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You can break those unhealthy shopping habits – Part 2

In the previous blog I shared some of the most popular disempowering shopping habits that a lot of women struggle with and also some tips on how to break them.

Are you buying more and more, wearing less, and start experiencing a lot of frustration and disappointment during your shopping trips? You may be experiencing some of these unhealthy shopping habits:

 Constantly buying the same things

How to break it: if you find yourself buying the same style of clothing it could because of a lack of knowledge on what suit your personality and body shape or because you’ve lost that confidence into trying new things or you just can be bothered. If you simply feel you can’t be bothered to try new things, ask yourself whether you’ve given up on “looking after yourself”. Register for a workshop top open your mind to new options and get to know yourself or work with a personal stylist who can inspire you and teach how to get out of your style rut.

Buying the same item in 2,3 or 4 colours

How to break it: I find that most of the time this habit comes from a “scarcity mentality” or from a “negative attitude” towards shopping. When you shop thinking that it’s going to be hard to find something that suit you or that you don’t have time to keep looking around or come back another day, it’s kind of easy to buy the same items in few colours. Finally, you find something that your like or suits you; so you’ll buy it in 3 different colours. This is not a very healthy way to shop for your wardrobe because eventually you will feel that you are wearing the same things and that you lack versatility. My suggestion would be,start journaling (buy a new notebook) your fashion purchases and every time you fall into this habit, dig into your emotions and mind. Write down the conversation that is happening inside you; i.e. what made you buy that garment in few colours, what could had happened if you bought just one garment in your most favourite colour? etc. Please avoid using the question WHY, because your mind immediately will go into “defense mode” and emotionally you will feel attacked; consequently, you won’t be in the mood to self-enquiry.

You give into every sale email or promotion (they make you all of the sudden need something)

How to break it: If you’ve subscribed to many stores’ newsletters, perhaps it’s time now to start unsubscribing so you don’t see what’s happening in stores now. Remember out of sight out of mind. If you are physically shopping for something in particular and you find some amazing sales that feel almost painful to miss, remind yourself why did you originally come to the shops for. You need to distract yourself, so you can  leave the shop, go for a walk, stop for a coffee and read something that interests you or ring a friend.

You constantly forget or can’t be bothered to return items you’re not happy with

How to break it: Simply stop buying clothes without trying them. Become more knowledgeable, empowered and confident in your purchases decisions through learning the skills of styling and dressing your shape (through group session or workshops or one-on-ones sessions). Also take photo of what you have in your wardrobe so you could get a I good idea of what you could be mixing this new item with. If you don’t have anything at home to mix and match don’t buy it. If what you’re about to buy is going to be a staple piece or investment in your wardrobe because you’re starting to build your wardrobe from scratch put some thoughts into it, such as “Does this pair of jeans flatter my shape?  Does it make feel and look great?  Do I really need a light blue denim or would it be more practical to get a dark blue denim instead?”

Using fashion as a kind of instant gratification

How to break it: A lot of women, including me, get an immediate sense of pleasure and gratification when shopping and buying but once you become more conscious and aware that you’re on a mission to boost your confidence and create a minimal, practical and versatile wardrobe you will be less inclined to use fashion as a tool to temporarily fulfil you. In that moment when you’re about to make that decision of hitting the shops, take few breaths and allow yourself to explore other activities which will bring you pleasure and gratification without jeopardising your confidence, wardrobe, emotional being or health i.e. going for a walk, listening to an inspiring podcast, buying something for a friend or a stranger (as a random act of kindness), etc.

If you think you are experiencing some unhealthy shopping habits, please do something about it. Look for help and take some actions to upgrade them for empowering habits; you will automatically boost your confidence, your wardrobe will thank you and you will feel liberated.

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You can break those unhealthy Shopping Habits – PART 1

Let’s face it, majority of women don’t know much about their body shapes, body proportions, colours that suit their skin and not to mention strategies to update their wardrobes. So how can we expect  to be wise shoppers when it comes clothes and accessories. Consequently a lot of unhealthy shopping habits are developed during our life.

