Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Conceal & Reveal Tips

Conceal: Semi-fitted styles, darted tops, V-necks, sweetheart cuts and single-breasted jackets will help a big bust look best. Steer clear of high crew necks and turtlenecks with horizontal patterns, which can create a "uniboob" and make your torso look thick.

Reveal: Ruffles and ruching will add texture to a top and give you a more voluptuous appearance. Horizontal and empire-waist cuts will also make a small bust look best.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Conceal & Reveal Tips

Conceal: If you want to appear narrower in the shoulders, wear dark colors on top. Raglan sleeves on shirts also make your shoulders seem slimmer by drawing your eye inward. Avoid wearing anything boxy since this adds weight and does not draw the eye to a defined waist.

Reveal: Wide lapels or epaulets on your jackets will widen the look of your shoulders. Also, wearing anything with strong shoulders and a nipped waist will accentuate your shoulders.

Conceal: Audrey Hepburn was admired for her lovely long neck, but if you feel that yours is a little too long, there are ways to conceal it by wearing high crew-neck tops or turtlenecks.

Reveal: If you want the opposite effect, wearing V-necks and wide U-necks will elongate the appearance of your neck by drawing the eye down toward the décolletage.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Conceal & Reveal Strategies

I've dressed some of the most famous women in the world and promise you that every single one of them has told me that she would like to conceal a few things. The best-dressed women and the most sexy women are those who show off their assets and hide their flaws. One of the most important tips I can give you is to be comfortable in your clothes, because if you are comfortable and confident, you will be sexy! Therefore, you should only wear clothing you feel comfortable and confident in; clothing that hides your flaws and highlights your best features. Every woman's body has flaws she might want to hide, and every woman's body has assets she should want to flaunt. It is sometimes easy to get caught up in our flaws, but don't let them distract you from remembering your good parts! I suggest that you pick the three body parts that you consider "flawed" and pick the three body parts that you love most. Use these choices and refer to the "Conceal and Reveal Strategies" I will list next to get some tips on how to hide flaws and accentuate assets to become your most sexy self.

Bradley Bayou's Sexy Science: The Best Fashion for Your Shape and Size
A couture fashion designer with an atelier in Beverly Hills, Bradley Bayou is taking the same formula he uses on his celebrity clients to make women of all shapes and sizes look their best with his book The Science of Sexy.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

7 Ways to Not Look Fat in a Swimsuit
Woman modeling a swimsuit
  • Buy bigger. A common mistake is to go too small, especially with bikini or tankini bottoms. (Don't be distressed if you need a larger suit—swimwear often runs a size or two smaller than streetwear.)

  • Brighten up gradually. Although dark-skinned women can wear bold colors right away, paler types should start summer with a neutral like mocha or chocolate (less stark than black), working up to juicier shades as they get some sun.

  • Accentuate the positive. Put color and pattern where you want attention, dark solids where you don't.

  • Know your body. Each figure type imposes its own limits. Some helpful innovations: bikini tops with fixed cups (like a T-shirt bra for the beach) to support larger breasts, one-pieces with cutaway backs—they cover the stomach but look like sexy two-pieces from behind.

  • Psych up for trying on. Shop in the morning, on a relatively empty stomach; avoid bloat-prone days. Self-tanning beforehand makes women feel more confident, Borish says—and arms and legs look slimmer.

  • Don't rush. Block out a few hours for shopping, and try on at least ten suits. If the changing room doesn't have a three-way mirror, leave.

  • Explore online options. Make sure the website has free returns so you can order several suits and sizes without risk—essentially, your home becomes your try-on room. O, The Oprah Magazine | June 15, 2006 advice from Lauren Borish, senior buyer for, a lingerie and swimsuit website

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Timeless Wardrobe Picks

Invest in Classics and they'll see you thru the years! With choices like these you can't go wrong - add your own style trends of the moment to update from year to year (or decade to decade)!

1. A little black dress made forever popular by Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's. You don't need a Givenchy, just one that fits well and suits your own figure! Dress it down for day, glam it up for evening!

2. A neutral shoe sounds simpler than it may be to find in some seasons. I'm referring to a leather shoe in your own skin color (not beige or tan) which will visually extend the line of your leg. Any vertical line extended helps slim you!

