16 Spring Kaftan Dresses To Wear Now


The current state of mind isn’t good. Understandably, our minds are full of worry.  There’s no shame in wearing pjs or sweatshirt and trackie bottom options day in day out, but what about the weekend?  Surely we need something different to switch up the mood.  I’ve found my trusty kaftan an absolute game changer when it comes to putting a spring in my step, so I’ve researched and found 16 spring kaftan dresses that you can buy online.


A kaftan is easy to wear.  Tick.  Its length normally falls to the floor, thereby eliminating a need for any other garment.  Tick.  You can wear it with flats or heels.  Tick.  A kaftan is mostly made from lightweight material (cotton or linen) and often comes in vibrant prints that can lighten any mood.  Double tick.


I bought my kaftan a few years ago in River Island.  It’s pretty loud, and I love it all the more for that.  It makes me feel like I’m on holiday, where I would normally wear it, but that won’t be happening any time soon.  It also makes it a good buy, because you can wear it around the house and in the garden now, then take it to foreign shores when the time comes.


16 Spring Kaftan Dresses You Can Wear Now

Kaftan and cocktails!


So, have a look through the options below.  I’ve found some solid-colour spring kaftan dresses that have great detailing, ones that you can waft around in, floral hits, graphic prints and even a tie-dye option.


16 Spring Kaftan Dresses




Statement jewellery goes well with this type of dress.  Large hoops and eye-catching pieces that dangle, or wrap a gorgeous cuff around your wrist.  You can go Grecian with tan leather thongs, or race it up a little with metallic heels.  The choice is yours and fun can be had.


Have a great weekend and don’t forget, if you would like a more personal, bespoke shop please let me know.  Here’s what some of my clients say about the services I offer.


Gail xx

Dressed for Sunny Weather



Getting dressed for sunny weather, who knew that was coming.  Yes, we’ve just been experiencing the sunniest April since 1929!  Mother Nature came good and boy did we need some joy in our lives the past few weeks.


As I write this, it’s raining outside…come on it is England after all, but the forecast isn’t all bad.  Some more sun to come and while we may not get the high level of heat it’s a good idea to get ready for those rays of sunshine.


Were you caught out last week when the sun was absolutely bursting in the sky?  Got the strap marks to prove it!


Tan lines are a pet hate of mine.  I like to mix up sleeves and straps on tops and dresses and there’s photographic evidence of when I’ve got it wrong in the past.  I am quite pale and take a long time to tan, the halfway pink and red marks are something I work hard to avoid.  As well as using better SPFs nowadays, I also have a bunch of strapless bikinis so that I can wear whatever I like during an evening on holiday.


The same applies at home.  If I get a chance to sit in the garden, I have three dresses that I alternate, all strapless so that I have no marks around the neck, shoulders or arms.


The dresses are lightweight cotton, are elasticated at the top and round the boobs and then simply flow down to my knees or are full length.  They are about eight years old and I bought them in Accessorize.


Here’s a couple of what the brand is currently offering.



Would you like to see more dress options that help you get dressed for sunny weather?  Here’s a selection from John Lewis, which includes brands such as White Stuff and Mint Velvet.



Feel like wearing trousers, but want to catch some rays on your shoulders?  It’s okay,  I’ve found some nice tops. These are all available from H&M. Please note that some of the tops are in sale, so not all sizes are available.


I hope these are all helpful for some online shopping.  I can’t wait to get back to personal shopping with clients in Bristol and Bath.  Until then it’s the easiest, safest option to pick up hot weather essentials.


I’m also going to be offering my services online!  Look out for a bunch of NEW hour-long personal styling services.  This will include helping ladies and gents with a one hour service to identify the hero pieces in their wardrobes.


Until then, stay safe and well everyone.


Gail x

4 Steps to Creating Your Own Style Mood Board


Creating a mood board is hands down one of the best ways to finding your own true style identity.  If you’ve ever looked in your wardrobe and wondered who the hell is the woman wearing the clothes in it?  Or you find that clothes are purchased on a whim only to be hung in the closet for the rest of time, then it’s likely they don’t represent the real you.


Don’t worry, we all get ‘influenced’.  It’s super easy to get caught up in following the trends or making rash purchases when you get an invitation to go out.  But what if your wardrobe is always prepared, always ready with smart choices that you love and wear with confidence.  It can be done.  You just need to know your own true style and stick to it.


