We’re almost two weeks into 2017 and along with the influx of ‘SALE’ and ‘MONEY OFF’ emails, we’re also seeing lots of ‘NOTHING NEW’ messages; people who are shying away from the shops and instead vowing to buy no new clothes, some for up to a year (take a look at one of our favourite sites The Women’s Room for their recent post on this here.)
You may have heard the statistic that most of us wear 20% of our clothes 80% of the time; we get into the habit of reaching for the same items time and again, leaving clothes lurking at the back of the wardrobe (some with their labels still on), never to see the light of day.
Whether you have a wardrobe bursting at the hinges with purchases or a modest collection of clothes, it is likely that there will be items in there that you may not have worn for several months, or perhaps even forgotten about. January is a great time to take stock of many things, your wardrobe included, so this month we’re encouraging you to shun the sales and instead go through your existing clothes, weeding out anything you don’t wear and perhaps discover some new outfits that you may not have come across before!
Here are our top tips to help you perform a successful wardrobe weed…
- Is the item in your colour palette? If not, can you wear it with something that is to ensure it flatters your natural colour characteristics? If the answer to both of these questions is no, then we’d suggest you remove it from your wardrobe.
- Does the style of item fit you well? Does it flatter your body shape and proportions? If you don’t feel comfortable in something then it’s unlikely you’re going to wear it, so it’s best to get rid of it.
- Has it worn well? Is it bobbled? Does is have holes or pulls in it? Sometimes we hold onto clothing for longer than we should do because we love them so much. However, wearing clothes that have seen better days can make you appear scruffy, it may be time to keep this item for days when you’re relaxing at home!
- How do you feel in the item of clothing? Feeling comfortable in your clothes is so important – if you feel uncomfortable or self-conscious then you won’t be able to relax and feel your best. If there is anything in your wardrobe that you really don’t like wearing it definitely needs to go!
- When did you last wear it? If it’s more than six months ago, then it’s unlikely you’re going to wear it again (unless it’s a seasonal piece of course). The exception to this would be classic items like skirts or trousers in a neutral colour, in which case give yourself another three months to get back into wearing them, if you’re still not reaching for them after this time then time to pop them on eBay or send to the charity shop.
Once you’ve completed this process you should have an edited wardrobe which only contains clothing which fits, flatters and makes you look and feel great!
Now it’s time to look at your clothes with a fresh pair of eyes. Experiment with different combinations of clothing, try accessorising with belts, statement necklaces and scarves. Have fun with your clothes and enjoy discovering new outfits without leaving the house (or spending any money!)
Need some style advice or would you like to book a wardrobe weeding session with one of our expert colour me beautiful personal stylists? Take a look at our directory here to find someone local to you.
If you are hitting the shops this January you may find this post useful, containing our top tips for shopping the sales!
Take a look at some of the dreamy wardrobes like the one in the image above over at Who What Wear here.
Today’s blog post is celebrating National Christmas Jumper day, which is taking place up and down the UK to raise money for Save The Children.
In recent years the Christmas jumper has taken on an almost cult-like status with the choice ranging from classic and understated festive patterns, all the way through to flashing reindeer noses!
With that in mind, we thought we’d take you through some different outfit options to help you decide which look you’ll be going for on the big day, just in case crazy Christmas jumpers aren’t your style!
Shimmer & Sparkle
There is no better time of year to shine than at Christmas so go for it with luxe fabrics like velvet and silk or try sequins and shimmery fabrics to glam up your daytime look. A sequinned skirt worn with a cosy knit is a great smart/casual look for Christmas day, alternatively you could go for some subtle embellishment on your shoulders or neckline for a more understated look.
Comfy & Cosy
If you’re feeling truly lazy and indulgent this Christmas (and why not we say!), then the idea of relaxing in some luxurious loungewear might be very appealing! Places like The White Company do fabulous loungewear ranges in the most sumptuous of fabrics (see our recent post on cashmere for more!)
Funky & Fun
Christmas is a great time to have some fun with your everyday look. Let’s face it, it’s the only time of year when it’s acceptable to walk around with deely boppers on your head all day! Embrace the Christmas jumper trend and go for something fun. Next do a great range of Christmas jumpers for the whole family, so you can all co-ordinate for those Christmas Day pictures!
Pretty & Polished
Use the festivities of Christmas Day as an excuse to get dressed to the nines! Pop on that party dress in a fabulous colour, dig out your fanciest pair of shoes and shine bright like the North Star! With so many of us opting for casual, less-is-more looks these days its nice to take the opportunity to dress up every once in a while (and those Christmas PJs will still be waiting for you to snuggle into when the day is done!)
Need more inspiration for Christmas Day looks? Check out our Pinterest board here.
Psssst! Still not got your Christmas shopping sorted? Check out our range of luxury stocking fillers here, or shop our gift experiences here. You still have time to get your loved one something truly special this Christmas!
