Free Wardrobe Advice Just For You

Hello Everyone –

I thank you  for following my Blog over the last few years. Today I want to let  you know that from now on I will follow you – How?  By answering your questions! I have worked with many women over the years,  helping them with their wardrobe and finding their image.

Fashion Magazines and sites on the internet inundated us with fashion advice, but they are all addressed to a wide audience and not to YOU personally. They don’t know YOU. But I would like to change this. If you have a question about the following please write  in the comment box, and you can even attach a photo :

  • Shopping
  • Your Wardrobe
  • What suits you best
  • What to wear when
  • How to find your look
  • How to make a clothing budget
  • How to clean out your wardrobe
  • How to save money

And if your question doesn’t fall into one of these categories, please let me hear from you anyway- I look forward to working with you to help you find your style, save you money, and always Dress to loo your best!

Brigitte

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Brigitte

Jeans – How They Become Your Second Skin

In most people’s mind Jeans and washing machines go hand in hand – and that being so, there are ways to make your jeans fit better and to adjust to your body. Here are a few tricks you can try:

  1. If you want to look as if you’d been poured into them, put them on and sit in the bathtub with warm water and get them completely wet (by the way  everybody did this when Calvin Klein’s ads with Brook Shields came out).
  2. Once well soaked stand up and let the water drip off. Then get out of the carefully and hang them up to dry. When they are nearly dry put them on again and keep them on until completely dry. I know, quite a production but it really works – now the jeans and you have become one!
  3. When you have a pair that fits nicely, don’t spoil the new look by washing; dry clean them instead. I know for some of you dry cleaning  is like a dirty word, but if you have paid a lot of money –  over $100 or more – they deserve special treatment.
  4. While washing jeans, you can prevent shrinkage by not putting them in the dryer. This precaution should be taken even with preshrunk materials. The reverse works too. If you lose weight and you want your jeans to lose weight too, by all means put them in the dryer.
  5. Do not, I repeat not, turn the excess length into cuffs. they will make your legs look shorter. A lot of women do it, but they look stubby, not long-legged. If you can’t find the right length, have them shortened, or just cut them off neatly which will create a fringe when washed.
  6. If you consider buying a pair of corduroy or velvet jeans, remember that these fabrics add weight, so unless you are slim enough to get by, stay with smoother, flatter materials.
  7.  Bell-Bottoms are not a good choice for a Heavy or a Small Woman

I am sure if you follow these tips, or  some of them, your jeans will become your best friend.

And Never Forget – A Smile Changes Everything!

Brigitte

JEANS, JEANS AND MORE JEANS

Since jeans have become the uniform worn around the world by young and old they deserve attention. Without doubt jeans are the sexiest pants ever made, leaving nothing about your figure to the imagination  – of course that is  if they fit you well.

Levi Straus was the first one to make them with rivets and extra stitching for greater durability. (Miners out West needed strong pockets to hold their mineral samples). But the name jeans originated in Italy in the fifteenth century, when sailors wore pants made from a heavy cloth called Geneo fustian – jean fustian in French.

Since that time, jeans have truly become the uniform of the world. They are now worn by both sexes, by every age group, and by every nationality. they successfully bridge social and economic barriers. Every time they seem to have reached their peak of popularity, something happens to push it up – when couturier started  making designer jeans they became acceptable for even the most skeptical among us.

How to buy Jeans

The image of jeans is tall and lean, so the slimmer you are the  better they will look on you. But since they are a sign of comfort and a youthful attitude they  worn by every figure type. Jeans should hug your hips and thighs. If there are pleats in the back below your derriere, it is not a good fit. On the other hand,  if they  hug you too tightly, they will flatten your derriere, and not make you look sexy.

GUCCI – fall look

Note: Bell-bottoms (which have been shown again lately) are not a good choice for a heavy woman or a small woman

I don’t know  if the countless different designs and brands available makes it easier or harder to find the right pair. I do know that when I buy jeans, I have to try on at least six pairs before finding the right one. Designer jeans have made it easier, as they are cut for a woman’s body, but a lot of women still have trouble getting the right fit. But once you have found a make and size that suits you, try on a smaller size, a bigger size and another pair of the same size. It is the only way to make sure that you get the best fit, because even pants labelled the same size can vary. don’t feel discouraged: jeans are by far the most difficult pants to buy – unless you are a size 8 with narrow hips.

Because jeans are one item in your wardrobe that should be fashionable avoid very narrow legs when straight legs are in, therefore don’t buy too many. You don’t need more than two or three pairs of blue denim –  maybe one in black for winter?

I hope this helps when you go out to buy your next pair of jeans!

Brigitte

 

P.S. How to Care for Jeans is our next topic – yes, there is more than just throwing them into the washing machine.

