How to look taller and slimmer

My new blog is about to teach you how you can look taller and slimmer with your outfits. 
See, with my average height (164cm) I will always look if my outfit is not making me look shorter or wider and there are lots of ways to do this. Making the right outfit choices will result in you looking better and that is a great thing. We all want that. 
It’s not so hard, it’s just knowing what to do with your outfit and get it right.

  • Wear monochromatic outfits. This is an easy way to look taller and slimmer. The colours don’t have to be exactly the same but the same shade will create an nice fluid and lengthening effect. 

 

  • Wear heels. This is quite obvious, it makes your legs look longer. Don’t go too high if you can’t wear them, even a little heel or a block heel will do.

 

  • Wear scarves and necklaces. These elements of styling are used to create vertical lines in an outfit and draw the eyes up and down. 

 

  • Wear longline outerwear. With outerwear I mean, longline cardigans, jackets and coats. Again, it creates vertical lines and have a lengthening effect. It also makes you look slimmer because it only shows a little mid section of your torso, the outer part is covered by the garment that you choose to wear as an extra layer. 

 

  • Wear shoes with a low vamp and pointy toe. A low vamp means that the shoe doesn’t cover your whole foot. The high the vamp, the shorter your leg will look, and a pointy toe elongates even more.

 

  • Wear nude shoes. This creates a lengthening effect by matching the colour of your shoe with your skin and therefor letting it flow all the way instead of cutting it off with another colour.

 

  • Wear fitted clothes. Loose fitted and baggy clothes don’t make you look slimmer at all. Nicely fitted clothes that are closer to your body will have a much better effect for when you want to look taller and slimmer. 

 

  • Wear high waisted skirts and pants. This too will elongate your frame and make you look taller.

 

These are all tips for creating a taller and slimmer look. You can even choose to combine a few of these together if you want to double the effect. The best way to find out what works for you is to experiment in front of the mirror. 
I hope you enjoyed this blog and that it has helped you by creating a look that makes you feel good about your outfit. Because then the magic starts. 

Mieke x

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7 Questions to ask when cleansing your wardrobe

Does cleansing your wardrobe stress you out? Want to run away and never come back? I know, it can be daunting task for some. But it does need your attention once in a while just like your kitchen pantry, your home office or shed. I know what I rather do. My wardrobe. When I give it the time and love that it needs, I know it will work for me and make me feel great. It holds a great part of me, I express myself through my clothes. So therefore I’d like it to be in order, easy to get dressed from and feel inspired every time I dress for work, leisure or a special occasion.

But how do you get there? How do you do this? It’s easy for me to say, it’s my job and I help women to achieve this and boy when it’s done we feel so much better. I love it when my clients see the results and start dressing themselves better and feel confident withe the way they look. Ready to tackle the day whatever it brings.

In this blog I want to give you some insight to how you can do this yourself if you want to make a start. Here are 7 questions you can ask yourself (and your wardrobe) to get it cleansed and working for you.

  1. Does this fit? Now this is really important. What is the use of it being in your wardrobe if it doesn’t fit you? You need to part with it and be honest with yourself. We all think that we can loose weight to fit in it again, I hear it all the time. But the reality is that 9 out of 10 times this doesn’t happen. So. Just. Chuck. It.
  2. Have I worn this in the last 12 months? This is another one I ask my clients and so many times I hear “no, I haven’t worn this in ages”. This says something about the garment. You either don’t love it anymore, which is a great reason not to wear it, or maybe don’t have the occasion for it to wear., meaning it doesn’t fit your lifestyle. Except for those formal dresses that get worn only so often and we need to keep them in our wardrobe for that special occasion, if you haven’t worn it for so long, chances are you won’t wear it again. Chuck it.
  3. If I was shopping right now, would I buy this? Would you? If you’re an impulse buyer, you have probably bought this in a thought of “love this, I’ll buy it”, only to come home and see that it doesn’t go with anything you already have and sits there waiting to be worn. Or you weren’t sure when you bought it and now actually don’t like it at all. I say one word: charity.
  4. Is this current and does it reflect my style? If it isn’t current it could out-date you and you don’t want that. You don’t have to wear the latest trends all the time, but having a current look will say:”hey, I’m going with the times, I’m not stuck the 80’s”. This is really important when you want to make a good impression, like for example in an interview. If it doesn’t reflect your style you won’t feel comfortable wearing it. Rebel shoes don’t fit a Classic persona so they won’t get worn. Stay true to who you are  and what you want to show the world. Time to give them away.
  5. Do I feel confident in wearing this? What is the use of holding on to clothes that make you feel conscious, make you look bigger then you really are, or simply are not you? Clothes are there to express ourselves and if they fit in with our lifestyle, fit in all the right places and flatter us in general then they make us feel confident. Only those items that do all this, you should wear.
  6. If it is damaged, will I make the effort to repair this? You should if you really like it. Find a good tailor near you and work with them to get things fixed or altered. Once you do this, you can wear it again with pride.
  7. Is it likely I will wear this again? Ask yourself this question and be honest. There is no point in it taking space in your wardrobe when it can be replaced with something that you will wear over and over again. Maybe your taste has changed, you don’t like the colour anymore but whatever the reason, if the answer is no to this question it should leave your wardrobe.

