Your style questions answered

Welcome to a new monthly post on Styling You – Your style questions answered.

My aim with these posts is to answer some of the style questions that land in my inbox on a daily basis. I’m thinking that if one person has asked the question, there’s a fair chance that more would like to ask the same or a similar question.

Let me know what you think.

Style Q1

I have an occasion I have to dress for that is a bit unusual for ladies of our age. I have to attend my graduation ceremony for a Bachelor of Science – Psych (Honours) and when I say have to, I sort of have to. I would avoid it if I could (having already done the whole cap and gown business just shy of 25 years ago for Commerce) but you see I went and won the University Medal. So of course when stuff like this happens, the most important thing is … I want to look good. Catherine

Catherine, firstly … CONGRATS. Studying and completing a course is a huge achievement at any age or stage but coming out on top? That really does call for something new, I’d say. You want to feel comfortable but ooze confidence. It will be at a fickle time of year weather wise where you live so perhaps good to plan to include a jacket or longer sleeves. I wouldn’t worry too much about coordinating your dress with the colours on the hood of the academic gown as the gown when it’s on will cover most of what you’re wearing. Wear an outfit that feels great but has components you could wear again for a different occasion.

Outfit idea

What to wear university graduation

1. Trenery dress $149 | 2. Witchery necklace $59.95 | 3. Rockport pumps $169.95 @ Styletread | 4. Mimco clutch $179

Style Q2

I am currently going through quite a transformation in my business where we will be pivoting from just doing financial advice to actually doing seminars and coaching programs to empower people to get on top of their finances. This will mean I will be doing a fair bit of presenting, and in fact already have a few gigs lined up. I am a very functional dresser, and therefore to date for work wear primarily smart suits, with very little or none of my personality coming through. However as a speaker I believe I can no longer do that as I need to connect with my audience, many of whom are overwhelmed and even afraid of my industry. One thing I am trying to avoid is the generic female speaker look with black pants or skirt, white top and block colour jacket or vice versa with a feature necklace. It can often feel manufactured and not reflecting their personality or quirks. Pieta

Great question, Pieta. I firmly believe that speakers need to be themselves in their presentation but with a professional edge. I think one part of your outfit needs to have structure for that professional edge. I’m a huge fan of the jacket for this reason. By building a collection of them, you always have the capacity to take an outfit from casual to dressy. Avoid wearing a tailored shirt underneath, instead opt for a soft knit or silk and then contrast the structure of the jacket even further with either dark denim jeans or printed pants. I have a thing about always speaking in heels. I feel like I’m more switched on and ready to deliver a presentation that way. It may work for you too. They don’t need to be sky-high but just high enough to give you a lift. Accessories wise, I use my hands a lot when I speak so I like to wear a statement ring on my right hand. Like wearing heels, that ring helps anchor me to the job at hand. Here’s a post from the archives that might help too.

Outfit idea

What to wear when presenting

1. Country Road top $129 | 2. NYDJ jeans $219 @ Zambezee Boutique | 3. Trenery jacket $249 | 4. Diana Ferrari heels $139.95 | 5. Dinosaur Designs ring $50

Style Q3

I’m 50 and was a size 6 a year ago. Now I’m sitting between size 12-16 due to high doses steroids, I have double chin and look nine months pregnant. What is the best neckline to take away from my chin and how do I hide my tummy? Kerrie

Oh Kerrie, I feel for you. When we’re not the size that we’re used to being it’s very difficult to re-adjust our wardrobe so that we feel good about ourselves in the now. And feeling good in the now is what the aim is here. It’s incredibly frustrating to have the weight fluctuations (believe me, I know), but life is too short and we need to make the most of the everyday. Firstly, I’d like you to pack away any of your “old” clothes. You don’t need to get rid of them completely but you do need to put them out of sight. This post from the archives about shopping for clothes while losing weight may help as the tips apply when it comes to styles and fabrics you should look for. The key with hiding a tummy is more in the skimming of the area as opposed to wearing something that is tent-like in shape. And the ideal neckline is a wide scoop of a v-neck – these are universally the most flattering. And I say, employ accessories as a diverionsary tactic. Fun accessories can’t help but make you smile.

