4 Items For Autumn

 

A new season is on its way and I for one am kind of thrilled.  Perhaps it’s because we’ve enjoyed a hot summer, so the air turning crisp is welcome, or that 2020 has been one big Groundhog Day, but I’m desperate to move forward.  September kicks off tomorrow and Autumn is not far behind.  Bring. It. On.

 

A change in weather can only mean one thing, a wardrobe switchover.  If you’re panicking about what to wear, especially as lockdown eases, fear not, I’ll be sharing ideas here.

 

Without further ado, here’s my top ideas to get you started.

 

4 Items for Autumn

 

A chunky boot.

Step into the new season with a solid, stylish step.  Chunky boots are a surefire way to ensure you don’t get trench foot during the rainy season and luckily they’re cutting the mustard in the fashion stakes too.

I have this simple pair from Dr Martens.   They remind me of my youth.  However, visit any retailer and there will be a version to suit you.  Team with straight jeans or maxi skirt and you’ll have an outfit to last you through to March.

 

 

The Shacket.

This season there are a number of lumberjack style checks in retailers such as Mango and Zara. I’m sticking with the two I have, camo and a simple khaki shacket.  They go with everything and I just love the way shackets don’t add too much bulk.  Alternatively, shackets don’t have lining so you can add chunky sweaters underneath, which you can’t do with a puffer.

 

If you have an hour glass body shape, choose a shacket with a belt, so that you don’t lose your waist.

 

 

A Link Chain Necklace.

Happy with your capsule wardrobe, but want a little update?  Add a chunkier necklace, as a nod to a new season look.  Rebooting many outfits for Autumn/Winter 2020 a chunky necklace, like this one from & Other Stories, is a simple and non-expensive way to update your total look with just one easy piece.

 

 

The Sweet Knit.

Feeling good and looking dreamy, a soft knit in a sweet colour is perfect segue way into the new season.  Wear it over a cami and team it with faux leather joggers and you’ve got an outfit that will take you from sofa to bar. Just add heels and a pair of hoops if you head out.

 

There’s an abundance of designs out there. I love the stylish move to wear a cardi as a sweater for a cute look.  There’s also nice cable knit versions from high street retailers.

 

 

Hope you like the those 4 ideas for autumn ideas.  I’ve more blog posts coming soon to help ease you into Autumn/Winter so do watch this space.

 

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Gail x

Selecting a Staycation Swimsuit To Suit Your Body Type

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Staying home this summer?  Let me make selecting a staycation swimsuit to suit your body type a little easier with some easy-to-follow rules.

 

Yes, we’re being blessed with some absolutely gorgeous weather right now.  Of course, the kids finish home-schooling this week, so the weather could change, but I’m trying to be positive.  Go with me.  That said, I’ve been looking at swimsuits rather than bikinis, so you won’t feel exposed should you find yourself sheltering from the wind.

 

There’s an abundance of gorgeous swimsuits in the shops and online.  However, to feel truly confident in what you’re wearing, where ever you are, I strongly suggest choosing a bathing costume that works well with your figure first, and follow what’s popular second.

 

Here’s some tips that will help you find what is going to work well for you.  I’ve included some guidance on what to look for and some ideas that fit the bill.

 

Selecting a staycation swimsuit

 

Rectangle

The aim of the swimsuit here is to help give you the appearance of curves.

Look for: strategic cut outs, higher cut legs, pleats/frills/embellishment on the chest and hips.

 

 

Hourglass

The aim of the swimsuit here is to support your curves.  You don’t want to lose your waist.

Look for: built in boob support, retro styles, belted swimsuits, wider straps, one colour elegance.

 

 

Pear

The aim of the swimsuit is to help balance out the hips.  Draw the attention upwards.

Look for: more fuss on the top half, halter necks with thin straps. Frills and flounce on the chest.  Horizontal necklines.

 

Apple

The aim here is to elongate the torso, create more of a waist and show off legs.

Look for clever ruching, darker colour panels down the sides and tankinis.

 

Inverted Triangle

The aim here is to balance the broader shoulder shape with the hips.

Look for V or sweetheart necklines to add focus away from the shoulders.  Padded or underwire cups give support to bust and asymmetric styles break up the neckline.

 

 

Hope that’s useful!  It’s little tweaks that can make a big difference to help you look good and feel great.

 

There’s lots of information there to let you make wise choices, but if you’re feeling confused about your body shape, don’t worry everyone’s shape is different.  If you want to learn more do drop me a line and sign up for my Body Shape and Colour Consultation.

 

Whether you are going away or not this year.  Have a great time.  You deserve it!

 

Til next time.

 

Gail xx

 

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

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!

 

 

Gail

 

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.

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

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