4 top ways to look slimmer

For most of us, it is inevitable that we gain a few lbs over Christmas and the New Year so I decided to list some tips here to help you to look slimmer and feel more confident.

  • Dress in darker colours. This is an oldy but a goody.  Even if black is not your best colour then consider wearing it away from your face in a v neck or in a sleek cigarette pants. Black is great, but also consider navy, burgundy, chocolate brown and a dark olive. They are equally slimming and may be a better option with your colouring.
  • Avoid jumpers and coats in  bulky fabrics as they can make you look like the mitchelin man. Choose less bulky fabrics with wool and other thermal properties to keep you cosy.
    Try layering a light or bright collared shirt under a slim dark jumper, letting the hem and the sleeves peep out underneath. This draws attention away from a slightly rounded midriff and looks stylish and put together at the same time. Pull up your collar and let it stand up at the back and add some a silver or gold chunky necklace to up the luxe factor.
  • Wear clothes that skim, not cling. Anything that is too small will actually make you look bigger.

When in doubt, try one size up and cut the label off when you get home if that makes you feel better.

  • Wear outfits with vertical design lines. This might be a jacket/cardigan worn open or a scarf flowing down the front of a sweater dress. Also try a long necklace that flows vertically down the front of your top (You may need to knot it below cleavage to keep it in place).

Illusion is a marvellous thing so why not take full advantage of it to look your best and feel more confident as you take on the new year.

The Navy Suit

Nothing projects more authority than a navy suit. It is my go to item for corporate events, interviews or any situation that requires making a great impression.

It is truly an investment piece as it is so versatile . A classic navy suit is unmemorable and can be worn regularly with different blouse/scarf/jewellery combinations to give a multitude of looks.

AUTHORITATIVE Vs APPROACHABLE LOOK

In a work / business environment, you will, at some time, need both of these looks.

A visit to the bank manager for a business loan calls for the authoritative look, but to ask for an extension to an overdraft, I would suggest the approachable look. Every person needs to know their authoritative and approachable look.

The authoritative look requires dark colours or neutrals worn with the lightest of colours or neutrals, i.e. navy jacket worn with white blouse.

When you need to be the team leader the approachable look works better and this look needs less contrast, i.e. navy jacket worn with periwinkle blue blouse.

WHAT ABOUT COLOUR?

For the most authority, choose the darkest navy that works for you or sharpest pinstripe navy.

For those of you who have had your colours done, here are my recommendations:

Summer: Choose a grey blue navy with silver or neutral navy buttons. Your navy looks dusty.

Winter: Go for the blackest navy you can find. A pinstripe will probably look great on you too as geometric print works for you.

Autumn: A marine navy is best for you. Though hard to find, the orange undertone in the navy will really work with your colouring. A textured finish is ideal like a tweed or a brocade.

Spring: Think bright and clear. A light clear navy will be your best option and you may even get away with a bit of sheen in the fabric.

You simply cannot go wrong by investing in a navy suit in the best quality you can afford. Dress it up with a sharp white shirt and heels or dress it down with a T-shirt and sneakers. It never disappoints and will repay your investment many times over.

Do you know your personal colour contrast value?

When I discovered the colours that suited me best, I initially went a bit crazy wearing lots of combinations of colours together. The colours were right for my skintone but somehow, the combination didn’t work well for me. However, I did observe that lots of people looked great wearing several colours together. The reason for this is related to our colour contrast value. If you have a high colour contrast, you look great in lots of colour and conversely if you have a low colour contrast you look better wearing a monochromatic look or one colour in different tints, tones and shades. So how do you work out what your colour contrast value is? You need to figure out if your hair, eyes and skin are coloured or neutral. This table will help you:

1.       Hair Colour All cool browns, All Cool Blonds, Platinum, White, Black Neutral
Warm Browns, Warm Blondes, Strawberry Blond, Red, Copper, Purple, Violet Etc. Coloured
2.       Eye Colour Grey, Brown, Black Neutral
Blue, Green , Olive, Bronze Coloured
3.       Skin Clear, Colour ranges from light to medium beige, White, Deep Brown, Dark black Neutral
Red or Florid, Bronzed, Golden Coloured

The more colour you see in you skin, hair and eyes, the more colour you can wear. If you are all neutrals, you look best in neutral or monochromatic colours. If you have 1 colour then you will look best in 1 colour worn with neutrals. If you have 2 or 3 colours you will look fabulous wearing lots of colour.

Examples:

EMILY BLUNT photo

Neutral Hair (Ash Blond), Neutral Skin (Light Beige), Neutral Eyes (Grey) – Low Colour Contrast. Looks best in neutral colours and monochromatic looks (Different tints, tones and shades of the same colour)

Cameron Diaz

Coloured Hair (Strawberry Blond), Coloured Skin (Tan , A little Florid), Coloured Eyes (Bright Blue) – High Colour contrast. Looks great with lots of colours worn together or in multi-coloured prints.

Gillian Anderson

Coloured Hair (Red), Coloured Skin (Golden Beige), Neutral Eyes (Grey) – Medium Colour Contrast. Looks great with 2 colours worn with neutrals or 2 colours in prints worn with neutrals.

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If you change your hair colour or skin colour (fake or real tan) or even your eye colour (contact lenses), needless to say you can easily change your colour contrast level. In the pictures above you can see that Kelly Osbourne went from a fairly low colour contrast  level to a much higher colour contrast level allowing her to wear more colour in her makeup and clothes.

I have only discussed colour contrast in this article. There is also your contrast value which also needs to be taken into consideration when putting an outfit together. For example even though Kelly Osbourne is a low colour contrast in the first picture, her contrast value is high as her skin tone is very light and her hair colour is very dark. This means she looks best in high contrast combinations of neutral colours like black and white but does best to stick to 1 colour such as red.

Can you work out your colour contrast level? Send me a picture if you are still struggling and I can help you with this.