Travel in Style this Summer

Travel In Style This Summer

If your Summer getaway is getting closer you’ll likely be starting to think about what to pack.

How often do you find you take a suitcase PACKED with outfits, only to return with (at least) half of them un-worn?

This Summer, we’re giving you our top tips and insider tricks to ensure you can travel LIGHT and in STYLE – no more excess baggage charges!

Our Top Tips

PLAN IT OUT

If you’re going away for a two week beach holiday ask yourself honestly how many daytime outfits you really need.

Chances are you’ll be spending most of your time in swimwear and a cover-up.

If you plan to wear each cover-up three times then really you only need four or five daytime outfit options to see you through a two week holiday. The same applies to evening outfit options too; wear each item three times and take separates so you can mix and match them, as well as a few accessories to ensure you can keep variety throughout your trip.

You can always treat yourself and use the hotel laundry service during your stay too.

DOWNSIZE

There’s no need to take full-size beauty products away with you. Decant them into smaller bottles which will take up much less space in your suitcase.

We also recommend taking minimum make-up products. Stick with your tried and tested favourites, rather than taking a selection. Going for a more natural look on holiday will allow your skin to breathe and your natural beauty to shine through.

PACK SMART

Get organised with separate garment bags for your clothes.

We recommend using a separate bag for each type of clothing so you can easily see what you have and ensure you wear it all – a little like having perfectly organised portable wardrobe!

These handy bags are also great for ensuring your accessories stay separated and don’t pull or damage your clothing as well as ensuring your footwear doesn’t leave any marks on your favourite dress!

Available from both Amazon and Muji they are an in-expensive solution to your packing problems.

Summer Glow

Ideal for Summer!
Packed with nourishing ingredients, our new Tinted Moisturiser is a ‘holiday essential’.
This lightweight formulation evens out skin-tone whilst giving a ‘natural’ radiant look to your skin.
A great alternative to our Morning Light Foundation during the warmer weather.

View shades

Your Most Stylish Summer

colour me beautiful image consultants are here to help you create a Summer wardrobe that is your most stylish yet.

Get in touch below to find your local consultant and book in for colour, style or a pre-holiday personal shop.

Contact your local colour me beautiful consultant

Inject some COLOUR and STYLE into your wardrobe with vibrant new shades from Kettlewell.

Hope Fashion have an incredible range of versatile basics that are both comfortable and stylish

Style With Kate May 2015 Newsletter

Occasion Wear to Turn Heads!

Summer is the season for dressing up and special occasions – from a day at the races with friends to family weddings, there are lots of excuses to get glam!

Hats have been an accessory of the chic and sophisticated for decades but in recent years the likes of the Duchess of Cambridge, Zara Phillips Tindall, Katherine Jenkins, Dita Von Teese and even Lady Gaga have made hat-wearing current and fun.

A fabulous hat is the perfect way to give your look the WOW factor and there are a multitude of options to choose from, whether it’s small and simple to fabulous and flamboyant – the question is, which to go for?

This month we’ve collaborated with milliner Beth Hughes to offer you some expert advice on choosing the right headwear for your special occasion this Summer.

Key factors to consider

Beth says…
“There are several things to bear in mind, the first of which is colour! As your hat will be worn so close to your face, it’s really important that it’s a flattering colour.

I recommend picking an accent colour from your outfit for your hat, or go for a complete opposite which you can carry through to other accessories like your bag and shoes.

Once the colour has been decided you must then ensure that the hat works with your face shape and hairstyle, as well as it being in proportion with your build and stature (generally the taller you are, the bigger the hat you can carry off).

Most importantly you need to feel comfortable in your hat – it should reflect your style and personality. When you find ‘the one’ it will make you stand taller and straighter and you won’t be able to help but smile at yourself in the mirror!”

colour me beautiful tip…

Consider the shape and colour of your glasses if you will be wearing these with your hat. They need to compliment each other and you should ensure your glasses don’t get in the way of the style of headwear you choose.

