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I have recently bought a pair of beige patent leather shoes and love them, and I love the fact that they were on special even more!  It was to my dismay, that when I last went to wear them, I found a brown scuff mark on the side of one of them.  The problem is that the scuff mark is quite noticeable.  So how to remove the mark?  I have done some research and found the following tips for cleaning patent leather shoes.

Soap and water.  Use a soft cloth to remove the mark Nail polish remover – the non-acetone kind.  Use a cotton bud to dip into the nail polish and gently rub the mark off.  I would recommend testing in an inconspicuous spot first to ensure it does not mark your shoes Mineral oil or petroleum jelly.  Apply with a soft cloth and rub the area until clean.  I even saw a reference to vegetable oil on place of mineral oil

I tried all three and found the nail polish remover the best for removing smaller black spots on the shoes.  None however were successful in removing the scuff mark.  I think the mark was a result of the shoes rubbing against another pair and the brown shoe polish transferring to the patent leather shoes.  If anyone has any great ideas on how to remove scuff marks on patent leather shoes, I would love to hear about them.

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Hats come in all forms and there is a hat style for everyone, you just need to know what you are looking for and what suits you.  Like all clothes and accessories, it has to work with the rest of your outfit to look good.  Before you buy a hat consider:

What you are going to wear it with.  Will the colour and style go with the clothes in your wardrobe?  Can you wear it with more than one outfit? Where are you going to wear it?  If it is for everyday wear, keep it simple.  This way it is easy to wear with different tops, pants and dresses.  If it is for a special occasion then have an outfit in mind or at least the colours that will match.  Whether you buy the hat to match the outfit or the outfit to match the hat, check the colours and styles complement each other. Is it appropriate for the occasion you plan to wear it?  Does it suit your lifestyle and dress personality?

If you are going to invest in a hat you want to get wear out of it.  Look at the colours in your wardrobe and chose a hat in one of the colours you wear most often.  Like all clothes and accessories, if you don’t love it, don’t buy it.

Think about the image you want to project when wearing the hat.  Dress personality will pay a large part in your decision process; just make sure you feel comfortable when wearing the hat.  The right hat will make you feel a million dollars when wearing it.

Try on more than one hat.  Often you need to try on different styles to find the best one for you.  Experiment with a few styles and try them on at different angles.  You may be surprised at what looks good on you.

Make sure the hat fits.  If it is too small or big you won’t wear it.

Keep your hat in proportion to you.  For those who are not blessed with much height, look for close fitting hats with shallow crowns and small brims that draw attention upward to your face.  Avoid deep or high crowns and stay away from big, full brimmed hats as they tend to overwhelm you.  For those who are more full figured, look for hats with irregular brims that draw the eye up and give you balance.

A hat expresses you.  It is your message to the world and reflects your mood and image.  Look for hats that enhance who you are, not what you aren’t.

See our Photo Gallery for ideas on how to wear hats.

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The Fall/Winter 2013/2014 fashion shows have given us plenty to think about.  The trends on the runways were varied with Giorgio Armani’s chic and elegance to Alexander McQueen’s Elizabethan styles and funky tartans by Junya Watanabe.  What we love is that so many designers used hats and headpieces to complete their collections.

We have put together some of our favorite styles on Pinterest.  Have a look and let us know which styles are your favourite.

Colour

This season has given us plenty of colour choices. For some collections the colours seem a lot more muted and neutral with greys, soft blues, black, browns and white but we are still seeing reds, bright blues, greens, pinks and gold.

Prints and Patterns

Prints and patterns play a big part this season with animal prints, checks, floral, tartans, tweeds, rich brocades, sequins and textures used.  There is a mixture of bold and bright patterns and more neutral colours in the checks, plaids and tartans.

While prints were often layered together to create maximum impact, you can make this look work by selecting one print as your staple piece.  There are some beautiful coats and jackets to choose from.

Fur was also incorporated into many of the collections from hats, to trims on jackets, dresses and coats.  Other designers used them as wraps and in place of scarves.

For textures this season think fur, leather, sequins, beading and metallic shine.

Styles

The military style is back and includes coats, jackets, pants and capes.  Many of the coat styles are oversize and boxy with large lapels or capes.

The classic coat style was popular.  We love the simple dress styles with gorgeous textures and patterns of Collette Dinnigan and Dolce and Gabbana, along with the pant and top options of Giorgio Armani and Christian Dior.

The skirt suit also featured with strong and feminine lines, textured and edgy jackets.

 Accessories

The pointy toed shoes are back from pumps to boots to flats.  Expect to see a lot of boots!

