I collaborated with the team at Stylist Magazine on a time-laps video to demonstrate how to get red carpet ready for an event like the oscars. I was thrilled to get to work with the publication on this feature and reveal what typically happens in one of my fittings. Of course, working with the lovely Hannah (Stylist’s Digital Editor) on an Oscar-worthy look was an incredibly fun way to spend a day; the only shame being that we were all dressed up with no-where to go!
Watch international stylists get our star #Oscars ready for a night at The Academy Awards. Because as we know, the best part of going out is getting ready (just ask Meryl Streep).
Posted by Stylist on Sonntag, 26. Februar 2017
With the video now live on Stylist, I thought it would be useful to do a post on the key products that I carry around with me in my styling kit. I accumulate various products as I go, pre-empting the crease crazed dresses, the razor-blade soles and the magnet-for-fluff jumpers. With products ranging from toothpaste to tampons, mini razors to micro clothes and silicone nipples to spanx, I am fairly confident to state that I’ve now accumulated the perfect style kit; The panic button of my styling world.
Please prepare to be pretty un-amazed, these products will not make your heart leap into your throat with heart-eyed emojis! The solutions to our outfit dilemmas are all pretty mundane, but they will be ensure your comfort, dignity and confidence. With that, I give you me top nine style-kit tips…
NO.1 – SIDESTEP THE SIDE BOOB
Tit tape is a product that every woman should keep in their lingerie drawer to sidestep potential spillage situations. When certain styles put you at risk of over-exposure, tit tape is your ultimate protection. It works perfectly on flimsy fabrics and nervy necklines (AKA the plunge), but it can also be used to fix down blazer lapels and exposing button down shirts. I use Fashion Tape, £5 @ John Lewis.
NO.2 – SILICONE NIPPLES
When a dress leads you down the garden path and into a braless situation, silicone nipple covers are the solution. Please forget about the old-school nipple petals, due to their plaster-like qualities they can often be seen through sheer or thin fabrics, which is simple not a good look. I use Perfection Silicone Nipple Covers, £6 @ Missguided.
NO.3 – SPANX
Certain fabrics can be very unforgiving (silk being a front-runner), and so having the right pair of knickers to smooth out your shape underneath is key. I always recommend Oncore High-waisted brief, by SPANX (£55) to my clients. Although we all fear finding ourselves in that Bridget Jones knicker situation, these hardy and handy pair of pants will become a firm favourite.
NO.4 – AN INCH MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE
What’s the difference between walking in a Christian Louboutin 10mm or 120mm heel height? Your dignity! We all walk differently in heels, some can trot about town in towering heights, others (like myself) resemble Bambi on ice. Heel height is key to your overall look, there is nothing more uncomfortable then not being able to walk with your head held high because of your footwear. Make sure that you have your heights in check, platforms are always a great solution to the nervy-heel wearer.
NO.5 – BEING A BIG BABY
Clumsy? Despite being highly un-savy, baby-wipes lift last minute staines impeccably well and for that reason are definitely worth keeping in your handbag; Especially when wearing white. I use Wet Ones Be Fresh, £2.09 @ Boots.
NO.6 – ROLLERS
At a pound a pop, clothes rollers really are your closets best friend. The roller is a great way to lift any unwanted fluff off your outfit and make it look instantly more expensive. On that note, make sure to read my top styling tips post on How to Make Your Outfit Look Expensive on a Budget. Pick your lint roller up from any H&M store.
NO.7 – A PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS
All mirrors differ. Some agree with us, others do not. I always take a picture of my clients look before finalising an outfit. A picture will help you see how the clothes actually fall, it will help you choose the right hem-length, jewellery colour-ways, and most importantly see the fit of the outfit from various angles. It is simply the best way to see how an outfit really looks. I highly recommend.
NO.8 – BANDAIDS
Be prepared and keep a variety of bandaids in your closet for grab-and-go scenarios. My favourites are Compeed (£4.39) and Moleskin Role (£2.70). If you are wearing a pair of pain inducing shoes, make sure to pop a couple of bandaids in your bag before flying out the door.
NO.9 – STEAMER
A hand-held steamer should be acknowledged as a must-have item for every woman’s wardrobe. Unlike shirts, dresses do not lend themselves to an iron, and de-creasing a dress is essential to achieving a polished look. Amazon provide a great selection of portable steamers at reasonable price points.
OUTFIT NO.3 – THE FINAL LOOK
Did you enjoy the feature? As always, if you have any questions on this post please do chime into the comment section below. I’d love to hear from you!