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Wearing accessories for maximum effect…

Posted in Accessories, Dressing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 30, 2011 by Jeff Weigh

A very warm welcome to the latest instalment from Diva Dressing.

In this blog we’ll be looking at accessories and how to get the most out of wearing them.

Accessories – often this word can put the fear of god into some people!

Questions that spring to mind include; How much? Where? What colour? How big?

Are you confused? Lots of people are and so they don’t wear any…or they play it very very safe.

Accessories are not just bags and jewellery; they also include the following:-

Print
Texture
Boobs
jewellery including belt buckles

Imagine some old fashion weighing scales; the type your grandmother had with the separate weights and if you dropped them on your toes it really hurt!

Have you got that picture in your head?

Now on one side I want you to put in weights for how tall you are

1 = petite
3 = Average
5 = Tall

Next put weights in for how big your bone structure is

1 = Fine
3 = Medium
5 = Grand

Now some of you will have scales that are crashing on the floor; others may have less of an impact.

If you’re in the middle;

  • instead of wearing a pattern,a thicker cardie and a little pendant keep everything simple and plain and put on a big long, bulky statement necklace, or have a shirt in this seasons fashionable geometric prints.

If you are tall and well built;

  • again don’t do pattern/texture /jewelry together as this just confuses the eye. Keep the texture of the material thin.

If you have larger boobs;

  • remember that they are an accessory by themselves. You don’t need anything else going on in that area, no ruffles , no patterns no necklaces that land on them. The other way to wear necklaces is to have them very long so that they go over ‘the hump’ and land at about your belly button or a bit above.

TIP: Very long necklaces can be expensive so cheat – put a cheap chain or leather necklace on the hooks of your statement item, this will lengthen it enough and still looks good (you can buy these special extenders in some magazines!)

So now you have some idea of how much to wear here is a few necessities you need to know about

Wearing the right accessories comes down to your bone size and your shape not your weight!

Accessories reflect your personality and should always be in tune with what you’re wearing.

Remember that less is sometimes more. Be daring; they really can make a boring outfit look fantastic.

Bags:

You should have at least 7 bags (show this to your partner)

Day bag – brown – can be worn with all colours except black.
Day bag – black – wear with black, white, grey or taupe.
Funky bag – playtime, dinner or lunch lots of colours, sequins or buttons
Evening bag – match it with your jewelry gold or silver
Travel bag – the right size to fit into an overhead locker on a plane and doubling as a weekend bag
Beach bag – lined so any spills can be wiped
No bag bag – for when only credit card, key and phone needed

Hats:

High forehead – beanies or anything goes. Be careful if you have eye bags to avoid low brims.

Low forehead – always need to have high crowned hats.

Scarves:
Scarves can look great worn as belts, especially with jeans
Short necks – wear scarves wrapped round the neck, but choose lightweight material
Long necks – wear them looped and tied in most textures

Belts:

Small boned – keep buckle small (even if carry extra weight)
Large boned – have large buckle (not thin belts)
If wearing one colour – keep belt in tone
Long backs – wear belts low to stop behind looking too big.
Large boobs or short waists – be careful with belts as too much in this area causes confusion, in a small space.

Necklaces:

If you have a short neck or big boobs – necklaces should be one of the lesser items in your accessory collection. Stick to delicate pieces that don’t take up too much space.

Long necks – look for much bigger pieces. Chokers look good in crew necks and wear big chunky necklaces at collarbone level.

Flat chests – wear wonderful necklaces that reach as low as your waist.

Earrings:

Long faces – chandelier earrings as well as studs.

Round faces and double chins – look good in round and dangly earrings.

Short necks – look good with discreet sleepers rather than studs.

Medium sized hoops suit everyone.

That’s all for this week. Enjoy trying out different accessories and I’ll be back shortly to share more.

Bye for now

Sal x

http://www.divadressing.co.uk

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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

Let’s find your body shape

Posted in Body confidence, Dressing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 12, 2010 by Diva Dressing

Wow…back in the ‘hot seat’ and continuing where I left off with The Psychology of Clothes

Thinking back to Epictetus;

“Know, first, who you are; then adorn yourself accordingly”

Now lets help you find your body shape.

Don’t panic – this doesn’t involve waist or bust sizes! What you do need are:

  • A friend or partner to help
  • Two tape measures – a firm metal builders type and a soft dressmaking type
  • A piece of paper and a pen

To begin with, stand with your back to your partner with your shoes off.

Then measure your height with the firm tape measure and record it.

1.6m or less and you’re Petite
1.6m – 1.65m you’re Average height
1.65m or above then you’re Tall

Next measure your inside leg and record it as your leg length.

Then take away your leg measurement from your height measurement and record that as your body length.

This will tell you whether you have short legs and a long body or long legs and a short body. Record this on your piece of paper.

Next – look out for the pink lines!

