Category 70s fashion

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.

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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

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Street Fashion - FASHION WEEK DE MILAN.  #fashion  #street: When I work with my clients giving them advice on what styles/colours best suit them, the major thing we need to take into consideration is their personality and lifestyle. As well as chatting through their preferences and asking about their lifestyle, I also ask them to complete a style personality questionnaire which defines whether they are creative, dramatic, romantic, classic, natural or city chic.

Ladies whose top score is classic, love to match, they like to look smart and elegant but their main priority is to co-ordinate. They will always wear the same items in their wardrobe with the same things and probably hang their clothes in outfits rather than separates. So anyone out there who is classic will love what I am going to say next and can interpret this fashion in a more pared-down way. However the dramatics, romantics and creatives can make this fashion their own. So get out there!

‘The two-piece’: ‘be it a twin-set, a trouser or skirt suit’ underwent a dramatic make-over last season and it is here to stay. Banish the notion of twin sets and pearls from your mind. The two-piece has undergone a dramatic make-over and we are all seeing double.

Co-ordinates, or ‘co-ords’ in fashion speak, are the instant cheat to a ‘put together’ look. The matching is ready-made for you and the top-to-toe look makes for a slimming silhouette which makes you look taller. Great if you are petite in height.

Statement print or colour blocking, sharp tailoring or loose jersey, trouser suit or skirt set; there are no ‘co-ord’ rules, just make sure they are matchy-matchy.

Tailored print suits can take you from boardroom to bar stool. Black and white (monochrome) makes its biggest impact with a stark silhouette. There are floaty and floral ‘co-ords’ to be found too with flowers going supersize in jumpsuits and playsuits. Or the Global Traveller inspired look will take you into festival territory, just add a fringed bag. Finally, if you like to keep ‘in-check’ and have more of a boyish figure go for the classic check look which is more tailored with a fitted blazer or long waistcoat, as it will suit your body shape better.

The great thing about this trend, of course, is you get two outfits for the price of one when you wear them separately.

So clash it up or wear them together for a statement look that’s guaranteed to turn heads and give you double for your money.

Written by Shan Williams, Personal Stylist.

To find out about the best way to wear your co-ordinates, contact one of our consultants for a style and image 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!

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Giuseppe Zanotti Colorblock demi-wedge platform sandals in fluorescent yellow/pink/turquoise patent leather with black trim.The great thing about working in the fashion and styling industry is that it keeps you guessing and always surprises. One such surprise – so book that pedi – is that the high street’s hottest (or should I say coolest!) new sandals are here.

Remember – back-to-school ‘Dolly sandals’, the cute T-bars from your childhood wardrobe? Well they’re back and lining the shoe shelves. They are the perfect partner for this season’s must-have denim dresses. Whether open-toed or closed-in-toes, they will see you through the summer.

Or what about slipping on a ‘Double-strap’? No self-respecting festival goer will be without a pair of these for walking from the campsite to the stage. A timeless sandal, if ever we saw one. You can pair them with slinky 90s slip dress or mini skirt or work them with cigarette trousers and chic blouse. Or how about on holiday with a metallic finish with your LBD for a relaxed night time outfit instead of staggering along holding onto your partner in high heels?

Don't be afraid to match your shoes with your cuffs.  Like mixing gladiator sandals with gladiator cuffs.  Sandals:Tildon Sarasota Sandal | NordstromFor those blessed with long-legs get strappy in ‘Glads’. Thanks to the big boho revival gladiators are back this season. Choose from ‘knee-highs’, not for the faint-hearted but more wearable than you think. They come with buckles, laces or multi-straps. Look fabulous with a feminine dress mini or midi. Or what about the ‘ankle-grazers’ (the short version of Glads) which look great with cut-offs, smocks or dungarees.

Want to be super comfortable – then your sandal of choice has to be the ‘Flatform’. Think spongy foam soles that are at least two inches thick – bliss! Great with your sports-luxe look.

And finally, for a more dressed up look, your sandal of choice should be the ‘Demi-block’ which can be worn round-the-clock. I can’t think of anywhere you can’t wear them – work, weekends, weddings etc. Go for the brights with two or three contrasting shades with embellishment. Have we officially found the perfect shoe?

Whatever style you opt for, make sure it balances with your leg length and looks right with what you are wearing – straps, laces, etc. are well known to break the silhouette – remember, you are aiming for your legs to look as long as possible.

 

 

Written by Shan Williams, Personal Stylist.

