Category Flats are back

I found the perfect outfit for winter road-tripping, lodge lounging, and base-layering... | Use Instagram online! Websta is the Best Instagram Web Viewer!: In the UK we just love our boots! Boots are more than just staple footwear for winter; they can be practical or uber-stylish and are extremely versatile for dressing up or down. Investing in a couple of pairs will see you through from workdays to weekends to evenings out.

As they are usually a big investment, buying the right ones is essential, simply follow my tips below and you’ll be beautifully booted in no time!

Go long?or short?

The important thing to remember when buying your boots is not just what fashion is dictating but what suits your personal style and your leg length and shape. It’s so easy to fall in love with a great- looking pair of boots, but are they going to look great on your feet and will they flatter your overall look? The good news is that with such a fabulous choice this season in the sales you will find several styles that work for you.

Ankle boots and shoe boots

The ankle length styles with a flat heel are practical and cute. If you are shorter in the leg, however, they can be unflattering if worn with a skirt so make sure you keep your tights the same colour to avoid ‘chopping’ your legs to look shorter.

The shoe boot is perfect for a smarter look when worn with trousers and the elegant styles could even be worn with your work suit. The more funky styles will work with jeans or for evening wear so you can wear them as an alternative to heeled shoes on a night out.

The knee high

If you wear knee highs with a skirt then make sure it is an appropriate length. If you have nice knees then you can wear a skirt that finishes just above or on the knee. If you have bigger knees then the skirt should finish just below them where the leg is slimmer so that you won’t draw attention to them. If, like many of us, you can’t find a pair of knee highs that fit your calves then check out specialist boot makers such as duoboots.com, the shoetailor.com, both who offer a wider fit or stretchy inserts.

The UGG boot

Who would have thought Australian sheepskin could be so stylish – even in the hot weather? I have spotted many young girls wearing them with a cute short skirt. They are ever popular with some new versions appearing and are perfect for slouchy comfort in style.

The key to knowing which boots are best for you and how to wear them is understanding your body shape, scale and style personality.

Written by Shan Williams, Personal Stylist.

Why not ensure you make the right decisions when investing in those boots 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.

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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

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.

Why not treat yourself this summer to a colour or style consultation? A list of our fully qualified and experienced consultants can be found here. 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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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!

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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.

 

Xo

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!

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