One way to do this is by creating a style mood board.  It acts as a reference point to help you make wise choices, inspires you on days when you’re feeling a bit lost with what to wear, and is a constant source of inspiration to motivate and empower you to express your true self to those around you.


Style Mood Board Tools


So how do you create a style mood board?  Personally, I really enjoy using a cork board.  I bought mine for a couple of quid from an online shop and it was therapeutic to do a little cutting out and pinning.  I have the board in full view in my home office to refer to when I’m not sure what to wear.


Similarly, and great if you want to compile more than one board and have easy access where ever you are, there’s Pinterest.  A great app that you can download to your mobile, Pinterest offers oodles of fashion images from across the globe.  The options are endless here and it’s super quick and easy to delete and add at your whim.


Collating Styles You Like


If you’re going down the cork  board route, start by looking through magazines and pulling out images that inspire you.  You might have old mags in a drawer (or is that just me!) that you’ve kept because the looks in it inspire you.   Now is the time to dig out any scraps of inspiration you’ve held on to over time.   Also, go online and download pics from your favourite fashion websites.  You really need to draw together any looks that resonate with you.


4 Tips to Creating Your Own Style Mood Board - Gail Painter - Notgivinin.com


You’re looking for colours, patterns, cuts, items of clothing, and complete looks that appeal to you.  But also keep in mind that you are building a collage of styles you can/will want to wear so the looks must fit in with and support your lifestyle.


If you’re stuck on where to start with Pinterest, I would start by looking up your style icon/s.  There’s a reason why you love their look.  Perhaps you look similar, or love the way she/he wears their clothes.  You can then really deep dive into searching for more pieces. For example, I love Victoria Beckham’s style, which led me down a road looking for wide leg trousers.


Re-Load Your Own Style


You can also include pics of yourself.  Dig out pictures of you wearing your favourite outfits. My advice would be to look as far back in the photo album collection as you can.  You will likely spot a look that has got lost in translation over the years that you need to be drawn back to.


Your Fashionista DNA


Once you have lots of images to hand or pinned to a draft Pinterest board, it’s time to hone down what really resonates with you?  Is there a trend appearing?  A finite look revealing itself.


From mine you can see that I have a real penchant for denim.  Jeans are a big part of my wardrobe, but I didn’t realise how much, they’re all over the board.  I also like light, neutral colours, and there is a bias for black too and simple designs.  Accessories are a big love too.  Handbags have always been really important to me.  I change my handbag to work with my outfit, daily.


4 Tips to Help You Create Your Own Style Mood Board


Keep whittling down the images you have, it’s actually easy to do with a cork board as you only have a certain amount of space.  Gradually you will see a pattern forming, aligning with your style at its very core, this is true fashion DNA.  Casting to the side images that are on the periphery of what you like really helps to show you how you truly want to dress.


Keep it Handy


Keep your board handy.  Like mine, in the office, in sight.  If you’re working on a board online, download a screengrab to your laptop, tablet and mobile.  Refer to it every time you go shopping and especially before you consider following the latest trends so that you can stick to your fashion DNA.


Sticking to your true style identity when you go shopping can be very handy.  Your wardrobe should work more cohesively, a capsule wardrobe could appear naturally, and you won’t be wasting your hard-earned cash.


If you want to, and you’re enjoying getting crafty, you can build more boards to help plan seasonal looks.  Try building a board or two for spring/summer and autumn/winter looks.  Or, create a couple around the different areas of your life, work (you might have more than one career), life, hobbies, etc.


Happy pinning!





P.S.  If you would like a more personal approach to finding your style I work in Bristol and Bath, helping women and men discover their style and wear it with pride.  Find out more about my services here.

Spring Fashion: Pale Blue

How can it be March and still so gloomy? It’s raining on our heads and in our hearts as we’re engulfed in concerns for our health and those around us. I know it may seem trivial to talk about fashion right now, but it could also be the escapism we need! For sure, I worked with three clients this week, each having a Wardrobe Reboot, and sorting out their clutter helped them feel more in control, lighter and brighter.

Of course it’s not the answer to all our problems. It would be amazing if it was, but if we use spring as a platform to dive into a bluming good clear-out or add some fresh colours that lift our mood, it’s something! I think keeping busy is important to our mental health, so if you do find yourself with time on your hands indoors (wellness withstanding), then consider giving your wardrobe a make-over.

The Sky is the Limit for Spring Fashion

One of the prettiest colours for spring 2020 is pale blue. It’s such a beautiful shade, reminding us of lighter skies, and they’ll come, they have to! I’ve seen lots of lovely pieces, from fluffy cardis to flat mules and lace tops to sophisticated dresses around this season already. See below, street style.

