The Perfect Time is Now!

Wardrobe


The other day, one of the beautiful ladies I’m acquainted with on Instagram, Celia M., tagged me on her post. She wrote a lovely recommendation of my book (see below), which she’s using as a resource for assessing her wardrobe needs as she goes through a major transition in her life.  And what perfect timing. Here in Toronto, it’s Spring – the season of transition and change. If there was ever a time to review your wardrobe, it’s now. (Although as a Stylist, I’d say any day is the perfect day.) If you too are going through a transition or even if you’re not but would like to finally make a change to your wardrobe, here’s what I suggest: REASSESS In my…

3 Simple Steps to a Fabulous Outfit

Dressing


The other day I went to visit a client who was struggling to put outfits together. She had all the right pieces in her wardrobe and knew exactly how to combine and style her outfits, but when it came to putting it all together, the overwhelm kicked in and her confidence diminished.  So what do you do when the thought of putting outfits together becomes so overwhelming you forget everything you’ve learned? You break it down into a step by step process that’s so easy to follow, you forget you were ever stumped in the first place. Step 1: ChooseYour Base Start creating your outfit by choosing your base pieces. Not your undergarments (those you pick to suit your base), but…

Women in Power – 3 Ways to Dress for Success

Dressing


I was recently interviewed, and one of the questions that came up had to do with female executives in the boardroom or in top managerial positions. The interviewer was looking for tips on how to choose colour and overall proper attire, to dress for success. If you’re a woman in an executive or leadership role, or striving to be, you need to dress the part– especially if you’re new to the team or building your reputation. Here are 3 tips to help you achieve that: 1. Wear structured clothing with strong lines. When you want to be seen as a leader, you must present yourself as someone who holds power. Structured clothing with strong lines elicits more power than clothing with softer lines…

Keep or Toss? 5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Decide

Wardrobe


I have a confession to make. I have not seen even one episode of ‘Tidying Up With Marie Kondo’. But I’ve heard she recommends only keeping items that spark joy. When I recently posted a photo of myself on Instagram wearing an older pair of J Brand Houlihan cargo jeans, one of my followers commented that she was glad she kept hers. Which got me thinking. Joy aside, how do you choose which clothing items to keep and which ones to toss? As a Stylist, here are 5 questions I recommend asking yourself before you decide: 1. Is it in good shape? First and foremost, an item needs to be in good shape – free of any stains, tears or holes. If it’s not,…

The One Thing You Need to Know When Buying Jackets or Blazers

Style Tips


Sometimes blazers and jackets are necessary. Sometimes they’re just layering pieces that add interest to an outfit. Regardless of why you’re wearing them, you’ll want them to look great on. So what is it you need to know when purchasing? Which style suits your shoulders best. Let’s start with the basics – shoulder types. I’ve found that most shoulders fall into 3 categories (although there are always variations) – Narrow, Regular and Broad. Within these categories can fall a situation where someone’s shoulders are also Sloped, meaning they slope down at the ends versus straight across. Some jackets and blazers will look better on some shoulders than others. The key lies in the cut and style at the shoulders. Narrow or Sloped Shoulders If you have Narrow or Sloped…