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Style at 40, 50, 60 and beyond in 2014

54488_T1S6305 Another year, sales are on and there appears to be lots of bargains out there, but are they really bargains? If the colours and styles don’t work for you those great buys may stay in your wardrobe for the whole year never worn.

How do you feel about choosing styles that work both for your body shape and your age? You know you still feel 20 inside, but how do you show the world that you are still fabulous?

We can get stuck in a rut with how we dress, becoming used to a certain style, maybe it is very casual, because we spend a lot of time at home, or maybe having worked for a large corporate organisation for so long dark suits and a ‘professional’ image are now the norm.

 

How do you break out of the pattern? You don’t want to look like ‘mutton dressed as lamb’ but you do want a change.

Here is a starting point. Think about some of these areas.

  •  Take a little time to think about your true personality – how much does this shine through in what you wear?
  • If you could choose any style (if you were brave enough!) what would it be?
  • Maybe classic or dramatic or creative maybe a little quirky?
  • Who do you know that carries off this style really well, it maybe a celebrity or possibly someone you know. Take a look at what they wear, how could you adapt this look for your own personality and body shape?
  • What colours do you wear? Do you stick to the same set of colours all the time? Do you wear a lot of black – why is that? Is it about confidence or just an easy life?

 

Now time for a little action!

 

  • Go out shopping, take a friend who will be really honest with you and try on lots of clothes
  • Try things that you have never considered before
  • Remember that some things that don’t look great on the hanger can sometimes surprise you and look fabulous on! (this of course works the other way too!)
  • Try colours you haven’t worn before – look at your face when you try a different colour – does it make you look healthy and your eyes sparkle or does it quite frankly make you look ill??

 

Remember accessories, they can make a huge difference to your look

  • Try jewellery, scarves, belts, hats, with your outfit, have fun experimenting
  • Keep all your accessories in line with your body scale so as not to over whelm
  • Think about how you can express your personality through your accessories

 

It is always good to get professional advice, so if you would like to know more about what colours and styles will make you look fabulous for who you are NOW! Give me a call on 07742 445243 I would love to speak with you.

Back to Work Mum – Dressing for Interviews

You have decided that now is the time to return to work. May be you have been at home with your children for a few years and become used to a very relaxed way of dressing.

Is your wardrobe full of casual clothes which are great for what you do now, but maybe not so much for the work place?

Well the first step is probably the interview, so what do you wear?

 Here are a few hints and tips:

 

  1. Take time to find out what dress code is expected at the company where you have your interview.
    1. If you are not sure and can’t find any hints online, then call the person on reception if there is one, they are always great for inside information.
  2. If the dress code is for example business casual – always think about dressing just slightly smarter. Not over the top, but just enough to show that you have made a special effort.
  3. If you are going to a professional, formal company, comply with their expectations and add just a subtle touch of your personality – either with colour or accessories
  4. If you have chosen to wear a dress or a skirt – always wear tights – even if it is summer!
  5. Never be tempted to dress extremely casually even if their dress code is normally casual. Don’t ever go in jeans!
  6. Finally grooming is everything! Well groomed hair, an appropriate amount of make up (yes it is best to wear makeup even a small touch makes a big difference), a touch of perfume – never over powering, clean shoes, an appropriate bag to carry your personal belongings plus any paperwork required. Never use a plastic carrier or similar!

The key is to ensure you fit in with the potential employer’s expectations and stand out enough to show your personality, which may win you the job over the next person.

Remember that if you feel good it will add to your confidence and then you are much more likely to have a good interview.

If you feel you would like a few more tips and a chance to talk to other mums who are in the same situation as you, why not pop along to our Mum 2 Me Workshop on 4th October 2012 in Ewell Surrey – some great support and tips, plus refreshments and tools to help you re-build your personal and wardrobe confidence. All for just £25!

Give me a call on 07742 445243 to book your place NOW!

Ask about individual sessions too!

I’m a MUM! Why am I going back to work?

