Category: Stylist’s Soapbox…you have been warned!

2018 Pantone Colour of the Year…YIKES!

Ah, Pantone strikes again with yet another decree as to what colour we shall be wearing, painting with and buying for the coming year. Once again they have saddled us with a colour that – how shall I put this – you will slap your forehead over and exclaim “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot!”…(a.k.a. wtf 🙂 ) Here […]

Knickers in a Knot

Click here for a fascinating recent article: Young Women Say No to Thongs – NY Times The movie character of Bridget Jones made famous the concept of “Granny Pants” – largish, comfortable underwear that supposedly was an instant man repeller and therefore could not be worn by any member of the fairer sex until they […]

I Hate “Makeovers”! Part 2

As promised, here is Haley Freeman’s fabulous article: Hadley Freeman, Ask Hadley, The Guardian, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9GU. Why are women so obsessed with makeovers? Pete, by email Are we? Every one of us? It’s true, there are some days when I can barely get out of bed because my mind is […]

I Hate “Makeovers”! Part 1

As a wardrobe stylist, I have taken a professional interest in the art of the “makeover” particularly as displayed on our television screens. And let’s face it, this is not about learning “what not to wear” – it IS, like everything else on commercial TV – about entertainment. For you, the viewer. Not the hapless victim. […]

Fifty Shades of Crazy

The Fifty Shades of Grey phenomena may not seem relevant to a stylist’s blog. But bear with me here. Your image – and especially, your image of your own self – is a very important part of your style and how you show up in the world. Caring for  and loving the person you are […]

Blokes Get It Easy

Here’s a post for the man/men in your life! Years ago men would put as much effort into their grooming and attire as women did. Now before you start snorting with derision let me clarify – I’m talking about 300 years ago! Take a look at this picture: Now just how long it took this […]

Calling All Cows!

People often ask me : “what is in fashion right now?” The simple answer is “whatever is in the stores”! Right now you would have had to have been under a rock to miss one of the major looks of the winter fashion season: leather Which, to my mind, looks best on cows. But I […]

Would YOU Wear this?

As a professional style watcher I am always amused at claims of the next “big trend”! We were told just a few short months ago, that VOLUMINOUS was in. Big jackets, big shirts, big dresses. BUT consumers are not so silly these days, and refuse to buy the styles that should just stay on the […]

Death to Low-Rise!

In a fashion poll of 1,016 random Americans commissioned by 60 Minutes and Vanity Fair, as much as 64 percent of respondents picked low-rise jeans as the fashion they would most like to see die. Huzzah! Common sense reigns at last. Of course you may ask, especially if you are young-ish and low rise are […]

What I’m Really Thinking

Recently I met a lovely lady who received a Speedstyling gift voucher for her 60th birthday. Except now she was 61. After a year of procrastinating, she finally called me and explained the voucher was past its expiry date.    “Ah, yes” I responded, “all part of my cunning plan!” You see, so many people […]