Catwalk in the Capital

20 March 2013
Written by Trudi Bennett
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As Wellington prepares for a fabulous week of fashion and creativity, Trudi Bennett gives a few pointers on how to showcase your own fashion and style


Wellington Fashion Week will soon be upon the folks of our capital city. The hype will have begun with people from all around NZ snapping up their tickets for this year's event, from April 3-7.  

What will most people be saying in the run-up to the shows? What on earth are you supposed to wear to a catwalk fashion event? 

Before you freak out and wonder if your clothing choices are:
a) trendy enough 
b) expensive enough
c) too old or too young,
let me put your mind at ease. As with all things 'fashion' it is a very subjective art form. One person's sense of style is not often similar to another's.

There are, of course, those we look at and admire for what's considered a great overall sense of style. But would this person's style suit us? Often the answer is no. However, what we admire is the confidence this person has in putting together an outfit and oozing what we perceive as happiness at what they are wearing.

After helping hundreds of men and women try to find their own sense of style, I do have more of a practical mental checklist when I see people. The questions in my mind are:
* Does that colour suit them?
* Are those shapes complementary to their body dimensions?
* Is it a good fit?
Whether they are rocking a punk or tailored look is irrelevant. Because to me, everyone can look amazing in how they choose to express themselves.

I consider my own sense of style fairly eclectic.  I have never put myself or my client's in the 'you suit feminine / sporty / romantic styles box'. Each day I wake up and decide what I feel like. Some days I wear minimalist tailored pieces, other days I can look a bit bohemian.

I like to mix a bit of what is trendy,with pieces I have had for quite a long time.  Having said that, quite often what is super fashionable does not factor in my thought process. It is more about loving the clothes and feeling great in them.

So to all who are attending this event, and those who are reading this and have some slightly scary function to go to where you are not feeling confident on what to wear, trust your instincts. Apply the colour, shape, fit mantra. Take the time to decide what you will wear early on to minimise stress. 

Once you have made your decision, wear it, love it and smile - confidence is the key to looking and feeling great.



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