I began writing at silverbrogues because I had a love for personal styling and finding that ‘style that works for you’. The styling that I love is not a ‘one size fits all’, it’s a ‘try it on and see what suits’. Unfortunately for us busy, working women, this is not what many of us want to hear!
In my wardrobe I have tops ranging from size 6 to size 18. I have multiple pairs of jeans and trousers ranging from size 8 to size 12. I have extra small and large belts – even my shoes range from 6-7½. What does that tell us? One size definitely does not fit all!
I used to shop with a friend and we always seemed to be drawn to the same items of clothing. We were both around size 10, we were similar height and we both hated our larger bum and hip area. The only difference we noticed straight off was the size of our bust – hers ample, mine not so! Off to the changing room, try it all on, and the items in my ‘no way’ pile were the items in her ‘to buy’ pile. Maybe the reason we are now still great friends!
But my point? We are all different – it’s not just about whether you are a pear or apple shape or size 8 or size 14 – you need to try it on! As far as I see it, you now have two options. Get a ‘uniform’ or spend a day shopping.
Option One – Get a uniform
I don’t actually mean a uniform of course, but find the key shapes that work for you and stick with them. You can go as rigid (always buy in certain shops you like, knowing a particular size will always work) or as free (know the key styles but try on across stores) as you like.
Once you have your key pieces you can mix and match or add a new item to your wardrobe easily. Of course I am also going to say to occasionally try something different just because you like the look of it on the hanger – it may not work, but you may never have got the chance to see that! And if you really want to mix it up, move on to Option Two!
Option Two – Spend a day shopping
This involves a bit of research too – do you have a style icon, is there a particular trend you love, what do you need your clothes for? Going into each store, look around with an open mind and try on anything you like. Ignore sizes, ignore doubts of ‘this won’t suit’ and just enjoy the experience.
If you are a hater of shopping, pick one shop that you think suits your style (this may involve a little online research the night before you shop). Pick up anything you think might work and bring it all to the changing room. Staff are always on hand to check for colours and sizes; don’t be afraid to ask them! I always suggest bringing a pair of tights with you to help with your trying on session – my first option would be 60 denier but you may be more comfortable in something else.
And finally, if you are only a wee bit sure, bring it home, try it on again (in front of a trusted friend is always useful) and it can be returned if it turns out to be a ‘no’ – or message me and I’ll let you know 😉
So here is your challenge – who is willing to accept?!