The Leather Trend Autumn/Winter 2013

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The Leather Trend Autumn/Winter 2013

Leather hasn’t always been price-friendly or easy to pull off, but since its comeback in recent years, we are enjoying it as an integral wardrobe piece. So, for the autumn/winter 2014 leather trend, look beyond the biker jacket and consider leather skirts, trousers and dresses too.

Forget about ‘faux’ leather or ‘pleather’ and go for the real thing; it will look, feel and fit better and last a lifetime. The softer the leather the better; butter-soft leather feels sumptuous on and works much better against our natural curves. If you’re concerned about the price, don’t be, you can find the real thing in all price brackets.

If you haven’t invested in anything leather other than a jacket before, then we recommend you try on a few pieces and consider what you feel is mostly ‘you’ and what flatters your shape best.  Here are a few tips on what to look for in your leather pieces:

Skirts

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The A-line skirt and the pencil skirt are good staples and you can dress them up or down.  You will need to work out which style works best with your body shape. If you invest in a really good one, it will last you forever. For the pencil skirt, go for the softest leather you can find so it will feel less restrictive. As with all skirts and dresses, make sure they are lined and you get the right length – an inch or two below the knee is the safest buy.  A full skirt can look fabulous, but you really need to be medium to tall in height to carry it off. The weight and volume of a leather circle skirt will add volume to your shape so take care.

Dresses

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The skirt shape applies to dress shapes too. For dresses, the shift is the most practical. There are straight shifts for straight figures or cuts that nip in at the waist for curvier figures.  You can layer underneath with lightweight jerseys so they will see you from late summer right through winter.  If you don’t feel confident enough to wear too much leather, you might find the wool and leather combinations easier to pull off.  Again, if you invest in a good piece, it will last forever.

 

Trousers

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Leather trousers are not for the faint-hearted – you need to have the figure and the personality for these – be realistic! As with skirts and dresses, you want to make sure they are lined.   If you are in any doubt, just picture the scene from Friends with Ross sweltering in his leather trousers. He finally rushes to peel them off in the bathroom only to find it impossible to get them back on!

Biker jacket

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Without a doubt, this season everyone wants a leather biker jacket.   They are great for late summer and autumn and even nights out in winter when you don’t want to wear a big coat.  They can look funky or smart and are a great way to give an edge to your outfit.  You can go true biker with lots of zips and detail, or keep it plain and classic.  You need to think about detail, cut, neckline and length. If you are bigger in the bust then avoid lapels and too many zips and pockets.  The straight, box shapes are best suited to straighter figures. Curvier figures need a soft leather that nips in a bit at the waist.  Some styles will sit on the hips, others will fit lower on the hips, so work out which is the most flattering length for you – you don’t want it to sit on the widest part of your middle.  Whether it’s to the side or in the middle, decide if you are better with a statement zip or a hidden one. Ideally, curvy ladies should choose a hidden zip.

Final tips

Whilst you will find most leather this season is black, don’t be afraid to try other shades.  There is navy, which suits all colourings, and tan which will flatter both Light and Soft colourings.  Burgundy works for Cools and Deeps. Warm colourings can make the most of the brown shades.  Clears can wear Navy and Black and add contrast if necessary. If black isn’t the most flattering shade for you, just make sure you team it with a strong colour in your palette to create a real WOW outfit.

Experiment and dare to wear leather! 

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The vintage loving style.

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The vintage loving style.
I have been quiet for a while as I have been to South Africa and as always it is hard to get back to business.

On the morning we landed in Johannesburg airport our adventure started. After picking up a hire car we started driving to Harrismith that is located on the road between Johannesburg and Durban. I have to say if you drive in SA you have to be very aware of other driver’s driving technics if you want to be safe.

A few hours and summer storms later we arrived to the De Oude Huize Yard an over 200 year old spectacular house surrounded by neatly tended garden with lush green grass that has been converted to a guest house. Everywhere you looked were antique objects and furniture giving a quirky feeling to the place. The house was over looked by a brown rocky mountain that was covered by clouds from time to time. The setting was peaceful, beautiful and different.

You could see the owner’s caring attention in the well designed garden with a pond, an old attractive lonely streetlight in the middle and some rusty iron taps serving as water fountains surrounded with colourful flowers. In every corner you looked you found a bit of love.

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As we walked into our room I had this mystic feeling going through me. Every single piece of furniture was old, the doors in between rooms were low and rickety. I could feel the presence of the past and tending lovingness of the present.

