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What to wear for Xmas – parties, drinks and the big day itself!

Party or day wear

Having just given a talk about Xmas dressing at the Lifehouse Spa in Thorpe le Soken at their Pamper & Sparkle Xmas event I thought I’d write a seasonal blog to sum up what I said about what to wear for Xmas  which hopefully you’ll find quite useful.

In essence there are two main areas of Xmas dressing…. party wear and lounging around in the house wear.. In general parties tend to be in the evening so it’s dark with lots of candles and fairy lights twinkling. It therefore makes sense to mirror this “twinkliness” with some sequins or glitter or sparkle on your clothing. Christmas dressing is most definitely the time for texture on your clothing…be it velvet, fur, sequins, chiffon or anything else you fancy…velvet is having a big moment right now and whilst it can look great.. if you are anything more than slim be mindful that it can add bulk and structure to your frame.

Lounge wear or anytime you are at home either chilling or entertaining does not mean it’s time for a onsie..obviously comfort is key but try a loose dress or jumpsuit for Xmas day so that you looked pulled together but still lots of room for tummy expansion after you have eaten your body weight in Xmas dinner and festive chocolates! Pair with some metallic jewellery and heels or shoe boots – high-ish if you can stand it…lower if not.. you’ll inevitably kick them off during the day!


Festive colours

In terms of colours to wear.. if you are very dark – black is always a good and safe bet. However, why not push the boundaries a bit and go for pine green, fuschia or royal blue. If you have lighter coloured hair and eyes then try pink (there’s a lot around this year), navy, soft burgundy, silver or grey. If your colouring is warmer copper, gold, navy,forest green  and brown are all good options. Having looked around the shops online and IRL I think there are a multitude of options in all colour ways which would work without having to go down the usual black root. Places to look include H&M (their forest green sparkly jumper at only £17.99 is well worth purchasing), Phase Eight (especially with their 25% off everything Black Friday offer right now) and Next.



Christmas Jumpers

Whilst understanding that novelty Christmas  jumpers are very popular I don’t really grasp why… they are hot, unflattering and only see the light day once a year. Why not wear something equally festive but that is more flattering, cooler and can be worn more than once a year? Good options would be this jumper from Next, great for Xmas day or for lounging but can equally be worn in February. Sosandar and M&S have some good options for tasteful Xmas jumpers this year. If you are more of a traditionalist with your festive attire then Primark has some great and inexpensive options.



If you read my blog from earlier in the year when I waxed lyrical about the benefits of wearing metallics then you will already be familiar with how useful metallic shoes, boots, bags, belts and jewellery can be ….silvery or pewter coloured if you have cool skin and gold or coppery coloured if you have warmer skin. Rose gold is having a moment right now and particularly suits  summer colouring but can be viewed as universally flattering. Alternatively, get some three tone (yellow gold, silver and rose gold) jewellery.  However, during the Xmas season metallic clothing can also be a great option – a silver top worn with jeans or black trousers with silver boots or heels is a stylish and very easy festive-esque outfit to procure. A gold dress or short cardy paired with a simple top and gold jewellery will look fantastic and again very festive but can be worn throughout the year. I’m a big fan of gold shoes so would highly recommend these from Boden as shoe boots are a great option that will go with skirts, dresses, trousers and jeans.



A question I am always asked is about what to wear on your legs during the winter. In general I am not a fan of sheer tights… I don’t think there is ever an occasion for them…at a push if you have great legs and are wearing a LBD you may be able to get away with sheer black tights but in general I think opaques in the same colour as your boots or shoes work best in the winter. For evening wear I think you can definitely get away with bare legs if your dress or skirt is knee length or below…any higher hem line and I’d put the opaques on. Over the knee boots are also a great option for legs with skirts and dresses and totally remove the issue of what to wear on your legs as your legs are entirely hidden!


