The Apple..

Helllooooooo everyone! Firstly I’d like to say ‘Happy Pancake day!!’ I love the fact that is just a whole day dedicated to pancakes, a great reason just to stuff yourself!  Ok back to you guys now, how are you all???Wow it’s been a long time since my last post, sorry about the delay guys. So today’s post will be the last post on body shapes and the final one left is the apple. So apple shapes are generally seen as having more weight and volume around the stomach and waist area of the body. This doesn’t always mean your fat, it just means you don’t have a defined waist and your shoulders are generally wider. Now I know gaining weight is easy, too easy in fact! It doesn’t help that with apple body shapes, when you do gain weight it’s all stored around the stomach and waist region! (boooooo!)

HOWEVER!! It is all about proportions, get your proportion right and that little extra bit of weight or problem area won’t even be visible! Dress to your advantage show everyone your best assets and don’t ever be afraid to show of what you have and be daring enough to try the latest trends, it’ll only leave you not just looking better but feeling better too! 🙂

Ok now let’s have a look at some of the key bits of information you should bear in mind when dressing the apple shape!

So there are the key things to remember, now a lot more can be done than just the above few it’s all about experimenting and equalising the upper heavy half of the body with the bottom half. Below are a few more pieces that will be best suited for the apple body shape.

This dress has detail around the waist; the material is gathered in around the waist area which instantly creates the defined waist, which you should then finish off with a black belt just to make it a little more obvious. Whilst the rest of the material skims over the biggest part of the body and falls neatly. This definitely elongates the body also eliminates the signs of the bigger upper body. Experiment with colour but try and avoid prints on the upper body.

Tops such as this will cinch into the waist and for better effect wear with a thick black belt around the waist to define it and the rest of the shirt will then fall away from the waist again hiding the bigger stomach area. The v-Neck buttons, creating a deeper v to show off the smallest part of your body as well elongating the entire body.

Vertical stripes are definitely your friend! Just the simple fact that they instantly elongate the body and the dramatic black stripes almost hide away any signs of a bigger upper body!

Now the goal is to create more attention to the bottom half of the body, to proportion it out to the top half. This printed waterfall skirt adds volume and draws attention. Always experiment with the bottom half, whether it be with trousers/shorts or skirts. Remember whatever you wear on the bottom make sure the top is the opposite, for example a light beige/caramel/light pink should be worn with this skirt as to draw even more attention to the bottom.

Pencil skirts with printed patterns such as this are again sure winners; with Flower/Aztec prints constantly around you can’t go wrong, stays on trend as well eliminating the problem areas.

Wide leg trousers elongate the body as well as adding more volume to the bottom half of the body; these can be worn in bold colours or even with prints. Makes sure to add a wide belt on top just to define the waist!

Below are a number of celebrities that also have the apple shape, let’s have a look at how they dress for their shape:

Jenniffer Hudson wears a dress that defines the waist and creates a subtle belt with the various stripe details. The skirt is tiered and adds more volume to the lower part of her body.

Liz Hurley wears a dress that sits just on the chest with some additional detail on the shoulder which adds more definition, whilst the frills line the bottom of the dress which adds more emphasis on the lower body.

Catherine Zeta Jones is seen here wearing a navy blue dress with a wide black belt she wears to emphasise her waist. She then covers up with a bright straight style coat that will just sit against the hips.

 

Here are the 5 top tips to dress the apple:

1. Emphasise the shoulders

2. Always add more volume to the lower half of the body

3. Add a belt for more waist definition

4. Wear vertical stripes to elongate the body

5. Wear V-Necks tops/dresses to show of the cleavage/smallest part of the body.

 

Here are the 5 things to avoid:

1. Avoid wearing garish prints on the upper part of the body

2. Do not wear dresses that are too fitted.

3. Double breasted coats

4.  Boxy tops/baggy tops

5. Too many layers on the upper body!

 

Ok ladies that’s all I have right now for the body shapes special. If anyone does require me to go into any more detail for any of them, don’t hesitate to ask, at the end of the day I am only here to make all of you look and feel better! 🙂

Until next time girlies!!

Much Love

S.xxx

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The Pear..

As you know I said I would be going through and explaining in detail the four different types of body shapes, the straight, hourglass, pear and apple, now I’m on to the 3rd body shape, the pear. The pear is basically a point up triangle, the bigger part of the body being the lower body; with the wider hips and bigger thighs dominating. Let’s have a look in a little more detail:

The pear shape is another one of the most common body shapes and the goal is to elongate the figure as all the attention is originally on the lower part of the body, you need to elongate the body so you look less bottom heavy and more in proportion, ideally creating the hourglass figure.

