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Over the next three months, I’m going to discuss Body Shape, colour choices for your clothes, underwear (yes, you heard right) and shoes.

I know you’re probably wondering why on earth I would do this, so let me tell you.

If you get these areas of your life right, you WILL feel

  • far more Confident
  • you will look good all.of.the.time.
  • you will save money (and lots of it) because you’re not buying the wrong style or colour of clothing for your individual body shape and colouring; and
  • you will be comfortable wherever you are and whatever you are doing.

And what’s not to love about that?

So let’s get started.

Part 1 – Style: Colour and Shape

According to the website http://www.joyofclothes.com/

“The clothes which will flatter you best will depend on your body shape. Today the choice of clothes is so varied that there’s something for everyone no matter what colouring, scale, height, proportion or body shape you are.

When it comes to looking good, it’s not your size or shape that matters, it’s the fit of your clothes. Wearing the right clothes shouldn’t be about following the latest fashion trends; it should be about choosing what actually suits you and what makes you feel comfortable and confident

Knowing your basic body shape and understanding the types of clothes that will accentuate your good features (and minimise your less than perfect bits!), means you’ll be able to dress in a way that really suits you. Today there are so many options to choose from so you’ll always be able to find something that will complement your body shape, scale, proportions, colouring, personality and life style.

The dress must follow the body of a woman, not the body following the shape of the dress.

Hubert de Givenchy

Before you know what clothes to buy and which styles look best on you, you’ll need to know which body shape you are. When choosing clothes, your aim is to create the illusion of having a balanced body. The neat hourglass is considered to be the most perfect and balanced body shape.

The problem with understanding your body shape is that most women focus on a specific area (i.e. problems zones such as the tummy, arms, bottom, thighs etc), which can cloud your judgement when it comes to seeing the whole picture. It’s important to view yourself as a whole so that you can define your body shape.”

Pretty logical advice with lots of upsides don’t you think? Working out what body shape you are is the first step in starting to feel in control of how you look and how confident you feel.

Joy of Clothes goes on to say

“Dressing in the right colours can improve your self-esteem and confidence. It’s an easy way to look good, feel good and co-ordinate your wardrobe. Not only that but wearing the right colours can help you achieve a younger, healthier and groomed look without having to resort to drastic measures.

In business, first impressions count and these are often based on your outward appearance. The way you select and combine colours can also influence how competent you appear to others.

Let’s have a quick look at the this in action.

I grabbed this picture from https://getstyleconfidence.com/ – same girl; same haircut but wow what a difference!

Not into colour? Well, check this picture out below – minor changes with major results.

Now I don’t profess to know very much about body shapes or what colour pallet you should be wearing – I leave that to the professionals (or Mr Google if you’re on a budget!). But what I do know is the impact on your confidence levels will be huge.

Get to it I say – google your heart out and then go, relook at your wardrobe and make sure you don’t make the mistakes you may have made in the past.

The great thing is – it’s all possible if you want to do the work. But hey, doesn’t seem like work to me, seems more like fun – so have a go.

Oh and let me mention the power of alterations. Whatever you buy, make sure it fits properly – whether it be sleeves, hems or anything else. Get it done – it creates a far more polished look. And once you have stepped into the world of alterations, you can look at clothing options differently, particularly if you like vintage stores or visit Op shops. Love something but doesn’t quite fit – perhaps alterations are the answer.  If not, move on.

Next month I’m going to have a chat about underwear!

PS – let me know how you go with discovering your shape and colour pallet and what results you see.