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Lisa’s back with THE best tips to get you strutting like a catwalk queen this season. Have a good read of this, and while you’re doing that, I’ll be getting myself one step head and shopping for the latest in Leopard Prints! …..Enjoy! x
My pick of the Autumn / Winter 2011 trends
So what will we all be wearing this season?I can see the biggest trends that will effect what we wear this season will be the 40’s, 60’s, Fur and the Leopard/Snake print.
The 60’s style dresses combined with the fabrics will hold structure to any body shape, our bodies need structure to look stunning. The bold prints of the 60’s are also creating a strong look.
For the 40’s look we will be seen wearing longer length hemlines which mainly revolve around the shape of the pencil skirt and free flowing pleated skirts. And for hats we will be seen wearing the gorgeous sexy small trilby hats in beautiful colours. Add a skirt into your existing wardrobe and team it with a floral shirt from last season (floral is still on trend for Autumn/Winter too).
Fur is back, whether it be shaggy or neat, we will see it on coats, gillets, jackets, cardi’s as sleeves, panels within and on the collars. You can always inject a bit of fur in the form of a handbag to bring this trend into your existing wardrobe. Fur is always seen as a luxurious fabric.
The Leopard and snake print are huge this season in so many different forms from shirts, cardi’s a statement coat, shoes, handbags, gloves, belts, scarves and the list goes on. To add this trend into your existing wardrobe you can add it in in either large or small doses. A printed belt with a pair of jeans add so much interest and texture or add in a pair of shoes in either full leopard print or a pair that may have a small amount of this print in a wedge heel.
As a Personal stylist the question I get most asked is ‘Lisa, please can you help me find the perfect pair of jeans?’. The answer is there is a perfect pair/brand of jeans for us all but I do understand finding them is not always that easy!
Jeans this season are not only the safe indigo or stonewashed denim but we are seeing great coloured jeans and the revival of the flare.
The flare is a great jean for the Hour glass or Pear body shape, as these body shapes are curvy, they work well with the curves to balance the hip line.
The straight leg jean will also work with, what I call a small hour glass figure as they balance the smaller curves in the bottom half.
The flare and wide leg also works really well for the Top Heavy body shape, they add curve around the hip and leg to create a better balance with the bust line.
The skinny jean still remains a firm favourite and is great for the Slender/Athletic body shape as they emphasise shape and flatter the hips. I know we all love the skinny jean but be careful if worn with a flat shoe if you have a curvy body shape, they will make you look bottom heavy…..not a good look!
For the Apple body shape who carries more weight around their tummy, opt for a higher waist jean, this will flatten the tummy line and will create a sleek line.
The boot leg jean works for all body shapes so if in doubt opt for this leg style.
The shapes mentioned above applies to all trousers, not just jeans.
I am incredibly passionate about dressing for your body shape, if this is done correctly the illusions that can be created are amazing. Wearing the right style and shape of clothing can make you look sizes smaller, for example an Apple body shape wearing an empire line top accentuates the bust, therefore, detracting the eye away from the tummy.
Also wearing a deep, dark colour on any larger area will make the area appear smaller so great if you want to create the illusion of being smaller on that area. Beware if you are Top heavy don’t wear a shiny top, the shiny fabric reflects the light and will make the area appear larger, the same would go if you have larger thighs.
Spring/Summer is a season when sometimes it is hard to work out what is right and wrong in the ‘tights’ area. Some shoes can be worn without stockings but it will also play a major part as to where you are going, for example if you are going out for a meal or to the theatre/opera stockings should always be worn as they complete the whole picture of your outfit.
The more elegant you want to look the more important it is to wear stockings.
Lisa has developed a 4 week Style workshop covering The Impact of Colour, How to dress the Body shape, Accessorising, Wardrobe management and Savvy Shopping. This is a fabulous course for anyone who loves anything relating to fashion and style.
Lisa says’ I want everyone to be able to look great and more importantly feel good and Personal style will make you do just that…trust me!