Did you know that during WW2 women wore red lipstick to maintain morale and to express positivity. It was also an act of defiance as Hitler didn’t like red lipstick.
Maybe when we apply our lipstick in the morning we can see it as an act of defiance against the negative pull of our current situation. It doesn’t have to be the 1940s Victory Red but as we consistently make the effort to look well presented, we will show the world that it’s business as usual!
Organising your wardrobe
It’s always the perfect time to declutter and make room for the new. When organising a client’s wardrobe, I first put items into categories, jackets, tops, trousers dresses etc, making it easier to see the items. It’s useful then to look at each item and decide if you wear it, if it still fits and whether it is in good condition. Next make three piles on the bed, one for repair and laundering or cleaning, one for selling on and one for recycling. This not only provides more space but gives a sense of organisation.
At any time, emotions and expectations can run high, especially this year. I decided a few years ago just to take a deep breath and keep smiling through. As Roald Dahl states, in one of my favourite quotes - ‘If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely’. Also, if you’re caught on camera, you’ll look much better if you’re smiling!
Plan your outfits
It’s good to plan your outfits to ensure that they are clean, still fit and that you actually like and feel comfortable in them. I suggest to clients that that put together their chosen ones then try them on and take photos. This way you’ll remember what you’re going to wear and can decide which accessories and shoes will match. When you’ve chosen your outfits, keep them together, then you’ll be all ready to start every day looking gorgeous!
The sales are a great time to shop for those larger items that would normally cost hundreds. Why not use that precious Christmas or birthday money or gift vouchers to buy those investment pieces like a good quality coat, business bag, watch or more expensive pen? The prices of these items are usually slashed, giving the opportunity to purchase pieces that maybe we couldn’t normally afford. Better quality items make us look and feel as though we’re worth investing in, especially for work!
It’s worth putting a couple of hours in your diary to do those important beauty treatments. Maybe it’s too difficult to book in at a salon or money won’t stretch that far at the moment but giving yourself a little time out will help make you feel fabulous. Decide when you’re going to have a face mask, deep condition your hair and paint your nails so that when you’re rushing about, you’ll look and feel more groomed and well presented!
Before training to be a Stylist I didn’t understand my own style, I didn’t question whether my clothes actually suited me, as you can see in my before and after photos. I knew that I didn’t look great but didn’t know why. I’d wear necklines that were too high and skirts that made my waist look bigger. Now I tell my clients that they should feel good in everything they wear so it’s worth planning your outfit ahead, especially if it’s new. Try it on, take a photo and decide if the neckline suits you and whether the style flatters your shape, as you may have been tempted by the many baggy clothes currently in the shops. Ask yourself do I feel good in this and ideally you will say ‘I love it’!
Lingerie and Shape-wear
It’s amazing the difference that the right lingerie and shape-wear will make to an outfit. Lines look smoother and we may appear more up to date with a little lift. We’ve been in lockdown for several months now so it’s worth reviewing your undies as they may have lost their shape or not fit properly anymore. It’s also possible to choose shape-wear with light control which is just smoothing and not uncomfortable. Websites like Figleaves.com have a large range and treating ourselves to some new lingerie for Christmas Day will make us look and feel so much better!
How often do we receive those Christmas or birthday gifts like jewellery and scarves that are just not us? It’s a shame when our loved ones have spent precious money on gifts that we’ll never wear or use, so why not ask for gift vouchers? This way you’ll be able to buy what you want and feel more gratitude for the gift. You’ll also have an experience or shopping trip to look forward to.
Before taking this step it’s worth researching the hair colours that will suit your skin tone, as it will save a lot of heart ache and money. In the past my hair colour has mistakenly been too dark or too blond which made me appear either a little harsh or washed out. Why not upload a photo to a an app like Garnier Colour Match that will give show you whether the colour will suit or not. Even better have a chat with your hairdresser to ensure that you’ll look gorgeous!
Wearing colour not only makes you look more visible but helps you to feel cheerful, especially through the winter period but outfits in brighter colours lift our spirits.
There’s nothing quite as festive as red lipstick and it can transform an outfit like no other colour! If you’re new to red, start with a soft one then add a little clear gloss to bring some glamour. There is a red for everyone but for a brighter red it’s worth discovering if you suit a blue based or orange red as it will be more flattering to your skin tone.