How to Create a Capsule Wardrobe for Effortless Style

5 Ways to Dress to Look Slimmer

A capsule wardrobe can be a brilliant asset to the 21st century man. Making effortless style easy to achieve, creating a capsule wardrobe will take the guess-work out of styling for all kinds of occasions, ensuring you always look the part. Also saving you lots of time and worry over what to wear, a capsule wardrobe is full of go-to outfits making dressing in the morning simple.
If you find you struggle with style, a capsule wardrobe could be the answer. Here’s how to create one…

1. Set your magic number

The first task to do when it comes to creating your capsule wardrobe is to set your magic number. This means deciding on the number of items you will have in your closet. For men that generally work in a small number of circles, such as work, casual socialising and occasional formal events, this may be as little as 14 pieces – not including shoes and accessories. For men that travel a lot, have events and meetings to attend and are generally more active socially, this may be more like 20 items.

2. Invest in versatile pieces

The key to nailing a capsule wardrobe is to invest in pieces that can be worn a number of ways. A shirt for example that can be dressed up or down, a jacket that can be worn for work as well as special occasions – each piece should be able to be styled in more than one way. This ensures you get the most outfits out of the smallest number of items.

3. Create a colour palette

Another essential element is creating a colour palette across your collection. This ensures each item works well together, but also offers lots of versatility. Your wardrobe should mostly consist of neutrals, but should also include a few items in colours that you like and that work well with the other items in your wardrobe. As a rule of thumb, choose ten neutral pieces and four colourful pieces.

4. Consider your lifestyle

Your wardrobe should be appropriate to your own unique lifestyle, and can include: casual items, workwear, items for events and special occasions and pieces for outdoor pursuits and sports. When creating your capsule wardrobe, sit down and think about how you spend your time and split your wardrobe up accordingly. Remember you shouldn’t need individual items for each area, and that items should be interchangeable and work across one or two areas of your lifestyle.

For more advice on creating your ideal capsule wardrobe and how to style each item, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

5 Ways to Dress to Look Slimmer

5 Ways to Dress to Look Slimmer

Many men would like to dress well and make themselves look slimmer at the same time, but don’t know how to achieve this. When it comes to styling yourself to appear slimmer, there are various simple tricks that you can put into practice for your everyday look and for special occasion.

1.Try small patterns

Sometimes plain fabrics in a single solid color can make men look bigger, so try a pattern to break things up. The same goes for big patterns though – they can also make you look bigger. Try small textured patterns instead, on shirts or fine knits. Subtle designs draw the eye in and distract and disguise problem areas.

2. Untuck your shirt

A tucked in shirt can highlight the shape of your stomach and draw attention to your waist. Where possible, go for a more casual untucked shirt. To get the untucked look right, go for a flat-bottom shirt.

3. Go for tailored cuts

If you are a little heavier set, it can be all too tempting to wear oversized baggy clothing. This will only make you look larger than you are, and instead you should try more tailored cuts. The key here is getting the fit right – if you can’t fit a thumb comfortably under your waistband without inhaling, or if you need a belt to keep your trousers up, you’re wearing the wrong size. Get your size right first, and then choose more tailored shapes to create a slimmer silhouette.

4. Try vertical stripes

Generally a well fitted suit is quite slimming, because of the single color and unbroken vertical lines from neck to toe. Stripes enhance this further, by elongating the body and drawing the eye up and down, rather than across. Try a pinstripe suit as your go-to for smart wear, or try a vertical stripe t-shirt for off-duty style.

5. Avoid contrasting shades

Colour and shade can either mask a problem area or draw attention to it. In order to minimize drawing attention to your problem areas and make yourself appear taller and slimmer, avoid too much of a contrast between the upper half and lower half of the body. If you wear a similar colour and shade all over, this will de-emphasize your waistline. If you do wear a belt, always wear a dark belt with dark trousers or a light belt with light trousers, to avoid a contrast which will highlight the waist.
Just a few simple changes to how you dress is all you need to enhance your shape, making you appear slimmer and taller. Try these tricks and see what a difference they can make.

Top Styling Tips to Make a Great First Impression

Top Styling Tips to Make a Great First Impression

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While we all hope we can rely on our wit, charm and intelligence, appearance is what initially shapes our impression of someone. Of course this isn’t the case for the long term – as we get to know someone our understanding and opinion of them changes, but when it comes to a first impression, looks are often all we have to go on. 

