Insider Tips For Clothes That Fit
By now, if you’ve read my books, listened to a presentation or had me consult, you’ve heard this before – “If it doesn’t fit, it isn’t it!” But today, we’re going to take that a step further to help you choose right on even more levels! So here are some insider tips…
Silhouette for your body shape is a step in the right direction. For some women, a wrap dress is both comfortable and flattering. For others, a loose shift dress is just the ticket to forget about clothes all day. Experiment with the new shapes that are out this season. You may be in for a surprise!
Prints Printed fabrics are great for moving the eye around the body without settling on one particular part of the body. A solid-colored garment can be less forgiving. Try a crinkled fabric in a solid color. The built in texture provides ease and comfort.
Color Hues can make a big difference in perceived size. If you are considering something white, try going up a size. In black, the smaller size may look best. Lighter colors need to be selected with extra care.
Stretch Pants with a little Lycra or elastin will allow for a closer fit. Thin fabrics often reveal skin texture without your knowledge. When trying on pants, look at them in direct light if you can. That’s usually when you can detect whether or not your skin is looking smooth and even or revealing more than you’d like.
Light Weight Fabrics Tropical weight wool can be a great choice in a garment. It holds up well and doesn’t wrinkle. Be very careful with silk or linen. Stress on the seams will pull the fibers apart after a few wearings. These fabrics should not be tight on your body.
Scarves and shawls While “one size fits all” there is still one important qualifier: If you are small-boned or have a small frame, then large scarves could overwhelm your body. Go for more narrow rectangular scarves, slimmer shawls or consider altering a large scarf by cutting away some of the volume. Scarves are great for summer or winter. In winter they provide warmth and interest to your outfit. In the summer, cotton or linen scarves will take the chill off your neck and shoulders in heavily air-conditioned buildings while adding panache to your outfit.
I’m an expert on fabrics and silhouettes that will flatter your body. If you’d like my help, I’d love to get into the dressing room and help you discover what’s right for you now. Don’t let numbers scare you; I’m on your side.
Please email me at: [email protected] or call: 507-250-2030