I recently did a live masterclass as a guest expert in a Facebook group for Female Entrepreneurs, and one of the questions that was asked was what pieces of clothing would I recommend to a woman who is wishing to build a new wardrobe.
So I thought, I'm sure other women are probably wondering the same thing so let me put a list together!
To keep it simple, I chose 10 must have pieces from my list of Wardrobe Essentials.
I chose 6 pieces of clothing, 2 pairs of shoes and 2 accessories which is ideal for anyone wishing to start a capsule wardrobe too.
By choosing pieces in neutral colours that can mix and match, it's easy to create over 30 outfits using just these 10 items!
That's a month of outfits ready to wear without any extra time or effort!
Here are the 10 pieces that I would recommend to any woman that is ready to start building a wardrobe full of clothes that will actually be worn!
A Quality Blazer
A blazer is a wardrobe staple that can be dressed up or down. Regardless of your personal style, a blazer has a home inside your wardrobe.
Invest in a quality piece that can easily be worn with a pair of jeans and flats or with your favourite LBD.
A Buttoned Shirt or Blouse
A buttoned shirt or blouse is another wardrobe essential that can be dressed up or down. If you're looking for a formal look, you can wear a buttoned shirt with a smart skirt or trousers or with a pair of jeans for a smart/casual look.
A silk blouse is an ideal alternative to a buttoned shirt, to give a softer yet stylish feel to your look.
A White T-Shirt
A simple white t-shirt can be dressed up with your favourite patterned scarf or statement necklace and smart trousers or worn casually with a pair of jeans.
Choose a slogan t-shirt to make a statement and express your personal style!
A Long Sleeved Top
A long sleeved top whether the classic striped breton or plain is an essential piece for those days where you require sleeves for your casual or smart/casual look.
A smart pair of trousers in a neutral colour such as a black or navy is ideal for a formal event or meeting or with silk top for a girls night out! Choose a mid to high rise to fit and flatter the waistline to avoid the 'muffin top' look!
A Smart/Casual Skirt
A circle skirt or one with pleats is ideal as a smart/casual skirt. Choose a style to fit and flatter the shape of your body to give you confidence.
If you don't wear skirts, swap this item for a casual pair of trousers or dark rinse jeans.
Whether flat or a killer high heel, a court shoe can smarten up your outfit and make your outfit look more stylish and polished.
A black suede court shoe can add a stylish flair to your skinny jeans or a 'she means business' look with a pencil skirt. Either way you will ooze style and elegance!
Loafers or Ballet Flats
Whether you prefer loafers or plain ballet flats, these are a stylish alternative to a pair of heels. Wear with trousers with the correct hem length or a skirt and tights in the winter.
Another wardrobe essential, a structured bag or tote in leather or suede, is worth investing in. You can use a structured bag whilst wearing your gym wear and you'll still look like you mean business!
A Statement Necklace
You can take the plainest outfit from a day to night look with a statement necklace! They can dress up your favourite LBD or look dressed down with casual footwear!
Simple right! You can swap the blazer for a classic Trench or Mac or the statement necklace for a scarf! Whatever you decide, keep the essentials in neutral colours and patterns to create more outfits to choose from!
So, the third Monday in January is called 'Blue Monday' and known to be the most miserable day of the year. Apparently, the reasons for feeling 'blue' include, the slump after Christmas, too much month at the end of the money, not sticking to New Year resolutions, etc.
For someone like myself who suffers with SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), any day can be 'blue' if I don't intervene!
If I had the choice, I'd move to a warmer climate In October, or make every day a duvet day until Spring, but as a Mother of two and with a business to run, that is not possible!
There are a number of things I do during this season to prevent the spiral of mood swings and over eating, but my favourite and proven method is to wear brighter clothes. Simple right!
As a Style Coach, I work with women to find the right pieces to fit and flatter their body shape and give them confidence. I also encourage adding colours in shades that compliment their natural colouring as this can turn an outfit from drab to fab, while increasing confidence.
Adding colour to our wardrobes, even for those that prefer to wear black or monochrome styles, can have a positive affect on our mood.
My favourite colours to wear are fuchsia pinks and cobalt blues and these colours have a positive affect on my mood. Other ways that I like to wear bright colours during this season, are with makeup and accessories. A bright nail polish or lipstick is an instant mood booster for me even if I'm wearing darker colours.
For women that are afraid to experiment with colour or add any new coloured pieces to their wardrobe, I suggest starting small with accessories and makeup. Even tying a bright scarf to the handles of a plain handbag can change the style and add a pop of colour.
When we're feeling confident, our productivity and motivation can increase which is especially beneficial during the darker months.
Whether you work from home, a SAHM or go to work full-time, you can beat the 'Blue Monday' blues by choosing to wear brighter pieces and set the intention to have a good day.
Other stylish and mood boosting ways to beat the blues could be to wear something you wouldn't normally wear that day, such a top you're saving for a special occasion (even though you bought it two years ago). If you're going to the gym or working out, choose brighter workout clothes.
Don't reserve these ideas for 'Blue Monday' though! Try adding a pop of colour to your wardrobe during the darker months, especially to the pieces that you wear the most such as work wear.
For style inspiration and a selection of mood boosting bright pieces, head over to Pinterest and check out my 'Winter Brights' board here.
As a Style Coach and Image Consultant, one of the common statements I hear from women is " I have nothing to wear"
As often as I hear it, there are a number of reasons why this could be the case:
The list of reasons is endless.
One often overlooked reason, is that your clothes no longer reflect who you are. Quite possibly, you may not know who you are either!
Let me explain.
You may have maternity clothes in your wardrobe because they're 'comfy', but your child is at school now. You may have suits in your wardrobe from your corporate working days, that you spent a lot of money on and you're keeping 'just in case'. You bought clothes that were in the sale, or looked nice on the rail, but still has the tags on them.
Your life has changed, but your clothes are the same.
You may have reached that point when you no longer recognise yourself and your reflection is filled with frustration and despair.
You simply no longer know who you are.
You Are What You Wear
Why is this?
You see, we really are what we wear.
If you don't believe this to be true, then let me ask you this...have you ever been to a fancy dress party? Everyone wears a costume of their chosen character mainly superheroes and film stars and act out scenes or behave just like the character they're dressed as. As soon as the costume is on, you're in character.
This is where the problem lies when our clothes no longer reflect who we are. We are what we wear and are therefore acting a role that is no longer in alignment to the woman we want to be.
So what can you do?
This is where the fun begins!
Decide who you are and who you want to be!
What does she look like? What does she do? How does she spend her time?
More importantly, what does she wear?
When you know this, make a commitment to get into character and 'become' the woman you desire to be.
Don't wait for a fancy dress party to dress as the woman you want to be, do it now!
A Style Coach & Image Consultant.