Summer Holidays

Throughout May we’ve covered my best tips for packing and layering, all of which are aimed at helping you have everything you need with less luggage. This last post is a little bit different. Summer is when ready-to-wear designers typically bring out their brightest colours and more daring designs. Everything, including the weather thankfully, is brighter, warmer and generally more fun! So now I want to encourage you to embrace this with your summer wardrobe, and especially your summer holiday packing!

Get ready to really be adventurous and flaunt your weirdest, wackiest and most fun style dreams. Even if it just means wearing a dress and heels when you usually wear jeans and sneakers. Summer, and especially a trip away to a warm sunny location, is your best opportunity to really have more fun and experiment with your style limits.

As well as relating to what you take on holiday this post is essentially a follow up to March’s ‘Just wear it‘. The same key principles apply, here we are going to revisit in particular the sections ‘take it on holiday’ (of course), ‘ease into it’ and ‘stop caring!’

Packing for your summer holiday…

Last time we talked about taking the items we just don’t have the courage to wear at home on holiday. NOW IS YOUR CHANCE! Summer is the best time to do this. When you get ready to pack for your summer holiday take out those items you’ve never worn and have another look at them. In my experience clients ‘never worn’ items tend to be for summer, long summer dresses or floaty tops and skirts with bright colours or daring floral prints. Clearly items bought because they’re beautiful and the client loved them, but then when it came to actually wearing them they felt too uncomfortable, and basically just chickened out. So, take them all out, and start to have some fun re-mixing them with bright jewellery, hats, sunglasses, light or bright coloured blazers (if you’re worried about showing your upper arms in a strappy dress) and pack those new outfits. Muster up all your courage now while you’re packing! Remember so much style was inspired by these summer holiday destinations, when you get there you won’t be out of place. And once you’ve left the house with that suitcase full of summer fun outfits, there’s no turning back 😉

As in last weeks mail, summer clothes are lighter and roll up smaller, so if it really is too much to go all out with sandals and dresses when you’re a jeans person then there’ll be a little room in your case to take some ‘ease into it’ outfits. A pair of nice jeans to go with the bright floaty floral top perhaps, before you go all out and try it with white or pink capri pants. Whatever it is that you have, you can pack a couple of alternatives to make the outfit more or less extreme which will allow you to experiment while you are on holiday.

I did this over a couple of holidays one year with a Blutsgeschwister outfit which I had fallen in love with and bought, but was worried would be just too much for Düsseldorf. Maybe even too much for me! We’re talking red with white spots, lace, bows, embroidery, pale blue with red roses, more frills, more lace bows and embroidery, all in the one outfit! Blutsgeschwister is one of my favourite German brands because of their fabulous fabrics and patterns and the way they mix it all up.

The first summer weekend away in Paris I took just the skirt with a simple top:

That ended up being so easy that the next holiday, in Rome, I went straight for the whole outfit:

After adjusting to the outfit away from home, realising how great I felt in it and how easy it is to forget what you are wearing and just get on with having a good time, I’ve been wearing the outfit as it was meant to be whenever I feel like it ever since. Even to work! (Benefit of working in the fashion industry).

So now its your turn and now is your chance! You bought those outfits because they are beautiful and they made you feel good, or perhaps you haven’t bought them yet but you really, really, want to have them. Do it! Stop caring about whatever it is that is stopping you from wearing these things, ease into it if you must and take them on holiday.

If you need a little extra support on packing for your summer holiday, that’s what I’m here for 😉 There are still some dates available over June & July so get in touch with me at and we can discuss tailoring a wardrobe aid session around your holiday packing.

As always I would absolutely love to hear from you, come over and tell me in the comments below this post about the outfit you have been too scared to wear, why and what are you going to do about it?

Happy packing!

Hand luggage only? Oh my!‏

As an Australian in Europe I’m still so excited about how close everything is and how inexpensive it can be to travel. Every chance I get I’m booking cheap flights to visit different areas of Europe. Of course, cheap flights usually mean hand luggage only. How do you travel on hand luggage only, and still have nice things to wear and a little bit of space to go shopping? Below are two examples, one more practical and another a little silly, of how I’ve managed this in the past. Hopefully you’ll find some useful tips for your packing during this holiday season!

