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10 TRAITS THAT ATTRACT OPPORTUNITIES & PEOPLE, Style Clinic, Ann Reinten, Image Innovators, Image Consultant Training, Image Consultant tools and resources.


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I’ve been asked many times ‘How much does my appearance really matter?’  

And I’ve always answered, a lot, when the occasion is important and if we are unknown because it’s the visual basis from which others will decide if they are going to interact with us or not.

BUT…Our clothes are only a clue to who we are inside.

Most of us want to be thought of as a person of merit, someone who leaves a positive mark on their family, friends, and community.

We all know the people of merit; those who stand apart from others and are the ones we can trust and count no matter what. They make us each feel important and bring security and value to our lives and to the lives of others. While they care for their appearance they are not vain, instead, their clothes reflect their inner qualities   

They are a far cry from those who style themselves only for show while exhibiting little regard for other people, their feelings or occasions.

This time around I thought I’d touch on the traits that set a person apart, making them a person of value to all they come in contact with? The traits are in no particular order as each is equally important in my eyes.

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Honesty is so much more than the act of being truthful. The best way to think about it is to define what dishonesty is – “any act or omission that causes or allows another to be misled“. Suddenly honesty is much more than not telling lies. Honesty is not engaging in word games, subtle distinctions, misdirection, concealment or omissions.

Honesty is about being real with yourself and others about who you are, what you want and what you need to live your most authentic life. Honesty promotes openness, empowers us and enables us to develop consistency in how we present the facts. Honesty sharpens our perception and allows us to observe everything around us with clarity.

Honesty does not give you license to hurt people with the truth by legitimizing what you’ve just said with “I’m just being honest!” Whether in your personal life or your professional one, honest opinions shouldn’t be used to destroy a person’s confidence or diminish their potential.

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This is an incredibly important trait. The person who cares about others, their wants, needs, and feelings are seen as a tower of strength and believe me there will be times when we all need someone to care for or about us.  

Some people make it a practice not to care about all manner of things for fear of appearing weak or being hurt but that only leads to a confined life. Caring for and about others does not guarantee we won’t be hurt or abused but it does allow us to grow and develop into a well-rounded person.

Emotional connections with others make us more fulfilled and help us lead more complete lives and our acts of caring and empathy are not only noticed by others but they shape us into happier beings. If we shut people out for fear of being hurt we also deduce the possibility of finding another person who may make us happy.

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Trust is earned one deed at a time. It’s proving to people that you are a person of your word and can be relied upon to do what you have promised.

Being consistently a person of your word you’ll be rewarded with the support and loyalty of others resulting in strong relationships and leadership opportunities. In fact, without trust, there will be no relationship built or doors opened.

Trustworthy is also being a person who does not share things said to them in private, nor spreads gossip. 

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I could go on forever with this one…it seems to be a quality that is slipping further and further away each day as people put themselves before and above others.

Respect is a right of everyone and up until a person breaks that respect you should always show it. In fact, you can tell a lot about a person by the way they treat others, particularly those they have nothing to gain from.

Respect builds bridges and brings people to a place of trust and shows them they have value. From the homeless person, we pass on the street to those in power, everyone deserves our respect until they do something to lose it. 

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This is a trait that you can’t prove but one that people can quickly see when you display the opposite trait i.e. pridefulness, snobbery, arrogance and vain.

To have humility is to demonstrate that every person you encounter is equally valuable and you are no better or more important than anyone else.

The person who is humble is grateful for what they have, listens to other people’s views, accepts we are all fallible, asks for help when they need it (Oops, I fail at that one), is modest about their achievements and seeks feedback from others on a regular basis. 

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Most of us are attracted to people who are outgoing, welcoming, fun-loving and enthusiastic. Likewise, those who see the positive, lighter side of life and are kind.

Friendly people make our lives richer because they are inclusive, which includes looking people in the eye, smiling and acknowledging them to inviting others to join them be it sitting next to them or going out socially. Being friendly is a state of mind that affects not only the recipient but also the giver as it improves mental and physical well-being.

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Confidence is a trait that attracts people immediately. It’s not arrogant or aggressive but rather assertive; it’s knowing you are worthy of speaking freely to express your ideas, opinions, and values. Confident people speak with assurance, are not afraid to take the lead or to show their enthusiasm for ideas and projects. They are consistent in their behavior and beliefs and portray an image of strength, be it physical, mental or both. 

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There are many forms that generosity can take from freely giving of one’s time, money or energy and each act is one with no expectation of return.

Generosity like confidence is a trait that when practiced improves the givers mental well-being as much as it does the receivers circumstances. To give without expectation of return is an act that improves the givers life because it causes us to focus on what we are giving rather than on what we are receiving. It creates a more outward orientation toward the world, which shifts our focus away from ourselves.

The world will be a better place for everyone if we practiced more of these thing each day. It’s not hard, it just takes a little mindfulness and practice.







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Your Personal Style Revealed, Whats Your Style Personality, Image Innovators, Ann Reinten, Style Clinic, Womens Style, Personal Style Expression


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Not everyone has a personal style as recognisable as Iris Apfel’s but everyone does have their own unique style. Some just haven’t discovered it yet.

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Do you know what your style is and if you do, does your wardrobe reflect it?

Yes, No, Maybe

Have you ever tried on a garment that took your eye while shopping and once on thought OMG “I love it…it’s sooo me!”

If you have you’ve experienced the rapture of finding an item that is in perfect sync with your unique personal style expression (PSE). For some, this perfect find will be nothing more than a favourite item, worn often because it makes them feel so good. A lucky buy if you will.

For others it’s a find resulting from knowing what their personal style is; not just the label Classic, Dramatic, Natural etc, but from having a real understanding of what garment and accessory elements make up an item that truly expresses their authentic self.

If you have not found your style yet this feature is for you.

Personal style expression is an important aspect of style; it’s the element that makes you unique and if truly you, it makes your heart sing. 

In a Marie Clare feature Psychiatrist, Dr. Samantha Boardman was quoted as saying “When you wear something that makes you feel great, the effects may be subtle — the way you tilt your head, your facial expressions — but they matter.”…“The right outfit can help you feel more confident when you need it most — it can serve as both armour and inspiration.”

Your personal style while appearing to be external is actually deeply internal. It reveals who you are in a way that is entirely unique to you while also lifting you up to be the best versions of yourself

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To put it simply, your personal style matters.

Of course, it’s not the make or break, factor of style but rather an important element that when united with figure flattering, age and lifestyle appropriate styles combine to create your unique style blueprint.  Leave any one of these elements out and you can find your style satisfaction slipping.    

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Your personal style expression is conveyed through the garments and accessories you choose to wear and the way you wear them. 

An important point to also add is that your personal style is ever evolving, time and life experiences can cause us to express ourselves differently. For example, I’ve worked with women who were prominently feminine who after experiencing a prolonged traumatic event such as cancer or a nasty divorce have found their style to have evolved into Natural or Classic as their dominant as a result of having to get tougher to have survived the experience. For others, the change may come because they have become more confident or liberated over time. 

I work with 7 main style expression types of which almost everyone falls into a mix between two types with one being dominant and these pairing result in 49 possible classifications. In fact, even a third type can be present. 

