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.

Dress To Impress – Instalment 9 – Sexy Bras

Good Morning Everyone – Sunday again – This is properly the day we don’t wear a bra – oh, it feels so good – but it does not help our breast muscles – it allows them to relax – the last thing we want – so let us look at some sexy bras which will reshape us.

This bra is from Soma Intimates

The idea of improving or supporting the breasts goes back a long way. Greek women wore a kind of band around the chest. It served its purpose but did not flatter the bustline. When the corset came, engulfing the whole figure, breasts looked sexy and provocative but women were not always comfortable. Today we’re lucky because we can look sexy and be comfortable at the same time. In choosing a bra for:

A VERY SMALL BUST – MAKING IT LOOK BIGGER:

• A bra with pre-shaped cups (which is formed to look like a well-shaped bust).
• A slightly padded bra, the type that is padded all over. It feels like several layers of material without any rubber inside.
• A bra that is padded only on the lower part of the cup. The padding is like a small pillow supporting the breasts.
• A bra with an underwire. This always helps to push the breasts up and gives them a fuller look.

SHOWING CLEAVAGE.

With a very small bust it is difficult, if not impossible, to create a cleavage. However, you can tum this into an advantage by not wearing a bra and having a decolletage down to your waist (if you are brave enough.) It will look sexy and you will arouse the curiosity of everyone who sees you.

A SMALL BUST   –  MAKING IT LOOK BIGGER:

• An underwire bra will do for this type of bust what a padded bra does for a very small bust. It will give support and push it up enough to give a fuller look.
• A push-up bra. Remember the one Warner brought out in 1969? It was sexy, exposing part of the breasts and at the same time giving an illusion of volume. The straps must be on the outside of the cup to create a fuller look by really lifting the breasts.
• A bra with moulded cups, if you want your bust to look round but not pointy. (If you want a pointed look buy bras with seams and darts in the cups.)

 

 

 

 

 

NOTE: A word of caution: If you want your bust to look bigger or more seductive, stay away from the soft no-bra looks. The moulded ones give the same general effect as the no-bra look, but they will make your look sexier.

SHOWING A CLEAVAGE:

• A push-up bra that pushes the breasts both up and together gives the best effect.
• A demi-bra is another style for a provocative look. It leaves the upper part of the breasts exposed, plus showing a cleavage.

A MEDIUM-SIZE BUST  – MAKING IT LOOK BIGGER:

• An underwire bra will push up the breasts giving a fuller look.
• A push-up style—again, be sure the straps are on the outside.
•A no-bra can be worn best by this size. It gives a very natural, full look and can be very sexy under knits. Often, however, the nipples can be seen through the soft material. If you don’t want this effect, put plasters over the nipples.

SHOWING A CLEAVAGE:

A push-up bra that is cut away in the middle, exposing the breasts. If you have a natural cleavage and want to show it, don’t wear bras with moulded full cups; instead wear lacy ones open at the middle.

• If you want to wear a plunging neckline without showing your cleavage,
choose a bra with cups far apart and connected by only a small piece of elastic. It will separate the breasts and allow you to be sexy without being obvious.

NOTE: For these sizes many styles have the closure in front. this is not only more comfortable when getting dressed, but also more gracious when getting undressed. If you have a choice and are not sacrificing the style and shape you want, choose a bra that fasten in front.

A BIG BUST  -MAKING IT LOOK SMALLER:
• A minimiser bra. This type of bra will reduce the breasts up to one size. It does this by pulling the breasts apart rather than pushing them together.
• A bra with round cups, not pointed ones. The pointed type adds volume to a large bust.
An underwire bra with moulded round cups. It separates the breasts and gives a youthful look.

NOTE: A word of caution” Pay special attention to the straps of your bras. they must be adjusted so as not pull your breast up too high, but high enough to avoid sagging. How they feel is not the only factor here; see how you look with your outer garment on. A sagging look may often result if the elastic straps are worn out. A drooping bust looks heavy and not at all sensual. Remember that a firm, upstanding shape will improve your image one hundred percent.

A bra that does not pull the breasts up too high. To avoid this be sure the straps are in the middle of the cup, over the nipple.

  • TO REDUCE CLEAVAGE:
    A bra that has space between the cups to separate them.

NOTE: The proper was to try on a bra, whatever size you are, is to close it and then bend forward and down. this will place your breasts well into the cups.

