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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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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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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How to use accessories with your outfit

Do you find it hard to use accessories? Don’t know which ones to use and leave them out altogether? 
These are common issues I see as a Personal Stylist when I help my clients with their personal styling. Accessories can make or break an outfit. By using accessories we can personalise our outfit and create the look we want. They finish an outfit and can take it from drab to fab and are therefor a very important part of your outfit.
They can also extend your wardrobe and get more wear of your outfits you have in your wardrobe. It’s less expensive to buy a new accessory to update a last season’s dress or suit with a new handbag or a new on-trend necklace.

What is your favourite piece of accessory? Handbags? Shoes? Jewellery? Some women love to create interest with shoes and they can become a focal point in your outfit. There is nothing better then vamping up an office dress with some striking shoes, whether it be the shape, the colour or material. If jewellery is what you like to use then invest in that to create different looks. The key is here to choose what you love wearing and working with in your outfit.

For accessories to work really well they need to create harmony in your out fit and by that I mean they should compliment it and each other. Contrast is fine, clash is not.
If you wear a busy printed dress, you don’t want to wear busy or over the top accessories. It would look overdone, inappropriate so go for more neutral accessories to make the dress the hero piece and the accessories are complimenting that.

Look at body scale when wearing your pieces of accessory. When you have a petite frame, oversized accessories make you look even smaller then you are. The same goes for the other way around, by wearing small scale accessories on a larger body frame makes the person look bigger then they really are. Again, we are trying to create balance and harmony with the way you look and this is another tool to keep in mind when choosing your accessories.

Focal points are important to draw the attention to certain areas and make other areas of concern less visible. When you want to take away attention of your mid section, go for bold, striking or unusual shoes or wear statement pieces around your face to let they eyes stay upwards. When you want the eyes to stay front and centre you can wear cocktail rings and bracelets. Where and how you wear your handbag is important too. If for example you are conscious of your wider hips, don’t let your handbag end there as it will draw attention to exactly there.
Every piece of accessory will do a different job in creating a focal point for the eyes to be drawn to so choose to place them well in your outfit.

Build your collection carefully and collect pieces overtime. Only buy it if you really love it and it matches your style.
Don’t wear too many accessories at once, you don’t want to look inappropriate but instead stylish. If you choose to wear statement earrings then don’t add a statement necklaces, a scarf and lots of bracelets and rings.
There are even more accessories you can use like, eyewear and sunglasses, hosiery, hats, hairpieces and scarves to create the style you want. Just use the same principles as mentioned above and you will look polished and put together.

If you have any questions about accessorising, feel free to contact me and I’m happy to help you out. Email mieke@smartstyling.com.au or phone 0402 824846.

Keep Stylish, Mieke xx

 

 

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