Feel good, Photoshoot, Style Tips, Wardrobe Staple, Women

White Shirts Forever

Having written about them previously and sporting a couple myself in this post, you could be forgiven for thinking that I’m a bit obsessed with white shirts.

Well, you would be right!

What should you look for in a white shirt? Read on.

1.  Fabric Composition
In a world full of leaky coffee cups, eating on the run and heavy duty make up, your white shirt will need a good soak every now and again. Get yourself a shirt made from sturdy natural fibres such as cotton or linen as they’ll last long, breathe well, and because you’re worth it.

2. Fabric Type
By this I mean how the fabric feels. A crispy feel (cotton poplin) is neat and can be dressed up or down. A gauzy soft feel (cotton or linen) is more casual and is great for weekends and beach wear. Choose one or the other, or one of each!

2. Cut
There are a lot of options and the best fit for you will depend on your ‘style’ as well as your shape. For versatility, choose a shirt that has a small collar, simple front pocket (if any), and nice tidy buttons. Slightly roomy is much nicer and more flattering than slightly too small, so make sure there are no gaping buttons. Currently I like an oversize shirt, slightly drop shouldered with a scoop hem and hidden placket, but I seriously have every style of white shirt available and I wear them all. Experiment with the right style for you!

Text and images by Catalina Alfaro Stylist for Alfie’s Friend Rolfe

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Accessories, Men, Style Tips

Matchy Matchy

I have been a fan of matching everything for as long as I can remember…one of my earliest memories is being about 4 years old and fervently insisting that the ribbons in my hair match the ribbon lace on my socks. Hmmm not much has changed.

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One of the best matching tricks is: shoes the same colour a your pants make your legs look longer. Yes it’s true! And who wouldn’t want longer legs, right? The colour extending all the way from your waist to your toes means there’s continuity and the eye is tricked into seeing longer legs.

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Ladies know about this rule (thank you nude coloured pumps) but it may be news to even the most sartorial boys out there.

So now you know! No need to stick with black thanks to all the amazing coloured pants and shoes available for men at the moment. Examples seen here from Alfie’s Friend Rolfe.

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Feel good, Men, Shopping

Outfits Aplenty!

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As a buyer for a store, you’re always working anywhere from a year to 6 months ahead. It’s a pretty big gamble. The most exciting part is when after hours and hours of appointments and showings and budgeting and culling and re-shuffling and more budgeting and then six months of waiting, the stock we painstakingly chose from a million and fifty things finally arrives…and it’s awesome! After a decade of being a buyer, I don’t have any major fails anymore (knock on wood…there have been some doozies in the past) but even nowdays it’s still a bit nervewracking when it all starts arriving.
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Style Tip: All-over-prints are everywhere this season for guys. Not keen to look like a Hawaiian tourist? Excellent! Stick to a small pattern in a subdued hue, and team with solid plains.jeans

Style Tip: Sworn off your jeans forevs now that you’ve grown to love chinos? Well there’s no need to go to extremes, jeans are and always will be a must-have wardrobe staple. They’re awesome! Stick to clean and structured if you are only going to get one pair.

chinosStyle Tip: Chinos are an excellent way to smarten up your outfit over summer. Opt for soft lightweight fabric, with a tapered leg. And do go colourful! I mean, it IS summer after all!

My favourite part is making outfits from the new arrivals, matching it all up and thinking about what kind of person would wear such an outfit and where they would wear it. I always think in outfits when it comes to buying…buying for the shop, for my Personal Shopping clients, for myself…anything that you buy needs to go with other things or you end up with a wardrobe full of “nothing to wear”.

So here’s a little outfit inspiration (for the guys…sorry ladies, your turn next) all these looks put together from the current selections at my store Alfie’s Friend Rolfe. Six months ago we chose all of these pieces from different boutique labels, and they all go together so perfectly! It takes a lot of research and planning, but the end result is excellent outfits aplenty.

If you need help with outfits then now is the time to contact me as it’s the beginning of the season and the perfect time to plan, source and buy…spend well and spend wisely.

All images sourced from Alfie’s Friend Rolfe  

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Feel good, Men, Women

I feel pretty, oh so pretty

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So I should probably say that this little blog is a “work in progress”…it’s only taken me a thousand years (well, at least 5) to get this happening and now you’ll have to bear with me whilst I make it pretty.

I can make outfits pretty…but computer things are another story! Yikes.

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