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I’m asked time after time “ how can I make this dress do everything “! There are ways and means of dressing up, and down, any dress, the solution is accessories! I believe our clothes should work for their money - so one outfit should be able to be worn for several occasions - work , date night, coffee with the girls, or even just a drink at the pub!

Let's start with a basic LBD (little black dress) Ok, so black may not be your colour - but you could try a dark rich brown, navy, or grey. Choose the colour that compliments your skin tone. (I’ll be talking about colour in the next few months.)

Now, if we add to that dress a pair of pearl earrings, and a pearl necklace, there is a classic outfit that would take you to the best restaurant or cocktail do. If you find classic pearls too dated for you - then check out these from John Lewis. Audrey Hepburn looked fabulous in the film, Breakfast at Tiffany’s and the look has never dated.

They will be so useful -wear the with jeans and a t-shir ,or a shirt, but there will be similar ones out there.

If you decide to go for statement earrings, then choose an understated necklace - perhaps just a plain chain. You can’t go wrong with a single diamond (or similar !) or pearl, on a chain

These gorgeous earrings are from a selection from Jaeger - and they look fab, but either leave your necklace at home or just wear a fine chain.

Be aware that if a piece is too big, it may swamp a petite frame. Think proportion.

Necklaces don’t have to be short - try a long necklace, and aim for it to end just below the bust line.

This one is from Hobbs, but there are many similar ones out there. Stick with silver if you are cool-toned and gold if you are warm-toned. This would be a useful addition to any jewellery wardrobe.

Apart from jewellery, scarves, handbags and shoes are all classed as accessories - as you know, I love my nude court shoes - they go with everything. But if you’re wearing opaque or fine black tights black shoes look elegant, but there’s nothing to stop you choosing red, blue, or even metallic shoes, depending on how you feel

Handbags don’t necessarily have to match shoes - sometimes a shoe and handbag match can look as if you’ve tried too hard.

Personally I find a small handbag a real challenge - I seem to want to carry everything - just in case. Again, think proportion if you are petite, a large bag will overpower you.

But for those special occasions, I do manage to keep everything to a minimum. I even have a special purse just for my small bags, and keep my larger one for everyday use.

Don’t like sleeveless? You could try a floaty kimono, or an open shirt worn as a coat or jacket over the top of the dress.

Go on - have a play with the accessories you already have, and check out the stores, many high street fashion boutiques now stock inexpensive jewellery, and it really can make a difference, and make that LBD go a lot further in your wardrobe.


Let’s look fabulous!

Don’t forget, if you would like any help with your wardrobe, book a call

Love Chris x

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