<![CDATA[Katy Dyer Style Coach and Corporate Image - Blog]]>Sat, 08 Jul 2017 10:54:26 +0100Weebly<![CDATA[Smart Summer Dressing: Office Style In The Summer]]>Mon, 03 Jul 2017 13:00:00 GMThttp://katydyer.com/blog/smart-summer-dressing-office-style-in-the-summer
​Getting dressed during the hottest days of the year is hard enough without also having to worry about looking presentable in the office. Throw into the mix that here in the UK the weather can turn in the blink of an eye and it can become a daily struggle to get dressed. Read on to learn how to keep things looking more boardroom than beach at the office with mix and match separates and easy to throw-on dresses as well as a few guidelines to keep in mind for your Summer workwear wardrobe.
Many workplaces now adopt a casual dress code, giving you more flexibility when choosing what to wear to work. However, even if your workplace is far from formal, it is still advisable to keep an element of professionalism about your look. Whilst flip-flops might be comfortable and cool, they're certainly not smart or stylish. Instead, opt for a pair of closed-toe sling backs that will work with trousers as well as dresses/skirts. When it comes to footwear for work we recommend adopting this simple rule; either show your toes or your heels, but never both!.

Long sleeves aren't practical in the Summer but you may want to consider light layers if you work in an air conditioned environment. Vest tops and cold shoulder styles are best saved for the weekend however sleeveless blouses look elegant and stylish when paired with skirts or trousers.

Possibly one of the trickiest areas to navigate when dressing for work in the Summer is what to do about your legs! If you're wearing a skirt or dress then flesh coloured tights may be required (especially if your office has air conditioning). If not then perhaps a little tinted body cream to give your pins a little colour. If you prefer not to show your legs, even in the warm weather then you may want to try layering your dresses over leggings or opting for loose, lightweight trousers worn with heels instead. 
Need Some Help With Your summer style? A one-to-one style consultation will tell you everything you need to know about how to wear different patterns, styles and fabrics to suit your body shape - email katy@katydyer.com or call 01844 872 025 today.
<![CDATA[Smart Packing Tips For Your Summer Holiday]]>Tue, 30 May 2017 07:30:00 GMThttp://katydyer.com/blog/smart-packing-tips-for-your-summer-holidayPicture
Summer holiday season is almost upon us and whilst we love nothing more than an excuse to jet off to the sun, sometimes the thought of getting everything ready beforehand can seem a little daunting.

Here's some top packing tips and tricks to ensure you have everything you need whilst still meeting the luggage limit.

 Keep It To A Capsule Collection 
Many of us have a tendency to take away more clothes than we actually need.

To avoid this you need to create a capsule wardrobe for your holiday which will allow you to mix and match several items easily - here's how to do it:
Colour code - stick to a few key colours from your palette and build your holiday wardrobe around them. Be sure to include neutral shades for pieces like trousers/skirts so they can be worn with multiple tops and accessories.

Lay out your shoes/accessories - and then halve them. Providing you have footwear that is suitable for any activities you'll be doing whilst you're away you really don't need to take multiple options. With accessories, just a couple of key pieces will see you through. As for bags - one daytime/beach bag and one for the evening should suffice.

Pack Like A Pro 
A few simple tricks will ensure you maximise your suitcase space and ensure your clothes arrive in pristine condition... 
  1. Pack light clothes inside out to ensure they don't mark or pick-up stains in transit.
  2. Roll your clothes rather than folding them - this saves space and reduces crinkles.
  3. Utilise the space in your shoes by rolling smaller items like underwear and popping them inside.
  4. Use clear, resealable bags to pack gadgets and toiletries.

Be Practical 
Thinking practically can make a huge difference when travelling. 
  1. Wear your heaviest items of clothing to travel. That way you can snuggle up on the plane, which is often cold, as well as save precious space in your suitcase.
  2. Invest in lightweight luggage so you can use as much of your baggage allowance for clothes as possible.
  3. Take a carry-on with a few items to freshen up with and a change of underwear so you're feeling fabulous when you reach your destination.
  4. Slip-on shoes offer ease at airport security and comfort, as most people experience a little swelling while in-flight.