Headwear for short hair

Beth says…
“The danger with hats and short hair is that if you’re not careful your hat will cover all your hair and give the impression that you have no hair at all!

Rather than choosing a traditional hat with a crown and brim, opt for a headpiece or fascinator that leaves plenty of hair on show. This doesn’t mean you have to go for something small; discs are ideal for ladies with short hair as they have the size and impact of a full hat but still leave plenty of hair on show.”

colour me beautiful tip

be aware that black or dark colours will cast dark shadows across your face which will show on pictures.

A day at the races

Getting a group of friends together for a day at the races is a wonderful way to spend a Summer’s day – but striking the right balance with your outfit can sometimes be tricky.

Beth says…
“There are lots of headpieces available now, you’ll have seen the Duchess of Cambridge opts for berets and perchers on a regular basis. More tailored and formal than fascinators, they are very easy to wear and are a great alternative to the traditional hat; perfect for a trip to the races.

They are generally worn on an elastic which can be easily disguised in amongst your hair whether it’s worn up or down, plus you have the added benefit of keeping your hairstyle in tact!”

Let’s Get Sociable!

We love connecting on our social media accounts – do drop by and say ‘hello’!

Got a wedding coming up? This month we’ll be looking at how to dress for different types of weddings (beach, city, country, you name it!) and sharing inspirational images of our favourite footwear, destinations and style icons over on Pinterest!

Style With Kate October 2014 Newsletter

The scarf trend – how will you wear yours? 

Are you a wrap, tie or drape kind of woman?

 

However you like to wear yours, scarves are timeless and can give your outfit an instant new twist.  Make sure you have some good colours to choose from so you always have this must-have accessory on hand to add a finishing touch to your outfits.

 

 

        Helen Mirren                             Olivia Palermo                 Duchess of Cambridge

       

Simple elegance

‘Everyday elegance’ is one of this season’s looks. To fit with this theme, you can keep your scarf simple by tying it neatly around your neck and finishing with a knot or draping it loosely down your front.

 

All scarves shown  are available to buy
  Scarf colours above are:  Silver, Buttercup and Shocking Pink. 

Belt over scarf
Wearing your belt over your scarf is a new look for autumn/winter 2014 (first spotted on Olivia Palermo).  You can do it with any size scarf, whatever suits your style and shape. It’s a lovely way to inject colour, pattern and layering.
Scarves shown here are Polka Dot Wraps in Ash Grey and Blush Pink.  From my jersey scarf range you can see Royal Purple and Emerald.
 

Layer up

Layering with scarves not only keeps you warm, it adds colour and texture to your look too.

 

Jersey scarves shown are Bronze, Peacock and Russett.
 

Effortless draping
 

Simple but effective:  just let your scarf hang loose draping down your front (with or without a knot) or even down your back.

 


Scarves in order as they appear above: Emerald and PeacockShocking Pink,

 Russet and Emerald.

Wrap up 
There’s nothing like the feeling of a cosy pashmina that keeps out the chill and looks fabulous too. Work this season’s pink, grey and spotty trends with our beautiful spotted pashminas.
 
 
Contact me about my full range of scarves.

Style With Kate November 2012 Newsletter

The Perfect Red Dress

Forget the little black dress, it’s a great red dress you want in your wardrobe for those unexpected special occasions.Red remains this year’s hottest colour and it’s still the number one choice for a head-turning outfit. You will find a selection of gorgeous red dresses on the high street right now, so it’s the perfect time to invest.

