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Do you feel you have to dress age appropriate?

Do you feel you have to dress age appropriate? Do you feel you have to dress age appropriate? Well, what is that exactly? My grandma always looked the same for as long as I remember, and my mum had me at age 21yrs so she was not always old. She had white hair, wore twin sets and pearls, midi length skirts and elasticated trousers.  I can think back to school age when she was still quite a young woman wearing the same. You are never too old to look good. Do you sometimes feel you cannot be bothered?  Just grab any old thing out of the wardrobe. It could be the jumper you wore yesterday that is still hanging on the chair and an old pair of jeans. No-one is coming to the house today, so it does not matter. BUT what about dressing for you? Yes, I do have days when I feel like that, but I choose to wear something uplifting, particularly if I am feeling down. I have a passion for colour because of the way it makes you look and feel. Sometimes, life gets in the way and the last thing you want to do is put on a full makeup and choose an outfit to dress to impress. But most of the time I do make the effort to put an outfit together but I do not usually wear a full make up. I am a wash n go sort of girl. To me the…

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Wearing colour is important to looking and feeling good.

Wearing colour is important to looking and feeling good. I am a Colour and Style Coach so it is obvious that I would advocate to wear colour, but there is a good reason why I teach and share this. Read on to find out why wearing colour is so important to looking and feeling good.  I love sharing my knowledge. Why do I love colour so much? Wearing colour not only makes you look great but feel great too. It makes you feel more alive and energised. You can use colour to enhance your look. Wearing the right colours brings out the best in you. It shows your own sense of style. Brings out the fun playful part of your personality. It makes your outfit look interesting allowing you to draw the eye where you want. That’s why wearing colour is so important to me. If I was to wear all grey, I would feel grey. I would look lifeless, boring and have no energy. I used to dress like this for the city in a grey suit and white shirt and I often wondered why I felt the way I did. I now know different. Wearing colour is important to looking and feeling good. Before I trained as a Colour and Style Coach, I knew that when I wore some colours, I used to get lots of compliments and others I didn’t. Being in the City in the late 80’s the uniform then, was power suits in black and…

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This time of year it is all about layering with colour.

This time of year, it is all about layering.  We do not always need the very heavy jumpers, but we do need to layer our items which allows us to take off if need be. It has been cold, and I am a lover of my long-sleeved thermal top but as temperatures vary sometimes that is not needed. This time of year, it is all about layering with colour. We all know how to layer up, but have you thought about what colours go with what. This is where you can experiment with different colour combinations. This time of year it is all about layering with colour This time of year it is all about layering with colour You could go tonal and wear different shades of the same colour. For example, you could choose a camel pair of trousers, brown boots, cream jumper, with a animal print blouse over the top, followed by a chocolate brown jacket and a bag in any of those colours. This is a nice classic look and if you have the classic personality is one you will wear very well. What about colour I hear you say. This time of year it is all about layering with colour. Well, I am the colour lady!  You could wear several different items on in one colour but different shades like this photo taken in John Lewis. Here we have many shades of blue that will all work with each other. All seasons like blue, just choose…

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New Year – New You

New Year – New You Firstly, Happy New Year to you. Let’s make 2024 the year you step into the new version of you by injecting some style adding key pieces to your wardrobe. Sound exciting?  Yes, our style evolves over time, think about it, you are not wearing what you wore in your twenties when you are in your fifties or sixties. Your life changes though the years, you may have been in corporate and now own your own business, or perhaps you are retired and have a totally different lifestyle. Your style should reflect who you are as a person now. So how do you know what your style is? It all starts with style personality and the type of clothes that you like to wear. Are you a sporty type and like to be able to move in your clothes or are you more of a classic dresser. Do you like to wear sheer fabrics, reveal a lot of flesh or do you choose fitted close fitting clothes? Do you know how to dress your body shape? When I had my colours and style done many years ago, I was amazed in the difference dressing for your own body shape made. It also made shopping so much easier. I have a column figure and no definition of a waist; therefore, a boxy long line jacket would not suit, in fact I would look lost. However, a fitted jacket gives an illusion of a waist and if you…

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Add one new piece to your wardrobe to make many outfits.

Add one new piece to your wardrobe to make many outfits. Add one new piece to your wardrobe to make many outfits from other items in your wardrobe. Sometimes you must introduce one new item that then allows you to make many new outfits from existing items you already have. This is what I have done here. I have just bought this snake print skirt from John Lewis  which was £45.00. It is a chiffon type of fabric made from recycled materials and is fully lined. This makes it suitable for all seasons. This is how I styled my new piece from my wardrobe. In this picture i have teamed it with a cream jumper that I have had a couple of years from M & S. The military style velvet jacket I cannot tell you how long I have had it. I know it comes from J Taylor who used to be in Debenhams. I don’t know why I have not thrown it out over the years as I don’t remember wearing if for some time. Probably because of the colour and knowing how useful an item it could be in my wardrobe. The boots I purchase many years ago from a preloved store in Bishops Stortford. These I don’t get a lot of wear out of as they are big around the top of the leg but because this skirt is so long that does not show. To dress down for a casual look To make the skirt…

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Do you have a wardrobe of clothes and nothing to wear?

