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Christmas jumpers have gone off the ‘boil’ over the last few years – but I’m predicting a Christmas jumper revival this year (you heard it here first!) – as we are all planning and hoping to have the best Christmas ever to make up for lockdown Christmas of 2020!

As ever I like to give advice on how to look good no matter what the occasion – and Christmas jumper season is no different! Just because you are having fun with your clothing doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t look great yourself.

So here’s my best picks of Christmas jumpers this season.

If you suit dark colours, you probably have dark hair and eyes – and this super fun Christmas wreath jumper from George at Asda will work brilliantly with your hair and eye colour, and really enhance that natural depth that you have in your colouring.

  1. Black Christmas wreath light up sequin jumper, George at Asda £16 (sale price)

    Black Christmas wreath light up sequin jumper, George at Asda £16 (sale price)

Whilst if you prefer a more subtle festive vibe, then this relaxed fit silver star jumper from Hush is perfect.

hush Stella Star Christmas Jumper

Stella Star Jumper, Hush, £79

If dark colours overwhelm you, you probably have blonde hair and light eyes, and hence something like this Christmas Minnie Mouse jumper from Tu, will balance out your delicate colouring

Christmas Disney Minnie Mouse Jumper

Christmas Disney Minnie Mouse Jumper, Tu, £20

Plus this fair Isle jumper is a super cosy alternative to the traditional Christmas jumpers, but will work equally well with your light and delicate colouring

Fair Isle christmas Jumper

Fair Isle Jumper, M&Co, £34.99

If you have a pink undertone to your skin, then you look great in blues – and both these jumpers will look great on you: the fun Gonk design, or the blue Fair Ilse pattern, both from Next

  1. Gonk Christmas Jumper

    Gonk scene Christmas Jumper, Next £32

Fair Isle pattern Christmas jumper

Fair Isle pattern Christmas Jumper, Next, £42

However, if you skin tone is more olive, then there are lots of reds around at this time of year.  Opt for a true red, or a ‘warm’ red like a tomato shade, and rock that Christmas jumper.  This Lipsy jumper is perfect for dog lovers.

Lipsy Christmas Sweatshirt

Christmas Sweatshirt, Lipsy, £28

If reds are too bright, then how about the warm neutral shades of this Monsson jumper, which will harmonise with your olive skin

Frankie Fairisle Christmas Jumper

8. Frankie Fair Isle Jumper, Monsoon, £55

This super fun penguin jumper will work brilliantly if you have dark hair and bright eyes – and it will make your eyes pop due to the contrasting colours!

Red Fairisle Penguin Christmas Jumper

9. Red Fairisle Penguin Christmas Jumper, George at Asda, £12.80 (sale price)

However, if you find that colour can ‘swamp’ you, then you might be better in softer and more muted colours.  Like this grey reindeer jumper from Next

Grey Sequin Reindeer Christmas Jumper

10. Grey Sequin Reindeer Jumper, Next, £32

Or this comfortable slogan sweatshirt from George at Asda

Merry Crew Christmas jumper

Merry Crew slogan sweatshirt, George at Asda, £11.20 (sale price)

As ever you can use accessoires to have a nod towards the Christmas theme – and whilst masks aren’t compulsory (at the time of writing anyway!) many still like to wear them when out and about.  This festive face mask from White Stuff is perfect!

12. Festive face mask

Festive face mask, White Stuff, £3 (sale price)

 

If you need any help or guidance on understanding your best festive shades, then drop me a line. Gift Vouchers are also available, and make wonderfully thoughtful Christmas presents.

In the world of fashion, colours that reflect nature have been trending for a while now – some say it’s been reflecting the desire for comfort and stability during the uncertain times we have been living through.

In this AW21 season, we are seeing nature colours like green continuing to trend – but with wider and more diverse shades of green.

Pantone announced its AW21 colours which included the core colour of ‘Olive Branch’ – a tasteful green symbolic of growth, alongside ‘Green Bee’ – a grassy green that perpetuates nature.

So whether you are already a green fan, or the shade makes you think of your old school uniform – this season is the season to GO GREEN.

So here’s my tips on how to look great in green this season.

Greens this season aren’t just the deeper, darker shades that you can often associate with autumn/ winter fashion – this season the shades also include lighter (and brighter, but more on that later) shades. One of my personal favourites is this mint coloured biker jacket from the French fashion brand Captain Tortue. Not only is the colour perfect, it’s also a great layering piece which will take you right through to Spring. Dress down with jeans, or wear with a floaty dress to elongate your summer wardrobe.

 

How to wear green

Jacket, Captain Tortue, £106

Another great layering piece for those of you who prefer a lighter green is this super snuggly cardigan from White Stuff. The leaves pattern is perfect for Autumn!

