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Choosing the Right Purse
Choosing the Right Purse
Choosing the Right Purse

Like people, purses come in all sizes, shapes, and colors. But a purse isn’t a simple accessory: it has to be both functional and flattering. A purse can emphasize a dainty waist…or exaggerate wide hips. How do you choose the right one? Read on for some great questions to ask yourself before buying a purse.

  • What is this purse for? Is it going to be your daily purse or a tiny evening accessory? A daily purse should be sturdy, easy to find things in, and easy to open and close, but an evening clutch is more about looks than practicality.

  • What do you plan to carry in it? A wallet and keys, or everything but the kitchen sink? That will determine whether you want a small, medium, or large purse. (If you’re an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink type, your back may thank you for downgrading!)

  • What’s in your wardrobe? Regardless of fashion trends or body shapes, your purse should always be in keeping with your style, whether elegant, bohemian, or funky. You’ll probably want a purse that complements the clothing and shoes you already own. Neutrals like cream, black, and brown make for very versatile purses that can still have plenty of personalities.

  • What is your body shape? A good rule of thumb is to go for a contrasting shape in a purse: a soft, curvy bag for a thin, angular shape, a structured purse for a rounder one. Remember, however, that purse size should be in keeping with your size. Larger purses flatter larger women but overwhelm smaller ones.

  • What do you want to emphasize? A purse will emphasize wherever it falls. If you’re pear-shaped, you’ll want to avoid a purse that falls right at hip height. Wide-shouldered women, in contrast, may want that extra emphasis to balance their figures. A mid-torso length is flattering on most women. If in doubt, always check the mirror and consult a friend.

Buy Clothes to suit Your Shape
Buy Clothes to suit Your Shape
Buy Clothes to suit Your Shape

Layout your clothes before putting them on and check the proportions. Juggle jackets, scarves & belts to re-arrange the clothes to get the look you want.

  • Thinner fabrics are more slimming.

  • Tops and bottoms of one color will make you look thinner.

  • Wear clothes that fit.

  • Wearing too large clothes will exaggerate your figure not hide it.

  • Avoid belts unless you have a slim waist.

  • Use accessories carefully.

You can make your wardrobe impressive with mix and match jewelry.

Shoes depend less on your body shape than your height. Do not buy clothes on impulse. Plan before you buy a blouse or pants. Be somewhat scientific about shopping, consider your body type, and colors.

Ask yourself some questions;

  • Do you have anything you can mix and match with it? Does it match your lifestyle?

  • Will it be comfortable, nonchalant, and easy to wear?

  • Is it machine wash or dry clean only?

  • Will, it fit your budget? Is it appropriate?

  • Is it a fad, can it be worn more than one season?

  • Is it of good quality? Quality counts, it is better to have four or five mixes and match outfits of quality, than 8 or 10 'steals.'

Think in terms of outfits when you shop, and be practical. When you buy a new dress, be sure you have shoes and other accessories to go with it. Maybe a jacket or scarf to wear over it to give it a different look.

Clothes Styles and Body Shapes

  • High collars shorten necks.

  • Tight tops with short sleeves and a breast pocket are detracting from your figure. Shoes with straps shorten your legs. The torso can be shortened or narrowed with seam lines, belts, bows, and collars.

  • A short necklace can shorten your neck.

  • A scarf or belt that hangs down toward the legs will make the legs appear longer. Knitted texture, lace, floras, prints, and plaids can assist in creating an illusion. Thicker vertical lines in plaids lengthen and slims.

  • Wear a larger print where you want people to look and a smaller print where you do not want them to look. An all-over print can camouflage figure problems, but prints here and there can create a fuller you.

  • Prints around the neck and over the shoulder can make your shoulders appear wider. Just wear prints near the parts of your figure's assets, because they are usually more eye-catching than a solid color.

  • When buying pants be sure they fit well. Defects are emphasized in a pair of pants that may go unnoticed in a skirt.

Petite women.

Petite women need to keep clothes in line, slim narrow belts. A slight contrast in colors and fitted lines will flatter you endlessly. Also, stay with fabrics that are soft and flowing that fit well. Overpowering prints should be avoided.

Tall women.
Tall women can indulge in wide belts, avoid tight clothes and skirts that are too short or too long. Beauty expert Stephanie Faber recommends tall women play down their waist by wearing their blouses over the pants and skirts and avoid tight belts.

Hip heavy triangle woman.
A hip heavy triangle and round full-figured women can use clothes with vertical lines to make an up and down illusion. V-necks and skirts with slits up the sides are also good. Clothes with small padded shoulders should be chosen. Too big of pads will make you look like a football player. Wear long tops that go past your hips. Choose jackets, tailored suits, and shirtwaist dresses with straight, classic cuts. Lighter colors on top can be worn, this brings eyes up. Wear dark stockings and avoid patterns. Select vertical, fluid patterns, and avoid bulky fabrics. Adopt the just below the knee look in dresses and skirts. Choose accessories close to the same color clothes you are wearing including shoes. This gives your body an unbroken slimmer look. Avoid very wide pinafore skirts. Stay with straight or Aline skirts.

