Spring has certainly sprung. Yet although the seasons out there may constantly be changing, the colours that uniquely suit you, as well as your essential wardrobe basics, need never change…
This is according to the dynamic duo at the helm of Image Insured. Mother and daughter team, Fay and Megan Coleman (former Miss SA) have helped thousands of women completely transform their lives by discovering how to look their best.
Look at these incredible make-overs to get inspired:
At the heart of each of these transformational make-overs is an in-depth personal colour and figure analysis – one you could win!
Whether or not you’re our lucky winner though, we caught up with Megan to uncover some of her best-kept secrets and tried-and-tested style tips to help all us to look and feel our best, in and out of every season…
Megan, talk to us about the power of colour when it comes to our clothing choices…
People tend to forget how powerful colour really is. Most of us are nervous about bold colours, instead of defaulting to neutral colours, thinking they’re safer. But the truth is, the wrong colours (even neutral ones) can completely overpower you and leave you looking washed out. For example, the colour black can be incredibly ageing to wear if you don’t have the right skin tone to pull if off… dark colours like this can make every wrinkle and blemish pop out on the wrong skin tone.
What do you do to find the colours that best complement a person?
We perform an in-depth colour analysis and can do so either in-store or online. Our goal is to find what particular set of colours work with your particular skin colour, eye colour and hair colour. Everyone will fit into one of four colour schemes or ‘seasons’ (autumn, winter, summer or spring). This has nothing to do with the seasons of the year, these names just help to identify the particular range of colours that suit you best.
For those of us who might not find our way to a one-on-one colour analysis, any tips to keep in mind as we try to find what colours work for us?
In my experience, if you like a colour it’s probably not the right colour for you! Most people I see can’t believe this but it’s true. They’ll tell me that so many people have complimented them on a jacket they wear in that colour for instance, but we tell them, the ultimate compliment is not, “What a great jacket,” but rather, “Wow! You look amazing… what have you done?”
Secondly, it’s important to know that every skin colour has an undertone. Work to neutralise that undertone, not enhance it. If you have a pink undertone, keep in mind that a lot of pink shades will leave you looking flushed, while if you have a yellow undertone, the wrong shade of yellow in your clothing will enhance this and leave you looking jaundiced.
Finally, try to find harmony – not just in terms of the colour of your clothes, but between them and your make-up, hair-colour and accessories too.
You also do a lot of work helping women identify their particular figure type and what style of clothing suit them best. Why is this so important?
Again, we’ve found that most women battle to be objective regarding their figures and what suits them best. We tend to have emotional connections to certain colours and styles of clothing.
During a figure analysis, we take loads of measurements and work out specific ratios to determine exactly what kind of figure you have. After that, we’ll help you find the right styles that suit you, right down to what kind of shoes and jewellery to wear, and show you how to build a practical wardrobe.
Speaking of our wardrobes, any tips on how to clear out the clutter?
After you’ve worked out what colours work best and what kind of figure you have – reassess everything in your wardrobe. Get a second opinion if you can, find an honest friend or family member and try on everything for them – even the stuff you haven’t worn in ages.
As a general rule, your wardrobe should consist of 70% neutrals and 30% bright colours. Think about your clothing as a couch and scatter cushions… invest in good quality, neutral base (the couch) and then liven things up with brightly coloured (and less costly) scatter cushions you can change more regularly.
Any thoughts on fashion trends in general?
Beware of following every fashion trend… many will simply not be right for you. At the moment, there are 3 particular trends – here are my cautions around each one:
Pleated skirts – in beautiful fabric and often adorned with bold prints and a fitted tee, these skirts are stunning. But avoid them if you’re carrying excess weight on your tummy – these skirts will only accentuate the extra bulk and highlight the widest part of your body. Rather go for a simple A-line skirt and a looser top.
The shade yellow – very trendy at the moment, but make sure you choose a tone that’s right for your skin tone.
Sneakers and skirts – If you have short legs – don’t opt for a ¾ skirt and sneakers, go for a knee-length skirt rather. And try to find low-throated sneakers (ones that don’t hide your ankles and the top of your feet) – these will lengthen the look of your legs. There are some great options from Cotton On and Superga at the moment.
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WIN BIG WITH MUMBOX AND IMAGE INSURED!
MUMs it’s our time…
After this very long year of global pandemics, national lockdowns, gruelling home-schooling and working from home (and far too many PJ days), we want to give one lucky MUMbox member a personal colour, figure and styling session with Image Insured!
Valued at R5700, your one-on-one consultation will include:
- A full-colour analysis
- A figure analysis
- A full make-up lesson
- Bespoke hair colour and accessory advice
- Your very own colour swatch to make future shopping super-easy
- PLUS R2500 towards new clothing for your wardrobe
How to enter? Follow these easy steps:
- Comment on this article below and tell us why you’d love to win this great prize
- Make sure your MUMbox profile and profile photo are up-to-date. (To view your profile go HERE)
- EXTRA ENTRY: For an extra entry make sure you follow MUMbox and Image Insured on social media page (Facebook, Instagram or Twitter) as we will be posting this competition on our social media pages, then like the competition post for an extra entry and tag a friend so she can enter too!
Good luck MUMs x
Competition ends midnight on Monday the 16th of November and the winner will be selected and contacted on Wednesday the 18th of November.
T&C: This competition is open to all MUMbox members. To enter you need to have a complete MUMbox profile and profile photo. You need to comment in this article as mentioned above. For an extra entry, you can follow the MUMbox pages and Image Insured pages on social media and comment and like on this competition post once it goes live. All entries and social media extra entries will be put together and one winner will be selected. They will be contacted to confirm their prize within 24 hours of the selection to confirm that they will have before and after photos taken to be used on MUMbox and image insured websites and social media. The winner will win a one-on-one consultation with Image Insured valued at R3200 which includes a full-colour analysis, figure analysis, a full make-up lesson, bespoke hair colour and accessory advice and a personal colour swatch for future shopping, plus R2500 towards clothing for the winner. The prize can not be exchanged for cash. The prize needs to be redeemed within working hours of Image Insured and to be done so within 3 months of winning. They will arrange the time and date with Image Insured. Mumbox is not liable for anything that happens after the prize is announced and the winner has been put in touch with Image Insured.