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Stop wasting money on clothes you never wear. Understand which cuts and colours are right for you.
Learn how to highlight your assets (and disguise any flaws).

Dresscode offers you style advice that never goes out of fashion

Discover how to combine the old with the new. Know how to dress to impress.

About Dresscode

Welcome to Dresscode, the home of style and fashion advice for busy women over 40. If you answer 'yes' to any of the following, you've come to the right place:

Do you have clothes you never wear?

Ever splashed serious cash on an item that has hung unworn and unloved in your wardrobe ever since?

Have you tried one outfit after another only to opt for your usual, 'safe' jeans and tee?

Would you like to wear colour rather than your usual black?

Want to know how to update your look (without coming across as mutton or lamb)?!

There's a code to dressing well. A dress code. Every woman has her own. I'm here to teach you yours.

But first. Let's be honest. Looking great does require a little work. But you can make it look easy using the skills I'll teach you:

Style Solutions ($275 for 2 hours) Staying current is important, but is what's in fashion suited to your body shape, size and proportions? In a two-hour Style Solutions consultation I'll help you dress the body you have to create the body you want. You'll learn how to use clothes and accessories to highlight your physical assets (and disguise any perceived flaws). You receive a detailed manual with descriptions and illustrations of your best styles and cuts, and which fabrics, jacket and hem lengths, necklines, shoes and accessories are your BFFs.

Colour Coding ($275 for 2 hours) Some colours make you look younger and more radiant. Others do the opposite. I'll help you discover your true colours in a two-hour Colour Coding consultation. You receive a comprehensive manual and a high quality, laminated colour swatch (with 60 different colours) that is small enough to fit in your handbag. Take it with you when you go shopping. Your swatch will help you to add colour to your wardrobe, choose the right colour combinations - even what colour lipstick to wear!

Retail Therapy ($375 for 3 hours) Ready to take the guesswork out of shopping and stop wasting your hard-earned cash?! Say goodbye to buyer's remorse and hello to clothes you love and wear time and again. In a three-hour Retail Therapy session I can help you find the perfect wedding dress, clothes for work or play, or the shoes, glasses, swimwear or jeans that are right for you. Accompanied shopping trips can be carried out at your favourite outlets or I can recommend some great shops that will meet your needs.

Wardrobe Workout ($375 for 3 hours) How much time do you waste each day staring at your wardrobe wondering what to wear? Instead of living your life, you're stuck standing still! You can see you've got clothes. You just can't see any outfits. In our 3 hours together we'll go through your clothes and accessories and decide what is worth keeping and what needs to go. You receive a detailed manual and I'll help you mix and match your wares to create entirely new combinations. Some clothes might require minor alterations. I'll advise you how to refashion any not-quite-right items so they fit your figure, life and style.

You


If, like me, you're juggling life over 40, I'll bet you've noticed things have changed. Your style, for one. You're probably not comfortable showing as much skin as you once did and even if your tastes haven't changed, your body most certainly has! Dresscode is designed for busy 40+ women who might have noticed things have started to move slightly south, but whose standards haven't dropped! If you're not sure what to wear now but aren't ready to give up and wear elasticized pants (and don't want to look like your teenage daughter either), I'm here to help.

The simple act of getting dressed each morning is anything but. If you've ever stood in front of the mirror and asked yourself 'does this jacket match?', 'is this skirt really me?' or 'does this make me look fat?', then wonder no more. I'll teach you the tricks of the trade, so you'll be dressed and out the door (and looking great) in no time.

Self-knowledge is the key. Once you understand the styles that most enhance your body shape and proportions; the clothes that match your lifestyle needs; the garments that best express your personal style; and the colours that complement your natural colouring, you'll be your own personal stylist.

How a Dresscode consultation will benefit you:

Knowing your dress code gives you greater confidence. Wearing stylish clothes that celebrate your physical assets (and detract attention from any perceived figure flaws) does great things for your self-esteem. It also has a profound effect on the way other people relate to you. Dressing well tells others you're a competent person worthy of care, attention and respect. It's not called 'power dressing' for nothing!

A Dresscode consultation is an investment that saves you money. Don't be swayed by sales assistants or clever ad campaigns about the latest 'must-have' look. By knowing your best colours and styles you can automatically eliminate 90% of what's in store and focus on the 10% of items that will be perfect for you. Now that's what I call smart shopping!

Understanding your dress code helps you help the environment. Buying lots of clothes you never wear is costly, both financially and environmentally. Purchasing fewer clothes that you love and wear over and over means you benefit directly, in your hip pocket, and indirectly through a reduction in your level of waste. As every fashionista knows, looking great shouldn't cost the earth!