Which Style?
This will depend on your personality as well as your body shape. Red is such a bold colour that a simple piece can look amazing with the right accessories. On the other hand, you might want an opulent dress in luxurious fabrics with gorgeous details. It’s all down to your personal taste. And what suits you of course. Here are some ideas for you.
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Classic Personality

You prefer traditional and understated looks. A simple jersey, shift or tea dress (depending on your body shape) with a little detail would be a good staple for you. Here, Helen Mirren looks amazing in a very elegant and classic dress with just a little sparkle and gathering for detail. This classic Wallis jersey dress with a little neck and gathering detail is perfect for you. Helen Mirren

 

Dramatic Personality

You like to create striking looks with the latest fashions and you are not afraid to stand out. This shimmering dress worn by Myleene Klass will certainly get heads turning! You will also enjoy this off the shoulder peplum dress from Karen Millen which is both an eye-catching look and right on trend. Myleene Klass

 

Romantic Personality

You like pretty, feminine fabrics and detail. Floor length and floaty chiffon or delicate lace is perfect for you. Nicole Kidman often expresses her romantic side as she does with this gorgeous, ultra feminine floor length gown. This Biba dress will work the same magic for you. Nicole Kidman

 

City Chic Personality

You follow trends rather than street fashion. You like to coordinate and look immaculate at all times. Meryl Streep takes a simple shirt dress style in luxurious fabric, belts it and coordinates with black accessories, and the obligatory film star sunglasses of course. Very simple but very stylish. With your fabulous sense of style, you could take a simple dress like this silk Biba shirt dress, and make it look ultra chic by accessorising it to your liking. Sunglasses are optional!

 

Creative Personality

You like unusual finds and mixing up pieces to create your own look. You might find a vintage piece, or combine different fabrics and pattern. Creative Chaka Khan mixes print and fabric and adds bold earrings. This Reiss dress is a classic shape but has a quirky mix of textures that you would enjoy working with. You could team it with a sumptuous satin or fur jacket. Creative

 

Natural Personality

You’re not a huge fan of dressing up and are happiest in jeans and comfortable clothes. If you have to wear a dress you want it to be unfussy and comfy! Kate Winslet looks every bit the star here and yet she is wearing a simple maxi dress, minimal accessories and easy updo for her hair. This Alexon maxi dress will give you the right look for a special evening out with minimum fuss. The jersey fabric is easy to wear and because it is a great red dress, you don’t need bold accessories to make it look fantastic. Kate Winslett

..And the perfect lipstick

If you are wearing red lipstick with your great new dress you must get the lip colour just right.As you will have chosen the right shade of red dress for your colouring (naturally!) you need a lipstick colour close to that or a just a shade lighter. You don’t want the lips to clash with your dress, you want a colour that complements your dress. Alternatively, if you are going for bold eye make-up then your lip colour should be very pale or nude, as actress Berenice Marlohe has done beautifully here at the Skfyall premiere. skyfall

Style With Kate September 2012 Newsletter

So many temptations! So many delicious colours! So little time! Not so much money!!

The good news is that there are NO RULES about what’s in, what’s out and what’s on trend. The most important thing is to know the right colours and shapes for you. Start with your own wardrobe and you will re-discover garments you had forgotten! Investment pieces you bought in the past few years will work just as well now as they did last autumn.

So, it’s decluttering and recycling from past seasons, accessorising in a different way (ankle boots rather than high boots?) and mixing up garments and colours you might not have considered before.

If you are going to invest in some new items, follow our tips below on pieces that will last you through this winter and for many to come.

Make-up: the return of the eye shadow

Hooray! Make-up this season is about getting good colour on your eyelids.An easy way to update your look is with a couple of new eyeshadows and a lipstick or using new skills to get a current make-up look (have you ever thought of having a colour me beautiful make-up lesson?). Check the key shades for the new season such as greens, purples and metallics. A new haircut can give you an instant update too!

 

A forever jacket

With fashion turning more elegant, what better than a neat little jacket to smarten up any outfit. To make it an investment item you must get the best cut and fit for your shape. Don’t go for something that is almost good enough and don’t skimp on quality. Also, ‘matchy matchy’ (to use Anna Wintour’s phrase) is back. Match your trousers and your jacket or your shoes and your handbag and you’ll be ready for the new season.

