Happy New Year

So here we are 2012 is under way and so far the resolutions are holding up. And this is one of them, to keep you up to date with what is going on with the high street style and fashion trends, what is in, what is out and what just needs a little tweaking to keep up to date.

I rarely come  anyone now who is not being effected by the current financial state the country is in, so if we can keep on trend by just adding a few key pieces to what is already in our wardrobes then we can save a small fortune.

To do this though you need to know what is in your wardrobe in the first place, make sure it is the right colour and shape for you and identify the gaps that need filling in to make it all work for you. 

Everyone has favourite pieces they go back to again and again and those are usually the ones that flatter them the most ,so we all know what looks good on us we just get side tracked from time to time by the latest must have item which never looks the same when we get it home and try to find something to go with it. 

We still have a couple of months before spring sets in for those of us who are determined to drop some weight and fit back into some of our favourites, so don’t do anything drastic yet if you are struggling. It is always good to have something you want to get back into to spur you on. However there are still probably at least ten to fifteen items in your wardrobe you will not wear again, so be strong , bag them up and send them to the charity shop for someone else to get some use out of.

Dresses are still going to be in style this year which is great as they are much less complicated than mixing and matching skirts, blouses and trousers if you are not confident with what suits you.

Collars and necklines in general will be a focus this year, they can be dressed up or down with all the accessories on the market today at very reasonable prices.

Wide trousers are still in, very flattering to ladies with hips and thighs,  though best avoided if you are very slim as you can look swamped.

It’s rumoured red is going to be the colour this year and it will be interesting to see how this is presented in the shops, whether the cool and warm complexions will be catered for as there is a significant difference in the effect the blue reds and orange reds have on different skin tones.

So first job of the year is to sort your wardrobe, if you need a hand get in touch, there is nothing more satisfying than having a wardrobe full of something to wear rather than nothing.  You can contact us here.

Check in next month when I will have more information about what you should and shouldn’t be wearing this Spring and Summer and which styles suit which shapes.

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Shopping Should be fun!

So here we go, another new season is upon us. At least if you go to the shops it is.  Even if the weather outside at the moment is still dull and dismal the summer fashions are beginning to make their way onto the racks and shelves. So what is new? Well not a great amount of new shapes though the tail hems are a new addition, mini in front, maxi at the back. Lace is popular as are fringes, particularly on bags and accessories. Shorts are still very in as are florals and maxi’s again. Skinny jeans are joined by harem pants and wide legged trousers in all styles, much more flattering for all shapes apart from size 10’s downwards.  In fact there is such a wide choice range there is no excuse for not being able to find the most flattering  colour, cut and style for your own body shape.

So go on go out and hit the shops, try on styles you never considered before. Don’t be afraid to try and try again until you find that outfit you know will make you feel gorgeous. It’s all about the feel good factor, it doesn’t have to break the bank, high street fashions can look just as good as designer if they suit you, and if you need any help you know why not get in touch here.

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To Jeggin or not to Jeggin

After attending the clothes show a couple of weeks ago with my daughter it brought it home to me again that whether we like it or not there is a cut off point for certain fashions when women reach a certain age.

I love to people watch and an event like that is just fantastic for coming across every type of fashion style you could hope to see. It removes the stereo typical ideas that shops try to channel us down.

One of those being leggings and jeggins. When you are young you can wear anything provided you are an average size and no matter how off the wall you go if you wear it with confidence you can carry it off. However when you reach a certain age this is no longer the case and we get stuck in limbo wanting to look on trend and fashionable but not looking ‘mutton dressed as lamb’ as my mother used to say. We did see a few ladies who fell into that category and no matter how good a shape your body is in, there is a time when we have to stop dressing like teenagers and find our own style.

That is not always as easy as it seems as it takes time to reassess your style and work out what suits you now as opposed to 15 to 20 years ago.

It was therefore a pleasant surprise to see an article in one of the supermarket Christmas magazines called grown up glamour. I therefore  took it home with my shopping and was impressed with the 50 tips they gave for ageless style. Particularly as I was just in the process of reading a book covering the same topic and all the suggestions and advice where almost identical. It came as no surprise then to find it was actually written by the author of the book which is full of ideas and suggestions of how to look glamorous and stylish rather than trendy. The book is ‘Grown up Glamour’ by Caroline Cox and well worth getting as a present this year if your little dears still don’t know what to buy you.

By the way I am not saying we can’t wear leggings and jeggins, it’s just the way we wear them that has to alter slightly from our children.

So happy shopping and have a happy and glamorous Christmas

Best Wishes Jan

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