Pic via Pinterest

Here’s a selection that I’ve found online that you can dip into, brightening up outfits, or splurging on head to toe if you have a special occasion coming up.

Let’s start with a selection of tops. I’ve chosen lightweight cardigans as the weather is still poor, but also an asymmetric top that is a gorgeous colour and a lyocell-blend shirt. Don’t forget to dig out any pale chambray shirts in the back of your wardrobe and put them to good use.

All the ideas featured this week are from Reiss, &Other Stories and H&M.

Dress-wise there’s plenty of options out there, from floaty dresses to smart office wear. Take your pick to suit your lifestyle. Personally, I’m loving the sophisticated Reiss options below.

Lifting the mood a little further and you could dress head to toe in a pale blue suit or wear trousers and skirts with tops in the other colour of the season – beige. Or keep it crisp with white cotton and linens.

Still want to wear what you have in your wardrobe, but fancy a nod to the current trend? Here are some accessories. Also a swimsuit or two, just in case….a girl got to dream.

Hope you like these spring fashion ideas ladies.

Have a great weekend.

Gail x

What To Wear If You Don’t Fancy Puff Sleeve Tops


Puff sleeve tops.  The trend has been around for a little while and they seem to be everywhere right now.  Personally, I’ve tried them, because I love the oh-so feminine touch they offer to your outfit, but I don’t find them that flattering on me.   Professionally, it’s got me scouring the net looking for alternatives, because I need to know where I can find great alternatives.  Following the trends doesn’t work for every body.


Unsurprisingly, as a personal shopper I’m on the high street a lot. I’ve been looking for weeks for new tops.  A great top and jeans is a fail-safe combination to lever you out of the house post-winter.  Like a lot of people, I’ve been feeling the sinking feeling of this never-ending winter so I’ve been looking for a new top to lift my own spirits.  It can be the quickest and easiest piece to find and add to your wardrobe.  However, I’ve found it really tricky.


Everywhere I go however, there are puff sleeves and they just don’t suit me.  I  carry my weight on the upper half of my body, so all I’m doing is adding more width.   Call it inverted triangle, strawberry, or whatever, this body shape doesn’t suit a puff top that well if you want balance in your body shape.  I don’t think it’s that great if you have a short neck either #justsaying.


Of course, go for it if you are strawberry and you are aiming for a dramatic look.  Go all out Lady Gaga-like if you so choose.  You can really make an entrance and New Look has an abundance of puff sleeves that are ‘well-puffy’ if you’re interested.   But what if you want a bit more balance to your overall appearance, like me.


Well don’t worry, my conundrum has led me to do some searching online and I thought I would share what I found with you.


So, what’s new in &Other Stories



I absolutely adore these shapes, particularly the utility blazer that you don’t even need to wear a top underneath.


Blue is a fantastic colour for spring, and it’s the colour of the year, so why not go all out.  I’m partial to a pussy bow.  It draws attention to the neckline, away from the shoulders and this top comes in a few colours.


Here’s a selection from Cos

I am a fairly new fan of Cos, but I’m liking what I see.  I think their sizes can come up quite big, aimed at taller folk, but I’m going to try some of these on soon.  There’s a large in Cabot Circus if you live in Bristol.


I think adding simple cuts to your wardrobe can extend the use of some other pieces you might already have. Bold colours and prints can brighten up a blazer, or wear with simple wide-leg trousers and bright heels for more impact.


There’s a wash of colour in Boden

These are great for adding some colour to the top half of your body.  Worn with denim, linen or cotton trousers they can really elevate an outfit.  Taking you from the dark neutrals of the winter into a much brighter spring.


N.B.  Hold coloured fabrics up to your face and look for a lift in your complexion.  Get the glow, it’s green for go!


If it’s a light knit you’re after, then head to Mango.

Perfect under a blazer or biker jacket now, these thin knit layers softly drape the body and can carry you into the summer with ease.  Feeling brave?  Whip out the fake tan and don’t forget to add some jewellery.  Layers of fine pieces will work well with delicate these, or simply a statement pair of earrings or ring.


That’s it from me.  Just a quick Saturday morning post.  Hope you like the ideas and if you’ve seen some pieces while you’ve been out shopping do share them  in the comments below.


Gail xx

P.S.  If you need help shopping then drop me a line.  See my personal shopping services here.