Be Styled at CQ with The Style Trust

CQ's Elizabeth Clarke with TST's Nicole

I’m not a style expert.

No siree, far from it.

As I’ve gotten older I’ve found some key things that I like, look good on me and other people seem to agree.
But recently I was given the chance to be styled by one of Perth’s best, Elizabeth Clarke, as part of Claremont Quarter’s Bloggers Be Styled.

Shut the front door

Love a statement-necklace-mirror-selfie in Manning Cartell.

Quite frankly I have a major girl crush, not only because Elizabeth loves a popped collar and a rolled cuff as much as I do, but she knows her stuff and has a magical way of imparting knowledge and making you try things you thought were stupid. We’ll talk more about dropped crotches soon.

Elizabeth comes from the type of fashion stock that has me in awe… from working in the UK Vogue fashion room to styling for Elle magazine in Sydney. She has styled people like Princess Diana, Jemima Khan, Miranda Kerr and Vanessa Redgrave and worked with designers such as Philip Treacy and Kathryn Walker…sigh.

Dries Van Norten Derby Shoe from Adam Heath. I used to be unsure about these… I’m converted!!

Now we’re fortunate to have access to this uber stylish babe as one of the Claremont Quarter’s personal stylists. Yay!

As I said, I feel I have the core elements of my style fairly sorted. Over *coffee, I shared with Elizabeth my love of dressing with a slightly masculine edge, with blazers, pants, tees, dress shirts and Rag & Bone boots on high rotation in my closet. I also love a BIG statement necklace and am partial to a sequin.. or fifty.

Elizabeth showing me how I can extend my man-style to stealing my hubbies wardrobe.

But as with all us ladies (except those bopped on the head by the style fairy), sometimes I find I get stuck in the same pattern of dressing. I wear different versions of the same thing over and over and have about 12 white button up shirts in my wardrobe. True story.

Time to shake this us with some professional help.

Here are just some of the key things I learnt on my journey with Elizabeth:

• Dropped crotches CAN look good. Just make sure you wear them on your hips, they fit your calves and pop a small roll at the bottom to show some leg. They also look best with a heel to elongate your leg (this can be a wedged sneaker too).

Bassike drop-crotch and stripe top from David Jones. Love them now. Bought them. Own them.

• How to do a ‘pin roll’ on your boyfriend jeans. This tightens the roll and gives the appearance of slimmer ankles.

The pin roll how-to…

• My eyes were opened to all the other things I can steal from my husband’s wardrobe. In addition to his shirts, I’ll also getting my grubby hands on his bowties and ties. Sorry Russ, what’s yours is still mine.

• Rolling the sleeves of your tee, makes your arms look fitter.

Ways I can steal more booty from my husbands closet. Deconstructed man-style.

• Half tucking your shirt slims the width of your hips… I’d always done this because I like the scruffiness of it. Now I find out it has made my hips look thinner? Winning!

• Everyone should try a red lippy, the secret is to make sure it feels great. If it goes on dry or claggy. It’ll probably look it. I’m still getting my head around a red lippy.

I’m. Still. Not. Sure… thoughts? Getting some Ellis Faas lip-love in Mecca Cosmetica.

• Always take a pair of heels when you’re shopping, they elongate your legs and make everything look more in proportion. It could be the difference between not being sure and finding that magical dress.

• You say Bassike like ‘basic’…. not baseek. Nerd.

There were seriously so many things I learnt from Elizabeth and I can not wait to rock my hubbies bowtie with some new ‘deconstructed man style’ tips I learnt.

You can Be Styled at CQ by Elizabeth by heading to the Claremont Quarter website here or call (08) 9286 5885.

Thanks so much Elizabeth and Claremont Quarter, I had a ball!

Also stay tuned for Elizabeth’s upcoming book, the Modern Mother’s Holy Grail –  I’ll be first in line for that one.

Claremont Quarter is proudly owned and managed by Hawaiian.

* It may or may not have been coffee.


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Elizabeth and Nic… separated at birth… in Manning Cartell.