Look Cool, when the Heat is on

you look coolWhen the sun shines, either at home or away, we love to see all the gorgeous summer outfits and colours out there.

But we can’t help but notice that as the layers come off, some people  also shed their style sense! Black knickers under a white dress, spanx the same length as your dress so they show when you bend over, boring black! (Come on the sun is out!).

So here is our quick guide to looking cool, even when it’s hot :)

Sunblock There is nothing worse (not to mention the health risks) than unsightly red stripes on white skin – no outfit can look good against that background!

Our top tip is use Once a Day Suncream (try Piz Buin or P20) that way you can cover up all over as soon as you come out the shower in the morning and you don’t get suncream all over your clothes. These are on offer at Sainsburys and Semichem at the moment.

Nude, seamless knickers Even white can show through. Remember to check from all angles in a full length mirror before you leave the house.

Bra straps can be a bit of a bind and spoil the look of your strappy top – again try nude, clear, colours that tone with your outfit or you can buy fancy ones from diamante to daisy- let us know if you want stockists details.

Ditch the black – it’s summer. Or at least try adding some accents – a necklace or brooch could brighten up your look. After all, “Colours are the smiles of nature”

Travel in Style

travel in styleYou don’t need to leave glamour at home when you are jetting off on holiday. Have you, like us, noticed an abundance of casual “comfy” travel gear at the check in desk?  We know that when travelling everyone suffers from the chill of air conditioning, the swelling of feet as well as waistlines, but you would never see celebrities such as Victoria Beckham looking dishevelled as she steps off the plane. We know she has an army of assistants to achieve this, but as stylists we also know that we can all travel in style and still feel comfortable – it doesn’t have to be one or the other, they can go hand in hand.

Think fabric – choose something that will give you comfort, so nothing too restrictive or stiff – try a linen blend (comfort without the creases!) or a t-shirt material. So with this in mind,stick to styles that flatter you.

Think layers – you go through variable temperatures when travelling – so fine layers work better than a shapeless, chunky sweatshirt which will hide your hard earned pre holiday figure ;) Try taking a pashmina – they take up hardly any space (you can wear it as a scarf or tie it on your bag), don’t crease and even double up as a cover for sleeping children or other halves!

Think shoes – we have no idea why people naturally revert to trainers in a travel situation. They can make your feet sweat, are heavy,can be restrictive and tend to not flatter any stylish travel wear!  There are many easy, comfortable and stylish alternatives on the High Street, from M&S to Primark – try canvas pumps, ballet flats or sandals (Remember the Golden No Socks rule!)

None of this is rocket science, but it is easy when you are busy to overlook the obvious – so get your holiday off to a stylish start this year.

 

 

Fab Focal Points

purple heartWe are all good at focussing on our bad points, but we are firm believers that if you draw attention to the good parts of your body (yes, we all have them!), you will automatically detract attention from those bits you are not so keen on.

An easy way to do this is by using focal points.

A focal point is anything which draws your eye towards it – think: jewellery, belts, scarves, pockets or any detailing.

You can also use colour as a focal point – the eye will be drawn to lighter and brighter colours, so use it accordingly.

So, a top tip is to assess a garment to see where your eye is drawn, then THINK is this a part of my body that I want to draw attention to?

For example, if you want to show off a slim waist – wear a belt to draw attention, or if you want to look taller and slimmer choose a brightly coloured necklace to draw the eye up and in.  Simples :)

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