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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Razzle dazzle them this Christmas

The festive season is upon us and we are revelling in our party wear. Everything we love about winter fabrics is here: velvet, cashmere, lace, sparkle and shine. We’ve done the hard work for you and you’ll find dresses and separates which are individual, pretty and stylish. No need to pound the pavements or stress about what to wear, just browse our new collections and be inspired! If you need guidance and advice, feel free to call us or email us; we’d love to help.

Our style masterclasses with Lindsay Punch have confirmed a common worry about dressing appropriately for our age and not looking like ‘mutton dressed as lamb’ – yucky expression. Such is our dread of being judged that we are almost in danger of going the other way and blending into the background.

We say, if you can’t have fun with fashion at Christmas, when can you?! It doesn’t need to be a comedy jumper; you can look fabulous, festive with quality clothes that express your personality and make you stand out from the crowd.

Have a snoop through our selection box of party outfits. We’ve grouped them in descending order of bling, beginning of course, with the sparkliest!

Full-on glamour

If you want a real showstopper, look no farther than Darling’s Renee dress. This is truly a work of art: beautifully embellished with silver and bronze sequins and embroidery. The style is simple and classic, a mesh bodice and fully lined below with a soft taupe fabric.

Darling Renee sequin dress available on www.colmershill.com priced at £135
Darling Renee Sequin Dress £135

Collectif’s gold star dress is like a beautiful foil-wrapped chocolate: gorgeous on the outside and pure quality on the inside. Its fit and flare style holds you comfortably in all the right places.  Appropriately named Trixie Atomic – you will look and feel like the biggest star in your personal galaxy.

Collectif Atomic Star Dress £59 available on www.colmershill.com
Collectif Atomic Star Dress £59

Midi skirts are still a big trend and Cotton Brothers’ gold pleated skirt has an urban  sophistication and is flattering and easy to wear. Team with a simple black jumper from Darling or a beaded vest top by Myrine.

Cotton Brothers Gold Pleated Skirt £55 available on www.colmershill.com
Cotton Brothers Gold Pleated Skirt £55

A sprinkle of stars

If full on glamour isn’t for you, take the bling down a level with separates in rich patterns, metallic and a dusting of diamante.

Robell trousers look and feel great and inspire any number of party outfits. We have a gorgeous range of printed trousers new in, such as the silver jacquard print or the black rose print.  Balance the bling with a soft cashmere knit from Luella or Cocoa.

Robell printed trousers available in black or aubergine £75 available on www.colmershill.com
Robell printed trousers available in black or aubergine £75

Alternatively, we have the Darling Ana cigarette trousers which come in a smart, textured patterned fabric. Team this up with a simple ivory top or a thin knit.

Darling Ana Cigarette Trousers £79 available at www.colmershill.com
Darling Ana Cigarette Trousers £79

A sparkly poncho instantly puts you in the party mood. Malissa J trimmed ponchos were a massive hit last year and their new styles are equally tempting. Alternatively, go with   the metallic trend with a Cotton Brothers gold or silver shift top. Wear with plain skirt such as the Cotton Brothers pleather skirt.

MalissaJ Diamante Raining Beaded Poncho £55 available on www.colmershill.com
MalissaJ Diamante Raining Beaded Poncho £55
Cotton Brothers silver top £45 and pleather skirt £45 available on www.colmershill.com
Cotton Brothers silver top £45 and pleather skirt £45
Cotton Brothers Sequin Stripe Top £45 available on www.colmershill.com
Cotton Brothers Sequin Stripe Top £45

Understated glamour

If you are looking for low key impact check out Myrine’s beautiful Jupiter spot dress in mulberry or navy. This dress is classically Myrine: combining flattering style with an imaginative spot print with subtle sparkle.

Myrine Jupiter Polka Dot Dress £101.50 available at www.colmershill.com
Myrine Jupiter Polka Dot Dress £101.50

Cotton Brothers black crepe and velvet blouse is beautifully luxurious and very classy. Team with a black or green pleather skirt by Soaked in Luxury, or go for black supersoft faux suede trousers by Robell.