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#Modest doesn't mean frumpy. #style #fashion ... with different shoes.

Recently I have been on holiday to Suffolk – anybody been? (I know a couple of our consultants live there, lucky things!). They say that Kent is the garden of England, surely if this is the case, then Suffolk has to be its equal. What a picture! Mile after mile of gorgeous historic villages with picturesque cottages and the most beautiful garden floral displays. Stunning! And yes, we did have the most wonderful weather for it – lucky us. Deciding what to wear when the temperature rises can be a challenge, so why not keep your cool when the heat is on by ‘blossoming’ out.

Yes fashion’s love of flowers continues. So, should grown women wear florals? Are they suitable for anything other than afternoon tea? My vote says a big YES.

OK, so we get it, everyone must start smelling of roses including the celebrities, however, what are the options?

In full bloom

Fitted, flirty and floral: your new summer super hero that will take you from cocktails to weddings. This pretty must-wear dress will rise to any occasion. Add a stunning hat for the ‘wow’ factor. So ‘forget-me-not’ – this season it’s about blooms with sex appeal.

Pretty perfect

Not sure about the dress, then a floral jumpsuit is the answer if you want to be more comfortable. Watch the size of the flowers though. If you are a grand scale you need larger flowers, the petites need smaller, neat, florals. Top tip: Oasis have just joined forces with the Victoria & Albert Museum to bring 11 of their archived botanical prints to life on clothes and accessories, so check them out.

Eastern promise

My personal favourite. I love everything oriental since my visit to Cambodia last year. With the Kimono comeback – you have to have a floral one. Soft yet structured, elegant yet edgy, it flatters and hides upper arms.

Or give an everyday jacket, cardigan or dress an upgrade with the ‘obi’ belt. Tied in a knot, it cinches waists and adds definition to slouchy shapes. What’s not to love?

Hello petal!

Who said florals look frumpy? A matching two-piece is the new-season game changer. Wear together for high impact dressing or as separates to get two outfits for the price of one. Keep the silhouette simple and you can’t go wrong.

My mum who is 82 years old, was looking timelessly stylish in her sweet-pea coloured, floral skirt when we were away, just one lovely example that proves grown women can wear florals.

So don’t be a wallflower, get into full bloom!

Written by Shan Williams, Personal Stylist.

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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.

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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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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.

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Baby Blue Slouchy Silk Jumpsuit | With Love From Kat

This is the time of year I particularly love about my job. I take lots of my clients on personal shopping trips. Their ages range from 20-something to two lovely ladies I took last week that were in their 70s. It is so rewarding and enjoyable, though hard work and like most shopping trips very hard on the feet. My clients say things like ‘I would have walked straight past that’ or when we are in the changing room trying on the garments I have picked, their smiles say it all.

One particular client of mine who is in her 40s, shops twice a year with me and is a walking advert for my services, telling everyone who asks her why she looks so great! So this week it was time to get her Spring/Summer Wardrobe for 2015.

Lucy, is a tallish size 12 with long legs and a fabulous silver bob, she looks great in blues, pinks and purples. Her brief this year was casual weekend items as she had enough clothes for work.

Having seen jumpsuits in the shops I had one in mind for Lucy and yes I was right they look amazing! This recurring 1970s fashion ‘throw-and-go’ wonder buy can be dressed up or down and worn at any age.

I am sure many of us remember it the first time around – in fact, I had a denim one and thought I looked the ‘bees knees’ in mine. But then I was only a size 8 and 16 years old. Now with the ‘’one dress size gained’ every 10 years theory coming into practice and me being a definite size 14, (with short legs), the jump suit is not for me.

However, it is for Lucy! There are all sorts in the shops and I chose a navy, white and pink floral one for her to try on. It shows off all her assets and after a bit of convincing she bought it – she has texted me since to say she can’t wait to wear it. I am sure she is going to get loads of compliments whenever she does and above all she will be comfortable and stylish.

So who can wear jump suits other than Lucy? They look good on anyone with a neat hourglass figure or straighter body shape. If you are full hourglass or triangle I would ensure that the fabric is really fluid.

My one piece of advice to Lucy though is – this is a garment where you shouldn’t consider the practicalities. Why worry about what happens when you experience a call of nature? Just make sure you choose warm loos so your upper body doesn’t get frozen and you always have someone around to help with any buttoning at the back. Enjoy wearing them Lucy – I will be just a little envious!

Written by Shan Williams, Personal Stylist.

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