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Photo credit: laurenconrad.com

One of the biggest style dilemmas many of us will come across during the Summer will be dressing appropriately for work when the temperatures sore.

With the mercury rising once again in the UK this week, many of us will be wondering what is and isn’t appropriate for the office. With more and more workplaces adopting a smart/casual dress code it is important to dress for the weather whilst still looking professional.

Here are some of our top tips to help you navigate this style dilemma!

DO choose your fabrics wisely

Natural fabrics like cotton, will be more lightweight and crease less after a long day sitting down; meaning you’ll look more put together and well presented, even after a hard day of meetings and calls. If you are in a smart/casual environment you could opt for a shirt dress or linen trousers, which tend have a more relaxed cut and therefore are cooler to wear. Ensure that the material you choose isn’t too lightweight, as this can look too casual and reveal more than you may have intended.

DON’T show too much

It may be hot, but this doesn’t mean your hemline can be high. A skirt is a great choice for keeping cool in the heat and midi-length skirts are fabulously flattering on many body shapes (just be sure yours cuts at a flattering point on the leg). You’ll be able to move around with ease and look professional at the same time. If midi isn’t your thing just be sure not to go any higher than just above the knee.

There is a huge trend for off-the-shoulder tops and dresses at the moment, but keep this look for the weekend – it exposes too much flesh, even for a casual workplace. Similarly, leave your backless, asymmetric, spaghetti straps and batwings tops at home. Sleeveless is fine, but cover up by wearing trousers on your bottom half to balance the exposure of your arms (and keep a cardigan or jacket to hand for meetings).

DO dress up

A dress is a great option during the Summer. Choose a cut that is flattering for your body shape and it will help to keep you cool and comfortable on hot, sticky days. Opt for one of the lighter, brighter shades from your colour palette if you can, ensuring you balance the tone of shades you’re wearing, depending on your dominant colour category.

DON’T forget footwear

Leave your flip-flops and gladiator sandals at home! Thanks to Chanel, classic, ladylike sling-backs are making something of a comeback at the moment and these are an elegant option for the office during the Summer. Open toed shoes are fine in most workplaces now, but make sure your toes are immaculate if you decide to go down this route (a great excuse to book in for that pedicure!)

DO layer

Most offices now have air-conditioning, meaning you may be going from sweltering heat to icy conditions at the touch of an elevator button. If this is the case you will need to cleverly layer your look to keep you warm. The danger here can be that you end up looking too casual (if you choose a loose-fitting cardigan for example). Invest in a lightweight jacket that is cut to suit your figure and, if needed, a lightweight scarf in your best colours. This will keep you warm but still looking smart and both are easy to remove once you leave the office to embrace the glorious sunshine!

Get some office chic inspiration over on our Pinterest board here.

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Picture credit: Oasis Fashion

Picture credit: Oasis Fashion

If you receive our monthly colour me beautiful newsletter you’ll have seen our tips on how to select the best swimwear for your body shape. After looking forward to your holiday all year long, you will naturally want to look fabulous poolside!

One aspect of our holiday wardrobe that can sometimes be overlooked is a stylish poolside cover-up. If you’re on a beach break this Summer then you’ll be spending the majority of your time switching from sun bed to casual eatery, to poolside bar, so you need something that not only looks great, but is comfortable too.

Here’s our round-up of the best beach cover-ups to buy now. Snap one up now before you jet off to the sun!

The Maxi Dress

A classic poolside cover-up, a maxi dress is a great choice. It’s loose fit will ensure you keep cool and comfortable and the longer length is great if you prefer not to show your legs too much. Choose one in a fabulous colour as it’s likely you’ll be make-up free, to ensure your skin glows and your eyes sparkle!

We love this maxi from Monsoon, which will look particularly fabulous on those of you who fall into the Warm dominant colour category.

The Playsuit

If you have a Lean Column body shape, then you’re lucky enough to have your pick of styles that will look fabulous on you!

