Why spend a small fortune on a summer wardrobe when half of it will be sitting in your closet or your suitcase?
Make the most of the clothing you do have, and invest in these essentials which are a must-have for any summer holiday.
Little white dress/ little black dress
Whether it’s long or short, black or white, a summer dress is the staple all women should have. Make sure the fit is flattering for your body type (not too big, not too small), and works well with both heels and flats.
A scarf for summer might feel a little redundant, but it can actually be accessorised in so many different ways. Wear it as a headband, tie it around your neck, wear it as a bandeau top, or fasten it to your handbag.
Cut-off, denim shorts are a summer uniform every woman needs in their wardrobe. Lighter shades are generally more popular during the summer, but darker colours also match outfits much easier.
If you’re not the type of girl who wants to wear heels during the summer, a cute pair of flat sandals is the best way to go. Make sure they’re made from a comfy material, and that the sole is sturdy enough.
For dinner and drinks for the evening, a loose blouse is a must-have since it will cover any of those food babies! A bright, vibrant colour works well with a summer tan and is a very popular choice.
Who wants the glare of the ocean to shine in their face? Not us! Go for a pair of flattering sunglasses which suit the shape of your face, and aren’t too big or too small.
Those super-tight skinny jeans won’t be very helpful during the summer, but a pair of chino’s are perfect. They’re generally made from a light, breathable fabric which is also on the stretchy side.
Not only are these hats popular because they protect the neck and ears, but the light colour won’t attract the sun!
Store all of the essentials into a crossbody bag which, you guessed it, is also hands-free.
Finish up your summer wardrobe with a pair of comfy sneakers for long trips checking out the local sights. Stay away from white since they will only get dirty (really quickly), and choose darker shades such as navy and black.
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Do you find yourself hoarding lots of clothes and accessories, but still constantly stuck with nothing to wear? There’s a statistic which states that we wear just 20 per cent of our wardrobe around 80 per cent of the time. Who else is looking at their wardrobe (or floordrobe) right about now?
Whether you’re on a tight budget when it comes to clothing, or seriously contemplating a reduction of your wardrobe, the 80/20 wardrobe plan will be the answer to your prayers.
How does it work?
80 per cent of your clothes and accessory budget is allocated to pieces which will form the foundation of your wardrobe. This could be anything from a much-coveted leather jacket for winter, an LBD for the warmer months, or even just an everyday pair of denim jeans. It leaves no room for impulse-buying or chronic late-night shopping, either.
Tip: Keep organised!
Make sure you have a list of your must-have pieces either in a favourites folder or stashed away on your phone. To keep from impulse buying, think about the item for at least one week. That way you might even forget about it altogether and save some money, which is a plus.
What about the other 20 per cent?
The rest is free to spend on sales, a tiny impulse purchase, or just something you had to have before leaving the store. Since the bulk of your budget is already put aside for those more serious pieces, this means that you’re less likely to waste your money on an impulse buy.
The damage will be something small and discrete rather than a white leather and fringed jacket for the summer (not that there’s anything wrong with that!).
Tip: Avoid online!
This could be mighty tempting for those who love an ASOS or Topshop sale, but it’s not really worth it if you don’t know your size. Plus, think about the postage costs which are only free if you spend a certain amount of cash. Who else has time to wait for their package to arrive?
Save yourself the disappoint and try these items on in-store if you have the chance. Also, take pictures (from all angles) and save them in your phone.
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Want to slim down your body without resorting to a crazy detox or yo-yo diet? Start off by trimming down your closet!
A quick closet-raid will easily remove all the unflattering clothes from your wardrobe and leave you with a select few which will really complement your body shape. If you don’t know where to start, follow our eight simple steps below to a flattering wardrobe!
Bring a pop of colour to your wardrobe by incorporating some stripes to your outfit. Stick to thin, vertical stripes since they will help to elongate your body – making your arms look thinner and your legs look longer.
If you have a flowy dress, make sure to wear a belt which will cinch in your waist. This creates the illusion of a more defined waist, and will help to make your body look taller.
