Winter Layering: and my New ‘Personal Styling/Shopper’ Services

Hello everyone! As responsible adults, we have all been taught that we should think things through before we embark on new ventures. However, as many of you can identify, there comes a time when it is time to stop thinking and take some long-awaited action.  Offering personal styling and  shopping services is something I have given a lot of thought to over the years and the ‘time is nigh’ to take the plunge.

I truly enjoy fashion and style and producing this blog for the last three years has brought me great joy and immense creative satisfaction. I have been shopping and styling for my friends and family for many years and these countless hours of practice have allowed me to hone my skills and cement my understanding of the building blocks of what makes for great personal style.  Helping ladies ‘up their fashion game’ and getting positive feedback truly makes my day every time I have the pleasure of doing it.

I sincerely believe that there are no hard and fast rules in fashion.  Individual styles and choices are to be celebrated and real-life fashion must be in sync with our individual style sensibilities for us to draw pleasure from it. However, like many things in life,  sometimes developing a standout personal style statement requires exploration, practice and a little bit of help. I have said it before and I will say it again – ‘effortless style’ is rarely effortless.

So if you are looking to fine tune your fashion statement – then I am your woman. I understand that sometimes the thought of a personal style consultant can be daunting but it doesn’t have to be. I can help you with simple styling ideas and easy to implement fashion solutions.  I see myself as more of a fashion buddy who can help to navigate the choice conundrum to help you elevate your personal and professional look, without losing sight of personal style preferences.

I can help in the following ways:

  • Personal shopping buddy – outfit selections for your lifestyle and work style
  • Encapsulate your current wardrobe and perform a ‘closet-edit’
  • Provide a ‘fashion refresher’ course to help bring your wardrobe up to date
  • Help you explore a more adventurous take on fashion than your current path

My friends tell me I am friendly and approachable and can tell a good joke as well. I can help over the phone, skype or in person. It goes without saying that a conversation with me is strictly confidential. I will be uploading details of what I can offer on the ‘Personal Styling’ page on this blog for ease of reference.

The above said, let’s move on to fashion.  Often, once cold weather hits, we naturally stop reaching for our short sleeve dresses.  I find that short sleeve dresses work surprisingly well in winter because they are perfect for layering. With a vest underneath, thick tights on my legs, a jumper on top, a coat on top of that and boots covering my feet – I am ready for every temperature eventuality. I am a huge fan of the Preen range of dresses from Debenhams – they are well designed and work well for both work and play.  Best of all – they do go on amazing sales and I bought this dress for £23.70 I believe.  If you have never checked out the range – I would recommend it as the whole collection is available on-line at http://www.debenhams.com/women/studio-by-preen

For those of you who may be visiting this blog for the first time and are wondering who this lady is:

I am Isha Sodhi the forty plus blogger behind this personal style and fashion blog ‘Isha’s Verdict’ (www.ishasverdict.com) In my blog posts I intertwine my personal life experiences with love for all things fashion. I try to combine my love of writing with my passion for style and ‘lookbook’ both western and Indian clothes on a regular basis.

Thank you for reading and have a great week ahead.  Please do get in touch if you are interested in chatting about personal shopping or styling services. You can email me at contact@ishasverdict.com and I would love to have a chat!

Clothes and accessories:

Dress: Studio by Preen at Debenhams, similar Preen dress

Clutch bag: And Other Stories

Jumper: Ghost

Coat: Zara

Double Dressed: Summer Midi Dress With a Dress Jacket

I have written about the powerful ability of clothes to evoke memories before. As I advance in years, there are more memories to be evoked; good or bad, nothing takes you back to your childhood faster than your own recollections when you see something that makes an instant connection with the memory bank in your brain.  This red and white dress instantly reminded me of tea towels, bedspreads and sacks that I regularly saw in my early years in India.

The hand-loom sack-like material makes for a lovely summer dress that has an ethnic boho vibe to it. It’s hard to go wrong with red and white and given its relaxed shape, I thought it would make a great addition to my summer wardrobe.  I have paired it with another khaki dress, masquerading as a summer coat, that can easily be worn as a dress once buttoned up.  I love the layering effect of the dress coat and its light construction is ideal for slightly chilly summer evenings.  I have finished off the look with tan shoes and a tan cross body purse that goes with everything. On its next outing, I plan to wear my khaki coat-dress with white sneakers and a colourful bag.

I hope you enjoy this look book and thank you for visiting Isha’s Verdict.  Please recommend your friends and family have a look at my blog if you think it is something they would enjoy!

Clothes and Accessories:

Dress – Debenhams (on sale)

Coat Dress – Zara

Handbag – Rebecca Minkoff

Sunglasses – Dior

 

Temperature Optimization: My Experiments With Layering

I have lamented this before – I am constantly cold in the winter months! I cannot seem to obtain the ideal body temperature for general joy and happiness in London’s fluctuating  January temperatures. I find that I am never dressed just right – some days, I am as snug as a bug till I get into the underground (Subway or metro to many) and then I am hot as a pot in my big puffer coat.  Other days, I set off in a light coat and by the time I arrive at my destination, I am waddling like a frozen penguin. I have heard that layering is the holy grail to coping with temperamental weather, so these days I have been making an extra effort to layer my way through the capital. Yesterday, I tried a long sleeve top, leather jacket and sleeveless blanket coat combination to meet a friend for breakfast. Isha’s Verdict:  8 out of 10 for sustained warmth indoors and outdoors. I would love to hear about your experiences with layering that works. As always, thanks for reading!

(Clothes and Accessories: Top – Cos, Jacket – Marks and Spencer, Blanket Coat – Gharani Strok, Leggings – Zara, Shoes – Eileen Fisher, Handbag – Christopher Kon, Wrist Cuff – House of Harlow 1960, Watch – Cartier, Sunglasses – Tom Ford)