Now DRESS YOURSELF Confident
I’D LIKE THE CONFIDENCE TO... BREAK OUT OF BLACK They say the best make-up is a smile, and the best clothing is confidence… But could the reverse ever be true? These five readers had all lost their style mojo for different reasons. Step forward the GH fa
Sticking to safe, dark colours is doing her no favours – Keelymcintosh needs to find a brighter, braver look
Black has been my default colour throughout my career: a black dress or a black skirt suit, always with a black jacket on top. For evenings out, I would tweak my day look and wear black jeans or leather trousers. It’s easy and flattering.
While I know I look smart and practical for my job as a sales director, I’d love to be more adventurous. About five years ago, I went to a party in a bright turquoise sequined dress. I still remember the lovely comments, people stopped me all night to tell me I looked good. Yet for every party since then, I’ve gone back to choosing black. It’s the safest option, and I don’t feel confident enough to break out of it again.
I’ve got the drive to wear bolder, brighter clothes, I just need a little push in the right direction. I know that when I feel good in what I’m wearing, it gives me the confidence to make my voice heard, which will definitely be a boost at work when it comes to big meetings and networking events. I’ll look better, feel better and have the courage to achieve more. I just need to take that leap.
THE FASHION BOOST
‘Keely tried on neon pink and pillar-box red before we settled on this orange jumpsuit,’ says GH’S Jo Atkinson. ‘Although this outfit is very much a party piece, after trying on a multitude of bright shades Keely now knows that colour really suits her, and she has the confidence to incorporate it into her daily wardrobe as accessories as well as separates and statement pieces.’
LOOK AT ME NOW!
‘If I’d walked out of the house in this outfit today, I would have felt really good,’ says Keely. ‘The vividness of the orange against my skin makes my face look so much brighter than if I was in black. I would totally wear this to a special function or a party. It would give me so much confidence and I’m sure that would show in my posture.’
Photographer Nicky and Fashion Editor Jo Atkinson work their magic