• Philip Brett King

How to dress to feel good!

Every woman wants to look and feel beautiful, especially if she is having her photos taken. That’s why I am passionate about working with the best hairstylists, makeup artists and also stylists across Shropshire to make you feel incredible for your magazine-style experience photoshoot!


Since the lockdown, I have been connecting with some amazing local talent, in particular, the lovely Sandra from Style with Sandra (https://www.stylewithsandra.co.uk/). She has opened my eyes up to the wonderful world of fashion and I had to share some of her amazing styling tips with you.



What colours suit me?

“ The best colour in the world is the one that looks good on you” - Coco Chanel


Wearing shades that complement your natural colouring can make you look healthier, radiant and younger and will make you feel more confident.
Sandra takes not only her clients skin tone into consideration but, eye and hair colour too, which helps her select a range of colours that complement your unique colouring and ways in which you can wear them.
Colours have such a psychological power behind them and they can really transform the feel of a shoot. Here are a few colours as an example;

Red - Can make you feel full of energy but can also appear aggressive within a shoot.


Pink - Can make you feel affectionate and give a vulnerable feel within the final photos.


Blue - Reflects a sense of calm and will give your photos a relaxed, peaceful sensation.


Purple - Can show that you are creative and in control and will project your confidence and individuality in a shoot.



What suits my body type?

“Clothes mean nothing until someone lives in them” - Marc Jacobs


Have you ever noticed how some people always look effortlessly stylish? I know many women wish they could master this look but as Sandra explained to me, this comes from understanding what suits YOU. Knowing your basic body shape and understanding the guidelines for choosing the types of clothes that will accentuate your good features and minimize your less-than-perfect areas will help you be able to dress in the way that suits you best.


Sandra can help you find what works best for your body shape by selecting not only the most flattering styles and cuts, but fabrics too and will show you how to style them in a way that flatters both your body shape and your unique personality and style preferences.


Being a photographer I work closely with my clients to help them pose in a way that is most flattering for them and the final photo they wish to achieve. This is made so much easier when they are styled to suit their body shape.


Here is Sandra’s simple breakdown on how you should style for your body type;

Neat Hourglass

You have a balanced body with your top and bottom half in proportion so you can wear pretty much any dress shape but ideally you want something shaped. Choose a dress that will show off your body with a dress that defines your waist, enhances your bust and highlights your hips and bottom.

Full Hourglass

Your body shape will be full curves in all the right places. Choose dresses that are fluid and shaped so you can accentuate your curves rather than cover them up. Think wrap, bias or soft pleats.

Triangle

Often referred to as pear-shaped, you will want to bring attention to the top half of your body. So you should aim to accentuate your bust and minimize your bottom and hips. Think embellishment on the top and no detail on the bottom half. 


Inverted Triangle

You have great shoulders – halter necks are made for you, to balance the upper and lower parts of your body, you need to highlight your hips and bottom, focusing all attention below your waist.  Go for simple straight lines, shift dresses or choose separates.

Oval

Proportionally you have a flat bottom and hips. Your problem area is your central torso, so, wherever possible use accessories to draw the eye to the area above your bust and below your hips. Your aim is to give the impression of a slightly longer body.  Choose something A-line, wrap or a drop waistline.

Rectangle

You are the one with the flat hips and a flat bottom. However, some rectangles will also have a fuller bust, which gives a softer edge to their shape.  Your main aim is to soften those edges even more and create the appearance of curves.  Choose simple, straight lines or shift dresses.


Now that you know how to feel beautiful with these simple styling tips from Sandra, why not get in touch so we can get you in front of the camera to capture you looking and feeling amazing together.


Best wishes,

Phil


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PHILIP KING PHOTOGRAPHY

 Shropshire SY5 0RR

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Tel: 07951124279

Email: phil@philipkingphotography.com

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