1. First things first…next time you’re buying something new that doesn’t bring you joy or an urgency to wear it straight away perhaps pop it on hold, go off and have a think and then go back and try it on again. Then ask yourself, does this item rate an 8,9 or 10 out of 10? If it rates less than an 8 leave it and move on.
2. This is one of my greatest tips if you’re wanting to hide and minimise your mid-section. Wear one of your best receding colours (navy, black, grey, brown, taupe etc) under a light jacket, cardi or shirt. Your tummy will simply disappear from behind your darker top while also narrowing and elongating your entire torso. Particularly fab for the ‘H’, and ‘O’ shapes.
3. If you think black is the most slimming colour – think again as this is not necessarily true. During the day, most backgrounds we stand in front of are much lighter than black. Therefore, it’s easy to notice your silhouette (the outline of your entire body) Black is not just an advancing and bright shade, but also a high contrast against any light background. Perhaps do black in your evening attire if it’s not flattering on you and your goal is to look slimmer. Black is gorgeous on cool, deep and clear/bright coloured people.
4. Jeans with whiskering design detail across the crotch also work as horizontal lines, hence, widening that area. If you don’t want to look wider across the hip area avoid wearing whiskering and distress style jeans. Whiskering is great for the ‘V’ and ‘I’ shapes in particular – this creates curves and width in the lower body for them.
5. Next time you’re buying new sunglasses check that the top bar sits just above your eyebrows. This will ensure that you don’t have that permanently surprised look when you’re wearing them. Choose sunnies with the same undertone as your own skin’s undertone. Warm browns and tortoiseshell for warm colouring, and cool greys, blues and black for cool colouring.
6. Orange, is one of the secondary colours (orange, green and violet) and sits between red and yellow on the colour wheel. Orange has both a warm overtone and a warm undertone. No matter how you alter orange it will always remain a warm colour! Adding black to shade it will create a deeper orange, while white tints it to a lighter orange, and grey will soften and mute it down. Adding yellow makes a yellow-orange and red make it a red-orange, but they all remain with a warm undertone. If you add it’s complimentary blue it stops being orange and becomes a warm grey or achromatic – the absence of colour.