Happy New Year! I hope you had a wonderful
festive season and are now rareing to go.
keeping with the time of year and new resolutions this month is all
about reminding you of the elements of style. This isn't a new theme,
after all my website is all about the details of how to improve your
appearance. However, sometimes we can get lost in the detail and lose
the bigger picture! This issue of Style Snippets is intended to remind
you of that bigger picture.
Enjoy this month's Style
Snippets. Until next month, all the best
PS I always welcome your feedback, so please
contact me with anything you'd like to see either on the website or in
this newsletter (reply to this email or use the Contact Me link below).
New Year, New Decade, New You!
It's that time of year when we tend to
assess where we're at and
make plans and resolutions for the year ahead. For some the
resolution is to lose weight, for others it's to get fit, for
still others it might be to start the what-ever-it-is you've always
intended to do.
So, if one of your resolutions is to improve
appearance, I figure it's a good time to remind you of the 6 elements
I heard from someone this week who said she
my site and felt overwhelmed with everything she needed to understand
and do to improve her image. If that applies to you too, just remember
that the thought of learning anything new can seem overwhelming
Do you remember when you first learnt to
instance? If you were like me, you might have wondered if you'd ever be
able to gain the co-ordination required. And yet now it's something you
do automatically, without even thinking about it. With practice
image becomes more like this too -- really, it does!
Initially you might need to learn a
few new skills, routines and habits. And it's a good idea to
re-evaluate your appearance periodically to make sure your outer
appearance is still in sync with who you are today.
However, maintaining a great look typically then becomes
To improve your appearance I always
recommend mastering the fundamentals of style first. That is...
Understand and wear your best colors
-- the effect of color is so powerful, it has a strong emotional effect
both on you as the wearer and on the person looking at you. The wrong
colors can make you look old, tired and even ill, the right colors
light you up and make you look and feel great.
The best way to
understand your colors is to be color coded by a qualified image
Ideally, you'll visit the consultant in-person. If that's not possible
a remote consultation is possible, using photographs (see my services).
have a notoriously bad memory for colors, so it's better to shop using
a color swatch and comparing the color of the item to the swatch. The
item doesn't need to be an exact match, but should belong to the same
to flatter your body shape
-- very few people have a "perfect" body shape. However, we can hide a
multitude of sins by dressing to make the most of our best features and
minimize those we want to hide.
This step has 2 aspects to it: understand
your body shape; and then understand a few rules of line and
design and how to use color to flatter your shape.
On my website I
give some general guidelines for what to do and what to avoid for each
of the specific body shapes (determine your vertical and horizontal
body shapes on the Your
Body Shape page and check the guidelines for the
different shapes there).
personal help with this see my style
Read about the other 4 elements of style here