We’re all Guilty of it!

Of what I hear you cry? Of wearing so much black! Yes, this bold statement comes from my observation this morning on the tube to work. As I peeled my ‘black’ coat off whilst sat down to reveal my very bright, slightly bold, pink jumper. I realised I was the only one on the carriage wearing something that wasn’t black, blue (very dark blue) or a deep grey. And I thought to myself, why as a country do we wear so much black?

Maybe we take comfort in wearing black and dark tones because we like to go unnoticed? Or is it because the weather, generally, is so damned depressing it changes how we feel towards our clothes. You know like, comfort over fashion?! However I am very guilty of this – my week will start with me wearing mostly black, then throughout the week day by day my items tend to get brighter or even tighter, which generally means I’m going out meeting friends.

Many clients come in to our studio and always say to me, ‘NO black please’ but then you show them a great evening gown in black, they try it on, love it and generally always leave with that black dress they tried to dismiss before they came in here.

Black is so common, you’ll hardly be picked out of a crowd, there will easily be a hundred black dresses at a function. People like to blend in. Some don’t of course, but I bet even those gregarious types like to wear black during the week when they’re not partying!

They say you can tell when someone is recovering from an illness because they start to add colour to their daily ensemble, which means they are starting to feel more confident with themselves and don’t feel they want to hide away anymore.

I like to try and make a point of wearing patterns or colour during the week, as I truly believe it changes how you feel about yourself. It’s so easy to just pull on a pair of black leggings or jeans and throw on a dark coloured top/jumper. But ladies you should try mixing up your wardrobe and start adding colour, even if it’s just a couple of key items: like a scarf, pair of tights, or your shoes?

Let’s not be guilty of blending in anymore!

Dressing for the winter (or should I say, preparing to step out of the door?)

We all want to look stylish and coordinated when we step out of the door each morning, don’t we? But, this may seem easier said than done once the winter creeps in. I have the greatest intentions (generally the evening before) of wearing something chic and sophisticated for the following day.

I wake up, and the first thing I do is look outside to see if the weather has suddenly & miraculously turned into a full blown summer, which of course it hasn’t. So inevitably, my inner senses tell me to look for the nearest and biggest (looks the warmest) jumper teamed with my lifesaver UGG boots.

‘Is there a way for me to style out wearing joggers to the supermarket? I’m too comfy’ commented a friend today on Facebook. Most answers were playful, yet ideal in this utterly bone chilling weather. My suggestion was to role up her joggers and put on a pair of those hideous heeled boots people seem to be sporting at the moment, clearly joking of course!

Back to our problem; Dressing for the Winter? Through, what looks to be a long bleak winter this year. Our aim, keeping warm, whilst remaining dapper at all times. Whatever the weather this season, snow, rain, wind and storms – here’s 5 stylish items one must never be without:

1. My Tartan scarf: very soft and perfectly matches my Barbour wax jacket (and it was only £1.99 from a shop in the West End!)

2. Chanel hydrating conditioning lip balm http://bit.ly/WKYWN0 Rouge Coco Baume – silky heaven in a stick, plus protecting my lips from the weather.

3. Black cable knit socks from Topshop http://bit.ly/10IBGEW perfect with ankle boots over normal socks (as my feet freeze!)

4. A nice thick jumper, I rarely leave the house without one on. See an example from Scotweb’s collection in Cashmere http://bit.ly/WL5drR

5. A decent pair of wellies. Harrods stock some amazing boots, like these Hunter Regent Savoy Wellies http://bit.ly/XxIcaA