Hats, one of our favourite accessories this season, were seen in many of the collections, including Emporio Armani, Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauran and Junya Watanabe.  There were lots of berets, knitted beanies or caps, felt hats, fur hats, sailor caps, cloches, head wraps and floppy fedora styles. This season, don’t restrict hat wear to the races, try wearing a beret, cloche, knit or felt hat to give your look the added wow factor or add chic to your street wear.

Handbags and clutches were much more slim and structured.  They are smaller and more proportioned and handheld rather than over the shoulder.  Gone are the big and bold looks from summer.

Image sourced from www.style.com (Giorgio Armani Ready to Wear 2013)

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Let me tell you about one of the best-kept secrets in style and fashion.  Accessories!  They are one of the easiest, quickest and cheapest ways to update your wardrobe and make a difference to your clothes.  They dress up a plain outfit, make your outfit look expensive and allow you to create your own style.  Accessories can also help to hide and draw attention away from features we don’t want to highlight.

Your outfit can go from ordinary to amazing when you add the correct accessories.  If you keep your outfit plain and simple, most accessories are easy to match.  Better still, if you keep your accessory colours and metal tones within your colour pallet you will find it even easier to mix and match them with different outfits.  Be careful not to add too many colours in your accessories, keep it to 2 or 3 maximum.

You can accessorize by adding a handbag or a pair of shoes in a different colour.  Get creative with some costume jewellery or try wearing a hat to add a little bit of flare to your outfit.  Hats are great in both summer and winter and for those bad hair days.  When you wear the right hat style you feel a million dollars.

Instead of always wearing a necklace, try wearing a scarf or pashmina.  They are a great way to add some colour to your outfit and a pashmina can often be used instead of a jacket or coat.  They are very versatile and unlike bulky coats, they fold away easily.  Learn a few basic scarf tying tips to create different looks.

Pearls go with everything and can dress up a casual outfit without any effort at all.  They are the accessory that is appropriate for daytime and will instantly take your outfit into the evening.

Avoid the temptation to wear all your jewellery at once.  If you wear large, dangling earrings, match them with a bracelet rather than a necklace.  The combination of big earrings and big necklaces often creates clutter.  Alternatively keep your earrings simple and add a necklace to draw attention to your face.  The idea is to look chic and not that you have tried to wear everything all at the same time.

When accessorising remember that less often gives more of a positive impact, especially in a more traditional work environment.  The more conservative your work environment, the more conservative your accessories should be.  A good quality watch and pearl or stud earrings go a long way.

Different accessories can turn one outfit into several different ones without having to purchase new clothes.  Accessories provide a means to stay within your budget, allow you to add to your wardrobe every season and get more wear out of your clothes.

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This week Jockey TV visited a top professional football club, Leeds United, with young apprentice jockey, George Chaloner. George is a graduate of Northern Racing College. He also won a highly prized sprint race, the Goodwood Stewards’ Sprint Stakes last August on Johannes at 22/1. George joined the football squad and demonstrated his footballing skills by scoring a few goals.  George was kitted out by the Leeds club and they also kindly donated a signed football for the Injured Jockeys Fund.

Jockey TV also interviewed Leeds football manager, Neil Warnock, who spoke about his affection for racing and respect for jockeys.

See the show plus photos of Izziana Image millinery at www.jockeytv.net

Izziana Image is the proud sponsor of Jockey TV – the essence of what being involved in equine sport is all about. Izziana Image supports the fashion side of Jockey TV and writes articles for the Jockey TV blog.

 

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We are all time poor these days and often juggle multiple tasks and projects so I am sure you don’t have time in the morning to waste on deciding what to wear.  In fact, I am certain you have much better things to spend your time on and who wants the stress of trying to create outfits every day that look good?

Good news!  By spending a little bit of time up front you can create a functional wardrobe that works with your lifestyle and saves you time, money and energy.  A functional wardrobe contains clothes that suit you and that mix and match so it is easy to put an outfit together and walk out your front door looking and feeling good.  Our presentation counts and it is an important part of who we are.  Like it or not, people judge you by what you wear.

The colour of our hair, eyes and skin along with body shape and dress personality all influence our style and what clothes, accessories and makeup look good on us and make us feel confident.  You can create a functional wardrobe by building it around the colours and styles that suit your body line, face shape and colouring.  Why waste money on clothing that does nothing for you?  You not only waste money but you feel drab when wearing them and loose self-confidence.

