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So Last Season

Styling the new season

Wednesday, 11th April, 2018 5:16pm

The time just seems to be flying this year and I can’t quite believe it’s April already.

I’ve been very busy with work, so I think that makes the time go all the faster. This week I was doing quite a bit of TV work in between personal shopping clients, which always makes things interesting although somewhat of a plate juggling act.

On Monday evening I was a guest on Cork blogger Sinead Hayes' new show on Cork Live, which is a bit like a 'Loose Women' style show where different guests come on and talk about various things.

The main topic of conversation this week was body image, and in my line of work, I deal with this all the time, so it was nice to discuss that.

Really, if there’s anything I’ve learned from styling both professional models and personal shopping clients, it's that we all have our own little body hang ups and really we should just be kinder to ourselves. It also made a change to be on TV and to just be there to chat and not style anything, which of course is always a bit more nerve wracking than talking about the clothes.

On Wednesday, it was back to styling clothes for TV with a quick trip to Dublin to film a few style stories for 'Xpose'. I was in the horrors setting my alarm for 3.30am to get a ridiculously early aircoach, but an early start is nothing a strong cup of coffee can’t sort out.

It’s so hard to style spring summer looks when it’s still cold and raining but, like any professional, I imagined myself on a cruise round the Med and got in the zone. While I’m on the subject has anyone else become obsessed with going on a cruise lately? I think the bad weather is definitely having an effect on me.

One of the stories I styled was a capsule sun holiday wardrobe, and with any holiday, there are always packing dilemmas to deal with. Packing for a sun holiday is so much easier than going away somewhere in winter, as you really have much lighter items that can utilise your suitcase space to the max.

I have been known to go on a sun holiday with just hand luggage which is absolutely achievable but takes lots of list making, preparation and a clear idea of what you’re going to wear each day on your holiday. For me, lots of easy to wear dresses and accessories are key to create cool day to night looks.

I’ve also styled a story on key denim trends and the celebs that inspire them, and no matter the season, denim is always a huge key part of our wardrobes. This season we’re experimenting with a different variety of fits and styles in our trusty denim jeans and moving towards more wide leg and cropped looks which are perfect for relaxed summer style.

I’ve also found the high street awash with denim skirts, and while the default may be to go more casual, with this fashion piece, it can in fact look great dressed up for a night out. Just add a logo tee, block metallic heels and a pair of statement earrings for a cool night time look.

Another piece I’ll be investing in is the oversized denim jacket which will do the job of adding a much needed, new season kick to your wardrobe. I have spotted a dreamy bleached, distressed boxy fit one in River Island and which would fit right in with my own packing for an upcoming trip to Budapest.

I should really get it in the interest of packing research!

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