Do you struggle with holiday packing? Perhaps you over-pack and always pay extra for excess baggage. Or maybe you're more last-minute but always forget that essential item. What is your biggest headache when it comes to packing - or thinking about packing - for your summer holiday?
<![CDATA[Stripes To Suit All Shapes]]>Sun, 30 Apr 2017 10:08:05 GMThttp://katydyer.com/blog/stripes-to-suit-all-shapesPicture

Stripes are featured on catwalks and in High Street stores season after season. Why? They have a timeless appeal to them whilst also feeling fresh and modern. It's highly likely that many of you already have a stripe or two in your wardrobe.

There is a way to wear stripes to suit all body shapes, just read on to find out how to wear yours...

Straight Body Shapes 
If you have a straight body shape (for example, a lean column or rectangle body shape). Then stripes were made for you!
The clean, straight lines of your figure lend themselves perfectly to wearing stripes.

For those with a Rectangle body shape, vertical stripes will look great. If you have a Lean Column body shape then have a play around; mix stripes with other patterns or perhaps look at wearing a combination of horizontal and vertical stripes to create the illusion of curves.

Triangle or Inverted Triangle 
If you wear different sizes on your top and bottom halves then stripes can work wonders to balance out your proportions.
If you have a Triangle (pear) body shape then wear horizontal stripes on your top half. This will balance out your figure and draw the attention upwards.

For those of you with an Inverted Triangle body shape (broader shoulders, slimmer hips), you want to wear your stripes on your bottom half. Horizontal, or vertical, the choice is yours. A striped skirt with a little fullness will even out your proportions beautifully whilst also showing off a slim waist. 
Petite or Grand
Be sure to select stripes that complement your scale.

If you're petite, fine stripes will work best as they won't overwhelm you're frame.

If you're grand in scale (5 foot 7 or taller) then make a statement with bold stripes! 

Curvy Body Shapes 
For those of you with curvaceous figures, stripes can be trickier to wear.

If you have an Oval body shape choose stripes that are soft, tonal or faded. If you have a Full Hourglass figure, consider avoiding stripes altogether; they will have to do a detour around your gorgeous curves! Opt instead for a pattern that complements your body shape better (for example, florals, swirls or spots would be a great alternative). You could also add a stripey accessory (for example, a scarf or bag) to add a little interest to your look. 

How do you like to wear your stripes? Have you got a go-to stripe piece that always makes you feel great?
<![CDATA[Step into Spring in Style]]>Fri, 31 Mar 2017 11:40:10 GMThttp://katydyer.com/blog/step-into-spring-in-stylePicture

Put your best foot forward. Spring is the perfect time to refresh your wardrobe with new colours as well as new styles.

Here's the lowdown on the hottest shoe trends for the season and which ones will work for you...

All Wrapped Up

Emphasising the ankles, this look focuses on buckles, ribbons and straps wrapped around the lower half of your leg.

Lean column body shapes whose legs are likely to be slimmer (be mindful of your skirt/trouser length if you opt to wear this trend as cutting your legs in multiple places can make them appear shorter). 

Flat Form

The sole to be seen in this Spring/Summer is thick, even and oh-so comfortable.

Naturals will love this trend as shoes with a thick, even sole are both comfortable and practical. They will also give you a little height, so if you're petite you get the best of both worlds! 

Kitten Heels

A modern classic, the kitten heel comes back once again this season.

Romantics will love this elegant, ladylike heel height. Those who are Grand in scale may also enjoy trying this trend to give the leg a little lift without adding too much height. 

<![CDATA[A healthy approach to fashion: dress well, move well, feel good!]]>Fri, 17 Mar 2017 12:44:01 GMThttp://katydyer.com/blog/a-healthy-approach-to-fashion-dress-well-move-well-feel-goodPicture
Sometimes fashion choices are not always the smart choices for our body. If you like to dress stylishly but still want to look after your posture, muscles and joints you don’t have to compromise  to move around freely and comfortably. Here are some top to toe healthy style tips from Viv Slater of Move Well Massage to help you look, move and feel great.

