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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dress to Impress – Find Out How……. – First Installment – Looking Your Best

Good News for every woman who wants to knows how to dress well and find her style  – today I am starting to post my book Dress to Impress on my blog. Chapter by chapter, and page by page.

It will be posted in instalments, giving you an opportunity to take in the advice and apply it while we go along. There will be a new post every Sunday.

And here is the first one:

 


          How to Look and Feel Your Best Every Day

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 of 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 belief that there are no ugly women, just women who do not know how to look attractive, is truer today than ever before. Today there are no limits on what a woman can wear. There are no do’s and don’ts, and not even the fashion designers impose any particular look on today’s woman. Our options are varied and plentiful and if a woman cannot find her particular look among them, she can only blame herself.

Without over-emphasizing 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 favorite 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. However, it does not happen by itself. It takes a little time and more importantly, a commitment to yourself.

Having made the decision to find out HOW TO LOOK AND FEEL YOUR BEST EVERY DAY you might ask, ‘Now what?’

The first step is to take inventory of yourself. This is not an exercise in scrutinizing your defects. The point is to look at your body objectively and make a list of your assets: my legs are good; I could probably wear my skirts a bit shorter. Maybe my hair shouldn’t be pulled back, or maybe it would look more feminine a little longer. What about makeup to bring out my eyes?

How to take inventory of yourself we will talk about next Sunday – see you then

And never forget – A Smile Changes Everything!

Brigitte

 


 

Your thoughts and question will be appreciated- contact me at bbnnic@gmail.com.

GETTING OVER GROWING OLDER

HELLO EVERYONE

TODAY I WANT TO THANK MY LONG-TIME FOLLOWERS FOR READING MY BLOGS,  AND IN THE HOPE THAT YOU WILL JOIN ME ON MY NEW BLOG – WHICH IS THE RESULT OF MY LATEST BOOK – GETTING OVER GROWING OLDER –  PLEASE GO FOR THE LATEST UP-DATES TO

http://www.gettingovergrowingolder.com

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THANKING YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT

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TIP OF THE DAY NO. 73 – PUT AWAY WINTER AND WELCOME SUMMER

TIP NO. 74 – PUT AWAY WINTER AND WELCOME SUMMER

Please forgive me if I repeat myself. I know I have said it before, but since sometimes we need a reminder I will say it again.

It is time to put your winter clothes away and bring out your spring and summer wardrobe.

If you don’t do it now, you will be standing in front of your closet one morning, looking at warm sweaters and pants, wondering what to wear today when the temperature is going up to 70 degrees.

Other rewards for doing this are:

– you will see what you have in your wardrobe

– you will be surprised to find  things you had forgotten about

– you will see what you need for the coming season

– you will be able to eliminate what you don’t like anymore and will never wear again

– you will be able to make a shopping list that compliments, and coordinates with what you have in your wardrobe.

Don’t be caught unprepared – do it now – and enjoy the sunshine of spring.

Happy Sunny Days    P & R 021

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. 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. 67 – CASUAL OR DRESSY?

TIP NO, 67 – CASUAL OR DRESSY?

In the days of our grandmothers, there were definite guidelines about what type of dress to wear for an occasion. And if you read stories set at the turn of the century, you may run across day dresses (or even morning dresses). carriage dresses, riding dresses, dresses for receiving callers, and so on.

In our days the distinctions have been narrowed to: casual, formal, and everything goes. But the reality is not so simple. Often when one asks for the dress code, the answer is , “Oh. you know just dress casual.” Since this word is interpreted in so many ways, you may see party-goers in everything from jeans and sweatshirt to a trouser suit with a satin blouse.

CASUAL means an attire that is comfortable, not contrived,  a look that does not say ‘dressed up.’ But it does not mean sloppy, nonchalant, or unattractive. You can be casual in a nice pair of pants, a silk blouse, and a leather jacket, or in a cotton dress with sandals and a straw hat.

If you tell me ‘but I want to be comfortable’ – please don’t use this as an excuse not to make an effort and look your best.

See you tomorrow

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