Personal Styling frequently asked questions


When I discuss what I do with people these are the most common questions I am asked.  I want my potential Clients to have a clear picture of what they can expect when they hire me so here are the answers… if you have any others I’d be happy to answer them too.

Will you make me spend more money than I want to?

Simple… NO.  Before we even meet we will have established the budget you’d like to spend. It’s essential that I know your budget and your goals so I can get the most bang for your buck and take you to stores that provide the best styles and quality for your budget.

 Will you put me in things that don’t ‘feel’ like me?

The primary role of a Stylist, whether professionally or in a personal capacity, is to fill the brief of the client. On a photo shoot, the client is the person producing the work. On a Personal shop you are the client.

Through my experience with dressing a variety of people from News readers to Hosts of live productions and Sporting Commentators I have the skills to assess what your ‘Personal Style’ is and my knowledge of the Australian Fashion Market makes it easy for me to match brands with your style.

I might get you to try things that you wouldn’t usually try but that’s why you hired me.

Do you work on commission?


I have been approached by brands to represent them and on sell to my clients. I have decided that in order for me to feel I am working with integrity I don’t want to align myself with any particular brand.

My opinions are genuine and based around getting the best result for you.

Can I split the cost with a Friend?

YES! I am happy to cater to small groups. 1 hour per person which is the equivilant of a POWERSHOP per person.

It’s a fun outing with friends. Not ideal if you are hoping for a make over but great if you want to get a grasp on the latest trends and how to make them work for you and spend time with your friends doing something unique

Transformer, more than meets the eye..

Meet Meagan.

Meagan is a Marketing executive with an unexpected hobby.  She was looking for a wardrobe that covered casual as well outfits to wear out at night to stylishly sip cocktails.

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Looking to the Future – Australian Designers Spring Summer 16/17

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Australian Designers pulled out all the stops this week wooing local and international buyers with sophisticated and sellable collections at this week’s Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia.

Here’s what we’ll be wearing next summer…..

Off the shoulder tops and dresses still dominate

Strapless tops and dresses and jumpsuits or play suits

Shiny Satin and metallics

Colours –  burnt tans, beige, grey sulphuric yellows, soft peachy pinks and baby blues, emerald green, red and we can’t forget black and white

Keep following  to see how to integrate some of these trends into your day to day wardrobe.

Something a little special

From top left Wittner – Anita Heel, Olga Berg – Regan Octagonal Pod Clutch, Saint Laurent – Cassandre Clutch from Miss Louise, Tony Bianco – Alita Heel
From top left Olga Berg – Dana crystal embellished Clutch, Tony Bianco – Kappa Heel , Preciously Paris – Let’s Rock Clutch from MISS LOUISE, Tony Bianco – Laika Heel

From top left  – Balmain – Tia Heel rom MISS LOUISE , Olga Berg  – Ace crystal oval Pod, Saint Laurent – Silver mini monochrome from MISS LOUISE , Aquazzura – Milla Jewel Heel from MISS LOUISE


With The Met Gala on Monday and the TV Week Logies tomorrow I thought it was time to add some Red Carpet inspiration to my pages.

The power of the right accessories shouldn’t be underestimated.  They can make or break an outfit and quickly see celebs heading to the worst dressed list. They can take your outfit from sophisticated to clunky or glam to dowdy.

As a rule, I prefer an open toe with a long gown.  I think they look more elegant when we get a peep of them and they compliment the finer fabrics often used in black tie gowns. You can’t go wrong with a single strap across your toes but if you prefer more support one that has fine straps running up your foot will do the trick.

Clutches are like a bow on a present, they add a little sparkle or contrast to the ensemble.  The fact is, you have to carry a bag so you may as well use it to your advantage.  If you have a simple dress you can elevate it with something sparkly in the same colour, on the other hand, if your dress has it all going on with sparkle and glitz you can tone it back with a simple matte clutch.

