Valentines Day – Make it all about YOU

Wednesday 5th of February 2014

Valentines Hearts

It’s the month of St Valentine, so why not love yourself (as well as others) and boost your body confidence!

All of us have areas of our bodies we like and areas we would rather just hide.  The trick is to learn to dress for your own body shape and not those of your idol or what is seen on TV.  It is so important to understand and accept the shape you have and learn how to bring attention to those areas you are confident with and disguise those you are not.

It doesn’t matter what shape, size, age, budget you are, or have, you can look and feel great in what you wear every day.

So rather than St Valentine’s Day being just about couples, make it about you too and treat yourself.  Here are some tips and ideas for looking and feeling good about YOU!

Firstly, really look at yourself – not critically, but in a positive way.  What colour is your hair, eyes, your skin tone? What areas of your body are you happy with and would be confident to bring attention to.  Recognise your assets!

Your Colouring

The colours you wear should work in harmony and balance with your skin, hair and eyes.  Therefore if you are very fair, heavy colours such as black, dark navy, dark greens etc will drain your face, stick to colours that have a light to medium depth such as taupe, cocoa, medium grey, light teal or light navy. This will then reflect light onto your face and enhance your natural colourings.
Alternatively, if you have dark hair, black will complement your colouring but choose more exciting colours that will make an outfit more interesting, such as dark navy, charcoal, chocolate, dark green, damson etc.
It can be relatively inexpensive to make instant changes to your wardrobe, try a low cost scarf or some jewellery. Anything worn in the right colour (for your natural colourings) near your face will make an immediate impact.

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Your Body Shape

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 is not about following the latest fashion or fad, it’s about choosing what actually suits YOU, not someone else, and what makes you feel comfortable and confident. If you have clothes in your wardrobe that don’t feel right, and you are always tugging or readjusting them, chances are they don’t suit your body shape. Invest in more clothes that you know you look good in – if it makes you feel good wear it!!!

The ideal body shape is one with perfect proportions, so for those of us that aren’t that lucky, we need to create the illusion of a balanced body, i.e. shoulders and hips in line, a defined bust, a waist or a curved bottom.
By using different fabrics and particular clothing lines, you can achieve this illusion. Take the time to learn your body shape and understand the rules for dressing. If you have a triangle shape, often known as the pear shape (larger hips than shoulders), look at bringing all the attention to the top half of your body and keeping the lower half in plain colours and uncluttered. Use light to medium weight fabrics with minimum texture for the bottom half and use more texture to add volume to the top half. Go for tops and jackets that have details on them, but don’t let them finish at your widest point.
Aim to accentuate your bust and minimise your bottom and hips.  Of course, these rules are reversed if you are an inverted triangle (have wider shoulders than hips).

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Use fashion as inspiration and don’t be afraid to say no. If the current look or colour will not work for you, just choose parts of the look that will work, or wear the colour that wouldn’t normally suit you, away from your face. Remember too, that it is important to dress for who you are and what your lifestyle involves. Use clothes to express yourself, and if one day the look you are going for is traditional and comfortable, and the next day you fancy injecting a bit of glamour into your outfit, go for it! As long as you are wearing the right colour for YOU and the right style for your shape, you will look and feel amazing.

If I had to choose a colour this month, it would be red! What does red represent if we wear it?  After a tiny bit of research, this is what was learn’t…

Red is the colour of fire and blood and is associated with energy, war, courage, danger, strength, power, determination, passion, desire and love. Red is a very emotionally intense colour.

So, how do you feel about red?  Would you wear it? Why not dare to wear it this month? If you don’t want to wear it head to toe, the best way to bring it into your outfit this month is in accessories – jewellery, belts, bags or shoes. Try it in a nail varnish or lipstick for a night on the town, or what about your underwear!

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I found this picture from the Oscars website (www.Oscar.Go.Com).  As you can see it is Jennifer Aniston at the Oscars in 2013 – now that is how to wear red from head to toe, I love it!

Jennifer Aniston

I’m looking forward to seeing the various shapes and colours of dresses at the Oscars 2014!

Whether you wear red or not this month, treat yourself in the name of St Valentine. Book a spa, visit the salon, have your nails polished, arrange an evening out with the girls so you can get all dressed up, book a colour or style consultation, or how about a new piece of jewellery or scarf in one of your colours?

However you choose to celebrate Valentines Day, make some time for YOU and remember – Be confident in who you are – it is very sexy!