How I Make A Shirt Feel Feminine

19 Jul

How I Make A Shirt Feel Feminine

Shirts, particularly of the gingham variety, can feel a bit masculine. (Initially when I tried this one on – wearing my sneakers – I felt like somewhere between Farmer Brown and some of my old male colleagues at the bank on casual Friday’s) It would need some styling…

To make shirts like this work for me so that I feel feminine wearing them (which is important for me), I might do the following…

Show some skin. 
Add some delicate jewellery
Tuck in to something high waisted (to give me some shape)
Wear a pretty bra
Wear heels 
Maybe red lipstick

Not everything you try on in a change room will instantly feel like it works. It might need other bits and pieces to accompany it. The right shoe, accessory or clothing item. Or it might just need scrunching, rolling or even tucking.  #tweaking

Wearing..

Shirt – Muji
Jeans – Levis
Shoes – Jo Mercer
Watch – Daniel Wellington

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Just Because It’s Your Usual Size And You Can Get It On, Doesn’t Mean It Fits

8 Jul

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Two (generally) size 12 women go into a store together.

One is five foot 2 (considered a petite) – she has a defined waist and her hips, bottom and thighs are wider than her bust and/or shoulders. (Commonly known as triangular in shape).

The other is five foot 9 – her shoulders, bust and hips are about the same size, with no defined waist. (Commonly known as rectangular in shape).

Remember both generally wear a size 12.

There is no way that the size 12 in the store will fit them both beautifully. It might roughly fit, (ie they might be able to get it on) but that’s about it.

In this case, when something fits you sort of ok – it’s then up to you to decide whether you walk away or whether you commit to having it altered.  Near enough, is not good enough. 

*As a petite it can be challenging to find clothes that fit me well.  If I find something I love that doesn’t fit just right, I buy it with the proviso I can return it, then I take it to my tailor to see if he can alter it to fit me. This might mean having it lifted on the shoulders or waist, the seams run in through the middle, the sleeves shortened or just a simple hem taken up.

Learn how to tell when something doesn’t fit you properly. It’s the number one thing I see in the wardrobes that I help overhaul. Lots of women buy clothes that don’t fit them, then just settle for wearing them ill- fitting. Often they can tell something isn’t right – because they know when they put something on that it doesn’t feel great – but they’re not sure why.

Despite your budget, ensuring each item in your wardrobe fits well, (whether it’s a t-shirt, blazer or pair of jeans) will instantly give your look a stylish upgrade.

*If you’d like me to teach you about how clothes should fit contact me here 

READ: “It might be beautiful but does it fit you properly” here 

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Are You Dressing Too Old?

1 Jul

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There are many reasons why some of us dress older than we need to. It may be the company we keep is older than we are; we might think the number on our drivers license dictates how we should look; we may recall that this was how our mother dressed when she was this age or we just don’t feel youthful and attractive any more.

I know when we get to a mature age it can be tricky because we can worry about dressing too young. (I’m just about to turn 52, so I’m constantly asking myself whether I think something is too young or too old for me to wear.) But I think what often happens, in trying to make sure we don’t dress too young is, we dress too old.

Fortunately there are simple changes you can make to your wardrobe that will immediately make you look and feel more youthful, up to date and attractive.

..and let’s face it, every woman, despite their age, size, lifestyle, shape or budget deserves to feel good about themselves.

You can see in these before and after photos what a difference clothes can make.  (Despite the fact that they are a few years old and some of the pieces are a little bit dated)

In this photo the clothes are ill-fitting, shapeless, unflattering, old fashioned and drab.

fashion makeover

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In the photo below, the same woman is wearing clothes that, without being too tight or uncomfortable,  highlight the figure, fit quite well, show a little bit of skin and are more modern.

She looks younger.  (And slimmer)

style makeover

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Do you feel trapped in the fashion past and stuck in a world of beige, plain, sensible, too big, drab, unflattering, clothes?

Consider the following when assessing whether your wardrobe is too old and whether you need a fashion makeover

  • There is not one fitted, figure enhancing item in your wardrobe
  • You haven’t updated your reading or sunglasses in fifteen years
  • You wear your hair the same way you did in primary school
  • You either don’t own a pair of jeans or the ones you do have are acid washed and the waist is almost up to your armpits (or so low they almost reach your pubic line)
  • The only handbag you use is the one your Nana gave you for your 21st
  • Your last bra fitting was also your first
  • 99% of what you have in your wardrobe is functional and comfortable, rather than stylish and flattering
  • The only pair of heels in your cupboard are the ones packed away in a box with your wedding dress
  • You still have and from time to time wear, outdated outfits you wore to work in the eighties
  • The majority of your wardrobe is two sizes too big or too small

Are you dressing too old?

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READ: “How Fifty Year Old’s Dressed In The 1950’s” here

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Pattern

25 Jun

I’ve mentioned before that I have a thing for patterned pants (while I generally don’t feel comfortable wearing a print on top)

When I wear patterns one thing I’m conscious of, is choosing a print that’s in scale with my petite size. I tend to favour small gingham, check, stripes and of course, animal prints.

Large florals or big bold geometric prints could be too overwhelming for my little frame. It’s not to say I wouldn’t try a large print, but more than likely I’d end up reverting to something smaller. .

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