BELT UP FOR 2017!

Hello Ladies

This is my first ever blog and I am very excited to be embarking on this, for me, new way of communication.  It is an opportunity to talk to you about my enthusiasm for all things colour and style and what learning about it can do for you in terms of improving your confidence and joi de vivre.  I am imagining you are a woman of a certain age who may have lost her mojo but would really like not to become invisible. I am in my 60's and can honestly say I am enjoying clothes and fashion more now than I ever did when I was younger.  For this first blog I am surprising myself in that I have chosen to talk about belts .

I would be the first to admit that belts aren't for everyone.  It depends on your Style Personality and body shape but before you dismiss the whole subject you might like to consider the following.  Of course if you are lucky enough to have a small waist you are probably already flaunting it with a contrasting belt as a feature of your style. If you don't, read on!

You may be a few pounds overweight but still have a waist.  If you do, don't hide it.  Just because you aren't Scarlett O'Hara doesn't mean you look better covered up in a tent. Enjoy your curves!   

The shorter your waist, the less space there is for a belt and if you have a big bust, avoid a thick belt.  You may find a shaped or narrower belt the same colour as your bottom half will be more flattering.

If you have long legs match your belt to your top.  It follows that if your legs are short, you will need to match your belt to your skirt of trousers.

Hip belts can give the optical illusion of a longer body and are ideal if you have slim hips.

You may find that a narrow belt works with one outfit and a wider one with another.  Enjoy experimenting!  I look forward to your comments if you have any thoughts about belts yourself.

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As I said on my video for Facebook (also a first!), I thought I had left belts behind as a fashion accessory.  I have never had a clearly defined waist and with advancing years it is even less defined. Then I found this one online at Peruvian Connection and it has renewed my enthusiasm for belts which can make an outfit out of a simple top and skirt.:

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Here is another look for a not very defined waist, i.e. a wide-ish belt over a loose, open silk shirt.  (The bottom half needs to be simple trousers or a straight skirt for this to work)  Finally, if the belt you are considering has a metal buckle, go for gold colour if you are a "warm" and silver if you are a "cool". If you are not sure which you are why not checkout the colour workshop on Saturday 14th January in Hampton or consider a one to one colour analysis?  More details on www.richmondpersonal-style.com and richmond personal style facebook page.

Here is another look for a not very defined waist, i.e. a wide-ish belt over a loose, open silk shirt.  (The bottom half needs to be simple trousers or a straight skirt for this to work)

Finally, if the belt you are considering has a metal buckle, go for gold colour if you are a "warm" and silver if you are a "cool". If you are not sure which you are why not checkout the colour workshop on Saturday 14th January in Hampton or consider a one to one colour analysis?  More details on www.richmondpersonal-style.com and richmond personal style facebook page.