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There are hundreds and hundreds of bras out there and I find it very confusing, especially in department stores where often there is nobody to get you another size when you stand undressed in a fitting room. Therefore, I find it easier to go to a specialty store – you will find them by going on-line – the staff is always helpful, assuring you that you got the bra that is best for you.

The right panties and coordinating your lingerie wardrobe will be next Sunday’s topic.

Until then – Never forget –A Smile Changes Everything!

Brigitte

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dress To Impress – Find Out How – Instalment 6 – Fit

Good Morning my Sunday friends  – today we will talk about how clothes should fit to impress and to make you feel good about yourself – so let’s dive right into it.

A good fit determines how smart you look. A bad cut distorts your figure, while a good one shows it to its best advantage. We read a lot about how we can hide and camouflage figure flaws—but why should the flaw always be us? Have you ever tried on a dress that you liked, but found that it didn’t look right on you? You may have thought that something was wrong with your figure but the garment itself could have been the culprit. When the shoulders of a garment are a little too wide or if a sleeve is not set in well, the resulting pulls and puckers are unsightly. Unfortunately, with mass production of clothing, workmanship has declined greatly. Today, more than ever, time and money are needed to find the correct fit. You need time to check an item thoroughly to see how it is made. And you need money to get a better fit and finish. Well-made buttonholes, carefully stitched hems and seams, pattern co-ordination and good fabrics cannot be found in cheap merchandise. The extra money you spend will pay off because your garment will last longer and will keep its good looks as long as you own it.

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The fit of these pants does not help you too look good
The fit of any of these pants will enhance your figure

It is important to keep in mind that you will look better in clothes that fit well without distorting your figure. For example, avoid a jacket that makes you appear too large on top, a pair of pants with a crotch so low that the length of your legs is reduced by a few inches, or which are too long and drag on the floor.

Or a halter-neck that gapes and thus distorts your bust-line. A halter-neck should fit snugly like the one in the picture.

NANCY’S PROBLE

You may have trouble finding good-fitting clothes if you wear one size on top and a different one on the bottom. But don’t be discouraged. What you feel to be a drawback might really be an asset. A client of mine found that out one day when we went shopping.

Nancy, a good-looking woman in her early thirties, was convinced that she had a big problem, since she was not a standard size. Her ‘problem’ turned out to be a size 38 bust with 36-inch hips—in other words, a very sensual figure and one that most women would give their right arm for. (The other way around—the pear-shaped figure—is much more common and much less attractive.)

Admittedly, it took time to find what we wanted. But we found a handsome, conservative blazer in a subdued black-and-white check, paying special attention to the fit over the bust. The lapels had to lie flat, and the jacket had to close easily without being too loose. Under it we chose a blouse that was slightly loose to avoid a too-busty look. The colour was fuchsia, lively but not too bright or loud. A straight black skirt completed the outfit. It was too long, so it had to be shortened ( more about alterations the next time)to show the world that she had a pretty pair of legs. When we had finished our shopping, Nancy looked both business-like and feminine in her trim blazer and soft classic blouse. It was a change from her ill-fitting two-piece dress.

TAKE TIME TO DO IT RIGHT

How clothes fit has nothing to do with your height or weight. Clothes can be adjusted to any figure. But, as in Nancy’s case, you may need time and patience to find exactly what you want. Among the vast choices available today, there are clothes to fit every body type. Some·stores and manufacturers specialise in garments for very small women (yes, there is a size 2), while others cater to tall women or to large sizes (18 to 24). If you have special needs but don’t know where to find them go on line for help. But never give in to the feeling that nothing better can be found, or that you are so tired (after a day of shopping) that second-best ‘will do.’ What you want is out there. Just don’t get discouraged.

When you’re trying on clothes, make sure you have an unobstructed three-way view of yourself in the mirror. If the fitting room doesn’t have a three-way mirror, use your hand mirror to look at the back of the garment. There should be no pleats and pulls anywhere. Look at yourself from the side, too. You’ll be surprised to see how many styles that look good front and back look less so sideways—perhaps revealing more stomach than you thought you had.

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Once you have checked out front, back, and sides there are details on a garment you have to look at to make sure the fit is right for you – and that is what we will talk about next Sunday – until then

Never forget – A Smile Changes Everything!

Brigitte