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.
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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.
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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.
Faux 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?
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!
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.
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.
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.
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Marsala is Pantone colour of the year for 2015. It is an elegant colour, but not necessarily easy to wear. Here at Colour Me Beautiful, we know how to work colour to everyone’s best advantage. If you have a soft and muted colouring and favour chic and understated looks, you can wear it head-to-toe. For everyone else, wear it with your favourite colours from your palette, either in contrast (Clears and Deeps) or blend it (Lights, Warms and Cools).
Here are a few tips on how each dominant colouring can wear Marsala.
The SOFT colourings (you have mousey hair that you may have highlighted à la Jennifer Aniston).
Marsala on you will create an elegant and sophisticated look when you wear it head to toe. As a block colour, wear it with one of your neutral shades; try it with Taupe or Rose Brown.
The LIGHTS (you have very light blond hair and pale blue or green eyes. Think Gwyneth Paltrow).
Wear Marsala if you are looking for an understated look on its own, or with Stone or Pewter shades. For a more colourful ensemble, wear it with Petrol or Light Teal.
The WARMS (red-heads like Emma Stone).
Go for the Wow factor when you wear it with your Orange Reds and the Greens in your palette such as Turquoise and Lime.
The DEEPS (dark hair and dark eyes – think Eva Longoria or Halle Berry)
You will bring Marsala into your wardrobe in a print together with your Burgundies, Aubergines, Damsons and purples.
The CLEARS (think contrast between hair, eyes and skin tone just like the Duchess of Cambridge).
Marsala is a soft and muted colour so it would not be the first choice for you. However, it can work as part of a print with shades such as Chinese Blue, Emerald Turquoise or Fern, for example. Or you may want to opt for an accessory, but not a necklace or scarf as they are too close to the face; bracelets and handbags would work a treat.
The COOLS (that’s the silver fox or salt-and-pepper girls out there like Jamie-Lee Curtis or Helen Mirren)
You will wear Marsala when you prefer a softer approach to colour in your wardrobe. Wear it with greys from Charcoal to Silver Grey.
One piece of advice for everyone, if Marsala is close to your face, make sure the lipstick you wear works with it and doesn’t clash, unless you want to achieve a creative or dramatic look.
So, you’ve got the fab dress (or skirt/ trousers and top), now to find the perfect shoes! This is often the hardest part of putting a party outfit together. Shoes are a feature of your party wear and can make or break your look.
There are three basic requirements for your party shoes: they need to give you height, look amazing with what you are wearing and they need to be comfortable – yes, that Holy Grail of shoes! It should be an easy task with only these three criteria to fulfil, but it rarely is.
When we are dressing our body, the aim is to create a balanced look, i.e. we want to look like we have the perfect body shape. When it comes to picking the right shoes, you need to focus more carefully on your lower body. Think about the length of your legs, especially from the knee down, and the shape of your calves and ankles.
We have put together some tips to help you choose the right party shoe styles for you.
Height and Comfort
There is no doubt that a higher heel adds length to your legs but can you really wear them all night? If you are going to an event by car or cab and are likely to be seated for part of the evening then you can sacrifice comfort a bit. If you know you will be doing some walking and standing then you need a certain degree of comfort – how much will depend on your comfort threshold. Shoes with a heel and platform at the front half are usually a good choice to balance height with comfort. If you are going to sacrifice comfort entirely, don’t pay too much, you are not likely to get much wear out of those skyscrapers.
Mid heels might make you feel as though you’re not making the effort, but there are plenty pretty styles to choose from which won’t compromise your party look. Kitten heels are perhaps even better than mid heels as they are not trying to be high, they are stylish and glamorous in their own right.
Flats have been a big story this year and there are many decorative styles to choose from, so don’t rule them out. With the right outfit they can look very elegant and classy.
Styles and Stockings
Those with a shorter length leg from the knee to ankle need to beware of straps and wearing anything too high up the foot. Low fronted shoes give the illusion of longer legs and narrower ankles, as do open-toed shoes. Closed shoes shorten the length of the feet and legs.
Low-cut T-straps work for most people but ankle straps will only look good on those with long legs and slim ankles
Stockings or tights add another dimension to the mix. Flesh-toned tights often work best, but if you are going for sheer black you ideally want black shoes or a black dress, especially if you have shorter legs. Mixing a different colour dress, tights and shoes will appear to chop up your look making you and your legs appear shorter. If you are taller with long legs you can afford to mix a couple of colours. It all depends on the look you want to achieve.
