ON FASHION: 10 STYLE RULES TO LIVE BY
  • September 13, 2016
  • Leticia Maciel Co-founder, The Inside Edit

     

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    I read recently that apparently every 0.25 of a second, a fashion blog is launched somewhere in the world. That’s just crazy, there’s fewer people having babies in some parts of the world!

     

    Having worked at Net-a-Porter.com in my previous life, first as a stylist and then in the Buying department, I do have some idea on what looks good and what doesn’t. Along with being asked where I get things, I get a lot ‘does this look good with that?’, ‘do you think I should wear this?’ and ‘what do you think of this?’

    I’m not really a person to follow for fashion per se – not in the traditional sense anyway. My daughter is my biggest fan at the moment, watching very intently at all the goings on in the wardrobe and in front of the mirror.

    But I love sharing my thoughts and ideas, and if I can help someone strike the perfect look and offer some inspiration along the way then why not. And with Zac on my case with “why don’t you share all your ideas”, it’s about time I do so.

    I believe that you shouldn’t have to change too much of yourself once you become a Mum, so my style inspirations are for everyone! I do think once your kids are off to school I think its easier to revert back to yourself a little, especially as you would have more time to yourself.

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    you shouldn’t have to change too much of yourself once you become a Mum

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    I am also a massive believer that style is in the eye of the beholder. A few things to consider of course are your natural complexion, hair colour and body proportion. I do see things at times and wish I could wear it but it’s just not me! There’s stuff you just have to leave out and the truth is we have to be happy with ourselves and embrace our features!

    A few things I used to say to my clients before even considering what clothes to wear…

    1. ESTABLISH YOUR BODY SHAPE

    This will make everything easy to choose.

    2.  CHOSE THE RIGHT UNDERWEAR 

    Everything will feel super comfortable and easy to move into after that.

    3. MIX IT UP

    If you’re considering following fashion trends, don’t forget about your body shape and remember to.

    4. YOU DON’T HAVE TO SPEND SPEND SPEND 

    I’m a firm believer achieving amazing style is not about how much you spend.

     5. BUY 2 PAIRS OF YOUR FAVOURITE JEANS 

    A must for me not only as a mum but as a woman, I own about 12 pairs – different colours and styles to suit my body shape and I wear them throughout the year through all seasons.

    6. DON’T OVER DO IT

    I like the idea of wearing just a t-shirt, jeans with a statement jewelry and trainers.

    7. ACCESSORIZE

    It adds a little glamour to your look!

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    8. INVEST IN THE PERFECT COLOUR LIPSTICK 

    I’m not a massive make up fan, I think we need to embrace a more natural look (unless of course you’re going out and it’s a special evening) but during the day I don’t ever leave my house without my favourite lipstick. Living In London you cant always trust the weather to brighten up your day so why not. Don’t be afraid to use a bright, bold colour either!

    9. DON’T BE AFRAID TO WEAR OTHER STYLES AND BRANDS

    You’ll be surprised what they might do for you!

    10. EMBRACE YOUR INNER SELF AND LIFESTYLE

    If you’re like me and a mum no point in thinking you can wear 5 inch heels to the park to chase the kids! Instead, a nice pair of boots with enough heel to give you the perfect lift.

    Stay tuned, much more on this to follow I promise! 

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