ASK ME WHAT TO WEAR

Hello Everybody

Now that I have talked about what to wear and how to look your best, I would like to hear from YOU.

So I am starting something new – if you have a question about ANYTHING  – your hairstyle, your make-up, a dress, or what to wear for a special occasion, or for work,  please write to me – or better yet send me a picture of yourself with your question – my email is bbnnic@gmail.com – this is a free service to help you get an honest answer,  to erase any doubt you might have about your image or what to wear.

Hope to hear from you soon

                                  STAY WELL AND LOOK YOUR BEST

                                                 Brigitte

PS. Don’t forget to check out my blog www.Egypt-mylove.com

SHOPPING FOR YOUR SPRING WARDROBE

LOOK BEFORE YOU SHOP

It is Springtime and we are ready for some new clothes. But before you rush out and put your credit card on the counter look at what is in your wardrobe  – put the sweaters aside and take out what you wore last spring and summer, including shoes and handbags.

Do as I say and not as I do – I just bought a bright turquoise bag, because I thought I needed a new summer bag, only to find out that I have a very nice multi-color one I bought at the end of last summer. No, there is nothing wrong in having two bags, but maybe you want to spend you money on something you need more?

Don’t forget to try on what you have – we often remember a blouse looking very nice, only to find out that we don’t like it anymore.Or that something does not fit anymore – so weed out your wardrobe by trying on what you have, and eliminate what you don’t feel comfortable in -yes, even if you have not worn it much – don’t accommodate your clothes, they have to work for you by making you feel comfortable and confident.

Boston Proper Catalogue

Now to what you buy, keep in mind that everything is bright this season – really bright.  But since you can’t and won’t even want an all bright wardrobe, add a bright blazer to wear with your jeans

And look at the shoes in this picture – wedge-platform shoes are the latest look. And they are more comfortable than you might think. I just found a pair that feel like slippers – the wedge allows you to have a higher heel which is offset by the sole.

Cache Catalogue

Another way to add color are prints – the choice we have is pretty and very varied – really for every taste. A pretty patterned top will bring a business suit up-to-date.

I know it is a little work and you will need an afternoon to do what I am suggesting, but knowing what you have in your wardrobe, and what goes with what will save you time and money in the season to come.

Until the next time – I want to wish you

     A HAPPY EASTER WITH LOTS OF COLORED EASTER EGGS

                                                AND

                                     HAPPY PASSOVER

        STAY WELL AND LOOK YOUR BEST

                                      Brigitte

COLORS FOR SPRING 2012

Hello Everyone

When walking down Fifth Avenue the other day, I passed Bergdorf Goodman, one of New York’s upscale department stores. Their window display is always beautiful, and I never miss to take a look. But today nobody needed an invitation to look, the display was so bright and colorful that it gave the impression to leap out at you.

There were blouses, dresses, tops, pants, very short and long skirts in electric and iridescent shades of yellow, lemon, apple green, lavender, reds, blues – simply anything very, very bright.

Just when I though ‘Oh black is out’ I saw a black jacket over an electric blue dress. What does that mean for us? We can keep all our black clothing and just spruce it up with one of the new exciting colors, and be up-to-date.

Until the next time                                                               Harper’s Bazaar Feb.2012

      STAY WELL AND LOOK YOUR BEST

                                       Brigitte

DRESS TO IMPRESS – HOW IMPORTANT IS FIT – PART 2

Hello Everyone

                                        TAKE TIME TO DO IT RIGHT.

How your clothes fit has nothing to do with your height or weight. Clothes can be adjusted to any figure, but you will need time and patience to find exactly what you want. Among the vast choices available today, there is something to fit every body type. Some stores and manufacturers specialise in garments for very small women, (yes, there is a size 4 or even 2) while others cater to tall women or to large sizes (18 – 22). If you have special needs, but don’t know where to find them, ask at your favourite boutique or department store and then there is the internet! Never give in to the feeling that nothing better can be found, or  when you are tired (after a day of shopping) that second-best ‘will do.’ What you want and need is out there. Just don’t get discouraged.

