Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
2. The pleather band on the hem makes this frock directional. A leather belt mimicking the band, helps to pull the look together.
3. Wear this as an open trench style jacket with a loose opening with the tie. The ruffles create vertical lines.
4. Under no circumstances attempt this next one.
Just because its made by a plus size label, doesnt mean its suitable. All this creates is a giant monoboob and a fat torso.
5. This is a sharp piece. Try it open or closed with a cami or tank underneath. Ideally those "arrows" created under the bust should be placed under the bust. If they are sitting on the girls, put it back.
6. A lovely piece with its own detachable cami. Love the low neckline to break up any monoboob.
7. Love this. Again, the fit is crucial.
8. Another lovely
9. This is a throw on soft kaftan.
10. Love the neckline on this shift with the black binding around a sweetheart neckline.
11. A stretch number with a mock wrap skirt & a side ruffle.
12. Love this - easy to wear, but add a 3cm wide belt. Love the dense flowers around the upper-middle to emphasise the waist.
13. This looked a bit lary in the store. But when you're in the changeroom, one more frock isnt going to kill you.
14. A very simply cut shift whose neckline brings the eye upward. That's what we want ladies.
15. What's not to love?
16. This is a bit tent-ish, but the colours were gorgeous.
17. A ponte fabric with a terrific neckline. Would have preferred a slightly longer sleeve, but still worth trying on with a cardi or jacket. Fab for work.
See anything you like?
Monday, April 28, 2014
You create a tone in one of two ways. First by adding a neutral gray, equal in value to the hue. For example, a light gray added to yellow or a medium gray added to red or a dark gray added to violet. Second by adding its complement.
|This diagram says volumes about light v dark (vertical axis) |
and clear v muted (horizontal axis).
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
This is the first important bit: Your best tops & dresses are fitted through the waist & flaring out at the hips. I often find that pieces which flare out from the bust will also work well (as long as they are not too voluminous).
Hopefully you can see that this style hides the excess weight around your bottom half by skimming over it & not clinging to it.
One Aussie store that does this A line style particularly well is Blue Illusion.
Because Blue Illusion has a niche market, even in a season of boxy & oversize pieces, they retain their signature shape.
Today I was wandering through Country Road (notorious for younger trendier styles) and I spotted this little gem amongst all its boxy oversize brother & sisters.
In 100% super fine merino wool, machine washable, it has a fit & flare waist.
In fact, Country Road is calling it a peplum knit. Don't panic if you never had any luck with the peplums of last summer.
This one is different.
The peplum isnt sewn on. Instead its created by the way the item is knitted, so it flares out without any horizontal seams.
This means that the eye isnt drawn to any horizontal seams and isnt expecting the narrowest part of your waist to sit at any seam. Given that the chances of this happening are buckleys and none, it's no wonder those summer peplums looked great on the hanger & not so great on us.
This is the second important bit: The upshot of this beauty is that if your narrowest waist is a couple of cm about the top's narrowest waist or a couple of cm below the top's narrowest waist, it wont kill the fit. Gotta love that sort of fit flexibility is what we love.
The top is also in that off white which Country Road calls marshmallow.
The marshmallow looks a tad see though on the site. But the black was opaque.
The other gorgeous thing about the top is the open scoop neckline - even a girl with an ample bust can wear it.
Small bust? Add a scarf. Hermes optional.
If you try this on, please let me know on the Facebook page what you think.
Now if only they did it in a navy, a burgundy, a cream and a soft pink.......
Saturday, April 19, 2014
Style into Action thought that these three broderie anglaise frocks had some interesting details both in the fit & their styles - worth chatting about. Because if you overlook the details, your look will suffer. This I promise you.
The front bodice of dress #1 by Zimmermann has a stiffness about the fabric which doesnt allow her curves to show as well as they should. I do however like the skirt.
The parts of dress #2 (colour, fabric, sleeves, bodice, skirt etc) are very nice. However when I step back & look at it, it creates a scarecrow look to her body. Even though the fit is technically perfect, the "step back & look at the forest from the trees" scarecrow thing is where less experienced designers fall short compared to more experienced designers.
The Alexander McQueen #3 dress is the super expensive one of the three. I love its skirt, the peplum & the vee neckline. But I see three things wrong with it - these will be minor to the layperson's eye, but they stand out for me.
First, the torso of the dress seems a touch long for her body - as it is wrinkling & I dont see her leaning forward, that's the only conclusion I can come to.
Second, it has a self belt. The one way that guarantees a garment to look more expensive is to substitute a self belt with a leather belt. I have never seen an exception to this rule.
Third, the beauty about hideously expensive garments is their construction. All the stuff that goes on behind the outer fabric - I call it the scaffolding.
Generally though, for traditional clothing, scaffolding is only "beautiful" when it is invisible. Making a traditional dress with visible scaffolding misses the point.
If however the dress is art, say like at the Met Ball or something that Anna Dello Russo would wear, then it's OK for the scaffolding to be on display.
Kate's dress is not one of these standouts; its traditional. Yet the scaffolding is showing up as thickness around her midsection, immediately above her belt. I think she can do better.
So what does this mean?
Paying attention to the details is vital in looking fabulous, well dressed & pulled together. The more you read fashion, the more your eye gets used to the details.
The details include:
No scuffed shoes
Nothing tight or pulling
Nothing see through (where see through isnt called for)
No visible undergarments
No runs in your stockings (keep a spare pair)
Get the drift?
Style means keeping your eye on the details.
Friday, April 18, 2014
|Louis Vuitton AW 2009|
|Maison Michel bunny headband|
|Maison Michel bunny ears|
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Pilling looks unsightly. It kills a looks every time. Luckily there are ways to manage it.
1. Those battery operated gizmos at supermarkets
2. A pumice stone
* The main factor contributing to pilling is the length of the fibre when it is harvested from the animal/plant.
* Longer lengths mean the ends are tucked in better and less friction occurs with those ends.
* Less friction with the ends means less pilling.
* Longer lengths means more expensive garments.
* You get what you pay for strikes again.