This week’s guest blog is from the fabulous Adele – Style Coach and she’s going to be giving us her top tips for making the most of our Summer wardrobe so that it takes us all the way through to Autumn as well.
My name is Adele. I’m a beauty therapist by trade and I’ve always liked helping women feel better about themselves and make them feel more confident. In the last few years, I have taken that a step further and I’m now trained in style analysis, colour analysis, body shape analysis as well as offering decluttering services. Today I want to talk to you about making your summer wardrobe last longer and transition it into Autumn.
Before we get onto that, I want to take a few moments to talk about style. It’s very easy to find ourselves in a bit of a style rut. However, once you find a style that you love and that suits you, buying clothes suddenly becomes a lot easier. There are a couple of things you can do to try and find your style. Firstly, have a think about how you would want somebody else to describe you. Of course it doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks of you but it will help you to work out what you want your wardrobe to reflect about you; you want your wardrobe to be an extension of your personality. It should represent who you are entirely and you should be excited to wear everything in there! Secondly, don’t follow fashion. Find clothes that you feel comfortable in that reflect your personality and make you happy. Ideally you want them in colours that enhance your complexion and complements your body shape – and that’s something I can help you with.
I am a big fan of being more sustainable with our clothes; buying items that are going to last year to year and that you’ll get lots of wear out of. Don’t keep things for best! There’s no such thing as ‘going out’ clothes in my wardrobe. Before I buy anything, I think about how many different ways I could wear that item in an outfit. Three is the magic number – can you dress it up, dress it down and can you wear it with more than just one other item in your wardrobe?
Most of us have a maxi dress so my first tip is to keep wearing it! Try it with a t-shirt, blouse or long sleeved top underneath, or wear it with a biker jacket over the top. You can wear a maxi dress with a shirt tied over the top or with a jumper to create a skirt and jumper effect. There’s lots of different ways to wear things – just make time to try.
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Off for afternoon tea and a well overdue catch up with friends. I love wearing a dress, one thing to think about, comfortable to wear, always stylish and most importantly makes me feel good 😊 If you love to wear a dress my advice is ‘don’t keep it for best!’ ❤️ Are you wearing a dress today? 👗
Tights are the most inexpensive way to add warmth to your summer dresses to take them into autumn. There’s loads to choose from but it’s worth getting a nice fit; there’s nothing worse than hitching them up all day long*. Play around textures: opaque ones, cable knit, patterned ones; they’re all going to make your summer skirts and summer dresses in Autumn. They are all going to make your summer skirts and dresses wearable in autumn.
My next tip is to add layers. Try adding tights with a pair of shorts, or a long-sleeve shirt under a jumper so that you can still see the different hemlines; add a scarf or a jacket. Just be careful of adding more bulk that adds to your width and make you feel bigger than you want to be. Try adding layers thinly to create vertical lines, rather than horizontal lines; in other words, stagger your layers so that you have different hem lengths. For example, add a long line waistcoat or a crop jacket over a shirt.
Add a Jacket
Tip number four is to invest in a jacket, a blazer, a biker jacket or anything you can just throw on top, ideally quite fitted, or a longer length if you’re taller. A jacket can dress up your outfit instantly. A leather jacket over a summer dress worn with boots looks amazing. Or a blazer on top of a skirt or a jumpsuit. I love wearing jeans and a t-shirt around the house but then chuck on a blazer and a bit of bling and you’re good for the evening.
Add Rich Colours
Another tip for taking your clothes into Autumn is to add a rich, darker colour to your outfit so that it screams Autumn. This could be as simple as wearing some coloured jewellery or adding a scarf to your outfit.
My last tip is to wear boots! Boots in Autumn are great as they’re practical but will still look great with a summer dress.
Bonus tip: when choosing an outfit, start with your feet and work your way up!
If you’d like to chat to Adele about what she’s talked about here or to get advice on colours or style, then head on over to her website. She’s also got a Facebook group called Fab not Frumpy where you can ask questions and get tips and advice from Adele and a great, supportive group of women.
*PS a bonus tip from me (Katie AKA not a style specialist!!): If you find yourself constantly hitching your tights up all day, wear another pair of pants on top! It sounds ridiculous but it WORKS! Try it. You won’t regret it. Plus you’ll get to feel like Superwoman!