Sugary, pale, ice-cream, soft, sorbet, light – call them what you will, but these pastel shades come in every hue this season. You will find colours form apricot to peach, mint to lemon, sky blue to baby pink, eau-de-nil to buttermilk. They may not have the impact of bolder colours, but they are pretty and uplifting and a useful addition to your spring/summer wardrobe.
How to wear pastels
Most of us don’t go through daily life looking like we have fallen out of the fashion pages, so forget the head-to-toe pastel look and bring in your medium greys, your denims and your whites to mix with your pastels. Lots of pastel is fine for under 25′s or on smaller frames – larger frames need something with more “personality’.
* Adding a bit of a mint/peach/lemon (whichever shade suits you best) to a pair of dark work trousers is a nice subtle way to bring in colour to your work wardrobe without being too bold. However, if it’s gravitas you are after, forget it.
* Watch out for the weight of the fabric. Pastels lend themselves to chiffon, gauzy knits and the lightest of linen. Make sure that these materials are right for you and your bone structure.
* Take care with the transparency of the fabric and the colour of your underwear – a black bra under a top in a light shade is a big no-no.
* Before you invest in these gorgeous light shades, consider the amount of TLC and dry-leaning/laundering they require.
|Pastels & Make-up
|The make-up colours you choose to wear with your pastels will very much depend on your personal colouring. However, you don’t want to go either too strong – it will overpower rather than compliment the pastels, or too faint -you will disappear in a haze of paleness!
* Go for either stronger lips or stronger eyes
* Keep your make-up defined and groomed
* Don’t forget your eyebrows and mascara (or have your eye lashes tinted). The autumn catwalks were full of bright blue mascaras, so be on-trend and if blue features in your make-up palette, don’t forget Colour Me Beautiful’s navy mascara.
Does your make-up need a make-over?
Be honest, do you have your routine down pat or are you really just stuck in a rut. It may be easy to stick to what you have always done, but are you making the most of yourself? If you think about it, most women use makeup, but very few people are ever taught how to do it. And, no, lessons from classmates in the school bathrooms doesn’t count!
If you are afraid to use new colours a makeup consultation can really help.
Once you’ve got the knack, putting on your ‘’face’’ can be a quick and easy morale booster to brighten even these dull winter mornings, and a brilliant way to dazzle in the festive evenings.
Get the know-how and you only need these five products.
1. Moisturising foundation
2. Eye shadow
3. Eye pencil
4. Lip liner
You might need to buy a much smaller bag to carry them in!
Lastly, my top tip to add colour? Purple.
It suits everyone… yes, really. Not convinced? Book a make-up session with me and I’ll show you myself!
In the last few weeks I have seen a couple of clients with the same little problem. They are “petite” and both complain that finding off-the-peg clothes that fit is a giant headache. Although a similar height they are different shapes; the only thing they had in common was getting short shrift from many retailers. Shops do try to accommodate different shapes and proportions but with margins being squeezed, the choices available in stores are shrinking.
So I had a little think and came up with a bijou list of labels.
If you are a “petite” (i.e.1.6M or 5FT 3IN and under) you could start by looking for French and Italian brands such as Agnes B, Tara Jarmon, Gerard Darel, Diesel and Prada. The British labels that cater to the smaller woman include Almost Famous and Sticky Fingers. You could also look at By Malene Birger and Stills, one Danish and the other a Dutch brand, and of course don’t forget Japanese brands such as Issey Miyake and Comme des Garcons.
As you see, it became quite a big list after all, so don’t despair: You may be small, but to these brands you are perfectly formed!
Talking of form, I will tackle body shapes in a future blog – how to identify your own shape and how to find the perfect match in the shops.
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