Footwear to keep you on your toes
These days there is a great range of stylish AND comfortable footwear available for all sorts of occasions. At a basic level what you’re looking for in a shoe is one that fits without slipping, that allows your toes some wiggle room, and that feels comfortable. Look at brands such as Moshulu, Gabor and Ecco, and the comfort or podiatry in-house brands of John Lewis, M&S and Debenhams for well-fitting, supportive, comfortable footwear. (More locally Wainwrights in Princes Risborough has a great range and skilled staff.)

Generally, women’s shoes very often narrow at the ball of foot and toes and squash them. Over time this can form bunions. These are painful and problematic to treat. Consider wearing shoes most of the time that allow your toes and ball of foot to wiggle and spread. Save elegant but bunion-forming shoes for special occasions.

Ankle boots are currently in fashion: choose wisely. Low boots often don’t provide much support and hold around the heel and ankle. You can you end up gripping with your calf and foot muscles, with the result that your foot and ankle can’t move properly. This can give you painful feet, ankle or knee joints, and if you’re unlucky, a painful sole of foot condition called plantar fasciitis. Look for comfort and a snug heel fit in your ankle boots, or don’t wear them for long periods of walking. Taller, calf-height boots can often have a better shape that follows the contours of your heel and ankle, so you can walk more comfortably without any foot gripping.

For the shoes that you spend the most time in, choose flats or a low heel. Very high heels or heels worn constantly can cause considerable postural, back and feet problems. But there are times when you may want to wear heels. Think about what you’ll be doing at these times. A wedge can be comfortable if you’re standing for long periods as it distributes the weight more easily across the sole. If you’re dancing or walking, wedges can restrict the natural movement of the foot, so consider a court shoe which tends to allow more foot and ankle movement as long as it isn’t too high. If you feel you need a bit of extra height, consider a heel with a platform. You get more height from the platform without adding extra heel inches and compromising your spine. Or use other hair, make-up and clothing style tricks to give an impression of lift and height – over to Katy who’s the expert.

Choosing a bra: breathing matters
Professional bra-fitting services correctly point out the importance of having a well-fitting band to provide support. But beware of bras that fit too tightly around the ribcage.  This will restrict your breathing and rib/spine movement, which can lead to mid-back and neck discomfort. Get a balance between support and a level of comfort that allows you to breathe deeply without feeling restricted.

Swimwear to suit your spine
A quick word on swimwear. A halterneck style can be flattering, stylish and supportive. But if tied very tightly, it can pull your neck forward and out of line with the rest of your spine, causing neck discomfort – not what you want when relaxing on holiday.
Skinny jeans, pencil skirts: room to move
If you wear skinny-style clothing for long periods of time, make sure that the fabric has some stretch. Skinny styles in rigid fabrics can restrict your natural joint movement, resulting in tight, stiff hips and back.
From The Healthy Back Back Company (www.thehealthybackbag.co.uk)
Bags of advice for posture
If you carry a very heavy handbag on one shoulder or in one hand, you end up hitching that shoulder and adapting your posture to counterbalance the weight. If you do this regularly it can contribute to back, neck, shoulder and even elbow and wrist pain. Put less in your bag, perhaps use the calendar on your 'phone rather than carrying a heavy diary and remove items that you don’t need. You could also consider using a bag with a strap that goes across your body, or a rucksack (use both straps, keep them quite snug to keep the bag close to your body.) These are kinder on your spine and allow you to maintain a natural posture. Try The Healthy Back Bag (online or in Wainwrights, Princes Risborough) for casual use, or the Radley brand for smarter cross-body bags. Ted Baker does a great range of hand-held handbags that also have a strap that allow you to carry the bag across your body when needed.

