Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Define your Personal Business Style – A guide to dressing your shape. Lisa Gillbe

This is the second article Lisa Gillbe, Fashion Consultant, has submitted to Its Braap~ hope you find it helpful! Please enter Lisa Gillbe in our search box to read our exclusive interview!

Some may dismiss fashion and style as unimportant, frivolous and perhaps a bit shallow. But studies show that our first impressions of other people are made within 7 seconds of meeting them, so your appearance really counts. Also, our initial perceptions of people influence our interpretation of their later behaviour because of our - possibly misguided - expectations. People who meet, read each other visually. This is how it works: You see. You process. You think. You get an impression. You have a feeling. You behave a certain way toward that person, and so it goes on. Appearance matters, not just in how you come across to others but also how you feel. If you look good, you feel good and your performance improves!

The average person only wears around 20% of the clothes in their wardrobes, the rest of it is stuffed full of unused items that just get in the way. We live in a disposable society consuming like crazy and often shopping for clothes in a thoughtless way. Wouldn’t it be great to get dressed with ease every day knowing what cuts and styles suit you, saving time and money by making more thoughtful and focussed purchases while defining your personal style all at the same time?

Focused shopping takes time and we are all short of that. So I’ve put together a guide for the three main body shapes - apple, pear and hourglass – with key business pieces for those shapes. But first, some general rules we could all follow to get our look defined and fabulous!

Rule 1
Make the most of your assets and detract from your liabilities. Do this by creating focal points at your best bits.

Rule 2
It is never about the size of clothes (they all differ wildly from shop to shop) but about FIT and the right cuts for your shape.

Rule 3
Style is not to do with fashion at all; it is about knowing who you are and expressing yourself in the best way.

Your shape – Rounded , with a soft top half (big bust), little or no waist definition, often with great legs. Should wear darker colours on top and lighter on bottom.

Tops~ This should be tight under the boobs with a tummy-skimming top
Jackets~ Always below the bottom, longer ‘boyfriend’ or ‘classic styles’
Dresses~ Empire line with little or no waist definition
Shoes~ Chose curvy rounded styles to compliment your rounder shape and the higher the heel the better. Open toe is good
Skirts~ Always side fastening and flat fronted that ideally flip out at the side. A-line is flattering or any curvy styles
Trousers~ tailored, wide-legged trousers
Cardigan~ Calf length cardigans

Your shape – Enviably small on the top with slight narrower shoulders than hip. Mostly bigger legs and saddlebags – good waist definition and flat tummy.

Tops~ Fitted, tee shirts, and shirts. Something that accentuates your small top half
Jackets~ Never wear a jacket that stops at your widest point (in this case your hips). Choose longer styles that end below the bottom
Dresses~ Empire line, wrap dresses with a tie to define your waist. Fitted and flared dresses (skater, tea dresses etc…) that are smaller on the top half then flare out at the bottom will flatter you
Shoes~ Chunky, heeled and rounded are best to balance out your heavier bottom half proportions.
Skirts~ A-line, flared, in flowing materials to skim over your curves
Trousers~ Opt for flat fronted to minimize bulk on bottom half and wide legged are good to slim the legs. Jeans can be bootleg (when in fashion), flared or straight
Cardigan~ Long styles again for this shape.

Your shape – perfect really. All bust with tiny (in comparison) waist and then those beautiful rounded hips. Wear darker colours on the bottom and lighter on top. Match colour of shoes with trousers or skirts and hosiery to elongate your legs and look taller and slimmer.

Tops~Go for styles that have a v-neck to flatter your ample bosom. Opt for shoulder detail to detract the eye from your bust area. Choose fabrics that are flowing – blouses are perfect, avoid shirts, they are too straight cut for your curvy body.
Jackets~ Three quarter length sleeves are good as they show off slim wrists. Always choose a jacket with a nipped in waist that flares over you bottom. Choose rounded lapels and avoid straightness in the cut
Dresses~ Wrap dresses!!! Any dress with waist definition to show off your curves
Shoes~ Cute rounded shoes that are a bit more on the chunky side to balance out your proportions. Open toe and platform are good.
Skirts~ Pencil skirts and any that flare out over your bottom half
Trousers~ Flat fronted that zip at the side and that flare. Same with jeans, avoid skinny cuts which will accentuate and increase the size of your hips.
Cardigan~ Everyone needs a cardi! Again opt for longer styles but belted versions are especially good for you.

By learning what cuts and styles best suit your body shape, you can turn your
clothes into outfits that enhance your best features. But most of all, knowing
you look fabulous in whatever is in your wardrobe will make dressing every day
easy and fun and we all need some of that!

Lisa Gillbe

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