Cotton Brothers Semi Sheer Top with Velvet Neckline £55 available on www.colmershill.com
Cotton Brothers Semi Sheer Top with Velvet Neckline £55

Red is always a winner at Christmas; try this deep cherry Collectif dress, which is so pretty and festive. It will take you everywhere you want to go.

Collectif Delphine Swing Dress £69 available at www.colmershill.com
Collectif Delphine Swing Dress £69

This is just a snapshot of what we have online. In the shop you will also find lots of Envy and Treaty jewellery, Powder accessories, plus quality shoulder and clutch bags to complete your look.

Now, surely it must be time to put something fizzy in the fridge…

Happy shopping!

 

 

We won!! Colmers Hill Fashion named UK online boutique of the year

Colmers Hill Fashion wins Best UK Online Boutique for its website www.colmershill.com
The badge of honour!

You could have knocked us over with a feather when the phone call came in saying that  www.colmershill.com had won Best UK Online Boutique category of The Boutique Awards, hosted by The Boutique Hub.  Surprised, shocked, proud, happy – yes, all of those.

 

The team (especially Penny because she does most of the work) hasn’t stopped smiling ever since. When Penny set up the business two years ago, she only had £5,000 to invest. All the money went on stock and she had to do everything herself – even really horrible things like SEO. She  built the current website and worked hard to find low cost ways to get Colmers Hill on the map. 

 

What makes this a special achievement is also the economic climate. Apparently,  according to the experts, we’re in the midst of a ‘Retail Apocalypse’, which sounds really nasty. And it is, if you’re a big high street brand. On the up-side, it’s the small businesses like ours which are bucking the trend. You – our lovely customers are making this happen by buying local and choosing independent boutiques. Thank you so much! Please can you carry on?  

 

You can be reassured that this fame hasn’t gone to our heads. We almost forgot to write a blog about it because we’ve been unpacking, pricing and uploading gorgeous new Autumn stock from our faves Myrine, Luella and Out of Xile but also new labels Cotton Brothers, Soaked in Luxury and Ralston.

 

If you haven’t shopped online with us before, you’ll find the same friendly personal service and attention to detail that you’d get if you were shopping with us in person.

 

Next up, our Autumn round-up of what’s hot this month!

 

 

 

 

Colmers Hill Fashion Named As Finalist in Two National Awards

Colmers Hill Fashion www.colmershill.com is proud to announce that they are finalists in the 2017 UK Boutique Awards. The business, based in Symondsbury Manor Yard near Bridport, Dorset has been nominated in two categories: BEST UK BOUTIQUE and BEST ONLINE BOUTIQUE.

Colmers Hill Fashion named as finalist for two awards: Best UK Boutique and Best UK Online Boutique in the 2017 Boutique Awards
Colmers Hill Fashion named as finalist for two awards: Best UK Boutique and Best Online Boutique

The boutique is one of five finalists in each category, selected from over 4,000 nominations internationally. The winner will be the business which achieves the greatest number of votes. So far, the Boutique Awards have received over 157,000 votes internationally.

We are thrilled to be finalists and so grateful for our customers’ support,” says owner Penny Callaghan. I’d like to say a massive thank you to everyone who has voted for us so far,”

It would be another feather in Dorset’s “golden cap” to win this award, especially as we’re up against some very well-established national names!”

This is the first year of the UK Boutique Awards. Colmers Hill is up against businesses including boutiques based in Brighton, St Albans and Berkhamsted.

Colmers Hill set up at Symondsbury Manor Yard two years ago in August 2015. The shop and website www.colmershill.com specialises in introducing quality fashion brands from the UK and Europe to their customers. The ranges are chosen for their unique and individual style, from casual to smart-casual wear. Customers like it for its relaxed, homely atmosphere and honest advice if wanted.

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