Main Types: Classic, Elegant, Natural, Dramatic, Feminine, Sexy and Creative

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 You will find variations to all the types and classifications depending on the person’s location, culture, and adaption to each part of their lifestyle. For example, a woman who had Natural as their dominant type and classic as her secondary may find herself increasing the classic influence to be taken more seriously at work.

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Classic women like nothing better than timeless looks, fine beautiful fabrics and simple, tailored cuts in clothing. They enjoy a closet filled with neutral colours, classic cuts, and functional styles. They tend to keep clothing for long periods of time and replace worn out items with a similar replacement.

The classic woman is always appropriately dressed and carries the image of someone who is dependable and practical.  

Celebrities: Kate Middleton, Ann Hathaway, Jodie Foster, Blake Lively, Naomie Harris, Victoria Beckham, Natalie Portman, and Margot Robbie

Labels/Designers: Perri Cutten, Diana Ferrari, Laura Ashley, Ellen Tracey, Jones New York, Ann Taylor, Sportscraft, Portmans, Talbot, Trina Turk, and Zac Posen.

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Classic Combination Names:

  • Pure Classic = Pure Classic
  • Classic/Natural = Sporty Classic
  • Classic/Sexy = Classic Siren
  • Classic/Creative = Classic Innovator
  • Classic/Feminine = Classic Grace
  • Classic/Dramatic = Cassic Command
  • Classic/Elegant =Classic Chic


The elegant woman is in harmony with all things polished, perfect and understated, Quality is high on her list of must-haves and her self-assurance and poise are always noticed and admired. Her preference is for quality rather than quantity leading to a wardrobe of beautiful fabrics and minimalist, feminine styles. Her secret obsession can be searching for beautiful vintage items.

The elegant woman is feminine and sophisticated and carries the image of high social standing.      

Celebrities: Cate Blanchett, Nicole Kidman, Princess Mary of Denmark, Helen Mirren, Audrey Hepburn, Kate Winslet.

Labels/Designers: Giorgio Armani, Christian Dior, St John, Valentino, Carlise, Donna Karan.

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Elegant Combination Names:

  • Pure Elegance = Pure Elegance
  • Elegance/Classic = Sophisticated Elegance
  • Elegant/Natural = Elegant Ease
  • Elegant/Feminine = Elegant Allure
  • Elegant/Sexy = Elegant Glamour
  • Elegant/Dramatic = Elegant Command
  • Elegant/Creative = Artful Elegance


Women who possess a natural style feel most at home in comfortable, functional, unpretentious styles that are free from fru fru. Not women to get ‘all dolled up’, they prefer to keep everything simple and natural – there are few synthetics on this lady’s back.

The elegant woman is relaxed and laid back and carries the image of approachable ease and open-mindedness.

Celebrities: Sandra Bullock, Helen Hunt, Ellen Degeneres, Julia Roberts. Whoppi Goldberg, Judy Dench, and Lauren Hutton.

Labels/Designers: Country Road, J.Crew, Lacoste, Tommy Hilfiger, Eddi Bauer, Gap, Jag, Blue Illusion.

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Natural Combination Names:

  • Pure Natural = Pure Natural
  • Natural/Classic = Casual Urbane
  • Natural/Dramatic = Casual Command
  • Natural/Creative = Casual Eclectic
  • Natural/Sexy = Casual Attraction
  • Natural/Elegant = Casual Elegance
  • Natural/Feminine = Casual Grace


There’s no missing the woman with this striking personal style. She is larger than life and twice as bold. She structs her style and makes entrances with commanding confidence. Her style preferences are for one of a kind dramatic statements which often include bold colours, exotic shapes and prints, and unusual accessories and shapes. Angles, animal prints and large accessories are her go to pieces.

The dramatic woman is ostentatious and exciting and carries the image of independence and confidence.

Celebrities: Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, Gwen Steffani. Lyn Slater (The Accidental Icon) 

Labels/Designers: Gucci, Prada, Jean Paul Gautier, Fendi, Balenciaga, Sass and Bide.

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  • Pure Dramatic = Pure Dramatic
  • Dramatic/Natural = Dramatic Adventurer
  • Dramatic/Elegant = Dramatic Sophisticate
  • Dramatic/Feminine = Dramatic Charm
  • Dramatic/Classic = Timeless Dramatic
  • Dramatic/Creative = Eclectic Drama
  • Dramatic/Sexy = Dramatic Siren


The feminine style personality is all about softness, drape colour, and curls. She feels her most at home in dresses and flowy fabrics, ruffles, lace, delicate accessories and when she is primped and primed to perfection. Nothing is too much trouble or takes too much time to get ready – she’s the perfect princess.

The feminine woman is ladylike, delicate and youthful and carries the image of innocents, warmth, and compassion.

Celebrities: Delta Goodrem, Leona Edmiston, Jane Seymore, Taylor Swift, Elle Fanning

Labels/Designers: Anthea Crawford, Queenspark, Elie Tahari, Laundry, Philosophy, Isaac Mizrahi.

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Feminine Combination Names:

  • Feminine/Classic = Timeless Charm
  • Feminine/Dramatic = Feminine Command
  • Feminine/Elegant = Feminine Sophisticate
  • Pure Feminine = Pure Feminine
  • Feminine/Natural = Feminine Ease
  • Feminine/Sexy = Sensual Siren
  • Feminine/Creative = Feminine Artistic


Women with a sexy personal style like nothing better than to be noticed for their curvaceous body and sensuous makeup and hair. They feel empowered when they have caught the attention of every man in sight. From curve-hugging dresses to plunging necklines and skirts that show plenty of leg, this woman means business.

The sexy woman is liberated, flirtatious and seductive and carries the image of glamour, daring and danger.  

Celebrities: Sharon Stone, Madonna, Cher, Beyonce, Kim Kardashian, Kylie Minogue, Scarlett Johansson.

Labels/Designers: Cache, Bebe, BLOCH, Dolce and Gabbana, Diane von Furstenberg, Victoria’s Secret.

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Sexy Combination Names:

  • Pure Sexy = Pure Sexy
  • Sexy/Natural = Sporty Vixen
  • Sexy/Dramatic = Siren Comand
  • Sexy/Elegant = Sensual Elegance
  • Sexy/Feminine = Femme Fatale
  • Sexy/Creative = Avant-garde Siren
  • Sexy/Classic = Classic Vixen


These women dress to the beat of their own drum; following any style rule or fashion trend is totally off their radar. From confrontational to artsy these women are inherently talented for putting the most unexpected items together and carrying it off to perfection. This is the only style personality that is almost impossible to pull off if it does not come naturally to you.

Celebrities: Dianne Keaton, Jessica Minkoff, Katy Perry, Rachel Zoe, Helena Bonham Carter, Avril Lavigne, Rachel Wang

Labels/Designers: Betsy Johnson, Alannah Hill, Vivian Westwood, Chicos, Anna Sui, Moschino Cheap and Chic.

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Creative Combination Names:

  • Pure Creative = Pure Creative
  • Creative/Dramatic = Eclectic Command
  • Creative/Elegant = Eclectic Elegance
  • Creative/Natural = Sporty Eclectic
  • Creative/Classic = Ecelctic Control
  • Creative/Feminine = Ecelectic Allure
  • Creative/Sexy = Creative Siren. 

Ready to Discover Your Style?

Have you found reading about the personalities interesting? I hope so. Discovering your own personality helps you focus in on the best styles for you and makes shopping faster and more effective. 

