317: Your colour questions answered about feeling frumpy due to weight gain, understanding balance points, and finding the right neutral.

In This Episode

0.08 I’m struggling with my style now that I’m Older have gotten overweight and find, physical shopping difficult, but I also keep waiting for a miracle weight loss. Use to be more hour glass, now frumpy middle weight.

Embrace The Body You Have Today

How to Align Your Wardrobe With The Person You Are Today

How to Make the Best Clothes and Style Purchasing Decisions

All My Best Tips and Inspiration for Putting Together Stylish Outfits

3.30 In a nutshell I struggle with summer dressing with layers. I like to wear wide-leg trousers and need something slimmer on top to balance out my big hips and legs.
However, since menopause, I have changed shape. I used to be a pear; with a small bust, delicate shoulders, and wide hips. However, now my tummy is bigger and so are my arms. My shoulders which used to look narrow, are now in line with my hips, (although my bust is still smaller than my hips). The bigger arms seem to have balanced out the hips, which has confused me when trying to work out which new shape I fall into.
Also, I have no idea which type of cardigan would look good on me. I have big arms, so I am not sure if I should wear a classic crew neck cardigan as clingy arms look terrible. I am contemplating buying a cream shorter jacket to go with darker trousers, but I don’t like the boxy jackets that are in fashion now and think something more shaped would look better. However, I don’t believe long jackets look good with wide-leg or palazzo pants when you have prominent hips and a small bust.
my biggest style challenge is how to dress a larger body than I used to!
I was the tall, slim, hippy/boho chick, generally a size 12, sometimes a 10. (No surprises that I’m a “Relaxed Personalty Style” from your quiz).

Understanding Balance Points

Understanding Balance Points and How They Influence Your Choice of Neckline

Using Yin and Yang in Clothing Design to Balance Your Appearance

What’s Your Ideal Value and How it Creates Balance in Outfits

Using the Principle of Volume to Flatter Your Body Shape

8.31 I’m now a curvy size 14-16. I’m more comfortable in black and dark colours, and stretchy clothes, but I don’t feel really great; I don’t enjoy getting dressed or shopping. I’ve started to accept that buying a larger size will be more comfortable and even more flattering, but it’s depressing. To compound that challenge, I’ve started a job this year where the dress code is smart casual in “pale, neutral colours – like white, beige, linen and sand – and sage and olive greens”. I love green so that’s great, but wearing pale colours makes me uncomfortable.
I’m petrified of getting dirty but more than that, I feel like the Michelin man! Every spare tyre and lump and bump shows up and I feel huge. I can’t wait to get home and climb into my leggings and oversized jumper and hide.
I’m out of my depth as to how to dress as a larger woman, which pale colours within the work palette suit me and how to wear them, and how to put together a pale outfit that’s complimentary to my shape and relaxed boho style that’s still suitable for a resort reception job and still speaks to my style

Finding the Right Neutrals

How to Build a Wardrobe of the Right Neutral Basics For You

9 Ways Knowing Your Best Colours Will Change Your Life as Well as Your Wardrobe

How do I Find the Right Neutrals to Act as an Anchor for My Wardrobe?

If You’d Like to Define Your Style and Discover Your Colours

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