Category SpringSummer 2015

#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.

You need to know all your styling rules to look your best including the size pattern for your scale and which pattern suits your body shape best. So why not book ad style consultation or even a full make-over (which includes colour analysis too) Click here  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!

Further ideas can be found at https://www.pinterest.com/colourmebeautuk/blooming-marvellous/

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/

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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/

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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.

To find out about a personal shopping experience, just for you, to ensure you buy exactly the right patterned trousers, contact one of our consultants. 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/patterned-pants/

There’s a new stripe in town!

Mariana Cassou On: São Paulo Fashion Week | The Tory Blog

The striped shirt has been a beloved institution in fashion since March, 1858 when it became the uniform of the French navy after Napoleon’s victories. It became known as the Breton shirt, named after the Breton workers who increased its popularity throughout the later half of the nineteenth century.

In the early 1900?s, Coco Chanel took a trip to the French Riviera. There she saw the workers in the marina wearing their knit navy and white striped shirts and the inspiration for a new nautical collection was born. Paired with her wide- leg pants and high waisted belt, Coco Chanel was a vision of casual, seaside sportswear.

And guess what? It’s back for us to wear this Spring/Summer. Stripes this season come either horizontal or vertical. The key thing is they are BOLD, often with thicker lines contrasting with a third skinnier stripe. Think posh school boys in preppy blazers.

Wear vertical stripes to elongate your body – they get extra points there from me, at a mere 5ft 2in, I need all the help I can get with looking taller and therefore slimmer.

Currently they are around in monochrome, as the new season hits the shops we will see everything in stripes from shirts to knee length pleats coming in candy stripes and bright hues.

Even though we may want to follow fashion and embrace the stripe, we need to know our body shape before deciding how to wear it. See my tips below, before you invest.

Busty and curvy

Horizontal lines contribute to the feeling of width as the eye is drawn across the fabric – so not ideal. Why not wear a cardigan or jacket over the striped top so you see a pop of the stripe rather than the whole expanse and team with plain bottoms?

Boyish

With your great figure you can go horizontal or vertical. Tight horizontal lines and thin stripes across the hips and bust will create shape and give the illusion of movement, accentuating what little curves there may be.

Alternate black and white blocks for instance will exaggerate where areas start and finish giving the impression of someone more voluptuous.

Triangle

Hurrah you can draw attention to your top half. If you are also smaller in the bust, wear horizontal stripes on your top to draw the eye away from the challenging area of your bottom half. Choosing plain skirts and trousers will also deflect attention.

Stripes will also broaden shoulders to balance out your hips.

Petite

The size of stripe you wear should ideally work with your scale (this is decided by your shoe size). You would be known as petite scale if you have a shoe size of 4 (37) or under.

You need to achieve harmony with your scale when you are wearing a stripe so don’t go too large or you will look overwhelmed and all we will see is the stripes and not you looking gorgeous.

So if you are not sure how to tackle the mesmerizing array of prints this year – take a graphic approach – stripes are one of the easiest ways to dip your toe into the trend – think Coco Chanel, think St Tropez and the French Riviera!

Written by Shan Williams, Personal Stylist.

Why not book a full make-over just for you to ensure you buy exactly what suits you and save money by wearing all your clothes. Click here www.colourmebeautiful.co.uk/consultant/search/  to find your nearest consultant and just pop in your postcode to find out who is nearest you and send them an email. We are a friendly lot!

Lots more to look at on www.pinterest.com/colourmebeautuk/stylish-stripes/

Photo credited: Mariana Cassou On: São Paulo Fashion Week | The Tory Blog