Magic Metallics – time to embrace metallic accessories!


metallic accessoriesEver since I had my first colour analysis done in my my mid 20’s I have been a fan of gold jewellery and accessories seeing how it looked really lovely against my skin making it look warm and burnished and really bringing out the the yellow undertone. This opposed to silvery coloured jewellery that made my skin look cold and unappealing.

I have bought gold coloured necklaces, bracelets, bangles, earrings, toe-rings, ear cuffs …. you name it I have bought it. When funds or a birthday came along I might invest in real gold jewellery but in the main it was gold or copper coloured costume jewellery. I found that not only did it work with my skin tone but it was so versatile.. it went with  everything in my wardrobe.. summer or winter.. day or night…

metallic accessories


I slowly started investing in gold/copper coloured totes, clutches, shoppers, sandals, court shoes, flip flops, belts and scarves… eventually there wasn’t a single accessory that I didn’t have in a gold hue….


As with the jewellery I found that there wasn’t anything in my wardrobe that wouldn’t work with a gold bag or pair of shoes, scarves or belt. I believe I have found the ultimate neutral (an colour that works with the majority of items in your wardrobe).

In any holiday capsule wardrobe I put together either for myself or a client there will be at least 2 pairs of metallic shoes/sandals and a metallic bag or clutch. In every wardrobe audit and shopping list compilation there will metallic accessories on the list as they are an integral part of any fully functioning and cohesive wardrobe and are often overlooked by people so are rarely in people’s wardrobes until I come to visit!

The only issue here is working out what your metallic colour should be…if you have yellowy skin with greenish veins you have warm skin and as I do, should wear  yellow gold or copper shades of accessories. If you have bluey/pink skin with blueish veins then you have cool skin and should wear silver or pewter coloured accessories. This could also incorporate platinum, white gold and silver jewellery.

Around 70% of people in East Anglia have cool skin and silver coloured jewellery has been the metallic colour of choice for well over 20 years so if you are in any doubt stick with silver coloured metallic accessories as statistically you are more likely to have cool skin if you live in Essex or Suffolk. Alternatively, colour analysis session will definitively confirm which undertone of skin you have and therefore which metallic works best with your skin tone.

metallic accessories










Rose gold also works well for cool skins but I do believe that those of us with warm skin can get away with it metallic accessoriestoo.. I certainly wear it. Rose gold is having a moment right now so please do incorporate it into your wardrobe as I think it’s such a pretty colour.



One word of warning… metallics work best when you have a uniform look of colours so a gold coloured watch on one wrist and a silver coloured bracelet on the other wrist looks a bit odd so one solution that I have embraced for years is wearing two or three tone jewellery and watches to bring silver, gold and rose gold metallic shades together in a cohesive look. I invested in a three tone watch not long after finding out that I should be wearing gold coloured metallics . This enabled me to be true to my skin tone but also wear silver coloured pieces whilst I was building up my collection of yellow gold/copper coloured accessories… try it it does work!


Any questions or suggestions I’d love to hear from you.



Not so corporate headshots!

not so corporate headshotsnot so corporate headshots



Having met Lindsay Wakelin  a local Colchester based photographer at a networking event a couple of years ago we decided to set up a joint collaboration whereby she would offer not so corporate head shots for women looking for something a little different for their websites and social media personal profiles.

As part of the not so corporate head shots package I would work with the client to work out what colours and styles they should be wearing ready for the photo shoot ensuring they looked their very best for the photo shoot.

As part of the process of moving forward with this initiative we did a photo shoot where I was the model and tried out a variety of head shots and full body shots wearing clothing that made the most of my colouring and body shape but was a little different from the traditional corporate head and body shots.

The below photo is one of the head shots from the day and is now the head shot on all my social media profiles. It’s clearly me but a little different from a usual head shot  and using a handbag nicely links in with my profession.

not so corporate headshots


Our joint collaboration will allow women to have a head shot taken to show the real and authentic them which is different and better than a traditional corporate head shot.

Lindsay is very experienced, professional and welcoming and immediately puts you at ease before and during the photo shoot.If you have a look at this link to her blog about our collaboration you can see various examples of different head and body shots to give you some inspiration.

