The Long & the short of it all
OK, we know, you are thinking shorts for Autumn? Yes, shorts can actually be worn all year long. Shorts are great. They are practical, they won’t cause embarrassment when you bend down and they won’t restrict your movement or blow up in the wind like skirts can. They can have useful pockets too. So, why is it that when it comes to buying shorts we struggle? How many times have you gone out to buy shorts and returned home empty- handed?
Shorts are probably one of the most difficult pieces of clothing to choose because in order for them to cover all the bases – be comfortable, fit well and look good – you have to get the style, cut and colour absolutely right.
This Autumn season shorts are there and not just for transition. For many women, our hips, tum and bottom are the areas we find most difficult to dress and shorts focus on all those places. So, to help you get the best shorts for your shape and to look your best this Autumn 2013 see our tips below:
The main things to look out for are: fabric, cut, length, detail.
Fabric: As a general rule, fuller figures should choose softer fabrics that will fit nicely over their curves. Slimmer figures can take the stiffer fabrics
Cut: In terms of cut, you will find both tailored and casual styles. Very tailored, structured cuts will look best on slimmer, rectangle or neat hourglass figures. Soft tailored shorts are probably the most flattering for most people. Enormous baggy shorts will make you look bigger so the choice is yours!
Length: Short shorts are fine for most people on the beach, but beyond the seaside, they should be left to those in their teens and early twenties. Bermudas are smart but you need to consider the length of your legs to decide what length of short to go for. Mid-thigh is probably the most popular. If you have short legs, make sure you either a tonal shoe or an open-toed sandal to elongate your legs in your shorts. Adding a jacket will make shorter shorts look stylish.
Detail: If you are lacking curves then detail on your top and/or bottom will add volume and give the illusion of more shape. Pockets, buttons, zips, embellishment or pattern on your shorts is good for you. If you are a triangle shape (fuller on the hips) avoid details on your shorts as it will emphasize your hips.
Denim: Curvy bodies need to choose soft denim in a darker shade. Lighter denim will attract the eye more and you won’t want this area to be the focus of your outfit. Denim shorts often have pockets, buttons, zips or stud detail; so again, think about how much you can get away with. Denim shorts never really go out of style and can even be worn with tights in the cooler months.
Colourful: You don’t have to opt for safe black, navy or beige – have fun with your shorts! Firstly, you must choose a colour that looks great on you. You will need to take care with colour, if you have a fuller figure, go for a simple style with no detail at a flattering length and in a darker shade from your colour palette. Lighter colours will draw attention to that area but wearing a looser top will balance it out.
High waisted; High waisted shorts can be tricky to wear and are better on figures with medium to long legs. They can, however, give a streamline look to the body if you go for a style with no detail on it.
Final word: Not sure what type of shorts suit you? Give us a shout and come in for a Style Consultation! Whether it’s for casual, work or an evening out shorts are great and that’s just the long and short of it all.
We all want to look fashionable 24 hours a day, but adding a dose of style and pizazz to our regular 9-5 wardrobe can be a challenge. After all, there are rules and boundaries in the office arena-it’s not the place to try out all the latest trends fresh off the runway!
So how do you introduce this season’s trends into an office appropriate ensemble for your everyday work gear, without getting a call from the Human Resources Department? Read on and find out!
A printed sheath dress: Unlike a cocktail dress, a sheath dress typically falls right below the knee or on the knee. Michelle Obama and Kate Middleton are huge fans of this cut. Fitting close to the body with relatively simple adornments, this makes a perfect staple in your work or play wardrobe. Nip it in the waist with a thin or chunky belt depending on your needs. Choose one in this season’s hottest prints, whether it be florals, stripes, chequered, oriental, 60’s or graphics.
A blazer, cropped trousers and a printed Tee: Put a twist to your regular suit ensemble by wearing a printed T-shirt underneath . Give it a Spring update by wearing cropped tailored trousers as opposed to your regular long straight legged or flared ones. Instant pizazz and a modern take on the traditional blazer/trouser ensemble!
Print on print in a conservative silhouette: Prints can be worn in the workplace so long as the cut and fit are modest. Play with the print on print trend this Spring, keeping in mind not to overdo it by sticking to the same colour family. Go for an outfit that’s bold in print, but simple in colour and style. For example, wear a striped pencil skirt with a polka dot blouse in black and white.
A longer skirt: This is the ultimate ideal conservative skirt, reminiscent of the 1950’s. You can’t go wrong with this style in the office! Pair it with a slim blouse or fitted blazer to balance out the volume below. Choose feminine, floaty, floral designs this Spring.
