Shoot: Feelgood fashion to give both mind and body confidence a boost




Feeling good in your clothes is a confidence boost for both body and mind. And when the clothes in question are planet-friendly - all either preloved or rental - the feelgood factor soars. This month’s cover model, Amy, showcases looks from Neon Leo which tick every box

Velvet cover shoot JAN 24 - Neon Leo at Gonville Hotel, credit Jess Brittain Photography
Velvet cover shoot JAN 24 - Neon Leo at Gonville Hotel, credit Jess Brittain Photography

A slip skirt is the ultimate wardrobe staple: make it work for winter with a chunky knit; for summer with a cool cami; for day with a blazer; for night with some sparkle.

Preloved Primark blue satin skirt, £13 BNWT

Preloved Primark cream roll neck jumper, £10

Preloved Zara pearl-effect bag, £25

Preloved Public Desire silver court shoes, £30

Velvet cover shoot JAN 24 - Neon Leo at Gonville Hotel, credit Jess Brittain Photography
Velvet cover shoot JAN 24 - Neon Leo at Gonville Hotel, credit Jess Brittain Photography

Mixing High Street with high-end instantly elevates an outfit. A hack is to accessorise with a timeless designer piece - take this Saint Laurent LouLou bag and/or Louis Vuitton sunnies, both rentals.

Preloved Zara white beret, £15

Rental Louis Vuitton sunglasses, £40/4 days

Rental Saint Laurent LouLou bag, £380/4 days

Preloved M&S aviator coat (current season), £65

Preloved pleather leggings, £25

Preloved ASOS black jumper, £20

Shoes, model’s own

Velvet cover shoot JAN 24 - Neon Leo at Gonville Hotel, credit Jess Brittain Photography
Velvet cover shoot JAN 24 - Neon Leo at Gonville Hotel, credit Jess Brittain Photography

As anyone who follows style guru Trinny Woodall on socials knows, sequins are no longer reserved for Christmas or the dancefloor. Pair a sparkly cargo-style pant with a cute and crisp shirt for a chic and easy daytime look.

Preloved Pretty Little Thing sequin cargo trousers, £30 BNWT

Preloved ASOS white blouse with bow detail, £55 BNWT

Silver shoes, as before

Velvet cover shoot JAN 24 - Neon Leo at Gonville Hotel, credit Jess Brittain Photography
Velvet cover shoot JAN 24 - Neon Leo at Gonville Hotel, credit Jess Brittain Photography

Pyjamas which double as a co-ord? Check. A satin set in jewel hues will also split well: wear the shirt to glam up jeans and the trousers to smarten a slouchy jumper.

Preloved ASOS leopard pyjamas, £65

Silver shoes, as before

Rental Zara gold bag, £15/4 days

Velvet cover shoot JAN 24 - Neon Leo at Gonville Hotel, credit Jess Brittain Photography
Velvet cover shoot JAN 24 - Neon Leo at Gonville Hotel, credit Jess Brittain Photography

Whatever your skin tone, there’s a metallic to flatter it; if in doubt, a warm gold is always a winner. This year’s long hems, fluid fabrics and ruched details also promise to flatter, working for all ages, stages, sizes and shapes.

Rental River Island gold dress, £35/4 days

Rental Saint Laurent LouLou bag, £380/4 days

Shoes, model’s own

Velvet cover shoot JAN 24 - Neon Leo at Gonville Hotel, credit Jess Brittain Photography
Velvet cover shoot JAN 24 - Neon Leo at Gonville Hotel, credit Jess Brittain Photography

The ultimate one-garment outfit, a great jumpsuit can take you anywhere. Combine with a fun faux fur, sneakers and a statement bag for a relaxed yet fashion-forward look.

Rental Jayley heart print faux fur coat, £40/4 days

Preloved ASOS boucle jumpsuit, £75

Shoes, model’s own

Bag, model’s own

Meet the Team

Photographer: Jess Brittain - @jbrittainphoto

Model and body positivity ambassador: Amy - @amycurvemodel

Clothes, accessories and look styling: Neon Leo - @thisisneonleo

Hair and makeup: Kate Fletcher - @flashkatemua

Shoot styling: Kath Goodwin - @kath_goodwin1

Location: Gonville Hotel - @gonvillehotel

Photography equipment: Big G Studio - @big_g_studio

Shoot coordination: Alice Ryan - @velvetmag


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