Over 50s Lifestyle

Styling tips from an Image Consultant

March 13, 2018
Styling tips from an Image Consultant

Styling tips from an Image Consultant


Do you know your ‘fashion style’? Do you feel like you need an update on your wardrobe or ‘look’?  I know I do and I have a wardrobe full of clothes!  I’m sure I’m not the only one who looks in the wardrobe and despairs that I have nothing to wear.  Of course, that isn’t true but I have made purchases which I’ve never worn or are corporate clothes which I don’t have a use for anymore.

I really would love to start again with a wardrobe that is more suitable to my lifestyle.  However, I want a look that is ‘smart casual’ with a couple of dressy pieces.

In my Over 50 & Thriving Series, guest writer, Jodie from Jodie’s Touch of Style encouraged us to ‘Throw out the fashion rules’  and many of you agreed with her thoughts.

For a long time I have wanted a stylist to give me some direction so that I don’t waste money on clothes I will never wear and also reduce my wardrobe with classic pieces.  I was pleasantly surprised when I met Christine Blundell from My Private Stylist who had joined my Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond Facebook Group.

When I discovered Christine was an Image Consultant, I contacted her for some advice and also set up an interview with her to get the low down on what an Image Consultant is and other styling and fashion advice.

I took the What’s Your Style Personality Quiz and discovered my personal style was Casual Elegance, a mixture of natural and elegant (which I would totally agree with).

I also found the wardrobe pie chart useful because it showed me two things.  Firstly, I have too many clothes, many of which I don’t wear and secondly, my clothes don’t quite match up with my lifestyle.  I told you I needed to throw out my wardrobe and start again!

I also joined My Private Stylist and completed the section on determining body shape and other physical factors which produced ‘My Garments’.

So many tips and inspiration on getting the right look for You.

Christine is also offering a special deal for Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond readers, details are at the end of the interview.

Styling tips from an Image Consultant

Meet Christine Blundell from My Private Stylist

Styling tips from an Image Consultant

1. Tell us a little about yourself

I live in Tasmania with my husband and we have two children and four adorable grandchildren who live in Melbourne and Gold Coast, so we don’t get to see them as much as we would love, to but our times together are special.

I have always had a fascination with colour and style, particularly colour after I was asked to be a model to have a colour analysis by the then very popular Knitwit fabric stores, which I’m sure some of your readers will remember! I had always worn soft pastel, muted colours, but to my shock found that the clear either bright or icy colours made me come alive.!

As well as being an Image Consultant with Image Innovators, I have been a Nutrimetics beauty consultant for around 25 years.

I love seeing women embracing their unique, God given beauty and seeing them blossom into the beautiful women they are. I have worked with women in community groups and women’s ministry over many years, presenting workshops on colour, style and inner and outer beauty . For the past three years I have been invited to a local High school to work with year nine girls on Colour and Style.

2. What is am Image Consultant

An Image Consultant has the privilege of bringing positive change in another’s life by helping them to express on the outside who they are on the inside, by becoming the best version of themselves. The 3 areas we focus on are appearance, behaviour and communication.

I have very often witnessed women gain a new level of confidence and inner beauty simply by being introduced to their best colours and styles that suit their body shape.

3. What are your 3 tips for women over 50 wanting to update their style?

My recommendations would be:

A. decide on what look you want to portray, think about the person you are now and where you are in your life. Many women may be transitioning from work to retirement so your needs will be different than they were before. Ask yourself what message you want to send to others. Look through magazines etc and make a collage of pictures of clothing, Accessories and hairstyles that you are drawn to.

B. Go through your wardrobe and weed out those pieces of clothing that you have been hanging on to but haven’t worn for a long time, they are taking up physical and emotional space. Physical clutter is emotional clutter ( this applies to all household clutter, not just wardrobe clutter.)

C. The best tip I can give you is to treat yourself to a consultation with an Image Consultant who will be an invaluable source of assistance to updating your style. If a personal consultation is not viable in your budget then a great budget alternative is to do our online My Private Stylist program where you will receive your personalised detailed style portfolio. I am making a special discount available to Sizzling Towards 60 and beyond members until April 15th with a 20% discount code. Details below.*

4. I’ve heard of warm and Cool tones, but what are they and how can we tell what tone we are?

Warm and Cool tones refer to the particular tones in our hair, skin and eyes, with the most prominent being the tone of your skin.

