Friday, December 30, 2011

Body type #3, Hips & Thighs

I pray you had a blessed Christmas Holiday celebration last weekend. With last minute shopping, baking, and wrapping, I took the Friday off last week to finish Christmas errands.

Today, the focus is on the hips, thighs, and derriere.  When you gain weight, do you tend to gain primarily in your hips, thighs, & derriere?  If so, you probably also have a narrow waist & shoulders that are narrow or medium in width.  You may also have a smaller bustline.  If this description fits your body type, Shari Braendel (author of Good Girls don't have to Dress Bad) would categorize you as a "d" body type.

Here are some fashion suggestions for you:
  • look for pants that have a flared leg (the flare helps to balance your hips)
  • stay away from skinny jeans or ones that are narrow at the bottom (they only serve to place more focus on your hips & thighs)
  • get to know a tailor (they can be a lifesaver when it comes to having pants altered)
  • speaking of buying pants, look for ones that fit you in the hips and then have them altered in the waist so they compliment your narrow waist
  • keep patterns on the top half of your body (this will help draw attention up toward your beautiful face)
  • short jackets look cute on you
  • stay away from jackets or tops that are too long (stop at the widest part of your hips, thighs-it only draws attention to this area)
  • wear fun necklaces and earrings to draw attention back up toward the face
A few words about tailors: 
Clothing makers are trying to offer varying styles and fits for women now days but you will still need to be open to using a tailor to get the right fit.  I would suggest talking to friends and co-workers to see if they would recommend a local tailor.  Ask questions like: How much do they charge for various alterations? What is their turnaround time? What types of alterations can they do?

After locating a tailor, try taking one or two garments to them initially.  Then assess for yourself how happy you are with the results.  When purchasing a new garment that you already know needs to be tailored to get the best fit, LEAVE the tags on the garment until you take it to the tailor.  Occasionally, there will be alterations that will cost too much for a tailor to do.  It is best for you and the tailor to decide that together.  When you leave the tags on the garment and keep your purchase receipt, you always have the ability to return the garment back to the store if you and your tailor decide it would be too costly to make the alterations you want for the perfect fit.

Well, hope these suggestions are helpful.  Next Friday, I will tackle another body type.  Until then, feel free to share this website with others.  If you have additional questions about this body type or the other 2 body types I have described in previous posts, feel free to post them below.

Take care!  Remember, you are only one outfit away from being remembered as "impeccable".

Friday, December 16, 2011

Uniquely Shaped, Body Type #2

Happy, Fantastic Friday!

Are you ready to learn about a second body type?  Today, I want to focus on women who are "full figured".  If you fall into this category, you tend to be blessed in the chest area and carry your weight in your upper body (midriff, chest).  When you gain weight, it is usually in the upper half of your body. This body type is an "o" and stands for overly endowed.

The blessing for a woman who seems to fit into this body type is that she typically has nice legs. So, it is a great idea to hi-lite your nice legs with dresses or skirts that come to the knee.  A knee length skirt or dress is a flattering length for everyone.

What types of clothing flatters you the most?
  • Having a great, well fitted bra!  Nothing can replace having a professional bra fitting. Please believe me when I say that your clothes will fit you so much better if you are wearing the correct bra.
  • Printed tops can help in making a fuller chest appear smaller.  Be careful to watch the pattern though so that no obvious circles, prints,... center around the bust/nipple area. 
  • Jackets typically look great on you.  Be sure the jacket is not too tight around the bust though. A straight or swing jacket is flattering.
  • It is best to not tuck your shirt in, however, if you do, compliment it by wearing a skinny belt not a wide one.
  • Be careful with the neckline of your tops.  A general rule of thumb is "no cleavage is good cleavage".  If you have a favorite top but it shows some cleavage, try wearing a cami underneath that fits higher.  You may also want to take the top to a tailor to see what other ideas they can come up with to slightly alter the top for you.  Be modest.  (There is nothing more unappealing than seeing someone elses cleavage.  Really!)
Hopefully this helps give you some ideas if you fall into this body type.  Next week, I will describe a 3rd body type (if you tend to gain weight more in your backside-derriere come back next week).