As I walked further in there was a welcoming Sherry drink with an angel next to it on the table with two glasses. I lifted my head up and noticed a framed little girl’s dress next to some long forgotten map on the wall. Aged books, battered suitcases, ornate fans, even a stamp maker! Wondering towards the bathroom as I turned the light on the switch brought back memories from my childhood. Stepping into the bathroom on a hanger was a dark blue knitted lace top with some cream colour velvet details fixed on the wall with two cherub angels guarding it from both sides.  Above the bathtub were two candle holders made of iron. Beautiful work.

    

Do you start to get the feeling of this place?

The other parts of the house had more and more little surprises to admire.  Vintage accessories hanging on the wall such hats, clutch bags and gloves. I almost had the feeling that someone will step in from the 1920’s take a pair of gloves and go out again.

The dining room had probably the original wooden floor that was in harmony with the style and atmosphere. On one of the dining table was an old typewriter with a several angels protecting it. I really liked those angels! Hennie the owner told me that one of them fell off the table and the heart broke on it. He picked it up and said it might be broken hearted right now but not for long. It has been fixed by the next day and the angel is still standing there happily.

   

During our stay we were looked after by two wonderful owners Sandra and Hennie.

If you make the drive down from Johannesburg to Durban and want an overnight stop or somewhere to make your base whilst you explore the northern Drakensberg mountains then I highly recommend this stop over with delicious food, wonderful hospitality and a step back in time to warm your heart. www.deoudehuize.co.za/

This place has given me the inspiration to think about vintage pieces of clothing that we can all use for our own style in everyday life. Some of the pieces from the past are timeless and add to a woman’s wardrobe or outfit. Check out my website to learn how I am able to teach you more about style. http://www.colourimagestyle.com/style_party.php

CHRISTMAS NUMBER ONESIES

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CHRISTMAS NUMBER ONESIES

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…as Jasmine Gardner said in her article. Incredible how popular they are.  Even if people didn’t know about it yesterday by now everyone knows what onesies are.

I was travelling on the train last night thinking about this article when opposite me a dad was travelling with his boy, Evening Standard open on their lap looking at an article “Christmas number onesies. Firstly the boy was explaining to the dad what the outfit is and how not to mix it with dressing up costumes! Then dad got into it by suggesting that mum should have a tiger onsie. I had to smile.

It is very popular with celebrities too, Rylan was spotted wearing one. Well I suppose it isn’t a big surprise but then I can carry on with …… New trend? How long will it stay with us. Retailers suspect that millions of pieces will sell before Christmas. Look at these links….River Island http://www.riverisland.com/, Top man http://www.topman.com/ , sells them, Asda, Mark&Spenser …..  I personally don’t own one “yet” (Christmas is coming) I’m not sure how I would feel wearing one, warm, trendy or maybe like an oversized baby? Hmmmm

Read her article to find out more about your best Christmas present.

http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/fashion/christmas-number-onesie-8381521.html

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Yes, it is still raining, autumn is becoming winter but it isn’t such bad news if you have an umbrella.  I’m always looking forward to show off my pretty black and white polka-dot umbrella that is covered with colourful shoe prints and frill edging all around. It’s so girly and brings colour to gloomy grey rainy days.

I didn’t always have such an umbrella to be proud of. I used to buy cheap almost disposable one time use only and you can throw it out versions. I remember I used to be so embarrassed when even from a slight breeze my brolly turned inside out ….  One day I had enough and had a chat with myself. As I counted how many times I bought another “cheap” umbrella I began to realise I had wasted a lot of money. So my decision was to spend a little bit more and buy a proper stronger and even beautiful umbrella.

I can tell you I have had this umbrella way over a year by now and living in England I do use it a lot.

An umbrella has many purposes. Not only protecting you from rain, snow and sunlight but it can also be a stylish accessory to your outfit.

Some for fashion lovers, some for just fun, or actually against rain.

Choose your colour from one of these and if you don’t know your own colours yet, visit   www.colourimagestyle.com  

Creative, unusual umbrellas for fun lovers:

Now you can look stylish and stay dry the next time it rains.

Judit x

Rihanna says: You can stand under my umbrella (Ella ella eh eh eh)

Strictly Dress length for Tess !!!

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Hello ladies,

Tess and her short skirt

Believe it or not watching Strictly Come Dancing has inspired me to write about skirt length. Not the professional or celebrity dancers with their wonderful costumes spinning around the Wembley dance floor. It was the presenter Tess Daly that caught my eye. She is beautiful, a mum of two children and sexy with long legs. Tonight she was wearing a 60’s style mini hip dress. Although Tess looked stunning tonight I found there were moments when the dress seemed to be a tiny bit too short especially when she lifted her arms.

