Ricky Martin needs to calm his face down but I kind of love the stylish little boy hair cutsIs he a clothes casualty?

With Father’s Day fast approaching this gave me the idea to write a blog on men and the way they dress.

Does your husband/partner need help with choosing which clothes to wear each morning? Well if so, he’s not alone.

The men in our life often rely on us to help or even do their shopping for them. If men leave their choice of clothes to others, bear in mind that this intervention may reflect how those close to them, see them and wish to influence them, rather than how they want to be perceived by the rest of the world.

For all of us, managing our appearance is an important part of who we are. It makes a visual statement about our personality and our lifestyle, as well as indicating our abilities and confidence. In today’s world, image really does matter.

As a personal stylist, I use a very different approach when working with men to women. With ladies I need to use a consultative approach with what clothes I am advising and discussing with them style wise, with men they just want to know the rules – what to do and what to avoid doing. They like structure and logic generally.

Especially today in the ‘smart casual’ world of business, men need to look authoritative without wearing a suit. One of my clients – an interim management consultant and non-exec director who came to see me recently said.

“Well you have started something! My visit to you has made me feel much more confident about clothes and I am amazed about the impact. I have been culling inappropriate clothes (charity shops doing ok). The new concept in blue suit / shirts / sweaters etc., to suit my colouring and build are now in the wardrobe and also tailored shirts etc. Thanks for your help and I had a great time. Bit of a revolution really – new man! “

Top ten common mistakes men make when dressing:

  1. The wrong shoes – casual shoes with a suit rather than Oxfords, brown shoes with grey or black suit
  2. Light coloured suits – keep them for visits to Europe where they are fashionable, its not a good look for the UK
  3. Short sleeve shirts – even in summer men should wear a long sleeve shirt and roll back the cuffs
  4. Socks and ties – avoid mismatched socks or socks and ties with cartoons
  5. If he works in a more casual environment, don’t think that because everyone looks scruffy, he needs to join the pack – encourage him to be a cut above the rest – he will be noticed for it
  6. If your man travels a lot, choose non-crease fabrics such as wool. Do the scrunch test for three seconds with your fist. If the fabric creases in that time, imagine how it will look after a long train or car journey when he arrives at that all important client meeting
  7. Frayed collars – shirts do not last forever!
  8. Scuffed or dirty shoes – people notice!
  9. Out of date suit – it’s worth investing in a new one for that all job interview, don’t wear the one in the cupboard bought for his last interview in 2008
  10. Ensure the fit is right, for example, trousers that are too long or too short can decrease the impact made. It looks like he couldn’t be bothered.

A final thought –

“A man should look as though he has chosen his clothes with intelligence, put them on with care and then forgotten all about them.”

Hardy Amies

Written by Shan Williams, Personal Stylist.

Many of our consultants are qualified in men’s image, why not book the man in your life a men’s image gift experience? www.colourmebeautifulshop.co.uk/product/gift-experiences/colour-for-men-gift-package or visit www.colourmebeautiful.co.uk/consultant/search/ and just pop in your postcode to find out who is nearest consultant to you who offer men’s image services and send them an email? We have the expertise and I am sure you will find us approachable and friendly.

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(Image courtesy of Pinterest – Ricky Martin with his gorgeous boys!)

Cropped boyfriend denim + Breton top + red pointed courts = all time classic lookMay 20, 1873 marked an historic day: the birth of the blue jean. It was on that day that Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis obtained a U.S. patent on the process of putting rivets in men’s work pants for the very first time.

The history of blue jeans is a quintessentially American story, with working class origins, entrepreneurial spirit and an egalitarian attitude towards fashion which we have embraced and loved.

If you could take the hand of an angel and fly back to your own best day (the day you felt your most comfortable, free and full of energy), it’s doubtful you would be wearing a suit. The chances are you would be wearing a pair of jeans – trousers that gain comfort and character with age.

At my capsule wardrobe workshop I ask the question of the ladies attending – how many pairs of jeans do you have – the answer is usually at least 5 pairs each. Even when they don’t fit any more or look dated, we are loath to part with them as ‘they were so comfortable’.