When you’re in a shop 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 plats 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 side-ways – perhaps revealing more stomach than you thought you had!

Once you have checked out front,back, and sides, look carefully at the following details:

                                                        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 a football player; if it is too far in, you will appear to have grown out fo the garment.

                                                         LAPELS

They must lie flat. If they buckle or bulge, 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 arms. 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 12mm to 18mm beyond it.

Vertical wrinkles mean that a garment is too large. Horizontal wrinkles show that it is too tight. This rule applies especially to pants. Horizontal pleats in the crotch area indicate that the pants are too snug.

Until tomorrow, when I will tell you about ‘Alterations’

                              STAY WELL AND LOOK YOUR BEST

                                                                     Brigitte

Remember if you have a question – email me at bbnnic@gmail.com

DRESS TO IMPRESS – read a part of my book every day

    SPICE UP YOUR WARDROBE WITH BRIGHT COLOURS

                                                                                                             

     Now that you have decided on two basic colours in your wardrobe, let’s see how you can add colour to brighten things up.

     Remember the bright colours you found in your wardrobe, which were not suitable for your lifestyle? It does not mean you have to live without them. You can wear them in small quantities: a scarf, a belt, a blouse, a bag, and if you are daring, a pair of shoes. Did you ever own a pair of red shoes? They go with more outfits than you realise. they brighten up a grey dress, a navy suit, or a black skirt. Red also looks very fashionable with beige; a red blouse can work wonders with a beige suit

     Another factor that can help you decide on a colour is the type of fabric. A heavy fabric projects a colour more strongly than a thinner, finer material. There seems to be mor of it. Take yellow, for example. In a wool fabric, it will be too bright for most of us. But the same colour in chiffon or silk is very soft and feminine.

      Sometimes it happens that a colour unflattering to you is needed to complete an outfit. Let’s say you have a tweed jacket with a little bit of green in it. A green blouse or sweater would certainly complete the outfit, but since green is not a good colour for you, choose a green skirt instead – it is far enough from your face not to be unbecoming. In other words, keep an unflattering colour away from your face. This type of compromise is sometimes necessary to complete an outfit.

NOTE: Don’t worry too much about the latest fashion colour. It is never the only colour to be worn, even if it is the dominant one of the season. If it is suitable for your looks and lifestyle, by all means wear it. If not, don’t feel too bad. Remember that looking terrific is more important than looking fashionable.

Come back and read ABOUT BLACK

Until then STAY WELL AND LOOK YOUR BEST

                                                                                         Brigitte              

DRESS TO IMPRESS- read part of this book everyday

               CHECKING OUT THE UNFAMILIAR

     Since your wardrobe, like most wardrobes, doesn’t contain all colours, now is the time to experiment with some shades you’ve never worn before. Most stores let you try on clothes before making a purchase. If, for example, lavender or charcoal grey are among those never-before-worn colours, find out now how they look on you. Remember, not to listen to the salesperson – decide for yourself. Also, don’t think that another style might make a difference. If the shade isn’t becoming, another style won’t make it more attractive(To illustrate this point, think of the times you’ve tried on something and thought: “if this were in a different colour I’d like it,’ or ‘The colour is nice but the style isn’t for me.’) You must consider the colour before the style. Never prejudge: try it on and look. If a blouse you want to buy comes in six colours, it’s a good idea to try on several to see which is the most flattering.

     Also don’t forget that colours come in many different shades. While brown might not be appropriate for you, tan might be. Often we are too general in our assessment of colours. We don’t consider the many different tones that exist. Beige is a good example: there are lots of different beige. If a very light tone makes you look life-less, a camel tone might look smashing.

