DRESS TO IMPRESS – Lingerie – Instalment 10

Good Morning Everyone – Sunday again and you might have some time to continue coordinating your lingerie wardrobe – yes, I call it lingerie wardrobe because  it is as important as your outer wardrobe. As a matter of fact it can make or break any garment you wear by showing bra straps, emphasize your love handles or have pantie lines distract from the beauty of your dress or pants. So let us start by looking at which pantie style is good for what body shape.

For Small Hips, Slim Thighs – Illustration No. 1

This body type will look good in any sort of briefs. Obviously, the very skimpy styles, like G-strings or the type held together at the side with a bow or ring, are the sexiest (Illustration No. 1). Under trousers, however, they might show a mark or line where you don’t want one, so a type extending up to the waist would be more practical.

Medium-Size Hips and Thighs – Illustration No. 2

If your thighs are not as slim as you would like them to be, always choose a style that is cut high on the outside, exposing part of your hip (Illustration No. 2). This will make your legs seem longer and slimmer (and sexier). Stay away from boy-leg cuts; they are not only unbecoming but they make your legs seem larger than they are.

Also good for this figure is the type with a wide elastic lace band on top, extending to the middle of the stomach. Under trousers, choose a style that comes up to the waist (Illustration No. 3).

Big Hips, Heavy Thighs – Illustration No. 4

 If your hips are large and you are looking for a sexy panty, consider culottes, slit up the sides (Illustration No. 4). These are panties made like a little skirt. To look attractive, the leg part must not extend more than two inches over the top of your thigh. The advantage of the slit at the side is that it gives room as well as flare to the panty without revealing too much of the leg. (For this type of figure a high cut on the outside is not good, because it will expose what you don’t want to show.)

Culotte panties can be worn only under a full skirt, not under a straight one or trousers. For trousers or a straight skirt choose either a pair of pantyhose that have a panty part like Underalls, or a brief that goes from your waist to the top of your legs, making a smooth line. Should you need more support, wear a brief made from elastic tricot. And if still more control is necessary, wear a panty girdle with longer legs, made from elastic tricot. To make this type of garment more attractive and sexy, buy it in black instead of white or a flesh colour. The darker colour will also make you look slimmer. 

In this case a bikini or brief would be a disaster. Since this style does not extend to the waist, it will cut into the flesh, creating a spare tire. The best solution is an elastic panty that will give you a smooth line from waist to thigh. It can be sexy in a dark colour—burgundy, black, or brown—and in a fine fabric with a little sheen and pretty lace trim.

Flat Derriere – Illustration No. 5

 Many women are unhappy that they don’t have a curvier bottom, but a flat one is easier to cope with than a big one! Unless you need a waist-high style for a particular outer garment, avoid this type, as it will make you look flatter. The panty should stop just above the curve of the bottom (Illustration No. 5). Select lace fabrics to add volume, or at least ample lace trimmings and frills. Buy panties slightly bigger than you need; the extra room will create the illusion of more.

NOTE: Remember what ever style panties you wear, be sure to get them big enough, Asking for a size 5 may make you feel better than asking for a size 7, but most of the time the bigger size will be more flattering to your figure. Nothing looks worse than the spare tire created by elastic cutting into the flesh. This applies even to a very slim woman.

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CO-ORDINATING YOUR LINGERIE WARDROBE —???

Before you go shopping I will ask you to look at the underwear you now own. Start by taking all your lingerie out of your drawers and closets (make sure that none of it is in the laundry). Eliminate the items you wouldn’t want to be seen in. Ask yourself why you bought them in the first place. If the flesh-colour bra was to go under your beige sweater, think back to when you bought it. Are you sure that there wasn’t a more attractive model, maybe with more lace or a better cut? And what about the slip to wear under your knitted dress; couldn’t you have found one that makes you look less like a sausage? With the choice of styles on the market today, we have no excuse for buying underwear that is practical but not attractive.

After the first weeding out, you should be left with items you like and those you need for certain outfits.

Maybe some of the items you have kept are not exactly favourites, but you feel that you couldn’t afford nicer versions. This brings us to the question of quantity. Do you really need fourteen bras and twenty pairs of panties? Most women wear four or five bras constantly; the others just lie in the drawer.

Think carefully about what you need before you buy. That way you can have five really good bras instead of ten or more mediocre ones. Maybe you hesitate to throw out panties because you do your laundry once every two weeks. You can solve this problem by washing your panties when you shower or bathe .

Then you will always have clean ones, you won’t need so many, and you can buy more expensive styles. (This rule applies to every other item, too; buy less and you can afford to splurge.)

