Style With Kate

Style With Kate July 2012 Newsletter

All eyes are on the Olympics and Paralympics this summer and we might even be inspired and discover some new sporting activities ourselves.

Of course we are here only addressing the sartorial side of sport and what to wear when we are running, jumping, panting, sweating, etc…


Before we move onto the issue of colour and style of clothes to wear, we must think first and foremost to the comfort and support we need to practice our sport(s) of choice. Indeed the sport or exercise you are engaging in will dictate the bras you need.

Whether you practice a high impact sport (running, tennis, basket ball, dance) or a more sedate one (yoga, cycling) you need to be well supported in the bust area, particularly if you wear a larger cup bra. You need to ensure you have a good back support (a cross design is best) as it will offer maximum support. The straps should be wide and cushioned; and you need to ensure maximum support and comfort.

Make sure you are fitted properly by a bra specialist who is able to advise you on the best for you and your chosen type of exercise. Getting the right bra is as important as getting the right pair of running shoes.

Sports Bras Are Not Very Femine! Really?!?!

Maybe then, but not now – there has been a lot of innovation in the sports bra industry and gone are the days of the mono-boob or flat chest. Sports bras now come fully equipped with padding and support to make you feel supported but feminine at the same time whilst new colours and styles are being introduced all the time.


What to wear

Back in September 2011 when the Paris, London, Milan catwalks were full of Spring 2012 trends we could see the influence that the impending Olympics had on fashion. The Mark Jacobs of this world showed zipped-up tracked suits, and even Jimmy Choo were showing some Sport Deluxe platform lace-up and wedges all-in-one shoes!

At colour me beautiful it isn’t about labels or models on the catwalks, it’s about real women going to their every day activities – one of them being sports and exercises.

So you’ll want to wear the right gear of course, and this will depend on the sport/exercise you do, but it is most likely to be in an absorbent fabric which will stretch when it needs to stretch both for movement and general comfort. You may choose to layer your garments and shed these as you warm up and get into your routine.

You will be at your most vulnerable – look-wise – when you get finished with your sport or exercise regime. Your hair may stick to your head, your eye make-up (if you wore any) may be running, you’ll be flushed, hot and sticky. So here what we suggest you do to start with: WEAR YOUR RIGHT COLOURS ! Wearing your right colours will give you the confidence that you look as best as you can given the circumstances ! Red is always an energising colour. If orange is in your palette, go for it too. Pink, will give you a sense of girliness and romanticism. Teals and aquas are great too and may also remind you of holidaying by the seaside and running on the beach.

You can wear your neutral colours – but make sure they are yours and not those of someone else. Get out of black, and think navies, browns, dark greens and purples.

Neckline rules are the same as per usual: if you have a short neck/heavier bust, you are best to wear a top with a V-neck; If you have a long neck and/or small bust, feel free to wear a higher round-neck T-shirt.

The sleeve rule is to be aware of where the sleeve stops: avoid the widest part of the upper arm.

If you are short-waisted: don’t tuck in; if you are long-waisted: do tuck in!

If you are in any doubt about what to wear and in which colours, I am here to you help you.


Spectator Sports

Some of you will be lucky enough to be able to come to London for all the great excitement, and may even have tickets to get to see your favourite sports.

If the London weather continues to be what it has been during the Spring, what you’re going to need are layers (think t-shirt/shirt/cardigan/fleece and a RAINCOAT!

Don’t forget to wear some comfortable shoes or trainers and just in case the sun shines, protect your face with a stylish hat.


Colour me beautiful summer time make-up magic

You are all set to go in search of warmth and sunshine, so make sure you take with you just what you need in your make-up bag – keep your make-up routine natural, nice and easy this summer.

All you need is a TINTED MOISTURISER (we have three shades to choose from), a CREAM BLUSH (choose from Lychee (cool) and Melba (warm), a MASCARA (Black Brown, Warm Brown, or Navy) and finish your nice-and-easy make-up summer routine with a delicious LIP GLOSS in the right colour.

If you are not quite sure how to work the colour me beautiful summer make-up magic, come and see me for a make-up know-how. I’d love to help you get the best colours for you.


Contact Kate Haynes to book a Colour or Style consultation 07740859254 or email