Packing challenge 1 – 8 days, Summer

Month – August
Weather – mostly sunny and warm
Activities/Location – Weekend course involving sporting activities & a wedding in southern Germany followed by a week in London and another wedding the week after. Possible swim.
Luggage – standard hand luggage suitcase plus laptop, small handbag & extra shoulder bag.


Being, well, me, I of course had to take two separate outfits for the weddings. You could make this easier for yourself by using the same outfit for both weddings, particularly if (as was the case here), there will be no one else attending both weddings. Not that it should matter if there was – more on that sentiment in another post.

So what do you do?

  • As always choose a set of accessories you can wear with everything. For me it’s pearls – earrings & a necklace plus my standard rings and bracelet. I rarely take anything else.
  • Pack the smallest amount of toiletries possible. Mini containers, sachets if you have a selection of testers left over. None at all if you are visiting friends and can use theirs or if the hotel will provide them. Put makeup/toiletry essentials in smaller containers if you must have them with you. NOTE – you will have to watch your container sizes anyway because of hand luggage regulations on liquids.
  • Minimise your makeup routine. Use a mini travel set from your favourite brand if you must have lots of colour options, otherwise pick one set and stick to it.
  • Take dresses/skirts & blouses in light fabrics which roll down into nothing. This is where being a ‘dresses over jeans’ person is really helpful! Jeans are bulky and take up a lot of space, although this trip I did take one pair of pedal-pushers ( to help in the lifting and transporting of things on the day of the second wedding. Here again, if I wasn’t so fussy I could have simplified this by wearing my gym pants instead.
  • Roll and stuff everything! I’ve heard mixed thoughts about rolling as a packing technique but I swear by it. Also, stuffing socks & underwear and scarves, whatever will fit, into shoes and wherever else it will fit!
  • Pack a bag in a bag. I knew that I was going to have a folder of course material, as well as the wedding outfit of my date from the first wedding (i.e. big man shoes) to carry with me for the rest of my trip. So I planned ahead and packed a bag into my bag which would then fit the laptop and course materials (still maintaining the hand baggage requirements) after the first weekend. And of course, rolled and stuffed said date’s pants, shirt & belt into his big man shoes.
  • Use technology – I’m a big fan of real books over electronic books, but in this case I used audio books, podcasts and the e-book apps on my iPhone to get through.

For the first wedding, I left my course in the morning, stayed overnight at the wedding location, and re-joined my course the next day. To manage this I wore a silk dress on the day of the wedding, and rolled a synthetic dress (doesn’t crease) into my handbag for the next day. I also took, as always, a merino cardigan and pashmina for when the evening turned cool.

Getting an entire week with so many different engagements out of carry on baggage is really pushing it! It helped that it was summer. In winter clothes are naturally bulkier and it wouldn’t be as easy.


Packing challenge 2 – long weekend, winter
Month – February
Weather – Cool, some rain
Activities/Location – London, visiting friends, galleries, nice restaurants and a walk on the heath.

Now this one’s a little sillier because this time I had several things I needed to take over to my friends in London, so my little suitcase was actually full of these with no room for my own clothes and shoes. To add to this I was flying easyJet who only allow you to take ONE item of hand baggage (not the 1 handbaggage plus a handbag coat & umbrella like some other airlines).

The answer?

I chose three dresses which could be layered over each other without it being noticeable, wore my black silk slip, two pairs of tights, merino knee hie socks, knee high black boots, black merino cardigan and my winter coat (purple) teemed with a black pashmina, black beret & cashmere lined black leather gloves.

This worked because one of the dresses has elastic and another is a half size too big for me. The top layer also had a neckline just that much smaller than the others keeping them hidden.

Can you tell?

In the suitcase, amongst the items I had to deliver to London, I managed to fit my underwear and some toiletries.

This time I took only one pair of boots, which I wore, and was able to borrow a pair of hiking boots from a friend in London for the muddy hike on Hamstead Heath.