Create a functional wardrobe in 5 easy steps:

Work out what your hair, eye and skin tones are.  What colours compliment these tones and look good on you? Build your wardrobe around these colours and you will always have something to wear.  Those with warmer skin, eye and hair tones for example, will look good in warmer colours as the cooler colours conflict with these tones and wash you out.  The opposite applies if you have cool eye, skin and hair tones.  You will look great in cool colours to match your cool undertones.   This applies to your makeup too.  Choose colour tones that compliment you and enhance your natural beauty.  Nothing stands out like the wrong foundation colour. Identify your bodyline and select clothing and accessories in the same lines.  Are you a straight or do you have a few more curves?  The goal is to ensure that your clothing looks like a natural extension of you.  Use clothes to camouflage what you want to hide and highlight what you want others to see.  Continue to build your wardrobe with these styles, remembering your best colours. Check the lengths of your jackets, skirts and dresses.  Anything that stops in the widest part of your body instantly adds pounds.  Remove these from your wardrobe and replace with much more flattering lengths. Follow your dress personality.  We are all different so don’t feel the need to wear something just because is it in fashion.  Choose clothes that express your personality and tailor your dress personality to the occasion so your outfit is appropriate for the event. Remember Fashion fades, style stays! Once you have identified the above, adjust your shopping habits so you buy clothes that flatter and keep your look current.  Shopping will become easier because you know what suits you.  This way you will always have a functional wardrobe that you don’t have to think about.

Please contact Izziana Image if you would like help with creating a functional wardrobe or developing your Personal Style strategy.  You can be confident of looking your best regardless of the occasion.

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This season the hat has become the new fashion accessory to complete your look. The Spring/Summer season saw the likes of Georgia Armani, Ralph Lauren, Vivienne Westwood and Saint Laurent all using hats or headpieces in their collections.  It was inspiring to see that most fashion shows in New York, Paris and London had hats or headpieces and we hope the hat is here to stay!

While we are great believers you should choose styles that suit you over fashion trends, it is important not to get stuck in a style rut and wear the same hat over and over.  There are some fabulous hat styles to choose from at the moment so get inspired with some of this season’s hat trends.

The cloche continues to be a favourite.  It generally has a round crown, little or no brim and is worn well down on the forehead.  It is a very feminine style that is easy to wear with dresses, skirts and jackets. The cloche is one of those hat styles that suits most face shapes so next time you are not sure about what hat style to choose, try on a cloche.

The fedora or trilby styles are another popular choice and are great for males and females to give an edgy look.  It has a high indented crown with a brim.  The trilby generally has a shorter brim where the front is angled down and the fedora generally has a wider, more levelled brim.  Both styles can be worn with both jeans and pants so depending on the occasion, dress up or dress down with a fedora or trilby and look fabulous.

Top hats have become trendy and while they are not as widely worn as the fedora style, they make a great evening hat that can be worn by both males and females with pants or dresses.  As with all hats, keep the focus on the hat and the outfit simple so as not to overdo the top hat look.

The pill box was made famous by Jackie Kennedy Onassis.  It is a small round or square brimless hat.  It can be worn as a bridal piece, to the races, to cocktail parties or every day wear and we love it for its femineity.

The gaucho style was seen in the Ralph Lauren Spring/Summer collection in beautiful colours.  They generally have a flat crown and brim.  The style works well with dresses, pants, skirts and jackets. Try one in a bright colour.

Berets never really seem to go out of style.  It is a soft, round hat with a flat crown that it best worn to one side of the head.  Its softness allows you to shape it the way you want.  They are perfect for the winter months to keep the head warm while still looking good.

These styles offer great versatility as they can be worn in both winter and summer, depending on the materials they are made out of. Choose felt and heavy materials for winter and straw and light materials for summer. The best thing about many of these hats is that you are not just restricted to wearing them to the races.  They can be worn to other social and sporting events to add that extra element to your outfit.

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You probably have a strategy or plan for your career, finances or business but do you have a strategy for your image?  Have you thought about what your style means and where you want it to take you?   A clearly defined image will increase your happiness and wellbeing, save you time and help you achieve your goals in life.

Your image tells a story about you, it gives those around you visual clues as to what personality you are.   It is worth taking a few moments to think about what this means for your personal and professional life and how you can ensure your image tells the story you want others to see.

1.    Your image is more than just what you wear

 As soon as your step outside your door, you are on view to everyone around you.  Many people struggle to identify what their image means to them and just follow the latest trends, trends that often don’t do them a lot of justice.

Defining your image is important step number 1.  Think about what it means to you.  How would you describe yourself and what makes you different to everyone else?  What is important to you?  What is your ideal image?  Your clothing choices should express who you are inside. 

Apply this to both your personal life and your professional life.  Be true to yourself and don’t try to follow a style that doesn’t suit you or makes you uncomfortable. 

 2.    Once you define your image, make it appropriate to the occasion

 Think about the people you deal with.  To dress appropriately means to look successful and credible but not make those around you uncomfortable.  You may find that you have more flexibility in your personal life but even for your professional life, you can still apply elements of your style to define you as you. 