Great question! What do I want from working? For some it is all about continuing with a career that is fulfilling and probably something you have worked for, for a long time.

For others it may be about the necessity to work to support the household finances, or maybe you have been at home for some time and now feel you want to rediscover yourself, do something that will get you out of the house and make you feel like an adult again!

What ever your reason for heading back into the world of work, confidence plays a huge part, rebuilding your self esteem, remembering that you have some great skills to put into practice and getting up the courage to face possible interviews or maybe finding and engaging clients if you decide to work for yourself.

Part of feeling confident to face these challenges is about how we see ourselves and how we dress to face the world. It is important to understand the environment into which you are heading and to fit in enough to be accepted and to stand out enough to be noticed if you want to progress.

So here are some ideas:

Going back to an established career with the same employer

You will most likely know and understand the dress code, it is just about ensuring to dress well for your present circumstances as well as for work.

One tip – if you are buying new, and have young children remember to consider the fabric – is it washable?? Does it crease easily – if so avoid if at all possible! What colour is it, will it show all the marks? (Baby sick!) It is quite a difficult balance to make it work well!

Looking for a new job where the dress code is business casual

Three key points! Keep it simple, keep the basics neutral and add the interest and colour with appropriate accessories.

Great fitting clothes make all the difference, so don’t make do with something you have if it no longer fits well!

The higher end of fashion and the lower end of comfortable are best kept for outside the office and jeans are often off limits. You can still add your personality with a few well chosen accessories. Neutral colours give a great back drop to a well chosen scarf or necklace.

When choosing your accessories, you can reflect your personality through colour and style, but remember you are still in a professional environment.

Remember to reflect your personality in your clothes!

 Whoever you work for and especially if you work for yourself, it is always important to feel comfortable with your style as this really adds to your confidence. If you are working in a very formal environment and you have an artistic or very feminine personality, add subtle touches to show you personality – these can be added by the use of colour or perhaps the style of your dress or suit.

Need some more help?

 Give me a call on 07742 445243 or take a look at the Mum 2 Me workshop 

Individual one to one sessions available if preferred

40, 50, 60? You can still look and feel fabulous!

  It is sometimes difficult to face that milestone birthday! You know you still feel 20 inside, but how do you show the world that you are still fabulous?

We can get stuck in a rut with how we dress, becoming used to a certain style, maybe it is very casual, because we spend a lot of time at home, or maybe having worked for a large corporate organisation for so long dark suits and a ‘professional’ image are now the norm.

How do you break out of the pattern? You don’t want to look like ‘mutton dressed as lamb’ but you do want a change.

Here is a starting point. Think about some of these areas.

  • Take a little time to think about your true personality – how much does this shine through in what you wear?
    • If you could choose any style (if you were brave enough!) what would it be?
    • Maybe classic or dramatic or creative maybe a little quirky?
  • Who do you know that carries off this style really well, it maybe a celebrity or possibly someone you know. Take a look at what they wear, how could you adapt this look for your own personality and body shape?
  • What colours do you wear? Do you stick to the same set of colours all the time? Do you wear a lot of black – why is that? Is it about confidence or just an easy life?

Now time for a little action!

  • Go out shopping, take a friend who will be really honest with you and try on lots of clothes
    • Try things that you have never considered before
    • Remember that some things that don’t look great on the hanger can sometimes surprise you and look fabulous on! (this of course works the other way too!)
    • Try colours you haven’t worn before – look at your face when you try a different colour – does it make you look healthy and your eyes sparkle or does it quite frankly make you look ill??
  • Remember accessories, they can make a huge difference to your look
    • Try jewellery, scarves, belts, hats, with your outfit, have fun experimenting
    • Keep all your accessories in line with your body scale so as not to over whelm
    • Think about how you can express your personality through your accessories

It is always good to get professional advice, so if you would like to know more about what colours and styles will make you look fabulous for who you are NOW! Give me a call on 07742 445243 I would love to speak with you.

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