How to Dress an Hourglass Body Type

150x200-hourglass-jacket-stylesFashion and women are joined at the hips. Most females have an innate sense of what is trendy and fashionable. This is why these women may most likely not mess up, once they know what body type they have.  Many fashion blunders are caused because women have no idea of the shape of their bodies. As it relates to women’s body shape, the hourglass outline has been the sought-after feminine figure. It is usually measured with matching hips and busts; analogized by a small waist.

If you have gone shopping and attempted to find the right outfit that was placed on the hourglass mannequin, I am sure that you may have felt disappointed. When you are dressing yourself, you have more to think about than the size and color of your attire or the texture of the garment, but more importantly, the specific shape of your body. You have to consider whether the clothing complements your body shape.

Hourglass figures are the most balanced body type. The shoulders and hips are comparatively equal. A full bust line, distinct waist line and curvaceous hips are the characteristics of the hourglass figure.

Dressing the hourglass shape

If you have an hourglass figure, when you are dressing, you should try to choose clothes that highlight the waist line and curves. Wear dresses, tops and skirts that hug the hips without being too tight. Select jeans that have flared legs and have some room in the hip section to show a more proportionate figure.

Wear low rider jeans or skirt because it will flatter your figure by conservatively hugging the hips instead of hiding it. Boot cut legged jeans will balance your curves and tone down the hips.

Try to find tops that showcase the waist without being too tight around the chest area. Wear fabric that is soft and stretchy. With your low rider pants, wear a cotton shirt or V-neck blouse, which will both lengthen your figure and flow smoothly over your bust line.

Wear clothing that are fitted, but skimmed and not clingy. If you have a loose fitting dress, you can add a belt to it to cinch your waist.

150x200-hourglass-skirt-stylesWhat to avoid


One of the issues that you may have as an hourglass shape is finding clothing that fits well around the hips and small around the waist. Avoid wearing fabric that hides your small abdomen. Try to avoid fabric that is stiff, which could be a taffeta top. Try to avoid any type of clothing that has straight darts. Don’t hide your curvaceous body by wearing baggy clothes. These will just appear as if you have gained weight.

 

Conclusion

All women should be well conscious of their body type so that they can dress correctly and aesthetically. Women are inclined to have both positives and negatives about their bodies. However, with the right attire, women are able to emphasize their shapes and hide their flaws. In order to achieve this goal, women should know their bodies; inside and out.

How to Choose Perfect (and Appropriate) Cruise Wear

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It is apparent that when you are approaching the age before and after retirement, one of your aspirations is to go on various cruises. However, what do you wear for your cruise wear is the question that needs to be answered for many? Of course, for every woman who wants to enjoy her later years, a cruise is essential to relieving the stress, having fun and meeting new people.

Preparing for the cruise means that you have to do your research. Included in your research should be different ports where you will stop; the weather that you will encounter and how long you will be allowed on land. You also want to know what kind of entertainment the ship provides for its guests.

cruisewearQuite likely, most ships will have a band with live entertainment on specific nights. Most ships have an indoor and outdoor pool where you can lounge at the poolside all day if you want to. There are casinos on many ships if you love to play the slot machines. Of course, you cannot avoid eating various meals in the restaurants. Most ships will also have guests congregate to play games and offer prizes.

With all of this being said, you will need semi-formal attire for the casinos or you can choose comfort in flats, capri pants and trendy top. A nice top and pair of pants or skirt will also do for such occasion. For the pool side, you will need a nice, sexy bikini, if you choose to be bold or a one piece bathing suit, if you want to be less conspicuous. A tankini and bottom is also another option, if you don’t want to wear the bikini or one piece bathing suit. This is more conservative than the bikini. For the live entertainment night, you can dress up more formally with a stunning dress or pant suit.

When going off the ship, think about comfort. You want to have one or two shorts set; baggy shorts and loose top because you will be doing a lot of walking and may get hot. You can also wear a long maxi dress; loosely fitted as well and a pair of slipper. For bedtime, you can wear nice lingerie or pajamas will do.

There is not much to shopping for cruise wear since the most obvious have already been mentioned. You don’t have to pack a punch when traveling on a cruise ship, but be sure to have no less than two bathing suits and two sets of clothing for the different events; especially if you are the kind of person who is indecisive about what to wear.

How to Dress an athletic or rectangular shaped woman

Every woman has her own sense of style and beauty. She uses clothing to express herself in a fun and lighthearted way sometimes and then in a serious way for more formal occasions. Her choice of clothing should accentuate her best features and highlight her personality. Therefore, every woman should know her body type in order to enhance her personality and taste.

