You’ve heard the words ‘Capsule Wardrobe’ repeated in fashion circles, organisational groups and minimalist movements for years! And in this weeks post, I’m sharing what are the benefits of a capsule wardrobe and why it may or may not work for you.
This week I’ve been wearing my lovely hot pink statement coat just about everywhere during personal shopping sessions in Sydney. It made me think of all the other beautiful statement coats in people’s wardrobes that might not be getting as much wear because they don’t know how to style statement coats with colours other than black!
We all love denim and for many of us it’s our primary go-to so I wanted to share some ideas and tips around this skirt to hopefully give you some inspiration!
Firstly, just like black, brown is a neutral tone – which means it can often serve as a base colour to build outfits from. Even if you don’t wear brown in your clothing and you really only wear brown in your accessories, you can still wear brown easily and mix it with your wardrobe.
This week I made a video showing five ways you can style your wide leg jeans as well as gave […]
As Sydney-siders start heading back to offices for staggered workdays and those working from home still have Zoom meetings to attend, I thought it would be a good time to discuss the blazer and how we can adapt it to these in-between times. So this week, let’s talk how to style a blazer casually.
It’s been getting chilly outside and I thought since it’s raining and we’re all gearing up to waterproof our shoes (subtle reminder) why not put together some casual cold weather outfits for these dropping temperatures here in Sydney?
Today we’re chatting what to wear with a pleated midi skirt, how to wear one, where should a midi skirt hit and I’ve also made a video to go along with this post, so scroll down if you want to check that out.
The pandemic has made me a sneaker person, and if you’re after a few sneaker outfit ideas or want to learn how to wear sneakers fashionably then you’ve come to the right stylist – me!
When you’re heading off on your winter get-away, the fabrics you choose and how you pack your bags is important! Let me share with you my packing list for cold weather that you can print off and customise yourself and some advice on picking the best fabrics to take with you!
I started this book seven years ago and today I’m excited to announce it’s release on July 30th! Learn how to build your own sense of style that is unique and works into your routine and stop spending on things you aren’t wearing.
Sometimes when we get dressed, we just can’t put our finger on the reason why that when our outfit seemed great in our minds, we ended up looking like a block with manicured fingernails, which is not the look we were going for.
This weeks weather had me thinking about the clients and family friends of mine currently experiencing one of the inconvenient things that come along with ageing as a woman. Menopause. Particularly, hot flushes in over 30 degree heat.
I catch the train almost every day into the city to shop and on weekdays particularly I see hems sitting well past their intended length. Some are sitting crumpled around the ankle, others hugging the underneath of the wearers heel with a few grams of Sydney’s street grime on them and on the odd occasion I spy a little row of safety pins holding up a recently (or likely not so recently) fallen hem.
The pencil skirt is one of those items women either love or tell me that they can’t wear. In actual fact, the pencil skirt, when fitted correctly is one of the most universally flattering skirts amongst A-Line and wrap style skirts.
Your living arrangements, hobbies, friends circle and general lifestyle can change when you go through a break up. One thing that often doesn’t change, but needs to – is your wardrobe.
Not sure when is the right time to button your suit or jacket? There are different rules for different types, and I’ve got you covered!
Looking good is all in the details, which is why picking the right accessories for your suit is important. Todays post is all about getting those accessories perfect, I’ll show you what ties to look for and point out a few lesser known styling tips that can make a big impact on your outfit.
So you popped the question, said yes, or just did what my parents did and said ‘we should get married’ followed by a ‘yeah, okay,’ and now you’re searching the internet looking for the answers on what groomsmen should wear, and maybe what you should wear too.
As much as a Style Icon, Justin Timberlake is now, he’s partly responsible for making men shy away from wearing denim jackets. He caused way too much confusion where there shouldn’t be. It’s a denim jacket. It’s not hard to go wrong until you wear an entire denim suit complete with a denim hat and a matching denim Brittany Spears. But if you really want to know how to pull off the denim jacket and actually look like a complete stud, here’s how.
There’s a big secret many talented stylists and celebrities have been keeping for years. You all know the reason I started this blog was not only to help women dress in a way that makes them feel confident but let them in on the tricks effortlessly stylish people use to make clothing work.
It’s no secret that brands, even those intended for women in their 50’s and 60’s, use much younger models to make us feel inspired by their clothing. We all know that sometimes it’s not inspiring at all, sometimes it just makes us feel lost.
I’m sitting in a café at the moment in jeans, a tucked in long-sleeve thermal and a thick woolly knit that has pom poms on it. I sound like a piñata, but if you saw me you would think there’s just the right amount of pom poms on this jumper to not want to whack me with a stick.
It takes someone comfortable in his style to pull a look like this off, but you don’t have to be a style extraordinaire to do it. This look is perfect for the races, derby day, cocktail parties and smart casual events and helps you to look like the perfect gentleman when out and about.
