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Building your Ultimate Capsule Wardrobe for Summer

Posted on: July 27th, 2019 by Emma No Comments


Part 2 of my Summer dressing blog focussing on taking the overwhelm out of Summer dressing with my tips on how to build a capsule wardrobe for Summer

Feeling  a bit overwhelmed by your summer wardrobe?  Have nothing to wear?  Would you like to take the guesswork out your Summer dressing?  A capsule wardrobe may be the answer for you.

Take a look at my suggestions, designed to help you build your ultimate Summer capsule wardrobe that will have you looking and feeling good.  

Still feeling a bit stuck?  Take a look at my suggested capsule contents and adapt for your wardrobe.

Do you already operate on a capsule basis?  If so how do you find it?  If not do you have any tried and tested ways to master Summer dressing?  Would you like to try a capsule but not quite confident to tackle it on your own, you can always book my capsule starter service and I can help.  Would love to hear from you so get in touch or leave a comment.




Fashion Your Summer – Part 1 – Packing for Holidays

Posted on: July 17th, 2019 by Emma No Comments

Part 1 of my Summer dressing blog focusing on helping you out with your packing dilemmas. Top tips to get the most out of your luggage allowance. 



Does this image look familiar, are you always trying to cram your whole wardrobe in your suitcase?


Would you prefer your packing experience to look like the bottom image and not the top one?


Take a look at my top tips which are designed to take the stress out of packing

Follow these and you will be packing like a pro in no time. 

Do you have any top tips to share?  Or do you have packing dilemmas that need solving.  I’d love to hear from you so leave a comment.   Look out for Part 2 of this blog where I will be sharing my tips for creating your ultimate capsule wardrobe for Summer. 

Swim to Sunset – August’s Outfit of the Month

Posted on: August 8th, 2016 by Emma No Comments

Jetting off somewhere or making the most of the sun in the British Isles? One thing is for certain you need a wardrobe that can cover you from early morning swim right through to sunset, without compromising on style and definitely without lugging around lots of clothes.  As personal shopper at Royal Priors Shopping Centre, each month we select a look from the retailers at the centre – enter August’s edition taking you effortlessly through from dawn til dusk.

Look 1 – Swim

Built around this Marks and Spencer hot pink halterneck swimsuit. Not only a fab bargain at £35 but the secret slimming panel gives extra body confidence if needed.

Pick a swimsuit with luxe detail and a great neckline

Pick a swimsuit with luxe detail and a great neckline

Halternecks work well on hour glass figures and pear shapes in providing balance. However if you have broad shoulders, you can avoid the halter and go for a bandeau style, as the strap is detachable. This works equally well for athletic shapes who want to create some curves. The finishing metallic detail adding extra glamour that stands in for a statement necklace come sun down.

Base sorted, think about a stylish way to cover up from the midday rays and go for lunch possibly with a cheeky drink. I have chosen Jigsaw’s broken glass print blouse. The loose fit and elegant print are universally flattering.

Don’t neglect accessories – to complement the blue of the shirt and contrast with the hot pink, I have chosen one of Pandora’s double leather bracelets in electric blue.


Cover Up (and dance, well maybe)

Also in the cover up club are a pair of classic tortoiseshell sunnies, like this pair from New Look and to keep the look from being boring, Claire’s Accessories, “Choose Happy” baseball cap. Finish off with footwear fit for the pool and beyond, Animal’s Napa sandals. Throw your sunset look pieces (see below) and other essentials in Superdry’s sky blue tote and you are ready for your day.

After a fun packed day, thoughts turn to after dark, be it a backyard BBQ or an Ibizan sunset, its easy, with a few swaps, to change up your look.

Smart but relaxed vibe with these Jigsaw trousers

Smart but relaxed vibe with these Jigsaw trousers

Add Jigsaw’s Broken Geo Drawstring Trousers over the swimsuit. I love the combination of pink and blue and this works really well. If you prefer a more relaxed fit of trouser then Jigsaw also has a slouchier linear leaf pattern pair in a paler blue.

Prefer more relaxed go for these.

More relaxed version

The details are what really make the difference in a look like this. The colour and metallic in the swimsuit mean it effortlessly doubles up as your top.  Next add some more jewellery to your leather bangle.  Pandora’s Essence silver bangle with Hope and Spirituality charms, provide just the right touch.  Don’t forget a ring too, as its August I’ve gone for the August birthstone ring.


It’s all in the details

To finish swap your flats for these sparkly New Look wedges, although if you prefer flats you can stick with Animal’s Napa sandals.

Change up to wedges

Change up to wedges

Lastly tuck away your hat and blouse into your bag, keep those sunnies to hand though, the better to catch that sunset with.

All set for Sunset

Look 2 – All set for Sunset

Looking for a multi-tasking outfit to see you through your Summer days (or beyond)?  Get in touch to book your own 1 to 1 SYW experience, prices start from £45.

Capsule Colour

Posted on: May 18th, 2015 by Emma No Comments

Favourite moment of Cannes 2015 so far? Charlize Theron nailing it in vibrant yellow Dior gown, glam, gorgeous and very French Riviera.