Again, the packing for this trip could have been simplified by re-using items, but for me it’s half the fun of travelling to try out different outfits, so I made sure to have a different one for each day.

As above, I used the same jewellery & makeup for the whole weekend and colour coordinated my dresses to one set of accessories including the coat, pashmina, tights, cardigan, boots, tights, gloves and beret.

To have a handbag on the trip, I picked one which could fold down quite small and fit in the suitcase.

So the tips here for when you must take the absolute minimum on a city weekend trip:

  • Colour coordinate accessories so what you wear on the plane goes with everything you have.
  • Take one pair of shoes (if winter- boots) and wear them – if you’re worried they’ll get uncomfortable pack a pair of those fold away ballerina flats & a green bag to carry your boots.
  • Have a handbag which can fold away to nothing & fit in your carry on bag/suitcase.
  • Again simplify your makeup routine and wear one set of jewellery to go with everything.
  • Wear as much as you can without overheating 😉
  • Use the tips from the layering post to be prepared for cooler/warmer than expected weather.


Just because we’re all about packing this month, and as a little something extra for being on the Chic for Charity mailing list. Here is a post I wrote for my personal blog when I was deciding what to pack to travel to Germany for one year (I’ve now been here four)!

Two revisions which I would add now with the benefit of hindsight – take a pair of thongs (flip flops if you’re not Australian/British) and a small hand towel for the youth hostel showers.

I’ll be back in your inbox next weekend with the last part in the May packing series – Summer fun – so keep an eye out for that!
Till then pack light & look gorgeous!


April, April, der macht was er will!

(April, April, it does what it wants!)

For many in Germany this ‘April, April,’ saying is more annoying than the weather it alludes to! As soon as you mention anything about the weather during April someone is going to say this to you while everyone else around cringes.

The unpredictability of the weather in Germany is something that took me a couple of years to adjust to. I’m not sure what it’s like on other continents, but where I lived in Australia I was used to the weather being predictable. I was used to being able to plan my outfits for the whole week and never have an issue of weather change to ruin my plans. Probably helped that the difference between dry and 35°C and dry and 45°C isn’t really going to change your outfit too much. But here?! During spring it could be 18°C and sunny, 8°C and raining or it could be windy or it might even snow! The list goes on…

So just how do you deal with such unpredictability? Straight from the outset we’ll say you’ll have a tough time getting it right every time, but here are my top three tips to give you a good head start in dressing and packing for those unpredictable days:

  1. Layering 

    I know, I know, you’ve all heard it before, it’s the most obvious answer. The thing is, it’s also the most important. Layering really is the key to dealing with unpredictable weather, unless you want to freeze, sweat or walk around with a suitcase. But are you getting the most out of your layering?A lot of Europeans are already really good at layering, there are all kinds of things you can get here that just aren’t that common where I come from (Australian outback). Wrist warmers, leg warmers, waist warmers. All these little “layery” bits and pieces. The real trick here though is to pick the right layers for each outfit. At this time of year you don’t want to layer yourself with thick bulky knits or down-coats otherwise half way through the day when the temperature goes up you’ll have to carry it all around with you. Instead you want to layer finer knits, lighter scarves, socks, tights and pantyhose.

  2. Pick your fabrics
    I see a lot of people overlooking the importance of fabric.Choosing the right fabrics to layer is the difference between looking like the Michelin Man and keeping your own lovely shape while staying warm. It also means you can take a smaller bag when travelling. More on that in a minute.I’m a dress wearer. I avoid pants as much as possible, even in winter. Layering with the right fabrics is how I get to wear dresses throughout autumn, winter and spring without freezing.Here is just a quick overview of fabrics, I promise to go into more detail about this topic in a future post. For now though the important thing to know is to look for natural fabrics. You should aim to have a selection of singlets, slips (under-dresses), scarves and fine knit long or ¾ sleeved tops in silk, merino wool and/or cashmere. Cotton is good too, but it can go out of shape and look old quicker, whereas merino wool and silk, when properly cared for, can last in excellent condition for years.

