I love how every Lucky Things Meet Up is different. Whether it’s down to the talk or who’s there, I always take away some top tips and memorable moments. At April’s Lucky Things Meet Up at The Folly in London the panel talked about Feeling confident in your own style. I was joined by Alison Perry, from Not Another Mummy Blog, and fashion stylist Susan Alcindor. We shared everyday style tricks and everyone came up with our own “style intentions” for the next month. So here’s seven things I learnt from this Lucky Things Meet Up.
We all have our own style so this means we have style in the first place!…This was one of my first confidence tips I mentioned. Style is a very personal thing. We all have different tastes and even if we buy the same clothes online we wear them our way. Looking out at the crowd at the Lucky Things Meet Up is always pretty inspiring. I ended up reminding myself that I need to be proud about my own style and my choice of outfit (regardless of what others think).
Find a style that works for your lifestyle…Alison chatted about finding your own style and how this has to work with your lifestyle. For example, are you always running around the kids or out and about on your feet a lot? Alison also suggested finding people who’s style you relate to as sources of inspiration and if they’re on Instagram, style stalk them.
Just wear it…Nike say Just do it. I say Just wear it. Sometimes you need to try wearing something instead of just trying it on. So, I did that on Saturday. For years I’ve been looking for a long red dress. The last time I wore a long red one was at my wedding. So when I went along to the Next press day in February I spotted a flash of red and there it was – a long red maxi dress. The fabric wasn’t too heavy and it wasn’t too beachy. The dress came out as part of Next’s new collection last week – just in time for the Lucky Things Meet Up. Red is a lucky colour for me and it gives me confidence. The dress felt super comfortable and so it made sense to wear it at the event. I teamed it up with flat sandals and an old denim jacket to make it feel more casual. So I learnt that I should just wear things I want to and just wear it.
Hang clothes up on the outside of your wardrobe? Susan shared a great tip. When I asked her to share advice on what to do with items we have lurking around our wardrobe and we never get to wear them, she said just hang the item or outfit on your wardrobe door. Then you can see it properly and make a proper decision whether you like it or what it goes with. Alison added that if you’re really baffled by the outfit, it’s time to just say bye and eBay or take it to the charity shop.
Get your clothes adjusted or tailored…This top tip was mentioned by Emma @emma_says and it’s some advice she first heard from her trusty stylist friend Emma Carr @thefashioncraver. Someone asked the panel about where to find the right jeans for them when they aren’t a typical shape. Emma explained how Emma Carr suggested getting jeans (and other clothes adjusted). I used to do this lots when I bought vintage clothes or when my favourite coats were suddenly not the right size. It was great to hear this advice.
What’s a furry slider again?!…One of the crowd asked a great question – what fashion trend are the panel not particularly keen on. We talked about furry sliders and to be honest I wasn’t sure what they were. It was hilarious (in a friendly way) as we soon realised one of the lovely guests is really into her pink fluffy furry sliders (slipper like shoes – although I then got told off for calling them slippers!). This reminded me again that we all like different things. Just because a trend isn’t someone else’s cup of tea it doesn’t mean we can’t make it work.
Going along to events can feel nerve-wracking…Lots of people at the April Lucky Things Meet Up hadn’t been to one before. As I’m in touch with most of the attendees before each event, I learnt that people naturally feel anxious about walking through the door on your own at an event. Even if you know some familiar faces might be there, everyone feels a bit nervous. So it’s good to acknowledge this as it’s a pretty normal feeling. Having chatted to those who were new to the Lucky Things Meet Ups during the afternoon it was super cool to hear how they found the event. Many said how they were happy to be there and didn’t have those arrival worries any more. Everyone was busy chatting away, sharing a few laughs or enjoying being around a down-to-earth crowd.
Thanks again to Alison and Susan for being on the panel at this Lucky Things Meet Up. A huge thank you to everyone who came along or supported from afar. The April Lucky Things Meet Up in Pictures round-up will be out on the blog this week. In the meantime, pop over to #luckythingsmeetup to see coverage on Instagram.
If you’d like to come to a Lucky Things Meet Up, check out the Events hub on luckythings.co.uk. The Lucky Things Meet Ups are social and networking events for women around the UK. Events are taking place in London, Bristol (25 June 2017), Manchester (15 July 2017) and Brighton (TBA). Tickets are now available for the Lucky Things Meet Up on Saturday 14 October 2017 – more info can be found here.