As a I spend many hours reviewing wardrobes. Given the fact
that we only wear a shocking 20% of what we buy, frankly most of my clients
waste money. The buzz of buying translates into the unworn, there is nothing
remotely glamorous about this. Learn the difference between style and fashion
and wear most of your wardrobe until it wears out.
“Fashion” is last season’s sleeveless jacket. Hugely
expensive, but did you ever see anyone wearing this?? This is a non garment too
cold to be a jacket, too edgy to be worn often by most in public. “Fashion” is
also the here today, gone tomorrow looks that reinvigorate your wardrobe. Shoes
are a fantastic “fashion” statement and so are bags. Fashion should be fun!
We all need regular “fashion” hits but we should not pay too
much for them. Remember the 80:20 rule, and do not pay over the odds for
something you will wear only for a season or not at all. Buy the diffusion
ranges or the better high street brands and look to wear for 2 seasons only.
Sometimes we are all hit with a “I will die if I don’t have
that” and these instincts should be followed for sheer fun occasionally, but if you let them
dominate your wardrobe you will have nothing to wear.
Style is what you actually wear 90% of the time so spend
money here, buy the best you can afford and look to keep the clothes. A great
beautiful coat in your style and colours will last 10 years so simply buy a
more expensive one. The “fashionable” coat will last 4 months so don’t pay too
much, have fun with it buy a great colour, and look to replace it.
Find your signature style. Last summer when smocks were in
most of my clients bought them. These are now part of the vast unworn in your
wardrobe, along with the sleeveless jacket etc. Style should be items that you
love deeply that you will wear forever. Jackets, jewellery, coats, cashmere
should not be dull but beautiful in rich colours. Fit is everything, buy for
how you are now, not for when you lose weight, for example, as this does not
work. Buy beautifully cut garments that flatter whatever shape or size you are
If grey is in, and it does not suit you then don’t buy it. In
short, learn what suits your body, learn what style you are and buy clothes that
fit you. Baggy clothes generally don’t flatter and make you look fatter than
you are. Go spend your money on fantastic must-have shoes instead or a great
piece of jewellery and when things are in the shops that you love, that make
your heart sing, that really really suit you, buy them. These will form a great
wardrobe for many seasons to come. Aim to be beautiful and fabulous and you
Gabrielle Teare is the Leading London Personal Stylist and
International Fashion Writer, writing in London, NYC, Malaysia, California and
Pasadena. Gabrielle is currently ranked by Alexa as No 1 UK, 1 Europe and 3
Global for Personal Stylist. http://www.gabrielleteare.com