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Benefits Of A Capsule Wardrobe

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.

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How Should A Trench Coat Fit A Woman?

It’s getting cold and even though we’ve mostly been indoors with the lockdown here, whenever I’ve had a chance to get outside I’ve been throwing on my trench coat – which made me think I hadn’t made a fit guide on that yet – so here it is! How should a trench coat fit a woman? And what should you look out for in a good quality trench, before investing in one?

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Suit Terminology – Fits & Drop Sizing

Have you ever walked into an Apple store and brought a computer from someone who didn’t know a thing about them? Or rode out of a dealership with a car that the salesman knew nothing technical about? If you don’t know what type of suit you’re buying, you could be buying a dud. So, this week I’m starting a new series called Suit Terminology, designed to cover the essential knowledge you need to pick up a suit that ticks the boxes in quality, fit and style.

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Men’s: How A T-Shirt Should Fit

T-Shirts are a basic in anyone’s wardrobe, but especially a mans wardrobe. They’re worn year-round as a single piece or under layers and can be a piece heavily relied upon. With that in mind, I think we should learn how a t-shirt should fit so that every time we’re updating our wardrobe basics we’re nailing it.

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Where To Hem Your Pants To – Women’s Pants

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.

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How A Pencil Skirt Should Fit

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.

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My Top 10 Menswear Stores In Sydney City

As a Fashion Stylist, I’m constantly spending my time searching through racks of clothing for that perfect piece for my client. I know my clients and who they want to be and I know that just any old pair of pants won’t do. They have to be the pair of pants, or they won’t be suitable. Over my time shopping for men in Sydney City, I’ve come across many stores but there’s just some that take the cake.

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How A Sports Jacket Should Fit

Looking to add something sharp to your wardrobe that’s not as formal as a blazer but not as casual as a bomber? The sports jacket is a great addition that’s classic, sharp and versatile and I love them! Especially when they fit well!

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The new Busy Bitch Planner is here and it’s fabulous!

I’ve been a little absent on the blog in the last month for a few reasons, mainly I’ve been busy with work, this time of year is my craziest up until about March while juggling work, this blog and a few other exciting projects – this planner has been getting ready to help you all get your shit together in the new year and it’s been helping me just as much as I hope it helps you.

Where to buy large womens shoes.

Large Women’s Shoes In Australia – Brand Directory

Shoes are supposed to be our guilty pleasures, the items we invest in because they’re gorgeous! They’re supposed to lift our outfits, our spirits and our backsides! We should all be able to have a good shoe collection, regardless of size.

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How To Ditch The Impulse Shopping

It’s not news to anyone that shopping for clothes can be damn hard. I love it, don’t get me wrong but I completely understand why my clients, especially my new ones don’t like to shop.

How to Buy Vintage Clothing

How To Buy Vintage Clothing

Some people buy vintage clothing that seems made for them, expensive and unique – and others shop for vintage but fail, bringing back things that reek of dust, stale perfume and moths – Erk!

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Summer Maternity Wear For The Hot & Pregnant

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.

How To Get A Core Wardrobe

How To Get A Core Wardrobe

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.

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How To Make Your Shoes Comfortable

The past two weekends I’ve had a number of social engagements and mixed with the weather, I admit, it’s been hard to dress. Everything looks so much better with a simple strappy heel, but when it’s 11 degrees outside (and as an Australian, I can’t compute this), keeping all of your toes just outweighs fashion.

My Brand Fit Guide: Bras For Flat Chests

My Brand Fit Guide: Bras For Flat Chests

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.

5 reasons you should shop in bulk

5 Reasons Why Shopping In Bulk Is Smarter

If you’re like the majority of the population who shops for clothes in dribs and drabs, shopping in bulk probably seems a bit strange, not to mention, time consuming. Most of my clients hate shopping and I can understand why, the lines, the people, the mirrors and fitting room lighting. The ‘Oh my god, you look great it in that!’ girl who will say that to you if you’re wearing a tablecloth (as long as the store sells it). Shopping for most people can be a bit of a task. I get it.

