Monday, November 19, 2012

Pants Primer

Here's a photo from Elle's 'Street Chic' section, showing us what fashionable women on the street are wearing today. This skinny leg pant has been around for several seasons now and often looks best on the very young and models who barely have hips. This beautiful young woman (with a lovely figure) is wearing a patterned version which only EMPHASIZES what skinny pants can do. The SKINNIER the ANKLE, the WIDER ones HIPS are in proportion. So, if you'd like to create some shape - go for it! Otherwise, a flare can help for balance, and a trouser can diminish hips and elongate a leg!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Petite Proportion

Contrary to popular belief, petite women do NOT look good in everything! A petite figure can easily get lost in over-sized clothing or disproportionate pieces! What a way to drown a beautiful body! 

Wearing tailored pieces will complement, not overpower a petite figure. All one color (even in varying shades) will elongate the body instead of cropping it. Showing more leg - even down to a lower vamp on a shoe can extend length as well!

Friday, September 28, 2012

Balance your Figure with a Blazer

Autumn is here and I am thrilled about the crisp weather! One of the most versatile and figure-flattering items of clothing in your fall wardrobe has to be the BLAZER. Not only does it give you a finished look over anything, the right cut and fit can balance your figure. Yes, even yours! You can balance wide hips by adding substance to your shoulder; just be careful to choose a length above or below your widest part. You can slim a large upper body by leaving the jacket open to visually divide it. The natural V neckline of a blazer will elongate your neck. A well-shaped, fitted jacket can actually carve you a waistline where there was none before. Want a longer, leaner look? Wear all one color head to toe and add a contrasting or coordinating blazer left open to show that vertical column!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Summer Heat

In the heat of Summer, there really is no way to hide behind layers for camouflage! We need to use visual tricks and fitted cuts to help with slimming! Notice how this over-sized print, shapeless dress actually ADD fullness to her figure! A body-skimming dress with color-blocking works overtime to shape and slim!

Friday, June 8, 2012

Layering for Camouflage

Maryland welcomed me back home from overseas with a real Spring!  Singapore - where heat and humidity is a year-round season - doesn't allow for wearing much more than one layer, preferably drip-dry!  Maryland, on the other hand (& side of the globe), has gifted us with an extended Spring this year! It's such a treat even on days when the temps creep into the 80's because the day always begins in the 60's or 70's! Therefore, we have greater opportunity to camouflage our body imperfections: balance those hips with a blazer, wear long pants that elongate our legs, even put on our tummy-tucking jeans! Enjoy it now, because the Summer challenge won't be far away!