The A to Z of Fashion – Part One with Jo Bayley

With so much going on in the world of fashion, I thought this week I would start to demystify the alphabet of cool.

Over the next three weeks we will work throughout the dictionary of dress!

A is for Allure.

Whatever you wear, this comes from within. Allure is not a low cut top, teamed with the shortest skirt imaginable, topped off with sky high heels.

Allure is subtle,classy and sexy. It can be dark denim and a white T-shirt, or a turtle neck jumper and a pencil skirt a la Mad Men. It’s feeling confident in your own skin.

B equals Bohemian.

Slightly dishevelled, flowing and unconventional, take cues from Fleetwood Mac singer Stevie Nicks and uber model Kate Moss.

Think vintage one off pieces, such as a worn leather belt, or an original band T-shirt.

It’s very special to own pieces that are individual, they are nearly always noticed and complimented.

C is all about Colour.

Colour is something to embrace. While many of us hide in a cloak of black, a fabulous hue that compliments your skin tone is oh so flattering.

If you are intimidated by colour, just try a little pop close to the face and see how fresh it makes you look.

You’ll be surprised at the compliments that roll in.

D could only be Denim.

We all need the perfect pair of jeans in our wardrobe. This can mean a life long search, but when found you’ll never look back, and you will understand what all the fuss is about.

The ultimate pair of denims can make you look 5kgs lighter with a fantastic tush. Think pocket placement and colour of the wash. Higher and darker, respectively usually nails it.

E is the Edit.

Now I am guilty of not editing enough! Get to know what you love.

Sit down and answer this simple set of questions; What are you three favourite colours? What part of your figure is most admired? (I love my waist, but am not so keen on my thighs).

When looking at fashion magazines, what shapes are you drawn to? Who is your style icon? If you look at your answers it should help work out your personal style. Try it, then go through your wardrobe and see what works. Get to know your personal style.

F feeling Fresh.

Fresh hair, skin and body. Find a signature scent, and be subtle. Sometimes the most attractive scent is freshly shampooed hair and cleansed skin.

Never bathe in your perfume, nothing is more sickly or gauche. A dab on the pulse points, or if that is to much just spritz into the air and walk through.

You will be surprised how much of the fragrance sticks.

G is Glamour, hands down.

Glamour, ultimately in my mind, is grooming.

A haircut, lipstick, or nail polish that is perfect for you.

Find your signature and cultivate it.

This is glamour is all about.

Some of my most glamorous friends aren’t the most beautiful, so never get the two mixed up!

H all about Heels.

To quote the godfather of sole, Manolo Blahnik “There is nothing charming about a woman that cannot walk in her shoes.”

And I agree wholeheartedly.

One of my pet hates is seeing gorgeous young women in sky high heels, only not to be able to walk in them.

It’s just plain embarrassing.

Test drive your shoes in the store before buying. Walk around for a good 5 minutes in them, if you feel slightly wobbly how will you be after an hour or two?

Also I like to take them straight to the cobbler and have them fitted with non slip soles.

This helps them last longer and stops tricky tumbles.

I talks Inner beauty.

Anyone can have a closet to die for and a figure to drool over, but if you don’t have compassion and a good heart, everything pales into insignificance.

I have had times meeting the most physically beautiful people, only to chat for say ten minutes, only to find their looks have melted away through attitude or ideals.

On the other hand, I have discovered such beauty in individuals that on the street would maybe never turn a head.

Be a caring person and beauty will come.

I love fashion and find it fascinating, join me next week for Jewellery to Quirky!Ciao

Jo Bayley, Fashion Editor The Culture Concept Circle 2013

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