plus side“I never wanted to look like models on the cover of magazines. I represent the majority of women and I am very proud of that.” Adele.

Well said Adele, I am sure there are lots of us that agree with you.

Research shows that the average size for a British woman is a curvy 16 and nearly half of UK women are a dress size 16 or above.

So why are we still bombarded by the media with waif-like models and celebrities? More than one popular magazine each week can be criticizing celebrities because they have put on as many as 8 lbs!

The real thing that concerns me about this is the effect it has on our teenage daughters. Isn’t it more important to be happy, have body confidence, think of a successful future than being body conscious at that age and dieting?

Though things are changing slowly, on my recent visit to the Fashion Show at Bristol Fashion week we had two models that were size 16 out of the 10 on the catwalk. Also Debenhams are using size 16 mannequins to merchandise their clothes.

My style advice for those of you who on the plus side is to find out what your body shape is. A lot of High Street retailers assume that if you are a size 16 and over, your body shape must be ‘oval/round’. The danger with being sucked into this is that you will wear baggy clothes that will make you look bigger especially if your body shape is a full hourglass or rectangle.

Many of my clients have been eternally grateful to me for letting them know their correct body shape and what style clothes they should therefore wear enabling them to look their slimmest.

My friend Jenny (who is a plus size lady), has a fabulous full hourglass figure. She always follows her rules of wearing shaped clothes and looks amazing as she travels around the country to attend meetings for the UK’s largest training provider. Jenny is a lover of comfort too and teams her black trousers with outstanding jackets and tops in her best colours.

I think Jenny would agree with Dawn French’s quote:

“If I had been around when Rubens was painting, I would have been revered as a fabulous model. Kate Moss? Well, she would have been the paintbrush!”

Take these words to heart the next time you get frustrated with current concepts about what makes a beautiful body. What Dawn French is saying, is that concepts of beauty are entirely subjective and change over time. In the 16th century, when Peter Rubens was a painter, unnaturally thin women were considered both unhealthy and unattractive. So, what matters is that you are accepting of yourself and see yourself as beautiful.

On a final note, my last quote for this article:

“If nature had intended for our skeletons to be visible it would have put them on the outside of our bodies.” Elmer Rice, American Playwright.

Written by Shan Williams, Personal Stylist

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material girlI visited a Vintage Fayre this weekend. What fun! Everything from the 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s for sale – clothes for ladies and gentlemen, fabulous fashion accessories and even the odd retro kitchen appliance. You could even book a make-up and hair make-over in the style of your favourite decade. Whatever the decade you started to be interested in fashion and clothes, it was a real trip from memory lane.

It was a joyful experience in terms of the variety of colours and styles of clothes but also the fabrics which have changed over the years with the introduction of lycra for instance.  There were lots of cotton, silks, satins, lace and horror of horrors – crimplene! Does anyone remember it? It was one of the first synthetic, crease resistant fabrics we wore back then and it felt awful.

We often consider colours and styles when choosing our clothes, but how often do we really think about the fabric? As a personal stylist, one of the key things I am aware of is that fabric can make or break your outfit – not many of my clients are aware of this, so I am always pleased to offer my expert advice at a consultation or personal shopping trip.

The general rule is the straighter your body shape, the crisper the fabric should be. If you are curvy, the best fabrics for you are those which have some fluidity, lighter in weight and draping attributes. Another underlying rule is that smaller people suit less textured fabrics, whilst plus size and taller people will suit fabrics with more texture. Your scale, therefore, will determine the weight and texture of your clothes as well as your body shape.

If you are petite in scale
Select fabrics which have minimum texture, such as fine knits, needlecord and lightweight tweeds as these won’t swamp you. Chiffons, silk georgette, and taffetas are good too, although you have to think about your bodyline as well. For example, chiffons are very fluid, whilst taffetas are crisper and would therefore only suit women with straighter body shapes.

If you are grander in scale
You can wear more texture. Fringing and embellishment are for you this season. Beware of layering two lots of heavier texture at once as this will add the pounds. Also, if you have a full hour glass body shape then keep your textures fine so they hug those curves.

