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Some shoe facts –

  • 39% of men think their partner has too many pairs of shoes
  • 55% of men have had to carry their girlfriend because their feet hurt
  • One in two women owns more than 30 pairs of shoes
  • 8% of women own more than 100 pairs of shoes
  • 75% of women own shoes that don’t fit very well
  • 43% of women have worn 5-inch heels or higher

(Taken from a survey of 1,000 men and women conducted by Harpers Bazaar.)

Can you identify with any of the above results?

I know I can. Only recently my husband had to carry me from the car into a restaurant, as I had to walk down a steep hill to it and would have toppled off my heels! I felt like a heroine in a movie though – rather than a woman who couldn’t walk in her shoes – I may try it again sometime soon.

As far as numbers of pairs of shoes that I have – I am fairly modest, owning about 15 pairs at the last count and 6 pairs of boots.

So why do we have so many shoes (and bags)?

My theory is. Women love shoes for the same reasons they love bags. They don’t make you feel fat, you don’t have to get undressed to try them on, size is either non-issue or simply not related to your stomach, and they don’t necessarily suit Kate Moss any better than you. Agree?

As I have matured, I find wearing heels more of a challenge, we also have to think of practicality – is it me or are the pavements in our towns getting worse? So to my delight, I find that stylish flats are in. These flats are in all the styles, colours and textures you need to know about. From sleek velvet slippers and ballet pumps to boyish brogues – flats that every wardrobe wants.

I also love the fact that in all our cities now, ladies are walking to work in their trainers (sports luxe being very on trend) and then putting on their ‘power’ heels when they get to the office.

So we can now step out stylishly and actually ‘walk’ along the pavements without the threat of losing our pride. The joy!

Blog post written by Shan Williams, Personal Stylist and Director of Training for colour me beautiful

So if you are not quite sure what flats are right for you, your personality and your lifestyle why not visit one of our consultants who can advise you. As well as covering shoes, a style consultation will ensure you know how to dress for your body shape, height, scale and proportions. 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 or give them a call. Our consultants are a friendly bunch!

Please visit our Pinterest board for some great ideas on buying more shoes.

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Helen Mirren - gorgeous, fantastic actress, and forever young.

We all know that too much sun and smoking speed up the ageing process, but some innocent habits and wearing the wrong clothes can also add years.

The good news is, a few every day precautions can help turn the clock back.

Let’s first discuss some of our famous silver stylistas.

Mary Berry

With Mary Berry’s fashion icon status rising higher than her sponges; she is definitely setting the trend for her generation.

The look:

Youthful, colourful and rule-breaking, Mary Berry’s style is brilliant for her petite frame.

Why it works:

Statement jackets are flattering but eye-catching, neat knits don’t swamp her and when she dresses up she keeps it simple and colourful which suits her blonde hair.

Dame Helen Mirren

Dame Helen is the red carpet queen. Whether in chunky boots and belt to pull together off-duty pieces or at a premiere in London wearing Dolce and Gabbana she looks chic.

The look:

Dame Helen Mirren exudes red carpet sex appeal, wearing body-con dresses that women half her age would not wear.

Why it works:

Dame Helen knows how to dress her curves, choosing fitted dresses with lots of stretch that show off her bust and waist. She opts for long sleeves and demure lengths and often adds a maverick touch, such as a leather biker jacket over a full-length gown.

So as well as taking some tips from Mary and Dame Helen why not try our 6 secret steps for a more youthful look:

1. Ditch sensible shoes

Overly sensible shoes are an instant ager. Although comfort takes priority as we get older, shoes with clumpy rubber soles risk looking orthopaedic and square toes are outdated. A low heel or wedge will always look more glamorous and for chic flats opt for a coloured ballet pump.

2. Don’t play too safe

There’s a fine line between looking classic and boring. Drab washed-out neutrals worn top-to-toe can easily fall in to fuddy-duddy territory. Don’t be scared of colour and make sure they are the right colours for you. If you have had your colours done years ago, it may be time for an update if your hair colour has changed.

3. Show a little not a lot

To look years younger, show a bit of skin. Collarbones, along with shoulders and wrists are the slimmest parts of our body and weather well, so worth showing off. Keep your collarbone exposed with elegant open necklines and accessorise with a bold statement necklace. Also wear boat necklines and ¾ sleeves to accentuate these areas.

4. Get clothes that fit

Baggy, shapeless clothes that hide your body will make you look wider and older, while clothes that are too tight will look tacky.

No matter what your size, softly tailored garments and gently-draped jersey dresses will give a youthful silhouette. Show off the part of your body you like the most, whether it’s your bust, legs or arms.

5. Say no to saggy bras

A great outfit will always start with good foundations. Make sure ‘Bridget Jones’ style you have some big knickers to hold in that tummy and always get fitted for your bra by a reputable lingerie shop. My preference would be to invest in a trip to London and go to Rigby and Peller. If they are good enough for the Queen they are good enough for me!

6. Update your hair style

Another silver stylista in my book is Dame Judi Dench, silver hair she may have, however, the thing that makes her look younger is that ‘funky’ cut. So if you have had your hair in the same style for years then use her for inspiration and go get your locks re-styled.

To find out which colours and styles suit you best, contact one of our consultants for a colour analysis or 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 lot!

Lots more to look at on www.pinterest.com/colourmebeautuk/being-fabulous-has-no-best-before-date/