However, you should wear what you feel is most comfortable and what improves your level of confidence. Focus more on what fits your body rather than only on what is trendy. Women who have rectangular shaped bodies will usually be athletic with less curves and a broader back. This female will be smaller busted, have a lengthy torso and possibly a flat rear end.

With an athletic figure, you may not have any definition in your waist, which means you have a shorter waistline or ruler shape. Rectangular shaped women can be either tall or short. Some of them have lean and petite figures because of their athleticism.

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Dressing a rectangular shaped woman

When you are dressing as an athletic figure, it is best to choose clothing that gives the impression of a curvy figure. Choose V-neck and wrap blouses that place emphasis on the bust line and put the focus on the face. To add shape to the body, you should wear a padded bra.

When you are selecting a pair of pants, you need to look for pants with wide back pockets or flaps that are spaced out. This adds roundness to the bottom and creates a curvier appearance. Choose attire that is flattering to the hips such as a flared skirt that begins from the waist; add a wide belt to your dress or wear  a dress with a lot of different elements around the bust line.

The fundamental in dressing an athletic or rectangular shaped figure is to define the waistline as much as possible by:

  • Selecting empire styles
  • Wrap tops or bottoms
  • Shirt waist
  • Adding a camisole
  • Avoiding fabric that is stiff

Of course, there is more to dressing an athletic figure than just the basics. You have to also think about the vertical measurements that would include women with:

  • A long trunk with short legs
  • A short trunk with long legs
  • Specifically shaped arms and legs

Athletic women don’t have to be concerned with gaining weight because they are so active. Therefore, clothing size is not going to be a big worry. Full skirts are suitable as well as thick clothing that will bring out their ideal features.

 

Conclusion

Some athletic figured women should try to accentuate their best assets, which could be the arms, shoulders, neck and legs. Halter back dresses as well as one shoulder tops and dresses are some of the wisest choices. These will highlight the arms and the shoulders. It will also divert the eyes from the bust line. Rectangular shaped women may not have the hour glass shape, but they can show off those nice legs with chic dresses and short skirts.

How to dress a Pear-shaped figure

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Women who have pear shaped figures usually have a triangular shaped body, which means that her torso is narrow, she usually has smaller bust and large hips. She may have a small waist, but not one that will give her an hourglass shape. For transformation into the illusion of an hourglass shape, the woman has to be successful in creating a stark variance between her bust, waist and hip.

A pear shaped woman can accomplish balance in quite a few ways:

2327Tops: She should consider wearing tops that are embellished around the bust and shoulder areas. Tops that fit the waist will also add length and proportion to the lower part of her body.  To achieve wider shoulders, she can wear off the shoulder tops with a tight fitting skirt to accentuate her waist.

Bottoms: Wearing A-line skirts will smoothen out the hips and emphasize the waist. The A-line highlights the middle section of the body. Instead of lighter color slacks and jeans, go darker; choose bottoms that flow straight down from the hip. Opt for straight legged pants as well.

Dresses: Similar to bottoms, an A-line dress will become your best friend! Wear the ones that have capped or flutter sleeves. To get the attention away from your hips, A-Line dresses that fit around or below the knee will work best. The wrap dress is also a good option.

Accessories: Every pear shaped woman should have certain undergarments like girdles, padded under wears and body shapers that do justice to the hips, butt and thighs. Accessorize the top portion of the body rather than wearing heavy belts on the lower portion.

What you should avoid

  • Don’t wear pants that have high waist
  • Avoid bottoms that make your hips look wider
  • Avoid clothing with heavy patterns, flashy prints or large pockets in the hip area
  • Stay away from tapered or flared pants.
  • Avoid extremely tight or loose-fitting shirts and tops. As an alternative, choose fitted or button down tops. Select bold and bright colors on the top and simplify the lower half
  • Stay away from very long jackets because they will make your bottom portion look bigger

3045Good examples of pear shaped women are Rihanna and Beyonce. You may disagree because they look more like hourglass shaped women rather than pear shaped. However, one thing you probably didn’t notice is that their busts are not big enough to place them into the hourglass group. Now those two examples indicate that pear shaped women can be curvy. Rihanna is a size 4 and she is curvy, but still a pear shaped female. The same is true for women of any size. A woman’s body shape is commonly based on measurements and not necessarily on dress size or even her weight.

Ok – so you may not have that curvaceous body that you really want. So what? You can certainly fix that with how you wear your clothing, exercise and body enhancement tricks that form the right illusion of an hourglass figure.

