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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 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