Warm tones have a warm, golden or yellow tones to the skin and cool tones having predominantly blue/ pink tones. These will often be reflected in the colour of your eyes and hair. Many people can have a mixture of both with an undertone in their skin being one thing and the overtone being another.

Originally when colour analysis was developed they were divided into the four seasons, reflected in nature with Summer and Winter being cool and Spring and Autumn being the Warm, but over the years it was recognised that many people fell into the group of those who were a mixture of both, with an undertone of one and overtone of another, so the four has now been extended into twelve groups.

Often we will have instinctively chosen our correct tones, but we can be influenced by others who will try and steer you to those that look best on them. This can be a trap when shopping with friends!

Think about the colours that bring your face alive which is what the right tones will do, whereas the wrong tones will tend to make you look tired, or pull the face down.

A personal colour analysis with a trained Consultant will give you the exact colours that are best for you as well as a swatch of your own best colours. A colour swatch contains around 60 colours and is invaluable to take in your bag when you go shopping, as it is almost impossible to hold a colour in your mind that you think is the right one.

I have found this to be true from personal experience, purchasing a red top that I thought was my correct blue red, being a cool, but when I got home realised I had actually bought an orange red, suitable for the warm tones.

An experiment that you can do in front of a mirror is to take a top that has warm tones eg yellow, orange, cream and see how that looks against your face, then compare with a top that has obviously cool, blue/ pink tones eg pink, or blue and also white, to see which is the most flattering.

5. You are part of My Private Stylist, tell us a little about the company and its philosophy.

My Private Stylist is an online style program exclusive to the Image Innovators Company developed by founder and CEO, Ann Reinten and is unique and very detailed giving you an illustrated guide with details of which are garments best suited to your own body shape guiding you on which styles are a great match for you and which to avoid and why. It saves a lot of buying mistakes!

The motto of Image Innovators is “Dare Yourself to Shine”and our philosophy is that every woman deserves the pleasure and outcomes of being well dressed and that style is not about beauty, age, size, wealth or even fashion. It’s knowing and respecting yourself for who you are, and having the confidence and courage to discover and project your unique attributes.

6. What is your advice for looking “put together on a budget “?

Every woman on a budget can put together what we call a wardrobe capsule, which is 5 or more outfits that will all mix and match together.

  • Don’t shop without planning what you need first and only buy a garment if you love it and it loves you back and if it works with at least two other garments in your wardrobe.
  • Plan your capsule wardrobe with basic colours and then you can add a pop of colour with scarf, belt, necklace or other accessories.
  • You can then add to this capsule with other garments as your budget allows.

7. What is your ‘ go to’ outfit that always looks good?

I absolutely love tunics, worn with leggings or narrow pants and ballet flats or booties. This outfit is always comfortable and looks smart and you can add a lovely scarf or statement necklace.

8. Do we really need as many clothes as most of us buy?

NO! we certainly don’t! Statistics show that most of us wear 20% of our clothes 80% of the time. That’s an awful lot of wasted money and space in our wardrobes. There are several reasons for this.

One is that we hold on to clothes that no longer fit us, planning to lose that weight and fit back into them one day, another is that we don’t plan our purchases, but impulse buy, then when we get home realise we have nothing to wear it with.

We need to shop mindfully.

Another and very common reason is that it just doesn’t feel right on, not necessarily that it doesn’t fit, but the reason is it doesn’t fit our personality, for example you buy a classic fitted shirt because you love the colour or it’s on sale and you think you need it, but your clothing personality tends toward the more natural relaxed fit and look. This is why it is important to ask yourself all the questions I have referred to above

9. What would you suggest for a chic but comfortable outfit for travel or running errands?

I would suggest that ballet flats or loafers would be great for comfort and also ease of removing if asked to at airport security. Leggings or jeans are a great choice for comfort and can look very smart with either a tunic top or shirt and a longline knit with scarf. Another option would be jeans or narrow leg pants, white t shirt and blazer and scarf.

10. I want to throw away all of my clothes and start again. What would your top five items every woman over 50 should have in their wardrobe?

This can be a little difficult to define as women have differing needs depending on their lifestyle, but I would probably choose a smart pair of dressy black dress pants, a simple dress in either black, grey or navy, a jacket, good jeans or pants depending on your preference and a dressy shirt.