     By the way, the richer and more unusual shades can often be found only in more expensive garments. The higher price might be worth it if the shade in question suits you especially well.

     Once you have done your research, you will see that there are many colours that suit you. However, for practical purposes – budget, lifestyle, and easier co-ordination of your wardrobe – you will have to limit yourself to a few that suit you best.

NOTE: When shopping and trying to decide whether 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 it to be unsuitable, take the trouble to return it. Don’t compromise when it comes to your looks. The contrary applies when buying an evening dress or a garment to be worn mainly in artificial light: try it on in that light. Many colours that look well in daylight appear drab or even ugly in the evening

Please come back tomorrow to read about YOUR BUDGET AND YOUR WARDROBE

Until then STAY WELL AND LOOK YOUR BEST

                                                                                        Brigitte   

YOU HAVE LOST WEIGHT? ADJUST YOUR WARDROBE TO YOUR NEW FIGURE.

Hello Everyone

Our blog today is for all those brave, and determined ladies who have lost weight —

          Attending a Weight Watcher’s meeting (yes, I needed help too), I met a lady who had lost 45 pounds and had become a Life-Time member.  “CONGRATULATION.” 

          But her weight loss had not carried over into a positive, self-confident attitude. She sat with her legs crossed, her arms folded over her chest, clutching her handbag. With her head bend down, she looked around shyly . In no way did her triumph of losing 45 pounds show in her posture or behaviour. Don’t let this happen to you !

          To get the full reward for your efforts,  to eliminate that ‘fat person’  from your mind, and  to show the world that a new person has emerged, clothes can help you do that.  They can finish what you started by losing weight.

         How can that be done? Of course the easiest way is to buy new clothes.  However, few women can afford to eliminate their entire wardrobe and buy everything new. Therefore, part of your present wardrobe will have to be altered until you can replacement it. So alterations is the answer. Who does alterations? Most Dry Cleaners have somebody who can help you.

           So to know what will be altered and what will not, you have to look at your clothes. Start by taking out the items you wore when you were your heaviest. I know that you have several different sizes in your wardrobe – the result of all the different weight stages you went through. Now, however, I am referring to the biggest size clothes you ever wore. GET RID OF THEM. It will be a great psychological relief. Even if they were altered they would remind you of the time when you disliked yourself most. I know it is only a memory, but a bad one, and who wants to be reminded of an unpleasant time in their life?! Seeing yourself  in those clothes – even if made to fit you now – would not be helpful in getting rid of the ‘fat person’ in your mind, on the contrary they could make it harder for you to stay on course.

          The elimination of ‘fat clothes’ must be considered an investment in the new phase of your life., in the new you. Once they have disappeared, the next step is to alter and adjust the rest. Don’t delay! Don’t give yourself a way out by hanging on to the garments that are too big now. Remember that you are slim now, and you will NEVER need them again.

          In order to make this task of altering and adjusting easier

– examine each item carefully, try them on. Separate the items into categories. Some things won’t need alterations. You can change the look of a loose dress by wearing a belt; or a blouse you wore outside your pants, you can now tuck in. Hang those items back in closet. 

– the second category to be put back are clothes that fit now – those you had bought in anticipation of losing weight.

– the rest, the items to be altered should be hang separately, in another closet if you have one.

          When it comes to alterations, you must find a good tailor or seamstress. You might have to pay more for really professional work, but the extra charge will be worth every cent. How do you know who is good and who is not? To find out, take just one garment,  one that needs a substantial alteration. If it is done to your satisfaction, you can proceed with the rest of your clothes. If not, try someone else.

          The new, slimmer person that you are now has fewer don’ts and lots of dos. It gives you new experiences and pleasures, like a new wardrobe, giving you more confidence with every smaller size you buy.  This new look will do wonders for  your  self-esteem, it will make you feel great,  helping you to keep the pounds off  in the future.