Consider your cloth.

Chiffon
A delicate fabric that is a favourite among the romantics and good for softening a classic look. As chiffon is very fine, the dainty blouses are generally best for the small to average scale figures. A stylish dress or blouse in this fabric will add femininity.

Cotton
Cotton is a timeless staple that appears in many guises. There were many floral and polka dot, nipped in at the waist, 40s style dresses at the Vintage Fayre. In 2016, as in other years, the cotton t-shirt is a perennial that’s great for layering in summer months. It’s always worth investing in quality cotton T’s as they last longer and keep their shape. Shirts are wardrobe constants too, again, invest in good quality pieces with added polyester to help them stand the test of everyday wear. Make sure it fits properly though; there’s nothing worse than a gaping shirt!

Knits
Wool is a great staple fabric because it is so durable, doesn’t crease, and of course it keeps us warm in winter. With the weather in the UK, we tend to wear knits in one form or another most of the year. The High Street is offering both chunky and fine cotton knits this season, so be sure to select the right volume for your body shape.

Lace
The variety of lacy looks this season will attract dramatics, classics and romantics, depending on how you wear it. With the right accessories you can create the vintage look, neat or demure or pretty and girlish. Lace requires very little accessories as it is decorative enough as it is.

Satin
If you’re a bit of a city chic or a romantic you’ll love the satin blouses in smart, neat styles. Throughout the months they will brighten up a simple outfit by reflecting more light and giving your face a little lift.

As well as witnessing it at the Vintage Fayre, the look on the High Street shows that we can wear some of the most unlikely fabrics together, even in one garment, such as leather with satin or cotton with chiffon. However much you mix it, is up to you, but be sure you know the best fabrics for your shape and how to wear them.

Written by Shan Williams, Personal Stylist.

To find out about the best fabrics for you, why not contact one of our consultants for 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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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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buckleupAfter a bit of a style dry spell on the belt front, the humble accessory is back with a bang. So, step forward with a pirate-inspired ‘swashbuckling’ belt – think, Captain Jack Sparrow – Pirates of the Caribbean.

But before you buckle up, let’s explore the ups and downs of wearing belts.

A great belt can make or break an outfit. It can add a stylish touch to any outfit, so be sure to invest in at least one for your accessories collection. Accentuate your shape and create a feminine silhouette with a waist-pinching belt, or add an extra splash of colour to your jeans with a skinny belt in bright, pop colours. From classic plaited to chunky with metal letter detailing, you’ll be sure to make a style statement.

Some belts are made to be seen like this season’s offerings with cut-outs, metallic finishes, studded or stretch to cinch-in that lovely waist. At first glance a belt can look quite casual but added to a posh frock or smart trousers – celeb style, lifts them from a regular accessory to a mega-glamorous update.

Alexander Wang showed us how to wear a grommeted belt in the pre-Autumn 2016 collection – around the waist of a classic trench, re-purposed it on a tailored grey jacket and used the grommet design for crisscrossing straps on an evening gown. The secret to not looking like you’re having a mid-life crisis when wearing one is keep the rest of your ensemble classic and pared-back.

So what are the styling rules?

The size of your belt needs to match your scale (based on the size of your bones), if you’re petite you need to wear narrower belts or the belt will wear you, if you’re average scale (around a size 4 – 6 in a shoe) you need a belt of about 1.5 inches wide, if your shoe size is 7 and above you can really go for it and wear a 2.5 inch wide belt. Keep the buckle size in keeping with your scale too.

So all this is great if you have a waist to show off, but what if you don’t? My expert advice is don’t bring attention to a part of your body that maybe your biggest challenge. Keep away from belts and invest in another gorgeous accessory that will draw the eye to your best assets, like a great pair of shoes if you have superb legs or a fabulous necklace if you have a great bust.

Belts are one of the best and cost effective ways to update your look this season, so if you have a great waist – you’re in! Otherwise just use one to hitch up your trusty old denims.

Written by Shan Williams, Personal Stylist.