We love this gorgeous, teal playsuit from Next. Easy to slip on and off and perfect for trips around the local area when you need a break from sunbathing. Simply pair with a colourful beach bag, necklace and sandals.

The Bandeau Dress

Avoid tan lines with a strapless sundress in a soft, flowing fabric. This cobalt blue bandeau dress from John Lewis is the perfect choice for those of you with a Triangle body shape as it will balance out your proportions as well as skimming over your hips and bottom.

It’s stunning vibrant blue colour will work fabulously on both Clears and Cools.

The Kaftan

Another beach classic, there’s a reason the kaftan has been around for so long. Undeniably chic and easy to wear, the shorter versions are also perfect for showing off a great pair of legs! There are lots of options when it comes to kaftans, you could go sheer if you want to show off your figure, choose a flattering block of colour, or opt for something more romantic and floral.

This Dickens & Jones kaftan from House of Fraser offers just the right amount of coverage and it’s delicate print will appeal to those of you who fall into the Romantic style category!

Don’t Forget To Accessorise!

Even when you’re on the beach or by the pool, accessories are needed to complete your look! There are some gorgeous over-sized beach bags available in the shops right now. Go for something really bold and funky, it’s an item that won’t get much use for the rest of the year so have fun with it! Embellished sandals, oversized hats and a pair of fabulous sunglasses are all essentials – and a flamboyant cocktail of course!

Happy Holidays!

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Finally some warm weather has arrived in the UK, let’s hope it’s here to stay!

During the Summer months (and whilst you’re on holiday) it is a good idea to take a look at your usual beauty routine and make a few tweaks to ensure you’re using products that aren’t going to clog your skin, or leave you exposed to the sun’s damaging rays.

Here are our top tips on how to ensure you look and feel fabulous in the heat!

Up the SPF

Ideally you should protect your skin from damaging UV rays all year round, but during the Summer it’s even more important to do so. You don’t have to slather on heavy-duty sun cream to do this, many brands now have SPF in their facial moisturisers that are lightweight and non-greasy, so you won’t even realise you’re wearing any!

Switch foundation for tinted moisturiser

Here at colour me beautiful HQ we swear by our Morning Light Foundation for most of the year, but come the Summer it’s our Tinted Moisturiser that we’re packing in the suitcase! For a super-lightweight feel and extra hydration, you can’t go wrong with this fabulous product as it’s packed with conditioners and has light diffusing properties to unify your skin tone and correct imperfections.

Get lippy

Usually a lipstick lover? Us too! However, something a little lighter is the order of the day during the Summer. Try a lip gloss for a subtle pop of colour and understated look this season. Our new Extreme Sheen Lip Gloss is perfect to pop in your beach bag to take you from the pool to the cocktail bar!

Prep to perfection

When we’re hot make-up can have a tendency to slide around our face a little, meaning by the end of the day we’re looking more melted than marvellous!

Pop some of our colour me beautiful eye base underneath your eye shadow to prep your eyes for smoother eyeshadow application that will ensure your colour holds for hours with no creasing. This fabulous little product can also be worn alone if you wish, as it goes on sheer, allowing you to subtly brighten your eyes for a natural daytime look.

Mist it

Facial mists are big news right now, and can be used in a number of ways. The key is to spray a very fine mist (therefore ensuring you don’t saturate your skin). Here are some of our favourite ways to use a facial mist…

  • Underneath your moisturiser (to lock in moisture better when your skin has been exposed to the sun)
  • To get a dewy texture with your make-up (use it before you put on your foundation or tinted moisturiser to give your skin a subtle glow)
  • To set your make-up (spraying a mist on after you’ve applied your base will remove a powdery finish and you can repeat throughout the day to keep you cool!)

You can explore our range of colour me beautiful cosmetics here.

Check out our Summer Lovin’ Pinterest board here.

Not sure which shades are best for you? Get in touch with your local colour me beautiful consultant here.