This is a hot topic because apart from the challenges mentioned above, most of us are immersed in a society of high consumption and get easily influenced by the impact of fast fashion.

According to a market research done by IBIS World, Fast Fashion is about fashion firms providing the latest fashion styles at affordable prices. Fast fashion retailers typically take trends from runway shows and deliver new collections for mass consumption on a frequent basis. These operators have short production and distribution lead times, which enables them to adapt their product range to current and emerging trends in as little as two weeks.

Weak consumer sentiment and subdued disposable income growth over the past five years have prompted many consumers to look for cheaper clothing alternatives. This has contributed significantly to the popularity of fast fashion stores, due to their ability to offer low prices while constantly updating product ranges with new styles and designs.

So we end buying more, wearing less,  and start experiencing a lot of frustration and disappointment during our shopping trips.

I’ve put together below a list of the most common unhealthy shopping habits that I see a lot of women going through.

Try to keep up with latest trends, street style stars, models, fashion bloggers, magazine editors, friends, etc without considering what suits your body shape, personality and lifestyle.

How to break it: remember that fashion is about the mass is a not about the individual so it pays off to learn about your body shape, body proportions, your colours and what suits your lifestyle and personality. A personal stylist would be the best person to teach you about these topics.

Impulse buying

How to break it: when you feel that urge to buy that particular item, you need to get distracted, leave the shop, go for a walk, stop for a coffee and read something that interests you or ring a friend. Generally the feeling of wanted to buy right now that piece you saw fades away.

 Shop when I’m bored

How to break it: replace that feeling with an activity that will bring you a sense of fulfilment. i.e. if you’re shopping online because you’re bored, leave that online retailer website, search for a charity organisation that is doing something that inspires you and donate some money.

 Shop without planning

How to break it: when we go to the shops without purpose or buying for the sake of wearing something new, we end getting pieces that may not go with anything in your wardrobe or things that you don’t need and only wear it once a year. So, I’d recommend you culling your wardrobe every season and find out if there any gaps that needs to be filled. Based on those gaps you may have identified you can create a shopping list of suggested times to buy on your next shopping trips.

Sacrifice real-life stuff for fashion

How to break it: if your food, education or health gets at the bottom of the list when it comes to how you invest your money and fashion becomes your priority, it’s time to change it! Putting some cash on the side and committing to only paying for those fashion items with that cash could be a way to upgrade this habit. If you know that this won’t happen please give permission to yourself to ask for help.

We all make mistakes and buy things that then we regret or that we don’t feel comfortable or confident wearing. I’m not exempted from those mistakes, but they tend to happen less often. Mistakes are ok as long as they don’t become a habit. If we get aware of them and take some actions to upgrade them for empowering habits you will automatically boost your confidence.

In the next article I’m going to share with you some more of these disempowering shopping habits. In the meantime if you have any that you’d like to share with me please do it.

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Vesna xx

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The simple formula to look your best!

When I get the opportunity to work with women de-cluttering their wardrobes and helping them to choose some new outfits I always remind them that these sessions are part of a journey.

When you are looking for a long term change such as losing weight or leaning something new, such as a new skill or language, you don’t get results from one the day to the other; it takes time, practice and dedication. The same happens when you want to dress better, look more stylish or you want to revamp your wardrobe. It’s like embarking on a style journey where you start practicing small changes in your every day dressing and in your wardrobe which, over time, will make an impact on your overall image and confidence.

This journey starts by setting your styling pillars which represent the foundation to a happier, more confident and beautiful you!

There are 4 styling pillars or components into my styling formula to define or evolve your style and look fabulous,  feel confident and ultimately shine!

  •  Pillar 1: It’s about identifying your body shape and learning how to dress it. So then, dressing  becomes less time consuming, fun and simple while in that process you can start accepting and understanding your body.

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  •  Pillar 2: It’s about discovering which colours compliment your skin and make look great and vibrant. This can give you a new sense of freedom and self-expression and it can also add so much live and versatility into your wardrobe.

