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Discovering your ‘face shape’

Posted in The body with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 22, 2011 by Jeff Weigh

Welcome back to the latest instalment from Diva Dressing.

In this blog post I’m sharing my top tips for maximizing your ‘face shape’ and providing advice on what to avoid.

Oval shaped face

Try a variety of styles.  Just about any hair shape looks good on you. Your ‘perfect’ features allow you to wear a wider range of styles than any other face shape. Have you ever noticed the majority of models fall into this shape? And how many different hair styles they can wear?

You can wear short, medium and long hair styles. Your face shape is well ‘balanced’ or in even proportion. You will look best when styling your hair off your face. Most oval faces can wear slicked-backed looks as well.

Avoid

Hair styles that cover up your ‘perfect’ features with heavy bangs, or too forward-directed styles.

In wearing your hair style on your face, you’ll lose your face shape behind the hair. This may appear to add weight to your face

 

Rectangular or oblong shaped face

Try styles with short to medium lengths.  Fullness at the sides of your face and wispy bans soften the look of longer face shapes. You’ll want to balance the look of a long and slender face. Soft wispy bangs will shorten the appearance of the length. Fullness at the sides of your face will add width to the look of your face shape.

By cutting the hair into a short or medium length, the outline of the cut will also shorten the look of the length of the face. Layers work great with your face shape, as they will add softness to the straight lines in your face. Try side parts, and you may be able to wear straight back styles.

Avoid

Too much hair length …. This will make you face look even longer! Too much height lengthens your face. Center parts look great on people with a rectangular or oblong face shape. When your hair grows past you shoulders, there is a good chance it is doing you more harm than good. The models with rectangular face shapes and long hair get by with it only because they have an ‘on call’ hairdresser. This professional is at the models disposal and is styling to add fullness to the hair most of the day. Since most of us don’t have this luxury, my suggestion is to keep it above shoulder length.

 

Round shaped face with a round chin & hairline

Try hair styles with fullness and height at the crown. Off center parts help reduce the roundness around the face3.Wispy bangs will soften the angular shape. Off-center parts with height at the crown look great on square faces. You want to soften the square look of your face with layers and wispy looks around the face. Height at the crown will elongate you symmetrical shape. If you hair is straight you may want to consider a body wave, as some curl or wave to the hair will achieve a nice balance to the straight features of you face shape.

Avoid

Long straight styles that accentuate the square jawbone. Linear’ straight bangs or center partings aren’t the best choice. A straight bob ending at the jaw line is the wrong Thing to do for you face shape. You can wear a layered bob; however it should end above or below the jaw line, not at the jaw. Mare sure in styling that you achieve some roundness though the shape and some height at the crown or bangs and you will be on the right tract.

 

Heart shaped face – wide at the temples and hairline, narrowing to a small delicate chin

Try chin-length or longer styles work well with a heart shaped face. Other styles to try – side-parted hair styles or swept-forward layers around the upper face with gently wispy bangs. A chin length bob is great on your face shape! This creates a balanced book by giving fullness where you need it. You can wear shorter styles; however, if you are a dramatic heart shape you need to leave weight in the back nape area. This will achieve more balance between your dramatic cheekbones and narrower chin.

Avoid

Short, full styles that emphasize the upper face. Stay away from styles with too much height at the crown.  Severe, slicked back looks are too harsh for this shape too. If you are a dramatic heart shape, the short, full styles with tapered necklines, which emphasize the upper face, will make you look top heavy. Too much height at the crown will give the appearance of a longer and narrower chin, Just remember if you have a dramatic heart shape face you have great cheekbones to emphasize, don’t miss the boat by getting a cut which is too top heavy.

 

Triangular shaped face – a dominant jaw line with narrowing at the cheek bone and temples

Try shorter hair that balances prominent jaw line. Styles that are full at the temples and taper at the jaw are perfect for you. Off center partings, wedges and Shags look great on you too. You need lots of layers to achieve fullness through the upper part of your face. By wearing styles which are full at the temples and taper at the jaw line, you achieve a balance that can be striking in accentuating features otherwise understated. Try tucking hair behind you ears, as this will draw attention to your eyes and add the illusion of width in this area.

