If you have never received advice from a personal stylist, but are curious about how to get the most out of your clothes (key to a sustainable wardrobe), this one’s for you. We grabbed some time with personal stylist Lauren Jobling to find out her top tips on personal style, and how she feels about ethical fashion.
Are three 3 ‘cardinal rules’ for learning what suits you best?
There definitely are some key styling tips that can help you figure out your best look.
- Learn about your body shape and what styles flatters your figure (read more on bodyshapes here).
- Learn about your colourings so you know what colour palette suits you.
- Step back and think about what you do on a daily basis and what type of outfits work well for your everyday life. You have to feel comfortable for you to be happy in what you’re wearing. A smile is the best accessory!
There is a lot of confusing advice about colours out there. Do you have a trick that helps you determine what colours suit you?
There isn’t a trick as such, but when it comes to what colours suit you, there are ‘seasons’ which indicate a good range of colours for you. There are resources online that can help determine this to see what ‘season’ you fit under.
However, a great idea is to visit an in-store make-up artist who can test some make-up colours on your skin tone to see what suits your face and hair colourings. This is then a good guide for what colours should feature in your outfit.
Any top tips for getting a lot of wear out of key wardrobe items?
Try to think of at least 3 ways to wear an item. Accessories are a great way of making an outfit different. For instance, if you have a white shirt, you can wear it multiple ways. You can dress it up with heels and jewellery, down with trainers and jeans and smart casual with boots and a skirt.
What are three things that every woman will get a lot of use out of, and for which it makes sense to buy great quality.
- A great pair of well-fitting, good quality jeans will be the best investment you’ve ever made.
- White tee. There are so many ways you can style a white tee, it’ll be the most versatile thing in your wardrobe.
- White shirt/blouse. Again, this is something you can easily dress up or down and is so easy to style. Effortlessly chic.
How do you approach styling the same item for different occasions, say, a blouse or a wooly dress?
Accessories play a big part in styling and they can make the same outfit look quite different. Switch up shoes. Trainers are a great way to dress down an outfit, whilst heels instantly dress up an outfit.
Lipstick is a great tool too. Add a splash of colour on your lips can instantly shake up any outfit.
Are there style ‘mistakes’ that you see often, meaning that women wear something that actually doesn’t bring out their best look?
I think some women like to hide their figures in baggy, un-shapely clothing so they don’t cling to their body. However, if they instead select styles that fit them in all the right places and cinch them in, then they will actually notice their best assets more.
How do you feel about ethical fashion. What’s your personal approach?
I always try to shop from brands with good brand values. Before shopping with a brand I always check out their mission statement and try to research them before buying. There are some brands, such as the ones you stock on Sheer Apparel, that pride themselves on their ethics and for me, it makes a difference.
Lauren runs the successful personal styling service The Wardrobe Doctor and helps women find their personal style.