Do you have a wardrobe of clothes and nothing to wear? Do you have a wardrobe of clothes and nothing to wear? How many times have I heard this; it tends to be a common trend. What a lot of us have done in the past is go out and buy a new top, get home only to find that we have nothing to go with it. Does that sound familiar? Do you have a wardrobe of clothes and nothing to wear? You get invited to a party, look in your overflowing wardrobe and think I have nothing suitable to wear. I bet we have all done this at some time. Yes, it is a very common problem, but why do we have too many clothes in our wardrobe? Holding onto clothes that no longer fit us but hoping to fit into them. They were too expensive to let go of. Never get round to doing a declutter. Have so much in the wardrobe you can’t see what you do have. Holding onto clothes that not in the colour or style that suits you. Sound familiar? Firstly, I would advise only having summer or winter clothes in your wardrobe and the other season put away in a suitcase or under bed storage. If you have plenty of storage in your home and a spare wardrobe that is even better. This allows your clothes to move on the rail more easily so you can see what you do have. De-clutter every…

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My colour journey started with a colour analysis session

My colour journey started with a colour analysis session I first had my colours done many years ago. My husband bought me a gift voucher one Christmas, to have a colour consultation. It was not something I would have bought myself. My daughter was young at the time and spending quality time on me was not my priority. I share with you how I went from wearing cream and beige, so I did not stand out, to wearing red and orange and a new confident me. Here is how my colour journey started with a colour analysis session. My first introduction to colour… He bought me a colour and style analysis which also included a make-up lesson with a Colour me Beautiful Consultant. This really was a treat as I had not invested in myself like this before. Then I didn’t realise how powerful it was. At the time I was unaware of how powerful colour was.  I had worked in the city for many years and had two skirt suits one black and the other grey with an assortment of blouses I wore underneath. These were conservative as I was working in banking recruitment.  Wearing all grey made me feel grey and at the time I did not know why, and now I do. I went from wearing cream & beige to wearing red & orange. At this time in my life, I was very shy and was wearing quite muted colours like cream and beige as I didn’t…

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How to find your own sense of style

How to find your own sense of style How many times have I heard “I have lots of clothes in my wardrobe, but I never have anything to wear”. This is a common complaint by many women as they buy something random because they like it but don’t but don’t anything in their wardrobe to wear with it.  Here are some ideas on how to find your own sense of style, using the clothes in your wardrobe. Wearing them in a different way to find your own sense of style. How to find your own sense of style It’s all about finding your own unique style which will develop over the years.  So how do you do that?  Social media and magazines are a good place to start. Look and see how outfits are put together, see how the clothes are styled in the shops and on the manikins. I like to people watch, wherever you are and see how other ladies put outfits together. Choose someone you admire who has a similar body shape to you and watch how they put their outfits together. It can be a good idea to look back at photos of yourself and see if you like a certain look. Fashions do change and so will your own style over the years. Try styling something a different way. Go to your wardrobe and pull out one of your favourite things, it may be a pair of trousers or jeans for argument’s sake.  Perhaps you…

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When you are not looking to buy anything and find a gem.

When you are not looking to buy anything and find a gem.

When you are not looking to buy anything and find a gem. When you are not looking to buy anything that is usually when you do see something you like. This happened to me recently, Bob and I often walk into town with our dog Rosie and stop for coffee before walking home again. Last week I just popped into John Lewis to go to the toilet before walking back and guess what? At the top of the escalators was a sale rail of dresses. This one was screaming at me, so a quick call to Bob to let him know I was trying it on. When you are not looking to buy anything and find a gem. When you are not looking to buy anything and find a gem. These are my favourite colours, and it is so nice to be able to find a dress that is this length. I also have a problem with dresses with a waist as I am long waisted, so this works perfectly. I love button through dresses and particularly this “A” line style as it suits my column figure. Yes, it is a bit shorted than I usually wear but as a holiday dress I think I can get away with it. August/September is a difficult time to shop. This is not the best time to shop as the sales are on the way out, and the winter stock is coming in. I still want to stay in summer clothes for as…

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My tips on how to work the sales

My tips on how to work the sales The summer sales seem to get earlier and earlier, and we do not seem to have had a summer yet. Today, as I write this it has rained all day and been dark and overcast. I have always loved shopping in the sales as I love to get a bargain, but it has changed over the years. Here is my take on it. How shopping in the sales has changed. When my daughter was little (she is 25yrs now) I used to go to the Next sale on Boxing morning early with a friend of mine. I used to buy for her lots of new clothes (sometimes for the next winter) as they were always about half price. We used to go around with a large bag and queue to pay. On arriving home, she would tell me which she wanted to keep and which she did not like. I then returned a few days later. There was always plenty of choice and lots of bargains to be had. It became a ritual very year. Shopping online in the sales. Anyone who knows me knows that I do not like shopping online. So often, I am disappointed when the clothes arrive. The Next sale was early this year and so not all their summer stock went into the sale. I am sure they will have another one in the future. II had early online assess and so I ordered a few things…

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