The Red Leopard Christmas Gift Guide

With Christmas around the corner, we’ve put together our very own Gift Guide to give you some inspiration and ideas.

Luxurious loungewear

This dark floral pyjamas set will make those evenings on the sofa a little more fabulous.

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Elegant ear candy

These organic pearl and emerald earrings promise an easy day-to-night elegance

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Wrap up warm

A cosy, stylish and bright accessory for the dark winter months.

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Step in

Name a better duo than beautiful embroidery and black velvet.

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Tie it up!

Tie it up, wrap it around, put it in a bun..our African Queen Brown scarf is a versatile and stylish accessory.

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Say it with candles

A beautifully scented and sophisticated candle which is not too cutesy.

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Beauty sleep guaranteed

Was there ever a more fitting eye mask for a Leopard?

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Green envy

This elegant swing jumper is all about the sleeves. Plus, the shade is perfect for an ‘Autumn’.

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Skin saviour

We’ll be keeping our skin hydrated and glowing with a little bit of help from Jane Iredale.

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Velvet crush

Feet up, wine in hand. How beautiful is this velvet blush pink pouf?

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GO FOR GOLD

An unapologetically indulgent fragrance.

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Viva Mexico

A striking and hand embroidered cushion celebrating one of the most iconic artists and women of the 20th century.

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The gift that keeps on giving

Looking for a gift that lasts a lifetime? We have gift cards available for all our services. Get in touch at info@redleopard.co.uk for more details and to purchase yours.

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The return of the humble cardigan and how to wear it

Aside from being a great workwear piece for the colder months, a cardigan is also the perfect way to add a layer and give your look a stylish update. A cardigan can be worn in a variety of different ways and there is one out there for everyone. You just need to find the style that suits you. Here are just some of the ways that you can style your cardigan depending on your style personality.

Divas

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If you’re a ‘Diva’, make an impact with a large belt, knee-high boots and bold accessories.

Classics

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‘Classics’ look best with an effortless and uncluttered outfit. This elegant long line in a neutral colour is perfect for this particular personality profile.

Huntswomen

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‘Huntswomen’ need classic styles with natural colours. Push the sleeves up to add some structure.

Gamines

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Keep it cute but neat with a smaller scale cardigan. A cropped or boxy style are great options for the ‘Gamines’.

Princesses

A neat shape is perfect for the ‘Princess’. Adding feminine detailing such buttons or a peplum hem will emphasis the ingénue and pretty features of this style personality.

Romantics

A waterfall or drape style with swing are flattering options for the regal, feminine and glamorous ‘Romantics’.

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Romantics

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Bohemians

‘Bohemians’ can really have fun with a cardigan! Arty, funky and glamorous knits will reflect their personality.

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Image credit; www.instyle.com

Gypsies

Like the ‘Bohemian’ and the ‘Adventurer’, the ‘Gypsy’ can go for chunky and natural knits, however don’t forget to add bold and extravagant accessories for a touch of glamour.

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Bohemians

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Gypsies

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Adventurers

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The outdoorsy wholesome ‘Adventurers’ should opt for fluid or soft, chunky knits. Keep accessories and make-up to the minimum.

At Red Leopard we look at all aspects of your wardrobe and style. We advise you on your personal presentation, looking at what shapes work best with your architecture and which styles best reflect your personality. If you’re unsure on what styles that you should wear (and which to avoid), we can help. Please get in touch here to find out more about our services.

Why The Silk Scarf Is Set To Be The Hero Item In Your New Season Wardrobe

Those in the know are hailing the silk scarf as the hottest accessory this autumn – but this is nothing new for Red Leopard. We have long contested that no wardrobe is complete without a really good selection of scarves in various colours, fabrics and sizes. They don’t necessarily have to be silk, but it is the silk scarf in particular that’s coming back into the height of fashion after a few years out of the limelight. So what makes them a hero item?

A pop of colour

The right scarf can be endlessly versatile as there’s simply so many ways to use them. Is your outfit a bit bland? Scarves can add a fantastic pop of colour with minimal effort. Additionally, as the autumnal months are fast-approaching, with them comes darker colours – namely blacks and greys. If you’re not quite ready to let go of bright summer hues, a bold silk scarf in a colour that complements your skin tone is sure to liven up lacklustre outfits.

