5 Fashion Tips That Will Change Your Wardrobe

In the age of fast fashion and online shopping, we’re undeniably spoiled for choice as far as fashion is concerned. But if you’ve ever peered inside your wardrobe and wondered “When on earth am I going to wear that?” or looked at your bank account and thought “Maybe I don’t need another pair of skinny black jeans” you’re not alone. Which is why we’ve rounded up our five fashion tips that will help overhaul your wardrobe and the way you shop.

1. Don’t buy items in the wrong size

As far as fashion tips are concerned this one might seem like common sense, but it’s not at all uncommon to be tempted to buy a size smaller as a motivation to lose weight or because your usual size is already sold out. The same goes for holding onto those jeans from seven years ago that you’re hoping to squeeze into again one day.

At the end of the day, life is too short to let an impulse fashion buy or an old pair of too-small jeans make us feel guilty about our body image or weight. “We often forget that our bodies change every year,” says Abbie O’Rourke, founder of Feel Fresh Nutrition. “You’ll hear language such as, ‘Back in 2014 I was a size 6’ – but the reality is that was four years ago and you’ve had a child since then. We need people to understand their bodies are different year to year, and that’s okay.”

2. Don’t buy something simply because it’s on sale

If you’ve ever purchased an item just because it was on sale only to have it sit unworn at the back of your closet, you’re definitely not alone. The allure of shopping for a bargain can trick even the savviest shoppers into thinking that neon-coloured designer pencil skirt marked down by 70 per cent is too good of a deal to resist.

“The feeling of getting a bargain when shopping for new clothes is a very dominant factor, which can influence our decision to go shopping,” says University of Auckland PhD researcher, Miriam Seifert. As tempting as sales can be, they can trick us into thinking we’re not doing anything wrong by purchasing products on a whim because we’re not paying the full ticket for the product.

“We go shopping because we want to experience the joy of getting a bargain and saving money,” she explains. Seifert says while it’s easy to fall for marketing campaigns peddling slashed sale prices, it’s important to try and avoid impulsive and emotional shopping. She suggests asking yourself: Do I really need it? Do I have something similar already in my closet that I use or haven’t been wearing at all? Will it make me happy to buy it?

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Forgo the fashion trends you’ll only wear a handful of times and invest in the ones you’ll wear season after season.

3. Steer clear of trends that will be out of fashion before you know it

If you find yourself constantly scrolling through Instagram to try and keep up with all the trends street style stars are wearing, it might be time to take a step back and rethink your wardrobe.

Trends do tend to come and go and circle back around again, so knowing how to cherry-pick trends that you’ll wear season after season is important. Instead of purchasing something because everyone else seems to be wearing it at the moment, invest in key trends that you know you’ll get wear out of in years to come. 

4. Don’t buy pieces you’ll only wear once

You know the drill: you’ve got a special event coming up and are convinced that you have nothing to wear, so you decide to hit the shops in full-blown panic mode to find the perfect outfit for the occasion. 

Unfortunately, shopping under pressure can cause us to make some strange decisions and often we end up with an item of clothing that we only end up wearing once. Instead of hastily rushing out to purchase something new consider the environment and your bank account, and consider renting an outfit from the likes of Designer Wardrobe for the occasion. 

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Avoid purchasing pieces you’ll only wear once, and invest in items you’ll wear time and time again.

5. Think about how your purchases are impacting on the planet

Fast fashion might have given us the trends we want when we want them but our obsession with trend-driven inexpensive fashion has left us with an environmental problem on our hands. Unfortunately, the bulk of fast fashion hasn’t been created to last and because of cheap price tags, many of us aren’t reluctant to throw away fast fashion after just a handful of wears.

Shockingly, a YouGov report from the end of 2017 revealed that 75% of Australian adults had thrown away clothing in the last year and astoundingly 24% of people surveyed admitted to throwing out a garment after one wear. One in six people binned at least three garments they’d worn only once. Millennials were the worst offenders with almost 25% saying they had purchased at least half the clothes they own in the past year.

