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Help me - Complete Makeover

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ProtegeMoi Tue 01-Jan-13 03:43:26

I need some serious wardrobe help, I am going for a COMPLETE makeover and could really do with advice from more knowledgeable posters.

I have fallen into a rut. I am 27 years old and yet still wearing the same style as when I was a teen. I have NO decent clothes, mainly because I find it hard to buy things. Its so bad that I am STILL wearing my (now rather loose) maternity clothes and my baby is 7 months!

I don't even know what dress size I am. I think 14-16 as I am wearing 12-14 at present but they are maternity.

I look shit and I know it, have stopped bothering with make up / hair as seems no point. My appearance is really getting me down so need to do something about it.

My goals are:

1) Buy whole new wardrobe.
How will I know what suits my shape, floaters etc. And where should I be looking (only shop at supermarkets in the past). I am not on a huge budget so reasonably priced.

2) Get accesories, shoes, coats etc. to go with my new wardrobe.

3) Have my hair restyled. Again how do I know what suits? Its lifeless at the minute, shoulder length brown that is always scrapped back.

4) Throw away all my old make up and rebuy in colours that suit.

I am so ckueless, I don't know what would look good. I don't know my body shape, I don't know my skin tones etc.

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE advise me, point me in the right direction and help me change my life.

Will add a pic of me to profile as soon as I can figure out how to do it. There is NOTHING I like about my appearance, it all needs to change.

sleeplessinsuburbia Thu 03-Jan-13 00:40:03

I would have gone a red or apple green cardigan. I just googled some rockabilly accessories on sites like diablo Jo's and pinupgirlclothing and saw some cute head scarfs etc which I would add to the skinny jeans and plain coloured fitted top. Maybe get some colorful flats and buy a couple scarfs/ hair pieces/ or jewelry to add until you get more confidence.

Well done for doing hair and make up, that's the more time consuming part than getting dressed!

ProtegeMoi Thu 03-Jan-13 00:12:52

midnight spot on, my hair drives me mad, I curl it and it drops out in seconds! I do like the link you suggested.

sleepless Thank you for your opinion on the links, tried the dress on today and hated the way it looked.

I often go for looser tops to try and hide the still present baby belly. I need new bras but am still breastfeeding and stuck in nursing bras so waiting until DD weans.

I do love 50's dresses but never quite sure how to style them and look 'finished' so thank you for the tips.

That particular dress, what colour cardigan would you go for?

Been straightening my hair and doing my make up every day so far and have given away all my maternity clothes. Now have very little to wear but it,s given me the motivation to actually get some new clothes.

sleeplessinsuburbia Wed 02-Jan-13 03:22:18

I just saw your new photo and I see that you'd probably prefer a more out there look.

The last photo your basics are all fine but I think you played it too safe. I would have added a tight cardigan in a bright colour (50s) style with heavier makeup (you look washed out) and hair up with something bright to match the cardigan in it. I like your fringe. And probably a better bra to give the 50s silhouette.

I think you need to have a safe style with one quirky statement piece in your chosen style I just mentioned the 50s because of the dress in your last picture.

Trying not to sound bossy but baby annoying me!

sleeplessinsuburbia Wed 02-Jan-13 03:09:17

I saw your links and I don't like either.

The jeans are too high if you have weight on your belly, go just under your belly button.

The dress will make you look fat. If you want loose tops they have to end above your hip or you'll hide your shape. I'd go for the forgiving bohemian kaftan-y tops in a block colour if you must wear loose with a wrist cuff if you want jewelry.

I wouldn't go shorter in length until you have established your style a bit but have more layers.

I actually think you're starting at a good place so you should see great results easily.

midnightinmoscow Tue 01-Jan-13 21:31:11

What about something like this

SavoyCabbage Tue 01-Jan-13 21:29:11

I think you hair is nice. It looks 'good quality' if you know what I mean! Like Dancing said, you could go for choppier. Like this

midnightinmoscow Tue 01-Jan-13 21:16:15

Just had a look at your new pics. I get the feeing your hair is thick, but fine in texture and therefore has a tendency to go flat. Exactly the same as mine.

I find that having colour in my hair (I high light though) helps, it seems to give it more texture. You may also need more 'choppy' layers in your hair.

Have a look on ebay for some hair products. I use a Tigi blow dry balm, and pick it up for £8 on ebay. It's £18 in a salon.

Make-up wise I think you need to have a consultation at a beauty counter. If your budget is restricted that spend ££ on things like a good base and bronzer. I think that Max Factor is excellent for mid range products. Try and go to the counter at a quiet time and ask them to do your make up. Ask for a list of the products they used, don't feel you need to buy them straight off.

Then look at some of the cheaper brands for some of the products, such as MUA and sleek (both in Superdrug).

ProtegeMoi Tue 01-Jan-13 19:54:26

Primark skinnies are a good idea, I do like skinny jeans and I don't want to spend a lot as am dieting at present so still hoping to drop 2 dress sizes and get back to my pre-baby weight.

ProtegeMoi Tue 01-Jan-13 19:46:49

Ok bright red is gone.
I do have a tendancy to like things that are too young for me, my style dosn't seem to have changed much since I was a teen.

If it wasn't for the fact I am still carrying baby weight i'd be wearing a military jacket, black skinnies and striped armwarmers lol.

In fact will put pic up now of my pre-pregnancy style, need to find a way to 'age' it in a way now I have children.

midnightinmoscow Tue 01-Jan-13 14:21:27

I think the bright red is a bad idea, agree with drownangels that it can look a bit too 'try hard'.

