop, V-neck,  square, queen Anne and illusion.

Rectangle/Small Bust: You can wear sweetheart strapless, scoop, V-neck, off-shoulder, bateau (boat), jewel, square, halter, high neck, sabrina, spaghetti strap, halter strap, asymmetric, queen Anne and illusion.

Rectangle/Large Bust: You can wear straight across strapless, scoop, V-neck, off-shoulder, bateau (boat), square, halter, spaghetti strap, halter strap, asymmetric, queen Anne and illusion.

And to help accessorise your perfect neckline, choose a matching or complementary necklace, using this handy guide:

Necklace for necklines

So, by following my guidelines, in three simple steps – 1. determine your body shape and bust size 2. Choose a flattering neckline and 3. Choose an appropriate accessory – you should be able to visually elongate and flatter your neck and decollage without having to resort to this!

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What’s Your Body Shape? – Find out by Answering 5 Quick Questions!

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If you follow me on  Facebook, then you’ll be aware that I often recommend garments as being perfect for a particular body shape.

Which is all well and good, but – and it’s a BIG but (not a big BUTT)- I’ve found that most of my clients either do not know their body shape or have made an incorrect assumption. On many occasions I’ve been told by clients that they are definitely ‘pear shaped’ – a triangle, when their measurements clearly prove that they are an inverted triangle. Dressing for the wrong body shape can be disastrous!  Take the case of an inverted triangle (busty and broad shoulders) dressing as a triangle – her broad shoulders and big bust would be over emphasized, making her look very top heavy and potentially quite masculine.

Here’s a simple quiz you can take to help you determine your actual body shape. It’s not going to be completely accurate – for that you need me, of course!

Wearing some close fitting clothing, stand in front of your mirror and answer these questions:

1. Look at the width of your shoulders and your hips.

a) Shoulder and hips are the same width (hourglass, oval or rectangle)

b) Shoulders are wider than hips (inverted triangle or oval)

c) Hips are wider than shoulders (triangle or oval)

2. Facing front on to the mirror, do you have a discernible narrowing at the waist?

a) Yes (hourglass, inverted triangle or triangle)

b) No (oval or rectangle)

3. Where is the bulk of your weight?

a) Tummy (Oval)

b) Bust (inverted triangle)

c) Bust, Hips and thighs (hourglass)

d) Hips and Thigh (triangle)

e) No one area in particular (Rectangle)

If you have got the same answer after these questions, you’re sorted!

But if not, these last two questions might help…….

4. What size is your bust?

a) Large (hourglass, oval, inverted triangle)

b) Small (rectangle or triangle)

5. When buying separates what sizes do you buy?

a) Larger sized tops than bottoms (inverted triangle, oval)

b) The same (hourglass, rectangle, oval)

c) Larger sized bottoms than tops (triangle)

Have a look at your answers – the majority rules! 

Remember, there is no right and wrong, or good and bad when it comes to your body shape – it is what it is – and my job is to make you look and feel beautiful, stylish and comfortable in your clothes. Not a bad job, aye?