How to Ditch Summer Body Image Issues and Shine

Summer is tantalisingly on the horizon! But not all of us are rejoicing. Many women I know and work with are experiencing bathing suit anxiety. We feel incredibly self-conscious about our bodies regardless of our size or shape.

A recent survey found, 43% of women missed out on going to the pool or beach because they didn’t like their appearance! That’s right 4 out of 10 of us are skipping summer fun, denying ourselves pleasure because of Bad Body Image.

And that was me too on a recent holiday … only running to the swimming pool cloaked in a towel when I was sure no-one else was around!!

If you have body image issues, the chances are, you’ll cower behind a big sunhat and entertain negative thoughts. Here’s the secret to feeling great this summer: Stop focusing on changing your body and start focusing on changing your body image.

Forget high-street shops

There’s nothing wrong with chain stores, but they won’t feed your soul. The clothing that will raise your self-esteem, if you have issues with your body, is likely to come from boutiques, vintage clothing stores, or off-the-wall shops, the type where you can find unusual, interesting outfits that grab your attention. These sorts of shops tend to know their stuff and will help you find styles that will flatter you and help you feel less self-conscious. Your first instinct is to hide when the summer approaches, but you will change your mind if you dress in ways that reflect your attractive nature. 

Uncover who you are

Many people emotionally freeze, regardless of the heat, when the summer arrives. They don’t like the thought of stripping off to reveal a swimsuit or wearing shorts and a tight tee shirt. Telling them to throw caution to the wind and let it all hang out won’t work; they will still feel uncomfortable. However, if this sounds like you, you don’t have to face your fear because you can meet your joy instead.

The real you is attractive and fun-loving, you don’t want to hide or worry about being judged about not resembling the physical ideal when dressed in traditional summer garb. There are plenty of ways to dress that will flatter you and suit your inner nature. Think, ethnic chic, and hand dyed cotton fabrics, or geometric shapes, diagonal lines and sharp outlines. Whatever you prefer, you can find clothing and accessories that help you shine from the inside out, revealing your true personality.

Mix and match

Shopping is fun, but you may not need to splash out on new clothes if you are creative with those you already own. People often have wonderful outfits in their wardrobes, which they’ve never put together. The clothes you usually wear in the summer might help you feel more attractive if you match them differently. Try clothes on that you haven’t worn together before. Also, wear them differently. Layer thin clothes, and wear items that drape, cross over, or can be hitched up to reveal layers underneath. Add a hat, scarf, sunglasses and a bag, and carefully select necklaces to add a creative touch.

Don’t fear summer fashion; claim it, design it, and wear it stylishly with confidence. Most importantly, don’t focus on your flaws, highlight your personality with your clothing and you will shine.

Visit Online Fashion Boutique Colmers Hill Fashion to see how you can shine – https://www.colmershill.com/

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Spring Fashion Show on the Catwalk

Who doesn’t love the Spring?! Okay so it’s been a bit slow in coming this year but it heralds a new start and a fresh look. And as the primroses and daffodils start to burst into flower, we are making big changes in our Dorset fashion boutique at Symondsbury Manor Yard, near Bridport.

Each year for the past three years, we have put on our biggest of fashion shows to welcome in the new Spring Summer fashions at Colmers Hill Fashion. It’s a time to celebrate casting off your woollies and dream of slipping into something altogether brighter, more colourful and less somber. Don’t get me wrong, I love winter clothes, but it’s time to move on!

We hold the annual Spring fashion show in the glorious Symondsbury Tithe Barn attended by around 180+ people. Raising money for Weldmar Hospicecare, this year’s show raised a staggering £3,250.00 through ticket sales, auction and raffle bringing the total raised to just under £10,000 for the last three shows.

The Colmers Hill Spring Fashion Show is hosted by Graham Barton of Clive Emson Auctioneers and better known for his appearances on BBC Homes Under the Hammer. In addition this year, we welcomed Lindsay Punch, professional stylist, to talk about the fashion trends for the Spring Summer 2018.

