Finding Your Style


If I asked you, what is your personal style? What would you say, would you even know?

It could be classic, elegant, feminine, creative, sporty…. and the list goes on.  It could be a combination of style types.

So, do you know or are you confused about what your personal style is.  If you looked in your wardrobe, would it give you a clue or is it a jumbled mess of different styles. When you go shopping do you consider which style you want, will it go with other pieces in your wardrobe or is it just grab whats on sale this week.

You see, successful shopping needs a well thought out plan of action to create a wardrobe that will express your own unique personal style. That is… pieces that flatter your body shape and make you feel good.  When you figure that out, its easy!

Finding your style doesn’t mean you have to pick just one style. Have fun with it, mix it up a little until you find what suits you and what makes you “feel like you”.

Here’s my 6 top tips to finding the right style for you:

  1. Look in your wardrobe and decide which pieces you wear constantly. What is it that draws you to those pieces? Do you feel confident in them?  Are they flattering on you? Whatever the reason, this is the style that you need to look for when shopping. 
  2. What colours suit your skin tone? Do you even know? Find out if you are suited to warm or cool colours and look for that colour palette in your clothes. If your wardrobe is full of black, then maybe it’s time to add a little colour to it. It’s amazing what some added colour will do for your skin tone.
  3. Which women, friends or even celebrities do you admire. Is it their style that you find appealing. This could be the style you are looking to emulate.
  4. Realise that a huge wardrobe full of clothes can be all too confusing. A small wardrobe made up of pieces that will mix and match together with some choice accessories  thrown in will create a manageable and stylish capsule wardrobe.
  5. Try something different occasionally, you might find an unexpected gem to add to your wardrobe. You won’t know if you don’t try it.
  6. Most importantly… don’t buy it if you don’t love it.  If you have to think about whether you like it or not, then it’s probably not for you. Wear what makes you feel good every day!

    Follow these 6 tips and  know your personal style.

Media Release July 2015

As Mandurah and Rockingham business communities work hard to strip the ‘bogan’ label off their seaside cities, many local business women are also reinventing their looks through complete wardrobe makeovers.

Personal styling is not just for the young, rich and famous.

As Rockingham and Mandurah business communities work hard to strip the ‘bogan’ label off their seaside cities, many local business women are also reinventing their looks through complete wardrobe makeovers.

But as Perth personal stylist and fashion expert Julie Shaw said, “They’re not young fashionistas, they’re women aged thirty-five to sixty-five. It’s a new generation of business women looking to match their looks and personal image with their brands.

“These women want – or need – to stand out. So they’re after a more sophisticated look and to turn over a new personal image leaf.

“Because they’re in business, they want to be taken seriously.  They are looking for advice on how to dress for success. Having a personal stylist makes it more convenient for the time poor working woman who wants to update and enhance her look.”

Mrs Shaw said makeovers are no longer an expensive luxury only affordable to the rich and famous. Women from all regions are after quality fashion advice – but at a price that won’t break the bank.

“They want help with their fashion dilemmas, especially how to dress for any occasion. They’re also very busy. So they want to know how to put together a new wardrobe, fast.

“And many women also find it too hard to shop for clothes. In fact, some even hate it. We generally think all women love shopping for clothes.

“The truth is, many often find it such a hassle, especially when a woman is not happy with her body shape or find it challenging to buy for her shape. It can get very stressful and depressing.”

Mrs Shaw, who organises styling workshops to simplify the shopping process for busy women, said springtime is the perfect opportunity to discard unbecoming clothing and to update wardrobes.

“The new spring fashion collection is already in stores and I know 2015 spring-summer will be an exciting time. While some may prefer the minimalistic look, soft sorbet hues and washed out pastels, there will also be some strong colours for others. So you would need to know which colours suit you best.

“If there’s a celebrity you love, work with your stylist to re-create the look and to fill your wardrobe with outfits for all occasions.”

Mrs Shaw said workshops and one-on-one sessions with a personal stylist make it much easier.

“Women have quite a lot of fun at the workshops — they discover how easy it is to transform a wardrobe and to create a new sense of style. Some are there because they’re starting a new chapter in their lives. Others attend a workshop at the start of each season. But you don’t need an excuse to use a personal stylist.”

Mrs Shaw’s Enhance Your Style workshops are held at Helen’s House of Fashion in Rockingham. Participants can attend at an introductory price of $35 per person.

Workshops can be booked online at and are also suitable for team building for employees, mothers groups, women’s clubs and groups of friends.

One-on-one private sessions are held at the client’s home.



As a personal fashion stylist, I often get asked “what is the best way to organize the clothing in my wardrobe?”

I wouldn’t say that there is one better way. It really is whatever works best for you. Of course it will look neater if your hangers are all facing the same direction. It’s also nice if your hangers are the same type. Unlike wire hangers, the wooden hangers leave less imprints on your clothes, but do take up more space. The thick plastic hangers are a good option and take up less space.

There are 3 ways you could go:

1. Categorize
You could hang your clothing into categories’. Tops together, skirts together, pants and so on. This is the most obvious and easy way to see what you have and how much you have. However it may not help you to put together an outfit in a hurry.

2. Colour Co-ordinate

Some people like to colour coordinate their clothing. This seems a little too disciplined to me. But if you’re a very methodical type of person then it may just suit your needs. It will help to identify which colours you have and which colours you need to add to your wardrobe.

3. Complete Outfits
The 3rd option is great if you are always in a hurry or running late for appointments. Sound familiar? Hanging outfits together. It may not look as pretty but it can be a time saver. It can also remind you of your mix and match possibilities. Before you go to bed at night, grab your outfit for the next morning and hang it on a separate hook for a quick getaway in the morning.

I tend to use number 1 and 3 together. For the most frequently worn outfits, I like to group them together for a quick and easy option. The rest of my clothing I hang into categories. Every few months a tidy up in the wardrobe department will get things back in order and if you’re lucky you may find some garments that you forgot where there!