Avoid

Long, full hair styles that draw attention to jaw line. Center parts – off – center is more flattering to you.

Stay away from styles with too much height at the crown. You also want to avoid putting most of the weight of a haircut at the jaw line and below. This will give the appearance of added weight to the face.

If going with long hair, it should be kept tight at the nape.

 

DIAMOND shaped face – widest at the cheekbones, and narrow equally at the forehead and jaw line

Try experimenting with a variety of styles. Almost everything works with your face (as long as you are a true diamond). You can wear shorter styles. However, if you are a dramatic diamond shape you need to leave weight in the back nape area like someone with a heart shaped face, this will achieve more balance between your dramatic cheekbones and more delicate chin line.

Avoid

You can do just about everything, but try not to wear too much hair on your face, thereby hiding your great features.

So there you go, my top tips for getting the most out of your’ face shape’.

I’ll be back soon with more to share and in the meantime feel free to share your comments or pass the blog post on.

Bye for now

Sal x

http://www.divadressing.co.uk

Diva tricks of the trade…part 3

Posted in Dressing, The body with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 24, 2010 by Diva Dressing

Welcome back to the Diva Dressing blog and many thanks to all my readers and for all your feedback.

This time I’m back to provide the final installment of the ‘Diva’s Tricks of the Trade’ series.

Before you get started, dig out your piece of paper with your body shape on it…or read the previous blog posts on ‘Diva’s Tricks of the Trade’.

Short Legs and Long Torso

Choose:

Attention at or above the waist

Belts (if your waist is trim) as you have room on your top area

Interesting buttons on jackets, keeping the trouser simple

Short jackets, Bolero to hip length

Shorter skirts just above knee to mini, depending on age and muscle tone

Hosiery to tone with skirt and shoes

Higher shoes

Hem to the ground when wearing trousers with high heels

Dresses over trousers cover up where the legs begin, but only with high heels

Palazzo pants

Wide flares with heels

Probably have long back, so layer t-shirts

Three-quarter length jacket worn with trousers and heels

Long skirts have to have heels

Calf length skirt with high boots in the same colour

Keep colour flowing – same on shoe, sock and trouser

Things to avoid:

Light or patterned hosiery

Long Jackets, especially if teamed with long skirt

Flat shoes

Cropped trousers will only accentuate your lack of leg

Second dropped waistband

Drainpipe jeans unless tucking in to jeans and keep boots well below knee

High-waisted trousers – accentuate a low-slung bum

Bias cut skirt ending mid calf

Long skirt and flat shoes

Now if you have Long legs and a Short body – aren’t you lucky, but here are few guide lines for you – but believe you me you have it so much easier

Long Legs and Short Torso

Choose:

Long skirts

Skirts on the bias

Kick pleats

Knife pleats

Long sarongs

Detailed hemlines

Longer jackets

Unstructured jackets ending mid-thigh/knee (if hips not too broad)

Drop-waisted dresses

Low slung hip belts

Things to avoid:

Short skirts too far from the knee

High heeled shoes

Deep belts

Fuss at the waistline

There you have the final installment…

Start (and keep) using my ‘Diva tricks of the trade’ and I’ll be back soon with more advice to share.

Bye for now

Sal x

http://www.divadressing.co.uk

Diva tricks of the trade…part 2

Posted in The body with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 17, 2010 by Diva Dressing

Welcome back to the Diva Dressing blog and many thanks to all my readers so far and for all your feedback.

Last time I left you with some quick and simple ways to find your body shape, so let’s begin this blog by looking at people with:-

Short Legs & a Long Torso

You have a choice when you have short legs to lengthen them in one of two ways;

First of all: you can lengthen them from the bottom and this can be done very easily with heels.
Please be aware that this will only work if the shoes are covered up. This also works if you are wearing flat shoes and your legs will look longer if you cannot see the shoes.

For this to be effective you will need to be wearing boot leg trousers, Kick flares or wide leg trousers; a couple of millimeters off the floor.