When coordinating what you need, coordinate the colours as well. The new shades in lingerie we can omit pinks and baby blues if we choose. Colours like burgundy, navy, chocolate-brown, black, red, champagne, rose, and lavender allow us to select the most becoming and the most sexy colours, that flatters our skin – and consider black and red. (A study of men’s reaction to colours showed that black is regarded as the most exciting, with red a close second.) Beige and flesh colours are not becoming because there is not enough contrast with the skin. Beige should be worn only when outer garments need it; such as, under a white blouse beige is less visible than white 

GOING SHOPPING

Whenever you have a moment to spare, go into a shop or browse in a department store to see what is being offered. You don’t always have to buy, but you will know what is fashionable. Feel the materials and consider how the new colours this season would look on you. Imagine how those sexy styles would make you feel. If you find something interesting, take it to the fitting room and try it on. ALWAYS TRY ON. You may be sure of your size, but a particular model might be all wrong for your figure. (This applies even to panties, which unfortunately most women don’t try on.) I know it’s frustrating to see something you like and not have the time to try it on. But don’t take the risk. You might come home with an item that doesn’t suit you.

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Wearing pretty, appealing, sexy underwear will do as much for your self-confidence than a pretty dress. You should never feel that you don’t want to be seen in that bra or those panties.

Has it ever happened to you that your underwear prevented you from enjoying an adventure? It did to me—only once, but I have never forgotten it and I have regretted it ever since.

My Grandmother’s motto was –  this will stand YOU in good stead too:

ONE SHOULD ALWAYS BE DRESSED TO MAKE LOVE OR TO DIE.

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And Never forget – A Smile Changes Everything!

Brigitte

 

 

 

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Dress to Impress – Find Out How! – Instalment 7 – Well-Fitting Clothes.

Good Morning Everyone- happy to be here with you again and to continue talking about how to make sure that the fit is right.

 

 

 

As I advised you last week  — while trying on a garment you have to check out front, back, and sides. But there are other details to look at carefully, and they are.

  • SHOULDERS

For a set-in sleeve, the shoulder seam should be on your natural shoulder line. If it is farther out, you may look like an American football player; if it is too far in, you will appear to have grown out of the garment

  • LAPELS

A classical grey pant suit is a very executive look. Be sure to add this staple to your professional wardrobe. Banana Republic, The Limited and Nordstrom offer conservative and well fitting suits for all shapes and sizes.

 

They must lie flat. If they buckle or bulge over the bust, it is a sign that the garment is too small.

  • SLEEVES

These must not pull where the sleeve is set into the jacket, and no horizontal pleats or dimples on the arm. A question I am asked often is: ‘How long should a jacket sleeve be?’ To find the right length for you, measure from the tip of your thumb 5 inches up. That is where the sleeve should end. Your shirt or blouse should extend 1/2″ to 3/4″ beyond it.Image result for photo of ill fitting jacket in shoulder

 

Vertical wrinkles mean that a garment is too large. Horizontal wrinkles show that it is. too tight. This rule applies especially to trousers. Horizontal pleats in the crotch area show that the trousers are too snug.
I will discuss correct proportions and proper styles for various figure types in later chapters. However, there are a few more important points to remember about fit:

1. Fitness and fit go together. What I mean is the better the shape of your body, the tighter the clothes you can wear.
2. A heavier person will look slimmer in slightly loose clothes.
3. To test how good a fit is, see how a garment moves with you: sit down in it, bend in it, and walk in it. A good fit should be rather smooth in all positions.
4. Consider whether you want to wear a garment under or over something else. A coat, obviously, has to be roomy enough to fit over a jacket. A sweater to be worn under a shirt or another sweater must not be too bulky.
5. Decide what shoes you will wear with the garment. Its length can of course be changed, but it is better to find the right length without having to bother with alterations.

ALTERATIONS

And this brings us to the question of alterations. To have a perfect fit, alterations are often necessary. (I hardly ever buy anything that I don’t adjust somewhere; this should not be necessary for someone who is 5 feet 8 inches and wears a size 10, but it often is if I want something just right.) Alterations should be considered mainly for the following: to shorten a garment, to lengthen skirts, trousers, or sleeves; or to take in the waist (when this is done, the most you can take in without damaging the style is 1 1/2″). When shortening a jacket, skirt, or trousers, have the new hem pinned completely first and then try the garment on again to see if it is the correct length and to check the proportions. For example, if you have a jacket shortened, be sure the pockets are not too close to the edge of the jacket.
Unless you are a very good seamstress, have alterations done by an expert. (Most Dry Cleaners have someone to do it) This is especially true of hems, for one that is badly done can spoil a garment. (A 3″ hem looks very ugly.) When letting out a hem or sleeves, make sure that the fabric will not keep crease marks from the earlier length. Velvet, synthetic knits, satin, silk, and sometimes even cotton tend to do this. With wool and gabardine, however, the marks are easily removed with pressing. If the alteration comes close to remaking the garment, I do recommend against it, as it will affect the style and never look right.