Top-heavy woman.
The top-heavy body types need to choose long jackets without shoulder pads. Do not wear blouses with fancy details and ruffles. Do not wear clingy fabrics on top, choose darker colors on top. Do not wear tops that are too light. Tops with dolman or raglan sleeves and ones that fit loose and slims down to hug the hips and waist are good. Wear pants or skirts that are pleated to bring the eye down. Choose thin materials like cotton, or cotton jersey. One color dressing will also be thinning. Flat shoes are best unless you are short, then wear heels. If your legs are in good shape shorter hem lengths will draw attention away from your top.

Rectangular type of woman.
The rectangular type can accentuate curves by wearing jackets or tops that hug the waist, feminine thick sweaters over skirts or pants. Use patterns in your tops or bottoms to add dimension. Round out the neckline with necklaces, scarves, and other accessories, and use shoulder pads.

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How To Dress 10 Lbs. Slimmer
How To Dress 10 Lbs. Slimmer
How To Dress 10 Lbs. Slimmer

Don't cover up your figure with tent dresses! Just follow a few rules of proportion and accent your best features.

Here's How:

  1. Choose darker colors as the basis of your wardrobe: navy, black, charcoal gray.

  2. Use undergarment foundations: from all-in-one shapers to control top pantyhose.

  3. Focus on playing up your best features, for example showing off shapely legs with a knee-length skirt.

  4. Choose fabrics that don't cling, avoiding stiff or bulky textures.

  5. Use accessories to draw attention to your face: scarves, earrings, etc.

  6. Avoid anything too tight or clingy.

  7. Make sure you scale your accessories -- from your handbag to your earrings -- to your size.

  8. Add small shoulder pads to sweaters and other knit tops to make them hang better.

  9. Choose clean-lined clothing without big embellishment or buttons.


Prints should be scaled for your body -- no ditzy prints if you are large. In general, it's the space between prints that makes them unflattering, so look for prints that have overlapping images.
Don't shy away from sleeveless garments, especially eveningwear that you can cover up with a shawl, sheer top, or bolero jacket.
Don't think that baggy clothes make you look slimmer. Body-conscious clothes that hint at your curves, without being clingy or tight, are the most flattering.

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Casual or Corporate - Looking Your Best in a 9 to 5 World
Casual or Corporate - Looking Your Best in a 9 to 5 World
Casual or Corporate - Looking Your Best in a 9 to 5 World

Almost all fashion experts agree, when we walk in a room, we’re judged within the first few seconds -- not by our shining personalities or bright minds --but by what we’re wearing.

“It’s our appearance and mannerisms that people look at, even before we open our mouths, says Charlene Parsons, academic chair of the Fashion Department at the Miami International University of Art & Design, one of The Art Institutes. Though your style of clothes may vary depending on your profession, presenting yourself in the best way possible is important, even if your company is strictly “casual Fridays? all week long, she says.

According to Parsons “whether you wear jeans or a suit to work, the best fashion rule of thumb is to buy the best you can afford.? Well-made clothes fit better, look better, and last for years. Take a cue from Europeans. Parsons says they buy fewer pieces, but buy better and become expert at mixing and matching.

Finding variety, a great fit and an acceptable price is not as difficult as it used to be. “It’s no longer necessary to trot off to the mall to find a great look. Many conventional brick and mortar retailers have gone ‘click and mortar.? With the advent of mass-customization in sizing, everyone can find a style that fits his or her figure, wallet, and career,?says Kathleen Colussy, fashion design faculty member at The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale.

Once you’ve found clothes you like that fit well, consider how you approach to fashion. Is it sporty, classic, feminine or artistic, or a combination? Alease M. McClenningham, academic director of Fashion Marketing at The Art Institute of Charlotte says that the common denominator among these styles is a few wardrobe basics that can be worked into any of these looks such as a great jacket (loose-fitting or slim) white shirt, flat front pants, flattering sweaters, and good-fitting T-shirts in several different colors.

“No matter what style you are -- and many of us are more than one -- these basics can work with lots of different looks and body types, and the sources for finding them are endless,?says McClenningham. She recommends stores such as Ann Taylor or J.Jill for both tailored and casual looks, as well as Eddie Bauer for good quality outdoorsy looks.

Whether you’re at the mall or perusing Web sites or catalogs, Colussy recommends being on the lookout for a great pantsuit. “Pantsuits have become a lifesaver for those in corporate and non-corporate work environments, she says. “When buying a suit, always go for wool -- always! There is a reason why most men’s suits are made from wool, it outperforms any other fiber. For those in warmer climates, try tropical weight wool. It’s a natural fiber that breathes and easily adapts to air conditioning or the heat of city streets,?she says.

But how to express who you are by adding those individual touches that help personalize your wardrobe, no matter what your style? Gwendolyn Lewis Huddleston of The Art Institute of California -- San Francisco says it’s not hard to do. “Find the element that works with your 9 to 5 needs and still allows you to create a look that is about you,?says Huddleston.

