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Palmers Green & Southgate

STYLE By Kim Undy local stylist

Banish that ‘wardrobefull-of-clothes-butnothing-to-wear’ situation with expert help from a personal stylist - and do it without leaving the borough!

As a personal stylist I’ve spent many an hour in the big department stores in the West End, or racking up the miles on my pedometer around Westfield, but wanted to see if we could find everything my client Ellie Editor of PG & Southgate Life – needed, right here on our doorstep. Ellie has a very busy life managing a property business and a household, running about after three small children, editing this magazine and (somehow) squeezing in a social life too. On our shopping list: ‘off-duty’ outfits for weekends, the school run and working from home, comfortable, professional-butnot-too-formal looks for meetings and relaxed glamorous outfits for date nights & girls’ evenings. Clearly, Ellie needs a wardrobe that works as hard as she does! I started by going through everything (and I mean absolutely everything) in Ellie’s wardrobe, weeding out anything unflattering, ill-fitting, and in the ‘wrong’ colours. Honestly, not everyone looks good in black. It drains the light from our faces, and flags up under-eye shadows and even the tiniest hint of dark root regrowth. If you’re fair-skinned

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with blue or green eyes, save black for the evening, when the light is softer and you’ll be wearing stronger make-up. Better still, ditch it all together and find ‘your’ dark shade. I threw out everything Ellie had in black. She was shocked. Temporarily, this made quite a ‘hole’ in her wardrobe, but made it easier to see how gorgeous she looks in navy, which is now Ellie’s ‘go-to’ dark colour. An easy way to work out your dark shade is to drape pieces of fabric in navy, dark grey and chocolate-brown across your shoulder & see which one flatters your complexion & makes you look ‘brighter’. To get a true picture, do this when you’re not wearing make-up. Our challenge was to find everything Ellie needed at local boutiques. Apart from buying shoes (somebody, please, open a great shoe shop in the neighbourhood!), it was easy and we found an impressive variety of labels and price-levels. It was a pleasure to avail ourselves of the friendly expertise and helpfulness of local boutique-owners, and because we weren’t spending hours on public transport or battling hordes of tourists, we weren’t even tired at the end of our busy day.

To book a personal styling session with Kim, email at fashion@kimundy.com 348 Green Lanes, Palmers Green, N13 5TJ

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Palmers Green & Southgate LIFE Autumn 2015  

FREE Palmers Green Community magazine. Find out what's going on in the area, historical articles, local community groups and much more . Bro...

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