If you’re ready to discover your unique personal style, click the banner below to get your FREE Profile.

It’s quite detailed and once fully completed I suggest you do it again – why? Well, that’s a secret for now but you’ll understand why when you get to it.

If you have a style program with My Private Stylist you are best to log into your program first and then find the link at the base of any page. 

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Am I Too Old To Wear That, Style Clinic, Image Consultant Training, Stylist Training, Image Innovators, Ann Reinten, Fashion, Over 50


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After fifty most women’s style naturally begins to evolve to harmonize with the changes in their lives. These changes do not have to herald your change from stylish to dowdy; they simply mean a rethink of the trends that cater to your changing circumstances and shape.

All women regardless of their age, shape, weight or height can look amazing – all it takes is the know-how and a little practice. Can I hear you say… ”yea and the money!”?  If you did, know that money has little to do with style and everything to do with the elements below.


The first thing to get a grip on is what age you appear to be and feel.

Many women do not look or act their age. I’m not talking about a woman who is sixty and acts twenty-five, but one that looks and acts forty-five when she’s sixty-five.  She knows her personal style, seeks current styles of clothing and accessories that flatter her shape and work with her lifestyle.

It is apparent age rather than true age that we should look to when deciding if we should wear something.

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Within these bounds knowing where to draw the line with skin exposure is probably the most important thing when it comes to being stylish over 50.  When it comes down to it, there are several areas of our body that tend to give away age: our face, neck, hands, upper arms, thighs and cleavage being the main culprits. I’m always saddened when I see a 50+ woman in short shorts or thigh-high miniskirts – it speaks of poor self-awareness and difficulties dealing with aging. 

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How much you expose depends on the condition of your skin and the length of your neck. I’ve found that while some women agonize over they neck few other people notice it if everything else is up to par. V-neck and open collars flatter necks that are getting shorter or fuller and are always on trend.

The upper décolletage on most women remains reasonably firm and smooth and allows for many neckline trends. It’s only deep necklines that expose cleavage that can expose a somewhat wrinkly cleavage that should be avoided if you wish to appear more youthful. Keyhole cutouts are modest for everyone and put a chic feel into an outfit while off-the-shoulder can also be thumbs up because it remains stylish without showing too much skin!

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A common place that concerns women over 50 and a giveaway of age if showing signs of untoned skin or dimpling. Opt instead for bust to half-length sleeves and there are plenty of wonderful bell sleeves to choose from at present. Also, worth mentioning is sheer sleeves which allow for the best of both looks.

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Length is a huge topic on a “am I too old to wear this,” list.

Someone of 60 shouldn’t be wearing a mini skirt that a 16-year-old would wear if their goal is to project a polished style and the reason for this is our thighs which are generally, not our best feature after 50. I recommend you avoid dress and skirt hemlines more than 2”/5cms above the knee, high splits and shorts no higher than mid-thigh. To carry-off, a dress or skirt hem higher than mid-thigh add opaque hosiery to subtlety blur the length.

Likewise, deep backs on evening gowns and swimwear can reveal sagging flesh.

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Not only is age a factor when it comes hot how something fits but it’s an overall rule for anyone. If something feels uncomfortable or constricting and it’s highlighting unflattering bulges, it’s not flattering or stylish. Either don some shapewear or give it a miss. If there’s one thing I’ve learned along the way past 50, it’s that comfort becomes a priority for most women. Not because we’re lazy or unstylish but we’ve been there, done that and are over it. There’s plenty of flattering and stylish things to wear without being squished into shape.

Far more comfortable and flattering are garments that skim your curves.

No matter what your shape, weight or age garments that reveal shape will always be more flattering than those that are straight – especially if they are boxy and stiff. The shape of garments are is psychologically linked with youthfulness and agility while the reverse is true of shapelessness.

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This is an area that can become difficult if your middle is thickening. If you have a long body and defined waist, high waist designs will always work in your favor. A high waist can create a flattering fit and it is also on trend.

If your waist is high or mid-torso short, look for skirts and pants that are waistbandless or have narrow waistbands and when adding belts match them to your top rather than the bottom.

If your tummy is full either blouse your tucked in top or wear it out and to a flattering length.

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These are the fashion elements where you can really have fun with your style and stay current without breaking the bank or putting yourself too far out on a limb. They are often the linchpins of fashion which can thrust your classic outfits into the here and now. 

Any overly loud or bright prints are better substituted with those which are medium to low in contrast. No need to only stick with classic color palettes but do make sure you select colors that suit you. It’s OK to go quirky or artsy so long as they are not too bright for your coloring or too large for your scale. With the numerous patterns and colors out there, you’ll be sure to find details that fit your style!

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While there are new trends that come to light which should be left for the younger generation such as crop tops, some sheer designs or overly dramatic pieces, there are always plenty you can rock! At the moment it’s fringes, feathers, ruffles, and metallic which are all never too young or too old to wear. If they speak to you, then go for it! Even if it’s head to toe fringe!

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As throughout a woman’s lifetime, great skincare is the secret to healthy, youthful skin. Even if you’re only starting now, do start to care for your skin. My skincare of choice is SKII and I highly recommend you use a hyaluronic acid serum before your cleanse. 

Before applying foundation add a skin primer, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the beautiful smooth surface it will give to your skin. Next, add concealer to hide any dark areas or unwanted redness.

When it comes to makeup trends, avoid heavy foundations, too much face powder, dark or bright lipstick or eyeshadow and large false lashes. Aim for a fresh face, natural to classic look.

Be sure to add some light blush, mascara, eyeliner, and brow powder to define your look.

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 Is it too revealing?

  • Is it too shapeless?
  • Is it too bright?
  • Does it fit well?
  • Is it me/my style?

That golden question “am I too old to wear this,” is easy to answer with a process of elimination. Try things on, see what fits best, what looks good, and most importantly, what you feel comfortable in. Never stop experimenting with your style, pick and choose, try new trends, but most importantly have fun with your clothes, age is just a number!

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7 trends to try this winter


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It’s the coolest season weather and fashion wise. Trying to stretch your summer and fall clothes can only go so far. This time of year, you want to layer up, explore new colors, and be compatible with the climate outside. This doesn’t necessarily mean you should be in a full bodysuit but it does mean making way for stunning new finds. From outerwear to dark colors, find your niche with these 7 trends to try this winter.

Monochromatic Suits

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This winter, try the fashion trend that makes you look like a top businesswoman with monochromatic suits. This look not only is ideal for work meetings but it’s a chic way to dress up when you want to try something other than a dress. We see a lot of celebrities today opting for a matching suit on the red carpet. Heels will dress up the attire entirely while flats or sneakers are a cool approach for casual chic.

 White Boots

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Turning a new leaf on go-go boots style, white boots are the it winter trend for fashionable shoes. This must have is the missing piece you never knew you needed. Coming in a variety of styles, dressing up white boots to dressing down has never been so easy. Dresses to jeans, light layers to heavy-duty outerwear, white boots will find their mark in your wardrobe.

Dark Florals

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Florals are making their way to be worn all year around. In different color schemes, dark florals are the winter trend you’ll learn to love. Burnt orange, emerald, bronze and golden tones on browns and blacks form design details that are always pleasing to the eyes. Dark florals come in blouses and skirts to outerwear which means you’ll be able to find your favorite to show off this winter season.


