Because we're now starting our first May Bank holiday and it looks like there will be some sun, I'm sure many of you have already sent out invites for a Garden Party. For this outfit I chose a lollipop body shape lady. Get inspired.
I love heels. Oh my God, how much I love them. But running around shops every day doesn't give me much choice but put on the flat flats. For that reason I possess quite ample collection of these. And every time I wear flats I think to myself - you can look fab in flats. As long as they are fab. And it hurts me every time I see a professional lady rushing through the tube corridors in a work suit or a jersey dress and grey old sports shoes on her feet. It looks horrendous so please please please! allocate some sum for a nice pair of pretty heel-less shoes.
For these season designers were not so keen on flats, but there are certain timeless pieces that irrespective of the trend are always stylish. Here are some examples.
This season we've seen heaps of whites. Chloe, Victoria Beckham, Valentino, Stella McCartney... Designers showcased top-to-bottom whites. Let's talk about whites then.
You might be aware of the fact that there's no such thing as white-full-stop. In fact Wikipedia has defined about 18 shades of white. Some of them you know - Ivory, Vanilla, Beige, Cream... But have you heard of Seashell white or Cornsilk or Old lace? If you have been recently redecorating your house, probably yes. Also, if you're a huge Fan of Colours, then yes again...
When it comes to fashion, or should I say - your wardrobe, you need to know Your Whites. So for example Warm Autumns look best in Warm Ivory, Cool Summer - soft white (basically it's very cold white), Light Spring - can pull off outfits in both of these shades and Cool Winter willl look like a goddess in Pure White.
Know your whites and take the runway to where you are...
I spotted these ASOS trousers and couldn't help but notice that they are an affordable version of Balmain. So here it is - all items are available at ASOS
Balmain collection is about 80s style shoulders so if you're a cornet (inverted triangle) - show them off. If you're not, fake it and strike up a brave Conquistador pose.
When styling, I put together all your criteria like lifestyle, budget, personality, personal style, suitable colours and of course your body shape.
There are 4 main body shapes - pear, apple, strawberry (all inverted triangle) and rhubarb (or column), however, we all know, this is not that simple. So the image consultants, dieticians and personal trainers have defined a few more.
My ultimate favourite definition is created by Trinny & Susannah. It's close to perfect. Close to, because after all, each of us is unique and irrespective of all the rules on how to dress for various body shapes, there's still YOU as YOU. Nonetheless, Trinny & Susannah's body shapes chart is my absolute Bible in my daily styling. The reason being:
* there are 12 figures as opposed to standard 4 or 6.
* they use photos of real women so you could have clearer understanding
* the guidance on what to wear for your figure is spot-on.
So here it is:
This one is from The 16th Bar. Petite Womenswear - an American retailer targeting petite ladies.
I'm absolutely loving this one. Well, it's Dove vs Victoria Secret:)
This one is awesome - it's from Beautiful Magazine
This one is so cute. It's by Best Body Fitness Guide
Please note that when you book a session with I A.M. the Brand you also have your colour analysis done as part of the service. If you have had your colour analysis done earlier, I work with/advise on the swatches you received.