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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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GETTING OVER GROWING OLDER

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TIP OF THE DAY NO. 68 – YOU ARE THE PRODUCT

TIP NO 68 – YOU ARE THE PRODUCT

How good-looking you are, and how confident you feel about yourself is not a matter of how fashionable you are, or of how much money you have, or even of how beautiful you are, it is a matter os how well you can present and package yourself.

Yes, packaging is what sells most products and when it comes to looking good, you are the product and your clothes are the wrapping. The believe that there are no ugly women, just women who do not know how to look attractive, is true. without over-emphasising the importance of appearance, don’t forget that the biggest asset you have in life is yourself and you must use it to its best advantage.

The French philosopher Voltaire once said: ‘Dress changes the manner.’ That was true in the eighteenth century and it is still true today. Think about how good you feel when wearing your favourite outfit – or how you want to fade into the wall when you are wearing something you don’t like.

Choosing the right clothes can make you look and feel your best everyday. But since it does not happen by itself – you must commit to yourself – TO BE THE BEST YOU CAN BE EVERY DAY.

See you tomorrow

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TIP OF THE DAY NO. 63 – GOOD THINGS COME IN SMALL PACKAGES

TIP NO. 63 – GOOD THINGS COME IN SMALL PACKAGE

If you feel that you were short-changed because you are small. rejoice. Small women keep their youthful appearance longer than tall women.

Just think of your friends and compare. Doesn’t Jane at 5 feet 2 inches look younger than Doris who is 5 feet 9 inches? So instead of wanting to be taller, just count your blessings!

See you tomorrow

      scan0004-2                           Brigitte

TIP OF THE DAY NO. 28 – IS YOUR WAISTBAND TOO TIGHT?

TIP NO. 27 IS YOUR WAISTBAND TOO TIGHT?

You might not be as slim around your waist as you would like to be, but ff your waistband is too tight you will have ‘muffin tops’ , and that is true even if you are slim – because pulling your waist in too tight will push up the flesh around your middle.

I know buying a size 10 jeans, or pants, or skirt, makes us feel better than buying a size 12, but it will be more becoming not to have your flesh pushed in the wrong direction.

So how can you avoid it –  especially if you have a bigger waist?

 The best way to avoid those ‘muffin tops’ is to buy pants without a waistband. They sit a little below the waist  – like the one in the picture. They feel comfortable because they don’t retrain your waist or pull it in. 

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Boston Proper Catalogue

See you tomorrow

                          Brigitte

TIP OF THE DAY – NO. 22 LOOKING GOOD – DRESSING WELL

TIP NO. 22TELL THE TRUTH

So far I have talked about how to avoid mistakes while shopping, but there is another important step you have to take to really be sure that you buy what is most becoming and flattering to your body – and that is to stand in front of a mirror and honestly fill out this questionnaire

Tell the truth

But please remember this is not an exercise to find your shortcomings, instead concentrate on all your positive features — so  when you go shopping you will buy clothes which emphasize the PLUSES, and I am sure you have plenty of them!

See you tomorrow

          scan0004-2                         Brigitte