There isn’t as much choice if you want a colour shoe, and if it’s versatility you need then black, silver, gold and/or sparkly are the best options. Colour shoes can look wonderful as a statement or to match an outfit, but as with tights, you don’t want to clutter your legs with various colours if you are trying to elongate them. Ideally, you want to match your shoe colour to your dress colour. Alternatively, your shoes might be the colour in your otherwise neutral outfit.
Have a glamorous and feet-friendly Christmas!
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When it comes to looking good, it’s not your size or shape that matters, it’s the fit of your clothes. By knowing your basic body shape and understanding the guidelines for choosing the types of clothes that will accentuate your good features and minimize your less-than-perfect areas, you will be able to dress in the way that suits you best.
At this time of year you will be thinking about your new party dress and with so much choice, you need to start by knowing what suits you. When choosing your dress your aim is to create the illusion of having a balanced body – in proportion on the top and the bottom. So, once you know your body shape you can make sure choose the styles that flatter your figure and avoid those that don’t.
What dress shapes should you get for your body shape?
Lucky you! You have a balanced body with your top and bottom half in proportion so you can wear pretty much any dress shape but ideally you want something shaped. Choose a dress that will show off your body with a dress that defines your waist, enhances your bust and highlights your hips and bottom.
Wow! You have the most feminine body shape with full curves in all the right places. Choose dresses that are fluid and shaped so you can accentuate your curves rather than cover them up. Think wrap, bias or soft pleats.
Great! You can bring all the attention to the top half of your body. You are often referred to as pear shaped, so with your choice of dress you should aim to accentuate your bust and minimize your bottom and hips. Think embellishment on the top and no detail on the bottom half. You might even prefer separates.
Brilliant! Proportionally you have a flat bottom and hips. Your problem area is your central torso, so, wherever possible use accessories to draw the eye to the area above your bust and below your hips. Your aim is to give the impression of a slightly longer body. Choose something A-line, wrap or a drop waistline.
Lucky you! You are the one with the flat hips and a flat bottom. However, some rectangles will also have a fuller bust, which gives a softer edge to their shape. Your main aim is to soften those edges even more and create the appearance of curves. Choose simple, straight lines or shift dresses.
Magnificent! You have great shoulders – halternecks are made for you, To balance the upper and lower parts of your body, you need to highlight your hips and bottom, focusing all attention below your waist. Go for simple straight lines, shift dresses or choose separates.
Get the Body Confidence Calendar 2015 and support Breakthrough Breast Cancer Colour Me Beautiful consultants bare (almost) all for a good cause! Each one of their uniquely beautiful bodies was tastefully draped to create a fun and inspirational calendar with a very strong message.
The aim is to sell 5,000 calendars to raise £50,000 for Breakthrough Breast Cancer.
Why a Body Confidence calendar?
The idea for this calendar began with a jokey comment, but transformed into a very real and worthy project. When Colour Me Beautiful consultant Meg Hanlon discovered her close friend and colleague Maria Hastings was diagnosed with breast cancer, she was motivated to do something. Several months later after a great deal of hard work from Meg, Maria and 11 other Colour Me Beautiful consultants, the Body Confidence Calendar 2015 is ready and looking fantastic.
The calendar was created to raise funds but also to remind you and your female family and friends to do a regular breast check. On the inside cover of the calendar there is a Breakthrough Breast Cancer ‘Touch, Look, Check’ page with information and instructions on how to check your breasts. Each month has a different inspirational woman and gives confidence boosting quotes and helpful style tips. Seeing women of different shapes, sizes, colourings and personalities looking fabulous is also a reminder that you deserve to feel good about yourself and be body confident, every day!
So, you can do a good thing for Breast Cancer Awareness month and after, you can buy a fabulous calendar (great for Christmas gifts) and you can support a charity that needs your help. The calendar is also endorsed by Lorraine Kelly (Lorraine, ITV weekday mornings). When Lorraine invited Meg onto her show she was so inspired she wanted to show her support. She said “I hope you love the calendar as much as I do and that you too will be inspired to be breast aware”.
Buy your Body Confidence Calendar(s) 2015 here 2015calendar.co.uk
Coco Chanel was spot on when she said “the best colour in the world is the one that looks good on you” (interesting for a woman who was always in black and white, but then they were her colours). Of course, we all have more than one colour that suits us, the point is that colour is so powerful that getting it right and getting it wrong makes a huge difference to how good you look and consequently, how good you feel.