Outfit idea

What to wear if you want to disguise a tummy

 

1. Verily dress $129 | 2. Zoe Kratzmann kitten heels $225 | 3. Sterling & Hyde bag $129.95 (on sale, one left) | 4. Lovisa bangles $19.99

Do you have a style question you’d like considered for this post? Please email me: nikki@stylingyou.com.au

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  • http://www.sugercoatit.com/ Melissa Walker Horn

    Ooooo great post! Three killer outfit combos. It’s like speedy shopping. Such a win.

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      Speedy shopping it is – clickety click! xx

  • http://youmeandmisse.blogspot.com Ellie from You, Me & Miss E

    These are great Nikki, I’d love to see a “what to wear to a job interview”! I always get nervous about an outfit for this! Do you go professional/business looking or trendy and up-to-date?! Love your blog! x

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      In short, the business/trendy dilemma will come down to what type of office it is. You’re wanting to dress the part to fit in. Like you already have the job.

  • josstheboss

    Loved reading these Nikki, Verily and Trenery have some fabulous pieces for us women. So good. Thanks !

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      They both do, yes Joss!

  • vegemitevix

    Love the presenting on stage outfit as I need a few more ideas to break out of my black trouser uniform. Great idea about the ring and being short I’m with you on the need for heels.

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      I think jeans are perfectly ok for many audiences – particularly if you’re delivering on a weekend or after hours.

  • http://soniastyling.com/ Sonia from Sonia Styling

    What a great new monthly post to introduce, thanks Nikki! I would totally wear the uni grad and presenting outfits – particularly loving the Trenery and Country Road items.

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      Thanks Sonia! Some great pieces coming out of those stores at the moment.

  • fiona

    Thanks, Nikki. You have again managed to post exactly what I needed! I have changed body shape due to steroids (they also did what they were supposed to-life saving drugs) and had bought that exact dress last week! Love it and had great customer service. Have also bought another Verily dress that you posted. And your tips on business attire are always welcome as I have not worked in office for 20 years until now. Many thanks.

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      Oh I’m glad you’ve found Verily Fiona. Leonie is super helpful. And I’ve seen that for her new-season range you can order to specific lengths!

  • Christine Kardashian

    Love this Nikki… #2 is me and I love the combo of #3!

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      No. 2 is very me too Christine!

  • Annette Hill

    Great ideas – this series will be a winner Nikki

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      Thanks Annette!

  • http://www.styleandshenanigans.com/ Vanessa

    I’m loving all of these outfits Nikki but #3 particularly takes my fancy. How fab are those shoes!!!

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      They are fab shoes! I have in the black patent but might “need” these too.

  • Lisa Mckenzie

    Great new series on your blog Nikki ,I love what you have chosen for each woman and I will take those tummy ideas on board ,thank you Nikki!

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      Thanks Lisa xx

  • cilosophy.blogspot.com

    Congrats to Catherine on the Uni Medal – that’s a big coup!

    Nice outfits and would be wearable by most ages

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      Awesome coup I say too!

  • http://www.hippiemumma.com/ Jackie @ Hippie Mumma

    I love the way you lay out the clothes in the pictures, so simple and clean! PS I just read an article on Start up Smart, congrats on the feature!

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      Thanks Jackie – haven’t seen the article yet but will check it out!

  • Miss Kitty-Cat

    Am mad for that Trenery dress! I just wish it was more a blue red and less orange in real life!

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      I’m more of an orange girl … maybe it’s calling my name!

      • Miss Kitty-Cat

        Blondes can wear more orange! Because I am a brunette with pale skin and hazel eyes, I just feel all clashy in orange. Definitely blue toned reds for me.

  • http://www.shoppegirlsstyling.com/ Vicki | ShoppeGirls Styling

    As always, Fabulous tips Nikki.

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      Thanks Vicki!

  • http://www.applebeelane.com.au Sandie @ AppleBee Lane

    I love all three outfits but I do agree the Zoe Kratzmann kitten heels are divine!

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      They’re a bit of fun. Would be great with skinny jeans or cropped pants too.

  • Johanne Taylor

    I would add to the presenting advice that if you feel confident everything else seems to follow, so take the time to find things that really suit you.

    Love those Zoe Kratzmann kitten heels!

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      That’s so very true Johanne. And yes, I’m in lust with those ZK kittens!

  • Petra

    What a great post – thanks Nikki! Looking forward to seeing more of it.

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      Thanks Petra.