Of what I hear you cry? Of wearing so much black! Yes, this bold statement comes from my observation this morning on the tube to work. As I peeled my ‘black’ coat off whilst sat down to reveal my very bright, slightly bold, pink jumper. I realised I was the only one on the carriage wearing something that wasn’t black, blue (very dark blue) or a deep grey. And I thought to myself, why as a country do we wear so much black?
Maybe we take comfort in wearing black and dark tones because we like to go unnoticed? Or is it because the weather, generally, is so damned depressing it changes how we feel towards our clothes. You know like, comfort over fashion?! However I am very guilty of this – my week will start with me wearing mostly black, then throughout the week day by day my items tend to get brighter or even tighter, which generally means I’m going out meeting friends.
Many clients come in to our studio and always say to me, ‘NO black please’ but then you show them a great evening gown in black, they try it on, love it and generally always leave with that black dress they tried to dismiss before they came in here.
Black is so common, you’ll hardly be picked out of a crowd, there will easily be a hundred black dresses at a function. People like to blend in. Some don’t of course, but I bet even those gregarious types like to wear black during the week when they’re not partying!
They say you can tell when someone is recovering from an illness because they start to add colour to their daily ensemble, which means they are starting to feel more confident with themselves and don’t feel they want to hide away anymore.
I like to try and make a point of wearing patterns or colour during the week, as I truly believe it changes how you feel about yourself. It’s so easy to just pull on a pair of black leggings or jeans and throw on a dark coloured top/jumper. But ladies you should try mixing up your wardrobe and start adding colour, even if it’s just a couple of key items: like a scarf, pair of tights, or your shoes?
Let’s not be guilty of blending in anymore!
* Remember, wear clothes that suit your body shape.
Shoulders: Broader shoulders should try and avoid shoulder pads and cap sleeves.
Legs: If you’re wider around your thighs, try to avoid tight-fitting trousers.
Shoes: It’s very important that the shoes fit you. Otherwise you’ll incur a lot of unwanted pain.
Painted toes: If you’re wearing open toe shoes, remember people see your feet, so make sure they’re painted!
Open-toe shoes: Not to be worn with nude tights. Wear a closed toe shoe if you must wear tights.
Hems: Make sure the hem is neat and there aren’t any stray stands. This can look messy.
Boobs or Legs?: You either opt to show your legs off or flaunt your chest, but it’s never both.
Low-cut Tops: It’s not very lady like to show too much of your chest, it’s distracting and can make people feel uneasy also.
Brightly Coloured Bras: Only should be worn in the right situation, not at work under a sheer shirt.
VPL: If you’re not a fan of the G-String, and would prefer slightly bigger smalls, but worry about showing your VPL. Why not opt for seamless knickers, they’re perfect for wearing under most garments and very comfortable too.
Animal Print: Can look cheap and dated. If you insist on wearing it, then make sure it’s strictly keep to one piece on your person at a time.