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

Good Housekeeping (UK) - - GH Special - PHO­TOG­RA­PHY NICKY JOHN­STON

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

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