Appearance means what you wear and how well-groomed you are. Putting a little effort into both styling and grooming will go a long way towards ensuring you always make a great first impression, no matter the scenario…

Get your size right

Sizing changes the look and feel of your clothing dramatically. If you get your size too big, you can look scruffy and this can give the impression that you might be a little lazy or have poor attention to detail. If your clothing is too small this can be very unflattering and may even be distracting to those that you meet. 

To get your size right, get measured by a professional so that you’re confident with what you are buying. Men are all different and have different tastes, but generally tailored clothing that is the right size will suit and flatter everyone.

If in doubt, go smart

Knowing what to wear for each individual event and occasion can be tricky, so I suggest a simple rule – if you’re not sure, go one step smarter to be on the safe side. Dressing well and being well presented is never a bad thing, and it’s far better to be a little overdressed instead of underdressed. 

For example, if you are attending a party and you’re not sure how everyone else will be dressed, swap jeans and a t-shirt for jeans and a shirt with loafers. This approach will ensure you’re not over dressed for the occasion, but that you always make a great first impression.

Accessorise well

Adding the finishing touches to your look shows that you pay attention to smaller details, and will add a well rounded feel. For men accessories are a little different than for women. A great watch is always a must, as well polished shoes and if in a shirt or suit, cufflinks. 

Choose quality

A wardrobe full of inexpensive and low quality items could never match a wardrobe with a smaller selection of quality pieces. The quality of our clothing makes a huge difference when it comes to presenting ourselves to the world. Good quality clothing means you never have to worry about a loose thread, a missing button or sagging material. High quality garments fit better, look better and last much longer, meaning you can continue to wear them for years to come and they will still look great. 

When it comes to dressing to make a great first impression, think about what you notice about other people when you meet them. What do you like about how they are dressed and how does what they are wearing make you feel – you can translate this into your own style, to ensure you always put your best foot forward. 

5 Reasons Why You Should Hire an Image Consultant

5 Reasons Why You Should Hire an Image Consultant

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For men, working with an image consultant can be completely life changing. From taking the guesswork out of fashion, to boosting confidence to achieve greater success, here are five reasons why you might consider hiring an image consultant…

1. Boost your confidence

Clothing plays a huge role in how we feel about ourselves and our attitude each and every day. Over a lifetime, your confidence can make a huge difference to the success and happiness that you experience. Sometimes just dressing well can completely transform how you feel about yourself and your ability to follow and achieve your dreams.

Working with an image consultant is a great way to boost your confidence. This isn’t a short-term fix either – in dressing well each and everyday, you can set yourself up well to take on every challenge that life throws at you, and make the most of the opportunities that arise. 

2. Ensure you’re always appropriately dressed

Working with a professional image consultant will take the guesswork out when it comes to getting ready for specific events and occasions. Many of us spend a lot of time worrying about what’s appropriate to wear to certain occasions, such as a wedding, a date, a casual business meeting or a networking event. 

As a personal stylist, I have a thorough understanding of what’s appropriate for different occasions, as well as how what you wear can influence how people feel about you. At a dinner with potential life partner you might want to ensure that you make an impression of being warm, open and approachable person. At a casual meeting you might want to come across as relatable but knowledgeable and professional – working with a personal stylist ensures that you make a great impression, no matter the occasion. 

3. Make sound investments

So many of us waste a lot of money over the years on clothing and accessories that we never even wear, or that just don’t work for us. Working with an image consultant is a lifelong investment to ensure you’re dressing for the lifestyle you want, while also not wasting money on clothing that doesn’t suit you or communicate who you are or aspire to be. In investing in this service, you can cut out the waste, instead looking and feeling great every day wearing quality pieces that work for you. 

4. Spend more time on what really matters

It’s all too easy to waste hours on end shopping, trawling through product listings online, and worrying over what to wear. Our service saves you precious time, so that you can get on with what really matters to you. From closet organization and personal styling to personal shopping, we can take care of everything for you. All you have to do is get dressed in the morning in pieces that have been specially selected for you, and get on with your day.  

5. Make the most of your assets

While we all try our best to look presentable each day, few of us fully understand our assets and how to enhance these. This doesn’t just refer to your looks either, clothing can also be used to enhance your personality and skills. Through years of experience, I have learnt to use clothing to enhance each individuals’ assets, such as using clothing to make you look slimmer, to compliment your skin tone, and to make you appear approachable yet respectable and intelligent. 

As you can see, there are many reasons why you might consider working with an image consultant. Not just about looks, my services are specifically designed to help you meet certain goals, such as getting your dream job or simply allowing you to spend more time with your family. Find out more about my services here.