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Boost your body confidence and love yourself on Valentines Day! 
 

 
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. 
 
Valentine's may be for couples but we like to use it as an excuse to be good to ourselves! See our tips for a bit of pampering and confidence boosting this Valentine's Day.. 
 
Change your mindset 
We all come in different shapes and sizes, be proud of your uniqueness! 
 
Colour 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. 
 
When 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 
The 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 
Magazines 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! 
Your 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. 
 
• 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! 
 
 
Yes we know Valentine's is about your love for someone else, but if you don't have a someone else in your life right now, what better excuse is there to show some love and appreciation for yourself? 
 
Treat yourself to some new underwear, a lipstick, a piece of jewellery, a blow-dry, a make-up makeover or a personal shopping afternoon then dress up for an evening out with your best friends. You are confident, you know you look good, and if you feel so inclined, you might even meet the man of your dreams! 
 
Happy Valentine's Day! 
 
 

Top 10 tips to get your wardrobe ready for Spring ! 

Its that time again just after Christmas when the shops are full of 'bargins' that are difficult to resist. How many of you have some of those items still with the tags on? Unworn because you got them home and, although they seemed a good idea at the time, don't fit in with the colours or styles you tend to wear? Ring any bells!!!! 
Here are some top tips to reduce spending on items you never wear and give you more money to spend on items that will work! 
1. Make a list of your wardrobe needs ie work, meeting the girls for lunch, Holiday's, dog walking etc. 
2. Sort clothes into Spring /Summer and Autumn/Winter items. (some items will work virtually all year round) 
3. Get a full length mirror and a coffee or a stiff drink. 
4. Try everything on !  
5. Discard old worn out items, anything that doesn't fit/or flatter your shape. 
6. Put to one side items that fit but you can't make work in your wardrobe. 
7. Discard anything that fits but has been in your wardrobe for more than two years and not worn. (its likely not to fit your current lifestyle or was bought in a rash moment) 
8. Rehang clothes for the approaching season in groups ie Jackets, knitwear, trousers, skirts, tops. 
9.Hang groups in colours so you can see how many of the same colour item you have. (if one item you have to many of reassess how many to keep) 
10. Make a list of 'the gaps' and decide on a budget, remember to book a shopping trip in February to refresh your Spring wardrobe!