Black and white with a statement accessory: A classic look that will never go out of style, a black and white monochromatic ensemble will always be on trend. Spice things up a little with a statement piece of jewellery such as a chunky necklace or cocktail ring, or a bright colourful handbag or pair of pumps. Don’t forget the red lipstick!
Layering neutrals: This is a big trend right now, you just need to figure out the shades or tones which suit your complexion best. Instead of just wearing your regular suit, layer on a variety of neutral knits, or mix and match various types of neutral coloured fabrics.
Peplum: A great, feminine option to have at any time. Goes well with pencil skirts or straight legged trousers. Choose a more subtle peplum flair to avoid looking too high fashion for the office.
Need help co-ordinating your Spring wardrobe for work? Savvy Style is here to help! Simply give us a call at 2522 2524 or email us at email@example.com to set up your very own personal Image Consultation!
How to wear prints this season
Graphics- The 60’s have had a strong influence in this season’s collections, hence the multitude of colourful graphic prints everywhere! Bold and striking, these prints are not for the faint hearted. Wear it as a cardigan over a shift dress for work, or as a blouse. Too loud for your taste? Try the print in your purse or clutch!
Black and whites- Whether it be stripes, chequered squares, psychedelic prints or florals, it is all about the back and white ensemble this spring! You can easily wear this print in a blouse, a nice 60’s shift dress which is red hot right now, or as a pair of slim cut pin straight pants. Add mod accessories to pull it all together.
Florals – The perfect summery print. Feminine and flirty, you can incorporate florals into almost everything and anything this season!
Floral pants are still stylish as ever-just keep in mind that if you are slightly heavier on your bottom half, larger print patterns will disguise the extra weight, whereas smaller floral prints would enlarge your curves.
Mix up your regular top with a sheer floral one, or add a small floral print accessory if you find this print too loud, such as a scarf or a floral purse.
Oriental inspired prints- We saw a glimpse of Orientalism infiltrating the fashions of last season, and now they’re here stronger than ever before in the Spring Summer 2013 collections! From phoenix’s to dragons to cherry blossoms, designers have introduced an Asian flair to dresses, jackets and blouses. Try this exotic print out!
Tropical animal prints – this is the ultimate summer print of all. Birds of paradise, zebras, tigers and leopards, wear this summery print in your sheer blouses or as a bathing suit for the ensuing summer months to come!
Spring is here! Say bye to those grey winter blues and say hello to sunny skies and the cool breeze. It's a brand new season with exciting new spring toned hues and shades!
We’ll break all the colours trends down for you to make shopping and getting ready for work in the morning a piece of cake.
Bright hues-Express yourself in an array of rainbow candy colours this Spring. With so much to choose from, you just have to find out the shades that suit your hair, skin and eyes the best! From emerald greens, nectarines, cobalt blues, canary yellows to hot pinks, this season is all about colour! Wear them as a blouse or a skirt for work, toning it down with neutrals. Or, if your workplace does not allow for too much pizzazz in your office wear, carry a bright pop coloured bag.
Sweet and pretty macaroon pastels-Fresh and feminine define the look of Spring 2013 and we can’t help but love the soft shades of pistachio green, fondant blue, candy floss pink and lemon yellow. You can easily wear this colour as a blouse or blazer for work, shifting into pastel coloured denim on weekends, which is a red hot trend for this season. Pair pastels with crisp whites and you’re right on trend.
Neutrals-Go minimalistic this Spring with neutral shades of white, cream, beige, grey and black and white combos. Try layering a number of neutrals together to get the look.
Metallics- this isn’t just for the party season. You can add a punch of metallics to your Spring wardrobe with some cool accessories such as shiny gold or silver flats and sandals. For dinners and nights out, go a little more daring with a shimmery silver skirt or top.
You can find pastels all over this Spring as well! Wear your eyeshadows in creamy mints, lilacs and pinks. They're light enough for the office so you can wear them on a daily basis as long as you keep it natural looking.
Eyeliners are not just in black anymore but rather in colourful brights this season! Experiment with bright turquoises or aquas-spring's it colours.
Keep your cheeks and lips nude, peach or pastel pink depending on your colouring.
Not sure of what makeup colours suit your face? Well then book an appointment with Savvy Style and get a Spring Makeup Makeover! We'll teach you how to select the most flattering shades for your face and prescribe you cosmetics.
New Year, New You!