    Depending on their quality and weight all of these fabrics can be worn year round, they work well to regulate your body temperature in a range of weather conditions. When purchasing buy the best quality you can afford. This should be relatively easy with silk and merino, however you’ll find the less expensive cashmere’s are prone to pilling and look old quickly. If you’re on a budget, stick to one or two good items in merino wool. You don’t always have to have 100% merino/silk/cashmere. For some items, like socks for example, there will be some polyamid or elastane in the mix so they stay up and keep their shape. Just look for items that have a high percentage of natural material.

    There are of course other more luxury natural fabrics which might belong on this list, but these are the most common, so we’ll look into the others another time.

  3. The Mary Poppins Bag 

    If you’re not familiar with the concept of the Mary Poppins bag then here’s a quick clip to get you acquainted:
    Now, while you don’t need to be able to pull a hat stand out of your bag, it is really helpful to carry a few little light extras with you if the day might get cooler, or to have somewhere to put a few extras if the day gets warmer.Here are a list of items I recommend to either have on as extra layers, which can roll up small and go into your handbag if you need to take them off, or which are small enough to carry in your handbag and put on throughout the day:
    – Leather gloves (silk or cashmere lined)
    – Woolen beret (or beanie depending on your personal style)
    – Fine merino, cashmere or silk socks (knee or thigh high)
    – An extra pair of tights or pantyhose
    – Thermal shoe liners (lots of warmth is lost through your feet on the cold ground so, flat and easy to switch between your shoes & your bag, thermal insoles are perfect to have on hand)
    – Fine knit cardigans in merino wool, silk or cashmere
    – Fine merino, silk or cashmere singlet or thermal top
    – Silk scarf (can be worn in various ways around your neck when you need it or tied onto your bag when you don’t)
    – Pashminas, I rarely go anywhere without one or two pashminas. Pashminas are a fabulous multi-purpose item. They are wide enough to be a wrap or shawl. They can be folded into a thin scarf, wrap them around your neck more to have a thicker scarf. Wear them open draped around your neck if it’s warmer and tuck them into or tie them onto your bag if it gets too warm.
    – A fold up umbrella (of course!)

Travelling particulars for mixed weather
If you are travelling during periods of unpredictable weather, the first thing to do of course is to check average temperatures for your destination. If you know that you’re not going to have 40°C one day and -20°C the next then you’ve already got a range to work with. In the comments on the website I’m going to share about a time where I didn’t check the destination weather properly before leaving home, which really ended in a bit of a disasterous holiday!

But assuming you’ve done your research properly, the next step is to choose the thinnest coat you can based on the coldest likely temperature. Once you know what coat you will need to take, match the rest of our outfits and accessories for the holiday to this. If the coat is brown, choose brown boots/shoes, bag, gloves, hat and complementary scarves. If black, then the same (with black you’ll have more flexibility with your colour choice). Be sure to take light merino or silk singlets which are easy to wash and quick to dray so that you can layer them under everything as needed. Use the ‘Mary Poppins’ bag idea above to have little extras with you as you need them. So, for example, if you know it could be anywhere between 5°C and 15°C, and you’re not sure if the sun will come out and make it feel warmer again, you would pack/prepare the following:

Start the day with two pairs of thick tights, fine merino knee high socks, knee high boots and thermal shoe liners on the the bottom. A fine merino singlet and a silk slip under a dress with a fine merino, silk or cashmere cardigan, silk scarf, pashmina and wool jacket/coat/blazer on the top. Accessorise with a beret or beanie and lined leather gloves.

As the day goes on you can add and take away layers as needed. If the sun comes out and it’s suddenly much warmer, pop to the bathroom and layer down to one pair of tights, the silk slip, the dress and wear the pashmina open. You’ll have to carry your coat/jacket/blazer, but the rest of these items should tuck up nicely into your handbag. The cardigan, socks or pashmina might even fit in the pocket of your coat. Tie the silk scarf on your bag, put your sunglasses on and enjoy!

This is the first in a three part holiday packing series throughout May covering:

  • Dressing & packing for mixed weather,
  • Having some fun in summer
  • and what to do when you’re only taking hand luggage!