What do you do if…you sometimes wear high shoes and sometimes wear flat? The easiest option is to buy your trousers to match you shoe height!

With jeans – if you are fortunate enough to find a pair that fit you perfectly and you want to wear them for both casual day time in flat shoes and going out attire with heels, then the only option is to buy them in TWO lengths.  This will extend the life of your trousers and make you look far more elegant on both occasions.

TOP TIP
Trousers that fit you fantastically well from a cheaper shop e.g. Tesco, will look more expensive on you than an expensive pair that don’t fit you so well!!! They just won’t last as long, so it is worth looking everywhere for that perfect pair of Jeans.

Secondly: If extending your leg length from the bottom isn’t easy then you have to extend your leg length from the top.

This means wearing shorter jackets and tops and it’s a great effortless way to make your legs appear longer. Wear the same colour trouser and tee-shirt so you have block colour and then have a shorter jacket, cardie or crop top in a contrasting colour. This will give the eye the illusion of the legs being long and the body a lot shorter.

Extra trick: If neither of these work, then you have to give yourself some extra help with the use of verticals

1. Pin stripes on the trouser
2.Crease down the front

The more you do lengthen at the bottom, lengthen at the top and have verticals then the longer and more elegant your legs will look.

Remember: When it comes to short legs, horizontals are your enemy as they cut off and make things look shorter. No turn ups, no combat trousers as they have horizontals all the way down with zips and pockets, no checks or major patterns!

When you have a long torso this can make your bottom look very long and flat. To prevent this happening you have to use horizontals to our advantage. Whilst they cut off they can also give the appearance of making things seem smaller by breaking an area up. Pockets and waistband seams will all break that bottom area up. Remember to look at the rear view too!

With skirts life can be complicated. As a general rule, ladies with short legs should only wear two lengths;

1. Very long
2. Knee length and above

How short you go is dependent on how good your legs are.

Dresses on the whole should be kept knee and above!

Many celebrities have Short Legs & Long torso including;

Start using my ‘Diva tricks of the trade’ and I’ll be back soon with the 3rd and final installment.

Bye for now

Sal x

http://www.divadressing.co.uk

Diva tricks of the trade…part 1

Posted in The body with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 6, 2010 by Diva Dressing

Welcome back to the Diva Dressing blog.

This week I’m building on ‘how to dress to suit your body shape. Everyone has imbalances and to a certain extent all of us compensate for some of this instinctively. When it works and when it doesn’t, you know it. Often you’ll have no idea why and this is what I support people with.

When you look at a picture on the wall, your eyes like to see it balanced. If a picture is crooked it may annoy you and it may put the whole wall out of balance. Your brain does this assessment immediately and instinctively and this is what happens when you look in the mirror.

You may have a perfectly good outfit. A beautiful colour and it looks great on your friend who is the same height and weight as you. For some reason (you convince yourself) it looks wrong and so you take that outfit off and it goes to the back of the wardrobe again and again!!

Now if you’ve read my last blog, you’ll have a few measurements dotted on a piece of paper and some explanation of what that means. If you haven’t, it’s best to read that blog first.

Check that your measurements are in centimetres (this just makes the measuring more accurate)

Your sheet should include the following details;

Tall / Medium / Petite

Long legs with a short body / Short legs with a Long body

Note that if you are very tall, you may have always assumed that you have long legs because you wear long-legged trousers or you can never find any that are long enough and that your legs are longer than anyone else’s. Please be aware that they can be short when we’re talking about them in comparison with the length of your torso, so please trust the figures.

The same applies to people who are short in stature. You can often have long legs in comparison with your body.

You will have discovered that you are either;

Short-waisted or Long-waisted or Balanced

Your overall body shape depends on the width of your shoulders compared to the width of your hips will be;

Apple / Inverted Triangle / Straight / Pear / Hourglass / Round if you are an hourglass carrying extra weight


You will have discovered that your bone structure is;

Fine / Medium / Grand

Now you have digested all that, keep your measurements safe and I’ll be back soon to share Diva tricks of the trade…part 2

Bye for now

Sal x

http://www.divadressing.co.uk