Your image should help people understand who you are, trust what you say and feel comfortable when dealing with you.  This is particularly important in the workforce.  A hot pink suit in a very corporate environment may not be the most appropriate outfit and clients and colleagues may have difficulty identifying with you and what you are about. Tailor your clothes to the occasion for the best results. Try putting the colour in your lipstick instead and keep the hot pink items for weekend or social wear.  If you are not sure about the dress code for your work, check with your HR department. 

Don’t forget about the season, Summer and Spring are for lighter fabrics and accessories whereas winter and Autumn are for heavier, more solid ones. 

 3.     Keep your image up to date

 This is especially important for the more conservative.  It is very easy to fall into a habit of wearing the same clothes everywhere.  Mix it up a bit.  Add some clothes and accessories in this season’s colours for an instant update.  Wear a great lipstick or try a new haircut.  Keep your colour, design, fabric, proportions and design details current and appropriate.

Use your style and image to build your confidence and your brand.  Think about how you can use it to your advantage.  Be happy with who you are and enjoy the benefits of looking and feeling good.  You can make looking good easy by defining your image and purchasing clothes that suit you and your lifestyle. 

If you would like help in defining your image please contact us about our Colour Analysis and Personal Style Workshop.  Ask us about your saving when you book in for both consultations together.

 

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Leading up to Christmas it is easy to get caught up in the excitement of it all, lots of eating, buying gifts, Christmas parties and functions.  This can mean spending lots of money but if you are smart about the clothes you buy, you can look fabulous without spending a fortune.  In fact, if you are trying to save money, your wardrobe is a great place to start.

By organising your wardrobe you can take stock of what you have, make your wardrobe work for you and stop wasting money on clothes and accessories you never wear.  It is also a great way to ensure the Christmas gifts you receive are what you want or need.  Make a list of anything you are missing and pass it onto those who are not sure what to get you for Christmas.

Looking good is about wearing colours and styles that compliant you.  Feel fabulous this season by wearing the right colours and styles in your clothing and accessories.   Know your best colours and styles and only buy clothes that compliment you.  They will always look great on you and because they suit you, they are easy to mix and match with the other clothes in your wardrobe.

Summer is all about colour.  There are some beautiful bright colours this season so add a few to your wardrobe, be it a top, shirt or shoes.  In fact, colour is huge this season with pastels, neon and block colours so instead of always wearing black select a great colour to give your image a lift.

Add a touch of glamour with the right makeup. A lipstick in your colour is an easy way to look good and feel alive. Simple and effective!

Accessories are an easy and cheap way to jazz up your wardrobe.  Dress your outfit up with a broche, hat, necklace, earrings, shoes or a fabulous bag. Handbags and jewellery are big and bold at the moment.  Think large stones and beads for jewellery and large structured bags.

When buying any new items, think about whether they will go with at least 3 or 4 other garments in your wardrobe.  If you have recently organised your wardrobe, you will know what you have and this will help ensure you get lots of wear out of your purchase.

Talking about getting lots of wear out of your clothes, when shopping ask yourself how often you plan to wear the piece of clothing or accessory.  Think price per wear.  If you will wear it often, it is worth the investment.  Even clothes on sale are still a waste of money if you never wear them.

Finally, make sure the clothes fit you.  Nothing makes you look bigger than wearing clothes that are too small!

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We love going to the race, it is a great excuse to get dressed up and if you back a winner it is very exciting – but mostly we love the race day fashions and hats.

Hats make you feel special and the right hat and outfit makes you look amazing.  So how do you get the right hat?  Many people are afraid to wear hats and we believe this is because most of us are not shown how to select or wear hats.  When faced with the unknown, it is often easier to avoid rather than embrace.

How to embrace wearing hats

Hats like any accessory should work with you and your outfit.  Choose colours that compliment the colours of your outfit.  You want the tones to mix and match, not alienate each other.  Your hat and dress should look like a complete outfit. As hats are worn close to your face, choose one in your excellent colours.  An excellent colour makes you come to life when wearing it, reduces lines and wrinkles and makes you look younger – a winner every time! Dress personality plays a large part in whether a hat works for you or not.  Not everyone feels comfortable in a huge, dramatic hat.  If this is not you, choose a hat that fits with your personality but don’t be boring.  Remember this is your excuse to dress up and take your look to the next level. It’s also about proportion and balance.  A large hat on a petite person looks over whelming and a tiny hat on a tall person looks underwhelming.  Check that the hat gives you balance when on. Experiment with a few hat styles.  Try them on to see how they feel.  They often look different on than off and you may be surprised with the hat styles you love.  Try wearing them on different angles to see what works best for you.

Next time you go to the races, don’t avoid the hat.  Embrace it and step out in style!

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