Keep an eye out for the extra post mid May for more travel packing tips and to find out how I attended a weekend course, two weddings and spent a week in London with only carry on luggage (summer), and had a new outfit everyday for a February weekend in London, again, with one bag of carry on. Then the June post is coming forward a week too, for some summer fun and summer holiday packing – look out for that on the 31st of May.

In the mean time I’d LOVE to hear from you!
Share your best tip for dealing with unpredictable weather, your worst mixed weather disaster and one item you always pack when you travel, in the comments below.
I’ll go first 😉

Much love & layers,


Want help spring cleaning your wardrobe? Email me at amanda(at) to book your wardrobe styling session now!

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Just wear it!

Hello wonderful beautiful people!

Karneval has just finished in the NRW region. 4 days (or more for the real fanatics) of dressing up in CRAZY outfits and living a fantasy. But why is everyone waiting for carnival, or halloween, or Japantag or whatever, to get dressed up? Why are we looking around the rest of the time at a sea of grey, just holding out for these few days a year when the streets turn into a rainbow?

This is a topic that’s come up recently with some of my clients, so I thought it was a good time to address it with all of you! Like Grandma’s porcelain, which is ‘just for good’, it seems that most people are hiding away in their wardrobe either something really lovely which they bought and wore once (or never) or a series of lovely pieces, which are all neatly kept in protective bags etc. and put aside for special occasions. Sound familiar?

So I ask you, what constitutes a special occasion?

Are you waiting for Her Majesty the Queen to visit?

Why can’t any and every day be special? Why can’t you be the special occasion?

Now, I understand that many of you struggle with peer pressure in this area, I’ve heard from some that they don’t like to stand out, or are surrounded by people (family, friends, colleagues) who just don’t dress up. If this is really something that concerns you, here are a some of the ways I’ve found to wear my favourite things, or my most outrageous outfits, anyway.

1. Stop caring!
I know, I know, I know, if only it were that easy! But truly, you have the option every day to not only choose what to put on, but also to choose your attitude towards it. If you love it, if it makes you feel fabulous and it makes you look fabulous, then what on earth does it matter what other people are wearing?! I have made my peace with the fact that I will nearly always be ‘over-dressed’ for nearly everything I do. That’s just who I am. I dress for me, in what I love, because it makes me happy. Yes it can attract attention, but in my experience it’s positive! People actually like seeing a bright purple coat or fucsia pink skirt or red dress, especially in the dull grey of winter! What you wear should be all about you. Don’t let other people inhibit your style just because they choose to be boring!

2. Ease into it…
If all out not caring what people think sounds a bit too daunting still then try easing into it. This one worked for me really well when I bought an intensly yellow dress in 2013. At first I was terrified of it. I so badly wanted to wear it, but this is Düsseldorf, not Berlin, not Paris not New York. Düsseldorf is just not known for colourful out-there fashion. Some fur and miniature dogs in Louis Vuitton handbags on the Kö perhaps, but not colour. So I started off by wearing the dress with black stockings and a black cardigan over it so that you could only see a little of the skirt. I wore it like this a few times, with a dark blazer or cardigan. Just to ease into it. Then gradually it just didn’t feel so out-there anymore. People at work would exclaim about the dress, some would sing songs about sunshine, every time I wear it someone says happily ‘you’ve brought the sun today!’ The response is overwhelmingly positive.
You’ll find one day, your crazy out-there, bright, colourful, sparkly, straight-from-the-cat-walk, vintage, homemade, whatever outfit you’re too scared to wear, just doesn’t feel that scary anymore. You will actually forget yourself in it completely and not even think about how out-there it is. It may even start to feel boring! YES! Even this bright yellow dress doesn’t seem very out of the ordinary to me now…

3. Take it on holiday…
Now if this is really just not an option yet for you, if you’re from a small town, a boring workplace, or if you just can’t get past ‘what other people might think’ then take your gorgeous outrageous outfit on holiday! Wear it in someone elses city where nobody knows you!
Have you ever seen the young ladies from Japan touring around Germany (or wherever you’re from)? Take a leaf out of their book and take your nice or more daring clothes with you on holiday.
I’ve done this on several occassions with looks I wanted to try that really were just a bit much for little old Düsseldorf.
For example when I had pink streaks in my hair I wanted to wear my fucsia bubble skirt, with a baby pink spotted cardigan and gloves – so I took them to Paris:

You will see so many far weirder things in Paris. Nobody is looking at that tame outfit that you are so scared of wearing.