The Color of 2013: EMERALD!

Colors and shades are hot this spring, summer and fall. If you want to know what colors to choose for which outfit, look to Pantone, which is the official ‘go to’ experts in colors. Emerald is hot! Yes, this somewhat green color is being endorsed by Pantone and it is ‘right on time’ for the upcoming seasons; reminding you of grassy lush meadows and warm afternoons.

Most designers get their inspiration on colors from a variety of different places such as green landscapes, forests, paintings, pistachio and the spring freshness outdoors.

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Emerald is a prominent color that cannot be missed this spring. Green, on a whole, has a wide range of shades such as sour green, blue-green, dark green, light green, emerald and bright green.

Emerald is also a signature color. When it is combined with a great top or bottom, it can make you pop, look extraordinary and be the life of the party. An emerald top with distinct features can pull off a basic straight skirt, jeans, white shorts and a pair of black pants.

You must add emerald to your wardrobe this season. It is easy to match with a solid color or even a brighter color if you want to be bold. However, emerald does go well with white and black.

The color, emerald, can set the mood of how your day will go. It sets the tempo for the spring feeling. Go for simple pieces of apparel, though, that fall way from your body to give you that relaxed feeling that spring and summer embodies.

Emerald and your skin tone

You must be thinking, well, will it complement my skin tone? Yes, it will; no matter what your skin tone is. It is easy to wear, very flattering, in fact and adds a fashion statement to your wardrobe. I am such a big fan of seeing color on the runway and especially when it is added to different fashion collection for each season. Color can change your entire mood. It makes you feel good; look bright and can add a spark of happiness and confidence.

Like the women’s color palette, men are wearing color this spring to balance their own wardrobe and to complement their skin tones as well. Most are sticking to soothing colors like emerald and other neutral colors.

Summer and Emerald

Emerald symbolizes the introduction of green. It is the solution to putting together an outfit with khaki and white shorts in the spring and also in the summer time. It continues to be a powerful force in rings, bracelet and earrings as well as other accessories for the summer and spring. It is ideal for sportswear ensemble.

For the spring and summer, designers are addressing the self-expressive desire of their prospective consumers by inducting green into the fashion queue. Women are looking for ways to balance their wardrobe and re-energize their self-esteem. What better way to do it than to include emerald in the color palette?

It is undeniable that emerald will be here to stay for this season and for seasons to come. It will continue to be the unspoiled foreground and backdrop to so many pieces. It adds sophistication and intrigue with its hushed undertone, lively inspiration and radiant intent. Don’t be left out!

 

Black & White is Here for Spring AND Fall

You may be wondering if black and white will be boring for this season since these are just basic every day colors, but you are wrong if that is what you think! Black and white will always be around; no matter what the season. These are the two colors that go so well together for any outfit. However, to set your mind at ease, be reassured that if you are a black and white colored person like so many women, you may already have the pieces in your wardrobe that can pull off a fashion statement for the spring and fall.

Black and white never left the runway or the hearts of fashion designers. It has always been trendy. I mean, come on! Which woman doesn’t have a pair of black pants and a crispy white top in their closet? The hint is if you don’t, then you should! The great thing is that black and white looks excellent on anyone. You just have to make sure you stay away from the stuffy look, which means that you don’t want anyone to make the mistake of thinking you are an usher or hostess in a restaurant when you are not!

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The solid twosome will be getting a lot of playing time for spring and fall. Since spring is so much closer, it is giving us promise of an inspired fashion forecast as we dream of ways to combine these two colors. We know that spring is filled with bright and bold colors. So why not add those accessories to your black and white ensemble to make your own fashion statement?

You have so many bold colors to play with this season to add spunk to your basic black and white:
• Navy blue
• Icy gray
• Shades of purple
• Orange
• Emerald

As many watched the runway models do their cat walk in black and white head-to-toe attire, it reveals the fashion trend for spring 2013. Although, it may seem commonplace, be reassured that this season will turn the black and white outfit into a high possibility for sophistication and also simplicity. You can put it together in such a way as to let it become an eye catching piece with distinctive fashion forwardness.

Its timelessness
Black and white combined is timeless and enduring; yet can be so chic. The best thing about it is that many pieces are affordable and you will have them in your closet for years to come. You should rock this trend and be a part of the fashion frenzy for this season because you don’t want to feel left out.