        Of course, this being the Holiday Season, we might be tempted by all the treats, so to remind you not to take a second or third or fourth cookie, wear something tight – it will be a little nudge –  shouting ‘don’t.’

         Wishing everyone a very

              MERRY CHRISTMAS WITH PEACE AND JOY IN YOUR HEART

   Until the next time

STAY WELL AND LOOK YOUR BEST FOR THE HOLIDAYS

 

 

 

If you want to give yourself a present, why not call me for a FREE consultation – bbnnic@gmail.com

DRESSING WITH PROPORTIONS IN MIND

Hello Everyone

Today we are going to talk about proportions.  “What is the ideal figure type?” was a question I asked Mary McFadden, the famous American designer, during an interview.

         “Having an ideal figure has nothing to do with being a size 8 or 16, but not paying attention to proportions causes the most trouble” was her answer.

          Now before you think of your figure and its proportions let me assure you that Ms. McFadden was not only referring to the body but also to the clothes we choose.  Because – and fortunately so – clothes can help us correct any figure flaw and create the illusion of a perfect silhouette. However, you have to be aware of how important the right proportions are and how they work. Furthermore, you must know your body well. But don’t get too critical with yourself. Remember ‘It is not what you have but what you do with it that counts.’

          Using clothes to give your figure a well proportioned image is not as difficult as you might think. It is a question of balance, a visual exercise. Look at yourself. Are your hips broader than your shoulders? If they are you must select a garment that makes the shoulders look equally broad, namely a style with shoulder pads. And if you wish to make your hips look smaller, choose slightly extended shoulders.

         Shoulders are really the most influential part of our body. They can be compared with a coat hanger. How well the garment hangs on them is how good you will look. Here are some tips how to compensate for:

NARROW AND SLOPPING SHOULDERS. WEAR:

– shirts with set in sleeves, with the seam extending 1/2″ beyond the natural shoulder line

– padded shoulders

– puff sleeves

– cap sleeves

BROAD SHOULDERS Wear:

– Raglan sleeves

– drop shoulders

– dolmen sleeves

– halter tops

– straples gowns and tops

         Being short-or-long waisted is another problem many women struggle with –  for those women my advice is:

– SHORTWAISTED

 – don’t wear WIDE belts, they make the top part of your body look shorter

– don’t cinch a belt into your waist, wear it loose, letting it hang slightly below the waist

– don’t pull your blouse or sweater tightly into your skirt or pants. Instead pull it our, blouson style – it will let your torso appear longer.

LONGWAISTED

– use wide belts to reduce the length of the torso

– when wearing a belt with a skirt or pants match it in colour to the bottom (black pants, black belt)

– stay away from low-rise pants or skirts. A high-rise pair of trousers, or anything with a high waist will make the torso look shorter.

 Other suggestions that will let a full figure appear well-balanced and in proportion are:

– don’t have your hair cut too short. It makes your head look smaller and your body appears larger. If you want your hair short, compensate with a style that has volume on the top or lots of curls.

– don’t be too size conscious. Wear a 14 skirt and a l6 jacket if that is what look best.

– don’t wear too voluminous garments – like a lot of pleats. A garment that just grazes your body is more slimming.

– don’t wear tapered, narrow pants if you don’t want to emphasize your hips. Stay with a straight leg cut.

– check the length of your skirts. Is it in proportion with your legs and upper body? (A skirt that does not show enough leg gives the impression of the person standing in a hole). Exception, floor length skirts. But otherwise, if the length is wrong it can make you look shorter and heavier. For a full figure the most becoming length is 1″ to 2″ below the knee.

Short necks can also be the cause of an unbalanced look. The most becoming necklines are open shirts or v-necks. No mandarin collars, or close to the neck round necklines. By the way do you know how to determine if you have a long or short neck? Pin your hair up, away from your ears. Now feel the bone behind your earlobe and place a tape measure there. Stretching it down alongside your throat until it touches your clavicle. If it measures less than 5″ you have a short neck. Up to 6 1/2″ is medium, and up to 8″ is a long neck.