So how would you choose the right length? What is the right length?

Different body shapes suit different style skirts and even style personality.

Choosing the right hemline for your body is important no matter what the current style might be. Different body types are suited to different styles of skirt, and even though you may want to wear a mini like Tess whether or not it will work on you depends on what you are personally suited for. Finding the right skirt length for your age and body type is an important part of looking your best.

There are a few body types that are easy to figure out by identifying some of your body’s main features such as bust, waist, hip size and shoulder width.

If your body is pretty straight up and down or your bust, waist, and hip measurements are all similar you fall into the category of straight or boyish frame. You should try a skirt that will help create some curves. The best options are skirts with structure like A-Line, pleated or poofy skirts, or flowy skirts made of substantial fabric. If you are tall a floor length skirt of any material would work best.

What about curvy or hourglass frame. You might have a generous chest and a defined waist with rounded hips and a bit of a bottom. Women with hourglass frames are often smaller in height so stay away from a skirt that is going to overpower your small frame. Avoid floor length skirts, unless you are tall enough to carry it off. Also don’t wear anything cut at the calf. This cut does nothing for petite women, as it makes the legs seem much shorter than they really are. Find a skirt that will accentuate your curves and give a nice shape while drawing attention away from anything you don’t like about your hips and thighs. A slightly flared A-line skirt that’s cut at the knee or slightly above, will give the illusion of reducing your behind, evening out your frame, and still leave just enough leg showing.

Next is the pear shape. Your shoulders are narrower than your hips and you might wear a size smaller on your top half compared to the bottom. Remember that darker colors on the bottom are minimizing, and can be nicely balanced by a light colored top. Keep the frills and details for the top half of your body and a smooth, tailored skirt will do the trick nicely for the lower body. Top tip stay away from large prints and big pleats.

The apple shaped curvy woman will have a fully rounded body with a less defined waist. You must avoid shapeless, baggy skirts and drawstring waists whenever possible. Pleats will only look wrong as they will create a bulky look. Prints can emphasize things you might not be too pleased with but be careful they can be tricky and should be used selectively. When choosing a colour blue, deep purple and black are slimming. To create a nice profile try a flared a-line skirt that is cut at or just below the knee, or a long tailored skirt with two darts at the waist to help keep your stomach in check.

So back to Tess did she have the right skirt for her body shape? The jury is still out. What do you think ?

www.colourimagestyle.com

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Hello,

Why am I always seeing people in the rush hour going to or from work wearing trainers? I’m asking myself, -Why trainers?

Beautiful women stylishly dressed in business suits and the finishing touch is a pair of grey, shabby trainers. I understand that people are wearing them as their easy to run in and are confortable but surely not a good look! What happens if you meet someone important in that one hour? Let’s say the man of your life or an old friend you haven’t seen a long time or someone who you always wanted to impress. …. and there you are with your grey worn out trainers on. Oops! Firstly they are not very attractive with your blazer and skirt, secondly you have to carry a pair of high heels in your bag which are heavy! So what is the compromise?

There are a wide range of confortable flat shoes out there.  Rounded toe flat shoes are a great look and a relaxed one that is usually looked at as a more casual look. Pointy flat shoes really dress up a look, especially when accented with details.

For everyday shoes go for neutral colour however infuse some glamour with some metallic details. If you have a bubbly personality have some fun with colours like red, yellow and why not purple! Check out some of my choice flats this season.

I hope I could help you to swap those grey trainers to glam flats. Just because you are in flats it doesn’t mean you can’t be glamorous.

Have a fabulous day!

Judit

Flats is where its at !

Hello world!

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Hello Everyone welcome to my new blog. My passion is to be happy and make everyone around me happy. I like to think positively and give energy to life. I believe the world is an amazing place with so many opportunities. There are so many people going about their daily business without noticing what is going on around them, heads stuck in their Metro newspapers or playing with phones. I  like to observe these people from a far and close up, sometimes interacting sometimes not. All the time I am noticing what they are wearing and how is their appearance. How do their clothes and look affect their mood or maybe its their mood affecting their appearance. I think many times how their life could change if only they had some advice on how to dress to impress. Change those blacks and greys for vibrant reds and purples. On here I will not bore you only with out and out fashion tips. It will be a mix up of my observations from all my  journeys with a big bit of all round positive thinking thrown in for good measure. Love Judit