Similarly, empire waist tops which are longer around the top and slimmer around the waist are also another wardrobe staple. Pair with with slim pants, heels, or flats for a casual look at any time of the day.
Pack away those hipster jeans in favour of a high-waisted style which will suck in your tummy! Pair with a cropped sweater, button-up shirt, or fitted blazer for a flattering outfit option.
If you’re feeling a bit self-conscious about your legs, a midi dress is a great way to compromise for a sophisticated outfit option. It will highlight your middle section without showing too much skin.
Who knew that a pair of heels could be so valuable? Sometimes a little bit of extra high can make a huge difference – especially if you’re wearing a pair of cropped pants.
Wedges, espadrilles, and kitten heels give the illusion of extra high without terrorising your feet.
Another office appropriate piece of clothing has to be the wrap dress. It hugs all your curves in all the right places, and doesn’t feel too constricting – especially if you’re wearing it from 9-5!
Darker side panels on tops, dresses, and blazers are amazing since they give the illusion of slimmer physique. Plus, they also are flattering on all body types.
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Do you require a little assistance in the style department? Sometimes it’s difficult to formulate new and exciting outfits when the weather is too hot or even too cold – which doesn’t leave you feeling inspired at all.
Rather that jumping onto your favourite blog or even Instagram account to find that extra bit of inspiration, why not put on your favourite movie and take note! Below are SHESAID’s 5 favourite movie characters to get the inspiration flowing.
Carrie Bradshaw (Sex and the City, 2008)
Played by: Sarah Jessica Parker
We had to start off with Carrie Bradshaw, right? As her ever-evolving style featured stiletto heels (okay, a lot of stiletto heels), spaghetti-strap tops, and even an Hermes scarf wrapped around her head, Carrie is the ideal character if you want a perfect harmony of designer and high-street labels. Lets not forget that signature blonde, curly hair either..
Nikki (Alfie, 2004)
Played by: Sienna Miller
As the bohemian inspired love interest to Jude Law’s character, Nikki is the perfect mix of party girl with a refined edge. Faux fur coats, knee-high boots, and that signature centre part in her bangs made Nikki’s style come to life in the remake of an original 1966 film.
Inspired by Anita Pallenberg, Sienna Miller’s character wasn’t complete without black kohl-eyes and a killer personality to match.
Amelie Poulain, (Amelie, 2001)
Played by: Audrey Tautou
This Academy Award winning film isn’t only known for it’s splendid acting and whimsical storyline. While the style of the film isn’t exactly modern, it does pay homage to 1960’s Montmartre by way of set design and even costumes.
Audrey Tautou brought Amelie Poulain to life, and she is known for wearing an understated wardrobe of red and green shades which are practical throughout her journey in the film. Lets not forget Amelie’s dark-black hair and super-short fringe which framed her face almost perfectly.
Annie Hall (1977)
Played by: Diane Keaton
The ultimate way to dress like a boy started with Diane Keaton in Woody Allen’s blockbuster film, Annie Hall. Not only did this film give inspiration to women for years to come, but it showed that you can dress like a man but act like a woman. Celebrities such as Kate Moss and Alexa Chung still draw inspiration from Annie Hall which will forever remain quirky and timeless.
Andrea Sachs, (The Devil Wears Prada, 2006)
Played by: Anne Hathaway
Undeniably one of Anne Hathaway’s breakout roles came as a result of The Devil Wear’s Prada. Based on the bestselling novel by Laura Weisberger, the film follows Andrea’s revolutionary transformation into a Chanel-wearing, Fendi-carrying, lover of fashion.
Lets not forget that emerald green coat – Jackie Onassis anyone?
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Ok ladies, it’s time to strip off those flannelette PJs, get rid of the winter hair growth and bring sexy back! In springtime there are plenty of things you can do to sex it up. It doesn’t matter if you are single or not, either. In fact, if you’re not single, you’ve probably let the winter funk take over far more than the single ladies out there.
