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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Here are my secret tips for summer holiday packing and looking cool by the pool
For most events in life a little planning can go a long way and that goes for your holiday packing too. The last thing you want as you anticipate your well-earned break is a stressful week of packing, then unpacking, then re-packing! Statistics show that it can take us at least five hours to decide what to take on holiday. So, before you even dig out your suitcase you need to draw up a basic list. Write a column for every day of your trip and for each day write down what you might be doing (sightseeing, sporting activity or just relaxing). In each column write roughly what you are likely to wear. This will quickly show you that you can wear the same pair of trousers or skirt, for example, at least twice and that you can pack lighter than you think. Think of your poor partner or hubby at the airport with all those cases!
Begin with the basics
Your basics are those items that you will wear more than once such as a pair of trousers, a skirt and a jacket. Use your list to pick out these basic pieces and lay them out on your bed. You may want most of these basics to be neutral or a mix of neutral and colours, depending on your preferences. When your selection is laid out on the bed you can work out different outfit combinations and therefore you will see which items will be the most versatile. Along with the basics you should have a couple of cotton tops for daytime and two that you can wear day or night which should be something a little more ‘special’, perhaps with a little extra detail, that you can dress up or down. You most definitely want a couple of dresses in two different, fabulous colours. Also, a maxi for the total look of style and comfort.
Capitalise on colour
Holidays are the perfect opportunity to really enjoy wearing colours as they always look more fabulous in sunnier weather and we’re not limited by work dress codes. Don’t feel you have to be ‘matchy, matchy’, clashing colours and patterns can look fabulous and are bang on trend!
Some great colour combinations this season are orange and pink or purple with green or turquoise. If clashing your clothes is a little too much for your taste just bring strong colours in to your accessories. A great pair of green shoes and matching handbag and a chunky orange bangle will set off a neutral outfit beautifully. White can be a super neutral against a tan, but check whether you suit a bright bluish white or a softer creamy white against your skin. To get your colours right it’s important to select the right ‘shade’ or ‘tone’ in each of your best colours so that they really complement your colouring.
The week beach holiday list
Don’t pack anything unless it goes with at least 3 other items!
Here is a basic packing guide to make your planning easier. Assuming laundry is not available you will need the following:
- 1 pair of jeans
- 1 pair of cropped or soft palazzo trousers
- 1 pair of shorts (neutral)
- 1 skirt (neutral)
- 2 dresses (2 different colours)
- 1 kaftan or maxi (colour-for beach or over trousers during the day)
- 2 daytime cotton tops/t-shirts (different colours)
- 2 smarter tops/t-shirts (different colours)
- 1 cotton strappy top (white or colour)
- 1 summer cardigan OR pashmina (either can be a neutral or a colour)
- 1 light summer jacket (neutral) 1 pair of flip flops (colour)
- 1 pair of comfortable shoes (e.g stylish trainers or ballet pumps in a good colour or a neutral)
- 1 pair of pretty sandals (neutral or a strong colour that matches or clashes well)
- 1 pair of heels (neutral or metallic or bold colour) 2 bathing suits/bikinis (in most flattering colours – lots of flesh on show for this one)
- 1 hat (good colour or neutral)
- 7 days of underwear 1 town/evening bag (matching/clashing well with colour shoes or neutral)
- 1 travel bag which can double up as a beach bag
Do consider travelling in your jeans, one of your smarter tops and your comfortable shoes to save more space.
Enjoy, and don’t forget – he will love you even more if you pack light.
Written by Shan Williams, Personal Stylist.
To ensure you are wearing your best colours why not contact one of our consultants for a colour consultation. Click here www.colourmebeautiful.co.uk/consultant/search/ and just pop in your postcode to find out who is nearest you and send them an email. We are a friendly and knowledgeable team!
Lots more to look at on www.pinterest.com/colourmebeautuk/holiday-wardrobe/
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When I was on holiday in Cambodia in February, no self respecting tourist would be seen without their printed trousers. Every tourist, whatever, the nationality was dressed in bright patterned trousers.