One of the biggest style dilemmas many of us will come across during the Summer will be dressing appropriately for work when the temperatures sore.
With the mercury rising once again in the UK this week, many of us will be wondering what is and isn’t appropriate for the office. With more and more workplaces adopting a smart/casual dress code it is important to dress for the weather whilst still looking professional.
Here are some of our top tips to help you navigate this style dilemma!
DO choose your fabrics wisely
Natural fabrics like cotton, will be more lightweight and crease less after a long day sitting down; meaning you’ll look more put together and well presented, even after a hard day of meetings and calls. If you are in a smart/casual environment you could opt for a shirt dress or linen trousers, which tend have a more relaxed cut and therefore are cooler to wear. Ensure that the material you choose isn’t too lightweight, as this can look too casual and reveal more than you may have intended.
DON’T show too much
It may be hot, but this doesn’t mean your hemline can be high. A skirt is a great choice for keeping cool in the heat and midi-length skirts are fabulously flattering on many body shapes (just be sure yours cuts at a flattering point on the leg). You’ll be able to move around with ease and look professional at the same time. If midi isn’t your thing just be sure not to go any higher than just above the knee.
There is a huge trend for off-the-shoulder tops and dresses at the moment, but keep this look for the weekend – it exposes too much flesh, even for a casual workplace. Similarly, leave your backless, asymmetric, spaghetti straps and batwings tops at home. Sleeveless is fine, but cover up by wearing trousers on your bottom half to balance the exposure of your arms (and keep a cardigan or jacket to hand for meetings).
DO dress up
A dress is a great option during the Summer. Choose a cut that is flattering for your body shape and it will help to keep you cool and comfortable on hot, sticky days. Opt for one of the lighter, brighter shades from your colour palette if you can, ensuring you balance the tone of shades you’re wearing, depending on your dominant colour category.
DON’T forget footwear
Leave your flip-flops and gladiator sandals at home! Thanks to Chanel, classic, ladylike sling-backs are making something of a comeback at the moment and these are an elegant option for the office during the Summer. Open toed shoes are fine in most workplaces now, but make sure your toes are immaculate if you decide to go down this route (a great excuse to book in for that pedicure!)
Most offices now have air-conditioning, meaning you may be going from sweltering heat to icy conditions at the touch of an elevator button. If this is the case you will need to cleverly layer your look to keep you warm. The danger here can be that you end up looking too casual (if you choose a loose-fitting cardigan for example). Invest in a lightweight jacket that is cut to suit your figure and, if needed, a lightweight scarf in your best colours. This will keep you warm but still looking smart and both are easy to remove once you leave the office to embrace the glorious sunshine!
Get some office chic inspiration over on our Pinterest board here.
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If you receive our monthly colour me beautiful newsletter you’ll have seen our tips on how to select the best swimwear for your body shape. After looking forward to your holiday all year long, you will naturally want to look fabulous poolside!
One aspect of our holiday wardrobe that can sometimes be overlooked is a stylish poolside cover-up. If you’re on a beach break this Summer then you’ll be spending the majority of your time switching from sun bed to casual eatery, to poolside bar, so you need something that not only looks great, but is comfortable too.
Here’s our round-up of the best beach cover-ups to buy now. Snap one up now before you jet off to the sun!
The Maxi Dress
A classic poolside cover-up, a maxi dress is a great choice. It’s loose fit will ensure you keep cool and comfortable and the longer length is great if you prefer not to show your legs too much. Choose one in a fabulous colour as it’s likely you’ll be make-up free, to ensure your skin glows and your eyes sparkle!
We love this maxi from Monsoon, which will look particularly fabulous on those of you who fall into the Warm dominant colour category.
If you have a Lean Column body shape, then you’re lucky enough to have your pick of styles that will look fabulous on you!
We love this gorgeous, teal playsuit from Next. Easy to slip on and off and perfect for trips around the local area when you need a break from sunbathing. Simply pair with a colourful beach bag, necklace and sandals.
The Bandeau Dress
Avoid tan lines with a strapless sundress in a soft, flowing fabric. This cobalt blue bandeau dress from John Lewis is the perfect choice for those of you with a Triangle body shape as it will balance out your proportions as well as skimming over your hips and bottom.
It’s stunning vibrant blue colour will work fabulously on both Clears and Cools.
Another beach classic, there’s a reason the kaftan has been around for so long. Undeniably chic and easy to wear, the shorter versions are also perfect for showing off a great pair of legs! There are lots of options when it comes to kaftans, you could go sheer if you want to show off your figure, choose a flattering block of colour, or opt for something more romantic and floral.
This Dickens & Jones kaftan from House of Fraser offers just the right amount of coverage and it’s delicate print will appeal to those of you who fall into the Romantic style category!
Don’t Forget To Accessorise!
Even when you’re on the beach or by the pool, accessories are needed to complete your look! There are some gorgeous over-sized beach bags available in the shops right now. Go for something really bold and funky, it’s an item that won’t get much use for the rest of the year so have fun with it! Embellished sandals, oversized hats and a pair of fabulous sunglasses are all essentials – and a flamboyant cocktail of course!