 

A stand-out coat

When buying a new coat we usually take the practical approach, but your coat can define your whole look, so make it something a bit special. Get a great colour and try some new styles. Military and cocoon cuts are a favourite this season, but the most important thing is to ensure the style looks good on you.

A desk to dinner dress

How do you choose a good dress this season? Versatility is key. You want a frock that can be dressed up or down. A good investment dress can have a lot of usage. Even a dress from last year can be accessorised differently for a new slant.

Need some guidance on your Autumn wardrobe? Book in for your Style Update now.

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…

Underwear?

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 kate@stylewithkate.co.uk

 

 

Style With Kate May 2012 Newsletter

Being stylish is not about how much you spend

There seems to be no end to the demands on our hard-earned money; in the meantime the online and print press are bombarding us with tantalising images of the latest fashions and ‘must-haves’. What is a girl to do?

In recent years, mixing lower-end price tags with quality pieces has pretty much become a trend in itself. Fashion can dictate styles but it also responds to universal moods. Economic belt-tightening (pardon the pun) means that we have to become more resourceful. This can actually be more fun, and more importantly, it forces us to take a step back and think more carefully about the clothing we buy: do we really need it, does it really suit us and will we get much wear out of it?

This has always been the colour me beautiful approach: creating a successful wardrobe for your personality, your lifestyle and your budget. Your wardrobe ‘portfolio’ should have styles and fabrics that work with your body shape, colours that flatter you and the overall looks should reflect your personality. You should be able to combine pieces easily and enjoy wearing each garment you own.

Of course, you might have one or two quirky items or unique pieces that won’t go with everything (especially if you are Creative or Dramatic type) but you shouldn’t have lots of pieces that only go with one other thing. What a wardrobe shouldn’t be is bursting at the seams with all the latest styles and great labels which you find yourself gazing at wondering how to wear them.

You should allow time every six months or so, to ‘shop your wardrobe’. That means that before you hit the stores with ‘I need’ in mind, you simply take the time to put your wardrobe in order and revisit some pieces you have not worn for a while (why ???). You might well be surprised at the gems you’ll find hidden in there. Maybe you should bring in a colour me beautiful image consultant or stylist to do it with you, as one can be a little emotional at times with some clothes which remind you of events/people, but really do they need to take that space if you have not worn them for a while?

Looking good isn’t a luxury, it is something we all deserve and can achieve without having to spend a fortune. For many people, clothes shopping and dressing well and appropriately, for your age and/or the occasion, can be a chore because you simply don’t know what suits you. You will have a few pieces you enjoy wearing and feel good in, but because you don’t necessarily understand why you look good in those pieces, you can’t easily replicate it. You have to understand what styles work for your figure and for your personality (as well as your budget and lifestyle of course) and do some research to find out the best places to shop for them.

The great thing about the current mood in fashion is that it is all about your personal style, and even if the universal mood changes when economies bounce back, it should still be about your personal style.

You will never go wrong with some good quality, well-fitting classic pieces such as navy, pewter, grey and do we dare say – black – pants/skirts; some plain top too will see you through many years: a good white (your white!) shirt; a few plain well-fitting tops in your colours; a couple of dresses – in the right shape for you, will see you through for months on end, with just a few accessories to create newness.

 

Christian Louboutin exhibition

For those of you, shoe-lovers, who will be in London in the next few weeks, go and see shoes which are made for dreaming…

At the Design Museum, London SE1 2YD, until Sunday 1 July 2012.

 

You shop, you shwop

Good old Marks & Spencer have done it again, and have make it easy for us to give away the clothes we do not want to keep (remember, you are going to do that wardrobe weeding).

 

M&S: We’re starting a fashion revolution, It’s called shwopping.