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The arrival of Summer also heralds the start of wedding season and selecting an outfit that is flattering, comfortable, appropriate for the occasion and adaptable for the great British Summer can often seem daunting!

If you’re looking for some inspiration then you’ve come to the right place! In this post we’ll take you through some outfit suggestions and tips to ensure you stand out for all the right reasons (just try not to upstage the bride!)

Colour Confidence

You just knew we’d start here didn’t you? Our first tip is to start with a colour that really works for you (i.e. one from your colour category).

Go for a shade from your palette that really makes you feel fabulous – when you feel great, you look great after all. Now is not the time to experiment with new combinations (unless you’re getting some expert guidance from one of our fabulous consultants of course!) Opt for a shade you have worn and loved previously.

Beware! Don’t opt for white or ivory (too bridal), avoid black (even if it is in your colour palette, it is a little morbid for such a joyous occasion) and don’t go TOO bright (Clears and Dramatics, we’re talking to you!)

You Don’t Have To Do a Dress

A dress is an easy option for a wedding, and there’s no reason not to go for this if you find something you love and which flatters your body shape and proportions. However, don’t forget that there are many alternatives to a dress that you may want to try.
Skirts have made something of a comeback in recent years and are a great option for a wedding. Triangle body shapes in particular will love the trend for full, prom-style skirts that is prevalent at the moment and what’s more you can get lots of wear out of a skirt for other occasions by changing your top, shoes and accessories.

Don’t like your legs? Then try a jumpsuit! There are so many available now (and we’ve talked about some of them in our previous blog post here). Be sure to choose a material that works for your body shape to ensure your jumpsuit is as flattering and comfortable as possible.

Dancing Feet

Shoes can make or break an outfit so it’s important to get them right!

If you’re wearing something new for the big day make sure you give them a trial run at home first (top tip, if they need wearing in then pop a pair of thick socks on and wear them around the house to soften and loosen any areas that may pinch your feet). If you have room in your bag its always wise to put a pair of flats in so you can enjoy showing off your moves on the dance floor rather than toe-tapping on the sidelines!

Accessorise

Finally – don’t forget the details.

Hats are worn less at weddings these days but a percher or flat beret (as seen on the Duchess of Cambridge recently), or a simple hair accessory will complete your look and instantly make it feel more ‘wedding’ appropriate. Finish your ensemble with some carefully selected jewellery and a bag or clutch in a complementary colour and you’ll be good to go!

Looking for some colour or style advice for a special occasion? Get in touch with one of our expert personal stylists! Just click here to find your local colour me beautiful consultant.

For more wedding guest style inspiration take a look at our Pinterest board here.

If you thought that Festival dressing was all about wellieFestival Chic 2s and waterproofs, think again. A girl (or boy) has to consider at great length what she (he) is going to wear to this  year’s festivals. It isn’t just about bunging a few things in a rucksack and off you go any more. There is a ‘chic’ side to looking festival fabulous.

I love festival dressing – you  can get away from your everyday wardrobe and be someone else for a weekend. Before now, I have been spotted at one, in a turquoise tutu and walking boots – not quite  the wardrobe for a personal stylist!

Whether you are choosing to go to Reading, Hop Farm, 3 wishes Faery festival, Bestival, Latitude or WOMAD, it’s time to party, grab your backpack your tent and get  some style inspiration. Visit https://www.festicket.com/magazine/top-20-music-festivals-in-the-uk/ and take your pick.

Tribal

Ethnic print trousers are practical and stylish. Keep the tops plain and you will be able to mix and match all weekend. Team with a cross-body embroidered bag to hold all your valuables.

The shorts

Denim cut-offs have always been a festival staple. Wear with gladiator sandals and a shirt if sunny, or coloured wellies and a waterproof, when the inevitable happens.

The all in one

These are everywhere in the shops in floral and geometric designs. They are so comfortable, especially when you are jumping around in a field all day to music. My only reservation on this one is the challenges when venturing to the portaloos!