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The arrival of Summer also heralds the start of wedding season and selecting an outfit that is flattering, comfortable, appropriate for the occasion and adaptable for the great British Summer can often seem daunting!
If you’re looking for some inspiration then you’ve come to the right place! In this post we’ll take you through some outfit suggestions and tips to ensure you stand out for all the right reasons (just try not to upstage the bride!)
You just knew we’d start here didn’t you? Our first tip is to start with a colour that really works for you (i.e. one from your colour category).
Go for a shade from your palette that really makes you feel fabulous – when you feel great, you look great after all. Now is not the time to experiment with new combinations (unless you’re getting some expert guidance from one of our fabulous consultants of course!) Opt for a shade you have worn and loved previously.
Beware! Don’t opt for white or ivory (too bridal), avoid black (even if it is in your colour palette, it is a little morbid for such a joyous occasion) and don’t go TOO bright (Clears and Dramatics, we’re talking to you!)
You Don’t Have To Do a Dress
A dress is an easy option for a wedding, and there’s no reason not to go for this if you find something you love and which flatters your body shape and proportions. However, don’t forget that there are many alternatives to a dress that you may want to try.
Skirts have made something of a comeback in recent years and are a great option for a wedding. Triangle body shapes in particular will love the trend for full, prom-style skirts that is prevalent at the moment and what’s more you can get lots of wear out of a skirt for other occasions by changing your top, shoes and accessories.
Don’t like your legs? Then try a jumpsuit! There are so many available now (and we’ve talked about some of them in our previous blog post here). Be sure to choose a material that works for your body shape to ensure your jumpsuit is as flattering and comfortable as possible.
Shoes can make or break an outfit so it’s important to get them right!
If you’re wearing something new for the big day make sure you give them a trial run at home first (top tip, if they need wearing in then pop a pair of thick socks on and wear them around the house to soften and loosen any areas that may pinch your feet). If you have room in your bag its always wise to put a pair of flats in so you can enjoy showing off your moves on the dance floor rather than toe-tapping on the sidelines!
Finally – don’t forget the details.
Hats are worn less at weddings these days but a percher or flat beret (as seen on the Duchess of Cambridge recently), or a simple hair accessory will complete your look and instantly make it feel more ‘wedding’ appropriate. Finish your ensemble with some carefully selected jewellery and a bag or clutch in a complementary colour and you’ll be good to go!
Looking for some colour or style advice for a special occasion? Get in touch with one of our expert personal stylists! Just click here to find your local colour me beautiful consultant.
For more wedding guest style inspiration take a look at our Pinterest board here.
As you know from previous blogs I am a great fan of the sleeve. How many of us feel their arms need to be slimmed down or have bingo wings? How many of us have gone to a dinner dance during the winter and have frozen or had to invest in a pashmina to cover our arms and keep us warm? I can see you all putting your hands up, me too.
In the past there have been campaigns by well known magazines, asking manufacturers to put sleeves in garments – and are they? No they are not. I was out personal shopping with a client recently and I could only find one evening dress with sleeves.
So, this season is no exception and it is not only relevant to dresses and tops, we see the return of the Gilet in the fashion stakes and the sleeveless coat! (It reminds me of a recent genius piece of marketing I saw in a sandwich chain – the breadless sandwich – isn’t that a salad I thought to myself? They were selling like hot cakes!)
Both are an anomaly to me. Jackets and coats should have sleeves just by their very nature – right?
The Gilet is often seen as a garment worn to give extra warmth to the core of your body leaving your arms free for practical tasks. Forget practical, this is now to be a core fashion item in your wardrobe.
This season you can choose denim style or be a biker babe. The dedicated denim lovers can ‘rock’ their jean jackets without sleeves. They can be thrown over anything and worn with white shirts to sequinned pencil skirts. The biker babes are wearing theirs to toughen up summer frocks or layering with winter knits. The best bit though is you can DIY the look and cut off the sleeves of an old worn jacket.
OK, I’ve been won over on the Gilet front!
So what about the long sleeveless jacket? Long lines, fluid tailoring and premium fabrics are essential for a chic sleeveless jacket. Style with a super-slim polo top and skinnies to keep it current and casual. Top tip: if you buy one in neutral colours you can mix and match for work to achieve a tailored, sophisticated look.
Sleeveless jackets and coats may not deliver in terms of warmth but they are certainly this Autumn/Winter’s hottest trend!
Written by Shan Williams, Personal Stylist.
To find out about the best style coats for you, contact one of our consultants to book a 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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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!
More ideas on how to embrace this trend can be found at https://uk.pinterest.com/colourmebeautuk/seeing-double-the-return-of-the-two-piece/
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.
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.
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?
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!
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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.
All 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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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 attitudes 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.
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.
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.
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