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Much better advice elsewhere
on 7 April 2014
This 2014 edition of the UK Colour Me beautiful book is a good reminder that we may have to search around for style advice before finding what works well for us.
The main emphases here are on colour, body shape, personal style. I think the advice is poor.
There doesn't seem to be any underlying reason for the different colour groups. i found earlier editions more helpful as they explain the differences, with types which include a secondary colour effect, such as warm colouring, mainly light, or warm colouring, more muted. Though for some reason they didn't include all the possible combinations (and I'm one of the ones they leave out).
As in 'Colour Me Younger', they barely mention people with grey hair, and completely ignore people with grey hair and warm-toned skin.
I find working directly with my hair, eyes, skin, blush, veins colours works much better for me than trying to fit myself into a set colour category. (And those colours don't appear in the CMB colour charts.)
Some of the style guidance for body shape is very odd. Just one example : that poor girl who has to wear several striped tops which strain across her hips and droop everywhere else. Not in my view a good way of giving width to smaller shoulders. Makes me think the authors didn't actually look at people while writing.
If knowing what looks good on your body shape is an issue for you, the Flatter Your Figure workbook by Jan Larkey goes into much more detail and gives much better advice.
I like the inclusion of City Chic style - something that's important in Europe, and US stylists don't mention it.
Otherwise, for the styling in this book, they appear to have 'lost the plot'.
In my opinion, there is barely a single picture here of someone I would consider 'well dressed'.
Presumably CMB mainly advise professional/ management people, as nearly all the illustrations are of straight edged business clothes. Only a couple of photos of softer solutions and casuals. So this isn't a good place to look for inspirational outfits in a wide range of styles.
There are too many people who will lose confidence if they try this book, either unable to identify themselves in the colour groups, or find they look awful in the clothes suggested for their body shape.
Instead, try the new edition of Looking Good by Nancy Nix-Rice.
Or, if you're willing to make an investment purchase and are not disconcerted and distracted by out-of-date styles, there's :
The Triumph of Individual Style by Connor and Mathis
Wardrobe Strategies for Women by Judith Rasband.
Both bursting with fascinating and useful advice.