Getting It Right For Special Occasions

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Whether you’re mother of the bride, planning a day at the races or attending some other special occasion, rule number one is to make sure you start shopping as early as you can so that you can take time to find the perfect outfit and not get panicked into buying something you’re not entirely happy with. A special event generally means there will be lots of photographs and y...
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Ten Resolutions for the New Year

I hope you had a fabulous Christmas and are looking forward to 2017 with hope and optimism. The New Year is a time when many of us like to take stock and put together some resolutions for self-improvement - but how often do we stick to them? Based on what I've learned from the many hundreds of consultations I've done with women (and men) of all different ages, shapes and sizes,...
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Barbara Richardson, Winchester

"A quick note to say thank you very much for choosing such a fantastic colour for me for my wedding dress and also for introducing me to the wonderful Charlotte Pilavachi of Charlotte's Bridalwear. I bought the bluebell silk you found in the James Hare catalogue and some ivory guipure lace for a short bolero-type top, all of which Charlotte is magicking into the most fabulo...
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Luscious Lips!

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A statement lip is the look to be seen in this Winter (those of you who watch The Great British Bake Off will have seen this year's winner certainly loved a bold lip!), so here are some top tips on which shades to choose and how to make your lipstick last.   Shades of Red A bright red is an iconic Hollywood look for a reason; it's glamorous, sensuous and feminine. I...
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Want to Look Perfectly Proportioned?

To dress well, it’s important to understand your shape, but it’s equally important to understand your proportions and whether you are high- or low - waisted as this have a strong bearing on the length of skirts and tops that will be most flattering on you. Broadly speaking, if you have balanced proportions you will measure the same from the top of your head to your leg break...
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How The Right Coloured Dresses Make You Look Younger

It's no surprise that I am passionate about the benefits of colour analysis.  After all, every day I see what a difference it can make to people. I am definitely not alone in this.  Tracie Beardsley of Fab Frocks , a wonderful special occasion boutique in Bournemouth, shares her thoughts in this month's blog... I adore this time of year – the trees are turning such stunn...
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Creating That Elusive Capsule Wardrobe

What  is a Capsule Wardrobe? It seems that stylists and fashion editors are always selling the idea of a capsule wardrobe and most of us think we'd love to have one – but what exactly is it and how do we put one together? In my view, a capsule wardrobe is a limited collection of versatile, interchangeable pieces that will create perfect outfits for any occasion. To be suc...
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Specs Appeal

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With more and more designers starting to lend their name to glasses frames of late, now is the time to pay attention to your next specs purchase! Your glasses have just as much impact on your outfit as any other accessory, and as they are so prominently placed, it's vital to get them right! It's also important to consider the occasion you're wearing them for, as you may need...
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Mike Abbott, Southampton

"I had been looking for some time for a professional personal stylist and image consultant, to enable me to dress correctly for the business environment and raise my personal brand. Having that professional person who could guide me, recommend the right colours for me, what worked, what did not was vitally important as I did not want to waste my valuable time and money on the w...
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Smart Casual for Social Occasions

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These days there are few occasions when we need to really dress up and lots where smart casual is the order of the day – whether it’s lunch or dinner with friends, parents’ evening at the school or a date night. As the term implies, smart casual is a step up from casual but still quite a relaxed form of dress. Unfortunately, unlike our continental cousins,  it’s the look we Bri...
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What is Smart Casual Business Wear?

In a working environment what you choose to wear will reflect your attitudes to work  and forms part of your personal brand. Work colleagues, particularly new ones, will make instant assumptions about you based on what you are wearing. This might seem scary but, you really only have 30 seconds to make a lasting impression and if it’s your first day in a new office you want it t...
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Best Dressed Wedding Guest

The arrival of Summer also heralds the start of wedding season and selecting an outfit that is flattering, comfortable, appropriate for the occasion and adaptable for the great British Summer can often seem daunting! If you’re looking for some inspiration then you’ve come to the right place! In this post I’ll take you through some outfit suggestions and tips to ensure you st...
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Not Everyone Is A Season!

If you had your colours analysed some time ago, the chances are it was under the seasonal system and you will have been categorized as Spring, Summer, Autumn or Winter. If you’re lucky, most of the colours you were given in your wallet look good on you. However, this isn’t the case for everyone. There are some people for whom the seasonal system simply doesn’t work very well. L...
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Your Best Beachwear

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With the holiday season fast approaching it’s time to start thinking about beachwear.  Wouldn't you love to feel as confident and happy in yours as the women in this picture? Unfortunately many of us lack body confidence and find shopping for swim/beachwear quite disheartening. The harsh overhead lighting in changing rooms doesn't help as it is deeply unflattering and magni...
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Belt Up!

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After a bit of a style dry spell, belts are back with a bang this season. So, step forward with a pirate-inspired ‘swashbuckling’ belt – think, Captain Jack Sparrow – Pirates of the Caribbean. But before you buckle up, let’s explore the ups and downs of wearing belts. A great belt can make or break an outfit. It can add a stylish touch to any outfit, so be sure to invest ...
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Ageing Gracefully

Dame Helen Mirren gets it right.
  The most attractive women are those who seem comfortable in their own skin and often this self-assurance comes with age. As Dame Helen Mirren says in a current advertisement for L’Oreal “It’s taken over sixty years to look this good”. Nonetheless, for most of us looking good at forty and beyond does involve a little effort.  Fortunately a great haircut and subt...
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Spread A Little Sunshine!

Colours this season transport us to a happier, sunnier place where we feel free to express a wittier version of our real selves,” said Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Colour Institute. Interestingly, for Spring/Summer 2016 there are truly no perceivable distinctions in colour choices between the men’s and women’s collections. Many of the colours transport...
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Key Trends for Spring-Summer 2016

I love fashion but I certainly don’t advocate following it slavishly. The key to stylish dressing is to embrace those trends that work for you and avoid those that don’t. This means taking into account your  “style personality” as well as your colouring, shape, scale and proportions. Here’s the low-down on some of the key trends for this Spring-Summer. Silhouette This sea...
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