A Wardrobe Refresh with Liz - Highlights

It's always an honour getting into someone's closet. It requires complete trust by the client, who make themselves vulnerable to possible constructive criticism, knowing they will receive feedback on once or currently cherished items with memories attached. For this reason, I don't take a Wardrobe Refresh lightly, appreciating the client's openness towards me and endeavouring to be as tactful and diplomatic as possible - but the client has the final say and I respect this should be the way!

When I had the opportunity to collaborate with the lovely Liz, I was delighted. The talented Owner and Manager of "Harrisons Carpet", Christchurch South, Liz requires outfits that work in with her busy lifestyle that are both practical and stylish. Her outfits must take her from a client's home, to client meetings and after work drinks. I knew from our previous meetings, that Liz had great style and I was intrigued to see how I could help.

In our Wardrobe Refresh session we discovered investment pieces that needed a mate, put fresh eyes on a new way to style outfits using accent-accessories, rejuvenated loved

favourites, that perhaps 'weren't quite right'. The result, we discovered that the best colours on Liz are warm autumn tones with a dash of spring inspiration. Styling with these most flattering accent tones in mind, you can get away with wearing almost anything, providing you wear your 'best colours' close to the face.

Love this cozy jumper on Liz. She wasn't a hundred percent on the colour but it's a vibrant red which suits her warm yellow toned skin. It looks fab as a weekend jumper over skinny jeans polished off with sharp footwear - these gorgeous lace-ups are perfect. A crisp white shirt under this zip-up is just right and makes the look 'smart-casual'.

Liz was unsure about this white top that has feminine frills on the sleeve and hemline. I suggested it could be cinched with a belt, worn to highlight the waist and give balance and complement one of Liz's amazing assets, those incredible legs. Combined with this stunning staple Andrea Moore cardigan the look is complete. Perfect for a Sunday coffee date with the girls!

I love this combo on Liz. The skirt had a matching Jacket that we thought perhaps was a little over powering as a combo, but the skirt could be broken up and paired with the winning crisp white shirt, and made less formal with this stunning high quality wool biker jacket. Combined with these funky boots Liz found in New York (that have an enlarged Marc Jacobs-style zip up the back)

it really makes for a fun, versatile outfit that could take Liz from meetings with clients to after work drinks.

This purple-pink shirt was a favourite for Liz, and it is a great style, but we weren't completely certain on the shade of pink - I suggested breaking it up and combining it with a scarf that drew in the purple-pink but highlighted the warm orangey-yellow based tones, peachy pink, vibrant berry red and bright autumn green. The result when combined with Liz' version of black (Navy),

a really warm ensemble that complements Liz' skin hair and eye colour


I had a wonderful time with Liz and hope she was inspired, I was!

Holley Ebony Styling xx

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