Next time you pop in M&S to buy something new, put an old item of clothing (even if it’s not from M&S) into a Swop Drop and we’ll pass on to Oxfam to resell, reuse or recycle

 

You’ve all heard it before… but it might be worth being reminded

  •  Women who wear a little make-up earn more than women who wear none.
  •  In difficult economical times, women buy more make-up than at any other times in their lives.

So, treat yourself to a colour me beautiful make-up lesson to update your look and learn a few tricks of the trade.

Style With Kate March 2012 Newsletter

Choose Your Spring Jacket

Spring cover-up has never been so colourful and stylish!

It’s not just a question of keeping the chill off, it’s about investing in a jacket that you can show off and enjoy wearing. So, here are our top jacket buys for the new season.

The Modern Blazer

The modern blazer comes in a range of cuts, lengths and colours so we’re not just talking about the classic tailored look here. Your blazer might be anything from a collarless box style, a peplum or a relaxed boyfriend look. It has become an enduring alternative to the cardigan because there are so many cuts avaliable to choose from.

It is a better option for later in the season when it’s warmer, but you can still wear a jersey underneath it on cooler days. It’s always worth having a couple of blazers in your wardrobe as they can make a simple outfit something a bit more special. They can add shape and a stylish edge and this season they will add colour too; there are blazers in the most wonderful range of shades from light

pastels to bold brights, so you won’t be short of choice.

Style Tips: pick a colour that looks great on you and works with a number of outfits and make sure you get the right cut for your figure.

The Sporty Parka

The lightweight parka never really goes out of style, but this season it gets an Olympic update with a stylish sporty edge. It’s always a winner for British springs and summers as it’s easy to carry with you anywhere, ready for that unexpected shower. The new look is more neat casual than slouchy sportswear and there are plenty colours to choose from.

Choose one of your best shades and you’ll be set for spring, plus it will brighten your spirits on a grey day. Or, why not make like an Olympic number one and go for gold – the metallic parka adds a touch of glitz.

Style Tip: the only rule here is: don’t be boring!

The Barbour

If you haven’t seen what is going on at Barbour, then now is the time to have a look. You may be surprised to find that they have restyled and updated their collection. New looks offer the classic design with modern a twist and some come in a range of fabulous colours.

See their Rainbow International Bright Brass range with shades from navy to fuchsia to yellow. It’s not a cheap buy but you will be investing in a top quality British brand. Barbour’s padded styles and wax fabric has certainly inspired many other brands to imitate them, so you will see plenty copycats for both spring and 2012 which may suit your budget better. It’s worth investing in the look.

Style Tip: the Barbour generally comes with lots of pockets and detail so, be careful not to go too bulky if you are curvy, although you will find the lightweight fabrics easier to wear.

The Waterfall Knit

For those who prefer a more informal and comfortable look then a knit will probably suit you better. The waterfall knit is still popular this year so you can bring out your pieces from previous seasons, but you might want to invest in a new one in a great colour.

Style Tip: check the scale and length of the garment to ensure that it doesn’t overwhelm you.

Give your Mum some Star Treatment – Mother’s Day 18th March

Make Mum feel like a film star on Mother’s Day with a style, colour or make-up makeover.

We all know that when we wear something we feel good and look good in, it makes us feel like a million dollars. Book a special ‘feel good’ treat for Mum – or why not make it an pamper session for the two of you.

Style With Kate February 2012 Newsletter

Fresh Make-up for a Feel Good February

At this time of year we all want to look healthy and glowing and to achieve that, we need to be clever with our cosmetics.

So, whether it’s a romantic Valentine’s dinner, a job interview or you are planning a proposal of marriage – it is leap year after all ladies! – make sure you look radiant with your best make-up looks.

Is your make-up making the most of YOU?

It’s easy to stick to old make-up routines because you ‘don’t have time’ to try new ones or you think the old ones still work fine. But, is your make-up making the most of you?

