We all want to feel good in the outfits we wear.
They’re our modern-day suit of armour – supporting us, protecting us and projecting who we are or what we’re feeling.
In this new series, we invite style experts to share their insider secrets to dressing for your body-shape and lifestyle, with a focus on quality garments and broad size ranges.
We’ve asked them for easy, on-trend, multi-wear options that last more than 1 season and flatter our silhouette.
- Simple, on-trend looks we can all recreate
- Styling tricks for different body-shapes
- What foundation garments you’ll need to start each look
We’ll also find out about their own unique style and share any extra tips for boosting confidence!
Yasmin Afoa @Yasminafoa
Personal Fashion Stylist | Westfield Stylist
How would you describe your personal style in three words? Effortless / Chic / Timeless
What’s the best style advice you’ve ever learnt and from whom? My grandfather was a fashion icon…I remember him always telling me to tuck my shirt in. The best fashion advice I have ever been given. This look gives any women shape and automatically gives height.
What role does lingerie play in your styling service? Since Simone Pérèle opened up their first Sydney flagship store in Westfield Bondi Junction, I’ve been starting every session in there! Being able to offer my clients a professional fitting based on what they want to highlight, support and refine is fundamental to building a new wardrobe. My clients instantly fall in love with the lingerie and walk out with the confidence to start creating their new look and a kick-ass wardrobe.
Yasmin’s 3 Looks
(Images courtesy of ANTONY NOBILO STUDIOS – Words by Yasmin Afoa)
Dressing with effortless style and confidence begins with the perfect lingerie that’s comfortable, well-fitting and luxe on your body.
My clients range from local mums to international clients, and they all ask for exactly the same thing: A confidence-boosting and flattering wardrobe that makes them feel beautiful.
They want to take the stress out of everyday dressing. My answer? Classic investment pieces consisting of basic colours. I’ve included a few in my mini-guide below to highlight some easy, classic options for daytime, sports-luxe and evening wear.
Look 1: Workwear
This look I’ve created is so sophisticated yet edgy and oozes style.
The box shoulder jacket gives structure and elevates the relaxed linen pants so you can wear them to the office.
I’ve worn a stunning all-lace triangle bra from the ‘Eden’ range which you can just see peeking through the neckline. Just a touch of colour and texture.
Dress this look up even further for dinner or cocktails with sky high heels.
I’m a minimalist so accessories are not essential for my looks. I usually just add a simple earring…..nothing to girly for me though!
I also love a good style-jogger to get me through all the soccer / netball / ballet runs.
Shop the Look:
Simone Pérèle Eden Chic Soft Cup Triangle Wire Free Bra – $89.95
Sportscraft Signature Luna Blazer – $279.99
Sportscraft Frida Linen Straight Pant – $199.99
Saba Shoes Kelsey Satin Sneaker in Antique Rose – $109.00
Elvis et Moi E’toile du Nord Earrings – $180.00
Look 2: Sports Luxe
I think all women would agree that permission to wear active-wear outside the gym is the single best thing to have happened to the sisterhood.
P.E Nation have some amazing colours that are the perfect fashion choice for mums on the go.
Black leggings have an amazing slimming effect, and come paired with some bold block colours to sharpen your look.
Funk it up by adding a leather or denim jacket.
I love being ‘hands-free’ in this outfit so I use a Willow Bay wristlet.
As for your lingerie – you’ll still require the shape and support of a properly fitting bra – crop tops won’t flatter the silhouette or provide the shape you want so find a new everyday ‘t-shirt’ bra with guipure lace straps and incredible support, like this Simone Pérèle Andora style featured below.
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Look 3: Evening
A gift to women of all shapes and sizes, ‘the little black dress’ hides a multitude of sins.
An oversized cape and a style-sneaker will get you through the day without sore tootsies, and for night you can rock a heel with sleek, pulled back hair.
Try slimming shape-wear and seam-free briefs to refine your silhouette without visible lines – or if you want your lingerie to accessorise your look, add a pop of glamour with a black-lace bra. A pretty strap or layer of delicate lace will only enhance your outfit.
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