We fell in love with them in the store and we’re worried about ruining them doing mundane tasks. So we save them, adoring them gathering dust and wishing we had the right place to wear them. I hear you!
The smart younger brother of the traditional blazer. A sports jacket, not to be confused with a blazer, is a smart basic option that gives versatility to the smart casual and business casual side of a man’s wardrobe.
Can you believe it’s nearly 2018? It dawned on me today when I was working on a photo shoot in a beautiful California bungalow style home, shooting luxurious towels in the warm sun what a different year this has been for me.
I do not, for one second, envy those Effortless Bitches carrying a baby in Spring and Summer in Australia. If you’re not swollen from the pregnancy yet, you’re certainly sporting swollen feet from the heat and those sandals you got that had extra room for just that aren’t feeling so fab anymore. If you’re after some summer maternity clothing – follow me, I have the goods.
Putting your own spin on fashion is what gives you style but it’s so easy to own too many plain or out-there items without having a healthy balance of both to give you a versatile wardrobe, that doesn’t get you stuck in a style rut.
All you need to know about hiring a personal stylist or image consultant before you let them into your wardrobe.
Now I must admit, I haven’t been in a school for years.
I don’t have children and I like to keep a safe distance from un-hemmed pants, scuffed black shoes and the overwhelming scent of body spray, but when living in Sydney, it’s easy to pass the schools and see the general dress code that’s going on between mothers.
I have this problem in winter where I get dry skin between my eyebrows. Being in and out of heated shopping centres all day with clients and then in the cold outside can really give my skin a less than flawless glow.
I’m a sucker for them! They’re comfortable, smart and there are so many styles available which gives our style more individuality! In this post I’m sharing my tips for finding a good Chelsea boot and what you can wear with them!
When your heart is playing matchmaker, your wardrobe should too. What to wear on a first date is one of the most common questions asked on this blog, and I thought it was the right time I sit down and share my thoughts on it.
When I pick up a pair of skinny jeans or slim leg jeans for a client who ranges from a size 16 and up, I’m met with a cautious look.
Sometimes having a wardrobe full of clothing and nothing to wear isn’t because you hold on to too much clothing, it’s because of the way you shop.
Despite the common idea that once the baby is out, you can basically go back to wearing normal clothes – this is so not the case.
Time to forget those tunics and trapeze shaped dresses! I’ve got some fabulous winter maternity style tips that don’t involved childish prints or poorly cut fabric!
I’ve always been flat chested. Growing up, I was under the impression that my boobs would grow to an average size someday, but that never happened. So I’ve been buying bras for flat chests for years and I’m here to share my wisdom.
Shopping for petite clothing brands in Sydney, Australia or Online can be tough, so I’ve got my top 40 petite brands narrowed down for you in this handy little list!
At the start of this year I became single again and one of the first thoughts I had was that this would be the first Valentines Day I’d spend as a singleton in Sydney.
Since it came out, La La Land has been the movie everyones talking about, and not only for its amazing Casablanca inspired story line, or it’s great music and stunning cast.
With so many different work environments, different bosses and office culture – it can be hard to work out what is business casual, what’s too casual and what’s just a plain old mess of dragging hems and boring black tattered work pants.
I admit I am a workaholic cat lady who gets a little too emotional over fabric and at the start of this year, I was forced into really considering what I wanted.
Ah, January 1st. That time of year when we’re all reminded to dust off our hideously stiff running shoes, strap our boobs down with sports bras and be #blessed and #eatclean until we develop summer bodies just in time for winter.
I love it when I have a corporate client because I get to be extra tailored, extra caffeinated and I get to throw a bit of Jessica Pearson’s style into my wardrobe.
For those of you who subscribe to my news letter, you’ll know that last month I went to Hong Kong during a Typhoon.
Professional headshots, the source of many sleepless nights and crash diets across the globe. They scare everyone, Effortless Bitch or not.
As someone who gets her cardio from walking around shopping centres in a brisk fashion and running up escalators the wrong way because I saw an item for a client as I got half way down, I know just how important a great pair of flats is and what an impact they can have on an outfit. One of the common things I hear clients say when trying on a new item is ‘I’ll have to wear heels with this.’
While summer usually requires less fabric, one thing we can get really stuck with is visible panty lines because summer fabrics are usually thinner when our backsides remain the same. Now, I don’t like to rely on spanx to make a dress look good, but sometimes a few Magnum Ego’s and jars of Nutella force me to when I have a summer event to go to and I plan to wear something a little more clingy.
I love a bit of leg, shaving them is quite a task, but in the right outfit – they’re amazing. Now this post isn’t for women who already have gloriously long, evenly toned legs.
I actually love the races, but more for entertainment value. Every time I think of the Melbourne Cup, or any horse racing event, I think of Kath and Kim.
When summer comes around, we often find ourselves walking past swimwear stores with one thought ‘Oh god, it’s that time again,’ and as someone whose only ever burned and jiggled in the sun myself, I’m part of that squad too.
I hate the gym, I’m not a fan at all.
