Dolman Sleeve Sweater + African Print Trousers (Style Pantry - Your fashion, culture and lifestyle stockist)

When I was on holiday in Cambodia in February, no self respecting tourist would be seen without their printed trousers. Every tourist, whatever, the nationality was dressed in bright patterned trousers.

My friend Evie, who was on holiday with us bought a pair in navy, with white elephants parading around the legs. They looked great on her and had the advantage of being one of the coolest things to wear (I mean heat wise!) in a humid climate. She wore them on all the trips we did to the temples and villages, our transport modes included, motor bike and jeep trips, plus of course – our favourite the tuk tuk. For anyone who hasn’t been to Cambodia the majority of roads are dust covered with very few tarmac surfaces, so by the end of the week Evie’s elephants had turned red from the colour of the dust. She still loves them though!

Usually what you buy on holiday, often doesn’t translate back to the UK. However, on returning to this country I noticed that they aren’t just a holiday buy any more, no, you can take your pick on the High Street. They come in wide leg, skinny, narrow leg, cut-offs and ankle skimming. Every pattern too – from bold chevrons to python, florals, geometric and a new pattern I hadn’t heard of called digi-print. Thinking about it though, I haven’t seen any with elephants on!

My styling advice on this one would be, they look best on ladies who are tall, or petite and slim. Above all you need to be long in the leg or if short in the leg wear high shoes or a wedge to compensate.

Choose the right fabric for your shape and if your hips are larger than your top half – in other words you are a triangle shape, avoid them at all costs. You don’t want to bring attention to that area.

Being of the short legged variety – alas the printed trouser won’t be in my wardrobe this summer but I will admire my tall, long-legged, friend Evie in hers.

Written by Shan Williams, Personal Stylist.

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Ricky Martin needs to calm his face down but I kind of love the stylish little boy hair cutsIs he a clothes casualty?

With Father’s Day fast approaching this gave me the idea to write a blog on men and the way they dress.

Does your husband/partner need help with choosing which clothes to wear each morning? Well if so, he’s not alone.

The men in our life often rely on us to help or even do their shopping for them. If men leave their choice of clothes to others, bear in mind that this intervention may reflect how those close to them, see them and wish to influence them, rather than how they want to be perceived by the rest of the world.

For all of us, managing our appearance is an important part of who we are. It makes a visual statement about our personality and our lifestyle, as well as indicating our abilities and confidence. In today’s world, image really does matter.

As a personal stylist, I use a very different approach when working with men to women. With ladies I need to use a consultative approach with what clothes I am advising and discussing with them style wise, with men they just want to know the rules – what to do and what to avoid doing. They like structure and logic generally.

Especially today in the ‘smart casual’ world of business, men need to look authoritative without wearing a suit. One of my clients – an interim management consultant and non-exec director who came to see me recently said.

“Well you have started something! My visit to you has made me feel much more confident about clothes and I am amazed about the impact. I have been culling inappropriate clothes (charity shops doing ok). The new concept in blue suit / shirts / sweaters etc., to suit my colouring and build are now in the wardrobe and also tailored shirts etc. Thanks for your help and I had a great time. Bit of a revolution really – new man! “

Top ten common mistakes men make when dressing:

  1. The wrong shoes – casual shoes with a suit rather than Oxfords, brown shoes with grey or black suit
  2. Light coloured suits – keep them for visits to Europe where they are fashionable, its not a good look for the UK
  3. Short sleeve shirts – even in summer men should wear a long sleeve shirt and roll back the cuffs
  4. Socks and ties – avoid mismatched socks or socks and ties with cartoons
  5. If he works in a more casual environment, don’t think that because everyone looks scruffy, he needs to join the pack – encourage him to be a cut above the rest – he will be noticed for it
  6. If your man travels a lot, choose non-crease fabrics such as wool. Do the scrunch test for three seconds with your fist. If the fabric creases in that time, imagine how it will look after a long train or car journey when he arrives at that all important client meeting
  7. Frayed collars – shirts do not last forever!
  8. Scuffed or dirty shoes – people notice!
  9. Out of date suit – it’s worth investing in a new one for that all job interview, don’t wear the one in the cupboard bought for his last interview in 2008
  10. Ensure the fit is right, for example, trousers that are too long or too short can decrease the impact made. It looks like he couldn’t be bothered.

A final thought –

“A man should look as though he has chosen his clothes with intelligence, put them on with care and then forgotten all about them.”

Hardy Amies

Written by Shan Williams, Personal Stylist.

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(Image courtesy of Pinterest – Ricky Martin with his gorgeous boys!)

Cropped boyfriend denim + Breton top + red pointed courts = all time classic lookMay 20, 1873 marked an historic day: the birth of the blue jean. It was on that day that Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis obtained a U.S. patent on the process of putting rivets in men’s work pants for the very first time.

The history of blue jeans is a quintessentially American story, with working class origins, entrepreneurial spirit and an egalitarian attitude towards fashion which we have embraced and loved.

If you could take the hand of an angel and fly back to your own best day (the day you felt your most comfortable, free and full of energy), it’s doubtful you would be wearing a suit. The chances are you would be wearing a pair of jeans – trousers that gain comfort and character with age.

At my capsule wardrobe workshop I ask the question of the ladies attending – how many pairs of jeans do you have – the answer is usually at least 5 pairs each. Even when they don’t fit any more or look dated, we are loath to part with them as ‘they were so comfortable’.

The three main designs in the shops are:

  • Bootcut
  • Boyfriend
  • Skinny

Bootcut

Everybody looks good in classic, fitted bootcuts, especially if you are a triangle. It is your go-to style for balancing your curvy hips. Dress them up or down – there’s nothing these won’t go with.

If you have curves then always buy denim jeans with stretch, this will help banish gaping waistbands if your waistline is smaller than your hips.

Boyfriend

Comfy but far from boyish, these are meant to look a bit loose and worn. The shape is relaxed at the leg, so suits ladies with straighter body shapes. Roll up hems to show off slim ankles – jean-ius! They should be loose around your legs but not so baggy that your figure is lost in them and be sure to tuck in your blouse to avoid looking shapeless.

Skinnies

A fashion staple now for years – but they are on their way out, so be warned, ladies. One of the reasons they have been so popular is that you don’t have to be skinny to wear skinnies. Team with long-line tees, tunics and oversized jumpers to hide wobbly upper legs. The darker the wash, the more versatile to transform from day to evening wear.

My top tips for today are:

  1. When shopping for jeans try on loads of pairs to get the perfect fit and when you find them, buy two pairs.
  2. If you are no longer wearing skinnies then the tops you had to go with them will have to go too. It’s all in the silhouette and the proportions. Wider leg jeans = shorter and tighter tops. The longer and fuller tops you used to wear will definitely not work anymore, alas.

Written by Shan Williams, Personal Stylist.

To find out a personal shopping experience just for you to ensure you buy exactly the jeans for you, contact one of our consultants for a personal shopping experience. 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!

 

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