For 2002’s Die Another Day, Halle Berry paid homage to the first Bond girl, Ursula Andress. She made her entrance in an unforgettable orange-red bikini, complete with a knife belt, "and killed," Rubenstein said, "both literally and figuratively."Bathing suits – which style and colour will enable you to bare all?

Your summer holiday should be something to look forward to but if the thought of wearing your swimming costume fills you with dread, don’t panic, just follow these simple rules to achieve beachwear body confidence and ‘seas the day’!

A lot of women believe that the darker the colour of the suit, the more flattering. But that’s definitely not the case! When you’re flashing more flesh than usual, your costume needs to be in one of your most flattering colours. For example, if you have auburn hair, wear a green or turquoise bathing suit.

In fact it is also imperative to ensure that the details such as ties, prints and cut, flatter your body shape not draw attention to your challenges!

Small bust, straight body shape

  • Make the most of your dainty bust line by choosing tops with built-in padding – nothing says poolside glamour quite like metallic sheens in bronze, silver and gold this summer.
  • Halter-necks and bandeau work wonders by giving the illusion of a fuller bust.
  • Avoid solid colour, wear geometric patterns instead, the Aztec/Mexican prints this season are definitely for you.
  • Embellish to your hearts content with jewels, ties, ruffles and bows at the bust and hip line.

Full bust, curvy body shape

  • Spend as much as you can afford on swimwear – choose suits that have underwire or built-in support and wider straps – they’ll be more supportive.
  • V, scoop or square necklines will be most flattering.
  • Keep away from boy shorts, skimpy bottoms and styles with skirts – or you will draw attention to your widest point.
  • Embrace retro blooms and tap into your inner 50s siren and work that vintage-inspired feminine shape. Grace Kelly eat your heart out!
  • For Summer 2015, piping is also being used on swimsuits to create graphic patterns and flattering silhouettes, black lines adorn swimwear everywhere. It’s all very surfer-chic.

Best Swimsuits for Women Over 40, 50, 60All you need now is a sunhat, a great pair of 70s chunky platforms to lengthen your legs, some chic shades and you’re ready for the beach or to look ‘cool by the pool’. Yes, you do want to look fab in those holiday snaps, after all, you will be looking at them until your next beach holiday!

Written by Shan Williams, Personal Stylist.

To ensure you are wearing the best colour and style swimsuit why not contact one of our consultants for a colour and 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!

Lots more to look at on www.pinterest.com/colourmebeautuk/bathing-suits-dare-to-bare/

Images courtesy of Pinterest.

What to wear for a smart casual dress code

We thought we would share this article, which has been featured on the Total Jobs website, with you as we feel sure you will find it an interesting read.

If you have recently made the switch from a corporate office where your work uniform was a tailored suit to a more creative industry with an informal dress code you may be struggling with what to wear.

Anna De Vere Director of Corporate Training and Development at CMB Image explains what is and is not appropriate for an informal office environment.

In a work environment what you choose to wear will reflect on your attitudesLeopard print and wide leg high waisted pants - smart casual outfit to work and form part of your personal branding. Work colleagues, particularly new ones will make instant assumptions about you based on what you are wearing. This might seem scary but, you really only have 30 seconds to make a lasting impression and if it’s your first day in a new office you want it to be the right one!

Don’t forget also that you’ll also be judged on your body language, the way you use your voice and lastly the words that you use!

So, what should you wear to work?

Many people who work in a corporate environment like the comfort that wearing a suit provides. It limits choice and all you need to do is make sure that the colour is appropriate for your skin tone and that the shape complements your figure. The shirts and tops worn with your outfit are the only areas where you’ll really be able to express your personality and even then you are likely to keep to a palate of safe colours, after all you don’t want to stand out too much from your colleagues. But what about a more informal environment which claims to have a ‘smart casual’ dress code?

The first step

Your starting point should be to understand your body shape and what makes you look and feel good. Clothing is either constructed along straight lines, which gives a garment a more rigid, structured form, or along curved lines, which gives the more fluid shape that tends to follow the curves of the body.

Smart casual is probably one of the most stipulated dress codes around. Deciphering dress codes like this one is often open to interpretation. The key is to look put-together and polished. For women, pretty dresses and skirts are always a safe bet and if you want to wear jeans then try teaming them with something like a tailored blazer and heeled shoes.Second step

Secondly, gain an understanding of your own colouring and what colours make you look professional and approachable. This is determined by hair and eye colour along with skin tone, and everyone falls in to one of six different palettes. It’s really important to make sure that the colours of your work clothes match with your skin tone and hair colour. If they are too strong then they will drain the colour from your face, too pale and they can make you look sallow.

Colour also plays a key part in how others perceive you, medium shades from your colour palate will help you to appear approachable, something to consider if you’re in a team leader role. If you are in a customer facing role and need to appear friendly then less formal attire will work well, dressed in this way is also like to make you feel comfortable and confident and help you engage with clients.