Don’t let your accessories be an afterthought and check out the links above for some affordable and splurge options..

x Rach



Scanlan and Theodore-Double Cotton Trench $800, Viktoria and Woods – Valentina $699, TY-LR – Antonia Dress $490 

I love living in a city with defined seasons. Melbourne does it well with a full display of colour in Autumn and beautiful Icy winters. The air changes from one season to the next, affecting our moods and lifestyle. As the leaves turn to gold and red we need to start thinking about how we’ll layer for the coming winter. We’re no London or snowy New York but there is still a need to rug up, don a coat and spend weekends relaxing by fires.

This seasons Coats for women range from waterfall wraps to long and over sized with the trench holding it’s place as a wardrobe staple. I love the colours showing this season from soft pinks to rich tans and teal and of course classic navy.  There is a lot of felted wool coming through adding to the unstructured feel and making them super snugly.

An important tip for buying the right coat, especially when the overall style is unstructured, is to make sure it fits you well in the shoulder. The shoulder seam should sit at the edge of your shoulder bone.  Too narrow and it will look to small and your arm will look larger and rounded.  Too wide and your neck and shoulder will appear to slope.  It’s all about a sharp angle where the shoulder is concerned.  If you do have a shoulder the drops away from you neck consider popping in a slim shoulder pad.

The wrap coat is a great option for those that want their coat to mix work with pleasure.  Tightly cinched at the waist gives a classic pulled together look for the office.  Try swapping the tie belt with a simple leather one for an individualised, look.  Then on weekends, loose the belt all together and casually throw it over jeans and roll neck knit.

These are a few of my top coat picks for AW 2016 .  Click on the captions to head straight to the On line Stores.


Godwin Charli – Maxine $799, Godwin Charli – Georgia $699


Karen Millen – Mohair and Alpaca Wrap Coat $ 675 , Saba – Penny Coat $499
Diana Ferrari – Maxwell Blanket Coat $349.95, Viktoria and Woods – Altitude Coat $549


Country Road- Military Button Coat $399, Viktoria and Woods – Equalizer Coat $699


Plumeria – for a super stylish work out


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I’d love to introduce you to Plumeria, my bff’s amazing online store.

Nicky and I grew up in Whangarei New Zealand. A small city a couple of hours North of Auckland. It’s surrounded by amazing coastline where most weekends as kids were spent at the beach and in the surf.

As a young Adult, when I moved to Melbourne, Nicky’s love of beaches and her now Husband, took her to live on the beautiful islands of Hawaii.  Years later when she returned to New Zealand Nicky found she couldn’t find the variety of active wear that she’d grown to love.  She took matters into her own hands and started Plumeria an online boutique for women stocking beautiful activewear Nicky sources from all over the world.
Nicky is and has always been active; whether it’s running, paddle boarding, hiking or running around after her 3 beautiful kids, she is definitely on the move. There is no better judge of what feels good to be active in which is why clients are loving Nicky’s collection of brands for their functionality and fit as well as their stylish designs.

Please do yourself and your work outs a favour and head to her store.  She ships Worldwide!


Olympia Activewear

On my Radar – Decjuba 




 My go to colour for clothing is black. Perhaps  it’s because I hark from New Zealand where you hear “all black” a lot in conversation and it’s permeated my sub-conscious or because I moved to Melbourne as a 21 year old and working in fashion when people only wore black; regardless of it’s origin I feel best in Black.
This could be why I am loving Decjuba’s AW 16 collection. There is plenty of black in simple silhouettes. The campaign images are also beautifully styled to look effortless but tailored, maybe that’s it. Or is it that clever blend of chic and casual.

Decjuba is officially back in my radar

Free Styling Session?

Free Styling Session? Yes indeed..

Guess how much I spent and win a 3 hour styling session for you or a friend. Simply post your guess and share on Facebook (racheldennisstylist Favebook page) to enter. Who ever get closest to the $ Wins.

Winner announced on March 11th.

