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. 18 LOOKING GOOD AND DRESSING WELL

TIP NO. 18 – Buy The Same Item In Different Colors.

When you find a blouse that suits and fits you well, or a pair of pants that fit like a dream, think about buying more than one, in different colors. Nobody will notice that your white shirt and your fuchsia shirt are the same. This applies also to t-shirts, shoes, and underwear – but make sure they really suit you and make you feel good.

See you tomorrow

                                    Brigitte

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TIP OF THE DAY – NO.17 – LOOKING GOOD AND DRESSING WELL

TIP NO. 17 – Look At Your Whole Silhouette

When trying on a dress, don’t look just at the garment — look at yourself. Does it do something for you? Does the color suit your complexion? Or is that beautiful print overpowering?

I recently watched a lady try on a dress that was very colorful. She loved it, but she looked only at the dress, never at her face. I asked her is she felt that the dress was flattering. Before answering she looked more carefully, and saw that the bright colors washed out her pale complexion.

You don’t buy a dress, or any other garment, because it is beautiful  but because it becomes you – BECAUSE IT MAKES YOU LOOK BETTER.

See you tomorrow

         scan0004-2                            Brigitte

TIP OF THE DAY – NO. 15 LOOKING GOOD AND DRESSING WELL

TIP NO. 15  Is your Wardrobe bulging?    

When you stand in front of your wardrobe are you overwhelmed by what you see? If that is the case you have too many clothes in your closet. It is probably because you keep adding new items and don’t eliminate any.

The rule of thumb is that when you buy a new piece you must eliminate something. Say you bought a new sweater today – the piece you take out of your wardrobe does not have to be a sweater, it can be that skirt you have not worn in a long while – applying this rule, you will never be like this womanscan0001-2!

See you tomorrow

                                     Brigitte

TIP OF THE DAY – NO.12 LOOKING GOOD AND DRESSING WELL

TIP NO. 12  Make a list of what you need.

Yesterday we spoke about looking at your wardrobe, ‘cheking up, tidying up’ and while you are at it I suggest you find out what you need to buy and write it down – e.g. a white sweater, a nice scarf, a new black skirt and so on. No, I don’t think you can’t remember, but with everything else that occupies our mind, and maybe not having the time to go shopping soon, it can slip your mind.  And  please put that list in your handbag so that the next time you are in a store you can look at it and you won’t be tempted by a dress, instead of  getting that sweater you really need to go with your suit.

See you tomorrow

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TIP OF THE DAY – NO.10 LOOKING GOOD AND BEING WELL DRESSED

TIP NO. 10 – Don’t buy what you already have

We all have favorite colours, favorite styles – I, for example,  love beige,  love V-necks , love tops with zippers and I find myself drawn to these styles over and over again, But fortunately, while looking at a lovely beige sweater I catch myself thinking ‘but you have one like that already’ and I put it back.

Has this happened to you already? If so – think carefully of what you have in your wardrobe. And if you are not sure – TIP NO. 11  tomorrow will help to remember.

See you tomorrow

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TIP OF THE DAY – NO. 9 LOOKING GOOD AND DRESSING WELL

TIP NO. 9  Try it on before you buy!

When you see the label marked  ‘Medium’ and you are a ‘Medium’ you probably think you don’t have to try it on – and how often have you come home and found out that this is not ‘Your Medium’  – leaving you with two choices – one – you take it back to the store (what a waste of time) or – two- you will never make it back to the store and it just sits in your closet with the ticket on it forever -result – you have lost time and money!

If you don’t have the time to try on a garment, or it is a cold winter day, like today, and you don’t feel like getting undressed, DON’T BUY IT!  Come back another day and save yourself the hustle of returning it, or never wearing it.

See you tomorrow

               scan0004-2                       Brigitte