Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Size 14 can be sexy - here's how

This post shows you how a size 14/16 can look more breathtakingly elegant and sexy than the scrawny size 2/4 that is modeling the garment.

Enter Kate Winslet....

Kate Winslet was in Madrid a few days ago to attend the YO DONA Magazine International Awards at El Matadero. She was there to receive an award for her humanitarian work.

She looked absolutely breath-taking wearing a Victoria Beckham AW 2009 gown - yes, 2009.

The simple yet stunning black body skimming long sleeve gown with a boat neck (to widen the shoulders), defined shoulders and embroidery detail at the waist, was teamed with a black and gold crystallized Judith Leiber bag.

Photo: Red Carpet Fashion Awards & Getty Images

And I loved the pony tail and drop earrings.


The moral of this post?

There is no way a woman of Kate's size and shape can do this look so perfectly without serious shapewear! I'd guess she is a size 12 - 14 Au? She has had a kid. But every lump & bump is smoothed over - she looks seamless literally -and her lines are dead smooth.

So what are the "secrets"?

*Up & down (slimming) eye movement

*Accentuating her waist

*Great quality, cut & fabric of garments (no tissue thin viscose, thank you very much)


Lets focus on foundation garments for a bit.....

In Australia - the best place for shapewear is the dept stores - Myer and David Jones.

Spanx, Shapewear, Miraclesuit, Playtex and Nancy Gantz to name a few.

Interestingly Kate Winslet appears to have nailed shapewear for most of her life - this isnt a one off best dressed... ....I think that she understands her body type (know thyself) & appreciates the importance of the right undergarments......see the following photos......

2009 Oscars

2009 Golden Globes - YSL

2009 SAG - Narciso Rodriguez

2009 BATFA - Zac Posen

Now I am not stalking her, seriously I am not, but I have noticed a change on her red carpet look over the last few years...prior to the above photos she used to wear softer fabrics....

What I think has happened is she has gotten savvier about what suits her & her fuller figure (by Hollywood standards) & is tending to steer clear of fine thin fabrics which aren't forgiving. Smart girl. I also think her foundation garments have gotten better. I will be taking a leaf out of her book even when it comes to a dress or a pencil skirt.

Some of the older looks are.....

2002 in Ben de Lisi - Oscars

2007 Valentino - Oscars

2005 Badgley Mischka - Oscars

2009 Collette Dinnigan - Bambi Awards in Germany

2010 Oscars in YSL

2010 Navy YSL at the Golden Globes

2010 in Stella McCartney at the Orange British Academy Film Festival

2011 Stella McCartney at a NY premiere - OK this one I didnt like - way too tight & the face/hair was too scary...

2011 in Narciso Rodriguez at a gala honoring photographer Mario Testino - loving those brushed to the side bangs too....

Help dear readers!!!!!

Can someone tell me who designed this please?
It was worn at the Cardboard Citizens Gala Fundraising Dinner on Saturday March 19 at Christ Church Spitalfields in London, England.

It sort of reminds me of a 1960 red Valentino (his first collection) worn by Jen Aniston in 2004 for an Along Came Polly premiere - but I have nothing else to go on.....Ok, so I am a Jennifer fan & I had to sneak this in.....


  1. Hey Val. Love this post - Kate Winslet is one of the people I look out for on the red carpet.
    The white dress she wore at the Cardboard Citizens gala dinner is by Max Chaoul. Hope that helps! :)

  2. thanks Liv - i have never heard of him, but just googled & he has dressed many starlets including Keira Knightly....apparently Kate donated the white frock to charity...thanks for following & WE NEED to catch up!!!! soon....

  3. Hi, I have been looking for those DIOR teal suede pumps with the beads that hang off the heel for YEARS now. I saw them a the Dior outlet store and wanted to purchase them, but when I went back within hours it was sold. Do you any information on that shoe. Where can I get it? I would really appreciate it! Thank you