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Renew & recycle

The new season doesn’t necessarily have to mean an influx of new items – shopping should be all about buying pieces that last a lifetime, and a beautiful silk scarf can be just the thing to add interest to sweaters and cardigans that are already in your wardrobe. On the subject of longevity, silk scarves can become real collectors’ items – just look at Hermès and Pucci – and we consider money spent on them as an investment, which makes your spending guilt-free.

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Wrap up warm

As temperatures start to dip, a silk scarf can also keep you warm – in an air conditioned room, it’s an extremely useful accessory to help keep the chill away. They’re also ideal for the earlier autumn months when it’s not quite cold enough to start wearing your cashmere ones. Larger scarves can even be worn draped around your shoulders like a shawl so that your arms are covered.

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Versatility

The key to a hero piece is versatility – a quality that the silk scarf definitely has. If the neckline on your dress is a bit boring or unflattering, you can wrap a scarf around your neck to change that. Equally, you can tie it around a handbag handle to add colour to an otherwise classic item. For more styling ideas, read our post on 5 ways to wear a silk scarf.

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Red Leopard’s collaboration with designer Ivana Nohel has resulted in a fabulous collection of scarves - all in two sizes (classic 90x90 and huge shawl size) and in various colourways to accessorise any wardrobe.  

The Red Leopard Autumn Wishlist

Autumn has arrived, and we’re longing to be warm and cosy. From cable knits to vegan accessories, here’s our current picks for the beautiful new season.

The Vegan Backpack

Helskini Fashion Week banned real leather products from the catwalks this year. If you want to be an early adopter to the vegan leather trend, then look no further then Matt and Nat. This practical and contemporary backpack will keep our paperwork protected during those rainy days.

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The Essential Oil Burner

At home a woolly blanket and the relaxing smell of lavender essential oil will give us the much needed ‘Hygge’ feeling. This burner is so stunning it will get a special place on the mantlepiece.

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The Faux Fur Coat

This olive green faux fur coat has cosiness written all over it.

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The Chunky Knit

We love a chunky turtleneck and this mustard sweater will keep us warm, snug and stylish.

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Colour and style: is it worth it? And what can it do for me?

Are you happy with your wardrobe and the way you look in your clothes? If your answer to this is no, then consider this; like most things in life, there is a formula for getting it right. This also applies to your wardrobe and how it makes you feel. Are you happy enough to wear the same pieces over and over again until they are worn out? Look at your wardrobe and ask yourself ‘how much of this am I wearing?’.

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Image credit: Sophie Delaporte for Vogue Japan

Most of us (well those who haven’t had a colour and style analysis with Red Leopard), wear 20% of our clothes 80% of the time. The trouble is that we don’t invest in what’s right for us in terms of our most flattering colours and shapes AND we are bombarded by the latest fad or fashion item which won’t always be right for our body shape, personality or indeed our colouring. 

It might look good on the model in the magazine and it might look good on our friends, so we are conned into assuming it will look good on us too.

Colour is hugely impactful and has the power to make us look vibrant and energetic (when wearing the right tones) or tired and invisible (with the wrong tones). It is scientifically proven that colours have an impact on other colours surrounding them. It’s not so much the colour, but the shade of that colour which makes a huge difference. If you wouldn’t dye your hair black, (because it would drain you) why then would you wear it next to your face? Similarly if you wouldn’t dye your hair blonde, why would you wear yellow next to your face? 

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The shades of colour that you wear should be in harmony with your skin tone, it’s as simple as that and during our Colour Analysis, you will see your face change in the mirror front of you. Your skin will look brighter, you will look younger, your eye colour will pop and your jawline will have definition. The consultation can’t be rushed, it takes a couple of hours, but it is truly life changing. Everyone will compliment you on how well you look rather than comment on your clothes. The results speak for themselves. Below you can see our very own Ilka’s (Autumn) and Manina’s (Winter) before and after. The difference is remarkable. 

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If people notice your clothes first then something is wrong - they should see the person first. When you’re wearing the right palette, people will react to you in a more positive way, which will in turn affect the way you feel - and that feeling is a great one. Just think how much more you can achieve when you look and feel great. We can all wear reds, blues, greens, greys and pinks, but getting the exact right shade of the colour is key. We cannot however all wear black (sorry Karl Lagerfeld) as it is only slimming if you are a Winter. People think that only black is slimming but the truth is that all dark colours are slimming. It all boils down to science and the psychology of colour and we can’t argue with that. 