So when I say chuck it, I mean this: donate it to the Salvo’s, the Smiths, the Vinnies, a dear friend or your daughter, or sell it on Gumtree or Ebay. Hold a clothes swap party with friends to fundraise for your favourite charity. There are stores like H&M that take in your clothes and give your coupon to spend in store. Only when it is no use to anyone anymore, it can go in the bin.

Good luck with cleansing and creating the wardrobe that you love.

Keep stylish, Mieke xx

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Why dressing well helps you in life

Dressing well is more important then most people think. Think about it. When you interact with people, whether at work or socially or even privately, people who are well dressed get your attention more. They do make a better impression and it always works in their favour when they have made the effort to look good.
There are so many reasons why putting in the effort in your outfits and your overall image have an advantage over someone who doesn’t.

First of all, it gives you confidence. When you look at yourself in the mirror and think you look awesome, that’s going to stick with you all day. Confidence gives you the motivation to go on with your day no matter what it brings. Confident people have more success, feel better about themselves and that has a ripple effect on all areas of your life.

Then there is the impression that you make. You never get a second chance to make a first impression. People make snap judgements based on first glance, it is in our system and everybody does it, consciously and subconsciously. So when you do take your appearance more seriously, people notice. For all the right reasons. Doors will open. A great personality means people will like you, but combined with great style, it means they won’t forget you.

Clothes are motivational. Dressing well is the quickest dose of motivation that you can get. Feeling low? Try putting on your best clothes, together with proper grooming and you’ll get yourself out of the dumps. When you look good, you feel good and you do good. Clothes really have that power!

It shows you have self care. No, you’re not selfish, you are looking after yourself in the best possible way and people like that. They will respect you for it. How can they respect someone who doesn’t respect themselves? By really looking into what suits you, what is appropriate for the occasion and what makes you happy when you wear it, you are looking after yourself and inspire others to do so as well.

It helps you to be yourself. Now that can only be a good thing. When you wear something that is made for someone else you are never going to feel good and never are yourself.  Being authentic will get you much further in life then pretending to be someone else.

I hope you enjoyed reading this blog and that it has inspired you to take positive action to dress well and feel good. It really makes a difference in your life.

Keep stylish, Mieke xx

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7 tips to make buying a new suit easier

A good, wel fitted suit has the ability to make any woman look polished and professional. It can give you a lot of respect when you wear one at work or have meetings with clients. Not to mention a power suit. It says you mean business.

The saying goes: “Dress for the job you want, not the job you have” and this is particularly true for work wear. Nothing looks more put together then some smart pieces that fit you like a glove and when you know what you are doing with your outfits it can give you that promotion you really want. Or going for an interview and get that position that you’re after.