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bittersweet colours, colorful coats, culottes, Joe fresh, JUMPSUIT, mules, Spring trends, street style, yellow, yellow coat, floral prints, ...: “Colours this season transport us to a happier, sunnier place where we feel free to express a wittier version of our real selves,” said Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Colour Institute.

Interestingly, for Spring/Summer 2016 there are truly no perceivable distinctions in colour choices between the men’s and women’s collections. Many of the colours transport the wearer to more tranquil and calmer environs which encourage relaxation. Examples include pastels of pink, peach, rose brown and blue.

However, in contrast there are also colours that are inspired by artists such as Matisse and Picasso – two being yellow and red. Both vibrant colours that can bring a feeling of fun, optimism and passion to our lives.

We have all just survived the all-encompassing red and pink Valentine’s Day marketing. With Easter approaching now, we are surrounded by all things yellow e.g. yellow chicks, yellow eggs and, of course, the beautiful Spring flowers like daffodils and the more pastel coloured primroses. And don’t they look a picture! I don’t know about you but as soon as the daffodils start to flower I feel more positive and look forward to the lighter evenings approaching.

Enough of the chat about flowers, this is a fashion blog! So let’s talk about wearing ‘not so mellow yellow’ and this is quite another thing.

At colour me beautiful we are experts in all things colour and have advised millions of women and men over the years about the colours that suit them best. One of these colours will be yellow.

The decision as to whether you can wear yellow or not is based around the colour of your skin tone. Are you a warm or cool skin tone? It is essential to know this because to create harmony and balance the colours you wear need to complement your skin tone as well as your hair and eye colour.

Yellow is a warm colour so looks best on people with warm skin tones. As we know when you wear a colour on your top half it reflects on your face and with yellow if you haven’t got a warm skin tone it can make you look less than your best. So if you have a cool skin tone (ie. it is pinker in tone) my advice is avoid yellow at all costs.

If on the other hand you do have a warm skin tone then then this cheery hue is shining on every trend this season, from cropped pants and sheer dresses to bathrobe-style coats and billowy skirts, all designed to put you in the spotlight.

If you have a cool skintone or can’t bring yourself to wear it head to toe, then choose some ‘sunshine’ accessories like Nike’s retro sneakers.

So wear it well, sunshine! Sunglasses not included, but recommended.

Written by Shan Williams, Personal Stylist.

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A button down pencil skirt is so '70s and so cool.: Getting a new pair of trainers at the beginning of the year is like getting a new pencil case for the start of school. This season whether you are a gym fan or have a gym phobia, the choice available will really put a spring in your step.

It’s fabulous to be able to give your tootsies a break from those heels, so I for one am pleased that the trainer trend isn’t going anywhere. What could be better than a shoe trend that is so comfortable you could jog all the way to work in it and I know a few ladies who do? However, finding a pair that fits into your wardrobe can be surprisingly tricky.

Choose from ‘the wedge’, ‘high top’, ‘slip on’ or ‘low rise’. Designers like Givenchy have a fabulous silk-twill floral ‘high top’ for around £400. Jimmy Choo a hot pink glittery ‘slip on’ or if it’s more your budget you can find lots of ‘cool kicks’ on the High Street with Converse, Nike and Adidas leading the way.

It is also acceptable to wear trainers pretty much anywhere and at any age, so there’s no excuse for not getting involved. So here are my thoughts for you.

Make light work

If you are on your feet a lot at work or have a long walk to work then why not invest in a pair of commuter trainers. Londoners and commuters to any of our large cities have been wearing them for years. This season though, why not leave them on at work, it will save you lugging around an extra pair of shoes in your handbag.

Use them to dress down a posh skirt

When they’re showing trainers on the couture catwalks at Dior and Chanel, you know that gives you permission to go a little more comfy with the footwear. If pairing with a posh skirt or frock, choose a matching shade and your trainers will blend perfectly into the rest of your outfit. I’ve even heard of a bride wearing them to her wedding!