Hint ( it’s probably less than you think)

*Melbourne Only


As much as I am able to appreciate my last Shoe post visually and as a Stylist; the thought of spending more than a few hours in heels is my idea of hell and I know I am not alone. Not all of us trained our feet to wear heels and find the pain a major distraction from living our lives to their fullest.

Here are my picks of Flats and Boots that’s I’d love to get about in this Autumn/Winter.

Most of the brands will be familiar to you but there is one that you might not have had the pleasure of getting to know.  I am talking about Habbot.  The brain child of Annie Abbott, a talented Melbournite with a passion for shoe design and a desire to have them beautifully hand made at some of Naple’s best shoe makers.  They have a store in the newly refurbished The Strand Melbourne and in the iconic Royal Arcade.  If you are wanting handmade quality footwear please pay them a visit or head to their online store.

I am in love with the patent leather coming through in flats this season.  It gives our comfy flats some glamour, making their limited height less noticeable as the high shine is the attraction here.

This season we’ll see the sneaker hold it’s position as a major trend.  This is music to a flat shoe wearer’s ears.  Team it with your mid-length skirt and  a roll neck jumper for a great off/on duty look.  Ginger and Smart have been clever with the hard ware on their sneakers, adding some rose gold zips and studs.  Wittner’s Beckett is a less expensive pair that offer similar flexibility with what you can wear them back with.

So go forth and be comfortable.  Your feet and the person you’re trying to have a conversation with will thank you!

Habbot – Exposure $395, Walnut Melbourne – Driving Leather Loafer $129.95


Wittner- Jerome Boot $249.95, Habbot – Magnify Boot $450


Habbot – Dose Shoe $395, Ginger and Smart Forte -Sneaker $369


Wittner – Keiko $179.95, Country Road – Carrie Flat $119


Country Road – Ira Knee High Boot $299 , Wittner – Isabelle Boot $329 


Habbot – Cha Cha $325,  Habbot – Dish $395,  Wittner – Beckett $99.95

Bag of tricks

Bag- Mecca, Blusher – Mac’s Fleur Power Satin Blush, Eye Shadow Mac’s Burgundy times Nine Palette, Lipstick – Mac’s Satin finish in Faux, Instant Volume Powder – Schwarzkopf , Dry Shampoo – Klorane 


We all need a little help in the morning. Especially on those mornings when we haven’t slept well, don’t have time to wash our hair or generally feel a little lack lustre.  This is my bag of tricks.. products I rely on to help me emerge into society every day.

I’m not sure how I got by before discovering dry shampoo.  It feels like there are two very distinct periods in my life; before dry shampoo and after dry shampoo.  Before dry shampoo I had to wash my hair most days so that it wasn’t a complete greasy mess.  As I’ve mentioned before I have 2 children so find that time to blow-dry and make my self presentable is limited.  A few sprays from this magic can and I’m grease free.  I like the Klorane brand.  It works well in my ash blonde hair and is available at most supermarkets; so easily accessible.

A more recent, but equally profound discovery, is ‘instant volume powder’  While Dry Shampoo does as you’d expect, making your hair appear more clean than it is, ‘instant volume powder’ provides more of a post salon/ freshly styled look.  A few sprinkles in the roots and you can add volume; sprinkle it along a length of hair and you can control where your hair sits.  From what my Hair stylist friends tell me some are better than others so get some advice on what might work for you.

When I was a new Mum and people came by to meet little Milla they would often comment on how well I looked.  I maintain to this day that it was very much thanks to blusher and eye shadow.  It certainly wasn’t a result of a well slept night.  A gentle lashing of blusher and an application of eye shadow that compliments your eye colour, can transform you from zombie to human in a matter of seconds.  I love Mac products.  They have such a variety of colours and finishes that compliment every complexion. I have blue eyes so choose a Burgundy eye shadow palette and soft pink blusher for my fair skin. Professional Make up Artists favour Mac so I figure if they work for the harsh lights of film and TV they’ll be brilliant for the real light of day.

Please share some of your ‘tricks’ in the comments below.