Secrets of an Irish fashion stylist
Want to work it like a pro? Stellar magazine’s Fashion Editor Corina Gaffey gives us her key tips on dressing for your shape and finding inner confidence
In some circles, the world really is your catwalk. Our wallets are lighter than ever, which means that it's time to start shopping smarter, and who better to discuss the art of shopping with than a professional? Stylist to the stars Corina Gaffey has worked with everyone from Amy Huberman, Vogue Williams and Mairead Farrell.
Here, she shares her essential tips on making the most of your wardrobe.
1. Start with the right foundation and I'm not talking about make-up. A tip that was always imparted by my mother (thanks mom), is to invest in a great pair of underwear. If you're not wearing the right bra size or style, your clothes won't fit properly. Simple As. It's surprising how much more confident you can be and slimmer you can feel when you've got the support.
2. Have fun with fashion. We all make mistakes, so if this applies to your wardrobe... so what?! Don't just have one style, have many. Take a leaf out of any pop star’s book - here's looking at you Madonna - it's important to give your style a shake up once in a while. Just play dress-up everyday.
3. Get back to basics. Your wardrobe should be 70% basics and 30% on-trend items. A white t-shirt, blue skinny jeans, and a leather jacket might not be the what fashion dreams are made of, but your wardrobe needs a strong base to grow from.
4. Work your look like a stylist and create your own look-book of outfits. Did you get loads of compliments on your outfit today? Take a quick snap of it on your phone. You'll have a quick reminder of what to wear the next time you're in a rush and you will never utter those words, “I have nothing to wear!”.
5. Size isn't a number. Your size is the one that fits you. Don't get hung up on a number, buy what fits you, makes you feel good and most importantly flatters your figure. Forget about the digits on the tag.
Inside Corina’s 'Emergency' Fashion Shoot Kit...
- A lint roller to use on coats or woollens looking less than their best.
- Double sticky tape for loose hems or gaping necklines.
- Safety pins for...everything!
- Baby wipes to remove stains or smudges, and to clean hands before handling clothes.