Sartorial Etiquette Dress codes can change with the times but sartorial etiquette remains nevertheless. The much debated upper arms of Mrs Obama on show proves that we still have mixed views on what is, or isn’t, appropriate for specific occasions or circumstances.
The exposure of the First Lady’s toned upper arms sends out a specific message about style and confidence on the global stage. On
our own personal ‘stage’ we too need to consider what messages we want to send out about ourselves and appreciate that some dress codes still need to be acknowledged.
What are the dress codes?
First of all, it’s essential to consider how much is too much, not just from a work angle but as a personal style choice too. You need
to consider the location (seaside, country or city, for example) and the occasion and you also need to think about what looks good on you and how parts of your body look when they are exposed. The main areas to consider are: upper arms, legs and cleavage. Whatever the circumstances, be aware that as soon as parts of your body are laid bare they become more of a focus, so make sure they are presented how you want them. We all spend time every morning on our hair and make-up, so why not pay attention to how the rest of the body is presented?
In terms of style, if you’re confident that your upper arms look good on show then go for it. Without being too harsh on yourself, if they are not a favourite part of your body then opt for a bit of a sleeve. It’s important to know what looks good on you and what you honestly can or can’t get away with, and you need to be realistic!
Short sleeves should not be tight on the upper arm. Sleeves should finish at a narrow part of your arm. Spaghetti straps work best with arms that are in better shape. Make sure you wear either a strapless bra or a good colour bra (matching or clashing with the top is fine). No grey straps please!
If you have good legs you will feel confident wearing skirts and dresses above the knee, but again, for work you need to consider
whether it’s suitable or not. We don’t all have legs like Elle McPherson, so when you do expose them, you want to make sure they
look their most attractive.
Keep them hair free, exfoliate and mosturise them regularly to keep them smooth.
Use a quality self-tanning lotion to give them a healthy bronzed glow and not orange track lines.
Think about your leg shape and length and work out what looks most flattering on you.
Make sure the skirt hem stops at the slimmest part of your leg.
As well as shorter skirts, fashion has brought lower necklines over the years too. There is nothing wrong with a little cleavage for
going out, on holiday and so on, but at work, formal occasions or in certain company, you don’t want to make it the focus of attention.
Less is more should often be the rule of thumb.
If you are wearing a fitted shirt, do make sure there is no gaping between buttons
Make sure you wear the right bra for the neckline on your top (i.e. balcony bra for empire neckline etc)
Chains and pendants should be above or below your cleavage, not dangling in it!
A summer wardrobe can be tricky to master so why not get my expert advice. A colour me beautiful consultant will help you understand your body shape and your style personality so that you will always make the right sartorial choices. Book a consultation me before you change your mind!
If you choose to reveal some flesh then make it either cleavage OR legs, not both at the same time!
“What if it’s boring – or if it’s not boring, it might be too revealing, or worse, it might be too revealing and still be boring!”
Bold And Beautiful Summer Lips
You don’t have to go neon, but even when the sun isn’t belting down there is more light at this time of year so we need to brighten up our look. Choose the prefect shade for your colouring:
Alfresco Lip Gloss
Tomato Cream Lipstick
Coral Cream Lipstick
Fuchsia Sheer Lipstick
Mango Lip Gloss
Sheer Tangerine Lipstick
To choose the prefect summer make-up colours you need to know about your colouring, i.e. your skin tone, eye and hair colour. A feron clark style Make-up Lesson will help you learn about the right make-up colours for you and give you tips on make-up looks for different occasions.
Don’t Bake, Go Fake!
We all need sunshine for vitamins and mood lifting but using fake tan is, without doubt, safer and kinder to your skin. The skin on your face is particularly fine and should always be protected in the
summer with a high factor sunscreen.
To give your skin a healthy summer glow use a bronzer. Choose from Capri for lighter skin or Rio for darker skin.
Add Shimmer For Summer Evenings
Adding a little shimmer to your eye make-up will add glamour to your summer evenings. Use Gold Whisper for warm skin
tones and the soft shimmering Pearl for cooler tones. Alternatively, Highlighter will give you that overall healthy look
with a dab around the cheeks and eyes.