Show them off

If you have invested in a designer pair then make sure you wear trousers with turn-ups to show them off. As well as showing off your gorgeous trainers it will bring attention to your lovely ankles – another tip for a more flattering line, together with your wrists they tend to be the slimmest part of your body.

Girlie girl

Not only are brands starting to make their ranges in smaller sizes they are also lots more femininity in their lines too. Liberty have collaborated with Vans and Nike to produce trainers covered in beautiful prints and Chanel have designed lady-like tweed ones. So your trainers can now reflect your romantic style personality.

AND FINALLY

Anyone for tennis?

Wear tennis shoes with tailored slacks for a new chic spin or if you feel you are too short in the leg to wear a flat trainer then the ‘wedge’ design is the one for you.

So if you are a heel-loving newcomer, why not get into training or do I mean trainers?

Written by Shan Williams, Personal Stylist.

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Photography: Ashley Caroline Photography - www.ashley-caroline.com: He’s popped the question, you’ve said yes, everyone is delighted – now the most important thing is choosing your wedding dress.. or is it? Shouldn’t you be looking at the whole bridal party? You wouldn’t arrange a vase of flowers with colours that clash and the same goes for your wedding group, not least of all the two other very important women at the ceremony – the mother of the bride and the mother of the groom.

Every bride wants everyone including herself to look amazing on her wedding day, but creating your wedding day ‘look’ takes lots of planning, hours of shopping and oodles of patience.

It should be one of the most memorable days of your life but there is a lot to consider, if you really want to ensure you end up with the wedding of your dreams.

Even the simplest weddings cost a small fortune and the photographs last a lifetime, so it is imperative the bridal party look their very best. Don’t leave this to chance, instead, visit one of our qualified stylists who offers tailor made colour and styling advice for wedding parties. Our relaxed consultations are popular with brides and mothers alike who have found our help invaluable at finding out what best to avoid and what has been tried and tested and will work for them on the big day.

When dressing the bridal party you need to choose colours for everyone’s outfits that will suit the individuals and which will all look good together. This is no easy achievement – members of the bridal party may all have different hair colour and skin tone which means different colours will suit them. For example, a bridesmaid with blonde hair would look overwhelmed and very pale in a dark dress, she needs to wear a lighter or brighter colour to make the best of her natural colouring. Whereas a bridesmaid with dark hair will look great in a darker colour. The secret is finding a colour that will look amazing on them all!

It is also a momentous day in a mother and mother-in-law’s life and they should be confident, happy and relaxed when that day finally comes around. You don’t want the mother of the bride and the mother of the groom clashing so badly they can’t stand together.

We suggest that mothers should wait until the wedding dress and the bridesmaid’s dresses have been selected. They might then think about bringing some of the bridal colours into their own outfits, but they must be colours that make them look stunning.

As if colour isn’t enough to think about, as we know, ladies shapes vary and a dress design that looks great on someone with a curvy shape will not look as good on a lady who has a straighter body shape. Also different patterns and fabrics suit different body shapes. Other considerations are height and scale, which effect whether you should dress head to toe in one colour and what size pattern and accessories you should wear.”

We strongly advise any woman in the wedding group not to walk into a shop and announce they are looking for a wedding outfit or they are likely to emerge in something coral or periwinkle that they might never have dreamt of wearing before…and are unlikely to wear again.

The biggest mistake people make at weddings is to try out a brand new look on the day or opt for an outfit that they think looks “suitable” but is going to be uncomfortable. That’s a recipe for misery!

Written by Shan Williams, Personal Stylist.

So don’t leave the most important day of your life to chance and take away some of the stress by calling in the experts. Visit www.colourmebeautiful.co.uk/consultant/search/ and just pop in your postcode to find out who is nearest you and send them an email.

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Red Puffer: Yes this winter, you don’t have to call in sick to have a duvet day – just buy a duvet jacket or coat – then every day can be a duvet day.

Built for comfort and warmth over style, they are not the most obvious of fashion garments but bulky puffer jackets in all lengths have become the A-listers must have item. Rihanna, Kylie Minogue, Julianne Moore and Katie Holmes to name a few have been photographed wearing them.