Springtime is the best time to recreate your presence. Lose a few kilos or make that overdue appointment at the local beauty salon. If your a DYI type of lady, stock up on products that will get your body back into peak presentation. It won’t only make you look better but it will put the spark back in your step. A confident lady is a sexy lady.
While you’re recreating yourself, head down to the hairdressers and, instead of getting the same haircut, go for something different. Yes, it’s brave and bold but it can also make you feel awesome. Check out the latest styles before you go in and choose something that screams sexy. It’s a great way to get maximum impact for minimal effort.
If you are getting up there in years, shortening your hair can increase your sex appeal. Long hair on older ladies can age them. Sure, it may have looked hot in your 20s and 30s but, in your 40s, it might be time to consider a change. Speak to your hairdresser about a sexy, shorter style rather than layered length. Even hubbies that prefer long hair will be pleasantly surprised at how hot their missus will look.
Having your nails done isn’t as expensive as a lot of people think. It usually lasts up to a month and when you calculate it per day, in many cases, it’s cheaper than a cup of coffee! Instead of going for a subtle, winter tone, go bright and bold. Springtime is all about colour, so why not add some to your nails? If you are a little apprehensive, nail technicians can add just a small splash of colour to the tips, which can brighten your sexy spring look.
Makeup and tanning
Makeup and tanning is a big part of being female but most men actually prefer a natural look. If you want to look sexy, keep that in mind. Don’t overcoat the tan until you’re sporting a fake orange glow. That really isn’t sexy! Use the less is more principle for tans and makeup and that’s how a sexy look is achieved.
If you are unsure of how much is too much, spend a few dollars and go to a professional. They will know which colors suit you and can help achieve that sexy look without going over the top. Being sexy is about bringing out your natural beauty, so make sure you aren’t hiding it under layers of makeup.
Now, the wardrobe… You could head back into the darkness and pull out last year’s spring fashion, but why not spend a few dollars and add some of this season’s flair. Most of us have plenty we can mix and match, so add a few really well-chosen items. Don’t forget about the shoes and accessories when you think wardrobe. Handbags, jewellery and new shoes can add a new dimension to your look.
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A far cry from an episode of Hoarders, can you remember the last time you conducted a thorough wardrobe clean out? I recently trolled through my floordrobe since a change of seasons seemed like the perfect time to dissect the clothes I accumulated over the years, and finally let some of it go. There is a reason why buying clothes is therapeutic, the same reason it feels so good letting them go.
The one-year rule
The golden rule to live by if you’re hoarding a piece of clothing away for a rainy day: Have you worn it in more than a year? If you’ve nodded yes, the item may stay. Research shows that clothes we don’t wear for more than a year will never find their way out of that closet. The style may not be trendy, size may not fit, but it’s time to get rid of it.
Everyone is guilty of saving something in hopes they might squeeze into it again someday. A very rational reason to hold onto something for so long, but if you’re in desperate need of closet space, you are willing to let it go. Just think of how many other clothes you can buy in it’s place, that will actually suit your body instead of collecting dust.
More clothes, more selection
Did you know that the average person only wears 20% of their wardrobe regularly? Having a plethora of clothes to choose from doesn’t always mean one intends to wear every single piece of it. Try to minimise your wardrobe by discarding clothes that work within your style.
The French wardrobe
Invest in clothes that can remain timeless through the many trends that rise and fall throughout the years. There is a reason French women own some flawless style such as former Paris Vogue Editor Carine Roitfeld, and that comes down to the five piece wardrobe. This mostly minimalist style focuses on classic pieces, an unlimited amount of basics for all seasons, and shoes. Every season you are only allowed five statement pieces used to update your look, and keep it somewhat modern.
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By Felicia Sapountzis
Although most of us love a good sale as an excuse to grab a bargain or two, how often do we actually use these items in our wardrobe, then complain of having nothing to wear every time the seasons change? Taking inspiration from The French Wardrobe, the objective is to greatly simplify your wardrobe to just five staple items which serve as a base for your outfits all year round. We share with you the top ten items you should have hanging in your closet, regardless of the weather.
