Tuesday, October 9, 2012

5 Good To Go Body Confidence Tricks

Many people are afraid of wearing colour, but don't be - while it is sometimes true that black is slimming, an all-black wardrobe can be a depressing thing, and can give off the signal that you're insecure about your body. 

1. Colour 
Just as a sunny day can make you feel alive and full of energy, so can wearing a bright colour, why not try red?  The great thing about red is that there is a shade to suit everyone. If you have cool, pinkish undertones to your skin, choose a blue-red. If you have warmer skin tones then go for warmer reds.  Darker colourings can wear deep scarlet, a lighter geranium red works well for blondes, and redheads can wear warm tomato or orange-red, my current favourite and being sported on my nails, in my scarf and as a lipstick.  Ooops hope I don't look like a warm tomato!

This berry red swallow print peplum dress (£39.50 from Dorothy Perkins) is a great addition to any confident wardrobe. The red is a deep flattering tone, and the cut of the dress - with its v-shaped neckline, nipped in waist and peplum detail - will flatter any figure.

2. Extra support
Even Hollywood A-listers sometimes need an extra bit of help to feel their confident best, and when the red carpet calls they turn to support underwear (believe us, it's true)! It may not sound sexy or glamorous, but support underwear has come on leaps and bounds since the early days of medicinal bandage type Bridget Jones pants.

Rigby & Peller are one of the country's premiere lingerie retailers (they even have a Royal Warrant from the Queen), and offer a fantastic selection of stylish support pieces - from everyday spanx pants to made-to-measure corsets for special occasions.

For affordable support underwear with added va-va-voom, check out PrimaDonna Twist's Possibly Maybe range, which combines modern support technology with glamorous retro styling. Their control pants, £47, and control dress, £75.95, are both incredibly stylish and will give you the perfect 1950s hourglass shape. What's more, both are available online at Rigby & Peller - so added confidence is only a click away.  

3. Make a statement
The right accessories can make or break a look, and when it comes to jewellery
for confident dressing there's only one way to go, and that's statement pieces. Statement jewellery encompasses anything that is big, bold, and well, makes a statement - think cocktail rings, chunky cuffs and heirloom necklaces.

A piece of statement jewellery will not only make an impact, it will also send out the signal that you are confident and in control, and can also be used to divert attention from any 'problem' areas you're not so confident about (no one will be looking at your tummy when you're wearing a show-stopping necklace)!
American brand J Crew are known for their confident and stylish clothes and accessories (Michelle Obama is a big fan). They have a fantastic range of statement necklaces, such as this colourful crystal and gemstone Archipelago necklace for £139.37. For a more affordable high street alternative, this armour-style studded gold cuff, £4.99 from H&M, will toughen up any outfit. For extra fashion points, buy two and wear one on each wrist.

4. Jean Jeanie - You Dream Jean
Jeans have long been a wardrobe staple, but they are notoriously tricky to shop for, and finding the right pair can be a chore. It's worth the time and effort though - a truly great pair of jeans can transform your wardrobe and make you feel like a million dollars.

Thankfully, in recent years jeans manufacturers have taken notice of customers' complaints, and there are now a wealth of brands offering jeans that go that extra mile.   If you find it hard to find the perfect fit, then Levi's could have the answer. Their Curve ID jeans come in four different 'curves' - slight, demi, bold and supreme. To work out which 'curve' you are, you simply answer five simple questions based on your body shape and the problem areas you usually have with jean, and hey presto - you should end up with jeans that fit like a glove.

For jeans that work harder for you, check out Benetton's new Pin Up range, which are specially designed to enhance your figure. The Pin Up 'shape' jeans have a high waist with a built-in slenderizing panel to give you the perfect flat stomach, and a flared leg which gives the allusion of slimmer thighs. The Pin Up 'lift' jeans are a skinny jean with a specially engineered back panel designed to shape and lift your bottom, giving you a perfectly pert derrière. Denim never looked so good.

5. Bold trends
Head to toe matching prints are a big trend for autumn/winter 2012, and were seen on the catwalks at Prada, Louis Vuitton and DKNY to name but a few. Wearing such a bold look will send out the signal that you're seriously self-assured, which makes this a great trend to try for this season.  As with any new trend, wearing it can be a scary style leap at first, but once you get the hang of it (and the compliments start flooding in), you'll wonder what you were ever worried about. 

For those wanting to give this print business a try, here are some helpful tips to keep in mind:

- Stick to dark colours - this will help tone down the look.

- Keep shapes simple - think straight trousers and tailored blazers. 

- Keep accessories minimal - let your prints do the talking.

The 'bottom' line lovely ladies is that wearing a bold new look is the ultimate way to project confidence. Go girls x

Lady Mirror Ball
with thanks to Colour Me Beautiful for the inspiration. xxx

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