As part of the head shot package I am offering a bespoke colour and style analysis service along with outfits compilation. I will come to your house prior to the photo shoot and discuss what colours and style clothing and accessories you should be wearing and why and help you choose some outfits ready for the photo shoot. This will typically take around 1.5 – 2 hours and will include a colour chart, style cheat sheet and several outfits compiled from your own wardrobe to consider for the photo shoot. All this for only £95.

Lindsay can also arrange for you to have your hair and makeup done on the day of the shoot so that combined with your carefully curated outfits you will look and feel photo ready.

In fact the photos don’t even need to be for any particular work reason…why not have some photos ready to mark a special occasion, a big birthday, retirement, change of career, promotion or just because you would like some great professional photos taken of yourself combined with a bit of advice over what clothing suits you best.

A photo shoot could be an amazing experience giving you photos to treasure. Whether you would like not so corporate head shots or full body shots or both Lindsay is more than happy to oblige.


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What neutral colour suits me?

what colour suits me


One of the comments I often hear when I see clients is that they always wear the same colour, typically black or grey, and are sick of always wearing the same thing and want to know what colour suits me? They are scared of wearing bright colours or indeed any colour as they don’t know what suits them nor what will work for them.  These comments bring up an interesting point namely that we like wearing neutrals – also known as safe or dark colours.  The trick is making sure that you are wearing the correct neutrals based on your natural colouring. No one should wear every neutral shade… So the question is – what is a neutral colour?

A good way to describe neutrals is that they are those colours which mix and match more readily with other colours in your palette. Co-coordinating your wardrobe is easier and more successful if you chose neutral colours for the important ‘building block’ items such as suits, coats, jackets, trousers, skirts, shoes and boots.

Interest and colour is best added with accessories  such as jewellery, scarves, bags and tops.  Typically we have more of these items than we do of the neutral items i.e. 2-3 coats against 15-20 tops, scarves or pieces of jewellery.

As previously stated no one can wear every neutral. What neutrals we should wear depend on what our natural colouring is like. Dark pigmentation in hair, skin and/or eyes paired with cool skin (bluey/pink) overall bright or high contrast look works best in black, dark navy, charcoal grey, burgundy, taupe and mid grey. Wearing these neutrals on their own as a monotone look or paired with bright accent colours can look amazing. It’s just a question of how you feel on any given day.  There is no wrong or right way to pair colours together once you have a good understanding of your general palette of colours.


what colour suits me

Winter Neutrals

.what colour suits me

Winter Neutrals


If you have light pigmentation levels in hair, skin and/or eyes paired with cool skin and an overall soft or low contrast look then you neutral shades will be greyed navy, soft grey, burgundy and taupe.



what colour suits me

Summer Neutrals

what colour suits me

Summer Neutrals


Darkish pigmentation levels in hair, skin and/or eyes with warmer (more yellowy skin) but still an softer or low contrast look should wear neutral shades of camel, chocolate brown, soft brown, bronze, khaki and marine navy.

what colour suits me

Autumn Neutrals


what colour suits me

Autumn Neutrals


Warm skin tone paired with a bright overall look works best with neutral shades of tan, golden brown, light camel and beige and french navy.

what colour suits me

Spring Neutral

what colour suits me

Spring Neutrals



A couple of important points to bear in mind with neutrals are that navy appears in all palettes albeit in slightly differing versions of it. My advice to clients would be when in doubt of what colour to get or what colour suits you then go for navy as it suits everyone, it always looks chic and as it’s a dark colour is slimming.

Finally, once you know what neutrals and general colour palette suits you it’s easy to dress well, look good and feel great.

For more information on finding out what palette suits you email or call me to book an appointment. Why not have a read of my colour analysis page to see how having a colour analysis could help you with shopping and dressing well.


Follow up

For any questions about this blog or to contact me to find out how I could help you dress well call 07500 443974. If you like this blog please share with your friends and/or comment and to get regular updates on  what to buy and how to wear it please like my facebook business page and subscribe to my monthly newsletter on my homepage.

