New Year, new you, new wardrobe!
Need a fashion reboot? Personal stylist, Dania Alzapiedi from Moo Boutique in Tring shares her advice for taking your wardrobe from dreary to dreamy so you can fall back in love with getting dressed.
If opening your wardrobe in the morning makes your heart sink, perhaps it’s time to shake up your style – don’t panic, we’re not suggesting you chuck everything and start from scratch (it’s only January – we’re not advocating maxing out those credit cards just yet!), but by adding a few well-fitting pieces, being braver with colour and thinking outside your usual style box (put that breton top down – you’ve got five already!) you can create a whole new look for 2020 and beyond.
Need a little guidance? Here, let the glam Dania Alzapiedi, personal stylist and owner of Moo Boutique in Tring take your hand and gently lead you in the right direction with her tip top advice (and some super stylish buys from Moo to boot).
SHOPPING FOR YOUR FIGURE
You might have once been told you’re an apple or an hourglass, but do you know what that really means in terms of dressing for your shape? Here’s how to do it:
Your shoulders and hips have the same measurement. Create curves by belting your clothes in at the waist or choosing skirts with lots of fabric – pleated and tiered styles work well and help to balance your top and bottom, giving the appearance of a slimmer waistline.
This figure has smaller shoulders and bust than hips, and a small waist. To draw attention away from your bottom half, opt for more detail on top, such as lace or colourful pattern, add accessories like lots of necklaces over a fitted tee, or try out the puff sleeve trend. Straight jeans are better than skinnies, too, as they flatter the bottom more!
This shape has a defined waist and the same hip and bust measurement. It suits tailored clothes and lower necklines. If your bust is bigger, you can balance it out with some wide-legged trousers or culottes.
You are larger on top with a slim bottom. Balance out the top with some bootleg jeans and add a plunging neckline which will visually slim down the upper half. You can also try a long cardigan to lengthen and slim, or accessorise with long necklaces for the same effect.
Blue is leading the way in the colour stakes this season, from rich jewel hues to light and bright. It’s easy to be swayed by a pretty colour on the hanger, but if you’re not sure whether a certain shade will suit you, hold it up to your face to see if it lifts and brightens your skin tone. And don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone – it’s the only way to break those old (safe) habits!
CREATING A CAPSULE WARDROBE
It’s really important to start by considering your lifestyle – if you spend 50% of your life in the office for example then that percentage should be reflected in your wardrobe. Once you have worked out your percentage then you can spend far more wisely and buy good quality items to suit your way of life.
Everyone has different work dress codes but if you have a basic wardrobe that can be dressed up or down it will give you the most flexibility.
My key staples are: a statement jacket (perhaps a biker jacket), a smarter coat (try Saint Tropez Tartan Fleece Coat, £36), some tailored trousers (wear them low slung this season), a pair of relaxed jeans, a smart work shirt, ankle boots (try Ravel Foxton Ankle Boot, £33), some stylish flats, an everyday dress (try Saint Tropez Woven Shirt Dress, £35), a good quality knit, a casual sweatshirt and a pair of on-trend trainers (try Woden Jane Trainers, £27).