Cake and Catwalk: Own Your Look

Lynn Turner at Cake and Catwalk:

We are often afraid to change our look or image and not confident enough to step outside our normal style. Do you hear yourself saying “I wish I could wear that!”, “it really wouldn’t suit me”, or, “I’m too big/ small/old” for that!” 

Especially now, as we have been locked away and become accustomed to our relaxed mode of ‘comfortable fashion’. How would you like to look? What would you like to look like? What other women do you admire for their fashion choices? What is available to you for your particular lifestyle, size and shape? I refuse to be defined by age, just the visceral fat around the middle that does not allow a crop top!

My advice: Look at photos and people who wear the kind of clothes you would like to wear. I use Pinterest and the weekend colour supplements. Make up a folder – either a physical one or on Pinterest. Build yourself a ‘look board’ with everything that you like, including accessories. Narrow it down to items that you know you could actually wear and lose those that are totally wrong and unsuitable for your lifestyle, shape etc. Visualise yourself in your new look.Start searching for them online or when the shops open and get trying on.

Don’t spend a fortune – the knack is to get your look by making wise economic choices. I have often found the perfect piece in a charity shop. Summer fashions are cheaper than winter. Send back any that are not suitable and keep on playing around. Start with one item, maybe a great top or a pair of trousers. A certain belt may be just the thing that brings it all together or a dynamic necklace.

When you can, try out your look on a day out away from home or on holiday. Don’t be put off by family members (they only see you one way), be creative, adding a few more pieces bit by bit. You will get used to the new you and when people start to pay you compliments, you will start to own your look and build on it. Discover the new you. I have a service at Cake & Catwalk where you can choose several items to try without buying, so use it!

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