The buzz is palpable as soon as the doors open, not least amongst the models and backstage crew who have spent weeks planning the event. The barn itself is beautifully dressed with lots of zesty lime green and cream floral displays, lanterns and fairy lights. The models have all been pimped and preened by The Shed Hair & Beauty Boutique and are sipping Prosecco backstage for Dutch courage.

We opened this year’s show with a fantastic “Vogue” dance to get us into the mood performed by triplets, Megan, Emma and Victoria and then the new season’s clothing range got it’s first outing on the catwalk.

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Our ranges include both casual and special occasion wear from designer labels including: Out of Xile, Myrine, Ralston, Cotton Brothers, Sandwich Clothing, Bariloche jackets amongst others. Many of these collections are now online at http://www.colmershill.com.

Take a look at a few of photos below and watch the VIDEO by following the link … with thanks to one of our lovely customers for offering to compile the video.

 

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Credits: Simon Emmett Photography

Aagh!! What’s the dress code for Wimbledon, Ascot, Glyndebourne..?

If you are going to any of the big society events such as Glyndebourne, Wimbledon, Ascot, Henley etc and you need help, do not worry. Desist from stress. We have rifled the Colmers Hill Fashion rails so you don’t have to. You can look fashionable, whatever the occasion, whatever the weather. There’s no need to sacrifice your comfort by freezing, boiling or being uncomfortable all day.

In short, whatever the ‘appropriate attire’ or dress code, ladies, we can work it to our advantage!

And she’s off! Outfit ideas for Royal Ascot

Royal Ascot is a fashion event. Forget about the horses. The enclosure you go to dictates how much you should dress up. Warning: this is not dressing up in a humorous way. The website clearly states ‘fancy dress and replica sports shirts are not permitted’.  Oh right, we’re not going then …

Smart, fashionable trousers are ideal for the turf. Steer clear of linens that turn you into a crumpled paper bag by lunchtime. Our deck trousers can be worn capri style with pretty flats or full length with a heel, depending on your height. The stretch keeps you comfortable and holds its shape all day. The cut is very flattering madam. Choose from lovely summery colours – aqua, hot pink or dusky pink or play it cool with black. Wear with a Darling top, for example the Dion pearl trimmed top or Dottie jacket with its beautiful embellished buttons.

Darling Dion Top in ivory available at Colmers Hill Fashion
The pretty Darling Dion Top with pearls detailing on its tiered hemline
Darling Dottie Jacket in white worn with the Darling Marion Dress in Navy available at Colmers Hill Fashion
Darling Dottie Jacket worn with the Darling Marion Dress available at Colmers Hill Fashion

If you need to wear a hat, a dress and jacket are a good team. Our Eucalyptus tea dresses such as the Rosa navy floral are gorgeous prints in styles that flatter all ages. Team with heels or flats, with a pretty Out of Xile vintage tulle edge cardi. They are great for any formal occasion and happily dress down with a denim jacket on another day. Our favourite milliner Fiona Baker makes headpieces to order which will slip into a small bag if the weather turns iffy.

The Rosa is floaty chiffon tea dress by Eucalyptus with pretty cap sleeves and a contrasting tie belt available at Colmers Hill Fashion
The Rosa is floaty chiffon tea dress by Eucalyptus with pretty cap sleeves and a contrasting tie belt

It’s your advantage: what to wear at Wimbledon

Wimbledon is more smart casual but it’s a challenge for spectators, not just the players. When you’re seated for long stretches, swivelling your head from side to side, you need to be comfortable. And if you plan to be on the Centre Court, or TV, you need to look good.

Spectators are sitting ducks if it gets really hot or cold, so a longer skirt or a print culotte such as our Darling Hilda culottes are practical. Wear with flat ballerinas or a heeled sandal.  Layer your top half to give you options if the weather changes: the simple ivory Darling Quinn top and a cute Friday on My Mind honeycombe cardi will be perfect. Take a big statement tote to keep your day’s clobber in. Alternatively, check out Myrine’s Anna floral tunic or Amele maxi dress – super comfortable and sooo pretty!