It's a whole New Year which means...? New Year resolutions of course! Amongst the many popular goals such as losing weight, getting fit with a new exercise regime, spending more quality time with family and friends, or landing that job promotion, what about spending more time for YOU?
Women are known to put their loved ones ahead of themselves and taking care of everybody else, while neglecting their own needs. 2013 should be the year where you spend quality time for yourself, and carve out time within your busy schedule to pamper and indulge yourself once in awhile. You CAN achieve the balance between your needs, and the needs of your loved ones!
Savvy Style is here to help! We offer ways to help you feel more beautiful, attractive and confident, ready to take on life and all its challenges. Our goal is to empower women to become the best version of themselves. Starting from? Looking your very best through the most up to date advice on style, makeup and colour!
Here are some tips on how to do so, as well as a peek at the upcoming trends of 2013.
Style: Fashion trends will come and go, but great style can last a lifetime if you can master the basics of how to dress for your body type, including the fabrics and cuts which enhance your assets and conceal your flaws. It is also crucial as a working woman to know how to dress to demand respect from your colleagues and boss. Let Savvy Style help you out by coming in to see us for a Style Consultation! You will be amazed at how much time and money you will save simply by learning what works or doesn't work on your body and for your lifestyle! Tip: Prepare yourself before the season starts by knowing the trends.
Colour: The IT colour of the upcoming season is Emerald Green, as well as pastel shades of the macaroon, so keep that in mind when shopping or putting together your outfits. It is important to identify your colouring and to understand the colours which enhance your facial features, and those which make you look dull or washed out. Too confusing? Savvy Style can assist you in identifying these colours based on Alfred Munsell's system of the colour wheel. Come in and see us for your personalised Colour Consult!
Makeup: Every woman needs the perfect shade of foundation that matches her skin tone precisely, and the perfect texture and tone of concealer to hide those blemishes. Your skin tone may vary from season to season so it's important to have at least 2 shades for the wintery and summery months Tip:.Knowing the colours that make your eyes pop or the shades of blush and lipstick that complement your skin tone is also vital.
Book a Makeup Consultation with Savvy Style and we will teach you practical ways to put on your best face for various occasions in less time!
We all need a confidence boost in our lives. Gaining better self esteem starts from feeling good about yourself, which means feeling that you are valuable and worthy. Remember, you are unique with your very own special talents and abilities, so celebrate your individuality by creating your own signature style.
Savvy Style wishes you all the best in accomplishing your goals and resolutions this 2013.
Make 2013 your year to shine!
Staying warm in style
Winter’s here and it’s time to bundle up and stay warm. But the cold shouldn’t prevent you from looking stylish or fashionable! In fact, winter is a great season to play up your accessories to remain cosy. Just take a look at some of our must have items in helping you stay snug and chic at the same time.
Boots: From thigh highs to ankle boots, keep your feet and legs warm with your favourite style of boots. There are so many styles to choose from this season so have fun and experiment! From python skinned, flirty lace ups to classic equestrian, pick and choose according to the occasion and dress code.
Bear in mind that different outfits call for different types of boots. For example, pencil and A-line skirts for work go well with knee high boots, whilst jeans and trousers for casual settings go better with ankle boots or booties. For walking around on the city streets, it is good to invest in a pair of sturdy, thicker heels or wedges for your boots to ensure comfort and balance. Save the pointy toed stiletto boots for those special occasions!
Gloves: Look classy and elegant while keeping your hands warm with some satin or velvet gloves. They’re so easy to wear and can look very chic and classy when worn together with a coat.
Hat: Your winters may drop not to temperatures where a hat is a necessity to keep your head warm, but for the sake of fashion a winter hat can always add a little style and edge to your outfit. Choose between a wool packer hat, a 1920’s inspired bowler hat (think Downton Abbey Season 3) or a floppy felt hat, depending on the occasion and setting.
Scarf: The perfect winter accessory. Choose a bold colour to add a punch to an otherwise dark or neutral outfit, or choose some fun animal print or floral patterns. Pashmina and cashmere scarves are both soft and warm-a great choice for the weather. Try Colour Me Beautiful's very own range of colourful Pashminas! Scarves can complete an outfit, and they can be worn in so many different ways you’ll never be bored. Simply call us at 2522 2592 to order yours today!
Bag: Winter is a great time to carry a large, statement bag in one of this season’s hottest colours-ruby red, purple, forest green or cobalt blue.
Not sure how to look your best this winter? Don’t worry!
Simply give us a call at 2522 2592 or email us and we’ll be more than happy to help you sort out your wardrobe this season according to your personality, lifestyle and budget.