If you say it can be dry and frizzy, sounds like you need a good cut and then some conditioning treatments. I think L'oreal products are the best on the high street. They are made by the same company as many high end hair products.

Oh, and I would look at Primark for skinnies. They are very good, and seem to get the best vote on here for high street skinnies.

drownangels Tue 01-Jan-13 14:01:05

No to bright red.
It tends to be worn on bee young trendy types or over weight middle age women trying to hard to be edgy.
You are neither.

DancingInTheMoonlight Tue 01-Jan-13 13:46:15

Strong Red looks great initially but fades really quickly and can go pinky. Id go for a nice red/brown base and a choppy cut initially and maybe add to it as time goes on and you suss out if you like the style/cut.

TitWillow Tue 01-Jan-13 13:43:09

Yes, like it. Very bright red can be ageing though, I would ask your hairdresser for advice. But then I liked the blond!

ProtegeMoi Tue 01-Jan-13 13:39:17

Thinking about a darkish red brown colour all over for my hair, how does that sound?

I do like having a bright colour through as well, if the blonde is out how about a bright red.

A bit like this?,r:9,s:200,i:31

womblingalong Tue 01-Jan-13 13:32:43

Think the darker hair colour suits you better than the blonde, would keep it sophisticated.

I would definitely get your foundation match from No7, it's brilliant, and suggest you go for a touch of blusher and some tinted lip balm/sheer lipstick, and a bit of mascara. The blusher will help to warm up your skin tone, and the lips/mascara will help you look groomed. Should only take 3-5 mins every day.

womblingalong Tue 01-Jan-13 13:29:01

Sorry typos: tea dresses not t dresses

And knickers not knockers!

womblingalong Tue 01-Jan-13 13:27:31

Agree with sleepless, having seen your pics, you are a pear shape, like me. You can do skinny jeans if you are comfortable in them, but will need more fitted longer length tops. If you are not comfortable with skinny jeans, go for slim or staight leg, and spend on good quality ones.

Dresses are a good option for pear shape figures, as you will suit dresses with a flared or a line shape, so skater dresses, or t dress shapes will work. I wear shorter ones with leggings and knee high boots or flats

I would avoid polo necks, and go for brighter colours on top, and darker below.

Go for boat necks or v necks or lowish scoop necks. Get fitted properly for new bras and buy 2 one black and one flesh colour, to make the most of what you've got! I swear by proper control knockers for holding in my belly and bum if I am wearing a dress. M&S do 2 packs that are not too uncomfortable for regular wear.

Colours: try and keep black away from your face, and wear on your lower half. I think you would look good with colours, and am guessing that warm colours will suit you.

TitWillow Tue 01-Jan-13 13:23:55

I like your hair in the first photo. Not sure that a fringe would suit your face. Maybe think about a reddish colour? Really like the blond streak though, it really brightens your face.

Clothes wise, I would say that your skin tone doesn't suit black, the photo with the high black neckline drains colour from your face. Lower necklines would be better, and try navy or browns instead for a neutral. The dress in the first photo really suits you.

ProtegeMoi Tue 01-Jan-13 13:21:38

Thanks x
I used to love my hair, it's not been done in a long time though so is a mess now. Need to get it sorted again.

Have some Geroge vouchers to spend so was just having a look and quite like these, what do you think?,default,pd.html,default,pd.html

DancingInTheMoonlight Tue 01-Jan-13 13:14:17

Warming not warning!

DancingInTheMoonlight Tue 01-Jan-13 13:12:29

I think you have great hair! If you wanted a change, how about a slightly shorter Choppier version? Have you ever used hair dye on the plum/red end of the spectrum? Its more warning with brown hair than blond?

I think the fact you like clothing with colour is a real positive! I think long sleeve v neck tops sit most people and are flattering. O agree with the other poster that good quality flattering jeans are an essential staple! Good luck!

sleeplessinsuburbia Tue 01-Jan-13 13:05:28

I think you're a pear shape and well proportioned so you can pull off a lot. I'd start with some skinny jeans and nice flats and a few fitted tops.
Your hair is great if it is naturally straight keep it that length but keep wearing it out. I think you could look good with lots of colours, whichever you prefer but that blonde chunk was too much in one clump.

DancingInTheMoonlight Tue 01-Jan-13 13:05:17

Still not able to go on. Make up wise i would suggest going to a big boots and getting colour matched for their no7 foundation- its amazing! They also do 3 for 2 on their products. Do you have a stylish friend or family member? I usually drag my very stylish sister with me!

Hair wise, lots of salons do free consultations, although i would avoid the big name chains and go to a reputable local hairdresser (if it has been there a while and is recommended they will be no doubt nicer, more knowledgeable and cheaper)

ProtegeMoi Tue 01-Jan-13 12:57:34

Try now, forgot to make it public.

womblingalong Tue 01-Jan-13 12:56:57


I can't access your profile, have you made it public?

Brown hair and eyes and pale skin sounds lovely, very striking with the right hair and make up, because of the contrast.

If you are bigger round the middle, then tunic type tops would suit, and would you be happy in slimmer fitting jeans/leggings?

I have 2 friends with similar colouring to you, one has medium brown hair and has a rosy but fair complexion, and suits mossy greens, browns, corals etc, the other has much paler skin, with darker hair, and suits pastels and clear bright colours, like red, bright blue, pastel blue and pink etc, they both suit navy blue really well. Would any of those colours work for you?

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