Fortunately overhauling your wardrobe to make it more environmentally minded isn’t tricky – and if you stop purchasing pieces simply because they’re on-trend or that you know you’ll only wear once, you’re already on the right track to a more mindful wardrobe.  Click here to discover our five favourite fashion tips that will help you become a more mindful fashionista. 


The Best New Beauty for August

August is a busy month for the beauty world with a plethora of innovative products launching. To make navigating the beauty counter easier, we’ve rounded up our favourite best new beauty for August. 

1. La Prairie‘s luxurious complexion collection gets two new additions this month: Skin Caviar Loose Powder ($315 pictured below) and Skin Caviar Powder Foundation ($315). Both formulations are infused with the house’s famous skin-nurturing Caviar Extract, which means that both are much more than just make-up: they work like skincare too, so over time skin is more hydrated and fine lines and wrinkles are less visible.

2. We’ll be honest: it was love at first sight with Prada Candy Night (80ml EDP, $215). The stunning bottle aside, the scent is mesmerising too. It stays true to the Candy collection’s signature gourmand heart but delves into a slightly more seductive territory with captivating notes of patchouli, musk and tonka bean. 

3. If you’re tired of seeing everyone you follow on Instagram frolicking on the sunny Italian coastline, don’t fret: a spritz of Tom Ford’s latest signature scent will transport you somewhere sun-dappled. Costa Azzurra Acqua (50ml EDP, $215) is the latest addition to Mr Ford’s Neroli Portofino collection and is a fresher version of his original 2014 Costa Azzurra fragrance. It’s almost like a tropical mid-winter getaway in a bottle with its uplifting green notes and sparkling citrusy facets.

4. When you’re burning the candle at both ends – be it frequent long-haul flying, taxing work hours or just life throwing something unexpected your way – it can show on your skin. Thanks to Estée Lauder we’ve now got a trusty go-to that we can turn to when life takes its toll on our complexion. New Advanced Night Repair Intense Reset Concentrate ($145) has been created to be called upon when your skin needs it the most. If harnesses advanced Chronolux S.O.S. technology that soothes stressed skin and restores radiance and health to your complexion quickly.


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5. While there are plenty of skincare products out there that promise that luminous skin that everyone is after, nothing helps your complexion glow quite like including a great acid in your beauty routine. Murad’s very clever new Replenishing Multi-Acid Peel ($145 from and Caci nationwide) promises to accelerate the cell renewal process by 33 per cent in just seven days. And while it can be hard to settle on which acid to include in your routine, you don’t need to worry about that dilemma with Murad’s new release as the bi-phase peel includes an innovative blend of glycolic, lactic, malic, salicylic and tranexamic acids. Apoptogenic holy basil that helps counteract irritation. 

6. Lancôme‘s iconic skincare offering, Advanced Génifique (30ml, $137) turns 10 this year and get’s an innovative makeover to help celebrate the occasion. While the formula stays true to the lightweight, luxurious texture that Génifique fans already know and love, the new formulation draws on game-changing research that has been done on the skin’s microbiome. To keep skin healthy, glowing and your microbiome balanced the new formula has been packed with prebiotics and probiotics. Pick up the September issue of MiNDFOOD, on sale 5 August, to read our exclusive interview with the scientist who brought the new formulation to life. 

7. Spring is just around the corner and YSL Vernis A Lervres Water Stain ($69) arrives just in time to freshen up pouts. The unique formula combines the best of lip gloss and lipstick to create a lip colour that delivers serious colour payoff while feeling incredibly comfortable. In other words, it’s glossy without being sticky and long-wearing without being drying, making it a handbag essential. 

8. The opening of New Zealand’s very first Sephora has meant that we can now get our hands on a whole array of brands that are new to the country. We’re not going to lie, our Sephora shopping lists are on the long side; however, there was a certain concealer that has a cult-like following that made top of the list. Tarte‘s Shape Tape has been praised by make-up artists and beauty buffs around the globe and since getting our hands on one it has been easy to understand why. The formulation flawlessly covers imperfections and dark circles while staying put right around the clock and nourishing skin with mango see and shea butter.

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