The three main designs in the shops are:

  • Bootcut
  • Boyfriend
  • Skinny

Bootcut

Everybody looks good in classic, fitted bootcuts, especially if you are a triangle. It is your go-to style for balancing your curvy hips. Dress them up or down – there’s nothing these won’t go with.

If you have curves then always buy denim jeans with stretch, this will help banish gaping waistbands if your waistline is smaller than your hips.

Boyfriend

Comfy but far from boyish, these are meant to look a bit loose and worn. The shape is relaxed at the leg, so suits ladies with straighter body shapes. Roll up hems to show off slim ankles – jean-ius! They should be loose around your legs but not so baggy that your figure is lost in them and be sure to tuck in your blouse to avoid looking shapeless.

Skinnies

A fashion staple now for years – but they are on their way out, so be warned, ladies. One of the reasons they have been so popular is that you don’t have to be skinny to wear skinnies. Team with long-line tees, tunics and oversized jumpers to hide wobbly upper legs. The darker the wash, the more versatile to transform from day to evening wear.

My top tips for today are:

  1. When shopping for jeans try on loads of pairs to get the perfect fit and when you find them, buy two pairs.
  2. If you are no longer wearing skinnies then the tops you had to go with them will have to go too. It’s all in the silhouette and the proportions. Wider leg jeans = shorter and tighter tops. The longer and fuller tops you used to wear will definitely not work anymore, alas.

Written by Shan Williams, Personal Stylist.

To find out a personal shopping experience just for you to ensure you buy exactly the jeans for you, contact one of our consultants for a personal shopping experience. 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 lot!

 

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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!

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

 

Baby Blue Slouchy Silk Jumpsuit | With Love From Kat

This is the time of year I particularly love about my job. I take lots of my clients on personal shopping trips. Their ages range from 20-something to two lovely ladies I took last week that were in their 70s. It is so rewarding and enjoyable, though hard work and like most shopping trips very hard on the feet. My clients say things like ‘I would have walked straight past that’ or when we are in the changing room trying on the garments I have picked, their smiles say it all.

One particular client of mine who is in her 40s, shops twice a year with me and is a walking advert for my services, telling everyone who asks her why she looks so great! So this week it was time to get her Spring/Summer Wardrobe for 2015.

Lucy, is a tallish size 12 with long legs and a fabulous silver bob, she looks great in blues, pinks and purples. Her brief this year was casual weekend items as she had enough clothes for work.

Having seen jumpsuits in the shops I had one in mind for Lucy and yes I was right they look amazing! This recurring 1970s fashion ‘throw-and-go’ wonder buy can be dressed up or down and worn at any age.

I am sure many of us remember it the first time around – in fact, I had a denim one and thought I looked the ‘bees knees’ in mine. But then I was only a size 8 and 16 years old. Now with the ‘’one dress size gained’ every 10 years theory coming into practice and me being a definite size 14, (with short legs), the jump suit is not for me.

However, it is for Lucy! There are all sorts in the shops and I chose a navy, white and pink floral one for her to try on. It shows off all her assets and after a bit of convincing she bought it – she has texted me since to say she can’t wait to wear it. I am sure she is going to get loads of compliments whenever she does and above all she will be comfortable and stylish.

So who can wear jump suits other than Lucy? They look good on anyone with a neat hourglass figure or straighter body shape. If you are full hourglass or triangle I would ensure that the fabric is really fluid.

My one piece of advice to Lucy though is – this is a garment where you shouldn’t consider the practicalities. Why worry about what happens when you experience a call of nature? Just make sure you choose warm loos so your upper body doesn’t get frozen and you always have someone around to help with any buttoning at the back. Enjoy wearing them Lucy – I will be just a little envious!

Written by Shan Williams, Personal Stylist.

To find out a personal shopping experience just for you to ensure you buy exactly what suits you, contact one of our consultants for a personal shopping experience. 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 lot!

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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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Helen Mirren - gorgeous, fantastic actress, and forever young.

We all know that too much sun and smoking speed up the ageing process, but some innocent habits and wearing the wrong clothes can also add years.

The good news is, a few every day precautions can help turn the clock back.

Let’s first discuss some of our famous silver stylistas.

