Archive | April 2012

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Make your Uniqueness Work for You!: Dealing with Figure Flaws

No one is a perfect 10 regarding their body; however if you have the savvy you can use clothing to minimize your liabilities and accentuate your assets.  What you first have to do is to 1) take an honest look at yourself in the mirror, and 2) measure yourself.  Measuring yourself includes your waist, hips, arms, bust but also the length from the top of your head to the bust, from the bust to the fullest part of the hips, length from the hips to the middle of the knee, length from the knee to the soles of the feet, neck length and the shape of your shoulder.  Once you have these measurements then you can truly identify your assets and liabilities and through clothing accentuate the positive.  Here are some tips to using clothing to work wonders for your body.  Bring out your best and appreciate your uniqueness – its the best part of who you are!

Long-Waisted:

Do Wear:

  • Belts to match skirt or pants
  • Cummerbund belts

Don’t Wear:

  • Skinny sweater or top

Protruding Abdomen

Do Wear:

  • A- line skirts
  • Sewn-down pleated skirts
  • Empire waist dresses
  • Side-slash pockets
  • Gathers at the side of the skirt

Don’t Wear:

  • Clingy fabrics
  • Dirndle skirts
  • Loose pleats
  • Straight skirts
  • Tight belts 

Tiny Waist and Large Hips:

Do Wear:

  • Narrow loose belts
  • A-line dresses

Don’t Wear:

  • Clothes that emphasize your tiny waist

Flat Rear End:

Do Wear:

  • Two-piece outfits with overlapping tops
  • Trousers altered to fit
  • Gathered skirts
  • Pants that fit smoothly

Short Legs:

Do Wear:

  • High-waisted pants
  • Corduroy pants
  • Tree-button suits

Don’t Wear:

  • Pants with cuffs

Petite Figure

Do Wear:

  • One-tone or one-color suit in cool colors
  • Delicate high heeled shoes
  • Slim-line skirts
  • Vertical patterns in pinstripes
  • Vertical seaming
  • Slim-line slacks
  • Three Button Suits

Don’t Wear:

  • Bulky, complicated clothing
  • Cluttered neckline
  • Skirt too long or too short
  • Ankle strap shoes
  • Thick-soled or heavy shoes
  • Plaids
  • Tweeds
  • Double-breasted jackets

 

Large Figure

Do Wear:

  • Clothing that fits well
  • Well-tailored dark suits
  • Cloths that accent the face i.e. printed shirts, scarves around the neck
  • Solid colors
  • Smooth fabrics
  • Pin or chalk-striped suits
  • Tops and shirts outside the skirt of trousers
  • Narrow belt pushed down a bit further than normal
  • Blouson tops
  • Light-colored shirts with belts lighter than the pants

Don’t wear:

  • Skintight or very loose garments
  • Bold patterns
  • Front-pleated trousers
  • Pleated or dirndl skirts
  • Large plaids
  • Bulky sweaters
  • Unstructured jackets
  • Colors that change at the waist
  • Wide Belts

 

Wide Shoulders

To de-emphasize:

  • Garments with should seams slightly within real shoulder line
  • Soft fabrics
  • Silky blouses gathered at yoke
  • Raglan sleeves
  • Double-pleated pants

To emphasize:

  • Cap sleeves
  • Dolman Sleeves
  • Stiff fabrics
  • Sleeveless garments
  • Horizontal Stripes
  • Bold Bright colors
  • Bulky sweaters
  • Heavier shirting fabrics such as pinpoint oxford and denim
  • Plain front pants

Skin Care is Mandatory – Make up is Optional

As we approach the summer season, skincare becomes foremost on our minds.  Frankly, skincare for men and women is essential all year long.  Living in Florida and Arizona taught me the importance of skin care; however, starting early on will contribute greatly to a youthful appearance later one.

Recently, on a trip to Phoenix walking to the gym from my hotel room at the Biltmore, I saw people lying in the sun.  They will pay for it later!  Skin cancer is prevalent throughout America and on the rise.  As a teenage and a college student, you may have spent hours in the sun for the most gorgeous tan on campus.  I did and now I am seeing the age spots appear more and more each day on my face, arms, and hands.  So rather than just put on sunscreen, put on SUNBLOCK.  The sun is not your friend.  Further, invest in a hat that you can wear in the car and about to protect your face from the sun.  Also consider a good pair of sunglasses.  These actions will make your skin care regime easier and keep the aging process at bay.

Skin care is essential, makeup is optional; however, in business a little color is necessary.  But remember make up is meant to enhance not cover up.  Here are some skin and make up tips that will help you put your best face forward.

  • Get in the habit of cleansing, toning, and moisturizing your skin.  Men have      the routine in place when they start shaving but they need moisturizers too.
  • Avoid soap on your face.  Soap is primarily made from animal fat.  Not a pleasing thought when it comes to washing your face with it.  Consider cleansers that are appropriate for your skin type.  If you have oily skin that is prone to acne consider a cleanser with salic acid.
  • Toners are used to rid the skin of any additional dirt, close the pores and balance the Ph in the skin.  Witch hazel is a good one to use as well as others out on the market.  Avoid using straight alcohol since it is very drying.
  • Select a moisturizer for your skin type.  Also select an eye cream that works with your skin.  Regular moisturizers are too heavy for the delicate eye area so a separate cream is needed.
  • If you are unaware of your skin type you may consider the expertise of a dermatologist or aesthetician.  If you have large pores, find that you break out often and have a constant shine on your face, you might be on the oily side.  If you face hurts after you wash it, it is probably dry.
  • Consider revamping your skin care regime as you age because change happens.  As we age, we lose moisture in our skin.  Those who began with normal to dry complexions may find, as they mature, that the skin becomes taut and overly dry.  Facial lines are much more apparent when the skin is dry.
  • Make-up, otherwise known to me as “war-paint,” is  meant to enhance rather than cover up. When you’re young, your features are distinct and your coloring is strong.  The colors you use to enhance your features can also be strong and vibrant.  As you mature, however, your features and coloring become softer, and hence, the colors you use to enhance your beauty should also be soft.  Strong colors on a mature face makes them look like a clown
  •  When applying your make-up, have the lights on, and blend the colors.  Don’t make your face look like you painted by the numbers.  Especially at the jawline, blend your foundation past that onto the neck.
  • No matter the age, an over-painted face, particularly at work, distracts from, rather than enhances, one’s beauty.  Avoid brightly-colored or neon eyeshadows in favor of navies, browns, deep purples and plums, rose, taupe, teals, blue-grays, peaches, and beiges.  Choose colors that reflect your      coloring.  For example if you’re a      blue-eyed blond, consider brown mascara.       Then again, if you are a green-eye brunette, black is a better color for your lashes.