Happy Customer

I met my friend Sally at networking and she was always asking me about my services and eventually took the plunge to book me for a colour and style analysis. Sally, a working mum in her early 50’s, had a good sense of style but lacked the confidence to use it because her body and lifestyle had changed. I was able to boost her confidence and recommend the ideal clothes for her shape and recommend to her which colours best suited her.

Read her testimonial to see how using my services could be life changing for you too!!

Sally’s Testimonial for her Colour and Style Analysis

Sally after she had been to see me!

Sally after she had been to see me!

Before seeing me!

Before seeing me!

“I love colour and have been told I have a good eye for coordinating accessories, so when I heard about Image Consultant Thomasin Newton, I couldn’t wait to ask her to analyse my colours and tell me which season of shades suit me.

She advised me to book an appointment when I had plenty of time to myself so that I could enjoy the whole experience.
Flowers grow in all of the colours of the rainbow.  Some birds have brilliant incandescent plumage and some animals have brightly coloured areas to attract mates. We humans dye our hair, wear make up and eye catching costumes to look good too, so why not get professional advice on how to make the most of our God given attributes?
On arrival at Thomasin’s lovely office, she took me into her welcoming studio and asked me to sit in a chair in front of her mirror. Colourful scarves and swathes of silk of every shade surrounded me. Thomasin lifted my hair away from my face with a hairband and asked me if I was wearing any make up or not. She said she needed my skin to be ‘au naturelle’ so that she can see which tones flatter and enhance my natural colouring. As soft, comfortable music played in the background, she placed different hues of pink, blue, green and brown across my neckline. I soon started to relax under her expert gaze.
It quickly became obvious to Thomasin that certain greens and khaki tones in the Autumn palette definitely did not suit me. Her comments confirmed what I had grown to believe, that I need to steer clear of those colours as they drain the colour from my face when held against it and make me look ill.
Black, a tone which can look great on people who favour the Winter palette, also made me look wan. Thomasin told me to avoid wearing black, at all cost.
Deciding whether I best suited the Spring or Summer array of shades was a harder task, even for Thomasin who has undergone special training in order to be able to give advice to people. This is where her expertise shone. She told me it can sometimes take time to fine tune your eye to being able to pick the correct complement of colours that suit someone, but it wasn’t long before she showed me that I have Summer colouring.
I love turquoise and along with purple, it is in the logo for my business WRITE WAI PR & COPYWRITING SERVICES so I have lots of turquoise or purple tops that I wear in business to enforce my branding. Thomasin advised me that blues really suit me, especially light blues and teal, but it would be advisable to choose these colours in the future instead of bright turquoise which overwhelmed my delicate skin tones and blue eyes. Thomasin was so diplomatic and full of lovely compliments that I couldn’t be offended by her advice.
I had gone to Thomasin’s studio feeling fat, frumpy and fractious but she made me feel lovely and gave me a feeling of good self-esteem that I had lost after being made redundant before deciding to do what I am good at in my own enterprise.
I left Thomasin’s studio feeling like I had been pampered, as if I had just had a manicure or a massage. Not only that, I was armed with a booklet of shade swathes that suit me to help me pick my outfits in the future.
It was strange avoiding turquoise and fuchsia at first, but as I picked out an outfit for a business function a day or two later, Thomasin’s words rang in my ear. Instead of my black suit and turquoise top, I chose to wear a soft grey silky top with matching cardigan. It was a Christmas function with lots of business women and I posted a picture of myself on my Social Media. The true value of my tuition from Thomasin quickly became apparent when people started commenting how great I looked and how the colour of my apparel really suited me.

The compliments are still flowing in as I have stuck to following Thomasin’s advice. I now feel a lot happier with myself and no longer feel dull or dowdy.

Thank you Thomasin for a wonderful life-changing experience. I won’t be looking back to black!


You can find out more about Sally by going to her website at www.writewai.com