Mary Berry

With Mary Berry’s fashion icon status rising higher than her sponges; she is definitely setting the trend for her generation.

The look:

Youthful, colourful and rule-breaking, Mary Berry’s style is brilliant for her petite frame.

Why it works:

Statement jackets are flattering but eye-catching, neat knits don’t swamp her and when she dresses up she keeps it simple and colourful which suits her blonde hair.

Dame Helen Mirren

Dame Helen is the red carpet queen. Whether in chunky boots and belt to pull together off-duty pieces or at a premiere in London wearing Dolce and Gabbana she looks chic.

The look:

Dame Helen Mirren exudes red carpet sex appeal, wearing body-con dresses that women half her age would not wear.

Why it works:

Dame Helen knows how to dress her curves, choosing fitted dresses with lots of stretch that show off her bust and waist. She opts for long sleeves and demure lengths and often adds a maverick touch, such as a leather biker jacket over a full-length gown.

So as well as taking some tips from Mary and Dame Helen why not try our 6 secret steps for a more youthful look:

1. Ditch sensible shoes

Overly sensible shoes are an instant ager. Although comfort takes priority as we get older, shoes with clumpy rubber soles risk looking orthopaedic and square toes are outdated. A low heel or wedge will always look more glamorous and for chic flats opt for a coloured ballet pump.

2. Don’t play too safe

There’s a fine line between looking classic and boring. Drab washed-out neutrals worn top-to-toe can easily fall in to fuddy-duddy territory. Don’t be scared of colour and make sure they are the right colours for you. If you have had your colours done years ago, it may be time for an update if your hair colour has changed.

3. Show a little not a lot

To look years younger, show a bit of skin. Collarbones, along with shoulders and wrists are the slimmest parts of our body and weather well, so worth showing off. Keep your collarbone exposed with elegant open necklines and accessorise with a bold statement necklace. Also wear boat necklines and ¾ sleeves to accentuate these areas.

4. Get clothes that fit

Baggy, shapeless clothes that hide your body will make you look wider and older, while clothes that are too tight will look tacky.

No matter what your size, softly tailored garments and gently-draped jersey dresses will give a youthful silhouette. Show off the part of your body you like the most, whether it’s your bust, legs or arms.

5. Say no to saggy bras

A great outfit will always start with good foundations. Make sure ‘Bridget Jones’ style you have some big knickers to hold in that tummy and always get fitted for your bra by a reputable lingerie shop. My preference would be to invest in a trip to London and go to Rigby and Peller. If they are good enough for the Queen they are good enough for me!

6. Update your hair style

Another silver stylista in my book is Dame Judi Dench, silver hair she may have, however, the thing that makes her look younger is that ‘funky’ cut. So if you have had your hair in the same style for years then use her for inspiration and go get your locks re-styled.

To find out which colours and styles suit you best, contact one of our consultants for a colour analysis or 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 lot!

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Drug . . . find more women fashion on www.misspool.comAre you trapped in black? A recent survey found that 41% of our wardrobes are made up of black clothes – sound familiar?

Each one of us on average, own 5 black tops, 3 black pairs of trousers, 2 black skirts, one LBD (little black dress) and 4 pairs of black shoes.

No wonder the people we know and love rarely notice we’ve been out on a shopping splurge – marvellously, it really does all look the same to the untrained eye!

I checked my own wardrobe against these statistics and found I have 1 black top (always worn with another one of my colours over it), 3 pairs of black trousers, 1 black skirt (rarely worn) and 5 pairs of black shoes, if you include my boots.

Some of us head for black in the shops as it is ‘safe’ and some of us opt for black because it’s in a style we like and it just doesn’t come in any other colour. Or some ladies feel it’s slimming and undoubtedly darker colours are more slimming, but there is a problem with black. It just doesn’t suit everyone.

A great option for those in the Clear colour category - a bright scarf worn with black creates contrast to compliment your bright eyes and dark hair!It can make us look pale and drawn. Looking washed out can make you feel below par too, so you can walk around all day not quite feeling yourself but not really knowing why.

