Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The pieces SIA rejects

People are always asking me what I think of this piece or that piece. I respond and always try to explain why. Because if you know the why, you can replicate the logic when I am not around. 

A scan of the racks at Trade Secret reveals FOUR possibilities. I outline the pros & cons for each. 



1st top


PROs:
Made in Italy
Pure silk outer with stretch lining sewn into the seams
Love the lace bits
Love the floaty sleeves
Navy. What more can I say?

CONs:
The hemline finished at the widest part of my thighs. 
I looked like I had gained 5 kg. 

OUTCOME: Bye bye top. 


2nd top


PROs:
Made in Italy
Pure silk outer with stretch lining sewn into the seams
Can you see a theme here? 
Love the colours, crisp white with navy
Love the open neckline

CONs: 
Boho styling - not the real me
Raglan sleeves - make your upper half look look smaller
The deal breaker - gathered elastic hem - anything with a blouson effect will always make you look shorter & fatter where the gathers are placed. As a pear, the last place i want to looks fatter is my hips. 

OUTCOME: Bye bye top.

                              3rd top


PROs:
Pure cotton
Navy & white stripe

CONs:
The white is actually quite off white
It's made in China
The front placket is not functional - it's just a pleat. When you move & it opens up, you see a pleat. This is a sign of cutting corners, high street rather than high end. 

OUTCOME: Bye bye top.

4th top
PROs:
This is a First Daughter top - Ivanka Trump
I put it on & I was transformed. I saw it instantly. It draped well, was cut well for my shape. 
Navy
Polyfester - easy to care for but looked pricey

CONs:
Made in China
It says dry clean only, but I know fabrics & polyfester like this can survive any hand wash. 

OUTCOME: Hello top 
FYI: The US styled necklace is from Zara via ebay & was my hero piece of jewellery for the day. 

THE MORAL OF THIS POST is that you should only buy pieces which make you look & feel amazing. 

"It's OK" or "it'll do" will build you a wardrobe of very ordinary clothes. 

When something makes you look & feel amazing, you will notice it instantly in the mirror. No hesitation. That's when it comes home with you.





Friday, November 25, 2016

It's all about the full length mirror.


If you love the styling tips provided by Style into Action, then you have to read this post. 

Frankly, even I was surprised at how things turned out. 

Firstly, I love linen, men's style shirts and certain shades of blue and green sing on me. 

Enter EXHIBIT A:

Target Collection women's shirt - perfect.



I didnt even try it on - just ensured the measurements havent changed since the last one from there & off I went, shirt in hand. 

As I was perusing the rest of the floor, enter EXHIBIT B:


The almost twin version from the Belle Curve range.

1. Same fabric
2. Same price
3. Same cut except, Belle Curve has 2 small 5 cm slits at the hem on each side seam AND Belle Curve has no flaps on the front pockets.

Frankly I prefer the lack of pocket flaps b/c it's easier to iron & has a cleaner line. But that is such a small difference, I didnt want to use it as sole basis of my decision.  

The ONLY answer was to TRY THEM ON in front of a FULL LENGTH MIRROR. 

Knowing that Belle Curve cuts more generously, I made sure I was comparing shirts with the same measurements rather than the same size on the tag. 

Target Collection was the winner by far.

Why? 

Target Collection's flaps were sitting just above my nipple (with well fitting bra), bringing the eye upwards & widening my upper half. For a pear shape, clothing that does that is gold.

The Belle Curve shirt's pocket started below my nipples, bringing the eye downwards toward my belly. That's the last place a pear wants the eye to go. It visibly made my upper body look smaller & my lower body look bigger. 

I was shocked at what a huge difference these two babies made. All thanks to TRYING ON & A FULL LENGTH MIRROR.

I can't emphasise those two things enough. 



Wednesday, July 27, 2016

There are Nina Proudman clothes EVERYWHERE!


SIA did a quick lap in Zara & came up with the following loot for Nina (or Billie or Zara).... 
Current Zara

Scotch & Soda (Myer) - Nina style
Current Zara - the bomber is Billie style

Current Zara but more Billie style

current Zara - these colours are too harsh
for Nina's complexion
but in softer colours, this is Nina style

current Zara - front



current Zara - back

current Zara - definitely Billie style



current Zara - I see Billie wearing this

current Zara - the bomber is Billie style

current Zara - a Billie frock

current Zara - Nina, perhaps Zara style

current Zara - Zara style

current Zara - Nina style

current Zara - Nina style

current Zara - Nina style


current Zara - Nina style


current Zara lace bell bottoms - Billie style

current Zara - Nina style


current Zara - perhaps Zara style?

current Zara - Nina style


current Zara - Nina style

Please dont forget:

1. If you dont have Nina's height, body shape & colouring, you may look scarily different to her if you are hunting down her wardrobe pieces.

2. There are MANY more sources of Nina STYLE than just the clothes on the show. 

3. Alof of the actual items on the show are now not available anyway.

4. You'll feel better (& look more confident) if you do your interpretation of Nina style rather than just wear what's show on the show.  

There are Nina Proudman clothes EVERYWHERE!




SIA did a quick lap in Zara & came up with the following loot for Nina (or Billie or Zara).... 
Current Zara

Scotch & Soda (Myer) - Nina style
Current Zara - the bomber is Billie style

Current Zara but more Billie style

current Zara - these colours are too harsh
for Nina's complexion
but in softer colours, this is Nina style

current Zara - front



current Zara - back

current Zara - definitely Billie style



current Zara - I see Billie wearing this

current Zara - the bomber is Billie style

current Zara - a Billie frock

current Zara - Nina, perhaps Zara style

current Zara - Zara style

current Zara - Nina style

current Zara - Nina style

current Zara - Nina style


current Zara - Nina style


current Zara lace bell bottoms - Billie style

current Zara - Nina style


current Zara - perhaps Zara style?

current Zara - Nina style


current Zara - Nina style

Please dont forget:

1. If you dont have Nina's height, body shape & colouring, you may look scarily different to her if you are hunting down her wardrobe pieces.

2. There are MANY more sources of Nina STYLE than just the clothes on the show. 

3. Alof of the actual items on the show are now not available anyway.

4. You'll feel better (& look more confident) if you do your interpretation of Nina style rather than just wear what's show on the show.