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Everything that we put on our body should have some relevance to our face and body shape, it should reflect our personality and of course should be in our best colours. Are you a ‘Classic’ ? If so you should dress in a Classic way which is neat, conservative and fuss-free. Are you a cute, neat and funky ‘Gamine’? Then your clothes and accessories should be cute, neat and funky otherwise you will look boring. Are you ‘ Natural/Adventurer'? Then keep your makeup minimal, your hair long and dress in a relaxed manner. Are you a curvy and feminine ‘Romantic’? Then look at lowering your necklines and wear curvy patterns and keep your look glamorous. These are just a few tips and a few of the personality profiles and there is of course more to it, but everyone fits into one or more of the categories.  Once you know your colours, best shapes and your personality type, you will buy better, shopping will be more fun and you will save time and money (not to mention space in your wardrobe). It really is simple, but it takes the investment. 

To us colour and style is the most important investment you can make in yourself because after all, you are your business card. If you think about how much money you have spent on things that you aren’t wearing then the investment with Red Leopard will be a drop in the ocean. That’s our promise to you. 

If you have any questions please do get in touch with us here

How To Store Your Summer Clothes And Banish Wardrobe Chaos

There’s no better time than the change of season to go through your wardrobe to figure out what to keep and what to store away. To ensure your garments are well-looked after during the colder months, the fabulous Julia Dee from Total Wardrobe Care is sharing her expertise so that you can keep your wardrobe fresh, moth-free and organised. 

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The Big Turnout

Moths want to eat, mate and lay eggs and from May-October they're drawn to dark, dusty and undisturbed corners. Remove everything from your wardrobe and drawers and wash what can be washed and dry clean everything else (including bed drapes and curtains). Vacuum your wardrobe, drawers, carpets, floors and all surrounding areas thoroughly. Then wash the inside of the wardrobe and drawers with soap and water. If your carpets are infested make sure you get them professionally cleaned.

Cleanliness

Moths love the food proteins in wool and especially the food splats, skin and hair particles we leave behind. Do not put dirty or even-once worn clothes back in the wardrobe as this is what moths feed on. They don’t like the taste of dry cleaning fluid so if you're storing out of season clothes, dry-clean them first. This is particularly important for perfume and deodorant stains as these may oxidise and get worse over time.

Storage

Store out-of-season garments in Total Wardrobe Care's breathable cotton garment bags. Never store your clothes in plastic, as the static in cheap plastic garment bags (especially the ones used by dry cleaners), attracts dust over time. The bags become very dirty soiling other garments in your wardrobe, plus change in temperature in your home may cause condensation on the inside of the plastic garment bag. This may lead to mildew forming on your garments and this moisture can react with the dyes in the fabrics and may cause discolouration. Finally garments exposed to sunlight may fade over time so make sure you store them somewhere away from the sunlight.  

For folded items use our Total Wardrobe Care storage box lined in acid free tissue. Do not store your clothes in an overheated or damp attic, cellar or storage unit. It's better to put your storage box in a spare room on top of a cupboard or in a clean cupboard with a firmly closed door.

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Hangers

The hangers you use can make a big difference so be sure to invest in the right ones and get the right hangers for the right job. Never use wire hangers on your more delicate pieces, as this can lead to damage over time, instead opt for some thicker padded hangers to be as kind to the fabric as possible. This is particularly important for silk items. Also ensure that skirts are hung up by the waistbands, and trousers by the cuffs (folded along the seam if appropriate), with the correct skirt hangers to avoid awkward creases. 

Delicates

Wrap delicates and cashmeres in acid-free tissue and store them in our breathable knitwear bags. This will ensure the pieces keep their original colour and are protected against damp and dust.

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Shoes and boots

Polish and clean your shoes and boots, then put in boot and shoe trees and shoe puffs, to help preserve their shape. 

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Anti-Moth Products

The key to using anti-moth products is to replace them every season. Place the Total Wardrobe Care hanging sachets on the rails of the wardrobe one every 40 –50 cms. Put the pot-pourri hanging bags or ceramic flower infuser around the necks of your hangers and place the pot-pourri cone amongst your folded items. Line your shelves and drawers with the drawer liners. Burn the anti-moth candle regularly in the moth season. Finally, hang or fix the essential oil diffuser inside your wardrobe and it will give off a scent that we love, but that moths hate. 

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Credit: www.totalwardrobecare.co.uk

Season Change

It's important to have a mini turnout every season so that you keep a check on your clothes, including refreshing your anti-moth products. This will keep your wardrobe fresh, clean and moth-free.  