Myrine Amele Ankle Dress with pretty floral print available at Colmers Hill Fashion
Myrine Amele Ankle Dress with pretty floral print
The pretty cotton Myrine Beth Dress with its crossover straps on the back available at Colmers Hill Fashion
The pretty cotton Myrine Beth Dress with its crossover straps on the back

Fortissimo belissimo: look gorgeous at Glyndebourne

If you’re going to the festival at Glyndebourne, full evening dress is The Thing. Enter stage right Out of Xile. Their lovely dress and coat combinations will really make you look and feel the part.

Out of Xile Reversible Dress in Marine Blue from Colmers Hill Fashion
This is a clever reversible Out of Xile dress so you can have a totally different look for two different occasions.

Out of Xile’s outfits are superbly cut and the fabrics have a beautiful evening-y subtle sheen. A dress and coat in their uniquely dyed fabrics are the most versatile combination and will keep you warm. There’s no need to spoil the whole effect with a massive puffa – take a Luella cashmere wrap/poncho instead. Great jewellery and an Owen Barry metallic clutch will finish off the outfit perfectly.

Va va voom: glorious Goodwood style

Go faster with our range of retro dresses which are perfect for Goodwood. Polka dots, florals, geometric designs: take your pick. Our new Collectif dresses in black or red spot or red cherries are real show-stoppers. The Eucalyptus Gillian dress is a beautiful modern vintage design in a subtle shade of blue or make a statement with the stunning Lily May dress in red and white floral. Alternatively, if you want to channel your inner Avenger, Desigual’s Hello dress is the bomb.

The retro style Eucalyptus Lily May Winter Rose Dress available at Colmers Hill Fashion
The retro styled Eucalyptus Lily May Winter Rose Dress

 

To keep your look authentic, make sure to choose retro style accessories such as a pretty Josephine hat in natural and blue linen with silk roses.

If you are going to any society events, we hope you have a great time. If we can be of any more help do email usfind us on Facebook or call 01308 426517.

One to one service and styling advice come as standard, for all our customers at Colmers Hill 🙂

Out of Xile: Turned out beautifully

For the mother of the bride, seeing a son or daughter getting married is one of life’s most emotional moments. There’s a whole mix of feelings and memories – it only seemed yesterday when you were struggling to change their nappy! Now, you’re the watching them create a new life and family of their own.

Out of Xile Boucle Dress and Coat in Deep Sea Blue
Out of Xile Boucle Dress and Coat in Deep Sea Blue

 

30 years of gorgeousness

Big moments require something special to make you feel your best. Out of Xile has risen to the occasion for over 30 years with its unique style, proudly made in England, combining beautiful fabrics, bespoke colour dyeing and fabulous, flattering cuts.

Out of Xile Windsor Stripe Dress and Coat
Out of Xile Windsor Stripe Dress and Coat

Of course, you don’t have to be mother of the bride to wear their designs. Maybe you ARE the bride? Congratulations! Maybe you’re off on a cruise, going to a graduation ceremony, attending a memorial service. There are many special occasions that require Just The Right Thing.

Out of Xile is one of our favourites for just the right thing. There’s just nothing that this family firm of designers doesn’t know about fabric, colour, cut and the female form. They don’t follow fashion, they set their own trend, based on us, their customer. For example, we like a dress with shape but we don’t want it sticking to our bodies. We like a bit of weight and swing in the skirt, which needs to be a good length. We like the fabrics to look gorgeous and yet feel comfortable with a bit of stretch. We’re often not keen on our knees and upper arms, so a bit of coverage there is required. We like a bit of quirkiness and individuality. It’s nice to know that there’s a limited production run, so when it’s gone, it’s gone.

Out of Xile Jacquard Chenille Coat over a Crepe Hitch-hem dress
Out of Xile Jacquard Chenille Coat over a Crepe Hitch-hem dress

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