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Image source: The August Diaries

Image source: The August Diaries

As fashion month gets into full swing around the world and Summer draws to an end, many of us will be thinking about our Autumn/Winter wardrobes.

The start of a new season is the perfect time to take a step back and review your own personal style. We can all get stuck in a rut, or style of dressing that almost becomes like a ‘uniform’ which we end up wearing day in, day out. However, with a few simple steps you can transform your personal style to leave you looking and feeling refreshed for the months ahead!

  1. Keep it current

Not all of us are slaves to fashion, however it is important that you keep your look current. Glossy magazines and online sites are packed with image inspiration for the coming season and top tips on what is going to be ‘on trend’. Focus on the trends that appeal to you and then decide how you are going to incorporate them into your look in a way that is still ‘you’.

2. Shoe business

Your footwear can make or break your outfit. Throw away those battered boots and invest in a new pair, in one of your neutral shades, to see you through Autumn/Winter. If you can afford to invest a little more they will last you several seasons before they need replacing.

3. Good foundations

Ideally you should be measured and fitted for a new bra around every six months. If you’re overdue then head to the fitting room before you buy a single new item for Autumn! Good foundations are key to ensure comfort and smooth lines on your clothes.

4. Keep it colourful

There are some gorgeous shades around for the coming season so take this opportunity to try some new colours! Even after a colour consultation it can be easy to gravitate towards the same few colours as time goes on so take this opportunity to take another look at your colour swatches and add some new shades into the mix!

5. Buy what you love

Don’t buy anything that is just ‘fine’, you (and your wardrobe) deserve more than that! If you put something on that you feel truly fabulous in, then go ahead and purchase it. When you wear something you feel amazing in you will exude confidence and this will guarantee you look amazing too!

Here’s to a fabulously stylish Autumn/Winter!

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Ha ha! But only buy it if it's right for you!: Who can resist the lure of the sales? With everything you never needed at eye-wateringly low prices, it can be difficult not to splurge on unnecessary items.

Come on hands up – how many of you have got items in your wardrobe with the ‘sale’ tag still on?

Despite the sales starting just before Christmas there are still some greatly reduced items to be had in January.

Here are some tips on how to avoid breaking the bank on those ‘bargains’ and most important of all how to have fun while you’re doing it.

What to expect

When you hit the shops there will be lots of items in the sales from this season’s hottest colours. But it’s worth taking a minute to consider if you will want to wear ‘volcanic orange for example or a red sequinned jacket next year when everyone else has moved on to another colour that is more fashionable. If you are going to invest make sure it is one of your best colours. If you don’t know which colours those are, then instead of rash spending invest in a colour analysis. For around £115 it’s one of the best investments you can make.

Make a list

Before setting off, make a shopping list of everything you wish to purchase and set yourself a budget.

There is no point in buying something that is heavily reduced if you don’t really need it. Don’t be swayed by any amount of saving. If you will never use it or wear it, what’s the point? Try to make sure you only purchase items that are on your shopping list as you know they will be put to good use – be strong!

Getting started

Go out on a day when you are feeling positive and energised – we all know this varies. Any purchase made to cheer you up will undoubtedly be a mistake.

Shopping is tiring so:

  • Wear comfortable and easy to remove footwear
  • If you are shopping for a dress, take some higher shoes and tights with you. Don’t try and imagine how it would look with your pop socks on.
  • Be sure to apply some make-up so you look your best
  • Wear a good bra and decent underwear. You want to look respectable if you are stripping off
  • Keep a watchful eye on your handbag – thieves love crowded shops and distracted ladies
  • Take a few coffee breaks and of course have a delicious lunch – don’t forget the diet starts tomorrow

Know your rights

Before you make a purchase be sure you know the store’s refund and exchange policy during the sale period. This will differ for each company, so to avoid misunderstanding always ask or read the signs that are usually displayed at the till point.

Enjoy!

Most importantly, have great fun at the sales – it can be a great day out. And remember those words of wisdom from Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City: “I like my money right where I can see it – hanging in my closet!

Written by Shan Williams, Personal Stylist.

Why not ensure you make the right decisions when shopping the sales and start the New Year by treating yourself to a consultation with one of our consultants http://www.colourmebeautiful.co.uk/consultant/search/

Afterwards you will know exactly what suits you and make wise decisions when shopping in the sales.

Check out our Pinterest board for some more inspiration https://uk.pinterest.com/colourmebeautuk/how-to-shop-the-sales/

Little Honor and Jessica Alba: Is there nowhere to hide from the eye of the school gate fashion police? My clients tell me that all they want to do is wake up in a daze, climb into crumpled jumper and jeans and get the children to school with their hair and teeth brushed.

But no. The school run has become the place to look stylish and be judged.

Do you think this is a result of ‘celebrity culture’ again? Not only have we all got to be waif-like, we have to look chic but casual. We see them in magazines dropping off their off-spring not a baby sick stain in sight!

The interesting thing about school-gate style is that, like hockey or netball, it is terrifically competitive. Of course there are mum’s who are not bothered – in true Catherine Tate style, but it’s what women do. We size up, we compare and as with any place where women meet, there’s a little bit of one-up-woman-ship going on.

You see the rushed-off-their-feet working mums who ditch and run (that was me – along with the guilt), then you get the fitness fanatics in their bouncy trainers and lycra (that was never me, but I wish it was), forever on their way to a keep fit class or Zumba.

Having read this blog, you will be wondering what to wear this week when you drop off the kids, my advice is a statement coat or raincoat which is practical and you can put over any of your more casual clothes to lift your look. Another top tip, wear a colour of the season that really suits you – that way you will look up to date, more vibrant, energetic and less tired – even if your baby has kept you awake all night! Finally, a little lipstick and lip gloss will brighten your morning and make you feel more confident.

Written by Shan Williams, Personal Stylist.

To find out about the best colours for you to ensure you buy exactly the right shade of coat, 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!

Check out our Pinterest board for some outfit inspiration to ensure you look stylish, yet feel comfortable, on the school run this term – https://www.pinterest.com/colourmebeautuk/school-gate-style/

Image courtesy of Pinterest – Little Honor and Jessica Alba