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Before you store away your clothes its important to follow these simple, yet effective steps so that you avoid wrinkles and damage and keep your wardrobe neat and organised. 

1. Firstly, go through your wardrobe and separate winter clothes from summer clothes. Each season you should store your out of season clothes in garment bags and breathable storage boxes to make room for clothes suitable for the current season. A garment bag can generally fit up to 8 items in, this can then hang at the back of your wardrobe. Make sure you use a breathable moth free garment bag/storage box to ensure clothes moths can't get in and ruin your favourite items. Label any boxes and storage bags with description cards so you can easily find them when you needed. 

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2. Store your shoes in a breathable shoe box. Shoe boxes can be stacked neatly and labeled with a description of shoes (or even better a photo of your shoes). This will save you time as you don't have to rummage around each time you're looking for something in particular.

5. Use a folding plate to fold clothes to get that boutique look and keep everything in neat piles.

6. If you use hangers that are all the same size and shape, your items are much easier to identify. Hangers should keep the shape of your clothes so make sure you are particular when selecting them. If you use thin hangers you can fit more into your wardrobe.

7. Suits, coats and jackets should be kept on a sturdy hanger.

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8. Wash all your bikinis, sarongs, kaftans, beach towels and other holiday essentials to ensure that there are no hidden stains as these can fester and can be very hard to remove if you leave them for long periods of time. Take one large breathable storage box, line it with acid free tissue paper to protect your garments. Fold all your holiday garments and pack them neatly into the box all of your flip flops into a breathable shoe box. Throw a natural anti-moth sachet into the box to repel moths and keep your garments smelling beautiful until your next holiday. Don't forget to label all the boxes with description cards or photos. 

6 Ways To Add Colour To Your Outfits

The right pop of colour can elevate any look and brighten up the dullest of days. Here are 6 easy ways to introduce some colour to your outfits. 

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1. Lipstick

A good starting point is the lipstick. It is an easy way to add some character to your look without breaking the bank. Try a few different shades, and find the perfect match to your colouring and clothes. We always swear by Jane Iredale's natural and cruelty-free range

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2. Jewellery

Whether you opt for something delicate, master the art of layering or go for a pair of bold  earrings, wearing the right jewellery can transform your outfit in an instant and add a subtle, yet impactful statement. 

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3. The silk scarf

Whether worn as a wrist accessory, around your bag or as a headband, the classic, elegant and versatile silk scarf lends colour and texture to any outfit. 

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4. Shoes

Bold-coloured shoes can elevate the simplest of outfits and are sure to make you stand out from the crowd. 

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5. The handbag

Whether you go for a large tote, a clutch or a crossover, the handbag is an easy (and practical) way to pep up your outfit with a pop of bright colour. 

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6. Coat

Now that we're entering the cooler season, it's time to get your coats out again (soon). Wearing a a splash of colour can transform a darker outfit underneath, while simultaneously cheering up your morning commute. 

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What style personality are you?

Did you know that everyone has their own style personality and that everything you wear needs to be in harmony with who you are? To give you a better idea we've put together an overview of the different style personalities for women below. Think about these as archetypes, or even pantomime figures, and see who resonates with you. 

The Dramatic or Diva

Striking, sophisticated, structured and asymmetric. Someone who oozes confidence and is not afraid of making an impact with bold pieces and accessories. 

Celebrity examples: Cher, Tilda Swinton, Angelina Jolie, Paloma Picasso, Amy Winehouse, Lady Gaga and Adele.

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The Classic

Composed, sleek and elegant with a timeless, effortless and uncluttered wardrobe.  

Celebrity examples: The Duchess of Cambridge, Kristen Scott Thomas, Princess Grace of Monaco, Michelle Dockery and Courteney Cox. 

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Image credit: Getty Images

The Adventurer

This is the Robin Hood figure or the outdoorsy wholesome type that keeps accessories and make-up simple and natural.

Celebrity examples: Sandra Bullock, Julia Roberts and Elle McPherson.

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The Princess

Ingenue and pretty: think sheer fabrics and feminine, delicate florals and detailing. 

Celebrity examples: Lily James, Kylie Minogue, Amanda Seyfried, Nicole Kidman and Gwyneth Paltrow

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The Bohemian

Earthy and relaxed, creative and arty. Earthy, but glamorous at the same time. 

Celebrity examples: Kate Winslet, Sophie Dahl and Julianne Moore. 

