Welcome to Styleville
Hello, I’m Trudi Bennett, Owner and Personal Stylist at www.wardrobeflair.com, a Style Consultancy I founded in Wellington 9 years ago. I have a wealth of experience in styling men and women of every age, shape and profession, and plan to pass on to you some practical, no-nonsense advice on personal styling and how to wear the current trends.
It’s Autumn! And since it’s definitely getting colder my attention turns to the wonderful styling tip of layering. For Wellingtonians in particular, it’s crucial to know how to layer up for the many changes we get in one day. I like to break layering down in two ways. What I call ‘under’ layering and ‘over’ layering. Under layering is when you have a sleeveless top or dress and you pop a long sleeved layer – be it a merino, fitted stretchy top or cotton T – under it. This type of layering is great for getting extra wear out of a floaty or sheer top during the colder months, or showing off a great shaped sleeveless dress, which you can team with knee-high boots to get you through winter.
Over layering is when you throw something over the top of your current dress/top/shirt - often a cardigan or coat. This season my very favourite piece for over layering is the blazer. Blazers are extremely versatile for all ages, shapes and occasions. Wear them casually with jeans and they make your outfit look smarter than any cardigan would, or wear them over a dress or with a smarter pair of trousers for work. The reason they are a personal favourite is that they give the upper body great structure. They cut through broader upper bodies to make them look slimmer and give you a defined waist, which many cardigans will hide. Lose your waist, and you lose your shape, which can visibly gain you a dress size!
The photo below is one of my favourites from Johnsonville Shopping Centre. A classic lapel with one or two buttons, means the blazer will not date and you can enjoy many seasons of wear. A short blazer can also work well with an extra layer poking out the bottom, providing a little extra interest.
Jacqui E Katy Jacquard Blazer