Not only are they great for keeping out the chill, they are light-weight, don’t crease and best of all they disguise any post-Christmas indulgence. The other thing, of course, is that providing you don’t take it off in public, no one will know what you have got on underneath so you could still have your pyjamas on. Perfect if you are a dog walker or taking the kids to school and it’s too much of a rush to get dressed.

What started as a ‘I wouldn’t been seen dead in one of those’ sort of coat is now readily available from every High Street retailer. From Sainsbury to Zara take your pick.

From a styling point of view I would just advise that these Michelin Man type coats add bulk and look great on tall and/or slim ladies, however, if you are on the shorter size and edging towards a size 14/16 please ask a friend you can trust when trying one on, for her honest opinion before purchasing.

With regard to the best colour to buy, then my advice is: if you have blonde and light brown hair opt for a soft brown or light pewter, if you have dark hair then black or navy will work, should you have red tones in your hair then choose a khaki or brown and if you have silver locks then navy is best and black will look great too.

After all, it’s the ‘coolest’, warmest coat for the season – if you know what I mean!

 

Written by Personal Stylist, Shan Williams

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Signature Lace Bodysuit by Naked Princess. French Leavers Lace.: According to my great friend Google, way back in the ancient mists of time, the Roman Emperor Claudius II decreed that young men should be forbidden to marry because single men made better soldiers. A romantic young priest named Valentine defied Claudius, secretly marrying young couples. For his troubles he was martyred in 496AD and Saint Pope Gelasius set aside 14 February to honour him.

So as the day fast approaches, you will notice men in suits and men in jeans wandering around with troubled looks unsure whether to buy you the dozen long stemmed roses, the heart shaped box of chocolate liqueurs or the red satin nightie and negligee. The latter was my husband’s gift of choice last year – both in two sizes too big. Two sizes too big! As you can imagine the rest of 14 February was a fairly frosty day.

In my experience men want to buy lovely underwear for their partners but are troubled by it and don’t know how to go about it. Whilst I feel that women should buy their own underwear, preferably using their partner’s credit card! If you think your partner is going to be tempted to go the lingerie route with the gift buying, then show him this article first which is about things he needs to consider when buying your bras and knickers.

The colour

Choose lingerie in her favourite colours – don’t be tempted by red or black (both too temptress!) or white (boring!).

The brand and type

Do have a look in your partner’s underwear drawer. What brand does she favour – is she and M and S lady? Does she favour Empreinte, Victoria’s Secret, Bravissimo? The label will tell you the brand. Check out if she wears a full cup or balcony, underwired or not.

The size

We ladies go to a lot of trouble ensuring we are wearing the right size bra, we usually get measured by professionals. The rules here are the bridge or centre of the bra should rest on the rib cage and the breast should fit within the bra cup fully (otherwise the cup size is wrong). Also, you should only be able to get one finger up the back of the bra and under the strap (otherwise the bra size is wrong). Again look at a recently purchased bra and the size and cup size will be on the label. They vary depending on the brand so you need to buy the same brand and size/cup size as on the existing label. Take it with you, if in doubt.

The knickers

The first point here is they have to match the bra – again in a favourite colour. Secondly does she wear a full brief to cover her tummy (more Bridget Jones) or does she favour a mini-brief or thong (more Pamela Anderson)? Buy what she wears most, based on more research from her underwear drawer. Always buy at least three pairs so she can wear matching underwear on a number of days. It’s amazing how fabulous a girl feels when she knows she is wearing matching underwear!

So, in conclusion, your partner should be a bit wiser now – fingers crossed! If when you open that red tissue wrapped parcel on Valentine’s Day expecting some luxury lingerie and find he was still tempted to buy you a fluffy dog with ‘I wuff you’ embroidered on its belly (more sinner than saint), blame Saint Pope Gelasius not him!

Written by Shan Williams, Personal Stylist.

If lingerie doesn’t appeal then ask for a consultation from one of our consultants click here to look up who is based in your area. 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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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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