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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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

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  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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What Are Your Clothes Saying About You?

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Actors understand the power of clothes. Their wardrobe is designed to illustrate their character’s back story – their social, economic and professional standing as well as mental state, personality traits etc . Once they are dressed as the character they begin to really inhabit the role. Think about Sex And The City where the women have very different wardrobes to express th...
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Ten Traits of Stylish Women

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Being stylish is something we can all aspire to, whatever our age, shape or size. Many stylish women are neither particularly young nor beautiful but they do have a certain “je ne sais quoi”.  There’s no absolute blue-print for style, but we can tell straight away when someone has “it” and there are certainly traits which stylish women share. You may find these tips helpful: ...
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Put Some Colour Into Your Life!

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According to a recent study published in The Telegraph earlier this month, “wearing clothing with a splash of colour can make you look more imaginative and lead to pay rises and promotions...The reasons seem to be two fold - wearing colour makes us feel better and gives others the impression that we are more confident and creative.” This is certainly true for me. When I have...
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Style Slip-Ups

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Nowadays there are few fashion rules and it seems that almost anything goes. Nonetheless there are still some style slip-ups that are best avoided.  Here are a few of my pet peeves: Underwear on display - Unless you're Beyonce or Rhianna (or in the boudoir!), underwear is best not be seen. Smooth lines in a nude colour may not be sexy but they provide a sleek silhouette and ar...
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Preparing For Your Photoshoot: The Beauty Checklist

This month I have asked professional photographer and make-up artist, Claire Lewis, to give us a few tips to ensure we look our very best in photos. Over to Claire.... Check out the Photographer. Look at their work. Is it the kind of picture and feel you want to capture? It’s not just about being able to technically work a camera or be amazing at Photoshop ( I prefer ...
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What’s Your Prints Personality?

During a style consultation, one of the areas we cover is which types of prints will work for best for your particular shape scale and proportions, eg abstracts with curvaceous body shapes and geometrics with straighter body lines etc. We also look at how you can use pattern to highlight your best "bits" and to detract from those areas you're not so proud of. To be truly com...
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Stylish Dressing for the Mature Woman

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A generation ago everyone knew the rules about what to wear at what age. Nowadays those rules have largely gone by the board, which is certainly liberating but can also be rather daunting given the scope for getting things wrong. No one wants to look frumpy but, equally, many of us are wary of looking like mutton dressed as lamb. For sure, age is no bar to looking stylish an...
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Secrets to Successful Shopping

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Do you love shopping or do you actually find it a bit of a chore? I know many women  find the whole experience a bit daunting and demoralising because there's so much "stuff" out there and they have lost sight of what suits them. Even those who start their shopping trip feeling perky and optimistic can begin to get discouraged and despondent as the day wears on. The very unf...
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Looking Stylish in The Sun

Summer is on it's way. Have you booked your holiday yet? According to a survey by Tripadvisor.co.uk “the British have been voted the worst-dressed on holiday”. A little harsh perhaps but there is no doubt that the “Brit abroad” is not always lovely sight to behold! I suspect it’s because we’re not just accustomed to hot weather so our wardrobes aren’t geared up for it. With a ...
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