Viv Slater is a soft tissue therapist and owner of Move Well Massage with a clinic at Haddenham Medical Centre in South Buckinghamshire. Viv offers clinical and sports massage, remedial exercise and one to one yoga to help people move well and feel good. 
w: www.movewellmassage.co.uk
t: 07847 013 293
e: viv@movewellmassage.co.uk

<![CDATA[Colourful kisses for Valentine's Day!]]>Sat, 04 Feb 2017 14:13:31 GMThttp://katydyer.com/blog/colourful-kisses-for-valentines-dayPicture
February: the month of love, passion and romance... and the perfect excuse to celebrate YOU!

Whether it's a sassy new image, a slick of a bold new lipstick or treating yourself to a makeover experience, we've got all the TLC you need.

Colourful Kisses
You can instantly update your look and brighten your complexion with a slick of lipstick or gloss from the colour me beautiful range.

Red symbolises passion, love and energy so be bold this month and try something new! Obviously you need to ensure you get the right shade to suit you so here are our suggestions based on your dominant colouring type: 
LIGHT- You need to avoid strong shades so try a slick of Pink Shell lipgloss over Natural lip pencil.
DEEP -Perfect your Hollywood pout with our Red Carpet cream lipstick.
WARM - Spice lip pencil worn underneath Warm Sand lipgloss will make your lips instantly kissable! 
COOL - Go for it with our Glam cream lipstick!
CLEAR - Draw attention to your lips and add some contrast to a neutral make-up look with Ruby cream lipstick. 
SOFT - Subtle is more your style, but this doesn't mean you can't still make a statement! Just Kissed and Sueded Rose are both great choices.
Dress to Impress 
We all get stuck in a clothing rut from time-to-time but with a few simple steps you can ensure you're dressed to impress every day...
• Add some colour! During Winter months there is nothing better to lift the mood. Wrap a colourful scarf around your neck, select a bag in a statement shade. Even a pair of colourful wellies for your weekend walk will up the style factor and make you feel great too!
• Embellish! All to often accessories are forgotten, but they're essential for completing your look. Layer some necklaces over your favourite everyday top, cinch your waist in with a belt on your usual work dress or just switch out your stud earrings for something a little bolder.
• Treat your hands & feet. Pamper yourself with a mani/pedi and go for a bold shade to up the glam factor. If you feel a little uncertain about doing this we recommend going with a classic red shade to start with (like our Stiletto nail colour, available to buy here).

A few small tweaks may be all you need, however if you want the star style treatment this Valentine's Day get in touch and book your makeover today!
<![CDATA[Top Party Looks For The Festive Season]]>Thu, 01 Dec 2016 11:46:50 GMThttp://katydyer.com/blog/top-party-looks-for-the-festive-seasonAccording to the Financial Times' resident style editor, Jo Ellison, this festive season it's all about keeping the focus on your top half with "over the table dressing". The theory is simple; people will only see your top half when you're sitting down at your Christmas dinner party, so focus your attention there.

This is a great approach as wearing colours that really suit you on your top half ensures maximum impact; your skin will glow, your eyes will sparkle and you're sure to turn heads for all the right reasons! 
Have Fun With Your Party Look
Christmas is the time for sparkle and fun, so try stepping out of your comfort zone. There is lots of choice when it comes to embellishment this season; lace, sequins, embroidery and elaborate sleeves are all widely available. Textures like silk and velvet are also very popular and will add a luxe feel to your party ensemble. If you prefer to keep things a little more understated though, a smart blazer or colourful necklace are simple ways to add colour and detail.

Which Colours Work Best For Me?
If you haven't already had a colour consultation, now is the time to book in. Alternatively, drop a few hints to your nearest and dearest and maybe you'll find a colour consultation gift package under the Christmas tree!

<![CDATA[Decoding the Perfect Party Outfit]]>Fri, 18 Nov 2016 10:45:10 GMThttp://katydyer.com/blog/decoding-the-perfect-party-outfitPicture

So you’ve been invited to a Christmas party. Maybe your friends have decided to have a get together for New Years Eve. Office party giving you nightmares – and what are you going to wear?

Here’s a few ideas of where to head to on the high street, based on your style personality. For each idea there are some clues as to what YOUR style personality might be – and yes, we all have one!