Keeping it simple
The simplest way to contemplate this trend is to utilize the black and white apparel staples that you previously own. If you are looking for a casual look, you can add a white t-shirt to a straight black skirt and blazer as well as dress it up a little with a black pump, drop earrings, a bracelet and ring. You can also consider a white and black color block outfit in leather, suede and other fabrics – floral, graphic print and abstract prints.

2013 Fashion Trends for the Office

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Spring 2013 is showing aloofness for the corporate appearance for the office. It is bringing instead belted floral attire for the 9 to 5 statement. You should expect to add feminine, longer hemline and snapped shaped clothing to your wardrobe. These are appropriate for work and so is the belted floral that can be worn for a lot of other occasions.

Forget about the uncomfortable business shirts and choose either the high necked or plummeting and soft collarless tops for a sensory Mediterranean temperament. You can easily drop into a fashion rut at the office, but we have brought some inspiring ideas that will become wardrobe staples for you that you can share with your co-workers. It doesn’t matter if your office accommodates casual, formal or a creative look, you will find some great ideas here.

If the office culture is more relaxed or strict, you have to work with certain pieces and maintain the rules of the office, but there are general fashion rules that you should always adhere to. Here they are:

  1. Dress according to what your office decrees – this will place a good impression on your boss and show respect for your colleagues
  2. You should never reveal your midriff. Wear tops that are appropriate in length and avoid wearing low cut pants.
  3. Leave the cleavage for parties. The office is certainly not the ideal place for this.
  4. Do not show your bra straps. Be sure that your top is properly buttoned.
  5. No see-through clothing
  6. Check your hemline – not too short for the office. Save that look for evening outings and weekends.
  7. No flip flops allowed – keep it for the beach
  8. No sneakers – keep that for the gym unless your office allows it.
  9. Your best judgment should be maintained.
  10. Slinky styles, laced camisoles and strapless dresses are for evening wear
  11. Don’t do tight because work is certainly not the place for hugging your noticeable curves.
  12. Express your individual taste, but in a distinguished way.
  13. Tone down the makeup and the loud patterns and choose colors that are not as bold

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What to wear at the office?

The customary two-piece attire is typical of office wear. If you don a well-tailored jacket with corresponding pants or a skirt, you will always be considered cool. Even if you depend on one as your daily solution to dressing for the office or you think of it as an occasional choice, a suit is a definite must. It has never been out of the fashion arena and there is a reason why.

Suit trends have changed from drastic sizes with large shoulders and slouched cuts, to lean and tailored lines. It can give you the self-assurance that you need in the office to do your job well. You will look polished and fearless. Everyone has a suit that flatters their physique, but if you choose the classic look, you won’t go wrong. Although, the pantsuit can be quite characteristic of elegance, you would be so astonished at how many different ways you can wear it. Here are some examples:

  • Wide legs
  • Slouched style
  • Modern look
  • Sleek outline
  • Retro fit
  • Pinstripes like the ones worn by many bankers
  • Checkered
  • Traditional tweed that reminds you of the English countryside

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In the meantime, a simple suit can become that blank canvas to forming your own style. Choosing the look that makes you comfortable and is the most suitable for work is the important thing to consider. No matter which style of pantsuit you choose, you should ensure that this manly cut is balanced with a touch of femininity, which means you can add a ruffled top or a distinct waist. Never leave your sex appeal out of the mix.

A matching jacket with a skirt provides the ideal balance between a serious look and a feminine one. This also gives you many style options such as a boxy shaped tweed suit that carries the retro look. When you begin hunting for the right ensemble, you should first begin with the hemline of the skirt. Start from a pencil to a pleated hemline and then work from there. If you opt for a fuller looking skirt, then you should wear a fitted jacket. If you choose a peplum jacket, be sure you select a body-sensible skirt to complete the outfit. Wear skirts an inch above or over the knee.

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Professional dress is important for the office environment.  It gives you a sophisticated look. You don’t have to dress in a suit all the time; however. You can wear the appropriate dress that will give you just as much power as the suit. Dresses also tend to be more economical because it is just one outfit and you don’t have anything to be paired or matched. Consider wearing simple and comfortable shift dresses, well-designed shirt dresses and belted dresses. Stay away from tight dresses in knit material. Wear neutral and dark colors such as navy blue, beige, brown and black. Pick the dresses that fit your body type. If your personal taste is conservative, choose a cardigan or blazer to wear over a sleeveless dress.

The sky is the limit to what you can wear at the office. Your options should be chic, stylish and appropriate. You should keep the rules of the office by wearing clothes that you like, but refined enough to please your boss.

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