/Final step

Finally you need to remember that you are dressing for work and that will you need to appear both professional and approachable. Avoid jeans at all costs, just because the dress code is smart casual it is not an excuse to wear your jeans no matter how smart they might be. Swap your suits for tailored trousers, skirts and dresses, and formal shirts for shaped or wrap around tops. If you want to add a jacket then a waterfall jacket or piece of knitwear in this style would work well.

If you are a chap then chinos or smart slacks will strike the perfect note. Swap your formal shirt and ties for shirts with button down collars. A blazer or sports jacket is a great wardrobe staple, worn with slacks its strikes just the balance when you need to appear smart but don’t want to revert to a suit

Our CMB Image division of the business works with teams and managers within the private and public sector on improving Personal Branding which will contribute to the overall success of any organisation. Please visit CMB Image for further details.

Images courtesy of Pinterest

Travel Quotes: The tans will fade but the memories will last forever...Here are my secret tips for summer holiday packing and looking cool by the pool

For most events in life a little planning can go a long way and that goes for your holiday packing too. The last thing you want as you anticipate your well-earned break is a stressful week of packing, then unpacking, then re-packing! Statistics show that it can take us at least five hours to decide what to take on holiday. So, before you even dig out your suitcase you need to draw up a basic list. Write a column for every day of your trip and for each day write down what you might be doing (sightseeing, sporting activity or just relaxing). In each column write roughly what you are likely to wear. This will quickly show you that you can wear the same pair of trousers or skirt, for example, at least twice and that you can pack lighter than you think. Think of your poor partner or hubby at the airport with all those cases!

Begin with the basics

Your basics are those items that you will wear more than once such as a pair of trousers, a skirt and a jacket. Use your list to pick out these basic pieces and lay them out on your bed. You may want most of these basics to be neutral or a mix of neutral and colours, depending on your preferences. When your selection is laid out on the bed you can work out different outfit combinations and therefore you will see which items will be the most versatile. Along with the basics you should have a couple of cotton tops for daytime and two that you can wear day or night which should be something a little more ‘special’, perhaps with a little extra detail, that you can dress up or down. You most definitely want a couple of dresses in two different, fabulous colours. Also, a maxi for the total look of style and comfort.

Capitalise on colour

Holidays are the perfect opportunity to really enjoy wearing colours as they always look more fabulous in sunnier weather and we’re not limited by work dress codes. Don’t feel you have to be ‘matchy, matchy’, clashing colours and patterns can look fabulous and are bang on trend!

Some great colour combinations this season are orange and pink or purple with green or turquoise. If clashing your clothes is a little too much for your taste just bring strong colours in to your accessories. A great pair of green shoes and matching handbag and a chunky orange bangle will set off a neutral outfit beautifully. White can be a super neutral against a tan, but check whether you suit a bright bluish white or a softer creamy white against your skin. To get your colours right it’s important to select the right ‘shade’ or ‘tone’ in each of your best colours so that they really complement your colouring.

Miss Wu #Spring 2013, launching exclusively at #NordstromThe week beach holiday list

Don’t pack anything unless it goes with at least 3 other items!

Here is a basic packing guide to make your planning easier. Assuming laundry is not available you will need the following:

  • 1 pair of jeans
  • 1 pair of cropped or soft palazzo trousers
  • 1 pair of shorts (neutral)
  • 1 skirt (neutral)
  • 2 dresses (2 different colours)
  • 1 kaftan or maxi (colour-for beach or over trousers during the day)
  • 2 daytime cotton tops/t-shirts (different colours)
  • 2 smarter tops/t-shirts (different colours)
  • 1 cotton strappy top (white or colour)
  • 1 summer cardigan OR pashmina (either can be a neutral or a colour)
  • 1 light summer jacket (neutral) 1 pair of flip flops (colour)
  • 1 pair of comfortable shoes (e.g stylish trainers or ballet pumps in a good colour or a neutral)
  • 1 pair of pretty sandals (neutral or a strong colour that matches or clashes well)
  • 1 pair of heels (neutral or metallic or bold colour) 2 bathing suits/bikinis (in most flattering colours – lots of flesh on show for this one)
  • 1 hat (good colour or neutral)
  • 7 days of underwear 1 town/evening bag (matching/clashing well with colour shoes or neutral)
  • 1 travel bag which can double up as a beach bag

Do consider travelling in your jeans, one of your smarter tops and your comfortable shoes to save more space.

Enjoy, and don’t forget – he will love you even more if you pack light.

Written by Shan Williams, Personal Stylist.

To ensure you are wearing your best colours why not contact one of our consultants for a colour 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!

Lots more to look at on www.pinterest.com/colourmebeautuk/holiday-wardrobe/

Images courtesy of Pinterest.