We have all felt that moment of panic when the word is out of an invitation to a party that you just have to go to, if not for work reasons, for family or friends.

First comes the excitement, yes! A party! Excuse to dress up!

Next comes the Oh my God, what am I going to wear?I cant wear the same dress as I wore last year, everyone will know, and I don’t even think it will fit me anymore….. dilemma moment.

Well, don’t panic! Before you rush out with your credit card ready to absorb the brunt of your excitement, take a moment to revisit what you do have and how you can add some sparkle and shine to look like you have just stepped out of a magazine shoot.

First, do you have black pants, skirt, basic camisoles in different colors, maybe white pants, coloured jeans, black dress? These are the wardrobe staples that can form the basis for adding a couple of new season fashion elements.

Accessories and colour are the 2 items that can be added most easily to these. For example, necklaces, shoes, bags, are all items that can change the look of an outfit and take it from glum to glam in an instant.

Second: consider refreshing your hairstyle and colour. Get some advice and tips from your hair stylist on how you can use products to look more festive. There are so many beautiful hair pieces available to add focus, and take the emphasis away from the fact that you are wearing the same dress as last year.

Thirdly: have a makeup lesson to learn how to apply your makeup differently for a more glamorous look. A little more liner, false lashes, and brighter lipstick can really add some sparkle to your face, attracting the onlookers attention to you and not your outfit!

Lastly, if you do decide to purchase a new season garmet, choose one that is not just a fashion fad, but one that will service you again and again. I suggest looking for the wow factor jacket that can be worn over anything, it might be tuxedo style or in a brighter colour, a beautiful silk top in your absolute best colour that compliments your hair, skin and eyes, a pair of great fitting black or white pants in fabric and style that works with your body shape, and one or 2 other layering pieces that can be worn loose or belted if that works for you. You might even like to experiment with the new kaftan styles that are everywhere right now, the fabric is soft and flowing, they often have embellishment at the neckline so you don’t have to add anything else there, and they can be worn to almost any event with the right style of shoe and bag.

Most of all, be yourself smile and laugh and enjoy.

About The Author

Julie Hyne is a internationally renowned and accredited Stylist and Image consultant, In her roles, Julie has worked in industries where image and style are vitally important, including the airline industry, hospitality and Corporations. Julie is sought after for web hosting, radio and podcast interviews, presenting and publishing targeted style videos and writing of articles for online magazines and blogs.

Julie is also known for her styling at Brand Smart Premium Outlet, Camberwell Shopping Centre, and Westfield Southland.

Julie helps individuals identify and display their unique style that in turn creates presence, instills confidence, and attracts opportunities in their personal and professional lives. A believer that good style is not dependant on fashion, Julie works with fashion to create easy and memorable style.

Julie is accredited with the AICI (Association of Image Consultants International), and holds a Board Position for the Melbourne Chapter. Julie also holds a Bachelor of Business, Diploma of Modelling, Certificate in TV and Media Presenting, and Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

You can contact Julie through her website www.juliehyneimagestylist.com.au or http://www.facebook.com/juliehyneimagestylist

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    March 12, 2014 at 2:30 pm,

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    These are some good tips

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    January 31, 2014 at 7:00 pm,

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    thank you for the useful info

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    Thanks for sharing this great article. Great fashipn tips,I love online shopping more cheap and no breaking the budget.

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    Interesting read -thanks for sharing

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    Thanks for the tips I feel like I am always having a dilemma with nothing to wear first world problems

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    Thanks for sharing this great article. Great fashipn tips

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    December 31, 2013 at 11:11 pm,

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  8. December 31, 2013 at 6:04 pm,

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    I’ll be going through my wardrobe in about 3 hours…. deciding what to wear tonight.

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    I always manage to get the fad garment – gifted I guess

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    December 30, 2013 at 11:53 am,

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    Good idea. I love online shopping more cheap and no breaking the budget.

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    December 24, 2013 at 12:47 pm,

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    Some really good ideas. I really try to only get accessories in fashion as its less on the budget.

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    I put on a lot of weight with bubs and one thing I enjoy as the kilos are slowly (very slowly) coming off is getting rid of some of the big clothes and replacing with a new item. We are on a tight budget right now so I need to choose wisely but it is great watching my wardrobe change.

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    very cool like my fashion

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    Look at what you have in your wardrobe, you may be surprised.

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    Since I can’ afford new clothes right now I die my hair bright colours.

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