When you run your own business, networking comes with it, as much as we may love or hate it. I have a love/hate relationship with it myself, do I go alone? Don’t I? How do I break the ice? When is the right time to hand over a business card without seeming too pushy? But one thing I’m not stuck on is knowing what to wear to a networking event.
If you’re pregnant or have ever had to shop for someone who is pregnant, you’ll notice that in your average shopping mall theres very few maternity options.
If you range between a size 8 to 12 in Australia, you usually don’t have much of a problem finding clothing, sizes 14 and 16 still aren’t that hard to find either – but once you hit a size 18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28 or 30 – your options can seem like they’re seriously low. But fear not my gorgeous, Effortless Bitches. I’ve been making lists again and from the reaction to our last curvy girls post where I made a lengthy list of brands you can shop with for formal wear, if you’re a size 16 to 22 in Australia (which you can have a geez at here), I decided to make another one!
With the current selection of shoes in stores being mainly pointed and narrow toe – what do the women with wider feet or bunions have to choose from? To the untrained eye, not much! But as a Stylist, I come up with this issue with clients often.
While I would be the modelling industry’s idea of plus size at a size 10, I’ve never been in the position myself where I couldn’t find an evening dress because majority of brands didn’t cater for my size.
Fat days suck. They often come as a package deal with our time-of-month, full-moon looneys and forgetting our coffee cards right when we were due for a free coffee stamp. I hear you, sister. But lets not confuse ourselves between a fat day and a day where you might have to go up a size in clothing.
While we may not be red carpet event frequenters, on the odd occasion, we’re invited to attend an event where it’s formal and it’s cold.
We all have our go-to brands that we love to shop with, but when you want something fresh, because you’re petite, you feel limited.
Studies have actually shown that those who work from home and get dressed like they’re going to an office, complete with hair and makeup, have a higher productivity rate than those who stay in their pyjamas or make little effort to get dressed.
While many of us are still soaking up what’s left of the sun, the stores are starting to fill with snippets of autumn and winter wardrobe pieces and we’re reminded – the dark season is coming and it’s time you learn how to add colour to your winter wardrobe.
There is not one client I have that I don’t recommend clothing alterations to. For me, not recommending alteration would as disastrous and nightmarish as walking out of a store with a bag with a bag of spanking new crocs.
The sound of wedding bells is like a siren or wolf call for some. The second the word ‘Wedding’ is mentioned, the price sky rockets.
Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of great magazines out there with some brilliant fashion and lifestyle articles, but something that’s really hit home to me lately after a recent chat with my book agent, was how many of them actually consider you as a person and not as a consumer?
Every time I hear the words ‘Mother Of The Bride’ I think of two things, taffeta and flesh toned stockings that are too dark for the wearer.
Boobs, they’re the best and worst things for us women, regardless of the size.
You know when you duck to the bathroom after spending some time out with others and you notice you have food stuck in your teeth? You think to yourself, why didn’t anyone tell me? They didn’t want you to get embarrassed but by not telling you, let you do just that.
Not every effortlessly stylish woman is willing to share her best style tips for the greater good, which is why you have me! Let me show you how to make effortless style work for you.
I love ah-hah moments, especially those involving things I can do to make my wardrobe better and ESPECIALLY when those things used to make said things better, are things I own already.
I’m hired to style plus size women on a regular basis and one thing I do notice is a huge lack of options for anyone with a sense of style.
Focus On Dressing For Your Shape Instead Of Obsession Over A Weight.
Many of us have mixed feelings about Christmas lunch, it’s a time to spend with your family, be thankful and eat until we’re definitely not zipping up our skinny jeans for at least a fortnight but it’s also a time that can be a little stressful when it comes to choosing what to wear. Sometimes you’re seeing people you haven’t seen in a while and you want to look your best but still be comfortable in the warm December weather. So what should you wear?
The size of our clutch to phone ratio is no longer the only problem us Effortless Bitches face when preparing for party season.
How do all those Effortless Bitches have their sleeves rolled so perfectly? Here’s how!
Getting your wedding party styled in the perfect way can be tough work, knowing how to dress your bridesmaids when they all have different bodies, styles and skin tones is just the beginning of it all.
Eek!!! We’ve all had our fair share of awkward parties where we strategically worked the room according to where our ex-was standing, in order to avoid them.
Years ago there was no such thing as a Bridal or Wedding Stylist, the person who helped the bride get her wedding parties outfits into order.
Knowing what to pack for a weekend away can be tough work when you want to pack light and look amazing!
When looking good only seems possible when the idea is attached to a certain size or body shape, it takes the fun right out of style and makes you feel like you’ve got less options. So instead of focusing on a number, focus on a feeling; confidence.
While most of us can agree that black is one of the main colours in our wardrobes, we can’t all agree that we know how to wear it without looking like a walking black blob of poor style choices. Fear not, I’m here with some more tips, this time it’s how to wear black on black in the best possible way.