If you have a creative element to your style personality your outfit will probably be a work of art. You may well decide on your party look on the day as you don’t like to plan - who knows how you’ll feel on the day? It might be a beautiful one-off vintage piece or an ensemble that completely mixes style & texture (think leather & lace, metallic with cotton).

Brands to consider: Vintage shops & markets, Finery, Cos

You will be the centre of attention and look a-ma-zing. Go for something that is high fashion with dramatic accessories. For you it might be a jumpsuit, sky-high heels or statement jewellery. Above all, it’s got to be seen.

Brands to consider: Karen Millen, Reiss, Warehouse

All things feminine, floral or delicate. You may want to choose a gorgeous dress in lace or perhaps a touch of floral. It might be tactile with velvet, devore or silk. Don’t forget those accessories to make the outfit – a pretty drawstring handbag and maybe some sparkly shoes.

Brands to consider: Oasis, Phase Eight, Butterfly at Matthew Williamson (Designers at Debenhams)

It’s got to be well put together and ideally co-ordinated. A well-fitting style such as a shift dress or trousers and blouse combination would be a great choice. Be sure to up the glamour stakes by including colour and detail in accessories too – keep them simple yet elegant.

Brands to consider: LK Bennett, Hobbs, Autograph at M&S

Primarily you will want to feel comfortable. And warm. But this doesn’t mean you have to compromise in the style stakes. Think about an elegant combination of satin or ponte neat trousers with a cashmere knit worn with a favourite necklace or sparkle. If you go for heels, remember to sneak some flats into your bag for the journey home.

Brands to consider: Jigsaw, White Stuff, Boden

City Chic
It’s all about the statement and your probably have the perfect outfit combination in your wardrobe already. Whilst your look is understated it is always current and up to date. So how about adding an on-trend stylish clutch and a fab pair of patent heels just for a touch more glamour for the perfect party look.

Brands to consider: ME+EM, Whistles, Massimo Dutti 
So there it is – save time shopping for that perfect outfit by heading to the brands that you know will feel great for you. That leaves time for a sneaky glass of festive fizz! What's your go-to look for the party season?
<![CDATA[Shop Smart this Season]]>Tue, 08 Nov 2016 11:51:29 GMThttp://katydyer.com/blog/shop-smart-this-seasonPicture
At this time of year we seem to be bombarded constantly with the message to buy, buy, buy. With the festive season just around the corner perhaps you have already started to think about the gifts need to buy and perhaps whether you need a new outfit for a Christmas party or night out or even the big day itself. Whether you are overwhelmed or excited by the prospect, take a look at my tips below for making your shopping trip (or screentime) successful and perhaps even enjoyable...

Take on the high street
1. Make a list
Always. Browsing to "see if there's something he/she/I might like" is setting yourself up for frustration, disappointment and potentially an item that is never worn, used or opened. Now that's a waste of time, money and space. Making a list of what you really need and the stores you plan to visit will keep you focused on the job in hand and avoid costly mistakes.

2. Comfort factor
Layer up for warmth in the Winter rather than wearing a heavy coat. Take an umbrella if rain is forecast. Make sure your footwear can last the distance - leave the heels or suede at home this time.

3. No such thing as free...
Everyone loves a freebee (points, 3-for-2's, gift-with-purchase) right? If you are tempted by the bargain of the season, refer to point 1- is it on your list, do you actually need it? If not, make like a Disney princess and let it go.

4. Plan breaks
This is really important to avoid fatigue and getting fed up. Having a coffee or stopping for lunch is a great way to keep focused on your shopping and a good opportunity to review your progress and plan the rest of your trip.

5. Take water
Shopping can be exhausting! Take a bottle of water with you and stay hydrated. 

Remember to be realistic about what you can achieve during your trip - and what you can actually carry.
Online wins - successful shopping from the comfort of your own home
1. Stay comfortable
A cuppa, some good music and a comfy chair. 

2. Again - make a list
Shopping online often poses more distractions that in store! Jot down the list and the stores that are likely to stock the items you are after. Batch into department stores where you can to reduce costs and number of deliveries.