Now to be honest it’s not all that hard dressing for the pear shape, honestly you have more various choices in what to wear and experiment with! Just always remember to balance out your hips to your shoulders, add more structure to the shoulders, and play around with jackets and coats. Not forgetting the creation of curves, so whilst you balance out the shoulders to the hips remember to also add a thin belt around the waist to show off your tiny waist!

The main goal is to accentuate the upper body, so adding more structure to the shoulders creating definition around the neckline this can be done by clothing, scarf’s or even jewellery, basically taking the focus off the bottom half of your body and showing them all you have an upper body too 😉 Wear darker colours on the bottom, slimming flared jeans or A-Line skirts, always avoid prints!

 

 

 

Ok so above are some of the key tips in how to dress the Pear body shape. Below are a few more examples on the types of clothing to wear and types of clothing to avoid!

 

 

Ok so something like this is great as the detail on the shoulders adds more depth and creates structured shoulders balancing out the hips, the bright colour also helps. What I would have done also to define the waist more is a black thin belt.

This dress creates more movement on the upper body, with the ruffle detail as well as the black lace detail on the straps; the neckline is also dipped slightly elongating the figure. The material is loose and flowing which will flow over the hips and sit just above the knees showing of the slimmer part of your legs.

 

Ok so yes I did say avoid prints on the bottom half of the body, but then this is an exception, this contrast dress has the print on the top part with just a single line on the bottom part whilst the rest of the dress which covers the hips and thighs are all black which instantly slims the bottom half of the dress. The singular line creates the illusion of elongating the figure.

 

Shirts/tops and blouses such as this, with the deep v-neck shows of the slimmer part of the body with the structured shoulder balancing out the hips and with the additional detail of the bow which will only add more depth to the upper part of the body. I would wear this shirt tucked into either black flared jeans or trousers.

This blazer instantly adds the illusion of a taller figure which will take the attention away from bigger part of the body. The V-neck shows of the neckline and slim bust and waist. Create more attention by adding a slim silk scarf.

 

 

Your perfect partner! These black fitted flared jeans are great as they flare out at the bottom which create more movement and balance out the hips too. Any kinds of tops could be worn with jeans such as these, anything that will create attention!

As your trying to elongate the figure, what better way to that than to wear heels! These beauties are trending right now and with the added platform making it all that much easier to walk in. The contrast colours showing off your personality and allowing you to experiment with you jewellery and accessories too!

Below are some of the celebrities that are known for their famous pear body shape, just to give you an idea of how they dress.

 


Beyonce infamously famous for her curves! Here is a woman that definitely embraces her body and knows how to dress for it, leaving her looking amazing! Here she is pictured wearing an emerald green dress that is figure hugging, with a low scooped neckline showing off her slim upper body and sleeves that sit just on the shoulder creating the illusion of bigger shoulder perfect to balance out the hips.

Here us another picture of Beyonce, this time wearing dark straight jeans with a structured jacket, the jacket is definitely emphasises on the shoulder with the addition of shoulder pads as well as extra detail on the shoulders and neckline balancing out her hips and if anything making her lower body seem smaller!

Finally here is Christina Aguilera seen wearing a flared black skirt which instantly hides her big hips and thighs, pulled in by a black belt which sits just on the waist. She then wears an animal print blouse with a deep V-neck which instantly creates attention on her upper body!

 

Here are the top 5 tips to dress the pear:

1. Always go for flared/A-Line skirts

2. Opt for structured shoulders

3. Create more attention on the upper half of the body

4. Wear darker or bolder colours on the bottom half of the body

5. Go for deeper neckline and always wear heels!

 

Here are the 5 things to avoid:

1. Avoid wearing prints on the bottom half of the body

2. Avoid wearing flats as they will just make the bottom half of the body look bigger.

3. Avoid wearing tops that sit on the hips

4. Avoid tapered trousers as they will only make you look bigger

5. Avoid all over printed dresses!

 

Well that’s all I have for now! I hoped it helped and gives you just a little more information on how to dress for the pear shape! 🙂 Finally soon I will be covering the apple body shape.

Much Love

S.xx

 

 

 

Want to dress according to your shape..??

