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Choose the right swimwear to suit your body shape

Are your ready to bare all in your swimsuit this year? Its all about choosing the right swimwear to suit your body shape.  That’s all well and good but what would suit my body shape I hear you say?  I have a few ideas here you might like to bear in mind when choosing one this year. Tummy Technology Figure controlling swimsuit How do I disguise my tummy? Yes this is a common problem for lots of ladies.  Well help is at hand as lots of the major retailers realise that it is a common problem.  I would suggest that you try one of the tummy control technology swim suits as they will do the same as the hold in pants that you can buy.  You will need to try on for size and may need to go up a size to get a comfortable fit.  Look at the designs,  as many do have the coloured insert in the front perhaps stripes and a plain colour at the sides and this does give a good illusion which is very flattering. Create a Waist Want to add some curves in all the right places try a swimsuit with a waistband in the form of a band of colour on the waist.  Sometimes this is just a band of co-ordinating colour or it could be a block colour cutting your body in half but it will give the illusion of a waist. Full Busted Lady You do need to go with something…

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How To Dress For The British Summer

How To Dress For The British Summer Did we have summer and I blinked and missed it?  How do you dress for the weather we are having  at the moment and the good old British Summer!! If you are like me,  you have gone out and bought some new summer clothes (mainly for your holiday) but are itching to wear them but the weather has not been warm enough. So How Do You Dress for the British summer? One word answer to this is layers!!  Yes just layer your clothes so you can take off as the weather gets warmer and layer up when the temperature cools down.  This is so easy to do, the new sleeveless  orange & black striped shirt dress that I recently bought I have teamed up with a cotton long sleeved orange cardigan.  If it needs to be smarter I also have a linen orange jacket.  If you feel the cold you could also add a camisole or t shirt underneath.  I am still happy to go bare legs but you could add a pair of tights. Camisoles are a great asset in your summer wardrobe and can add a splash of colour to any outfit. They are great to wear under a dress that has a low neck, under a blouse or shirt particularly if the top is in a  see through material. Cardigans I have them in several colours round or v neck button through. I wear these with a  camisole underneath, or on their…

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How To Shop For Clothes That You Need

Shop For What You Need Shopping for some people is fun and for others a chore because they don’t know what to buy, how to put outfits together and what suits them.  You need to shop for what you need rather than what you want.  So what is the answer, well help is at hand and I can advise on both which colours would best flatter your skin-tone and secondly advise on styles to suit your body shape so please do contact me if you would like more information on that. Contact details at the bottom of this blog. Here are a few ideas you might like to bear in mind whilst you are shopping because you are looking to build a staple wardrobe that will work for you.  If you buy some good quality basic items which you can build around by adding some seasonal pieces and perhaps some pieces that are on trend if you follow fashion. Do I already own one like this? The number of times I have picked up an item whilst shopping and think this is nice, its versatile and will work in my existing wardrobe, its in one of my colours and oh yes I already have one just like it!! Do I really need another one or shall I go for it in another colour?  Now, suppose you have a jacket that you love and you wear all the time, it makes you feel great then that must telling you something. Repeating…

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How To Dress Your Body Shape

My Tips on  – How to Dress your Body Shape How to dress your body shape We all have part of our bodies that we want to hide but we also have parts that we should celebrate as well.  It is not about wearing something shapeless that covers all, but drawing attention by wearing colour where you want to direct the eye and wearing the darker colours on the larger areas you wish to minimise. Don’t be hung up by the size label I have clothes in my wardrobe in sizes 10, 12, & 14 and it is only a number after all.  If you need to go up a size go up a size.  If something is too tight  (or too short) it won’t look flattering, in fact it will make you look bigger than you are .  Nobody can see the size label so no-one will know what size it is so don’t get hung up on it. Wear The Right Underwear. This is so important and can make a huge difference to the overall look.  I would recommend having a bra fitting and investing in some good pieces.  Dark undies for under your dark clothes and nude under white and light colours. We all have those Bridget Jones Knickers in our wardrobes for those special outfits so we can avoid the VPL (visual panty line) and a word of advise is to buy the next size up to avoid the muffin top coming over the top.  The same goes for knickers and swimwear…

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Outfits For Special Occasions

Do you have a special occasion to go to and don’t know what to wear? Is it a wedding you have been invited to, or perhaps Ascot, Wimbledon, or Henley you are attending  one of  your first thoughts is what am I going to wear?   So, before you do any thing check your wardrobe first to see if you already have something that you might be able to update in some way, then set yourself a budget and check the dress code for the event you are attending.  If it is a case of I have nothing suitable to wear and it is an excuse to buy something new, then lets start from scratch and the other alternative could be another blog on it’s own but don’t be shy about using a pair of shoes you already have or perhaps handbag and no-one will know. Occasion Wear Don’t be shy about mixing designer and high street either, I have just put an outfit together myself for a family wedding and my dress is Phase Eight but my jacket is H & M. The jacket is cream (not a colour I would normally go for) because I do seem to attract the dirt and therefore not a colour I particularly wanted to invest in.  Do you need to wear a hat or Fascinator?  So wear do you start to look, bearing in mind your budget it is good to start with the Department stores as they do offer a wide range of…

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What is on trend this summer?

