Welcome to the first blog post of the new ‘MUMbridge Wells’ section of My Tunbridge Wells! I spoke to Siobhan Young, a personal stylist for WellStyled and lovely local Mum, ahead of her Style & Image Workshop on 23rd February at the Spa Hotel, Tunbridge Wells.
Siobhan tells us how she can help busy Mums to transform their wardrobes, along with her favourite places to shop in Tunbridge Wells and three top style tips.
Can you tell me a bit about your business and what you offer?
I’m a personal stylist and founder of WellStyled which is Tunbridge Wells based. I travel to clients’ homes all around Kent and London too.
I have nearly a decade of experience styling many different types of women, many who feel their style could do with an overhaul. My clients have usually made countless expensive shopping mistakes and now want to save their money on items which they know will fit and flatter.
I work alongside these women in their homes building up a signature style, based on their unique colouring, shape and lifestyle.
Essentially I am passionate about helping to empower women and give them the confidence to dress fabulously. I show them tools and simple techniques to achieve a style that suits their colouring and shape as well as fits in with their lifestyle.
I also offer wardrobe detoxes where clients discover how to create a fully functional capsule and sustainable wardrobe, equipping them clients with the tools to understand how to invest in a timeless capsule wardrobe and make wise fashion choices rather than invest in throw away fashion fads.
I am a champion for sustainable fashion. This means I encourage clients to minimise their wardrobe and create a capsule one with quality pieces. This can mean an initial investment but it also ensures that instead of having a wardrobe packed with highly disposable throwaway fashion, they will have a super selection of long lasting items.
What are your favourite shops in Tunbridge Wells?
- Oliver Bonas because I love the playful designs. Its clothing that shouts I want to have fun! I love their SS16 mark-making graphic patterns too. This is where you shop if you want to stand out from the crowd with something a bit unique. Plus most importantly, they are an ethical brand with British designs that donates and fundraises.
- Isle Jacobsen for the exquisite danish designs. It timeless style and quality. And in Tunbridge Wells the staff are so helpful and welcoming so you feel relaxed and comfortable in a small boutique.
- Pure Collection for luxurious, breathable and kind to the skin, cashmere.
What are your top three styling tips for busy Mums?
1. Accessorise so you look more put together. A hat can add instant edge to any outfit while also hiding bad hair days. While the blanket wrap scarf is so chic and effortless, you could try inject new life in your wardrobe with the skinny scarf for SS16. Also add a statement necklace in an eye popping colour think tangerines, corals or mustard, to take your neutral or black outfit from drab to fab.
2. If you just want to wear effortless and comfortable clothing then invest in ‘Active Wear’! Nearly every high street shop is introducing luxe sports wear into it’s collection and its perfect for mums on the run. Active wear covers all the basics and keeps you looking stylish. Make sure you team it with some cool white sneakers. I am a die hard Adidas fan – the more retro the better.
3. While its easy to live in jeans and sweats you need to get your style mojo back and the easiest way is a feminine dress that fits and flatters your body shape. Dresses are so versatile and can be effortless too. You can throw on a jumper and ankle boots during the day to dress them down. Glam them up with lipstick and heels for that must have girls night out! Choose a form fitting one that embraces your womanly curves or a relaxed style. If you like to hide a mummy tummy gathers or ruching can do the trick.
What is your must-have item for Spring 2016?
There is so much to choose from! Fashion has become so fast paced. For accessory, it has to be the skinny scarf, for shoes it has to be a mule and for trousers, the baggier and looser the better.
But to keep it simple and to inject new life into your winter wardrobe simply add colour – think mustard, bright coral and tangerines.