          You might wonder why designers and manufacturers don’t give us clothes that have perfect proportions. Well, they do. But as we are not all the same – having different shapes and figures – we need to use our own judgement and decide what is best for us.

         Learning about YOUR proportions is not impossible. Actually it is rather easy. Start by following these tips. Soon your eye will be trained. You will see when one part of your body does not balance another. You will be able to correct this by choosing clothes that give you the shape you want – and don’t forget that your overall image has nothing to do with what size you are, but how well you balance your proportions.

Until the next time

STAY WELL AND LOOK YOUR BEST

 

 

 

– remember for a FREE Consultation contact me at bbnnic@gmail.com

 

12 TIPS ON HOW TO INTERPRET A FASHION MAGAZINE.

Hello Everyone

Today I want to give you the first 6 Tips on how to apply what you see in Vogue (or any other magazine) to your look.

          Linda is looking through the latest issue of Vogue to see what is new. After a  while she closes it with a sigh, thinking: ‘Very nice, but not for me.’

 The reasons most of us feel that way when looking at fashion magazines are:

– we are depressed that we cannot afford the clothes we see

– we are depressed that we don’t look like the girl in the picture

– we are depressed that we have no occasion to wear clothes like this

– and a lot of women never buy a fashion magazine because they can’t identify with what they see. However, the aim of these publications is not to depress us but to help us plan our wardrobe (besides trying to make us buy what we see) – to show us what we can choose from for the coming season and how to make what we already own look up to date. And this is not too difficult when you know how to read and translate what you see to your life. Here are the first 6 steps.

1. DON’T BE INTIMIDATED BY WHAT YOU SEE

It is without doubt disturbing to see women, clothes, and situations that seem so remote from our surrounding and lifestyle. How can you compete with that gorgeous creature that looks at you from the glossy pages. How can you afford to pay $ 6,900 for a camel coat? And how could you possibly leave your blouse open as far as the model’s in the pictures?

 As unrealistic as these pictures might be, something can be learned from them. So instead of dismissing what you see as not applicable to you

2. ANALYZE WHAT YOU SEE

Study the make-up, the hairstyles, the clothes, as well as the accessories. You might find that even if the hairstyle, or make-up or clothes are not for you, a certain accessory is. Or disregarding the boots with the 3″ heels and the bizarre hat the model is wearing, the coat is exactly what you want. Analysing the information fashion magazines provide will help you to know what you are looking for, and what will bring your wardrobe up-to-date.

3. LOOK AT THE SILHOUETTE.

 By silhouette I mean the shape and form of the season:

– is it full or slim?

– is it long or short?

– is the waist marked, or do loose shapes predominate?

– is glamour back, or is it  sporty?

– are jackets long or short?

– answering questions like these will help you decide about clothes you already own – is your loose coat still in? A new silhouette doesn’t mean that all the other items in you wardrobe are out, because often the change is gradual and you need to discard only a few items.

4. LOOK AT THE COLOURS

Although you read that the latest colour this season is red, you will see that a lot of other colours are shown too. The latest colours shown, are not the only colours, but the dominant ones. If your wardrobe has no red, think about adding something in that shade. How much of it depends on how well the colour suits you and how appropriate it is for your lifestyle.

5. LOOK AT THE COORDINATION OF COLOURS.

Very often we would like to get away from our basic beige or black.But we don’t know how to change it or how to brighten it up. Here is where a fashion magazine can be a real eye-opener. You probably never think of putting brown and royal blue together, but it works. And would you have bought a mauve blouse to go with your green suit? Or that your black suit looks up-to-date with a khaki t-shirt?

The basic rule here: apply to yourself what you see. You can’t know if it works for you until you see it on yourself.

6.SEE HOW CLOTHES ARE WORN.