For many years neutral colours held sway in fashion, but we moved on and now colour – in all its hues – is an integral part of our wardrobes. There are thousands of shades of colours available, which means shopping is more exciting, but also a bit of a minefield. There may be some colours you love, but do they love you back? Be honest. Hold different colours up to your face, if a colour lifts your face and complements your overall look, go for it. If it casts shadows under your eyes and chin and dulls your complexion, ditch it. The colours you wear close to your face have the most impact, so choose the colour of your tops, jackets and overcoats carefully. Obviously, that goes for your make-up too!
We often instinctively know the colours that work for us and those that don’t, but we don’t always know why. When you understand why, it helps you make better choices.
Getting your colours right is not just about matching shades with your colouring (hair colour, eye colour and skin tone) however, it’s about matching them with your personality and your style too. Our clothes make a visual statement about us and how we view ourselves. They reinforce our self-image and help to define who we are. So, when we choose colours, in the same way that we choose styles, we make choices based on what we are instinctively drawn to, choices that fit with our individual taste. We are always influenced by fashion, other people, friends, and so on, but our personality is the biggest factor in the clothing choices we make.
So, when you have a Colour Consultation, we are looking at so much more than how colours look against your colouring. We are considering your personality, what sort of impression you want to give about yourself, how you spend your time, whether you want to be a bit more adventurous in your clothes or a bit more chic and which colours make you feel good.
One last word on black: it looks fantastic on some, like Madame Chanel, but it can look ageing and drab on others. Everyone can wear black but if it’s not a good colour against your face, you need to keep it to a minimum and learn how to make it work for you. A mistake often made is that ‘black makes you look slimmer’, which it does, but if it’s not a flattering shade on you, it will make you look tired. There are other colours that have a slimming effect, you just need to find out which ones are a success on you.
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Khaki is usually associated with military looks mostly seen in autumn and winter. However, this summer, khaki is a shade to be seen in. Khaki and olive are becoming more and more like neutral shades, so you can invest in them as wardrobe staples.
As a warm shade, it doesn’t really flatter cool skin tones. If you have a cool, pinkish skin tone, then you certainly don’t want to wear it near your face, but you can wear it on other parts of your body if you like the look. There are also varying tones of khaki so you can go from very light – almost stone – to yellowish khaki through to very deep green shades. You need to choose which ones create the best look for you and fit with your colouring.
The look for the season is more about contrasting fabrics and accessories to make it less utility and not going head-to-toe khaki. Choosing softer fabrics for your khaki will make it look more feminine. A bold handbag or a patterned top will give it a fun fashion twist. To dress it up, add some gold detail, lace trims, embellished sandals, statement necklaces or sheer black. For a clean, smart edge, team with black or with white, depending on which neutral flatters you most.
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Your clothes tell a story about YOU and about who you are. They also tell a story about who you have been.
Yesterday, Victoria Beckham tweeted a photo of the dress she wore on her first date with hubby David. She wore a cute belted shift dress, which wasn’t at all the ‘blingy’, flesh-revealing looks she wore a few years later, nor the groomed elegance she has achieved now. The dress isn’t particularly high fashion either, considering she was a member of the biggest UK girl band at the time. It is a very sweet dress though and it reflects her youth and perhaps the fact that she was only just gaining celebrity status. It may also suggest that she hadn’t really found her own style yet.
Our clothes reveal not only how styles have changed but how you have, or haven’t, developed your own style and gained confidence in your look. When you revisit old photos you can see why you dressed a certain way during a certain period of your life from being at school, your first job, university, travelling, marriage, being a mum, and so on. Whatever path you took, your clothes will have reflected your lifestyle at that time and how you wanted to express yourself in your clothes at that time. You may have had periods where you couldn’t afford to dress quite how you wanted so perhaps you didn’t bother at all or you got creative with what you had, shopped second hand or rummaged through mum’s or even grandma’s wardrobe. Or, maybe your career got you stuck in a groove of wearing particular colours or outfits and you didn’t know where to go with your style outside of work.
The important question is, are you happy with your style now? Do you feel good in your clothes and do you know what you look good in? When you look back at how you dressed five, ten, twenty or more years ago, do you feel your personal style has progressed in a good way? Do you feel your clothes reflect your personality and who you are now?
Sometimes looking back can nudge us forward. It can highlight whether we have got into a bit of a rut and that maybe we just need a bit of a change. If your style is still working for you, and we mean style, not fashion, that’s great. However, if you are feeling a little lacklustre in your clothes then it’s time for a review and to decide whether your style still fits who you are, your age, your lifestyle and your personality.
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