Allie Alderson's Pashion Style blog gives you an on trend and and up to the minute review of the fashion world from a personal stylist's viewpoint.
Pashion Style applies the science of tonal colour analysis to make sure you look fabulous this season, whatever your colouring! Colour posts are relevant for both women and men.
For the ladies, we'll also look at Body Shape and Style Personality to help you develop your own signature look.
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Autumn now officially upon us it is likely that if you haven't
already, you'll soon be digging out those cosy knits and coats ready for
the season ahead.
Is it time to embrace some bold new hues?
The new season offers a great opportunity
to try some new shades from your colour palette. Many of us will
gravitate towards the same few colours time and again, but as
you prepare your wardrobe for Autumn, take the time to have another look
at your swatch wallet and experiment with some new colours.
This season, RED is THE colour to be seen in, but there are also lots of GREENS and BLUES to choose from too.
Whichever colour, or colours, you choose to embrace, there will be a shade to suit YOU, whatever colour category you fall into.
RED is a colour which signifies passion, energy and power, so those with DRAMATIC and CREATIVE style
personalities may find yourselves drawn to this shade worn quite
dominantly as part of your look. A red dress, shoes or bag are all great
ways to stand out!
Those who fall into the CITY CHIC category may simply opt for a subtle red manicure or lipstick as a nod to the trend.
Those with a NATURAL or CLASSIC
style personality will most probably want to opt for slightly
subtler shades this season. With an array of greens on offer, it could
be that you decide to try adding this as a new colour to your wardrobe.
From Apple Green through to Sage, there are
a variety of greens to choose from depending on what your dominant
colour category is.
Those of you who fall into the SOFT colour category will
look great in knitwear in greens that are a medium-depth. Try an Olive
jacket or even a hat to give you the perfect protection from Autumn
Our much-loved magnetic compacts are BACK! Now containing eye shadows,
blush powder and our new lip gloss / cream blush combo - you only need
to replace the products you LOVE and suit you and your palette best, as
and when you need to!
To celebrate the launch of my new Colour Me Beautiful online portal I am offering FREE UK STANDARD delivery on all orders over £30 up to midnight on October 31st.*
It's new, it's modern, it's as up-to-date as it could possibly be and, I'm sure that you'll find the whole shopping experience amazingly quick and simple!
Here are the key benefits:
Colour choice made easy - select your colouring type and view only the shades that suit you!
There's no need to complete your shopping all at once as your chosen items will stay in your basket for 72 hours.
You can view your 'purchase history' to make re-ordering easy.
The video guides for each colouring type demonstrate some simple application techniques. My colleague Jacqui, did a superb job applying make-up to some great models and, Suzanne Hall (ex Hollyoaks star) is the presenter.
the announcement that ROSE QUARTZ and SERENITY (or OPAL and BLUEBELL in CMB terms) as the Pantone Colours of 2106 here
are some tips on how you can incorporate these colours into your wardrobes.
all in the name – calm, peaceful, charming, tranquil and soothing.
are you going to wear the colours of the year in 2016? To wear the
colours of the year in 2016 it is a question of personality and colouring
you have pale blond hair, pale eyes and pale skin tone, you will be in heaven!
Both these shades are 100% you. However beware that you do not appear too
girly if you want to wear them head to toe. This look is OK on the beach
andin the evening, but in the office
keep the colours working for you by wearing either colour as a top, blouse,
jacket, or scarf.
of your skin tone, if you are at the opposite end of the spectrum with dark
hair and eyes, then you will need to wear Rose Quartz and Serenity as an accent
colour in a print, or in contrast with your darker neutral shades.
will need to be careful wearing these colours if you are a red-head with
freckles and green eyes. You are best wearing warmer colours; of the two
Pantone colours of the year, Rose Quartz will be the best for you, but worn
together with shades from your warm palettes. Both these shades work
beautifully well with browns and terracotta shades.
you have ash or silver grey hair, these colours are just magnificent on you –
but again be careful how to wear them for daytime. Mix them with your
greys, darker pinks and darker blues for great effect.
