There is no better excuse to update your wardrobe than the change of season! (It is my favourite time of the year obvs! ) Do you want some tips on the best way to do this? If the answer is yes then read on.
Today, I am super excited to share with you that I have teamed up with Brisbane Blogger & Australian Style Institute stylist Anna Mabin to chat about new season trends, tips on how to update your existing wardrobe and how styling can be a rewarding career.
I have also put together three different looks that I plan to wear this Spring by using one new season scarf.
If you are still wanting more, I have more exciting news to share for all of Brisbanites who are interested to learn more about wardrobe tips and tricks and the world of styling. The Australian Style Institute’s ‘Become A Stylist’ event is coming to Brisbane on the 26th and 27th of September! More on this below.
When the weather changes, you don’t necessarily have to go overboard and buy everything “new” that drops in store. It also doesn’t have to be about sinking all of your cash into new clothing. I like to invest in a few new season accessories that will compliment what I already have and wear. This way I can still inject “freshness” into my outfits without breaking the bank. I picked up this Sussan scarf a few weeks back and thought I would style it three ways with some of my wardrobe basics to demonstrate.
A Knit Dress & Sneakers
Coming out of Winter it is more than likely that most wardrobes will have a knit dress of some sort as well as a pair of sneakers. Don’t put them away just yet. Add a colourful scarf to reinvigorate the look. That way you can get the best of both worlds.
Black in Spring a cinch!
Black is one of the most popular colours to wear and most don’t deviate from this staple in the warmer months. Really there is no need to. Add a colour pop to that favourite all black ensemble. Also, switching up how you wear a scarf can create an entirely different look. Cinching your scarf around the waist with a belt can be done in any season. I have been doing it for as long as I remember, usually when I want to add proportion to an outfit.
A Scarf with Your Stripes Please?
Play with colours and textures by mixing your stripes with a colourful patterned scarf to elevate a casual off duty look.
Now over to Anna…
BG: A scarf is an inexpensive way to freshen up your wardrobe. What other ways can you update your everyday look for less?
AM: Invest in one of the season’s must-have add-ons such as a long vest, summer poncho or a straw Panama hat that you can team with a number of existing looks in your wardrobe.
Make sure you have reliable basics, as this is the key to mix and matching.
Change your make-up routine with a new shade of lipstick, blush or bronzer.
Challenge yourself to learn a new hairstyle.
Hit the op shops for accessories and perhaps be pleasantly surprised by the number of A-line skirts and flared jeans you find that compliment this season’s 70’s look.
BG: What are the top trends coming through for the new season?
AM: Suede, a-symmetrical hemlines, lace-up heels and fringe detailing all own a place in my heart this season. Have fun with what the 70’s vibe offers to master effortless chic.
BG: In terms of colour, what is big this Spring/Summer?
AM: Neutral tones that lend themselves to light layering. Too often we think of layering as only a winter trend but add a long vest over a classic t-shirt and lightweight scarf and you have yourself an outfit! Relaxed denim and khaki tones are also big this season.
BG: What is the most challenging part about being a stylist?
AM: I think anyone can put clothes on a body and make them look good but the real challenge is nurturing client emotions and truly understanding how a client wants to be perceived and finding items to match. The transformation to a euphoric state of self-confidence when they catch a glimpse of themselves in the mirror is what makes it so rewarding.
(It’s also a constant challenge to not buy everything I love in stores).
BG: In your opinion, what are the three must haves for any wardrobe?
AM: 1. A well-cut blazer that’s not too heavy and flatters your shape.
2. Seamless underwear. Visible panty line is the most quick and effective way to ruin an outfit!
3. The classic t-shirt. It can go from edgy when paired with leather to effortless weekend chic with denim. Try a few different styles to find the most flattering for your shape.
You can visit Anna’s website here.
If Anna’s tips have you wanting to learn more about the world of styling or even how to pursue a career in styling then register now to attend the Australian Style Institute’s ‘Become A Stylist’ event coming to Brisbane’s Capri by Fraser Suites on the 26th and 27th of September. This two-day intensive styling course lead by Australian Style Institute’s founder and director, Lauren Di Bartolo is designed to give students insight and knowledge into the world of professional styling, highlighting what they need to know and how to begin their career as a professional stylist.
More information can be found below.
Course information: The Become a Stylist course will run for two days in Brisbane’s CBD from September 26-27, 2015.
Course content: learn roles and responsibilities required of a personal stylist; how to set yourself apart as a professional stylist; success strategies for successful styling; how to curate your own stylist wardrobe; the power of style and image; how human behaviour plays a pivotal role in style; personal styling and for TV and magazine; explore career pathways available to a stylist.
How to register: Register your interest at http://becomeastylist.com.au or email email@example.com.
Love Barbara-George xo
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