Charlize Theron Wows in Yellow Dior gown (Getty Images)

Charlize Theron Wows in Yellow Dior gown (Getty Images)

Introducing a pop of colour into your wardrobe can instantly refresh and bring in the summer (especially with the unreliable British weather). It’s easy (really) especially if you use colour to underpin a capsule summer wardrobe.  (more…)

Capsule Wardrobe Part 2 – The Frock

Posted on: June 25th, 2014 by Emma No Comments

Probably not an item often mentioned as part of a capsule wardrobe but I think it should be, particularly for a summer wardrobe. Frock is an old fashioned term but just the word brings to mind a piece that is celebrates femininity and has a timelessness about it that means you will be reaching for it season after season.  Both things which in SYW’s book earn an item capsule wardrobe status.  I return year after year to a blue and white Fever palm tree print number, which makes me feel elegant timeless and summery the moment I put it on.

The Frock takes its cue from vintage styles particularly the 40’ and 50’s, not surprising really when you think that despite wartime and post war austerity, those era’s knew know how to give good frock.  John Lewis has recognised this as part of its 150th birthday celebrations by reviving post war patterns on a limited edition basis, my pick is this floral number   I am a big fan of the brands Darling, Emily & Fin, Louche and Fever who do vintage inspired modern frocks.  My first stop for a new frock are local independent boutiques Lilac Rose and Lily & Mabel stockists of these labels.

A good frock must be capable of being worn for all occasions from the boardroom to the ballroom and everything in between.  Changing its mood is all in the pairing of shoes and accessories.  Take Ted Baker’s tea dress inspired nude pink frock add flat pumps for that Sunday afternoon feel but pair it with high wedges and statement earrings and you are ready for the cocktail hour.

Follow the capsule wardrobe rules, spend as much as you can afford, give it a personal touch that reflects your personality (perhaps a quirky print) and pick the frock to flatter your figure.  For me pattern is what makes a frock rock, from floral to polka dot, who can forget Julia Roberts at the polo in Pretty Woman in the chocolate polka dot number?  Don’t be afraid of pattern, try these tips:-

Taller or curvier figures suit larger, simpler prints, Phase Eight’s poppy print dress is one to go for   Jungle print is popular this season and ticks the simplicity box, Dorothy Perkins’ tunic captures the essence of this print

Patterns should be used to draw focus to your best features.  For example patterns which get more detailed toward the bottom of a dress , like this maxi dress from Darling ,can help take the attention away from a larger bust.

Small detailed patterns and textures help in creating curves for those with more athletic figures. Warehouse’s crepe shift  and Oasis’ floral bandeau  do this brilliantly.

As for length/style the midi length is universally flattering and is the length right now. Try Fever’s 40’s style tea dress   A style that works on most shapes is the fit and flare – LK Bennett’s Annai  and Louche’s Gretta  really show this style off.  The trick is to adopt a neckline that works for you, wider straps or halter necks for broader shoulders, sweetheart or v necks for larger busts.  Higher flat fronted necks with detailing are the order of the day for smaller busts or pear shapes and thin straps and bandeau necks work well on athletic figures.

For our pick of the frocks See SYW’s Pinterest Board The Frock Follow Shape Your Wardrobe's board Capsule Wardrobe Part 2 -The Frock on Pinterest.

If you want to get your Frock on but don’t know where to start get in touch to arrange your SYW consultation.  Are you a frock fan or convert?  We’d love to see your favourite frocks, post us a picture here or on Twitter using #showusyourfrocks.


Capsule Wardrobe Part 1 – The Trench Coat

Posted on: April 28th, 2014 by Emma No Comments

I thought I would start my series of blogs on creating a capsule wardrobe based around some key staple items, with the hardworking trench coat. It’s the perfect seasonal transition item – Winter/Spring and Summer/Autumn. It also has a darker side, all those movie seduction scenes built around the wearing of a trench and nothing else! If you get it right, it’s a timeless classic that you can just grab and go with almost any outfit.

The keys to picking a great trench (or for that matter any capsule piece) are:-

  • Spend as much as you can afford, it will make a difference to the quality and also should last you longer. Remember capsule pieces are about more than fast fashion.  If I could stretch the budget my go to would be Burberry (a girl can dream!).
  • Pick a style that suits your shape –

Be wary of the double breasted style if you are a Strawberry or Hourglass (larger bust).  Instead choose a single breasted option or better still one that simply ties.   Choose fluid rather than rigid detailing for the top half.  SYW likes  Jigsaw’s pink fluid trench & Malene Birger’s zip up trench   Hourglasses plump for a shape that falls from the waist in an A -line, Not The Same’s Sandra jacket does this really well   

For those pear shaped among us you can go the opposite way and fully embrace the classic structured double breasted look.  Just focus on styles which emphasise your waist.  LK Bennett’s Boston in a timeless neutral and Oxford Blue’s tweed version achieve this.

Have a slim or athletic shape and looking to create curves?  Go for a swing shape in a bright colour like this orange one from J Crew   You can also adopt the classic femme fatale look of a longer fluid line that looks elegant and smart or casual all at once. This works well on those with a taller stature too, Zara have a very covetable and budget friendly version

  • Don’t forget whatever you choose, imbue it with a personal touch, whether a flash of your favourite colour in the lining, swapping the belt for a favourite scarf or adding that vintage brooch. Classic does not equal boring.

There are some great trenches out there for all budgets but don’t simply ditch your faithful old trench if it’s working well but simply needs TLC.  It’s worth the effort to get it re-lined, mended or updated with your personal touch. Not everything needs to be a new purchase. On the other hand if the style and shape is no longer suited to you, the investment in a new garment will be worth it. See SYW’s Trench Coat Pinterest Board Follow Shape Your Wardrobe's board Capsule Wardrobe -Part 1 on Pinterest.  for my trench coat inspiration or for help starting your own capsule wardrobe get in touch to arrange a Shape Your Wardrobe consultation.