For now, have a Fantastic Friday!  Feel free to share this website with your friends and family. And remember-- You are only one outfit away from being remembered as "impeccable".

Friday, December 9, 2011

You are Unique!

I am so glad you stopped by!  You are truly unique and beautiful!  You are deeply loved by the God who created you.  It is my hope that each week you will find something on this website that will encourage or challenge you in the area of fashion, faith, and beauty.

Today begins the 4 week focus on body type.  Many women struggle to figure out how to dress their body in the most flattering styles possible.  You don't need to spend hundreds of dollars on an outfit to look your best.  You just need to know what styles of clothing, shades of colors, and brands of clothing can enhance your best features.

It doesn't take a rocket scientist to recognize that as women, we are created uniquely different from one another.  We differ in height, weight, shape, ... It is important to understand and accept our different body builds and then apply certain basic fashion rules in order to feel more confident in how we select clothing.  The right clothing can compliment our body type instead of making us feel self-conscience about it.  We all have areas of our body that we feel self-conscience about.  That is just a fact of life!  Don't sweat it!

Since I have never liked being described as a "fruit" shape in regard to my body type, I will address body type focused primarily on where a woman carries her weight.  Here is where you have to look honestly at your body build.  Picture yourself standing in front of your bathroom mirror with a swimsuit or your skivvies on.  Also, look at yourself from the side.  Now, answer these basic questions (honestly):

Are your shoulders and hips even in proportion?  Or are your shoulders wider or hips wider?
If your shoulders & hips are proportionate, do you have an indentation where your waist is? (like an X shape)  You may also be shaped straight up and down with no indentation.  That's ok too.
Do you carry more of your weight in your hips? (If so, your shoulders may be a bit smaller but not always)
Do you carry more of your weight in your tummy?
Do you carry more of your weight in your chest and upper midriff? (more of a fuller figure, nice legs)
When you do gain weight, do you gain it evenly or in one of the above areas mentioned (hips, tummy, or chest)? 

Today, I want to address the women who seem to carry more weight in their tummy area.  Shari Braendel (Fashion Meets Faith, speaker & author) calls this body type an "b".  Women who are "b" body types have a fuller waist.  They gain weight primarily in the belly and their shoulders and hips are fairly balanced.  Typically, their derriere is pretty flat.

If your body shape fits into this category, here are a few suggestions for you:
  • Never tuck your shirt in (this places more emphasis on your waist)
  • Stay away from pleated pants & skirts
  • To draw attention up toward your face, be sure to accessorize with a necklace, scarf, maybe some nice earrings
  • If you are going to wear a belt, select one that is a bit wider and place it a bit off to the side (this will help take attention away from the fuller part of your tummy)
  • Jackets, shirts, & sweaters should always fall below your tummy (this will help to take the focus off of your tummy)
I hope this gives you a few ideas for how to wear your existing clothes or what things to look for the next time you go shopping.  If you would like more ideas for this body type, feel free to comment on this post and I can add a few more suggestions.

Next Friday, I will address another body type.  Have a Fantastic Friday!  Remember, you are only one outfit away from being remembered as "impeccable".

"Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman." by Coco Chanel




Friday, December 2, 2011

Fantastic Fridays Begin this Month!

Welcome to a blog that is focused on Fashion, Faith, and Beauty!

Each Friday, I will address various topics related to style and beauty. 

Each month, I will post on an Illinois boutique or a "home clothing line" you may want to visit or explore as an option to update your wardrobe. I will also touch on topics such as: current style trends,  flattering clothing options for various body types, the best colors to wear based on your hair, skin, and eye coloring, how to purge your closet of unused clothes, building a stronger wardrobe, and answer questions you might have about fashion & beauty.

I will also have occasional "guest" bloggers who focus on similar topics. 

I cannot wait to get started!  If you "subscribe" you will get automatic emails when I post each week that will remind you to stop by the sight and checkout the most updated post.

Thanks for visiting!!!