Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Dressing For Your Figure.

Hello!!! Today, I want to talk to you about dressing for your figure. You see, one of the main components of being stylish is how well your clothes fit your body. It is important, when choosing pieces for your wardrobe, to have a realistic knowledge of what your body looks like. What is your body shape? What is your height? Let’s say you are curvy. Are you petite curvy or tall curvy? Are you long waisted or short waisted? You have to use this knowledge when choosing clothes.

If you are interested in knowing whether you are long or short waisted, it’s very easy to do. Measure the distance between your armpit and your waist, and the distance between your waist and the bottom of your bum. If the distances are not equal, and the top half is longer, you are low waisted, if the top half is shorter, you are high waisted.

The main thing when choosing clothes is using them to make yourself look more proportional. So if you find that you are high waisted, the best way to make yourself look more proportional is to wear tops that make your top half look longer. Wear tops with vertical stripes to make your top half look longer by drawing the eye up and down the length of the top. Also, avoid wearing tops that need to be tucked into the bottom. Another thing is to avoid dresses with waist bands. They too draw attention to your waist. If you find that you have to wear a belt, go for thin belts in the same color as the clothes so as not to draw the eye. It is also important to restrict your wearing of prints to your top half, as wearing prints (especially brights) will only draw attention to your high waistedness. Also, try as much as possible to wear tops that end at your hips, like tunics.

The problem that low waisted people have is that it makes their legs look shorter, so they need to wear clothes that make their legs look longer. One way to achieve this is to go for Empire waist clothes as they lift the waist and so make the legs look longer. Also, low waisted women should avoid waist baring clothes like tie tops. Your tops have got to be long enough to cover your waist. Bottoms like trousers and skirts should start from your natural waistline or a little higher but never lower. Low rise jeans are not your friend. Another thing that can help you is to wear shorter jackets and boleros. These help to lift the eye and make your waist appear higher. Last, but not least, wear heels as the make your legs look longer. And avoid shoes with ankle straps as they make your legs look shorter.

I hope I have been helpful in your journey towards being more stylish. Enjoy the rest of your week. Remain fabulous.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Ankara Street Style

Hello. Today, I have another street style picture to inspire you. This time, our subject is wearing an Ankara skirt. She wears it so effortlessly with a white t shirt. The look is so easy but believe me, this is one skirt that can be worn in so many different ways.

Ankara skirts are easy to pull off so I encourage you to get yourself one and experiment. Remain fabulous.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Ankara Street Style

Hello!!! Today, I'm starting a new kind of post that I will be calling Ankara Street Style. I will be putting up pictures of normal women, going about their business, but using Ankara in a contemporary way. This first girl I came across in Unilag, Lagos. Her Ankara mix T shirt caught my eye and I love the very classic way she styled it.

Her style is so easy and effortless, yet so African in a contemporary way. I love it. You too can look into bringing Ankara into your wardrobe with a simple T shirt. It's very easy to wear in your everyday life and easy to style, too. I hope this inspires you. Enoy and remain fabulous.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Building Your Skirt Wardrobe Part 2

One major thing to consider when choosing skirts is that where ever you put light/ bright colors appears larger. So, If you have wide hips or a large backside, and you want to minimize it, avoid light/ bright colored skirts (and trousers) and stick to basic neutrals. If on the other hand, you have a small backside but you want to draw attention to it, wear light/ bright colored skirts. One tip is that if you have more curves than you are comfortable displaying, you should try body shapers to help hold everything in.

If you are very curvy but want to draw attention away from, another trick is to choose skirts that have details that down play them. Examples are a simple black skirt, an a line shaped skirt, a full circle (swing) skirt and any skirt with vertical details like pleats, vertical stitches, and an elongated pocket. Another tip to draw attention away from your bottom half is to wear an interesting top to draw the eye.

If you want to add curves to a small bottom half, or to balance out a no waist figure, you can wear bright colors and shiny fabrics. Because they visually expand the your hips and backside. You can wear balloon skirts, printed fabrics, a line skirts and faded washes of denim skirts. These will help you look curvier than you are.

If you have a straight up and down figure, with no definable waist, wear smug pencil skirts. The tapering around the thigh creates an illusion of curves.

I hope I have helped you in becoming more stylish. Stay fabulous.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Building Your Skirt Wardrobe

Hello. I hope you enjoyed my last couple of posts. They were Ankara focused and hopefully gave you an idea or two. Today, I want to talk about skirts and how to utilize them in your wardrobe. Especially since most of us live in jeans and only wear skirts to work.

Usually, most of us start off our wardrobes with the basic and timeless A line or pencil skirt, depending on our figure. The versatility of this basic fashion skirt, in a neutral color makes a very easy to mix and match wardrobe especially when one is on a budget. It is important when one is starting out, to avoid skirts with any fancy details on them, so that it is easier to to wear it time and again. This way, the skirt can be the canvass while embellishments can be added with the top or the accessories or even with color.

Another essential skirt to own is an neutral day to night skirt. By that, I mean a skirt that can be dressed up or down, that is formal enough for the office but casual enough to wear on a night out. This kind of skirt helps to open up your wardrobe to accommodate both your work and social life.

After you have these essentials, you can begin to look at growing your skirt collection. You can do this with more sophisticated styles of skirts like body con skirts, or draped skirts.

Another kind of skirt is the feminine skirt, like a lace or swing skirt. These kind of skirts soften your look and make you look very much feminine and stylish.

Then, there are the trendy skirts. These are whatever skirts that are on trend at the moment and they keep your wardrobe current.

I hope that I have been able to inspire you as you expand your wardrobe. I hope to talk more about skirts in my next post. Till then, stay fabulous.