* If you would like to take advantage of the special discount of creating your personalised My Private Stylist portfolio go to christine.myprivatestylist.com and type in the discount code Sizzling and when you have paid, email me at chris_b66@hotmail.com and I will provide a license key for you to type in so you can access and create your style portfolio

If you would like to browse a Nutrimetics brochure clink on the link and then click on ebrochure. You can then email me at chris_b66@hotmail.com with orders and they will be posted directly to your address

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  • Reply Jan Wild March 14, 2018 at 08:45

    Good advice here; knowledgeable but not prescriptive.

  • Reply jodie filogomo March 14, 2018 at 09:11

    What a fabulous interview, Sue!!!
    I know i have way too many clothes in my closet, but I love each and every one of them .That being said, I am in the midst of purging….

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 14, 2018 at 10:01

      At least you love all of your clothes Jodie. I have so many that I don’t even know why I bought them at the time, so they have to go that is for sure. Glad you liked the interview as it is in our industry. Have a great day! XOXO

  • Reply Jennifer Jones March 14, 2018 at 09:21

    What a fabulous guest post, Sue. Exactly what I need. “Most of us wear 20% of their clothes 80% of the time” – that is me! My wardrobe is bulging. I’m ashamed to say that I even have clothes in there with price tags, that have never been worn. I”m now inspired to schedule a wardrobe cull next week. I’m now off the checkout My Private Stylist

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 14, 2018 at 10:02

      Hi Jennifer, yes I am exactly the same so that is our goal for this week! If you dare LOL:)

      • Reply Jennifer Jones March 14, 2018 at 14:14

        I accept your challenge Sue. Look forward to hearing how you get on.

  • Reply Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au March 14, 2018 at 13:43

    Well that was a really interesting insight into all the things I’m probably doing wrong 🙂 I think I have a pretty good idea of what suits me (and what I can afford) and try to stick to items that I can mix and match with what I already own. Finding a good pair of jeans that don’t cost the earth seems to be my biggest challenge atm – being tall and getting them long enough and NOT skinny jeans!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 15, 2018 at 06:57

      Hi Leanne, my problem is the opposite to you – I am short so finding jeans or trousers I don’t have to alter is difficult and I’m not the best at sewing. I found a pair of trousers that were inexpensive and to have them taken up was going to cost me more than double what I paid for them! It was interesting looking at the pie chart and style personality quiz. I really just want a simple, yet classic look and only really need casual clothes these days.

  • Reply Donna March 15, 2018 at 08:23

    Hi, Christine – Nice to meet you here. I definitely fall into the group of women who wears 20% of my clothes 80+% of the time. I greatly appreciate the tips that you have shared here and look forward to giving some of them a try!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 15, 2018 at 18:51

      My wardrobe choices have really changed since leaving the corporate world Donna so I really enjoyed taking the Styling Quiz and the Pie Chart. You should give them a try. x

  • Reply amy March 18, 2018 at 01:19

    So many great tips here! Thanks for introducing us!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 19, 2018 at 09:08

      Thanks Amy, I found some great advice speaking with Christine. Have a great week!

  • Reply Connie March 20, 2018 at 00:55

    Loved all the information I would love to have an image consultant, my problem is where I live it is mostly farmer/ ranchers so everything is western, and since I work from home it is all casual. Although knowing the colors that work best for me and having a couple dressy outfits would be wonderful. I am thinking maybe I should step outside the box and jazz up my “go to town clothes” with what looks good on me., even if I don’t fit into the look of the area, would be interesting to see the looks I would get lol. Thinking I would feel pretty good about myself if I did.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 20, 2018 at 08:43

      Hi Connie you go girl! I think you should step outside the box with your ‘go to town clothes’ because if they make you feel good it doesn’t matter what anyone else things. Let me know if you do and maybe post a photo to my Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond Facebook group – are you a member? If not, join us. xx

  • Reply Michele March 24, 2018 at 07:42

    I also have way too many clothes and then I don’t have the clothes I need. I love the idea of a tightly coordinated capsule wardrobe. It has taken me a couple of years to figure out what kind of clothes I need now- casual but nice would fit the bill. I have too many corporate clothes and on the other end jeans and T’s. This is an area i need to work on.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 26, 2018 at 09:34

      I can totally agree Michele my wardrobe would look almost the same as yours. I’m wanting something that looks smart but not corporate rather than just jeans and T’s all the time. I found the styling tips very helpful.

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