If you wonder why you seldom see a raincoat look as good on a woman in the street as on a model in a magazine, look again. It is not only the type of raincoat or the girl, it is the way she wears it. On the picture the collar is turned up; the coat is not buttoned up to the neck; the sleeves are pushed up; and the belt is pulled in tight, with the pleats well-adjusted, showing a waistline.

Most women on the street button their coat up high, flatten the collar, and the belt is tied somehow, without  adjusting the fullness. A coat worn like this will not look at all like the same garment. Seeing the first version (the girl in the magazine), you will envy her for wearing such a stylish coat; the second version (the woman on the street) is just wearing a coat.

This rule applies to all other garments, and you can apply it easily to yourself. Just do what you see  on the pages of your favourite magazine. It is an easy way to look smarter without spending a penny.

          Enough advice for today – I will let you digest this and give you the other 6 Tips next week                                                                                 

                                                                                Until then

                                                                     

         STAY WELL AND LOOK YOUR BEST   

 

and remember for a FREE CONSULTATION contact me at bbnnic@gmail.com

TIME TO SWITCH FROM SUMMER TO WINTER

Hello Everybody

          Don’t let a few warm days fool you. Winter is around the corner and soon we will be wearing sweaters, boots, and mittens. Therefore, it is time to put away the camisoles, shorts and skimpy dresses. And I really mean putting away, away out of sight. Do you have 2 closets? Or at least one big one,  giving you enough space to separate your clothes by season?

          I know from experience that it is a pain in the neck to organize your closets that way, but if you don’t do it, getting dressed in the morning is even more of a pain. It took me 3 hours last weekend to make the switch. Opening my closets, fortunately I have two, it seemed an overwhelming task. I always start by looking at what I have worn this season, in this case summer. Then I decide what I don’t want to wear again next summer. I found some t-shirts that had paid their dues, two dresses that after 5 years don’t have to make a comeback, and some jeans that really had lost their shape this summer. Putting them all in a bag for recycling, I then hang, or folded the rest and filed it away. That was not too difficult, but the next step is.

           I started by removing the plastic covers from the items I had stored a few months ago. To my surprise there were a few things I did not remember I have. For example; there was a very pretty black knit dress I had forgotten. Luckily I found it because I was ready to order one from a  catalogues I had just received. I am telling you this, because we do forget what we have until we see it in front of us.

         Besides the distinct summer and winter clothes, there is a third category. The clothes you can wear all year around – like some t-shirts, blouses, light sweaters, cardigans and jeans. You know which they are and they never move, but stay in your current wardrobe at all times

          It took me 3 hours to switch my wardrobe, because I tried on many of my winter clothes to find out

– if they still FIT

– if I still LIKE them

– if they are still FASHIONABLE

– if I can make them look more UP-TO-DATE by coordinating them differently

– if I could still wear this or that jacket by wearing a FUR  VEST with it

          Having made the effort of trying things on and deciding what goes with what, you might wonder how you can remember all this in a few weeks? Unfortunately there are only two ways you can –

l. You must have a good memory

2. Or you make a list. This means you write it down,  like: – black skirt, white blouse, camel blazer, and red boots, and so on. When your list is done, stick it to the door of your wardrobe.

          You might ask, “Why can’t I hang a skirt together with the blouse that matches it?” The reason this won’t work is that your skirt can be worn with other items in your wardrobe. However, to make things a little easier hang all pants. all skirts, all blazers, and all tops and blouses together, colour coordinated – all white tops together, all black tops together and so on.

             This process applies to shoes and handbags as well. But this should not be too difficult,  because it is easy to separates sandals from boots, and many handbags can be worn year around.

            Please remember  —  if you  have a question about your wardrobe, you can contact me by email – bbnnic@gmaill.com – and you can even send a photo of yourself or a garment you are not sure about

Until next week

     

bbnnic@gmail.com

    

   STAY WELL AND   

                 LOOK YOUR BEST

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