The maxi

Be ready for any weather in a stunning print maxi. Great with comfy flat sandals and a denim cover up to rock the look.

The cover up

A necessary item to pack for after dark. The choice is yours, parka, mesh top, or padded jacket. Or you can really up your look with a beautiful  kimono-style long wrap.

The accessories

It goes without saying that we will pack our hat, sunnies and of course our wellies. Though if you don’t want to carry wellies I’ve got the best news for you yet. Check out these great cover-ups http://www.feetz.co.uk/ . They even have non-slip soles if you are having to wade through inches of mud!

If you are wondering which festival I will be going to this summer it’s WOMAD. What a fabulous family oriented festival it is! See you there.

Written by Shan Williams, Personal Stylist.

Further festival inspiration can be found here: https://uk.pinterest.com/colourmebeautuk/festival-chic/

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plus side“I never wanted to look like models on the cover of magazines. I represent the majority of women and I am very proud of that.” Adele.

Well said Adele, I am sure there are lots of us that agree with you.

Research shows that the average size for a British woman is a curvy 16 and nearly half of UK women are a dress size 16 or above.

So why are we still bombarded by the media with waif-like models and celebrities? More than one popular magazine each week can be criticizing celebrities because they have put on as many as 8 lbs!

The real thing that concerns me about this is the effect it has on our teenage daughters. Isn’t it more important to be happy, have body confidence, think of a successful future than being body conscious at that age and dieting?

Though things are changing slowly, on my recent visit to the Fashion Show at Bristol Fashion week we had two models that were size 16 out of the 10 on the catwalk. Also Debenhams are using size 16 mannequins to merchandise their clothes.

My style advice for those of you who on the plus side is to find out what your body shape is. A lot of High Street retailers assume that if you are a size 16 and over, your body shape must be ‘oval/round’. The danger with being sucked into this is that you will wear baggy clothes that will make you look bigger especially if your body shape is a full hourglass or rectangle.

Many of my clients have been eternally grateful to me for letting them know their correct body shape and what style clothes they should therefore wear enabling them to look their slimmest.

My friend Jenny (who is a plus size lady), has a fabulous full hourglass figure. She always follows her rules of wearing shaped clothes and looks amazing as she travels around the country to attend meetings for the UK’s largest training provider. Jenny is a lover of comfort too and teams her black trousers with outstanding jackets and tops in her best colours.

I think Jenny would agree with Dawn French’s quote:

“If I had been around when Rubens was painting, I would have been revered as a fabulous model. Kate Moss? Well, she would have been the paintbrush!”

Take these words to heart the next time you get frustrated with current concepts about what makes a beautiful body. What Dawn French is saying, is that concepts of beauty are entirely subjective and change over time. In the 16th century, when Peter Rubens was a painter, unnaturally thin women were considered both unhealthy and unattractive. So, what matters is that you are accepting of yourself and see yourself as beautiful.

On a final note, my last quote for this article:

“If nature had intended for our skeletons to be visible it would have put them on the outside of our bodies.” Elmer Rice, American Playwright.

Written by Shan Williams, Personal Stylist

For more inspiration view on Pinterest board https://uk.pinterest.com/colourmebeautuk/on-the-plus-side/

Why not find out about the best styles and colours to suit you by contacting one of our consultants for a full make-over? Click here www.colourmebeautiful.co.uk/consultant/search/ and just pop in your postcode to find out who is nearest you and send them an email. We are a friendly and knowledgeable team!

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material girlI visited a Vintage Fayre this weekend. What fun! Everything from the 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s for sale – clothes for ladies and gentlemen, fabulous fashion accessories and even the odd retro kitchen appliance. You could even book a make-up and hair make-over in the style of your favourite decade. Whatever the decade you started to be interested in fashion and clothes, it was a real trip from memory lane.