On trend sleeveless jacket So – What is on Trend This Summer? With the summer fast approaching we are all looking to build our summer capsule wardrobe, but what is on trend?  What should you be wearing this summer?  Here are a few ideas I would like to share with you. The sleeveless jackets are every where and are a great way to update your wardrobe.  You can wear over a dress like this and over trousers and it is a great way to update any look. Choose a neutral colour and will go with several outfits in the wardrobe for maximum wear. Trousers to wear this season appear to be wide leg and high or low waisted and slouchy so you can dress them up for work and casual for the weekend and it nice to know that they suit all body shapes. On Trend Maxi Skirt The Maxi Dress  which always seems to be on trend and is one of my wardrobe essentials for the summer.  These do not have to be investment buys as they are all over the high street and at very affordable prices.  You don’t even have to wait to go on holiday to wear them they are great for a day out or a relaxed meal in the evening, or even a shopping trip the choice is yours. You don’t have to go for the dress why not try a long skirt instead this one has lots of lovely colours in it making it easy to team…

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How do you Dress for Success?

The secret to dressing for success? Dress for success So how do you dress for success?  We all know someone who always looks good no matter when you bump into them,  in fact they would look good in a bin liner!!  So what is their secret and how do they do it? I am a Colour and Style coach based in Chelmsford Essex and would like to share with you some thoughts on dressing for success. It’s all about being comfortable in what you are wearing, so many ladies feel that when working they need to wear a suit.  Is that essential?  To be taken seriously you do not need to wear a suit but you do need to wear something that looks good and has that polished look (no ladders in your tights or chipped nail varnish).  You also need to feel comfortable in what you are wearing, as this will give you confidence. Should you wear one of your favourite outfits? Yes, I always choose something that I know will give me confidence, my favourite colours are red and orange which are both energetic colours giving me the energy I need, whilst also giving me confidence. People will remember you for what you were wearing, make sure it is in a colour that is flattering to you and a style that brings out your best features. Think of an outfit that when you last wore it, you got lots of compliments, that is normally a good place to start from. I have a city background and in…

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Which colour clothes should I wear?

Which Colours clothes should I wear to flatter my skin-tone? Which colours should I wear to flatter my skin-tone.  That is the question asked by so many people who are unsure what to wear and what would most suit them.  My company is Colourworx and I am Colour & Style Coach based in Chelmsford Essex and enjoy empowering ladies to look and feel there very best.  I offer a Colour Consultation where I analysis your completion and advise the best colours for you skin-tone giving you the best colours for you to wear. Which colours should I wear? So why would you have a Colour Consultation? Wearing the right colours says a lot about you, it gives you confidence, boosts you self- esteem and empowers you to be the person you want to be. Colour attracts the eye and its the first thing people notice about us and what we are remembered for. Get it wrong and you can look tired and stressed, look heavier or even 10 years older.  When you wear the right colours it will give you a healthier glow without the need for make-up, more definition to face shapes and slim body lines, and a lively look to the entire face, brightening your eyes and fiving the skin a glowing appearance. At a consultation I will analysis your skin to find out if you have a cool or warm completion and then we decide what level of colour you like to wear. Which colours are yours? After the consultation you will…

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Start planning your Spring/Summer Wardrobe

Spring/Summer wardrobe How to de-clutter and organise your spring/summer wardrobe Spring is nearly here although it didn’t feel like it this morning.  So now is a good time to start planning your spring/summer wardrobe and clearing what you no longer need and buying new pieces to fill in the gaps. So where do I start? You need to start by de-cluttering what you no longer need. Now you do need to be honest here!!  When did I last wear it?  If you have not worn it for a while there must be a reason.  Is it something you take out of the wardrobe and put back deciding to wear something else instead?   If so,  you need to ask these questions, Do I love it? Does it fit me? Does it make me look great?  and Does it make me feel good to wear it?  If you answer No to any of those questions it needs to go. Has a garment just go too old and is looking washed out, ( t shirts often only last a season) perhaps it no longer fits you as you are not as slim as you used to be but either way you do need to be honest as you don’t want a wardrobe full of clothes that you are never going to wear as you won’t be able to see the ones that you do. Try not to feel too guilty I you have paid a lot for something and think it is wasteful as if you re not going…

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Get That Body Confidence You Deserve

How wearing the right clothes for you body shape will make you feel confident about your body!! Get that body confidence we all deserve.  I think we all have bits about our bodies that we don’t like, in my teens I was very thin and lacked shape, no bust to speak of very thin legs and got a lot of teasing at school because of it.  It was not until my early 30’s that I started to accept my body as it is. We put our bodies through so much each day we need to be kind to them, accept them for what they are and dress them to make the most of the figure we have. I am often talking about colours and the energy they have and why certain colours make you feel a certain way and I am a great believer in that, but also dressing for you shape is also very important. Style is a way of saying who you are without hearing you speak We all have bits of our body we would like to hide and bits we want to enhance.  Getting it right and knowing that you look great will make you feel good too. And then you can strut you stuff knowing that that makes you look even better. Loving the way you look will make dressing a pleasure not something you used to hate, it may even change the way you see yourself. Once you have the confidence in the way you look it…

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