I was also lucky enough to receive second hand a stunning red designer dress which you just can’t wear underwear under. It’s got a neckline that plunges nearly to my navel and yes, requires the use of hollywood tape to keep everything covered. For obvious reasons even I don’t have the moxie to wear this in Düsseldorf. So this one came with me to Rome in the summer. Where, when I wore it out to dinner, I didn’t feel at all out of place:

More on this in the coming months when we start getting ready for holiday packing!

4. Last but not least – wear it at home…
Now this is really only for the outfits that are truly for very particular occasions. I do this with some of my ball gowns so that they get out of the wardrobe every now and then while I wait for prince charming to take me to that ball (if you know anyone looking for an emergency date for a ball, I can be ready in an hour!)
Another more sociable way of doing this is to host a party, murder mystery dinner party’s are my favourite, but any kind of party where you can set a dress code which suits the outfit you want to wear, and allows you to wear it in the comfort of your own home 😉

SO!!! My challenge to you this March, is to JUST WEAR IT! It’s make an excuse March! So find an event, make an event, make an excuse and take that outfit out! I’d love to hear about your outrageous, out-there or ‘just for good’ outfit. Leave a comment and let me know how you’re going to wear your outfit this month!

Much love and moxie!

P.S. If you’re struggling to wear your special item because, you just don’t know what to wear it with, or how to wear it, then email me at amanda(at) to book your wardrobe styling session and we’ll work it out together.

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What is beauty?

I had planned to write on another topic entirely today, however, after the film
A Path Appears aired on PBS in the US last Monday night it seemed more appropriate to take a deeper look at what Chic for Charity is all about.

How can one talk about styling and looking good, when some people have nothing? When there are people in the world living with abuse, people living as slaves. The answer I have found for myself to this, is it all depends on your definition…

What is beauty? And what does it mean to be beautiful, or to look good? Is it even important?!

For me, beauty is about RESPECT. Respect for yourself and for others. Dressing your best should be about honouring your body, loving yourself, expressing yourself and having fun! By taking care in your appearance you show respect for yourself, respect for those around you. You say to the world ‘I was worth getting dressed up for today and so are you!’ This is how I see it. Wearing bright colours, fun patterns or whatever it is that makes you feel wonderful and have more fun, these things make other people happy too, you gave someone something to smile about today.

To get respect from others you must honour and respect yourself.

Whether or not beauty by this definition is ‘important’ or not is something each of you must decide for yourselves. For me it is important, it’s important because it gives me energy every day, makes me happy, makes me feel good about myself and I feel powerful within myself. It’s important for the joy it gives others, for the way I can use my styling experience, to help others learn to express themselves, to feel wonderful about who they are, to love themselves every day.

We are the lucky ones, we own our own bodies and we choose how to dress them. This is not something we should feel bad about. This is something to cherish and honour, to feel good about ourselves, to feel powerful, for all the women who don’t have this basic right. Only when you can take care of and respect yourself, can you help others to do the same.

A Path Appears is a documentary by reporters Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, beautiful people doing beautiful things in the world to help others out of some of the worst situations imagineable, so that they again can show themselves and receive from others the respect they deserve. The film looks at the issues right on our doorsteps, in our own countries, as well as the issues in the countries of our friends.

Chic for Charity does the same. It starts with you! With supporting you to find out what makes you happy about who you are, about your style and the way you express yourself through your wardrobe. The way your wardrobe can be better coordinated to empower you!

The donation you make goes to Free The Girls, to break the cycle of sexual trafficking for women overseas who have had no other choice.

Finally, if you so choose, the clothes that no longer serve you will go to your local clothes collection to be re-distributed into the community for those who need them.

