This week Pam of Over 50, Feeling 40 is hosting Fashion Flash. If there were more fashion writers like Pam, we would all be better dressed. She not only has a keen eye, as a journalist she shares her insights with charm and skill. I also share her love for thrifting and she is living proof that it doesn’t take designer clothes and big budgets to look fabulous 365 days a year.
No, its not a type. I picked up Colour Me Slimmer in an Oxfam shop near Camden Passage in London. There is hardly a women from my era that doesn’t know about the Color Me Beautiful approach to style and make-up. Colour Me Slimmer, published in the UK takes the concept a step further to use color to enhance shape.
Its such a pleasure to read a fashion guide with beautiful models with real world bodies. It divides our shapes into five different types– petite, tall, curvy, straight, and large scale. I love the way Colour Me Slimmer drills down into the details that matter. For example:
* A full calf can look unbalanced with a stiletto heel– a mid heel or wedge is more flattering
* Women with curves can struggle with a stiff scarf while a softer chiffon scarf will work so much better
* Bigger sunglass frames make a full face look slimmer
* When you are petite, the maximum number of colors you should put together is two.
My favorite chapter is series of styles for real life situations including formal office, casual office, yummy mummy days,sports and glamour. What is especially striking is the use of color. But when I took the book shopping, colorful clothes were nowhere to be found and almost everything was in black or grey. I was so frustrated that I went home and signed up for a sewing course. Say it with me “I’m tired of wearing black and I am not going to take it anymore”