you are a lady with dark hair and bright blue or green eyes,Rose Quartz is the best colour for you to
wear, but you will need to wear it as part of a contrasting set of colours to
create a complimentary outfit.
if you have mousey hair that you have highlighted, the best way to make these two
soft shades work for you is to blend them gently with other colours from your
you wear the Pantone 2016 colours will also depend on your Style Personality.
are Romantic, you will simply love those soft, feminine shades.
are a Dramatic or Creative, and like to create a wow factor with the way your
dress, you will need to wear Rose Quartz and Serenity in contrast with the
other shades in your wardrobe.
are a Classic lady, a neat jacket or a
nice blouse in either of these colour will work perfectly for you.Just make sure that you wear the colours
according to your own colouring palette.
are a jeans and t-shirt girl, you may choose to switch your grey and white
tops, to something in Rose Quartz or Serenity for a change.
City Chics will wear the 2016 Pantone colours, discretely and elegantly without
bringing too much attention to it – just demonstrating she is always in the
know as to what is what.This might be
by simply done by tying a scarf to your handbag.
Beauty industry is going to have a great year as these two colours will
translate so beautifully in make-up colours.
sun is out which means there is no better time to embrace colour. How
you wear your colours will depend on how you like to dress and what
looks good on you. It will also depend on where you work and how you
spend your free time.
Here are some colour combinations for each dominant colouring
that will make you look good and feel good. There is something for work,
something for play and colours you can wear with white - this season's
Pantone have announced the colour for 2014 is RADIANT ORCHID - a tricky colour to wear! Below is advice from Cliff Bashforth on how to wear it. Cliff is a leading Image guru and Master of the International Federation of Image Consultants, as well as being Colour Me Beautiful's top consultant.
"Blonde hair/light eyes: Choose light/mid-tone neutrals/colours to avoid high contrast."
"Dark-haired/dark-eyed girls should wear with depth for contrast."
"Red-heads/strawberry blondes: only wear mixed/away from face or accessories Add warm tones and be creative."
"If you have ash brown/blonde/grey hair...its so you."
"Mousey/Blonde Soft/Dark eyes wear blended with little contrast."
We all have parts of our bodies that we would like to change, but to dress well you need to learn to dress the body you have and not the body you want. The key is to understand what suits you and learn to enjoy dressing YOUR body.
Style should be a pleasure and everyone can feel good in what they wear every day, whatever your age, shape, size, lifestyle or budget.
Change your mindset: We all come in different shapes and sizes, be proud of your uniqueness!
Know your colouring
can give you an instant update and make you look younger and more
vibrant, provided you get it right. There may be some colours you love
but do they love you back, be honest. It's most important to wear
the right colours close to your face so invest in at least a couple of
tops in your best shades.
Know your body shape
you know your shape you can choose the most flattering styles and avoid
those that don't complement your figure. You probably have some items
in your wardrobe you look and feel great in and others that do the
opposite. Invest in more of the clothes you know you look good in.
Accentuate the positive
ideal body shape is in perfect proportion so what we are trying to
achieve when we dress is to create outfits which make us look balanced
and in proportion. In order to do that you need to learn how to
emphasize certain areas and disguise others.
Be inspired by fashion but don't be a slave to it
and retailers create looks for you to aspire to but you need to be
realistic. Most of us won't achieve the exact same look as a 6ft
21-year-old model most of the time - but, you can take inspiration from
bits of it and find the pieces that you know will work for you.
Show your personality!
clothes should express who you are! Most of us like to wear different
looks on different days, perhaps chic and traditional one day, funky or
creative the next. We feel good not only when something is the right fit
and colour but when we feel something is really 'us'. The more
confident you become in choosing the right clothes, the more comfortable
you will be in expressing your personality and you will then create
your signature style.
Checklist to body confidence
Avoid items that you know don't suit you and focus on those that do
Accentuate the good and disguise the not-so-good; create a 'balanced' look
Don't try to dress like someone else, you want to look good as YOU
Love the body you have and enjoy creating and showing off your style!