From the side of your body measure the distance between your inside leg length and your armpit (a)

Again from side of your body, measure the distance between your natural waist and your armpit (b)

Take away measurement (b) from measurement (a) to give you measurement (c)

If  (b) is less than (c) then you’re short-waisted. If (c) is less than (b) then your long-waisted. Record which one you are.

Finally – keep looking out for the pink lines!

Stand with your back to your partner and get them to measure your shoulder width

Then stand with your back to your partner and get them to measure your hip width

If your shoulder width is wider then you’re an ‘inverted triangle’

If your hip width is wider then you’re a ‘pear shape’

If they’re the same then you’re are either an ‘hour-glass’ or you’re ‘straight’

So there you go; you have a better understanding about body shapes!

Next time I’ll be sharing some more information and tips about your body and how to make the most of it.

In the meantime, have some fun finding out what your body shape is…

Bye for now

Sal x

http://www.divadressing.co.uk

The Psychology of clothes

Posted in Body confidence, Dressing, Pyschology of dressing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 29, 2010 by Diva Dressing

Welcome to the Diva Dressing blog and wear (ha ha) shall I begin!

The earliest quote on clothing that I can find is from Epictetus (a philosopher) in the year 55. He said;

“Know first, who you are; then adorn yourself accordingly”

Discovering your body shape and then buying your clothes is, and always has been, how to do it.

Clothes are a major part of everybody’s life 7 days a week, so it’s no wonder that we spend a lot of money and time ‘trying’ to get it right.

You have so much to take into account when considering what to wear – what’s available, the climate, the suitability of your attire and what’s considered to be in fashion. Also your family upbringing and home life, your religion and even what sports you play; all contribute to your style of clothing.

On top of all that you have a personality that you want to show off through your clothes.

When you dress for that night out some of you are looking to blend in with the crowd whilst some of you want to stand out and be noticed.

I’m sure that a lot of you have worried about what everyone else is going to be wearing, and then spent all night comparing yourself to the other people there.

A lot of your worry will come from the subconscious knowledge that you’re being judged, like you judge others!

Let me share with you a short story

At a recent networking meeting there was a speaker talking about creativity. I had arrived late and missed the introductions.

When the speaker stood up to do his talk, I switched off. He was dressed in a  light grey pinstripe suit, with a  pale multi pin striped shirt, no tie, and brown loafers. Added to this, his hair needed a trim and was greying at the ends. He was also about 5’6” in height.

None of these things were bad on their own, but the overall look was insipid! He had come from the Corporate world and hadn’t left the suit behind.

He failed to press the right buttons with me because his look didn’t match what he was portraying – Creativity Speaker. As a none-judgemental person, he had to work harder because I didn’t believe in him from that first moment.

After 5 – 10 mins of speaking he had me totally enthralled and I learned loads; but that first impression is so important.

Some of you will wear a uniform or suit for work, which will remove the worry of what to wear (most of the time).

The panic can then ensue outside of work when you receive an invitation saying smart/casual. This is definitely a challenge as it’s so hard to define. I’m sure you’ve all gone to party feeling either over dressed or under-dressed.

As you know the process of  ‘dressing’ isn’t that easy or straight forward.

However, what if you could ‘turn it all on its head’ and say you can go out of the house always knowing that you look good?

Well, you can!

No matter what your body is like, you just need to ‘dress for your body’. Accept your body, warts and all – you all have parts of our bodies that you don’t like.

Part of you feeling good in your clothes is accepting your body. Dressing to make the most of all your ‘good parts‘;  and balancing out the ‘not so good parts’.

This will send your self-confidence soaring and then when you go out – you feel more confident and less inclined to compare yourself to others.

When you get it right the world opens up for you

If you’re looking for more reassurance then read on…

Marie Claire Carlyle http://www.marieclairecarlyle.com was a successful Feng Shui consultant and business coach when she came to me wanting to update her look (and subsequently, her wardrobe).

Marie Claire Carlyle had come from a corporate background and felt happy in a suit. She wanted a new look and ended up with one that aged her and didn’t do her justice. Her look was quite ‘hippy’ with long skirts and shapeless tops and long wild hair.

We reassessed her look and went for a much more girly fun look. The skirts became shorter – knee length instead of calf. The jackets and tops became more structured and tailored, and her hair became a short cheeky bob. She became more confident in herself as a result.

This has allowed her to grow, and now she is a publisher author http://www.moneymagnet.com/ and has recently been on stage as a speaker with Jeffrey Archer.

She’s also working towards raising 1 million pounds for a charity http://www.themonastery.co.uk/ having made some wonderful new contacts.

Back to what Epictetus said;

“Know first, who you are, then adorn yourself accordingly”

There will be more hints and tips to come over the coming weeks which will help you understand more about your body shape and how to dress more confidently

Bye for now

Sal x

http://divadressing.co.uk