With the sales around the corner I know, from working in retail, that women buy work wear when it is on sale. And why wouldn’t you because it does save you a lot of money. Suits can be pricy and you need other things to go with it so it all adds up. But make sure it it the right one for you before you do get carried away and only find out that they aren’t right.
Here are some tips for making a purchase for a suit easier:

  1. Spend as much as you can afford on a suit. The better the quality, the better it will look in 12 months time. There are lots of brands with good quality suits varying in price like Basque (at Myer), Cue, Veronica Maine, David Lawrence, Sportscraft, Count Road and Trenery.
  2. Buy the whole set, meaning jacket with dress,skirt and pants. This will give you more to play with and you can create different looks so you won’t get bored with wearing the same outfit all the time.
  3. Single breasted jackets are more slimming than double breasted ones as are medium to darker colours.
  4. Buy a suit in a trans-seasonal fabric like cool wool or wool crepe so you can wear it all year long.
  5. Neutral colours like black, navy, grey or camel are a good base colour to mix and match with tops that go underneath your suit.
  6. Make sure it fits you well. This means the right sleeve length, the right hem length for skirts and pants. It should also fit properly on the shoulders and give you a nice shape around the waist for a feminine appearance.
  7. Vertical stripes and pinstripes will make you look taller and slimmer. The finer the stripe and the closer they are together the more business like the suit will appear.

Before you buy a suit, be clear about what you need your suit to do for you. Ask yourself some questions like: What image are you trying to project? Why do you need it? Where will you wear it? Who do you want to impress?
Avoid boxy jackets, they might  be in fashion but they rarely flatter anyone, they look heavy. Fussy details like wide lapels, peplum or embroidery will age or date a suit much faster.
If you want to make statements and personalise your outfit, do it with what you wear with it as in your tops or accessories like jewellery or hand bags and shoes.

Always remember that it has to make you feel great when you wear it, fits you in all the right places and does the job for you, whether that is meeting with clients, at interviews, business lunches or presentations.
Hope you enjoyed reading this and that it helps you to make the purchase of a suit easier for you.

Keep Stylish, Mieke xx

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Why working with a Personal Stylist is for everyone

There are so many myths about working with a Personal Stylist. I would like to point out some common beliefs women have around what a stylist does and who it is for. Hopefully it will clear some of the misconceptions that seem to exist and make it easier for you to decide to work on your style and image with a professional personal stylist.

This is what I hear sometimes:

  1. I have to loose weight before I can work with you.
    This is probably the number 1 myth I hear the most. Well, let me tell you, you don’t. We work with who you are and make you look fabulous regardless size or shape. Style is not only for the slender person, style is for everyone. By putting that pressure on yourself while you want to work on your style and wardrobe, you keep yourself from doing that. If you think you can achieve that (loosing weight) and want to wait for that, all good, but what if you don’t? My advise is not to dress for the future but for what works now and start feeling and looking good at this present moment.
  2. I have to spend a lot of money when I go shopping with you. Again, no you don’t. Building a desirable wardrobe can be done in stages. You don’t have to buy a whole new wardrobe all at once. It can be a gradual process of adding new pieces to it and removing others that don’t work anymore. We work with your budget and you only buy pieces that you love and will wear. This will save you money in the long run.
  3. Are you going to throw out everything from my wardrobe? For some it may feel intimidating when I come to their house and review their wardrobe. They are worried I will throw everything out, even if they still like it and want to hold on to it. While I give my advise to you and will have suggestions on what works for you and what not, the final decision to get rid of something is yours. I am not there to judge you, I am there to help you become the best version of your self. I often find there is a huge weight lifted of my clients shoulders when we’re finished. They feel liberated and clear on their new style goals. It’s a cleansing and clarifying process that will leave you feeling inspired.
  4. Your services are only for the rich and famous. So many people think that working with a stylist is only for celebrities or models. That only they can and want to look good. Not true. I work with women from all backgrounds to help them understand their own unique personal style and how to express that. Style and image are very important to get right, it is your way of communicating to the world around you. And why wouldn’t everyone like to feel good about themselves and look fabulous every day.

These are the main misunderstandings women have around working with a stylist. A Personal Stylist can help you with all your styling needs, whether that is building a new wardrobe that is easy to get dressed from, help you shop efficiently, discover your own unique personal style and help you highlight your assets and dress for you body shape.

Keep stylish, Mieke xx

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