It was a joyful experience in terms of the variety of colours and styles of clothes but also the fabrics which have changed over the years with the introduction of lycra for instance.  There were lots of cotton, silks, satins, lace and horror of horrors – crimplene! Does anyone remember it? It was one of the first synthetic, crease resistant fabrics we wore back then and it felt awful.

We often consider colours and styles when choosing our clothes, but how often do we really think about the fabric? As a personal stylist, one of the key things I am aware of is that fabric can make or break your outfit – not many of my clients are aware of this, so I am always pleased to offer my expert advice at a consultation or personal shopping trip.

The general rule is the straighter your body shape, the crisper the fabric should be. If you are curvy, the best fabrics for you are those which have some fluidity, lighter in weight and draping attributes. Another underlying rule is that smaller people suit less textured fabrics, whilst plus size and taller people will suit fabrics with more texture. Your scale, therefore, will determine the weight and texture of your clothes as well as your body shape.

If you are petite in scale
Select fabrics which have minimum texture, such as fine knits, needlecord and lightweight tweeds as these won’t swamp you. Chiffons, silk georgette, and taffetas are good too, although you have to think about your bodyline as well. For example, chiffons are very fluid, whilst taffetas are crisper and would therefore only suit women with straighter body shapes.

If you are grander in scale
You can wear more texture. Fringing and embellishment are for you this season. Beware of layering two lots of heavier texture at once as this will add the pounds. Also, if you have a full hour glass body shape then keep your textures fine so they hug those curves.

Consider your cloth.

Chiffon
A delicate fabric that is a favourite among the romantics and good for softening a classic look. As chiffon is very fine, the dainty blouses are generally best for the small to average scale figures. A stylish dress or blouse in this fabric will add femininity.

Cotton
Cotton is a timeless staple that appears in many guises. There were many floral and polka dot, nipped in at the waist, 40s style dresses at the Vintage Fayre. In 2016, as in other years, the cotton t-shirt is a perennial that’s great for layering in summer months. It’s always worth investing in quality cotton T’s as they last longer and keep their shape. Shirts are wardrobe constants too, again, invest in good quality pieces with added polyester to help them stand the test of everyday wear. Make sure it fits properly though; there’s nothing worse than a gaping shirt!

Knits
Wool is a great staple fabric because it is so durable, doesn’t crease, and of course it keeps us warm in winter. With the weather in the UK, we tend to wear knits in one form or another most of the year. The High Street is offering both chunky and fine cotton knits this season, so be sure to select the right volume for your body shape.

Lace
The variety of lacy looks this season will attract dramatics, classics and romantics, depending on how you wear it. With the right accessories you can create the vintage look, neat or demure or pretty and girlish. Lace requires very little accessories as it is decorative enough as it is.

Satin
If you’re a bit of a city chic or a romantic you’ll love the satin blouses in smart, neat styles. Throughout the months they will brighten up a simple outfit by reflecting more light and giving your face a little lift.

As well as witnessing it at the Vintage Fayre, the look on the High Street shows that we can wear some of the most unlikely fabrics together, even in one garment, such as leather with satin or cotton with chiffon. However much you mix it, is up to you, but be sure you know the best fabrics for your shape and how to wear them.

Written by Shan Williams, Personal Stylist.

To find out about the best fabrics for you, why not contact one of our consultants for a style consultation? Click here www.colourmebeautiful.co.uk/consultant/search/ and just pop in your postcode to find out who is nearest you and send them an email. We are a friendly and knowledgeable team!

For further inspiration please see our Pinterest board https://uk.pinterest.com/colourmebeautuk/material-girl/

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rebel rebelDavid Bowie was Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane, The Thin White Duke, A dapper gentleman and a style icon throughout his career. He was unarguably fashion’s king of self-invention.  As well as being a musical genius, he was the ultimate rule breaker continually re-inventing, innovating and challenging our pre-conceptions of fashion.