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The Huntswoman

Sporty, easy, natural but with some structure. 

Celebrity examples: Meryl Streep, Princess Diana and Emma Thompson. 

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The Starlet

Feminine, pretty, glamorous and girly, but provocative at the same time. 

Celebrity examples: Reese Witherspoon, Marilyn Monroe,  Emilia Clarke and Scarlett Johanssen 

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Image credit: https://www.timeout.com/Sarah Dunn/2016 Warner Bros

The Romantic

Romantic, glamorous, regal and feminine. 

Celebrity examples: Christina Hendricks, Elizabeth Taylor, Catherine Zeta Jones, Eva Mendes and Jennifer Lopez. 

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Image credit: /www.public.fr

The Gypsy

Theatrical, bold, individual, extravagant, exciting and sexy. 

Celebrity examples: Penelope Cruz, the young Sophia Loren, Salma Hayek and Gloria Estefan.

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The Gamine

Cute, sharp, neat and funky. Small scale, boyish, French 'urchin' or pixie.  

Celebrity examples: Ellen deGeneres, Carey Mulligan, Judy Dench, Emma Watson and Audrey Hepburn.

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There are subtle variations to all these archetypes and most people are a combination of at least two. Our very own Annie for instance is a mixture of Adventurer and Classic: the Huntswoman or Huntsman. While Manina is a Gamine, Rachel is a Dramatic and Ilka is a Dramatic and a Classic.

Our Colour & Style Consultation will identify your style personality and help you find the right styles and accessories best suited for yours. Get in touch for more information and details here

How To Pack For Your Summer Holiday

Summer is upon us, and so is your holiday packing checklist. Love it or hate it, it has to be done, and sometimes it can prove to be quite the challenge. Don't fret however, we have put together our top five essentials that simply must be in your luggage.

1. A Beach Bag

A fabulous roomy beach bag which can double up as a carry-on bag on your flight out. There are so many great ones to choose from this summer - but make sure that the one you choose is hardwearing enough to survive travelling.

2. The Hat

Everybody needs a vacation hat, ideally one that can be packed, or at least will not crack or become shapeless. Jess Collett Milliner offer some great options. 

3. Swimsuit Season

Swimwear comes in all different shapes and sizes, and it is completely personal preference, everyone has different colours and styles that suit them. But if we had to offer one piece of advice when it came to swimwear, it would be to ensure it is a well-fitted one. Comfort is key - especially on the beach.

4. Flexibility Is Key

We recommend a pair of patterned silk trousers for evening. These offer so much potential. They can be worn with either a T shirt or maybe even a matching blouse. A definite must-have.

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Radiance Skincare Sunscreen

5. Sunscreen is a must!

A good quality sunscreen should always be a top priority when it comes to packing for your ventures. We have a soft spot for Fernblock's sunscreen. 

 

5 Ways To Wear A Silk Scarf

The scarf is one of the most important and versatile accessories you should have in your wardrobe. They don’t just keep you warm in winter - they add colour and interest to every outfit, even in the summer months. People often say that they would love to wear a silk scarf but they don’t know how to tie them and they feel a bit ‘dated’, but they can in fact be worn all year round and in many different ways - here's a few ways you can wear yours..

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1. As a hair accessory

Silk scarves aren't just for your neck - they can be tied into your hair to protect it from the sun, or worn like a bandana if your look is more natural. Brightly coloured scarves look beautiful worn as a headband to complete an outfit - wear yours on holiday to match your sunny surroundings.

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2. As a sarong

Speaking of holidays, large scarves can be worn as sarongs when you're walking on the beach, or around the pool or over your swimsuit when it’s time for lunch. Just wrap it around your waist and tie in a neat knot it at the side.

3. As a dress 

A silk dress is the perfect accompaniment to an important event or special dinner, but there's no need to buy something new if you already have a silk scarf in your wardrobe. Large scarves can be wrapped and pinned around the body as a dress - accessorise well and you have the perfect evening outfit.

4. As an outfit update

Life can be incredibly busy and we don't always have time to change outfits between social engagements. Simply fold up a scarf to keep in your bag and tie it around your neck as you go from the office out to dinner.

5. As a bag

A large silk scarf can be made into a bag to hold your beachwear. Simply tie the four corners into a knot and sling it over your shoulder. An elegant accessory which will take you from beach to bar effortlessly in style. 

