Newsletter: Issue #005 January 2010

Style Snippets

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Jane's Jottings

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Happy New Year! I hope you had a wonderful festive season and are now rareing to go.

In 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 your appearance, I figure it's a good time to remind you of the 6 elements of style.

I heard from someone this week who said she looked at 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 initially.

Do you remember when you first learnt to drive, for 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 maintaining your 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 second nature.

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 consultant. Ideally, you'll visit the consultant in-person. If that's not possible a remote consultation is possible, using photographs (see my services).

    We 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 color "family".

  • Dress 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).

    For personal help with this see my style services

>> Read about the other 4 elements of style here

  in this issue
Jane's Jottings
Your Questions Answered
Product & Service Updates

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Style Snippets Back Issues
  fundamentals of style
Understand and wear your best colors

Know your body shape and proportions

Dress to flatter your shape

Your Questions Answered

Each month I pick 1-3 questions I've been asked that I think other readers will be interested in and publish them here. You can ask me questions or share your style story either directly on my website or through my contact me form.

I'm delighted that readers have started asking me face shape questions. Of course mostly I'm being asked to assess the person's face shape. I'm hoping that by being able to see lots of examples and explaining my reasoning behind the face shape assessments that you will find it easier to assess your own face shape if you you don't want to ask me.

I've also had a couple of questions asked in the style makeover area. I'd love to see a lot more being asked here, it will help me understand your main concerns. So, don't be shy, feel free to ask away. You can even ask me to assess an outfit for you if you like. 

Below, I've given links to 1 of the best of the face shape questions and to the 2 style makeover questions...

Q: Yet another face shape inquiry from Kerry of Portland, Oregan, USA

A: Kerry thought she either had a round or a heart shaped face. 

>> See my answer here

Q: Please explain fashion trends versus what I see people wear from Tasi of Beckley, WV, USA

A:  I'm sure there are lots of answers to this question. I'd love you to join in the conversation -- add your thoughts at the bottom of the page.

>> See my answer here

Q: What hairstyles will work best for me for casual outfits? from Pearl of Bangalore, Karnataka, India

A:  This is another great question and one I think a lot of us don't think about! Again, please add any comments you have at the bottom of the page.

>> See my answer here

Product & Service Updates

Discover Your Best Range of Colors
If you haven't had your colors done yet, or if you had your colors done many years ago and feel you may now have changed color categories I provide a color analysis service. If you live in Sydney find details of my in-person colour analysis service here. If you live anywhere else in the world contact me for details of my online color analysis service.

Look Great! Feel Great!
If you don't yet have your personalized Style Solutions portfolio you can find the details here...

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