3. A touch of animal print can be fun without overbearing when done in a bag or a shoe. I have a purse of my grandmother's from the 40's and a pair of heels from the 80's which are perfect to use today with neutrals or contrasting prints.

4. A pencil skirt can be sexy without revealing and appropriate at any age. If you have a boyish shape, it gives the impression of curves; if you're curvy, it plays up your figure; and it's more flattering to a plus size than a full skirt.

5. A blazer, "borrowed from the boys" oversized or feminine-fitted and shapely, is a staple that can extend your wardrobe options and carry you from morning to night!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Amazing Body-Shaping Jeans

The vertical seams on these bootcuts are repositioned to give the impression of a longer, narrower line.

Calvin Klein Jeans Shape, $70;

From one of my favorite figure-flattering brands: The perfect Spandex-denim blend takes off ten pounds.

Miraclebody by Miraclesuit, $110, Nordstrom

These incorporate a power-mesh panty that smooths the stomach while lifting and molding your butt. Though white, the thick fabric conceals flaws.


Short, plus-size women can find affordable, great fitting pairs from Just My Size. This pair offers width and fullness, as well as its signature tummy control panel, and comes in a shorter length.

"The Short," $18;

Monday, March 15, 2010

Spring Trends to Avoid - What to Wear Instead

TREND: Innerwear as Outerwear
"This spring, several designers returned to corsetry, lace and boning—it was a huge trend," says Adam. "I believe in the 9 to 5 girl—how do I say this—not the 5 p.m. to 9 a.m. girl."

Fortunately, says Adam, there's a tasteful way to adapt this trend. (Which is great, because most of us can't pull off Victorian madam, circa 1885, or Madonna, circa 1985.) For a hint of lace, he suggests wearing a pretty camisole under a cardigan or jacket (instead of reaching for your standby cotton T-shirt). Or you might save the pretty corsets and delicate, transparent lace pieces for the bedroom. "The lingerie companies are going to be very inspired by the runway looks, so if you run to Victoria's Secret, you'll find lots of pretty bra-and-panty sets now."

TREND: High-Waisted, Pleated Pants
Although this looked terrific on the runway, Adam is not usually a fan of pleats in the real world. Why? "They're the quickest way to add pounds to your body," he says. "No one needs excess fabric around their waist or belly."

The past few years have seen a lot of extremely low-rise and incredibly tight styles, so Adam understands why women might be tempted by trousers that offer more coverage. But instead of going for a high-waisted style, he recommends a classic shape in this spring's flowy, softer materials. These pants, like the Etro style, right, have more room through the thighs. If you really want to try the pleat trend, he says, "avoid the typical box-pleats and look for inverted styles." These are sewn down—think catholic schoolgirl kilts or cheerleader skirts—and are typically more flattering. (If you have a short torso, any pleat is going to make you look shorter, so this trend may be one you skip entirely.)

TREND: Kooky Footwear
"The styles designers featured this season were eye-catching, true...;," says Adam, "but I think they're way too much of a conversation piece for most women's lives. Also, some of the clunkier styles can make a person look like Fred Flintstone.

"The covered platform is very fashionable and surprisingly wearable," says Adam. He likes shoes that mix textures and fabrics—like this Ralph Lauren espadrille wedge with delicate blue straps. These less-radical but still charming, chic styles will freshen up any neutral—a khaki skirt, a pair of white jeans—already in your closet.

Adam Glassman's crib sheet on which trends won't do you any favors—and which ones have the potential to become classics

Monday, March 8, 2010

Spring Trends to Avoid & What to Wear Instead

TREND: All-Over Demin
You don't want to wear denim on top and bottom, Adam says. (As shown here.) "You also want to avoid anything that's bedazzled, shredded, studded—basically, anything that smacks of Pat Benetar in 1984."

Dark wash jeans, skirts and jackets are always chic, but this season there are more varieties to play with: vests, button-down shirts and countless different styles of dresses. "Just remember, a little denim goes a long way."

TREND: Thigh-Baring Minis
Unless you're built like Gisele Bundchen, Adam says, beware anything that is super-short—including shorts.

Just above the knee, it gives a hint of sexiness without being as obvious as a mini. It's also more age and work appropriate for those of us with office jobs. If you're desperate to try the shorts look, choose a longer style than what's waltzing down the runways.