Think about it: is your make up saying ‘sexy’ or ‘overdone’? ‘Subtle’ or ‘washed-out’? Part of the problem is that we inherit and pick up advice, habits – good and bad, and product knowledge from Mums, sisters and friends plus all the beauty information we can absorb but don’t always consider what actually works for us.

What look should I go for at this time of year?

You are trying to acheive a Spring-like glow in the middle of Winter, so you want to keep your make-up simple, fresh and as radiant as possible. Your skin needs to look its best so look after it and use products that suit it. Do invest in a good blusher, don’t go too heavy on eye make-up, use highlighter accordingly.

Take a tip from forties Hollywood camera-ready make-up with good-looking skin (even if it means extra foundation at this time of year), great eye lashes and fabulous lipstick.

There is more to make-up than meets the eye.

The best lesson you can learn about make-up is what suits YOU. You need to understand your face shape, your colouring and your personality. Once you have mastered this you can create the looks that complement you AND ensure that you send out the right signals, whatever the situation or occasion.

Choosing the right colours.

There are thousands of make-up colours out there – some will make you look radiant, while others can make you look unhealthy or age you prematurely.

Once you understand your colouring type and your best make-up colours you can limit the cosmetics you buy to selecting only those that make you look fabulous. Plus, the recommended shades will work with your wardrobe too!

Style With Kate January 2012 Newsletter

Revise, Revitalise & Accessorise: the New Year Wardrobe Update

We all reinvent ourselves in various ways throughout life and a new year inspires us to ‘renew’ ourselves. It might be changing a small part of our weekly routine, getting more exercise, trying something new or giving our home or personal look a bit of an update.

One of the easiest new year pick-me-ups is a little style revamp but where do you start? The best place to begin is your wardrobe; so, before you go out and make the most of the high street discounts, assess the old before you start buying the new.

The Wardrobe Assessment

When assessing your wardrobe, don’t just flick through the hangers, take everything out and hang it around the room, lay it out on the bed and move things about. Sometimes it takes seeing garments in a different light, literally, to see how you can give them an update. Whilst it is wise to hang on to some really good pieces, don’t keep things just because they are good if they don’t suit you. Someone else will make better use of them.

Keepers for 2012

Shapes and Styles

Midi and maxi skirt lengths are sticking around as are feminine fabrics such as chiffon and silks. There is still a vintage 40’s/50’s influence with looks that hail the female shape such as full skirts and curve-flattering shift dresses. Fortunately, dresses are everywhere so pull out all your dresses and work them with different separates, colours and accessories to make them feel renewed.

Patterns

Unusual graphics, banding and bold floral patterns appear with a new twist. To give your patterns a current look you can mix them up a little. Unless you’re a real creative or fashion forward personality, go with just as much as you feel comfortable with; it should suit your personality and overall look. Texture is almost as popular as pattern with embellishments and overlays such as lace, devore, metals and sequins so if you don’t have any, make that a new little buy.

Colours

Whatever you do in 2012, if you don’t have any red then make sure you invest in your best red shades, it’s the colour of the year. Fortunately, colour is still a big story so you can keep all your great colours and try wearing them in different ways. Key shades for next season (apart from reds) are greens, oranges and blues. Mix your red shades together (or green shades or blue shades..), wear an entire block of colour or wear a more subtle shade or a neutral (e.g. grey, cream, camel) shade with a stronger colour.

Accessories – the easiest way to update

Accessories need an update too and they are a great way to revamp your look with little outlay. You’ve seen previous articles about one dress with several different looks, the accessories are key here.

The neck has become the focus for accessories with the scarf being a must-have in recent seasons. The most current neck detail is the collar. You can buy a top with a pretty collar or find a collar accessory to give your neat jerseys or cardigans a new look. If you’re crafty and creative you can design your own.

Not everyone suits detail around the neck or décolletage so if this look isn’t for you then make your new accessory a handbag. Find a great new shape or colour that works for your style. You won’t go wrong with a day clutch bag to look utterly on-trend!