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Beanies have been through it all since the fashion game began. They were a huge hit in the 90’s and have progressed since. It keeps you warm, helps on bad hair days but it also represents cold weather. You can create stunningly chic to casual looks with beanies and layers. Find your beanie look by adding in your personal flare!

 Faux Fur Jackets

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Outerwear is your best friend during winter and you need a trend that surpasses all the others to keep warm. When you’re in cold climates, faux fur jackets are cozy and stylish. It instantly takes your outfits to a contemporary level when just wearing a pair of jeans and a tee or a simple dress. These fluffy coats can be found in a diverse range of styles and colors.

 Bold Stripes

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Stripes will be the trend that will never disappear or disappoint. This winter, try stripes but in a bold sense. The thicker the print, the better. Also, take into consideration the colors- darker to warmer tones are best for the winter season. Stripe tops, sweater dresses, matching sets, and oversized sweaters are all stylish in a bolder print. Incorporate this trend from weekday looks to weekend outings.

 Dark Red

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The color to wear this winter comes in the red family. Close to maroon, dark red is the crimson trending color. It’s festive but can also be daring. Red, in general, can be an intimidating color, but the darker tones are not as vibrant which makes it easy to wear. Velvets are a buzz-worthy style in dark red that you’ll be glad you invested in. Whether you wear it as an accent piece or from top to bottom, you’ll get compliments guaranteed.


Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean your fashion game has gone out the window. Be prepared and in the know of what’s new and what’s trending.

Winter soirees to daily looks, your style will be the highlight with these 7 trends to try this winter.

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APPEARANCE: The Resume that Matters – Pt 3

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Welcome to part 3, the final instalment of my Appearance series on how to create a positive visual impression at work.

This time I’m primarily concentrating on color and accessories.

Color Up for Authority

Solid colors are the best choice for your foundation work pieces i.e., skirts, dresses, pants and jackets. Subtle patterns are best left for your next tier of work wear. 
Never underestimate the power of color depth – the darker the color the more authority it will bestow on you. If you suffer from dandruff or flaky skin conditions opt for medium colors and seek help for your condition.
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Color-Up for Impact

  • Clear colors are crisp, clean colors which show no signs of grayness/dullness. They create an image of mental clarity, vitality and action.(A)
  • Grayish/dull colors (especially those which are cool) can create a perception of mental dullness, passivity, low energy and mature age.(B)
  • Warm clear colors are seen as friendly, happy, energetic, youthful and playful. (C)  Wear sparingly to work.
  • Cool colors (the darker the better) are generally perceived as trustworthy, reliable and professional. (D)
  • Feminine colors such as pinks, lilac, yellow can diminish authority (E), while colors traditionally associated with men generally provide authority e.g., black, charcoal, navy.(A,D)  Avoid mid greys if you are over 50 as they tend to make you appear older.
  • Warm dull colors are emotionally reassuring however, they can also be perceived as low energy or passive. (F)
  • Bright, vivid or intense colors raise energy and enthusiasm and/or increase tensions depending on the color and situation. (G)
For more psychology of color insights click here.
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Color Hierarchy

Being savvy about what colors to wear to work will help ensure you create the impression you’re after.

Traditional Business Attire: White has long been considered the most professional color for business shirts.  Next in line are the light/icy shades of blue, lilac and pink which are the most recognizable formal business colors (stars in Tradition business row).  Wear solid white when you wish to create the most serious/formal impression.

Business Casual colors are led by mid to dark blues and purples (stars in Business Casual row) and followed by mid shades of pink, orange, yellow and green. Bright, unusual colors not commonly associated with seriousness are best left for after work hours.

Prints and Patterns: For stripes and checks the background color should be considered first for its level of authority followed by the color of the stripes. Also, the narrower and closer together the stripes the more business like your image will be.


Contrast for Attention 

Another important aspect of color is its ability to subtly solicit attention.  The contrast level of an outfit is created between the colors you are wearing and will be in either a high, medium or low.  In the case of you wearing one color i.e., a beige dress, it will be between the dress and your skin (low contrast if you have light to medium Caucasian coloring). The higher the contrast the more the brain will be stimulated to take notice. Knowing how to manage this secret weapon can give you a real advantage.

  • High contrast is created by strong light/dark or bright color combinations; the kind that make you want to say WOW.  Depending on the colors this contrast can have you being perceived as authoritative (think 80′s power dressing) or eccentric.  It will definitely wake the brain and have you being noticed, but is so loud/strong that it can tend to make others stand back rather and observe rather than to interact with you. 
  • Medium contrast is created when the color contrast comes from colors that are lighter and darker than each other while being easy on the eye.  This level of contrast is professional and people friendly, think navy and white.  This contrast will have you noticed, listened to, taken seriously while remaining approachable.
  • Low contrast is created when different colors of the same or similar depth are combined.  This soft look tends to be perceived as elegant and sophisticated when rich or dark colors are combined and passive, casual, aging or bland when light colors are coordinated together.  If the colors are also close to the depth and of your skin the effect is multiplied. Imagine a dark skinned woman in the navy and black outfit. Low contrast is so quiet it can place you into visual incognito, as such it’s brilliant for observing and letting others take the lead, but when you want to take the reins or be noticed, listened to or taken seriously it’s not the way to dress.

It’s also important to mention that wearing colors that suit your personal coloring is also something to take seriously. The right colors will enhance your skin, hair and eyes, invigorate youthfulness and seriously increase your attractiveness. Image Innovators have many consultants who can help you discover your best colors.

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A Touch of Spice is Nice

Every outfit we wear is accompanied by at least one accessory: shoes, belt, earrings and/or handbag etc.  While it’s easy to just throw them on without a thought, considering them only ‘finisher items’, they are in fact, much more important than just ‘finishers’.
For relatively small cost you can own a minimal wardrobe of basic items and have multitudes of different outfits that will be ready to take you anywhere, anytime when you fully employ the power of accessories.  In other words, accessories can expand your wardrobe by giving your outfits multiple looks, moods and a current look. If you’ve never truly explored your wardrobe’s mix and match possibilities, take a day and pull out all your tried and true outfits. Go through all your accessories to find at least several new outfits. Explore ways to dress each up and down using earrings, necklaces, scarves, hosiery, shoes and bags etc. When it comes to career dressing, understanding what style of accessory and how many to employ at any one time is the key to ensuring a professional presentation. The aim is to create visual interest to your outfits whilst maintaining a professional image and ensuring the attention is firmly focused above your bust line.
Key points
  • By the best quality you can afford. Quality over quantity – your accessories should support your image.
  • Your face is your fortune. If you add several accessories ensure the one near your face is the most dominant.
  • Ask yourself, ‘does this accessory say polished professional?’  If it doesn’t or you’re in doubt, take it off.
  • Limit yourself to 3 visual focal points. More than this and you’ll be in danger of looking too ‘busy’ for businesses.
  • Learn how to accessorize – there are lots of great blog, books and YouTube videos to learn from.
  • Hand carry as few things as possible to avoid looking clumsy or disorganised.  Avoid backpacks.
  • Handbags: The more structured and polished the bag the more professional you’ll appear.
  • Earrings: understated, classic and no larger than medium-large.
  • Shoes: the most professional are – at least medium height, leather with a closed, tapered to pointy toe.
  • Belts: medium to narrow, classic style, understated buckle and leather.
  • Watch: classic style, non-bulky, leather or chain strap.