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  •  Pillar 3: It’s about learning your clothing personality. The things that we appreciate in a piece of clothing such as comfort, flexibility, details, textures determine the style of clothing that resonates the most with us. We are normally a combination of two personalities i.e. Classic/elegant combined with feminine/ romantic but normally one personality stands out. By identifying your clothing personality you can start saving money, time and energy because you will get more clear on what styles of clothes really work for you and your lifestyle.

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  •  Pillar 4: This last pillar is about having an organised wardrobe and shopping strategically to compliment what you have in there. Once you declutter your wardrobe you can learn to be creative about remixing what you already own and get more mileage from every piece you have there. Also, by knowing exactly what you own you can keep building your wardrobe by adding  items you need and serve your shape and  lifestyle.

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So, basically this is a journey of having fun with your wardrobe, getting out of your style rut, bringing out the best version of you, feeling fabulous from the inside out, feel confident and comfortable in your own skin, shopping with purpose and saving money and maximising your time when dressing every morning. Who wouldn’t want to embark on this journey?

Please leave your comments below or contact me  on 0434 225 476 if you needed any help setting your styling pillars.

What colours bring out the best in you?

Cool vs Warm colours: Featuring Red today

Red is one of my favourite colours and it reminds me of Christmas. The other day I was doing a pre-shop for a client and I came across this gorgeous lace top from Alannah Hill and I fell in love with it. The shade (warm red) of this top really complimented my skin complexion and made me look bubbly, full of live and even my skin glowed. That’s exactly the effect that you get when you wear a colour than flatters your skin. You will even find that your eyes will pop and your teeth will shine. While the wrong colours, on the other side, you will make look tired, flat and sick.

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In this photo you can see a “warm red” which is an orangy red versus a “cool red” which is a purplish/bluey red. Don’t underestimate the impact that colours can have on your outfit and general looks. It may be even the colour choice which can give you that feeling of “what’s wrong with this outfit?”, or “I like this garment but I don’t feel fabulous”……….

Do you know which colours compliment your skin tone? Let me help you to colour your style and get the confidence to express yourself…….

How Often Do You Shop?

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Do you dread walking into a clothing store or are you a self-exclaimed fashionista?

Either way, there are a number of benefits to shopping frequently.

When done in the confines of your budget, adding a garment here and there to your wardrobe can help you obtain the essentials while becoming familiar with current trends and available merchandise. Whether you prefer to browse online in the comfort of your home or like to see your options in person at a brick and mortar store, shopping frequently can help you to refine your personal style and create a plethora of daily outfit combinations.

Taking a Peek

Shopping can take place anytime. Check out the local deals in the department store on your commute to work or browse your favorite online boutique during your lunch break. Over time, you’ll get a feel for how sales work to save you the most money possible.

Shop for the Seasons

Some women enjoy picking new items for their wardrobe according to each new season. It is actually a good idea to keep incorporating new trends without sacrificing your personal style to keep your wardrobe updated. Use your free time to mix and match outfits and discover trends.

Time Constraints

Some women just don’t have the time to shop frequently. When time is a virtue, a once a year mega shop is a viable answer. During this shopping trip, pick up all the essentials, as well as outfits for all occasions, including formal, informal and casual. This is the case when some women prefer to do a shopping trip with a personal stylist once or twice a year so they don’t to worry about what to buy or what styles or trends suit them.

Know When to Break

In some instances, shopping frequently is not an option. If you’re on an extremely tight budget or have an overflowing wardrobe, take a break and organize your closet. Shop smart to ensure that whenever you buy new clothing, it mixes and matches with at least 3 items from your wardrobe.

How frequently do you shop? Do you add to your wardrobe gradually?

Buying a Woman’s Suit

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Many women turn to a suit to appear both professional and polished. Whether you prefer a chic pantsuit, formal suit or classic Armani, a well-made suit with the correct fit can be extremely flattering on the female figure. Finding the perfect suit consists of obtaining the perfect fabric, fit, design and cost to meet your budget.

