There is a difference between a shapely bottom and a big bum. Back in the day, women used to ask "Does my bum look big in this?" If it did, they would scream and change outfit. Fast forward years later, when the same question is asked, we want the person being asked to respond, "Yes it does, and it looks fabulous darling."
As a fashion stylist, I have styled many beautiful women with different body shapes, different complexions, different style personalities, and most importantly, different budgets. Through my bespoke styling sessions, I teach people that looking stylish isn't defined by the amount of money you can spend on an item but by how well you wear it.
Treasuring our clothes doesn't have to mean an end to shopping. Far from it! But what it does mean is not settling for second best. So next time you find yourself heading for a fast fashion fix, why not take a step back from the rail and simply ask yourself, is this item truly worthy of my wardrobe?
I believe every woman is different and has her own personal style DNA and therefore needs individual, personalised advice on how to create visual balance. I have always been passionate about giving women the relevant advice and the tools to dress themselves in the best way, to create a streamlined look using a woman's individual body shape and colouring.
The world is filled with young talented people who dream of making it in fashion. They want to be the next star designer like Alexander McQueen or the next star stylist such as Micaela Erlanger and dress fabulous celebrities. With the best will in the world, fashion school cannot teach you all the skills you need to be successful. Here is what you won't learn....but what you will need.
You can never go wrong with a grey t-shirt! So a grey t-shirt with a peplum hem? Match made in heaven! But I'm not going to lie, I wasn't so sure this would fit me all right at first. For t-shirts, I usually opt for v-necks as it suits me better, but for the price (a mere £13 quid) and fit, I thought to myself - well, why not give it a go?
When it's scorching outside, a part of me knows there's a group of very overheated design graduates setting up for yet another year of the New Designers exhibition. Whether it's purely down to the weather or just the 3,500 excited students in one building, the heat is cooled by the refreshing perspective on design that awaits inside.
This weekend I'm tracksuit shopping - old school Adidas tracksuit shopping, to be specific. I'm going all out for the classic three-stripe, totally man-made matching numbers that made such a lasting impression on me when the likes of Run DMC popularised them in the mid-1980s and have been sneaking into my wardrobe ever since.
There is always at least one venue at the bi-annual London Fashion Week that strays a little further from the main hub of the event, Somerset House, and insists on testing my time management and cardiac health.