Be Current, Be Clever

An up-to-date appearance is essential. It says I’m aware of what’s going today in the world around me.  A current appearance puts others at ease and builds credibility and trust.  Wearing clothes, eyewear, hairstyles or makeup that is a decade or more old will give you a look that advertises that you are clearly out of sync with the world about you and if you look out-of-date, maybe so are your skills and knowledge. Remember; we trust that what we see is a reflection of your character and abilities. I’m not saying you need to wear the latest fashion, but you do need to wear clothes and accessories that are recognizable with specific trends that are no more than five years old.  This is especially important for anything that is close to, or on your face/head as these are the areas noticed most.
There’s also no understating the personal confidence and pleasure an up-to-date and impressive image will give you.  When YOU like what you see in the mirror it’s incredibly empowering.

Say What?

To be heard takes more than putting a great idea/point across at the right time, to the right people.
Your words can dissolve mid-air if you are wearing something, or acting in a way that attracts more attention than what you are saying.  Distractions have the power to totally sabotage what you are trying to say or do. Not only do they cause others to focus on ‘it’ rather than what you are trying to get across, they create an internal dialogue about the item and you or, the item and them.  Whatever you were saying becomes white noise and depending on what the distraction was it may also damage your credibility.Image Innovators, Ann Reinten, Style Clinic, Image Consultant Training, Work Style
Examples of distractions:
  • strong perfume
  • ornate/large earrings and rings
  • jangling bracelets
  • low cut necklines
  • very short hemlines
  • visible tattoos
  • dark lingerie under light colored clothes
  • food stuck in teeth
  • weird/inappropriate makeup or hair
  • wardrobe malfunctions eg., fallen hems, bra straps, buttons missing, clothes straining or gaping
  • inappropriate clothes i.e., for weight, age, occasion, people present etc
  • anything out of the ordinary e.g., an earring missing from one ear
  • Before any important meeting where you need to be seen and heard take a last minute full-length look at yourself to check everything is as it should be.

Turn Offs

Similar to distractions, though potentially much more costlier to an individual’s career, is the creation of the perception that a person lacks a degree of self-awareness and/or sensitivity for others. This conclusion having been made from an individual’s experience of the way they dressed, looked or behaved in a given situation. While most of us live in countries where we are blessed with the right to dress and behave as we please (within the limits of the law).  This privilege will backfire if the person is considered to be a maverick that cannot be totally trusted to dress or behave within social norms at important times. We may love them as friends or peers but their ‘loose-canon’ personality will cause us to exclude them from participating in important events.

 That ends this series, I hope you enjoyed it and have been able to adopt some of it into your wardrobe.
I’d love to hear your comments, stories or questions in the comment area below.


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It’s often been said that style and fashion are two completely different things.

To me style is how we express our inner being outwardly; the combination of the way we think, dress, communicate and move. It’s everything on the outside being an echo of what’s on the inside. Fashion on the other hand wearing clothes without any point of view or personality. 

We’ve all met women who seem to have been born blessed with a great sense of style; while the rest of us have had to learn how to develop it through years of experience, mentors, trial and error. But what is exactly is style?

To start, it’s more than:

  • Wearing the right thing at the right time
  • Looking good for the money
  • Setting a trend or following trends
  • Spending big bucks on designer labels
  • Looking better than everyone else
  • Wearing the same style as everyone else
  • Wearing labels and/or trends from head to toe

Our style development starts from the moment we start to take an interest in what they wear. The years of adolescence until early adulthood are both times of experimentation, and of discovering who we are, what we are good at, want we want from life and how to express that through our clothes, grooming and behavior. We reach the peak of our self-realization and self-knowledge during our mid to late 20′s. This is the period where we become more comfortable with ourselves, and start learning what works and what doesn’t. For most of us by the time we have reached our 40′s we have gained a good level of self-confidence and have settled into a personal style.

However, it is not only age that dictates style development. Your style can change at any point in your life, and will most likely coincide with changes in jobs/professions, attitudes and values, circumstances, lifestyles and relationships with the significant people in your life.


To make your style more consistent and lasting, you have to reconcile your personal preference with what suits your height, body type and age, and then marry that with trends that work best for you. When this has been accomplished, the result is a confident woman who understands her personality, body and is in tune with fashion without being a slave to it. That’s true style! As famous stylist Rachel Zoe says, “style is a way to say who you are without having to speak.” Fashion is just wearing clothes. Style encompasses more than wearing clothes, it is communicating and expressing yourself with how you put ensembles together. From your hair and makeup, outfit choices, to your overall disposition, everything contributes to your personal style.

If style still seems a bit abstract  to you, let me help you by defining what style is and is not in my opinion.



A woman clad head to toe in the latest trends is nothing but a mannequin. Don’t ever think that you’ve got great style and the best pieces for you just because it’s the latest style and the trendy colours of the moment. No fashion fad, trend, or colour can make up for an unflattering or ill-fitting garment. Not all trends are created equal, and consequently not all trends are made for your personality, lifestyle, or body shape.

Being A Chameleon

Too much change is just as bad as not changing at all. Looking like a different person at the start of each fashion seasons means you don’t understand your true style just yet. Being a style chameleon also might mean that you’re spending too much money and time on changing your clothes so often.


Wearing any outfit that has to be explained (“It’s in fashion! It’s supposed to be that way!”) is a no-no. First impressions last. More often than not, your appearance is how people initially judge you. How you look speaks volumes about who you are, and your style is exactly how you do that. If your look needs explanation, you’re already starting on the wrong foot, and this will always make the wrong impression (if you don’t believe me, check out some of the weird or backward fashions worn by celebrities). Keep it simple, straight forward, and appropriate.

Playing ‘Dress-Up’

Feel like you’re playing dress-up in someone else’s clothing? That’s because the clothing is not a reflection of your true self. In fact, wearing a style that doesn’t feel authentic to you will rob you of energy and undermine your confidence. Start by study fashion magazines, clothing catalogues and window shopping at malls. Create a collage of things that make your heart sing and personally speak to you—hairstyles, make-up, clothes, accessories, flower arrangement, interior designs, anything at all. All of this inspiration will all start to point to a style direction that speaks to your authentic personality.


Fashion magazines and Pinterest boards are great for inspiration. However, style is NEVER copying a look straight from the pages. Get inspired and put your own twist to looks that you love and are inspired by.

In a nutshell: Style is not being stamped all over with designer logos or changing radically from day to day or season to season. Style is inspiration, rather than imitation. Style is wearing what feels like the true YOU.

Here’s what style it is – and it’s simpler than you think.

Style Is Not



Less is more. Wearing clean and simple lines and minimal accessorizing is always best.

In the Details

The devil is in the details as the adage goes. Those in possession of real style always keeps details at the top of their list. Loose threads or buttons, runs in hosiery, worn out shoe soles—these are things that can ruin your overall style aesthetic.

Accessorizing with Care

Whether you’re partial to dramatic earrings or the most minimal studs, style is about mindful accessorizing. Taking the time to carefully choose the items you put on rather than just pile on the usual assortment of mismatched rings, watch and whatever earrings/scarf/bracelets that happen to be at hand.