It goes without saying that black is a great neutral and staple in your wardrobe  as it goes with so many other colours. So if you look a bit paler when you put on your favourite black top, think again – should you be wearing black close to your face, or are you better in black trousers or a skirt? Or consider what other colours you could wear it with that really suit you.

The only people who can wear black successfully and look stunning in it are ladies with dark hair and dark eyes, dark hair with bright blue eyes or silver haired ladies. In colour me beautiful terms – our lovely deeps, clears or cools. This is because black harmonises and balances with their natural colouring.

If your hair isn’t any of these colours then there are some great alternatives depending on which colour hair you have. For example, brown made a come back recently. Navy and charcoal grey are also fabulous teamed with some of your fashion colours. Dark purple or damson are also great neutrals in your wardrobe and can be worn with so many lovely colours.

So next time you reach for that new black purchase, step out of the dark ages, – think again – should I really be wearing this?

Blog written by Shan Williams, Personal Stylist.

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To find out which colours suit you best this season and whether black is a good colour for you to wear close to your face, contact one of our consultants for a colour analysis. 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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The story of fashion is the story of colour. More than any other single factor, colour gives a garment (and the person who wears it) impact – both visually and emotionally. A woman walking towards you in a red dress tells a very different story than the same woman in blue. Red is associated with confidence and passion, blue subconsciously says trustworthy and authoritarian.

As we know, why people wear what they wear is influenced by events, local and global, political and cultural as well as fashion.

So what colours do the SpringSummer 2015  trends have in store for us? The answer – they are full of ‘bright’ ideas and influences. With the colours on the catwalk and now in the High Street you won’t be able to do anything other than ‘strike a pose’. It will definitely be a case of ‘hue dares wins’!

The message out there is be bright and be bold.

Coral crush – here for the 2nd season. Worn last season with navy, this season it is being mixed with other brights especially when nailing the Eastern vibe with kimono-style robes and blossom prints.

Va-Va vert – blue green tones including emerald turquoise. This is an international colour which means it suits all colour types – so a great investment.

Sizzling yellow – from a twist of lemon to a burst of buttercup summer’s happiest hue has arrived. It’s everywhere on the High Street. If you can’t bring yourself to wear it head to toe, then choose some ‘sunshine’ accessories.

Acid colours – with neon pink and green – there is no danger of us not being noticed in the dark. This is a really challenging look for the brave hearted. The secret is to ensure you wear the right neon for your skin tone. If you have cool skin tone, wear neon pink, and if you have warm skin tone go for the greens and oranges.

True blue –  this is more forgiving than black, so make navy or midnight your neutral for SpringSummer 2015. Used in mono stripes, it will be the simplest way to make a statement this season.

Pastels – should you not be one for bright colour combos then be ‘summer ready’ by choosing some sugary pastels. Even suede will be in gorgeous sorbet shades.

New research that was revealed on Twitter says that shopping can help you live longer, so what are you waiting for? How about living to 101 via your passion for shopping?

To find out which colours suit you best this season, contact one of our consultants for a colour analysis. 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.

Please click here for some great idea of how to where what.

 
do this for fall with black turtle neck and old navy kakhi and black skirt. ballet flats. SO cute! Love putting outfits together with stuff I already have, but never thought to do!

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There’s nothing better than having an item in your wardrobe that goes with everything. But how about having something in your wardrobe that enables you to put a number of disparate items of clothing together and you finish up with a ‘look’ that anyone would be proud to wear?

That ‘something’ is usually the white shirt which has for many years been the linchpin of layering for us all and will continue to do so. Whether worn with its cute collar peaking out from under a jumper or layered under a shift dress or smart suit to formalise work wear, we have all been committed to the white shirt with several in our wardrobe.

Now, however, another certain ‘something’ that can be relied upon to pull your outfit together is the humble polo neck. Roll necks in all colours and shapes are key this winter. When layered they can turn an ordinary outfit into a ‘chic’, subtle and modern statement. For example, layer with a jacket for a corporate look or under a shirt or jumper for a casual look.

It’s rare that fashion is also practical. Ward off the winter chill with the range of roll neck and turtle neck jumpers from the High Street. From chunky, cable knit crops to sleek, cowl neck swing tops they are there for you to choose from.