How to wear green

Falling Leaves Cardigan, White stuff, £69

If you have dark hair and dark eyes then a deeper shade of green will emphasise those features, and look great on you. I love this animal print midi dress from M&S.  Animal print continues to trend in AW21, and this dress can easily be layered up (underneath as well as over the top) and worn all through the season.

Style advice

Animal print midi dress, Marks and Spencer, £45

Whilst this last year has been a year of challenges, I think it’s also been a year of LOVE.  We have missed friends and family, and made us realise how much they mean to us and how much we love them.

So this Valentines Day, lets to share the love and show some kindness through our outfits!

An easy way of adding the LOVE to your outfit is through accessories, and a scarf is also perfect at this time of year for an extra layer of warmth.  This stylish scarf from Accessorize will add a touch of colour and Valentines LOVE to your outfit

How to wear red

Scarf, Accessorize, £20

I’m obviously hoping that we won’t need an umbrella on Valentines Day, but given the British weather it’s probably quite likely!  But if it does rain, this umbrella from Next is guaranteed to cheer you up.

How to wear red

Umbrella, Next, £11

Well what a year 2020 was!

If you are like me, my saviour during lockdown 1 was PE with Joe.  I was home-schooling at the time, and that 30 mins in the morning meant that the day started with a positive experience.

And since that I’ve been lunging, squatting and crunching in the privacy of my lounge.  Now I can do a hiit session, but I’m no runner (and seriously admire people who can!)  I know that lots of people have taken up running and jogging too, or even incorporating a daily walk into their working from home routine.

But whether we are exercising alone in our own private space, or heading out to get some fresh air and miles in the legs, we will feel better knowing that we are not only improving our bodies on the inside, but we also look the best version of ourselves on the outside.

I often get asked ‘should my exercise gear be in my best colours?’ And my honest answer is ‘why wouldn’t it be’? When working out we tend not to have as much (or any!) makeup on, and our hair is tied up out of the way – all we have is the clothes we choose to wear to make us look good – so my advice is to make those clothes work hard for you.

Whatever type of exercise you do there are two important style considerations: Colour and Patterns

 

Colour: Colour will brighten up a January jog or a winter workout. Plus colour brightens up how we look too. So wear your best colour on your top and next to your face – this way that fab colour will reflect on your face and give the effect of a brighter healthier you (even before you start your work out!).

This vest from Sweaty Betty in teal – is great if you like your colour on the subtle side. Plus Teal is a universal colour, meaning that it looks great on many of us.

Sweaty Betty Athlete Seamless Vest, Green, £38

Sweaty Betty Athlete Seamless Vest, Green, £38

As an Image Consultant, I love the change in Seasons!  But this one has been quite a challenge!!

The AW20 season hit the catwalk back in Feb, and since then our shops have not only faced the challenge of covid19, they have also had to take the catwalk trends and shape them into wearable pieces for us everyday.  Also during this time, how we have dressed has changed, with more home working – some of us will be happy with this, whilst others will be wishing to get back to their ‘normal’ dress code and the desire to get out and about again.

One element that came through the catwalk trends was a continued focus on sustainability, and pieces that are more classical and wearable over time.  CHECK is a key ‘trend’ for AW’20.  Check never goes out of style for long, which is presumably why with sustainability and a more seasonal-less approach to dressing, it was thought that AW’20 was the perfect time to bring it back to the foreground.

Checks are an easy pattern for even a print-avoider to incorporate into their wardrobe.  However as ever there are some keys tips for getting the most out of this trend for you personally.

Colour checks:

If you suit dark colours, you probably have dark hair and eyes – and this cape jacket from River Island is a great throw on over everything from jeans to a pencil skirt

AW20 trend

Black mono check cape jacket, River Island, £68

Whilst if dark colours overwhelm you, you probably have blonde hair and light eyes, and hence something like this fitted jumper from Marks & Spencer will balance out your delicate colouring.  Its super soft, so great for the autumn days ahead, and whilst the design is bold but the lighter colours make it easy to wear.

Seasonal Style Update
Booking is now OPEN for my (very popular and always fun!) SEASONAL UPDATES for SS’22

 
SEASONAL UPDATES include:

– The key trends for SS’22
– The ‘hot’ colours for SS’22
– How you can wear the latest trends, taking into consideration your colouring and body shape
– Tips and advice on how to put whole outfits together for the new season

– Handy take away guideSeeing the SS’22 collection from Captain Tortue

All from £20 pp (or bring a friend, and both of your tickets will be £15)

  • Friday 25th March, 10.30am – 12.30pm.  
  • Friday 22nd Apr,10.30am – 12.30pm.
  • Monday 25th Apr 10.30am – 12.30pm.
Please email me if you would like to book a Seasonal Update