Being Brave Enough to Stand Out

Stylish women aren’t afraid to experiment with new looks and wear what they like. If you find a piece that you love or a piece that you feel amazing in, wear it and flaunt it! Regardless of whether it’s on trend or not, being courageous enough to stand by what you love is genuine style to a T.

Being Respectful

Stylish women are thoughtful, caring and respectful of others. In a word they are ‘appropriate’; from the clothes they wear, what they say, their mannerism, gestures and the way they treat others. Remember, style is the whole package. Style goes beyond what you put on, it is also about the way you carry yourself and conduct yourself towards others.

Being Perfectly groomed

When she walks past you all you sense is beauty and order; from beautiful make-up, perfectly groomed clothes to a heartfelt smile. Keeping your brows, nails, hair, and skin in tip-top shape is essential to true style.

A Great fit

An inexpensive garment if fitted to perfection can look more expensive than an ill-fitting designer label. Items which are too tight or too loose will ruin your look every time. It is worth your time and resources to get clothing tailored to your specific proportions.


Being able to carry yourself with assurance and grace is one of the hallmarks of a beautiful and elegant woman. It is the beauty of being in the moment and in control.

Knowing How Much Skin to Show

There are few sights worse than a woman baring too much or baring it all. Putting everything on display sends the wrong message to men and women alike. You want to be known for your sensuality not your vulgarity. Stylish women know that when showing skin, you only flaunt one area i.e. wearing a mini skirt with a tailored jacket. When you’re showing off your cleavage, keep everything else covered up.

Only Purchasing Styles that Suit You

Knowing what works for you and only purchasing styles that fit and flatter is the quickest road to true style. You’ll be rewarded with self-confidence when you wear only what you love and what fits you. Style gives you a specific kind of freedom that allows you to succeed in other aspects of your life, knowing that you are looking your very best.


This only comes from wearing clothes that reflect who you are. If you persuade a very feminine woman to wear a dramatic over-the-top outfit, she won’t be able to walk straight in it and will feel very uncomfortable. When your clothes are right, you feel great in the skin you’re in. This will radiate to those surrounding you and they will, in turn, feel free to be themselves as well.
I’m sure that you can see the theme here. True style is about being true to what’s best for you—what you like, what fits well and is appropriate, and what allows you to carry yourself with confidence and poise. With a little practice, you’ll learn to love what you see in the mirror because it will be what you’ve seen on the inside all along.

I hope, I’ve shed some light on the meaning of style for you and that this becomes the starting point of your journey to an exemplary style that is uniquely you.

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The start of a new year is always an exciting time. The air is filled with the sense of possibilities, and we are drawn to the idea that this is the perfect time to start afresh. Start that clean slate, make the future better than the past.  Your style waxes and wanes as circumstances ebb and fall accordingly to life’s unfolding path and too often our identity gets a muddled as our closets leaving us to wonder what our style really is. I believe that the beginning of a year is the perfect time to reevaluate all the areas of your life and align your style with your personality, shape, and goals. If you’re ready for a year that sees your style and life improve  - it’s a chicken or egg type of thing, here are some ideas to get you underway.


Know Your Goals

Just like planning a trip you need to know what your destination is. Finding the style that will work for you will work the same way.

Is your goal in 2017 to find a life partner, gain a higher position at work, be taken more seriously, gain more friends…. Before anything else you need to know what you want to accomplish.  You may also have different goals for the various parts of your life i.e., work, social, family etc.

Determine Your Style Labels

Early in life, we learn to give labels to people, e.g., she’s so tall and elegant, in fact, most of the time we don’t know we’re doing it.  

We often unconsciously react to what we see and feel about a person, and ultimately if enough people think the same way that perception can become their truth. It’s up to us to create and nurture the labels we want others to perceive about us. You can do this by determining all the adjectives that describe how you want others to see you.  This list becomes the foundation from which your style will emerge.

Here’s a list of possible adjective to get you going. Once you to select a group think about what characteristics each adjective conjures in your mind. For example, you may have selected ‘poised’. To me the characteristics would be; elegance, confidence, smooth surfaces, sophisticated colors, classic shapes etc.  By delving into the words you’ll get closer to knowing what you need to emulate it. 

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Dress Authentically

There’s no sense forcing yourself into looks that rob you of authenticity – in fact, it’s downright debilitating. Choose your style labels and know your goals, but do it within the bounds of your personality. If you don’t you’ll find yourself just as unsatisfied with your style or life as you may be now.

The good news is that you’re unlikely to go too outside what you are comfortable with unless you are being coerced there by outside influences.

Edit, Edit, Edit 

Once you’ve determined your goals and style labels it’s time to edit your closet by getting rid of items that don’t support where you’re trying to go and start determining what you need to purchase to build you desired look. Let go, or put away sentimental items that may be cluttering your closet and give away items anything you’ve hardly worn. 

Editing your closet is something you’ll need to do on a regular basis to get closer and closer to the look you’re after and will help you become familiar with the garments, silhouettes, and colors you naturally gravitate toward. Be sure to also discover all the outfit combinations you have – you’ll be amazed at how many different outfits can be discovered if you take the time to find them.


Invest in Fit

It is actually quite sad how many women underestimate the value of a good seamstress/tailor as well as the value of having a good dry cleaner. Rather than automatically going to cheapest or most convenient option within your area, take the time to research and cultivate relationships with these key people that will help you look your best. While you may buy from high street stores, a great seamstress will make it look your cheap and chic pieces are made-to-order since they will tailor it to fit.  


Plan and Prepare

Sunday evening plan what you are going to wear for the week. Look at the week’s upcoming events and determine what you want to accomplish day by day, then plan your outfits accordingly. Note each outfit down, piece by piece including the accessories so you can easily gather them up and lay them out the night before. You’ll find your mornings are less stressful and you’ll feel more confident knowing you’ve pre-thought out what you intend to wear.

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STATUESQUE STYLE: the art of dressing to impress when you’re tall

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Do you admire statuesque women? I do. Their height has a regalness, and legginess can leave those of us less endowed us a little green around the gills.

I’m glad too that the days of tall girls being made to feel freakish have long gone and today they stand tall and proud.

However, it’s not all fun and sunshine for them. Like their diminutive sisters, tall women have a unique set of style challenges that make dressing and shopping something needing to be mastered. 

In my experience, the top concerns of tall women are: finding the right fit, length, looking pleasingly proportioned and strategies to look less tall. With that in mind, as you read through this feature when you see an * next to the sub heading or text, it indicates that this tip will also make you appear a little less tall.

So, what height is considered tall I hear you ask? Generally, it’s considered being 179cms / 5’10” or taller.

The three-quarter sleeve hack

A major problem when shopping for sleeved garments is arm length. Folding or cuffing sleeves to create a three-quarter sleeve is a great styling hack whenever the sleeves end at an awkward length on your forearm. An added bonus is that not only are three-quarter sleeves universally flattering, they add more dimension to your midsection.

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Jump aboard the jumpsuit trend

Jumpsuits look great on leggy ladies. These one-piece style stunners have been on-trend lately and they’ve got a classic and elegant curb appeal that means they are likely to be around for a while. Experiment with bold patterns and sexy low-cut neckline jumpsuit silhouettes. But if you invest in purchasing a jumpsuit in a solid classic color, you’ll be wearing it for years to come. Jumpsuits are great for creating a great silhouette since it most often cinches your waist in while calling attention to your long and lean shape. It is the one-two punch; making you look even more statuesque than you are, and balancing your proportions at the same time.