In styling terms though, the polo or turtle neck is not for everyone. You need to consider two things – your bust size and the length of your neck.

The rule is – the higher the neck line, the fuller the bust looks. So if this is you, best to avoid them and layer a v-neck or scoop neck with a camisole and scarf for extra warmth. Or better still, the cowl neck will be much more flattering and also warm.

If you have a long neck and smaller bust then this is the easy essential for your winter wardrobe. It will give you that après or during ski vibe. Alternatively, wear with A-line skirt and pointed flats for that 60s inspired look.

And it’s not a trend just for the ladies, the men now get to wear them too. To encourage him to be more ‘retro cool’ than ‘fuddy duddy’ get him to wear his with slim-fit tailored trousers.

Colour me beautiful consultants offer men’s image consultations too so if you are a fan of colour me beautiful yourself, why not book a consultation for the man in your life?  www.colourmebeautiful.co.uk/services-for-men

Take a look at our Colour Me Beautiful Pinterest account for more outfit ideas and style inspiration here.

Would love a fur vest or fur coat!! Maybe vest more? Im not sure , faux fur :) or scarf! TOP FIVEFaux fur for the ultimate in every day glamour.

Just one plush garment can shield you from the elements and make you look luxuriously snug (and smug) – faux fur.

From teddy bear coats to subtle fluffy trims, there’s a winter wonder to suit everyone’s furry fashion limit. Why not be faux fur fabulous with all this cold weather around?

Full pelt

A thick, faux fur coat has winter written all over it. If you spend a lot of time outdoors, it’s a sound overcoat investment for the big freeze months, from November through to March.

Colour is all-important when selecting your faux fur. If you have a warm skin tone go for the browns, fawns and camels, should you have a cool skin tone choose grey or black fur.

There are also lots of animal print furs which are the ultimate statement if you have a dramatic or creative style personality. Leopard used to be the go-to print, but now you’ll find Friesian cow or Dalmatian spots, if you prefer a quirky monochrome colour way. Save the Friesian cow look for a rug!

Fur Panels

If you’re not convinced about a full-on faux fur, look to textured panelling instead.

Coats have turned indecisive this season, mixing up wool and fur, or leather and fur, for a two-tone look.

It’s a half-and-half take on faux fur and allows for a flattering silhouette, if you’re worried about adding extra bulk to your frame. If you want to experiment with textured panelled clothing, such as a skirt or top, a dense, flat fur, like faux ponyskin, is also more forgiving.

The fur-panelled sweatshirt is a must – quietly fluffy and downright loud, proud and fluff-tastic. Fur sweaters are officially in the spotlight so it’s time to get tactile.  Team with leather trousers or offset the edginess by tucking into a prim skirt.

Furry trims

Faux fur can be used as a glamorous accent on clothes, almost like tinsel on a Christmas tree, but minus sparkle.

You can pretty much forgo a scarf if you opt for a winter coat with a generous faux fur or shearling collar. The bigger the collar, the bigger the style statement.

Avoid a furry collar if you’re bigger busted, as it’s likely to exaggerate your proportions but, conversely, if you’re lacking in that area, it can boost your assets.

Generous faux fur trims on hemlines are the latest way to draw attention to your legs. Ensure you keep your pins streamlined in skinny jeans, leggings or tights, so that the fur can frame your limbs to the max.

This Dr. Zivago look never disappoints on the glam stakes.

Fluffy extras

Embrace the fluff factor with Siberia-inspired extras. Keep the cold out with furry snoods and scarves draped over shoulders, big hats – Cossack style – cuddling heads, and mittens over paws – all easy ways to add fur accents to your look.

If you want a colour contrast, the high street has rainbow bright numbers for a fun approach. Many of the above are available in the shops now at extraordinary discounts.

Throw practicality out of the window with this season’s surprise fuzzy evening extras: think sandals trimmed with fluffy marabou and clutch bags decked out in cosy shearling. They won’t keep you warm but they will look furry fabulous.

Take a look at our Colour Me Beautiful Pinterest account for more outfit ideas and style inspiration here.

To learn more about your personal colouring, style personality or what shape would suit you best, why not book a style consultation with one of our consultants? Click here.

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