1. Denim/black jeans
Jeans are definitely number one on this list, because they are so versatile. The first step is to find a fit that flatters you, then decide on the type of wash that would fit into your wardrobe, and work with the style you’re going for. Remember to go for a style that suits your body, rather than what is trendy.
2. Black/white blazer
Black blazers are an absolute wardrobe staple since they can be used a bunch of times, on so many different outfits. Take into consideration that the fit has to accommodate for winter and summer outfits, specifically if you choose to layer your pieces.
3. Midi skirt
A skirt like this would be appropriate for the office, or look smart paired with a blazer for an evening outing. Make sure a skirt in this style fits extremely well around the waist, and flatters your hips.
4. Leather/pleather jacket
A leather or pleather jacket is timeless and can make an outfit look more casual and laid back, depending on how you choose to wear it. Not to mention that they are really warm and look fantastic if you choose to layer them in the winter.
5. Black/white button-down shirt
My personal wardrobe staple, a white button down shirt should flatter your body, and this way look effortless with anything you choose to pair it with. Silk shirts are more expensive, but are appropriate for both the office and for the evening.
6. Round, crew or V-neck tops
Some staple shirts in white, black, and grey could form the base of your outfit, and since they are so readily available all year round, they can be easily replaced.
7. Striped shirt
The striped shirt is a way to bring a subtle pop of colour into an outfit, and is available in numerous colours and styles. Wear with jeans and a cardigan for a casual vibe, or dress up with a skirt and blazer for a more serious look.
8. Maxi dress
A maxi dress is mostly associated with the warmer months, but it’s a great transitional piece during the autumn and spring months as well. They can be paired with heels for a night look, or sandals for the daytime.
We love a cosy jumper in the cooler months, and buying one that is mostly made of wool as opposed to acrylic feels luxurious on the skin. These items are a great investment since they are easy to wear, and will keep you cosy.
10. Winter coat
Longline coats have recently come back into fashion, so there is no excuse not to get your hands on one, regardless of your budget. They are a great way to keep warm during the colder weather, and make for a fast and stylish outfit when you’re on the go.
Try sticking to basics since they will never go out of style, and can be worn many different ways. If you’re in a dilemma and can’t decide what to buy, ask yourself if you would wear the item in a year from now. ASOS have a large variety of basics to suit most body types, and with free shipping regardless of your purchase, a new wardrobe is just a click away.
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By Felicia Sapountzis
Don’t you just adore Tim Gunn? The style guru and co-host of Project Runway is about to host his own show, The Revolution on America’s ABC, and has declared these 10 essential pieces as the wardrobe must-haves for 2012.
1. Basic Black Dress
“We all know that you can dress it up to take it out, that’s its intention,” says Gunn, “but you can also pair an item like this with a cardigan for work. So it’s an easy item to transition.”
2. Day Dress
“This is a dress that you’re probably going to wear to work. It is never intended to be a dress that you would wear to a cocktail party alternative.”
3. Classic White Shirt
“This should be in every woman’s dressing vocabulary. Pair it with jeans, a skirt or dress pants for an easy, polished outfit.”
4. Classic Blazer
“This is the easiest way in the world to dress up a T-shirt and a pair of jeans and take them almost anywhere.”
5. Dress Pants
6. Trench Coat
“It’s my coat of choice because you can wear it to the grocery store, you can take it to the opera.”
7. Good Pair of Jeans
“For me, the style of choice is one that falls straight from the widest part of your hip and that is in a dark wash. No distressing!”
9. Cashmere Sweater
“Cashmere will not pill, so this will be very, very serviceable in your wardrobe. You’ll get a lot of wear out of it,” Gunn says.
10. Tracksuit Alternative
“This is an item that’s easy to throw on, that allows you to look sophisticated and polished and is an alternative to the sweatsuit,” Gunn says. “Depending on your taste and lifestyle, this can take on many different forms.”
What do you think of Tim Gunn’s essentials list?