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Invest in brands made for you

Do your research and seek out brands that make clothing specifically for the proportions of tall women. Basics like T-shirts, jeans, pants, straight and tapered skirts, and blazers, will serve as the foundation for a lot of your looks. Any time spent researching specialty stores and/or collections that cater to your height will be time well spent. Brands include: Long Tall Sally, Asos, Search By Inseam, Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, J Crew, Tall By Design, Height Goddess, and Missguided just to name a few.  I also have not forgotten our plus size tall gals with this website chock full of brands and tips just for you.  

For the tall curvy girls here is a link to your best brands and bloggers.

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Know your measurements…by heart

Knowing your measurements will make for an easier time dealing with store sales associates and online since you already have specific length and sizes in mind. Store sizes may vary, but knowing the proper and correct measurements of your body and proportions will help you in determining whether a certain item fits properly.


Go wild with wide

You’re blessed with height and with that comes the ability to indulge in all things wide, especially anything that sits below your waist. From skirts and pants to dresses and jumpsuits – dive right in and have a ball.

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Have fun with layering, color, pattern, and texture

You have the height to really let your creative juices flow when it comes to outfits. From color blocking, large prints and strong textures you’re the one to really carry these off and make your friends envious.  Wearing multiple blocks of colors can give you the illusion of shape and when used horizontallycan break up your length.  My only word of warning is not to add a bold pattern, light or bright color over an area you feel is your largest – I know I don’t need to tell you more.

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Look up, look down, look all around 

There’s no limits to where you can place focal points on your body. From your head to your feet the world’s your oyster; while your shorter female counterparts are constantly striving to attract all the attention high on their body to look taller and slimmer YOU, can play up your hemlines, legs, and feet your content. 

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Become a shape shifter

Your height is often accompanied by a straight body shape and that means you’re the perfect candidate to add a punch of style to your look via interestingly shaped garments. From amazing blazers, A-line skirts, bell sleeves, peplum tops, there are heaps of garments that are not only fun to wear but will also give you shape or curves. 

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Belts, belts, belts*!

The taller you are the more likely you are to be proportionally long legged and short torsoed (high waisted). Belts have the power to add emphasis to a particular area of your torso and by doing so create a pleasing break line to balance your torso and leg length.

If you know you have long legs or a short torso (high waist) wear either narrow belts on your waist, medium width styles at your hips or belts in the same color as your skirt/pants.

If you’re tall and plus sized wear slimline belts.

If you tend to have a more evenly balanced, body to leg proportion waist belts will be your best choice. 

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Show off your ankles with this short pant hack

Pants that are too short are a common tall girl problem. But you can use this for your sartorial gain if you get creative, cuff those jeans that fall awkwardly around your ankle. The ankle-cropped pant has been given a new lease on life this season. One of spring/summer must-haves, the ankle-length pant gives you the opportunity to show off your shoes too!

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Only you rock this footwear

That’s right, it’s thigh-high boots and flats. OK, so thigh-high boots aren’t for everyone but if your young and bold enough you are the only ones who wears them well.

When it comes to flats you can wear them with almost anything and not suffer even one style demerit – now that does leave the rest of us really envious. 

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Embrace large baubles and oversized bags

Here’re another two trends that were made for you; from statement necklaces and earrings to large totes and purses, you can pull them off spectacularly.

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Cultivate a great relationship with a tailor

Being tall, it goes without saying that you’ll often find yourself in a situation where the fit of a garment is not perfect. This is where a tailor comes in handy. When it comes to style, fit is everything. It may not be picture perfect at the time of purchase, but a great tailor will make everything fit you like a glove. This is a relationship worth working on. It is something that will pay dividends when it comes to your overall image, style, and personal appearance.

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Consider tailor made

If you’re a stickler for fit, have high expectations (and why shouldn’t you), and you have specific ideas of what styles you want, then custom-made may be your way to go. Alternatively, there are websites like Sumissura that offer a custom-made service at a very reasonable price.    

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Take a few hints from your tall celeb style sisters

When in doubt, look to celebrities that possess a similar tall body type. Here are some names to watch out for: Brooke Shields, Uma Thurman, Nicole Kidman, Elle MacPherson, Ivanka Trump, Kate Middleton, Ciara, and Blake Lively. You’ll be so inspired when you see how these ladies style their svelte body types to perfection.

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As always, I want to inspire you to embrace the skin you’re in. You may notice that there’s no tip saying not to wear heels. Rock those heels if you want to! While flats are great, if you’re a girl that loves heels, don’t let what others think you SHOULD wear get you down. As long as you love yourself and work on your style, your confidence will grow and flourish.


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MINDFUL DRESSING: how to with purpose

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Have you ever thought about the type of image you want to project?

It’s easy to think that this would only be something professionals need to think about but that’s not true. No matter what your lifestyle, professional or age your appearance tells others about you before you even open your mouth. How you present yourself will either attract or repel others far before you’ve had a chance to say a word to them. While I don’t think you need to lose sleep over the issue, if you have found that you are not getting the responses from other people you want, or the opportunities you know you deserve then maybe, just maybe, your personal presentation may need a little tweak.

Appropriate, Enhancing and Goal Effective

According to the fashion website Matalan, which polled 2,491 females, the average woman spends an average 16 minutes every weekday morning, 14 minutes on the weekend and up to 20 minutes pondering her wardrobe prior to a night out. That’s a heck of a lot of wasted time over a year!

A long time ago I discovered the power my clothes, accessories and grooming had in controlling the way I felt each day as a result how I behaved. This is exactly the same way that an actor only totally feels one with the character they are portraying during a full dress rehearsal. Our clothes help us perform the roles we need/want to play each day. They help us to ‘feel’ the part and can act like armour helping us to feel more confident and protected. 

This is not a new phenomenon, it’s been happening since man first donned clothes.  We covered our nakedness to for protection and confidence, and from that time onward adding and subtracting items became the way to inform others of our status, role, moods, and affiliations.  

Being able to look in the mirror and say - go girl, you rock is great. It fills us with confidence, hope and we stand a little straighter, more with more purpose and smile more frequently. Knowing we look the part releases us from our insecurities and allows us to get on with the job at hand. Of course, it’s not just ourselves that are affected by our appearance. Others too, respond to how we look, and the right appearance encourages others to give us more time to explain our ideas, opens doors and releases opportunities both socially and professionally.  In fact your presentation is a continual portrayal of you – it’s like a constant visual resume.

So it’s worth the time to think about and plan your appearance. Once you have your look together give it the final check by asking yourself – Is it Appropriate, Enhancing and Goal Effective?

The night before.

If you wait until the morning to decide what you’ll be wearing it only results in early morning stress and often a ‘this will have to do‘ outfit.  I suggest you decide what you are going to wear each night before bed – it only takes a few minutes and you’ll be able to sleep-in a little later.

To make the process as quick and easy as possible you’ll need to have an organized closet.

If your closet is unorganized set aside a day to organize everything in a way that it works for you. Some women prefer clothes of the same color hung together while others prefer the same type of garments together.  I hang the same types of garments together and with like colors together. You may even like to separate your work wear from your casual wear – it doesn’t really matter, the aim is to create a wardrobe where all your options are easy to see. 

