Thursday, 23 March 2017

Colour Analysis Part 1

Having my colours analysed was, for me, one of the most enlightening experiences I've had. But is it just a fad that was popular in the '80s and has no relevance in today's world? Many stylists and fashion bloggers seem to think colour doesn't really matter when choosing clothes but personally I disagree. Just recently, in the press there has been a 'revival' of sorts of colour analysis, with journalists having their colours analysed and writing about their experience. See this article in The Times

Let's look at some of the benefits of colour analysis:

Knowing the colours that suit you means that you won't waste time in the shops looking at colours that are wrong for you.

The correct colours will harmonise with your colouring and make you look younger and more vibrant.

You will get compliments and that will lead to increased confidence.

Wearing the wrong colours means that the opposite is true - you look drab and older than you really are, the wrong colours will not harmonise with your colouring and you may end up hating everything in your wardrobe!

When I do a colour analysis I use the tonal method, which means that everyone falls into one of 6 colour directions - deep, light, cool, warm, bright or muted. Using test drapes I compare deep against light, cool against warm and bright against muted, looking at how the colours harmonise with your hair, skin and eyes. Everyone has a secondary colour characteristic too, so you could be, for example, deep and warm or bright and cool. You will receive a swatch booklet with all the colours that are correct for you so that when you go shopping you can see which clothing colours to buy that blend with the swatch.

Looking at the colour wheel above, everyone can wear any colour but you have to wear the right shade for you. 

Most people have 'wrong' colours in their wardrobe, so rather than throwing everything out, there are ways to wear those colours so the item of clothing isn't wasted. This particularly applies to black, which 70% of the population buy!

Lookout for Part 2 of Colour Analysis - coming soon.

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Useful Basics - the cami

Today I'm looking at a very useful, basic item of clothing - the cami or camisole. In my wardrobe at present I have 5 camisoles in black, white, red, coral and lime green. These tops make a great base layer - under jumpers in winter, under a low cut top if you don't want to show too much cleavage, under a shirt with the buttons undone, under a long sleeved top and can even be worn on their own on hot days in summer with shorts,cropped trousers or a skirt. I intend to buy a few more soon as in my opinion you can never have too many camis!

You can buy them cheaply at Matalan for about £3 or Next for about £10 but my favourite place to buy them is from Kettlewell Colours ( as they come in so many lovely colours and 3 styles, they wash very well and don't fade.

The shorter cami, above left, comes in 38 colours and is currently £22.

The long cami, above right, comes in 28 colours and is £25.

The lace cami, above, comes in 24 colours and is £26.

Camisoles really are a great addition to your wardrobe and an ideal staple to wear all year around. 

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Questions to ask before you buy clothes

Before you part with your hard-earned cash and splash it on the latest trends in the shops, ask yourself these questions before you buy:

  • Is it the right colour for me? The best way to know this is to have a colour analysis then you can take your colour swatch wallet to the shops with you, hold it against the item of clothing and if it blends with the swatch then it should be the correct colour for you.

  •  Does the item of clothing suit my bodyshape? Are you straight, shaped or semi-straight? Look for clothes that follow the line of your bodyshape.

  • If there is a pattern on the garment, does it suit my scale? Large scale = large build, small scale = petite build.

  • Do I have at least 3 other items of clothing that this will go with? I'm sure we've all bought clothes that we liked in the shop but when we get home find they go with nothing in our wardrobe and so we end up not wearing them. This is a real waste of money so make sure you have an idea of what it can go with.

  • Can I afford it? If you've budgeted for it then yes.

  • Is it a good quality item and will it last through many washes? Remember the adage 'If you buy cheap you buy twice'. Many clothes fall apart or start to bobble after only a few washes.

  • Do I truly love it? If not, walk away. It's really got to be something you can enthuse about and not just think 'it's ok', which is something I've done in the past many times! 

  • Does it fit my wardrobe or style personality and my lifestyle?

You may think that these are such a lot of questions to ask but they will save you a lot of hassle, not to mention money, in the long run! Sometimes though, we come across an item of clothing that is love at first sight and we simply have to have it! To that I would say just find a way to make it work.