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

 

 

 

 

 

 

TIP OF THE DAY NO. 74 – COMMIT TO YOUR BEST FRIENDS

TIP NO. 74 – COMMIT TO YOUR BEST FRIENDS

The other day when I was putting on my favourite black pants, and one of four sweaters I wear all the time, finishing it with a duffel coat I have worn all winter, it occurred to me that I wear these items all the time – why – because I feel very comfortable in them . They are like old faithful friends, I can always rely on to feel good.

Do you have friends like this in your wardrobe? I am sure you do – find out who they are and the next time they need replacing – BUY THE  BEST QUALITY  you can afford. You will never regret it, being of good quality they will be your best friends even longer.

See you tomorrow

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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. 56 – LOVING COAT HANGERS!

TIP NO. 56 – LOVING COAT HANGERS

Coat hangers are a great help to keep your clothes looking good. The support of a good wooden hanger keeps the shape of a coat or jacket. Your pants keep their pleats when hanging on a man’s wooden hanger with the bottom of the pant in the clip – hanging upside down. A skirt hangs best on a hanger with clips at each end, allowing the waistband to be stretched, keeping the hemline even.

And if you have a lot of wire hangers in your closet – let me say that it is not a permanent way to hang up your clothes. The usefulness of a wire hanger expires (or should) when it comes back from the Dry Cleaners.

So if you have not been paying attention to the kind of hanger you are using, or it you have relied on wire hangers, it is time to replace them with the kind that treats your clothes with the respect they deserve.

See you tomorrow

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TIP OF THE DAY NO. 53 – THE ONE IN ONE OUT RULE

TIP NO. 52 – THE ONE IN ONE OUT RULE

In order to prevent your wardrobe from bulging, from having too many clothes, from not knowing that you have in your closet, you have to apply the One In One OUT Rule  meaning that when you buy a new item, you have to eliminate one.

But it is not tick for tack – if you have bought a new top you don’t have to get rid of  a top, instead you can take out the skirt you never wear – once you get used to doing this, it will be easy to manage your wardrobe, and you will have a better idea of what you have.

See you tomorrow

                              Brigitte

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TIP OF THE DAY NO. 40 – GIVE IT AWAY

TIP NO. 40 – GIVE IT AWAY

Giving my clothes away I enjoy as much as buying them. When recently I gave away 2 silk dresses, a pair of leather pants and two tops, I felt so relieved to see them go – because seeing them hang in my closet I felt guilty for not wearing them.

I know many women cannot easily let go of what has been part of their wardrobe for many, many years, but a friend of mine has a slogan, that might help, “If you don’t wear it, let somebody else enjoy it.” Thinking that you are doing a good deed will make it easier to separate yourself from that lovely Burberry jacket you bought on sale three years ago, and never wore because it is a little snug – I know – who can resist a Burberry blazer for only $99?

Remember the minute you have doubts about an item, and you have not worn it in the last year, it is time to let it go!

See you tomorrow

                                      Brigitte

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TIP OF THE DAY – NO.26 TLC GOES A LONG WAY

TIP NO. 26 – TLC GOES A LONG WAY

Everything in our life is better with a little TLC  – even your clothes. Treat them kindly and well, they will repay you by always making you look good.

When getting undressed don’t put clothes over the back of a chair, or worth yet, drop them on the floor because they need to be washed or dry cleaned. Instead hang them up, or at least fold them neatly while they are waiting to go to the cleaners or being washed, avoid wrinkling them unnecessary because even pressing them later does not always make wrinkles disappear totally and does not improve their shape.

Doing a wardrobe consultation recently my client, who had lots and lots of t-shirts, I think like most of us, had rolled them up and stuffed them in a drawer. When we pulled them out they looked more like rags than t-shirts – believe me they didn’t make her look good when she put them on — please fold them before placing them on a shelf or in a drawer, you don’t want to look like you are coming out of the washing machine.

Another way to help your clothes to keep their shape is not to use wire hangers;  use good plastic hangers, or wooden ones for coats and jackets.

The money you have spent on your wardrobe can only pay real dividend when you take care of your investment by giving it a little Tender Loving Care.

See you tomorrow

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