Bowie changed his style more dramatically than any other musician in history. His transformations brought about seismic cultural shifts, changing the definition of what it meant to be a popular rock star. For Bowie clothes were a way of projecting self-expression, a powerful tool in communicating individuality at its most extreme, glittering and creative.

I was privileged to witness this not only throughout my life but at the Bowie Exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum in 2015. It was inspirational to say the least!

We may not want to be as extreme as David Bowie in our approach to fashion, but do you ever feel you favour the same old way of dressing and get a little bored with how you look? So let’s rip up that rule book – ready, set, reverse!

1. Break the rule – no showing off

Embellishment is big this season and it’s such a shame to keep it for best. Re-spin your going out wardrobe to day-time by dressing down with flats or trainers and yes definitely wear sequins in the day.

2. Break the rule – hemlines must match

There was a time we were told coat lengths had to cover skirts. The High Street has been playing around with proportions for seasons, so wear cropped or knee length trousers with a ¾ length coat.

3. Break the rule – don’t clash warm and cool shades

Thought red and green should never be seen – think again. Gold and silver, hot pink and lime green, orange and blue, mustard and grey make a wonderful colour palette – stretch those pre-conceptions and get noticed!

4. Break the rule – gloss first

Turn any lipstick into an easy to wear shade. Instead of applying your lippie then a gloss, coat your pout in gloss first then pat the lipstick on top to give a subtle ‘kiss’ of colour, rather than a pigmented pop.

5. Break the rule – switch up your scarf

Is there anything more versatile than a scarf? As well as adorning our necklines, work around your waist which will result in the new ‘It’ belt. Whether sitting on top of a miniskirt or in a contrasting print to your dress, nothing could be easier to upgrade your outfit.

6. Break the rule – don’t mix patterns

Florals for Spring/Summer may not be ground breaking but they are if you wear them with check prints. As two of the boldest patterns around, they make the ultimate style statement worn together. The secret when mixing patterns though is make sure you keep to the same colour ways. Think tartan midi skirt with bloom blouse.

7. Break the rule – you can’t stay in your PJs all day!

Ever wished you could stay in your PJs all day? Well, now you can. From silky separates to slouchy two-pieces, the cool girls are rocking pyjamas as an every-day outfit. And finally…

8. Break the rule – don’t dress like a tom boy

The one fashion trick you need to master is the masculine and feminine fusion. A zip-up tomboy bomber and borrowed-from-the boy’s brogues gives a pretty full skirt an unexpected edge.

So, now you’re ready to rock and be a leader not a follower and pay homage – then remember my advice and the lyrics from David Bowie’s single Fashion

Fashion! Turn to the left
Fashion! Turn to the right
Oooh, fashion!

David – we salute you!

 

Written by Shan Williams, Personal Stylist

For more inspiration view on Pinterest board https://uk.pinterest.com/colourmebeautuk/rebel-rebel/

To find out about the best style and fashion trends for you, which will ensure you buy exactly the right clothes, contact one of our consultants for a full make-over. Click here www.colourmebeautiful.co.uk/consultant/search/ and just pop in your postcode to find out who is nearest you and send them an email. We are a friendly and knowledgeable team!

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buckleupAfter a bit of a style dry spell on the belt front, the humble accessory is back with a bang. So, step forward with a pirate-inspired ‘swashbuckling’ belt – think, Captain Jack Sparrow – Pirates of the Caribbean.

But before you buckle up, let’s explore the ups and downs of wearing belts.

A great belt can make or break an outfit. It can add a stylish touch to any outfit, so be sure to invest in at least one for your accessories collection. Accentuate your shape and create a feminine silhouette with a waist-pinching belt, or add an extra splash of colour to your jeans with a skinny belt in bright, pop colours. From classic plaited to chunky with metal letter detailing, you’ll be sure to make a style statement.

Some belts are made to be seen like this season’s offerings with cut-outs, metallic finishes, studded or stretch to cinch-in that lovely waist. At first glance a belt can look quite casual but added to a posh frock or smart trousers – celeb style, lifts them from a regular accessory to a mega-glamorous update.