I could go on and on about the benefits of a Dresscode consultation (did I mention they're tax deductible if your job involves dealing with the public)? But don't just take my word for it. Here's what some of my clients have to say:

Thank you for a great Style Solutions consultation. I enjoyed every moment and for the first time in my adult life I feel comfortable in my own skin. Instead of being unhappy with my body shape I have embraced my curves and feel confident in hiding my flaws. I have been singing your praises to my friends and they would love to meet you too! Lovely to meet you and thank you again.
Dianne Bennett

Peta's advice on image, including colours and style, was very helpful. She had detailed knowledge and a strong sense of style that were evident throughout. The consultation was highly detailed and I came away confident in recreating my wardrobe. Perhaps the most useful parts were Peta's insights and advice on sustainable fashion. The consultation proved particularly useful when having clothes made as I was able to refer to her sketches and notes regarding the most flattering and suitable styles, and my colour swatch helped when choosing fabric.
Jacqueline Cussen

Peta came and spoke to the graduate students at Ormond College (University of Melbourne) about professional image and personal style. She demonstrated flair and professionalism as well as a dash of inspiration that was so impressive that we recently invited her to come and speak to our undergraduate students. I can thoroughly endorse and recommend Dresscode.
Dr Kiera Lindsey

Me

Hi, I'm Peta. I created Dresscode to make style, fashion and shopping SIMPLE for busy women like us, juggling life over 40. Having called Melbourne home for nearly twenty years, I'm back living on the beautiful Sunshine Coast in Queensland. My personal style is 'city sleek meets coastal chic'.

I love being a personal stylist but the truth is, I'm not that interested in the latest fads and fashions. After years of chasing my tail trying to keep up with every 'must have' look, I realised it's more important to wear clothes that suit me, not some store window mannequin, A-list celebrity or runway supermodel. Forget flash-in-the-pan fashions. I'm more interested in style for life.

Having learned how to dress myself properly, I'm here to share the love. I get a warm inner glow helping clients crack their own dress code to understand which cuts and colours to embrace, and which to forego. I want you to step out the door with a little extra confidence knowing that no matter what the day brings, you can look like you have it together - even if you don't always feel that way!

Style is great. Sustainable style is better. Fast, throwaway clothing is bad for your budget and the environment. My goal is to help you reduce your fashion footprint by choosing well-fitting, high-quality clothes that you'll love and wear for years to come. With my help you'll buy better, consume less and wear more.

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Reducing Your Fashion Footprint in Four Easy Steps

For the modern woman who cares about global warming and the next season's looks, Reducing Your Fashion Footprint in Four Easy Steps is a must-have accessory.

From the principles of 'slow fashion' and how to 'shop your wardrobe', to the joys of clothes swaps and op-shopping, Reducing Your Fashion Footprint in Four Easy Steps encourages you to buy quality over quantity and make the most of the clothes you already own. It's smart, inspirational and will show even the most diehard shopaholic how she can satisfy her desire and salve her conscience. Who said high principles were incompatible with high fashion - or high heels, for that matter? Becoming eco-fabulous is easy! Change the world and your wardrobe in four easy steps:

1. Avoid being a weapon of mass consumption

2. Love the clothes you're in

3. Shop your wardrobe, and

4. Make do & Mend.

Hear what others have to say
I've read many books, articles and blog posts on "how to get the perfect wardrobe", but Peta Stephenson fundamentally understands the psychology (both negative and positive) of a woman's wardrobe like few others. Her simple take on things allows fashion lovers to maximise the good stuff and do away with the not-so-good stuff when it comes to shopping. Reducing Your Fashion Footprint in Four Easy Steps proves that changing the way you do things comes with many benefits, and that it really isn't as difficult as it might seem. Peta's insights and clear steps allow women to develop a healthier relationship with their wardrobe, their bank balance, the environment, and ultimately themselves. Highly recommended reading.
Lara McPherson, Founder - Sustainable Fashion Australia.

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Gift Certificates


Stuck for a gift idea for that special someone who has everything? Have a friend, partner or family member who is in need of a bit of pampering? Help them to achieve the look they've always desired and enjoy the life they've always wanted with a Dresscode gift certificate. It's the ultimate style experience that is both rewarding and fun, with the power to transform that special man or woman in your life.

Certificates can be purchased for a specific consultation or for a dollar amount[click on dropdown below to select your options]. With this unique and memorable gift you can help that certain someone to escape the distractions of daily life and enjoy a personalised session tailored to their needs. It could be to revamp their wardrobe, go on a customised shopping excursion, or to learn which cuts and colours are best for them. Whether they love their current style or need a little help defining or rejuvenating it, a Dresscode gift certificate will leave them feeling confident, in control and thoroughly indulged.

Certificates are not redeemable for cash and will be honoured for six months after the date of purchase.

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