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Style Tips from the Walk-in Wardrobes

Written by Jody Blackwood on October 25th, 2011.      3 comments

We've just finished the Summer rounds of the Walk-in Wardrobe with Westfield - and we've been everywhere - Riccarton, Christchurch, Chartwell (Hamilton) and Albany (Auckland).
It's an absolute ball to work on these and exciting to see them getting busier and busier as word of mouth spreads through friends and family. 
I had one lady bring a friend all the way from Papakura - and that was to see us in Albany!!
The way they work is a few days before the Walk-in Wardrobe starts we pop around the stores and selected garments that reflect the season and different body shapes.
Women rock up on the day (we're there for four days) make a booking to chat with us for fifteen minutes about what their body shape is and what to look for when they go shopping.  I love this opportunity to get women excited again about dressing, even if they take one tip away or start looking at things with fresh eyes then hopefully they'll have more success when they go shopping.
Some of the things I was asked about were following trends, take colour blocking for example, it's everywhere at the moment and looks stunning on the magazine pages, but is it as easy to translate into everyday life? Yes, although it doesn't mean you need to take that raspberry top and pair it with mustard pants and a teal jacket.  it could be as simple as working the top and the jacket back with jeans or a neutral pant.  There was one memorable orange jacket in Chartwell that I showed several ladies how to use as your nuetral foundation piece rather than going for grey, chocolate or black.  So for following trends its to no take things literally but to filter the colour texture and shape into your wardrobe choices.

Colour Blocking: Inspiration


Layering, is brilliant for the NZ climate as we spend nine months of the year dressing trans seasonally.  Cool mornings, warm afternoons, in Auckland there is always a chance of rain.  Which means we can add and subtract layers as the climate and activity dictates.  Layering also doesn't need to be 14 things, it can be as simple as a cropped jacket over a longer top and pants.  The trick is in the mix of fabrics, textures and colour which keeps it interesting.

Layering: Inspiration

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And lastly I talked about the importance of planning.  Time is precious as we get busy with work, friends and family.  So we need to make the most of any time we have around looking good.  The key to this is making a plan, so taking a bit of time each season to have a look at your wardrobe, make a list and shop for your gaps.  This will help you to avoid costly mistakes and extend the life of each garment. 

If any of you missed us this round of Walk-in Wardrobes we'll look forward to hopefully seeing you for the winter sessions.


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Douglas Ryan says ...
I feel like it takes a while to become familiar with Walk-in Wardrobes. I've heard that Steve McQueen has a walk-in wardrobe as well. He's become used to dressing up with ease.
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