DRESS TO IMPRESS – read a part of my book every day

    SPICE UP YOUR WARDROBE WITH BRIGHT COLOURS

                                                                                                             

     Now that you have decided on two basic colours in your wardrobe, let’s see how you can add colour to brighten things up.

     Remember the bright colours you found in your wardrobe, which were not suitable for your lifestyle? It does not mean you have to live without them. You can wear them in small quantities: a scarf, a belt, a blouse, a bag, and if you are daring, a pair of shoes. Did you ever own a pair of red shoes? They go with more outfits than you realise. they brighten up a grey dress, a navy suit, or a black skirt. Red also looks very fashionable with beige; a red blouse can work wonders with a beige suit

     Another factor that can help you decide on a colour is the type of fabric. A heavy fabric projects a colour more strongly than a thinner, finer material. There seems to be mor of it. Take yellow, for example. In a wool fabric, it will be too bright for most of us. But the same colour in chiffon or silk is very soft and feminine.

      Sometimes it happens that a colour unflattering to you is needed to complete an outfit. Let’s say you have a tweed jacket with a little bit of green in it. A green blouse or sweater would certainly complete the outfit, but since green is not a good colour for you, choose a green skirt instead – it is far enough from your face not to be unbecoming. In other words, keep an unflattering colour away from your face. This type of compromise is sometimes necessary to complete an outfit.

NOTE: Don’t worry too much about the latest fashion colour. It is never the only colour to be worn, even if it is the dominant one of the season. If it is suitable for your looks and lifestyle, by all means wear it. If not, don’t feel too bad. Remember that looking terrific is more important than looking fashionable.

Come back and read ABOUT BLACK

Until then STAY WELL AND LOOK YOUR BEST

                                                                                         Brigitte              

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THE LAST 6 TIPS OF HOW TO INTERPRETE A FASHION MAGAZINE

Hello Everyone

           Let us finish today what we started last week, here are the other 6 tips of how you can adapt what you see in fashion magazines to yourself and your wardrobe.

7. COMPARE THE EDITORIAL PAGES WITH THE ADS.

Some of you might not be familiar with the difference. So let me explain first. The editorial pages are the part – mostly towards the back of the magazine – showing clothes which have been selected by the fashion editor of that publication and are photographed for the magazine. The purpose is to show the latest trends, colours, and silhouettes.

The ads, mainly in the front part of the magazine, are paid for by manufacturers and designers who make the clothes, or the stores who sell them. These are usually less spectacular than what is shown in the editorial  pages, but more wearable and often more affordable. So my advice her is to study the editorial pages for what is new and then compare them to the ads which show the same trend in a more moderate, less intimidating version.

8. PAY ATTENTION TO THE FABRIC GARMENTS ARE MADE OF.

When we think of a new look, we first think of styles and colours. But we seldom pay enough attention to the fabric, though it is always mentioned. Don’t just read over the description, let it register. Knowing that gold lame is back or that rain coats are made from a silk poplin, or that a wool and polyester mix holds pleats better, will make you surer of what you are looking for when you go shopping. And it will also help you to buy better quality clothes, and you won’t end up with a fabric that does not wear well.

9. TAKE NOTE OF NEW HAIRSTYLES.

The hairstyles you see on the models are, like the clothes, exaggerated versions of new trends. But to convey a message it is often necessary to start with an extreme. So if you see faces framed by halos of curls, it is telling you that curls are the look. You are not expected, however, to wear a style like this in your daily life, translating this to you, it means your hair should be worn curly in some way or other – short curls,  shoulder length curls,  or just the ends curled – really anyway that suits you best. So if you wish to look up-to-date don’t regard the new hairstyles as something that once again does not apply to you. IT DOES!

10. STUDY THE MAKE-UP.

Tempted by pictures of models with beautifully made-up faces, we buy lipstick, foundation, eyeshadow –  just anything that we believe brings us closer to the faces we see  in ads and on display posters. But having all this cosmetic, few of us ever achieve to use it properly. But it is not as difficult as you might think.

Choose a picture of a model who has the same colourings as you. This is important. Study the picture for a while. Yes, you can see where the eyeshadow starts and stops – just look again. After you have studied the picture well, put it next to your make-up mirror and once you have applied your foundation, start to copy what you see. Since your colourings are close to those of the model, choose similar or the same colors for eyeshadow, blush and lipstick. When you start,  don’t get discouraged.  It won’t be perfect the first time around, but with patience and practice it soon will.

11. SEE WHAT ACCESSORIES ARE WORN AND HOW.

A complaint I often hear is: “ I love accessories,but I never know what to do with them.”  This frustration is further increased by hearing and reading about women who can change their look with just a little scarf or belt. If you use scarves, it should never be an inexpensive one – buy the most expensive one you can afford, because a good quality scarf can  make an inexpensive dress look good.

If you don’t know how to wear your scarves look at the way the model wears it and do the same. But then there are not only scarves. There are necessary accessories –  like shoes, bags, and hose – and optional ones like belts, jewelry, and hats. Among the optional ones there is always one that is more in fashion than others. Look how jewelry has made a come back! So again look at how it is worn. Maybe you can’t wear a big collar-like necklace, but you can wear 4 or more bracelets, just like the girl in the magazine.

