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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

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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