My friend Evie, who was on holiday with us bought a pair in navy, with white elephants parading around the legs. They looked great on her and had the advantage of being one of the coolest things to wear (I mean heat wise!) in a humid climate. She wore them on all the trips we did to the temples and villages, our transport modes included, motor bike and jeep trips, plus of course – our favourite the tuk tuk. For anyone who hasn’t been to Cambodia the majority of roads are dust covered with very few tarmac surfaces, so by the end of the week Evie’s elephants had turned red from the colour of the dust. She still loves them though!
Usually what you buy on holiday, often doesn’t translate back to the UK. However, on returning to this country I noticed that they aren’t just a holiday buy any more, no, you can take your pick on the High Street. They come in wide leg, skinny, narrow leg, cut-offs and ankle skimming. Every pattern too – from bold chevrons to python, florals, geometric and a new pattern I hadn’t heard of called digi-print. Thinking about it though, I haven’t seen any with elephants on!
My styling advice on this one would be, they look best on ladies who are tall, or petite and slim. Above all you need to be long in the leg or if short in the leg wear high shoes or a wedge to compensate.
Choose the right fabric for your shape and if your hips are larger than your top half – in other words you are a triangle shape, avoid them at all costs. You don’t want to bring attention to that area.
Being of the short legged variety – alas the printed trouser won’t be in my wardrobe this summer but I will admire my tall, long-legged, friend Evie in hers.
Written by Shan Williams, Personal Stylist.
To find out about a personal shopping experience, just for you, to ensure you buy exactly the right patterned trousers, contact one of our consultants. Click here www.colourmebeautiful.co.uk/consultant/search/ and just pop in your postcode to find out who is nearest you and send them an email. We are a friendly and knowledgeable team!
Lots more to look at on www.pinterest.com/colourmebeautuk/patterned-pants/
Is 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:
- The wrong shoes – casual shoes with a suit rather than Oxfords, brown shoes with grey or black suit
- Light coloured suits – keep them for visits to Europe where they are fashionable, its not a good look for the UK
- Short sleeve shirts – even in summer men should wear a long sleeve shirt and roll back the cuffs
- Socks and ties – avoid mismatched socks or socks and ties with cartoons
- 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
- 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
- Frayed collars – shirts do not last forever!
- Scuffed or dirty shoes – people notice!
- 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
- 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.”
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.
Lots more to look at on www.pinterest.com/colourmebeautuk/dapper-dads/
(Image courtesy of Pinterest – Ricky Martin with his gorgeous boys!)
May 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:
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.
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.
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:
- When shopping for jeans try on loads of pairs to get the perfect fit and when you find them, buy two pairs.
- 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!
Lots more to look at on www.pinterest.com/colourmebeautuk/jean-geanie/
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There’s a new stripe in town!
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?
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.
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.
The size of stripe you wear should ideally work with your scale (this is decided by your shoe size). You would be known as petite scale if you have a shoe size of 4 (37) or under.
You need to achieve harmony with your scale when you are wearing a stripe so don’t go too large or you will look overwhelmed and all we will see is the stripes and not you looking gorgeous.
So if you are not sure how to tackle the mesmerizing array of prints this year – take a graphic approach – stripes are one of the easiest ways to dip your toe into the trend – think Coco Chanel, think St Tropez and the French Riviera!
Written by Shan Williams, Personal Stylist.
Why not book a full make-over just for you to ensure you buy exactly what suits you and save money by wearing all your clothes. Click here www.colourmebeautiful.co.uk/consultant/search/ to find your nearest consultant and just pop in your postcode to find out who is nearest you and send them an email. We are a friendly lot!
Lots more to look at on www.pinterest.com/colourmebeautuk/stylish-stripes/
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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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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!
Please visit our Pinterest board for some great ideas on buying more shoes.
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.
With Mary Berry’s fashion icon status rising higher than her sponges; she is definitely setting the trend for her generation.
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.
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!
Lots more to look at on www.pinterest.com/colourmebeautuk/being-fabulous-has-no-best-before-date/
Are 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.
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.
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!
Please visit our Pinterest board for some great ideas on how to wear black. https://www.pinterest.com/colourmebeautuk/trapped-in-black/