If your wardrobe is crammed and you can barely move the clothes on the rack, the first thing you need to do is a closet cleanout.   Not only to get rid of all the things that no longer fit you, are out of date or season, are no longer your style etc, etc, but also to move all the clothes that are for another season to another location.  You’ll be amazed at the different this alone will make.

When thinking about your clothes for the next day consider:

  • what work will I be doing?
  • where will I be going?
  • what level of dress should I wear – smart casual, business casual, formal business?
  • what is the weather forecast?
  • who will I be seeing?
  • what do I want to achieve or what impression do I want to make?

By answering each of the above questions you’ll be able to easily sort out the available options and select the items you want to wear to create an outfit you’ll feel perfect in.I suggest you also gather up your lingerie, shoes, coordinating handbag etc so everything is ready to go.

A few more tips help:

  • Create clothing clusters: these are groups of items that work around each other (see image below).
  • Document great outfits: anytime you put together a new winner of an outfit, note all the garments and accessory pieces in a notebook -  better still add a photo!  It’s amazing how quickly we can love a look one day and a week later have totally forgotten what pieces we put together to create it (or is this just my 50 yr old brain?).  Within a few months, PretaStyler members will be able to do this for themselves with our new Look book creation functionality.
  • Rotate your outfits: Leave at least 7 days in between wears and be ever on the lookout for new items that will extend your cluster to create a few different outfits.
  • Have at least one special outfit you can lay your hands on at a moment’s notice so you never get caught with nothing to wear at short notice.


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OLIVIA PALERMO: Lessons learned from a style icon

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Take one look at street style blogs or popular fashion social media, and you’ll quickly realize that Olivia Palermo is one of those street style stars that continue to amaze and inspire women with her seemingly endless trove of clever styling tricks and unexpected combinations.

Her style speaks to different types of women because her aesthetic is firmly planted in two worlds—the elegant and the classic. Combine this with impeccable grooming and her knack of skillfully combining seasonal and trendy designer pieces and the result is almost always sartorial splendor.

Like all other style icons Olivia Palermo is a testament that style isn’t just about the clothes on your back, but it’s all about the overall appearance. From her hairstyle to her makeup, and even the regal way she carries herself, everything contributes to her otherworldly aura yet persistently sensible style. She may wear couture a lot, but she balances it with pieces that make it somehow appropriate, down-to-earth and wearable.

Despite her penchant for designer goods, there’s a lot you can learn from Olivia Palermo.

Here are 10 tips that’ll give your closet and style that Olivia Palermo panache:

Don’t be afraid to use a pop of bold and bright color.

The lesson here, is to remember that when donning look-at-me colors, it requires an air of confidence; if you’re unsure -think fake it, til you make it. Stand tall and let your outfit speak for itself.

When it comes to coming up with ways to integrate a bright hue, try pairing it with neutrals, or link it to a color in a print. If you feel you just want to dip your toe into the pop-of-color pond, start with an accessory.

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Make your basics pull double duty.

Get creative and see beyond the expected use and plainess of your basics by pairing them with riskier or trendier looks. This tried-and-true Olivia Palermo styling voodoo works especially well during evening affairs. Nothing takes a black-tiered evening frock to new sartorial heights like a crisp white shirt. You can use a basic black long-sleeved top and layer it underneath your brocade evening suit. You can also let an item like a statement coat do double duty by wearing it as a top and pairing it with jeans—simple, unexpected, and chic. And isn’t that the Olivia aesthetic?

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Dress up your casual pieces.

Don’t let your casual pieces get lost in errand day outfits. Give them a new lease on life by taking a cue from Olivia, and sporting it with more tailored items that up its dressiness factor. A casual striped tee looks completely different with a double-breasted two-tone blazer and matching embellished heels. Upgrade your distressed denim with a floor-sweeping emerald colored coat. The laidback vibe of your casual pieces will serve as a great contrast to tailored pieces.

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Make a statement with accessories.

Statement eyewear has been consistently one of Olivia’s go-to items that go a long, long way in making her look polished and put together. Aside from that, Olivia loves to accent her outfits with accessories that add and not retract from the overall stylishness of her look. The key to her accessorizing is she keeps a focal point. A statement neck piece or a singular cabochon cuff is usually enough. If she wears multiple accessories, it’s usually more minimalist and understated so that each piece doesn’t clash with another.

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Show skin strategically.

Showing the right amount of skin is another Olivia Palermo style signature. You will never see her clad in a skimpy, incredibly revealing red carpet outfit, nor will she ever be caught dead in a short shorts and crop top combo. She flaunts her assets one at a time, and does so tastefully. If she is showing off her legs in a tailored pair of shorts, she keeps the rest of her look tailored and covered up. In knee-high boots and a poncho, she shows a bit of leg. She shows off a bit of shoulders in a boho top. It’s never all at once with Olivia, for she knows that the key to elegance is restraint and simplicity.

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Grooming is everything.

Style isn’t merely about the clothes, shoes, and accessories. Your grooming is equally as important, whether it’s a bold red lip, glowing skin or tousled waves,

Olivia Palermo never steps out looking less than impeccable. Also, noteworthy is how each beauty look is crafted to match each outfit.

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Casual can be polished. 

Casual isn’t a dirty word for Olivia Palermo. Even during her most casual, daytime, or off duty looks, there is still a lot of elegance to get inspired by. A white eyelet sundress gets polished up and elevated with the addition of a waist-cinching belt and a trendy fringe belt. Peplum is a popular silhouette for casual wear tops; but when worn with leather leggings and embellished loafers the humble peplum top becomes something more. It’s all about pairing casual pieces with items with more edge. Lastly, it is noteworthy that Olivia pays keen attention to fit. She never wears casual clothes that are loose fitting or too tight.

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Frock up in faux fur.

Olivia’s covetable easygoing glamour can be easily had as soon as you wear a faux fur piece within your look. Fur just gives lushness and an allure to any ensemble that other textures can’t duplicate. Fur is both classically old Hollywood while being a modern it-girl staple at the same time. Wear with leather, denim, a flowing maxi dress or tailored suit, the result is all the same: instant chicness.

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Rethink your denim pieces.

Wearing a denim or chambray shirt with jeans is a tad played out. Olivia Palermo inspires us and makes us rethink the way we can and should wear denim. Level up your denim shirt and jean duo by layering it with a long sleeveless vest. By simply undoing more buttons on your denim top, you get a subtle hint of sexy. You can also go for contrast when pairing a denim button down with a floral midi skirt. Or you can throw the rulebook completely out the window, wear dark denim from head to toe. There are so many different washes and textures to denim that you can easily get creative with it, just like Olivia does.

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When in doubt, pair a large print with a small one.

Ask any fashion obsessive and they’ll tell you that Olivia is an undisputed master of the print-on-print trend. You may not be as print-savvy or sartorially adventurous as her, but one simple tip can get you on the road to mastering the print-on-print trend. When you’re in doubt if your printed pieces work together, make sure that their scale complements each other. Don’t pair a bold and large polka dot print with a think, graphic stripe. Pair a large print with a smaller so as not to overwhelm the eye. If you’re more bottom heavy and want to emphasize your top more, wear the larger print on the top, and vise versa.

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And just so we can all feel better, Olivia has had some style missteps too. 

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