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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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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TIP OF THE DAY NO. 69 – LOOK AT COLOURS IN THE RIGH LIGHT

TIP NO. 69 – LOOK AT COLOURS IN THE RIGHT LIGHT

When shopping and trying on clothes to find out if a certain colour is good for you, try to look at it in daylight. Artificial light changes colours. Go to the door of the boutique or to a window in a department store. If this isn’t possible, check it at home. If you find the colour is unbecoming, take the trouble to return it. Don’t compromise when it comes to your looks.

By the way the contrary is true when buying an evening dress or a garment worn mainly in artificial light: try it on in that light. Many colours that look well in daylight appear drab or ugly in the evening.

See you tomorrow

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