Imogen answers part one

Today I am proud to present a first part of several blog posts on style. Stylist Imogen Lamport is answering your questions on style, colour, trends, wardrobe and more.

Is little black dress a really necessary item?
Absolutely not!  In fact for many people a colour other than black is much preferable.  It’s good to create an ‘evening’ capsule in a colour that suits you so you have something to wear out when the occasion calls.  It doesn’t have to be a dress, and definitely doesn’t need to be black.  My post here has a black dress because black suits me, but substitute another colour – aubergine, deep green, chocolate, navy instead.
How to build an evening wear wardrobe
Which prints are the most flattering for larger figures?
Depends on your personality – but prints that are dense not sparse, with low negative space and go for a medium sized print, neither too tiny or too large. High contrast makes prints appear larger, low contrast makes prints appear smaller.  Here is more information
How to choose a print garment
What is the bigger sin:
to overdress or under-dress?
Under-dress – my philosophy has always
been that it’s better to raise the tone than lower it.
How to wear colours that I like but are not “mine”?
Wear them away from your face.
Don’t put them on body parts you’d rather attention wasn’t drawn.
Ensure the rest of your outfit is in fabulous colours that really suit you.
How to add trend colours that don’t suit you to your wardrobe
Which trends would you like to see disappear?
I don’t get the open toed boot.  Really.

 Dresses and Skirts – Why Don’t I wear Them?
I don’t feel comfortable in skirts and dresses. Is there a skirt or dress for me?

If you don’t like them, don’t wear them!   Without knowing why you don’t find them comfortable it’s hard for me to judge.  Comfort can relate to the fit, the fabric, the style, your personality.

I love dresses because I find them easier to fit (no rise seam that runs through your crotch), I buy them in fabrics that drape (so they move with my body) in fabrics that stretch (so I don’t feel constricted by them) and in styles that don’t draw attention to my flat butt (the way trousers do), and that suit the feminine part of my personality.  They make me happy, but not everyone has to wear them!
So ask yourself in your quest for the skirt or dress to make you happy:

  • What is my body shape?  Which shapes and styles will flatter me?
  • What are my body proportions?  How long should my skirt or dress be?
  • What is my personality?  Do I like prints or patterns or not?  Do I like stretch fabrics or wovens?  Do I like close or loose fitting garments?  Do I like lace or do I like unusual construction?

All these questions will help you find the right kind of skirt or dress for you.

Useful reading:
Body shapes explained, How to measure your body proportions,What is your style recipe

Colour me friendly

I have just discovered a very cool site called Colourlovers.

On their site you can play with colours, name them, create palettes, designs… You can even order fabric in your own colour and design. I am not sure if they deliver outside States, though.

So this is my palette called “Open”. I tried to select colours that are non-threatening and open and make a wearer appear friendly and approachable.

So what do you think, yay or nay?

Approachable and friendly

True colours

I had my colours “done” at PR weekend.

Wendy the stylist wrapped me in a white sheet and sat me in front of the mirror. Then she proceeded to drape coloured scarves right under my chin to see if colours suited me or not. It was a very eye-opening experience. Apparently I can pull off a very wide range of really bold and bright colours ( much to my surprise). One of them was a brightest shiniest purple. I would have never even considered wearing this purple before, now I am intrigued.

Here are my colours

My colours
my colours

Now I am going through my fabric stash and comparing every single piece to my colour book. I found this piece, and I think I was onto something when I bought it

"Purple flower"

Wendy said that if the fabric has 75% of your colours, then you can get away with 25% that are not quite “yours”. This purple does not photograph well, but I found it very close to “my” purple. Green also seems to be quite close, do you agree?

Then I assessed my “jean clone” fabric:

Jean clone

This is very close too!

But which colour goes with this blue?

Any ideas?