 

 

 

Smart Suit Buying Tips

  • When it comes to suit buying, don’t hesitate to splurge a little. Better quality suits will likely last longer and look better than cheaper options.
  • Stick with a neutral color. This will give you more chances to mix and match for a variety of special occasions.
  • To give the illusion of a slimmer figure, opt for a solid medium-to-dark colored suit or one with a subtle pattern.
  • Pinstripes and vertical stripes can also make you appear slimmer and taller. For a more businesslike feel, choose a suit with finer stripes.
  • Jackets should have some contour to show off a woman’s natural shape. Single-breasted jackets are also more slimming.

A quality woman’s suit can run you upwards of $250 to $400. For optimal comfort, try for an all-season fabric, such as 100 percent worsted wool. While a matching suit set is idea, a casual jacket, pant and skirt can be interchangeable. To make mixing and matching simple, stick with neutral shades like gray, navy and black.

Try on the suit before you buy. Your suit should be comfortable and allow your arms free range. The sleeves should extend to the wrist bone, while the shoulders should be approximately one inch wider than your shoulder bone. Closely examine the construction of the suit, ensuring that zippers lie flat, hems are straight and buttons are even. Choose a design that best flatters your body shape and reflects your personal style.

Guide to Shoes – Comfort Meets Style

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An outfit is nothing without a great pair of shoes to pull the look together. The shoes you wear also impact your overall look, including the shape and length of your legs. It’s not always easy to find comfortable shoes that don’t compromise your individual style.

Combining Comfort and Style

Everyone knows that when it comes to shoes, comfort is a huge factor. Don’t always rely on size charts to find the perfect shoe, as every manufacturer, shoe and foot is different. Consider your ensemble as a whole when considering matching shoes.

Your legs also play a vital role in what type of shoe look and fit best. Women with long, toned legs can pull off those high vamp boots and shoes, teamed up with opaque hosiery. If you opt for an open toe shoe, ensure that the hosiery is as sheer as possible. If you want to make thick ankles appear slimmer, avoid thick soles and heavy-stacked heels and instead try a medium-to-thin sole with light to classic stacked heels.

Stiletto heels (a long, thin, high heel) can be uncomfortable and can cause an unsteady gait. Therefore, they should be avoided by women with heavier lower legs to eliminate this danger. Shorter women should also be careful not to emphasize their height by wearing ankle strap or vamp style shoes that can make them appear even shorter. Height can be visually increased by boosting the heel height. The higher the heel, the more defined and toned your calf muscles will look.

Overall, it’s important to consider your physical proportions when selecting shoes. Your shoe choice should be comfortable, yet stylish – without sacrificing either.

Savvy Shopping Strategies

Savvy Shopping photoDon’t settle when it comes to your appearance. Shopping can be an invigorating experience that gives your fashion sense a boost while updating your wardrobe. Even the best of has suffered from a fashion faux pas. Learn how to avoid these fashion mishaps by following some simple, yet essential shopping strategies.

1. Set a clear budget on how much you want to spend before setting foot inside the store. Prepare a list of what items you want to purchase to avoid impulse buying.

2. Maintain versatility in your wardrobe by limiting your separates to two or three basic colours.

3. Avoid buying items just because they are currently “trendy”, as these trends are here today and gone tomorrow.

4. It is okay to splurge a little on coats and shoes. These items are generally worn daily and should be of the highest quality you can afford.

5. Purchase clothing that is the right size for your body and shape. Avoid purchasing items that you hope to fit into after shedding a few kilos.

6. Accessories are your friend – so don’t skip on the jewelry, scarves and handbags. These can easily dress up or down any outfit.

7. Plan in advance when you need to buy an expensive item. This will allow additional time to compare different garments to find the best option.

8. Consider if the garment is an investment or too expensive. While a quality coat that will last you years is an investment, a dress that needs constant dry cleaning isn’t.

9. Don’t go into debt trying to achieve the perfect wardrobe. This is never a good idea.

10. When in doubt, don’t buy it. You’ll be patting yourself on the back when you get home with a pocket full of cash.

 

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