Alexander Wang showed us how to wear a grommeted belt in the pre-Autumn 2016 collection – around the waist of a classic trench, re-purposed it on a tailored grey jacket and used the grommet design for crisscrossing straps on an evening gown. The secret to not looking like you’re having a mid-life crisis when wearing one is keep the rest of your ensemble classic and pared-back.

So what are the styling rules?

The size of your belt needs to match your scale (based on the size of your bones), if you’re petite you need to wear narrower belts or the belt will wear you, if you’re average scale (around a size 4 – 6 in a shoe) you need a belt of about 1.5 inches wide, if your shoe size is 7 and above you can really go for it and wear a 2.5 inch wide belt. Keep the buckle size in keeping with your scale too.

So all this is great if you have a waist to show off, but what if you don’t? My expert advice is don’t bring attention to a part of your body that maybe your biggest challenge. Keep away from belts and invest in another gorgeous accessory that will draw the eye to your best assets, like a great pair of shoes if you have superb legs or a fabulous necklace if you have a great bust.

Belts are one of the best and cost effective ways to update your look this season, so if you have a great waist – you’re in! Otherwise just use one to hitch up your trusty old denims.

Written by Shan Williams, Personal Stylist.

For further inspiration, see our https://uk.pinterest.com/colourmebeautuk/buckle-up/

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bittersweet colours, colorful coats, culottes, Joe fresh, JUMPSUIT, mules, Spring trends, street style, yellow, yellow coat, floral prints, ...: “Colours this season transport us to a happier, sunnier place where we feel free to express a wittier version of our real selves,” said Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Colour Institute.

Interestingly, for Spring/Summer 2016 there are truly no perceivable distinctions in colour choices between the men’s and women’s collections. Many of the colours transport the wearer to more tranquil and calmer environs which encourage relaxation. Examples include pastels of pink, peach, rose brown and blue.

However, in contrast there are also colours that are inspired by artists such as Matisse and Picasso – two being yellow and red. Both vibrant colours that can bring a feeling of fun, optimism and passion to our lives.

We have all just survived the all-encompassing red and pink Valentine’s Day marketing. With Easter approaching now, we are surrounded by all things yellow e.g. yellow chicks, yellow eggs and, of course, the beautiful Spring flowers like daffodils and the more pastel coloured primroses. And don’t they look a picture! I don’t know about you but as soon as the daffodils start to flower I feel more positive and look forward to the lighter evenings approaching.

Enough of the chat about flowers, this is a fashion blog! So let’s talk about wearing ‘not so mellow yellow’ and this is quite another thing.

At colour me beautiful we are experts in all things colour and have advised millions of women and men over the years about the colours that suit them best. One of these colours will be yellow.

The decision as to whether you can wear yellow or not is based around the colour of your skin tone. Are you a warm or cool skin tone? It is essential to know this because to create harmony and balance the colours you wear need to complement your skin tone as well as your hair and eye colour.

Yellow is a warm colour so looks best on people with warm skin tones. As we know when you wear a colour on your top half it reflects on your face and with yellow if you haven’t got a warm skin tone it can make you look less than your best. So if you have a cool skin tone (ie. it is pinker in tone) my advice is avoid yellow at all costs.

If on the other hand you do have a warm skin tone then then this cheery hue is shining on every trend this season, from cropped pants and sheer dresses to bathrobe-style coats and billowy skirts, all designed to put you in the spotlight.

If you have a cool skintone or can’t bring yourself to wear it head to toe, then choose some ‘sunshine’ accessories like Nike’s retro sneakers.

So wear it well, sunshine! Sunglasses not included, but recommended.

Written by Shan Williams, Personal Stylist.

For more inspiration please see our Pinterest board https://uk.pinterest.com/colourmebeautuk/sunny-side-up/

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