For example, a signature look for some women is their sweaters, for another, it may be a grandmother’s charm bracelet or a set of vintage bangle bracelets. For another, it’s all about color, or fun eyeglasses, or unique scarves or handbags. “Pick one feature and go for it,?says Huddleston. “You will have continued pleasure in collecting for yourself and others will enjoy seeing what you wear next,?she adds.

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20 Hot Fashion Tips
20 Hot Fashion Tips
20 Hot Fashion Tips
  1. Try on all of your favorite clothes. Take notes on how they fit and flatter you. Then shop for similar colors, fabrics, shapes, and lengths.

  2. A great fit can make an outfit, just as a poor fit can break it!

  3. A well-cut suit is one of the most flattering outfits you can own. Remember: dark tones create a long line.

  4. Choose a fingertip length jacket or one that falls mid-hip. Pants should be straight leg or boot cut and the hem should be worn slightly long.

  5. Select flat knit, fine rib, and jersey tops; Choose pants with flapless pockets, flat fronts with just enough stretch for added comfort.

  6. Know thyself - Know your proportions!
    - Skinny bottom half? Wear a full top over narrow pants
    - Short waisted? Wear a long top and short skirt
    - Petite torso? Wear a fitted top with full pants
    - Long waisted? Pair a short top with long bottoms

  7. Show off the trimmest parts of your body by combining a tight-fitting piece with a loose-fitting one.

  8. Any color worn head to toe in a clean, unbroken line will produce a dynamically slimming effect.

  9. Don't worry if separates don't match exactly. Tonal variations are a creative alternative.

  10. Taller bodies can take larger prints and more contrast.

  11. The darker the print's background, the slimmer the look.

  12. Blouses: a collared shirt always gives a torso a few good inches and frames the face handsomely.

  13. A slim v-neck makes the neck appear longer and is usually very flattering.

  14. Boatnecks are great for minimizing waists and hips while maximizing sexy shoulders.

  15. If your legs are fuller inside, try a side slit. If your legs are fuller outside, a mid-front or back slit is a better choice.

  16. There is never an excuse for panty lines! A thong is a girl's best friend - they even come with tummy control.

  17. Bright colors bring attention to an area - make sure you wear them wisely and only on your most flattering body parts.

  18. Dark hosiery is in this fall. While brightly colored turquoise and scarlet hose may look great in the store window, muted hues like teal and wine are much more flattering. Match the shoe and the hose color to tighten the look even more.

  19. A shoulder bag tucked quietly under the arm is most flattering.

  20. Stilettos are back and in spite of the discomfort at times - they make your legs look like a million dollars!

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Fashion Oops!
Fashion Oops!
Fashion Oops!

So you’re ready for a night out on the town. You have your hair ready and your make up applied, all nice and neat. Only one thing can ruin it all for you and that is…YOUR CLOTHES! We all have are own fashion flaws. Some not too noticeable, some too obvious that it should be against the law!

Have no fear; here are some tips that’ll keep you flawless?
Dress or skirt is too short

Keep in mind that being comfortable is one of the most important factors when trying to find clothing that is most right for you. When wearing a skirt or a dress, make sure that you don’t have to worry about exposing certain areas while sitting down.

Your underwear is showing!

Please! Try to avoid this fashion flaw! Bra straps should be properly adjusted and tucked away. If you are wearing low-rise pants, you should be wearing low-rise panties as well.

Your underwear is showing…Again!

Only this time, they’re underneath your clothing. This fashion flaw is a common mistake we make on a daily basis. It’s the mistake where your bra/panty line is too evident. Wear the proper fitting undergarments; if you are, and still have lines, then you are wearing clothes that are too tight.

Too many prints

Mixing and matching prints can lead to a very busy look. If you are one of those people who look well in just about anything, wear patterns on the top or the bottom, not both.

Using the wrong accessories

Remember whenever you adding accessories to your wardrobe, add accessories that match your style. When wearing a necklace, try to wear the appropriate length. Short chains and chokers tend to make the neck seem larger.

Work it Girl!
Work it Girl!
Work it Girl!

If you wear an outfit or a shirt that feels great and 3-5 people say to you, "You look great in that outfit," or "Wow, that color looks great on you! BUY MORE OF THAT COLOR OR THAT SHAPE OUTFIT!"

It truly is as simple as that. Just absorb the good compliments and you can start to create YOUR own uniform that will work for you. You will start to know the shapes that work on your body or the color that brightens up your eyes and face. You can take that color and those shapes and they can be applied throughout your entire wardrobe - from T-shirts, bathing suits, etc. to formal and casual wear.

Many do not know this, but the shoe has magical powers. Did you know that the right shoe can elongate the leg? To fake a longer leg, continue the line down from the leg to the foot with a slightly narrow toe. It doesn't have to be a point, but a slimmer shoe creates the illusion of a longer leg. A thick toe on a shoe, says thick ankle, and a heavy thick heel moans FRANKENSTEIN foot.

Avoid the Frankenfoot at all costs, because a thick heel adds too much weight at the bottom. Although unintentional, a heavy thick shoe says a lot of the wrong things regarding shape.

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