Monday, May 23, 2011

Cardigan conundrum

"I'd like to know about cardigan style for body shape? I'm struggling to find a cardigan I like. Obviously a v-shape or scooped neckline is good but there aren't many around. Which button do I do up? Or should I just wear them undone? I find tie cardigans are often too short ... ahhh ... can you help please?? Maybe I'm just not a cardigan girl, perhaps structured fitted jackets are more my thing."

The cardigan conundrum is one many women struggle with. If you are looking for a traditional button up cardigan then Jacqui E and Glassons usually have them in store. Jacqui E's are better for shorter people and Glasson's ones are usually quite long so suit a taller person. They both have V necklines so idea for those with a larger chest. But those with a smaller chest can also wear these and pop a higher layer underneath.

The upside of wearing cardigans is that they are a nice, easy, fine layer. The downside is finding the right one for your chest size and height and not letting them HANG down so you loose that precious waist shape.

Tie cardigans need to be tied a full hand span under your chest and not clasping your bust. Currently Shanton has a great purple tie cardigan that is a great length for all people. I tried it on many heights and bust sizes at the Walk in Wardrobe at Westfield Queensgate last week and it suited everyone cool toned.

Button up cardigans do need to nip you in at the waist, so make sure you do at least 2-3 buttons up at all times (in the middle). The only time you can let a cardigan hang is the longer line ones that are currently in MAX in Rust (warm) and forest green (Cool). These are made with a very stretchy fabric and they tend to 'stick' to the side of the body and can be left to hang as they show off your body shape well. If you still want to accentuate your waist in these, they are perfect for teaming with a stretchy elastic belt. These cardigans are better on people over 5ft 6.

I hope that answers your questions on cardigans. Feel free to send me any more questions you may have.

Stay warm and colourful!



Sunday, May 15, 2011

Winter Wonderland

How do you make the gloom of winter take on a brighter note in an inexpensive and practical way? By using winter accessories is how! Using colourful and fun accessories like scarves, hats, gloves and funky coloured boots are a great way to enjoy the colder climate with the added extra of all those compliments!

If you have as standard black winter cool coat, think how a fashionable scarf in a colour that brings out your eyes and encircles your face will help with the draining effect black can have on many people. Don't go too bulky, but by all means go bright and funky, my favourite for this season is a striped scarf.

Hats are great but many people are scared of them. If you have a smaller round head, then look for something with a peak. A baker-boy style hat is great on this face shape. The peak balances out the 'roundness' of the head and these look very stylish while keeping your head lovely and warm. Those with more of a pronounced chin and a larger head can wear beanies, which look fabulous and usually have scarves that match - bonus!

I like coloured gloves in great colours or good old fashion, smart leather gloves that keep hands beautifully warm and keep you looking stylish. Another addition to the wardrobe of 'fun' can be a coloured pair of knee high boots. Many people have a good base colour like black or brown, but maybe it's time to invest in a green or blood red pair? Don't worry about 'matching' enjoy them, clash them with any colour.

If its time to buy that new winter coat then be brave and go colourful! Trust me, people will smile at you on the street. Too many people are concerned with matching, but with winter coats which get taken off when you arrive somewhere, there is no need to worry about this. It is better to make that impact as soon as you walk into a room with a great coloured coat. First impressions count!

Enjoy winter, its a great time for layering up on lots of lovely items. This season's goal is to try and add a little colour into your winter accessories and enjoy the effect it has on your mood and everyone else's!