Accessories can make a big difference. Therefore, to avoid being without, follow what you see in your favorite Fashion Magazine.

12. FOLLOW THE ADVICE – DO IT.

Once you have analyzed a fashion magazine as I have suggested, the most important point is still to come. YOU MUST DO IT. Knowing about how to change your hair, how to wear a hat and what is the latest colour for lips, is not enough. You must put into action what you have seen. Don’t say:”Yes, I have read about the new hair thickener in Bazaar, but I didn’t try it yet.”

I can assure you that applying to yourself what you see and read in fashion magazines –  if for beauty, health, clothes, or make-up – will give you a different image and lots of self-confidence

          Until the next time

STAY  WELL  AND  LOOK  YOUR BEST

 

 

 

 

and remember for a FREE CONSULTATION contact me at bbnnic@gmail.com

 

12 TIPS ON HOW TO INTERPRET A FASHION MAGAZINE.

Hello Everyone

Today I want to give you the first 6 Tips on how to apply what you see in Vogue (or any other magazine) to your look.

          Linda is looking through the latest issue of Vogue to see what is new. After a  while she closes it with a sigh, thinking: ‘Very nice, but not for me.’

 The reasons most of us feel that way when looking at fashion magazines are:

– we are depressed that we cannot afford the clothes we see

– we are depressed that we don’t look like the girl in the picture

– we are depressed that we have no occasion to wear clothes like this

– and a lot of women never buy a fashion magazine because they can’t identify with what they see. However, the aim of these publications is not to depress us but to help us plan our wardrobe (besides trying to make us buy what we see) – to show us what we can choose from for the coming season and how to make what we already own look up to date. And this is not too difficult when you know how to read and translate what you see to your life. Here are the first 6 steps.

1. DON’T BE INTIMIDATED BY WHAT YOU SEE

It is without doubt disturbing to see women, clothes, and situations that seem so remote from our surrounding and lifestyle. How can you compete with that gorgeous creature that looks at you from the glossy pages. How can you afford to pay $ 6,900 for a camel coat? And how could you possibly leave your blouse open as far as the model’s in the pictures?

 As unrealistic as these pictures might be, something can be learned from them. So instead of dismissing what you see as not applicable to you

2. ANALYZE WHAT YOU SEE

Study the make-up, the hairstyles, the clothes, as well as the accessories. You might find that even if the hairstyle, or make-up or clothes are not for you, a certain accessory is. Or disregarding the boots with the 3″ heels and the bizarre hat the model is wearing, the coat is exactly what you want. Analysing the information fashion magazines provide will help you to know what you are looking for, and what will bring your wardrobe up-to-date.

3. LOOK AT THE SILHOUETTE.

 By silhouette I mean the shape and form of the season:

– is it full or slim?

– is it long or short?

– is the waist marked, or do loose shapes predominate?

– is glamour back, or is it  sporty?

– are jackets long or short?

– answering questions like these will help you decide about clothes you already own – is your loose coat still in? A new silhouette doesn’t mean that all the other items in you wardrobe are out, because often the change is gradual and you need to discard only a few items.

4. LOOK AT THE COLOURS

Although you read that the latest colour this season is red, you will see that a lot of other colours are shown too. The latest colours shown, are not the only colours, but the dominant ones. If your wardrobe has no red, think about adding something in that shade. How much of it depends on how well the colour suits you and how appropriate it is for your lifestyle.

5. LOOK AT THE COORDINATION OF COLOURS.

Very often we would like to get away from our basic beige or black.But we don’t know how to change it or how to brighten it up. Here is where a fashion magazine can be a real eye-opener. You probably never think of putting brown and royal blue together, but it works. And would you have bought a mauve blouse to go with your green suit? Or that your black suit looks up-to-date with a khaki t-shirt?

The basic rule here: apply to yourself what you see. You can’t know if it works for you until you see it on yourself.

6.SEE HOW CLOTHES ARE WORN.

If you wonder why you seldom see a raincoat look as good on a woman in the street as on a model in a magazine, look again. It is not only the type of raincoat or the girl, it is the way she wears it. On the picture the collar is turned up; the coat is not buttoned up to the neck; the sleeves are pushed up; and the belt is pulled in tight, with the pleats well-adjusted, showing a waistline.

Most women on the street button their coat up high, flatten the collar, and the belt is tied somehow, without  adjusting the fullness. A coat worn like this will not look at all like the same garment. Seeing the first version (the girl in the magazine), you will envy her for wearing such a stylish coat; the second version (the woman on the street) is just wearing a coat.

This rule applies to all other garments, and you can apply it easily to yourself. Just do what you see  on the pages of your favourite magazine. It is an easy way to look smarter without spending a penny.

