This blog is all about how to create the perfect wardrobe. How you choose clothes that are useful and also inspire you. How to experiment with fashion and be more individual in your fashion style. How to avoid overdoing it, without playing it too safe?
Designer Michael Kors said: “70% of the clothes you own should be meat and potatoes. 30% should be icing and fluff—that’s color, pattern, shine, accessories. Too many women get the proportions the other way round, then can’t figure out why they can’t get dressed.”
Erm ok, so let’s take a look at the meat, potatoes icing and fluff. Or maybe a more appealing metaphor is a cupcake: a perfect vanilla sponge topped with your choice of icing and decoration.
Best fashion basics
Two thirds of our wardrobe should be hard-working basics. These will be well-fitting, stylish and versatile. For us at Colmers Hill, this would be our deck super slimming capris or full length trousers. Alternatively, Myrine Emil trousers. Your colour palette will certainly include neutrals in both dark and light shades such as navy, petrol blue, black, charcoal, sand, silver, ivory, or white. Choose shades that are the most useful for you.
Skirt basics include simple cuts and colours with enough detail to keep you interested and give you shape. A pencil skirt from Eucalyptus or a midi skirt from A Postcard from Brighton are also great staples.
Adding colour, pattern and shine
This is the icing and decoration on your cupcake. Detail on clothing is a very personal thing and everyone has their favourites as well as their absolute no-no’s. Some of us love stripes and hate florals, others love florals but hate sparkle, another wince at a frill but love a pintuck – you get the gist. When it comes to sparkle and shine, some of us are happier with a muted metallic whilst others want the full bling – with extra bling.
When an item of clothing or an accessory appeals to us, it’s an emotional reaction. We don’t think too much about it. Enough to say, it gives us a lift. It’s great to express ourselves with the fun aspects of fashion. We don’t need to take it too seriously but if you’re worried about overdoing it, stick to either sparkle or pattern but not both on the same garment. Many of us get stuck in a rut, thinking we can never wear florals or geometrics or diamante but keep an open mind and give things a try. We change as we get older and our fashion style needs to keep up!
Here are some of our very favourite ‘toppings’
Darling Dion top: lovely ivory crepe tops with pearl trim.
Cocoa pure cashmere jumper: amazing colour with a contrast trim and button back.
Myrine floral tunic top: an unusual wildflower pattern does all the work.
Out of Xile vintage tulle edge cardigan: gorgeous colours and just the right amount of lace.
Darling Fara top in duck egg blue: pleats along the hem and cuffs give this top a lovely swing.
Since we discovered Michael Kors’s quote, we’ve all been taking a good, hard look into our wardrobes at home and working out how close we are to the 70% rule. Suffice to say, there’s work to be done but at least we’re heading in the right direction!
The next blog will be about Wardrobe Malfunctions. Yup – we’ve all been there.
Colmers Hill Fashion is holding its first Styling Masterclass in the Autumn with top stylist Lindsay Punch. The class will teach you how to put together a “meat & potato” wardrobe from the new Autumn collection at Colmers Hill! For tickets or more information see details on our Facebook Event Page.
Photography courtesy of Simon Emmett Images
What to wear on the plane, on the beach, in the evening?? How to fit it all in the suitcase? How to mix and match? It’s all here with our Colmers Hill Fashion holiday edit!
Be inspired by gorgeous, colourful outfits to make you feel like a million dollars without spending it. Dream of relaxing on sun-drenched terraces in head-turning outfits that will make you look and feel great. And coming down to earth for a minute, imagine actually being able to close your suitcase and stay within the boring baggage allowance.
Which holiday clothes are winners
Planning what you’re going to take on holiday is time very well spent. Frequent travellers and fashionistas make a two week, mix and match wardrobe look like an art form. The difficult part is deciding what to take and being ruthless about the rest. The clothes you’ll wear are usually lightweight and don’t crease. They need to work hard for their place in your bag, so they must look great, be useful, mix with other things and be appropriate for the location!
The golden rule of holiday packing: however much I love it, I won’t take it unless I really think I’ll wear it.
For ease, let’s assume we’re all going somewhere sunny and beachy with opportunities for a bit of glamour in the evening.
Our Colmers Hill hot picks are a) fashionable b) individual, c) comfortable and d) versatile
What to wear on the plane
Go for comfort all the way. If you are delayed (which is NOT going to happen) you need to be able to relax. And that goes for the flight too. You may have forgotten how small an economy seat is. Our best travel companions are layers and stretch. Think trousers, leggings or maxi skirts. Avoid wearing white, unless you love doing laundry on the first day of your holiday. Layering allows you to can strip off when you hit the heat at your destination and vice versa when you return to Old Blighty.
Myrine’s Emil lace trimmed trousers are made from fabulous, lightweight stretch material. Don’t be put off if you’re not sure about lace: the trim can be turned down or up for a more casual/dressy look. Wear with Bohemia’s tunic in either grey and white scribble design or plain blue. These outfits will also look great in the evening with statement jewellery such as this chunky cuff bracelet and Owen Barry metallic clutch bag.
What to wear during the day
Deck’s new linen dresses are proving really popular – be quick and snap one up while you can. Choose from navy, silver or hot pink in various designs. These are great for day or evening wear.
What to wear in the evening
This is when we get to indulge ourselves and make the most of all those lovely print dresses and separates. If you’ve got a tan, you can really go for it with stronger colours and a bit more bling. If you like black, take some as you will always feel great in it.
Myrine’s gorgeous strappy Amele maxi dress is very classy on its own or with the Joy sheer cardi in either ivory or mauve for a bit more coverage. Alternatively your statement dress could be the Eucalyptus Lily May dress a classic retro dress with oodles of English charm. If you want to show off your figure, this Friday on my Mind black mesh heart dress is a proper head-turner.
Trousers-wise, you can’t do better than a pair of Deck super-slimming trousers in white or black. They look great with either flats or heels. Team with a Pour Moi cobalt blue top or a cute Collectif 50s inspired top.
If you think you might want a little more warmth, either a Luella cashmere mix poncho (choice of colours available) or a stripe sweater in pink or blue is just the ticket – especially on the flight home.
Lastly, if you’re coming to Dorset on holiday, do pop in and say hello. You’ll find lots more gorgeous jewellery, watches, scarves and accessories in the shop. They make great souvenirs. Just saying.
Wherever you go, have a wonderful time!