Where to sell or donate your clothing in Sydney or online.

Where To Sell Or Donate Your Clothes In Sydney Or Online

When cleaning out a client’s wardrobe, one thing I hear a lot is a worried ‘How much money did I spend on clothes I’m not wearing?’ when they look to the pile of clothes we’re removing. With the new year fast approaching, many of us get the cleaning bug. We want to cull our wardrobes, our pantry’s, our garages, heck, even our makeup bags – but sometimes we don’t just want to throw the items away – we’d prefer to donate or sell them.

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How Long Should Quality Shoes Last?

I once worked in a shoe store and I would constantly get men and women coming in saying ‘I purchased these shoes x months ago, and they’re already falling apart.’ My inner effortless bitch wanted to say ‘WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN DOING TO YOUR FABULOUS QUALITY SHOES!’ but my customer service voice had to take the shoes, refund them and blow them kisses as they left. Ugh.

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What To Look For In Good Quality Shoes

A phrase I never hear women or men say when purchasing shoes are ‘only skinny people can wear that’ or ‘you’ve got to be a model to wear shoes like those.’ As a Stylist, I’m hearing these phrases come out of private clients mouths regularly when referring to clothing, but never when referring to shoes.

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Stylish Plus Size Swimwear For Effortless Bitches

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.

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The A-Z Of Plus Size Brands In Australia

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!

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Fashion On A Budget – Be Effortless AND Broke!

While I may be an expert on personal styling, there’s one thing that no matter how hard I try, I just can’t refrain from – and that’s spending money. Let me loose in a shop; furniture, clothing, cake, books, you name it and I am a dangerous financial blizzard thats bound to come out so broke that I’ll be forced into going on a tap water and buttered bread cleanse for the next two weeks. So knowing how to have style and play around with fashion on a budget is important to me for obvious reasons.

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Shoes For Wide Feet & Where To Get Them!

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.

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Are We Getting Tricked Into Being Boho?

Short answer, yes. And while you might be sitting there at your keyboard or staring at your phone, vigorously shaking your head, because boho style isn’t your thing, I hope you hair-sprayed your do today.

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Where To Find Plus Size Formal Dresses

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.

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Going Up A Dress Size Can Make You Look Chic

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.

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Five Wardrobe Essentials To Invest In

We’ve seen all the must-have’s lists online and the ‘hot trends’ seasonal blog posts, so if you thought this was one of them, I don’t apologise for wearing my practical (and timeless) pants and telling you no.

Avoid making these classic mistakes and learn Fashion Stylist, Alarna Hope's style tips for shopping the right way!

Mistakes You’re Making In The Fitting Room

We all hate the fitting rooms, no one is excluded here. I’m not like one of those people that tells you I love it (just because I’m a strong advocate for trying before buying) when I secretly hate it.

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How To Shop The Boxing Day Sales

Being a Fashion Stylist, you could say that I never actually left retail because a big part of my job is finding items for clients. However, back when I did work in retail, I worked every boxing day sale and it wasn’t pretty, mainly because it’s filled with women who don’t know how to shop the boxing day sales like an Effortless Bitch would.

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How To Shop For Accessories

Every time I meet a new client and look through their wardrobe one of the first things I do is check out their accessories collection.

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Heather McDowall – Custom Headwear

Ever fallen so in love with a piece of clothing or an accessory that all you want to do is wear it everywhere, take a thousand photos of it and drop its existence in your wardrobe into as many conversations as possible? You’re not alone.

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Measure Yourself For Online Shopping

Because sizing isn’t standard anymore and shopping online excites you too much, knowing your measurements is just as important as knowing how to tie your shoe laces. Step aside, That Effortless Bitch is showing you how to take your measurements this week!

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