          Enough advice for today – I will let you digest this and give you the other 6 Tips next week                                                                                 

                                                                                Until then

                                                                     

         STAY WELL AND LOOK YOUR BEST   

 

and remember for a FREE CONSULTATION contact me at bbnnic@gmail.com

OUR FASCINATION WITH DESIGNER LABELS

Hello Everyone

          Have you ever wanted to wear designer clothes? Have you ever dreamed of owning a Chanel Original? Have you ever thought that a beige Burberry coat could change your life?

          There is hardly a woman alive who, while looking through Vogue or watching a fashion show, has not felt the desire to own one (or more) of the clothes she admires. Why are we so fascinated by them?

          The obvious reason is the beauty of the garment and the fabric, the workmanship and the originality of design. Another, not so obvious reason is that women like diversity. The fact that designers present new collections at least twice a year, satisfies our desire for change. Still another reason has little to do with the actual clothes, but a lot with the status attached to owning a designer dress.

           The price of designer clothes vary, but are always much higher than those for items bought off the rack – an explanation why some women wear designer cloth and others only read about them. Of course, the fact that they are out of reach for many women makes them even more desirable.

           There are designers who have Ready to wear lines which are more affortable.A case in point –  last year Karl Lagerfeld designed a special collection for H & M. But these clothes do not have the status of a couture gown.

          The last but most important reason for our fascination with designer clothes is that we admire the man or woman who  make these clothes – for his/her talent. Dress designing, like any other creative field, is an art. The ability and courage to innovate, to start new trends, to have new ideas, to be different, are characteristics found only in artists.

          Our admiration for these men and women has increased over the years to a point where their names not only sell clothes, but everything from accessories and luggage to sheets, and even candy.

          The reason for the success of designer endorsed products are very human. For many women, including me, who cannot afford a designer garment, an umbrella, a pair of shoes, or a scarf are like a consolation prize. It gives us the feeling that by owning a Hermes scarf, we too can share the glamour and excitement designers represent.

          Designer labels also help us avoid making decision. I had a friend who only bought designer clothes. When I asked why – she said because I know I can’t make a mistake – I did not quite agree,  but the name of a designer gives confidence. After all how wrong can you go when the label says GUCCI?

          For all these reason – the clothes, the designers themselves, our own needs – designer clothes and the men and women behind them are deservedly fascinating.

P.S. And do remember – you can contact me for a FREE CONSULTATION by email bbnnic@gmail.com

Until next time

STAY WELL

            AND LOOK YOUR BEST

LET A HAT LIFT YOUR SPIRIT

    Hello Everyone

          Are you among the women who say, “I love hats, but I never wear them!” For a long time hats were regarded as a dressed-up  look one tried to avoid like the plague. But this excuse is no longer valid – HATS ARE BACK. I am glad to see that they have finally left the runways of the fashion designers and are seen more and more on the streets. The other day while shopping, I counted six women with hats. It gave an interesting touch to their look, pulling together whatever they wore.   

          The return to more elegant, dressier clothes is the reason for hats again. For a beautiful outfit, a hat is like the dot on the letter  i. It is the most glamorous finishing-off accessory you can add. HALSTON, who became famous first for his creations of hats, once said, “A hat is a head covering which is supposed to make you glamorous, exciting and more interesting than anyone else.”

          And wearing the right hat does just that — it makes you stand out from the crowd. Of course it has to be the right one; it has to add interest to your look and frame your face in a flattering way. Here ae some guidelines:

– Hats with a brim (any size) are always flattering to the face.

– A woman 5’4″ and under must stay with a medium size brim — a large one will make her look like a mushroom. A high crown adds height, however.

– Hats must be in proportion to your figure. Remember that the smaller the hat, the fuller the figure will appear; the larger the hat, the slimmer the figure will look. Here are a few styles of hats to think about:

          When you go to buy a hat, allow yourself enough time to try on every hat on display. And don’t buy one unless you feel completely at ease and attractive in it. It must give you the feeling that you want to walk out of the store wearing it. If it doesn’t feel right when you first put it on, and you buy it anyway,  it will sit in your closet and you will still say, “I love hats, but never wear them?”

Until the next time

STAY WELL AND LOOK YOUR BEST

Remember you can contact me with any questions at bbnnic@gmail.com

Brigitte

FASHION TIDBITS

THE NEW LOOK OF SUNGLASSES – SUPERSIZE

          Some of us wear sunglasses all year round, others mainly in the summer. Whatever your preference, make sure that the glasses you wear are fashionable. If you’ve had yours longer than two years, they need replacing – unless you always wore large, oversized frames?

          Sunglasses have become a fashion accessory and should be updated like other accessories. The new look is really an old look – the large, and often oversized frames are back. Personally I am very happy about that, because I never thought that the small aviator glasses were sexy or made a face more interesting.

           Besides the mysterious look supersize sunglasses give you, they have another very important function. They protect the delicate skin around your eyes better.

          So go for it, hide your eyes behind seductive, dark shades – they can be a great moral lift  because they give us a new face.

          If you have any questions about accessories, your wardrobe or your image – you can contact me, my name is Brigitte Nioche, by email bbnnic@gmail.com

STAY WELL AND LOOK YOUR BEST