3.  Read Reviews
Take a look at a few the reviews of your product online, especially if you are spending more - what are other purchasers experiences? Great packaging & good service, did they have to size up (or down), is the colour or pattern the same as the online image? Learn from others - a great tool which does take a little more time, but can prevent returns or mistakes in the long run.

Regardless of your preferred way of shopping do set a budget - it is so easy to get carried away! But if you do see that "gotta have it" piece, perhaps consider what you might be prepared to compromise on to get it. So whether you're a shopaholic or retail-phobic, these tips will help you get the most out of your time, budget and space.
<![CDATA[My Style: The Wellbeing Series - Jazzercise Team Bucks & Oxon]]>Sat, 22 Oct 2016 18:44:57 GMThttp://katydyer.com/blog/my-style-the-wellbeing-series-jazzercise-team-bucks-oxonPicture
In Summer it somehow seems so much easier to get out and move - walking, cycling, running. But come the winter, once you've stepped through the door it's easy to stay there. But with research that dance-based exercise has hugely positive results on the mind as well as the body, I was intrigued to learn more about the popular Jazzercise classes that are run across Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire - by a truly amazing team who have energy and enthusiasm too. So I know they're fit - but what inspires the look of the team running the classes in and around Thame, Haddenham, Chinnor and Waddesdon?

What is your favourite item in your wardrobe right now?
Janey: Mint Velvet grey leather jacket. I've wanted a leather jacket for years, but always felt that black ones were too heavy on me. I saw this and could not resist!

Nina:  Tough one, I don't really have any favourites but in the winter it's my North Face winter coat, it's like walking around in a sleeping bag!
Janey's leather jacket
Nina's North Face Coat
Sarah: My new instructor jacket (right).

Lucy: My Oasis jumper, I brought it with my birthday vouchers and for the first time in years and years it isn't black or grey! I also love the shape of it.

Who (or what) inspires your look -famous or not?
Janey: I'd love to be as timeless as Audrey Hepburn. Darcey Bussell always looks lovely too, so elegant and classic. I fear I am a bit scruffier!
Nina: I'm just myself! I don't have any idols or follow anyone's look.
Sarah: I really like brands like French Connection & DKNY. I also really like to follow beauty vloggers on YouTube like Fleur DeForce to get inspiration. 
Lucy: There isn't one person I just like simply not too busy fashion if that makes sense.
What is your cherished item in your wardrobe - what's the story behind it?
Janey: My wedding shoes (below left). I made them. Such happy memories.
Nina: Ugg boots- so comfy! 
Sarah: My most cherished item would be my wedding shoes from Irregular Choice (below right) as I wanted a pair of statement shoes that I could wear again with anything.
Lucy: My Marc b handbag, it was brought for me as a present by my friend. It couldn't be more me if it was designed personally for me, it makes me smile every time I use it I Love it
You've been invited to a special event last minute - what do you wear?
Janey: Depends what it is! I have a gorgeous 50's style skirt with a beautiful pattern on it. Looks good with heels and a simple top.
Nina: Little black dress.
Sarah: Anything I can find - probably my Ted Baker black midi dress.
Lucy: Easy - little black dress with heels.
Last but not least - you're all fitness instructors - which track always gets you in the dance floor?
Janey: Being a fitness instructor I get to listen to loads of music. Getting me on the dance floor is never a problem, getting me off is another matter! If I had to choose a song it would be something funky like a Canned Heat by Jamiroquai.
Nina: Scream by Usher
Sarah: I love any excuse to get on the dance floor but I think great songs that get everyone up dancing are ones like The Killers- Mr Brightside, Queen - Don't stop me now & The B-52's - Love Shack. 
Lucy: I love anything R&B but any type of music gets me on the dance floor!  My ALL time favourite has to be Teardrops by Lovestation 
So you've found out what inspires the team - have you been inspired to try a class? Find out more about Jazzercise here or contact Janey Enticott on 07739 186 231 or janey.jazzercise@gmail.com