How to Choose Fabrics to Flatter

I am a sewer and some ideas about how to choose fabric to sew would be great. It can be challenging to locate good fabric and then imagine how it will look best sewn, and then find a suitable pattern.   Fabric Drape fabric drape by imogenl featuring cotton shirts How fluid or stiff is […]

Choosing Prints and Patterns with the Right Colours

I love patterns, but when looking for a specific colour in an item of clothing it is really hard to know when there is enough of the ‘right’ colour to balance out the ‘wrong’ colour.  Can you point me in the right  direction? – thank you! Jessie Choosing Prints to Match Your Colour Swatch by imogenl featuring a stella […]

Denim Skirts – Can You Wear them To Work?

I was asked on Twitter (@ImogenLamport) the other day about wearing denim skirts to work and if they are appropriate. The things to consider for your workplace are: Are denim jeans acceptable in your workplace? If the answer is no, then no to the denim skirt too.  If yes denim jeans are fine in your […]

Prints and Patterns – Natural vs Stylised

I’ve been asked to show you some more examples of the differences between naturalized and stylized floral prints. floral prints natural vs stylized by imogenl featuring a print dress As you can see, a floral print that looks more like a photo of the flower it represents, is a naturalized floral. The further away you get […]

Z is for Zebras and all other Kinds of Animal Prints

How to wear zebra print

Animal prints are classic prints. They may become more and slightly less popular, but never really go out of style.  These days leopard print is almost considered to be a neutral! I’ve noticed in my work as an image consultant that animal print divides my clients.  They either love it or hate it. There are […]

How to Care for Your Clothes

Hi Imogen, I love your blog and have found soooo much helpful information on it! I have a rather practical but important question: How do you keep your clothes so tidy, pressed and new looking? Everything I launder comes out faded, wrinkled and sloppy looking. Unless I iron it, which, let’s face it, isn’t going […]

Understanding the Style Puzzle – 9 Keys to Unlocking Your Style

Style Puzzle

There is no one route to style. You cannot become instantly stylish just from understanding your body shape (sorry Trinny and Susannah, it’s just not that simple). There is, what I call, the Style Puzzle, a group of elements when they all go together define your personal style. These puzzle pieces are just the start […]

Modernise Your Style in May

Dont Avoid Fashion

Do you want to be perceived as forward thinking and able to keep up with the times and technology? One of the issues some of my older clients will mention when they’ve hit that certain age, that if their workplace is downsizing their workforce, that because they are a bit older they don’t want to be […]

T is for Texture

Texture

Texture is one of the pieces of the Style Puzzle (body shape is one piece too, yet so much is written about body shape, people think it’s the whole puzzle, instead of just being a small element of the whole). Fabrics have different textures.  There are many sorts of textures: Smooth (no texture) silk, cotton/elastane Chunky […]

More on Identifying Yin and Yang in Clothing Design

  Yin and Yang of Geometric patterns by imogenl featuring black tops Following on from Ways to Balance Your Yin and Yang, here you can see how the lower the contrast and smaller the print, the less advancing, or softer it looks, so thus is more yin in appearance.  The higher the contrast, the bolder […]