But a small alteration, the ones mentioned above, can make the dress you fell in love with just right for you. So don’t dismiss the idea of having a garment altered.

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Now that we have spoken about the outer garments next week we will look underneath – Lingerie and its Appeal.

Wishing you a sunny Sunday, and reminding you that

A Smile Changes everything!

Brigitte

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GETTING OVER GROWING OLDER

HELLO EVERYONE

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THANKING YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT

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TIP OF THE DAY NO. 75 – TAILORS ARE NOT A LUXURY

TIP NO. 75 – TAILORS ARE NOT A LUXURY

There was a time no woman would have been without a dressmaker, and men had their personal tailors. And even today it is not a luxury to have a tailor. No, they don’t make our clothes anymore, but they are still necessary to shorten, lengthen, take in the waist, and adjust a garment to fit our figure.

Especially when a woman is not the same size on the top and on the bottom, a little help from a good dressmaker can make the difference.

How do you know if somebody is a good tailor or seamstress? You don’t until you try it out. Most Dry Cleaners do alterations – but to find out how good they are give them a hem to do and if it is done well, give them more complicated things to do. However, one word of warning, when an alteration comes close to remarking a garment I recommend against it because it will affect the style and never look right.

So when you are shopping and you see a bargain, or something you really like and the skirt or the sleeves are too long, or it is a little  loose somewhere, remember there are still tailors out there to help you.

See you tomorrow

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TIP OF THE DAY NO. 72. – SUITS – MOST FLATTERING STYLE FOR YOUR FIGURE!

TIP NO. 72 – SUITS – MOST FLATTERING STYLE FOR YOUR FIGURE!

Whether you wear pant suits, or suits with a skirt, it is the jacket that dictates the look. And there again proportions are  most important, and your figure type decides which style is best.

A SMALL SLIM WOMAN will look best in a fitted short jacket, and if she is a little on the heavy side, a slightly looser style is better, but it should still be on the short side – maybe two inches longer than for a slimmer woman.

A SLIM WOMAN, 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 8 inches can choose any jacket length that pleases her, fitted or loose.

A TALL SLIM WOMAN, 5 feet  and up, can wear many styles, but a fitted or belted  will show off her figure best.

A TALL HEAVY WOMAN should wear a straight, fairly long jacket, but nothing longer than halfway over her  bottom or it will make her look heavier.

Please don’t feel bad when you don’t look good in the latest style – remember fashion is what suits you!

See you tomorrow

                          Brigitte

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TIP OF THE DAY NO. 71 – YOUR FIGURE

TIP NO 71 –YOUR FIGURE

For many years now we have been brainwashed into thinking that skinny is beautiful just because we see and admire flat-chested, narrow-hipped models in fashion magazines. It is indeed nice to be slim, but skinny is not beautiful or attractive.

Gentlemen do NOT prefer scarecrows. A very thin woman may look well in clothes,but without them she doesn’t offer much to hold on to – is that maybe why some men prefer heavier women?

What is more important than being slim is to be well proportioned. If you wear a size 10 on the top and size 12 or 14 around the hips, exercise is the only thing that will correct this. Dieting alone will make you lose weight all over, where exercise will take off the bulk where you don’t need it.

And when getting older being thin is no advantage – because when the skin starts to sag and the bones begin to show a woman will certainly look older than she is. In moderation a few extra pounds will make you look younger and more feminine.

See you tomorrow

                         Brigitte

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TIP OF THE DAY NO. 70 – THINGS TO REMEMBER

TIP NO. 70 – THINGS TO REMEMBER

1. If you wear make-up don’t try on clothes the day you don’t – without make-up the result will not be dependable.

2. When you are tired, it’s better not to wear black. Instead, put a lighter shade next to your face.

3. Prints or designs of any kind need simple, quiet accessories in solid tones.

4. Since long sleeves lead the eyes to your hands, pay attention to your manicure.

5. When wearing white – any garment in white – must be of good quality. A white garment in a cheap fabric will make you look that way.

See you tomorrow

                       Brigitte

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