If you missed A Path Appears you can watch the trailer here:

Find out more about the project on their homepage

As most of us are living outside the US, once the film has finished airing over there, we will be able to watch it online here:

If you’re ready for some wardrobe empowerment email me at amanda(at) to book your Wardrobe Aid session, and, if you know any other every day abolitionists who deserve a bit of wardrobe empowerment, be sure to share!

Finally, I’d love to hear your thoughts on this months topic – What is beauty to you? What does it mean to you to be beautiful, or to look good? Is it even important?!
Leave your response in the comments below!

Stay beautiful!

Spreader of wardrobe joy and everyday abolitionist for Free the Girls

P.S. You’ll notice that todays post was all about ‘outer beauty’, I haven’t forgotten the central role inner beauty plays here – that’s getting it’s own post later in the year. Make sure you’re on the mailing list so you don’t miss it!


Wardrobe Resolutions

HAPPY NEW YEAR beautiful people! What a fabulous year 2015 is going to be!

Hopefully a good year for your wardrobe too! Starting with some wardrobe resolutions to make sure your wardrobe is serving you the way it should!

No doubt many of you received vouchers and are excited to add to your wardrobe, or received items of clothing as gifts, which hopefully suit your figure and your tastes 😉

So with this fresh outlook for the new year how do you maintain this positivety and energy around your wardrobe?

Here are the Chic for Charity top 5 wardrobe resolutions to keep you on track for 2015…

  1. Plan your purchases
    keep a list of items you need as you discover you need them, then shop accordingly to avoid ‘impulse purchase’ mistakes.
  2. Don’t buy things that don’t fit properly
    UNLESS you are really, honestly, and straight away, going to take it to a tailor and have it adjusted to fit. And this only if it’s quality makes it worth it!
  3. Repair things as soon as they’re broken
    DO NOT put them back in your wardrobe. You know what happens, you’re in a rush and pull it out because it would be perfect for this event or that outfit, but… there’s a button missing that you haven’t fixed yet.
    Avoid this kind of wardrobe panic by never returning items in need of repair to your wardrobe.
  4. Go for quality not quantity this year
    This motto is your best friend if you suffer from wardrobe Chaos. For a sustainable working wardrobe you should buy the best quality you can afford and avoid cheap ‘just-for-the-sake-of-it’ purchases – these are almost always a mistake.
  5. Clean out your wardrobe regularly (Seasonally is best) if you want some support on this one contact me at amanda (at) to book your wardrobe styling session in 2015.

I’m really excited to be able to share more wardrobe & styling tips and tricks with you throughout 2015!
Here are some of the topics you can look forward to:

Packing for holidays

How to shop

Common Bra mistakes

…and so many more, so be sure to join the Chic for Charity mailing list and pass this on to any lovely ladies you know who could use some wardrobe empowerment in 2015!


Also – there’s still one ‘donate what you want’ wardrobe styling session available for a lucky lady! Email me at amanda(at) to make it yours. Styling sessions are currently available in Düsseldorf and the surrounding area.

Wishing you all the very best for 2015, thank you for supporting Chic for Charity.

Much love,


I’m so glad to finally be able to share Chic for Charity with you!

Chic for Charity is a for purpose that started back in March 2014 as a combination of pure desperation to do something good in the world and missing my work as a stylist. After months of study, research, help and hard work Chic for Charity is now ready to empower women through their wardrobes.

I created Chic for Charity to support the work of Free the Girls, a charitable organisation supporting survivors of sexual trafficking to regain their independence through small enterprise. A personal and wardrobe styling service with a twist – when you book the styling services of Chic for Charity, you don’t pay me – you make a donation to Free The Girls.


To celebrate the launch of Chic for Charity I’m offering 3 ‘donate what you want’ Wardrobe Styling sessions to the first three ladies who book!

Email me at amanda(at) to book your session and pass this on to any lovely ladies you know who could use a bit of wardrobe empowerment.

Wardrobe Styling sessions are currently available in Düsseldorf and the surrounding region.

The idea is to empower women through their wardrobes, women who may not otherwise be able to justify to themselves spending money on such a service.

I look forward to hearing from you soon!