DressTo Impress – Find Out How – Lingerie and It’s Appeal – Instalment 8

Good Morning Everyone – here is another Sunday to be lazy – or maybe  you feel like finding out how Lingerie can increase your sex appeal? Let me ask you……………

what’s more exciting than suspense! Think of unwrapping a gift. The best moment of all comes when you’re wondering what’s in the parcel as you carefully open it. Not that the object loses its attraction when you see it, but the suspense adds to its appeal. It’s the same with a woman and underwear. Lingerie is the wrapping paper for her body. It increases her desirability and sex appeal.
Your partner is, of course, already attracted to you, otherwise he wouldn’t be there. But the act of ‘unwrapping’ can certainly add to the stimulation of the evening (or day). And, as you may know, some people don’t unwrap their presents all the way. It’s often fun to keep something back. A little mystery works wonders. I truly believe that nudity does not add to sexual appeal but instead detracts from it. It detracts from the art of seduction. The underwear a woman is wearing, if it’s sexy, will certainly increase the pleasure and degree of eroticism she and her partner feel.
Lingerie gives you the chance to look and be someone else for a special occasion. Change keeps life interesting. A garter belt, a special bra, a sexy pair of stockings can be a great boost to your love life. I’m not saying this just for the benefit of your partner, but also for you. After a number of years, life may have gone a little flat for you too, and you may not always feel inspired. But wearing sexy soft, silky underwear will change your mood. Feeling naughty and provocative will give you back the excitement you’ve missed. Just imagine going out for dinner wearing a beautiful red bra and bikini panties. Besides the pleasant feeling of the soft fabric against your skin, your anticipation of what your lover will say when he sees you will make you more seductive. Don’t feel apprehensive about your image. When you see the effect, you’ll soon forget your worries.

A LOOK BACK

Underwear as we understand it did not come into existence until the later Middle Ages. Most underpinnings started as outerwear and then went underneath, usually because they became more functional. The most elementary of early garments for both sexes was the loincloth, a forerunner of what is known to us as briefs. The corset started as an outer garment as early as the twelfth century, but not until three centuries later did it become an undergarment used by both women and men to improve on nature by artificially shaping the body and influencing the look of fashion for many years.
Another original function of underwear was to protect outerwear— which could not be easily washed and was often made from elaborate and costly fabrics—from bodies that did not enjoy a daily bath. Undergarments were therefore made from cotton or linen, which was easy to wash.
By 1900 underwear was being made from silk, satin, and lace, and was becoming seductive and a fashion in itself. As such, it now had a name of its own—lingerie.
It took the form of negligees and peignoirs, corsets (the Gibson Girl S-shape corset of 1904), combinations, drawers, and petticoats. Image result for gibson girl underwear

Underwear followed and was adapted to the fashion trends of outerwear. In 1907 the French designer Paul Poiret banished the curved S-shape figure by bringing into fashion a more natural shape, and with it the brassiere was born. In 1913 came a new concept of the brassiere, when the American Mary Philips Jacobs (later known as Caresse Crosby) brought but a new soft, short model that separated the breasts.Image result for caresse crosby first bra
By the way, the terminology used to describe underwear has undergone constant change. Lingerie became known as undies in the 1920s, and petticoats became petties. Brassiere was shortened to ‘bra’ in the 1930s. Drawers first became stepins, then pants or panties: only after 1950 were they called briefs.
The discovery of nylon by Du Pont in 1938 is the most important invention in the history of underwear. Its attractiveness and low cost allowed underwear to be less exclusive, less expensive, and therefore available to women of all classes.
Elastic fabrics began to affect corsetry in the early 1920s, when shop catalogues referred to ‘corsets of porous elastic.’ They were further improved by new machinery that came into use in the 1950s, when fully elasticised foundation garments were made and introduced to the popular market.
With the youth explosion of the 1960s, underwear took a dramatic turn. The miniskirt had a lot to do with the disappearance of the girdle, regarded for many years as a must for a good figure. Tights and pantyhose replaced stockings, and made garter belts and girdles unnecessary. Underwear was losing its attraction. More and more women wore only a bra and tights or pantyhose.
The see-through fashions that appeared in the 1960s and Rudi Gernreich’s no-bra bra, introduced in 1963, minimised the concept of underwear even further.

rudi gernreich....... now his underwear line was very innovative for the 60's...with the nude-look bra ( luckily I found a much cheaper knockoff, which I wore and loved)...

The moulded seamless flesh-colour concept took over. Women now wore underwear that was nearly invisible and so were they. This type of lingerie does not enhance any woman’s sex appeal. It might be necessary under certain clothes, such as knits, but I am sure that every woman has clothes in her wardrobe that will allow for a more exciting image than the flesh-colour look. Fortunately for us, designers are now giving us many choices in seductive looks.

Now that we are on the right track knowing what lingerie can do for us (and/or the man in our life) next week we will look at the one item that is the most difficult to buy – A BRA –

Until then – Never Forget A Smile Changes Everything!

Brigitte