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Why colour analysis is just as relevant for men

The majority of our clients are women, but colour analysis is just as relevant for men. The different qualities of colours – the depth, temperature and clarity - determine how healthy, strong and competent men appear in their clothes, whether that's in casual-wear or business attire. When dressing for the office, it's the tie that allows men to play with brighter colours in an otherwise conservative outfit, which can throw a healthy glow onto their face. But what about the colour of the suit? It's equally important to get the temperature, depth and the contrast level right to perfect the look.

Read on to discover the colour palettes of some famous faces..

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Image Credit: MovieWeb

Daniel Craig is a Spring who can wear warm, translucent colours very well. Being very fair, his best suit colours are mid-grey and blue, but harsh and severe contrasts don't work for him. He can accentuate the blue of his colours with a matching tie. The classic outfit in black and white can overpower him, which is why he often wears less severe contrasts even in the Bond Films.

Winter colours are cool, blue-based and very high in contrast. As a Winter, George Clooney looks great in deep colours, which means that he will always have an easy time finding a great outfit for a black-tie event. Even for daytime events he should ideally opt for a dark suit jacket and a white shirt to create a high contrast.

 
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Image Credit: Refinery 29

 

Eddie Redmayne is an Autumn, so he looks great in warm, yellow-based, soft colours with little contrast. A dark brown suit creates a less severe contrast to the white shirt than the black suit does, because it is more in harmony with his own colouring.  

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Image Credit: Lainey Gossip

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Image Credit: Daily Express

So whether you're an Autumn, Winter, Spring or (the very rare!) Summer, it's imperative that you dress in the right colours and contrasts for success in and out of the boardroom. 

How To Declutter Your Wardrobe & Shop Smarter

Too many clothes, nothing to wear? Feeling overwhelmed by the sheer volume of clothes in your wardrobe? We've put together our top tips for decluttering your wardrobe and shop smarter. 

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1. Know your colours

If you have had your colour and style analysed by Red Leopard, then you will know exactly what colours suit you and know how to build a perfectly co-ordinated wardrobe which is in harmony with your body shape and personality. If you haven't had a consultation with us just yet, then we're sure you know which colours you prefer on yourself, and feel most comfortable in, so we'll work with that. 

The first step to achieving the perfect wardrobe is to put everything that is in your colour on one side. Once you have done this, examine what's left: is it worn out, too small, too big or simply outdated? We suggest to organise your clothes in colours when doing this. Build on your neutrals for summers, navy's, grey's and black's for the winters; and for the springs and autumns, focus on brown's, tan's, donkey grey and petrol blue. Look at adding in some of your star rated colours for inspiration, and then make a list of items you need in order to create workable outfits. A personal favourite of ours is scarves. These are an excellent way of pulling colour themes together whilst making bold statements in subtle ways. Have a peek at the Ivana Nohel X Red Leopard collection which have been designed to work perfectly with your season.  

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2. Budgeting is key

When it comes to shopping smarter, budgeting is absolutely key. If you do not have a budget, you will either spend too much or too little. Having a budget will help you to maintain focus as well as giving you freedom and certainty. Remember that your wardrobe should reflect you and your lifestyle. So start with creating a list, then prioritise. We recommend that you create a budget to cover your clothes, accessories and grooming.

3. It's all in the preparation

It is important to create new combinations from your existing clothes, decide what to give away and identify key pieces to purchase before you hit the shops.  Our wardrobe detox is designed to support you through this process. Now you have a budget in place, it is time to hit the shops. Next you should decide where you are going to shop – consider location and budget. Then ask yourself, do you prefer department or high street stores? Do you enjoy shopping in speciality stores? This will only be successful if you enjoy it; the phrase time flies when you’re having fun' comes to mind. One thing to note is to wear clothing that is easy to slip on and off in the fitting rooms. Comfortable shoes are also key – nothing ruins a shopping day more than achy and painful feet. It's the ultimate shopping buzz kill. 

4. Scan, try, shop.

Once you reach your store of choice, the first thing you should do is to scan the store. Here at Red Leopard we like to call this 'the blanket shop'. You should look for everything that is in your colour, then assess if it is the right shape for you. If so, check if it is the right style, and if it passes this test then take it to the fitting room and try it on. Then compare and discard items that do not work.

The Red Leopard team suggest that shopping every 2-3 months is a good amount in order to avoid being desperate for a certain item for a specific occasion. If you need a helping hand, book a Wardrobe Review with Red Leopard and have one of our experts work through your wardrobe and help transform it to perfection.