My Take: The Old, the New and the Constant Key to Improving Your Style Statement

A very happy New Year to all my lovely readers! I hope 2019 will prove to be all we hope for; health, happiness and a healthy dose of great fashion thrown in for good measure.

My year started with a conversation that I have had many times before. The discussion revolved around the basic question of how does one go about improving their fashion statement and become a better dresser over time. The essence of the question remained the same: ‘ What in my opinion,  is the basic key to becoming a better dresser?”

Of course, this is a subjective question with many correct answers. I found that my answer remained the same as it was before. ‘For one to become a better dresser – one needs to put some thought into it”. Now I try never to repeat content on this blog but on this occasion, I will repeat myself in order to present my personal view on the key to strengthening your fashion game.

Personally, I have only ever met a handful of people who can just throw on anything they pull out of their closet and walk away looking like a million bucks. Dressing well may be an innate talent in a select few, but for most well-dressed people it is a talent they have worked hard to cultivate.

Most of the people I know who are consistently well dressed are individuals who put thought into their wardrobes. They read, explore and experiment with fashion and over time they learn what works best for their bodies and personalities. In my opinion, budgets and sizes don’t really play a big part in it – some of the best-dressed people I knew at university were starving students in all shapes and sizes.  However, they all had one thing in common – they were not dismissive of fashion but rather used it as a tool to express themselves. To sum it up, ‘effortless style’ is rarely as effortless as it seems.

Fashion is obviously not the most important or immediate concern for most of us but being well presented does have many benefits. The following would be my list of ‘How to Dress Better 101’, this time with an afterword:

  1. We have heard it a million times before but do plan what you are going to wear the night before;

  2. If you love a look in a shop window – do not hesitate to buy it ‘as it is in the window’. Someone is paying the window stylist to put that outfit together so you may as well take advantage of it;

  3. Try putting clothes/colours together that you normally just wouldn’t pair together. This skill becomes better with practice – just like doing quadratic equations;

  4. If you have little interest in fashion and/or no time to think about your wardrobe but would still like to look good – hire a personal stylist. Pay someone for the knowledge that you do not possess and have no time to cultivate – just like hiring a plumber. You might not agree with everything they say, but you may be pleasantly surprised at some of their suggestions;

  5. If you do not want to get advice from magazines, or shop windows or stylists then try to buy neutral staples and match them together – like a nice black jumper and basic black boots. It is not advisable to just throw clothes on that lack any sense of cohesiveness as an outfit.

We all have an innate fashion sense which is a natural extension of our creative selves.  Do not disregard your inner fashion voice and what inherently appeals to you – the styles that you naturally gravitate towards on a daily basis.  This is important for two reasons: a) styles we naturally like are the ones we will feel most comfortable in and therefore, more confident; b) our natural style is often built on the knowledge we have collected over the years about what works for our bodies and lifestyle.  In my opinion, the key is to recognize what we like and then build upon that fashion platform to incorporate new ideas and experiment with more adventurous fashion without feeling compelled to jump off the deep end into unchartered fashion waters.  By all means jump – but only when you are ready and willing!

More importantly, dressing better is less than half the equation to looking and feeling better. Being kind, compassionate, helpful human beings, enjoying the world around us and looking after our health helps bring that ultimate glow that lights us up from within.

In this lookbook, I am wearing one of my favourite styling methods – combining black and white stripes with cheerful florals.  This cashmere sweater is a lifesaver in the winter and I love the whimsical effect of this embroidered skirt. I have paired it with a bright pink coat and mid-heel boots to ensure an outfit that I am comfortable wearing all day long.

I hope you enjoy this post and have a great week ahead.  As always, thank you for taking the time to read Isha’s Verdict.

Clothes and accessories:

Skirt – H&M 

Sweater – Nordstrom Rack 

Coat – Miss Selfridge

Clutch Bag – Zara

Boots – Dune

 

‘January Fashion Slump’ : The Devil Is In The Details

Happy Thursday everyone! Is it just me or do some of you also find that you need to put more effort into styling your clothes at this time of the year?  By the time January draws to an end  – I find that my energy and desire to put some effort and oomph into everyday styling has waned considerably.  I think there a few good reasons for this including:

  • Dressing up multiple times during the holiday season leaves us with a bit of ‘dressing up fatigue’
  • The treats consumed over the holidays can result in some clothes being a tad bit uncomfortable to wear (such as some of my jeans!)
  • The sales have left us overexposed to what’s in the shops and yet there is little that is new and noteworthy to buy in the shops
  • The cold weather has started to lose its charm and basically is getting old – fast!

So what do I normally do about my ‘fashion slump’ in January?  I find that I try harder to concentrate on the finer details of clothes to up my casual style game. I have said this before and I will say it again, ‘effortless style’ is rarely effortless!

The key to ‘everyday styling’ is actively paying attention to the finer details of the pieces that constitute the overall look. Have you ever noticed that people who are always well dressed are never wearing just a striped t-shirt.  Even their simple striped t-shirt will have an edge – maybe an exaggerated cuff or a slanted neckline – the point is that it is these small details that add that layer of polish to their everyday fashion statement.

I think this velvet hoodie from Tobi is a great example of everyday wear with an added twist.  The cold shoulders and the back tie add a layer of detail that takes an everyday item up a styling notch. I have paired it with an oversized scarf for warmth and my favourite pink coat that I have been wearing all season.

A big thank you to  Tobi for sponsoring this post!  I hope you enjoy this lookbook and have a great weekend ahead. As always, thank you so much for visiting my blog.

 

Clothes and accessories:

Velvet cold shoulder hoodie – Tobi

Scarf  – Mango

Coat – Miss Selfridge

Bag – Rebecca Minkoff

Sneakers – Aquatalia

 

 

Autumn Florals: Celebrating Colour In a Midi Dress and a Pink Coat

I did make the statement in an earlier blog post that one of my fashion resolutions for the coming winter was to wear more colour.  Staying on the path to my style goals, I have purchased a beautiful pink coat that would add colour to any grey day.  A colourful coat is a beacon of cheer on an overcast day (of which many will come) and it is almost impossible not to notice bright outerwear when out and about in the colder months.

A few weeks ago, when I visited the Tate Modern with my family – we were stopped for a security bag check at the door.  The lady asked my husband with a serious face, “Are you carrying any sharp objects?” “Just my brain”, replied my husband with a poker face and then smiled.  She did not smile back.  His response coupled with her completely blank “that’s not funny” face had me and my older child in peels of laughter! The blanking of his joke was funnier than if she had laughed because the situation just organically progressed in a hilarious manner.  In a similar way, I was eager to wear my uber comfortable midi-dress a few days ago and without much thought teamed it with my new coat and snood scarf.  I loved the result of the ‘throwing together’ of colours and textures, proving that sometimes casual last-minute styling works better than a planned outfit.

I love wearing midi dresses with boots in colder weather as tights and a vest underneath ensure warmth and style at the same time.  There are so many beautiful winter floral dresses available at the moment and I have listed a few I like below.

I hope you enjoy this lookbook and as always, thank you so much for visiting my blog.  Have a great rest of the week!

Clothes and Accessories:

Dress – French Connection (similar)

Snood/Scarf – Reserved

Pink coat – Miss Selfridges

Boots – Massimo Dutti

Bag – Karen Millen

Other floral Dresses in the shops:

Mango Floral Dress
Warehouse Floral Dress
Zara Floral Dress