Hello there peeps, hope your all good and had/having a good weekend. I didn’t really get up to much, instead spend some quality time with siblings! (I say ‘quality’) Soooooo I have been meaning to get around to this post for some time now. I have had quite a few of you asking me for advice on how to dress as well tips and tricks.  Time to fess up; we all have our good and bad days! Trying on an endless amount of clothes but everything makes you look horrible; it makes your bottom look to big? Or maybe it fits your legs but loose on the waist? Believe me I have been through this, countless times!

What’s the problem? It’s clear isn’t it? Were not all exactly the same size or maybe even the size we want to be? I’ve seen countless times people wanting to see themselves as the perfect 8 or 10, so they go and buy everything in those sizes when in reality they’re a size 12, it leaves them with bulges all over the place, clothes too tight and an end all disastrous look. Or vice versa?? You’re actually a size 10 but you manage to convince yourself you’re a 12 or 14 and you emerge yourselves in baggy outfits and hiding that gorgeous figure.

What’s the solution? The thing is everyone comes in different body sizes as well different body shapes, they key thing is to identify which shape you belong to and from there to dress for your body shape. Accentuating your figure and minimising the flaws. (Nobody’s perfect)

Now there are 4 common body shapes; Straight (Banana), hourglass, pear and finally apple.

 

Throughout the posts I will be looking individually at each body shape and how to dress for that body shape. To begin with I will be looking at the straight (banana).

 

STRAIGHT

Ok so straight is basically when there aren’t really any visible curves or defined waists, the body is the same shape all round. How to solve this problem? MAKE CURVES simple, add the illusion of curves, to create the ideal hourglass figure.

How to do this:

 

Miss Selfridge

Dresses such as these are perfect for defining the waist. The black contrast panel creates the automatic illusion of a slim waist line, whereas the pop of neon colours shout out volume and create the illusion of wide hips. The dress also skims over the top of your hips creating the A-Line effect.

 

Miss Selfridge

This tiered dress is great for creating curves, it adds volume and plenty of it, the belt is perfect for sucking in and defining the waist and the tiered skirt adds volume and movement!

 

River Island

These long line fitted blazers are perfect for wearing either with dresses or jeans. The long line will gently skim over the hips and sit there creating a slight curve, cinching in the waist. Finally creating some volume on the shoulders just to make the waist look even more defined as well as balancing out the hips.

 

River Island

Always! Always wear heels if you can, I know some of you may find them annoying to wear ALL the time, just like me. But to create a more defined figure and great posture heels will always be a good friend to you!

 

River Island

Finally the crop tops, now these are a great investment pieces, these simple tops will easily create and define a waist. Simply because these sit directly on the waist, whatever pair of jeans, leggings or skirts you will wear, will directly contrast this and create the illusion of curves! Especially with a belt!

Now let’s have a look at some of the celebrities with the straight body shape and a look at how they dress:

Alexa Chung

Monochrome contrast dress.

 

Jessica Stroup

Bright colours, draped/volumising ruffles and material.

 

Emma Watson

Contrasting colours, cinched waist, cut-out detail, fitted and flared skirt.

 

Annalynne Mccord

Bodycon fitted dress!

 

Finally concluding the post for the Skinny body shape, here are the top 5 tips to dress for a skinny body shape:

 

1. Always try and go for big prints or colourful prints

2. Structured as well as long line blazers

3. A-Line skirts will always do the trick

4. Structured, contrast as well as fitted dresses

5. Always wear a padded bra!

 

I hope this post helped to those of you that do have the straight body shape! For the rest of you more advice is coming soon, next time I will be covering the classic hourglass figure!

 

Much Love

S.xxx

 

Just for you guys!

Hellloooooo, how are you all today?? I’ve had a pretty miserable day to be honest; on top of that the weather was CRAP! I’ve had bad luck all day, was late for work, got told off which wasn’t exactly a great start to the day! To add to the misery I got drenched in the rain and the stupidly powerful winds broke my brolly! I got whiplashed by the rain and my bag strap broke and so on.

So back to the post, I thought I shall do something different today and write a post on fashion trends and styling for men. 🙂 After a certain ‘friend’ was complaining that I had no posts on advising guys on fashion and styling, so this is for you! Ok so we all know guys love their fashion just as much as women do, you all want to stay on trend and look good, not just to impress but for your own self confidence.

So what I’ve done is just created a few outfits that are very much in trend right now and will be for a while, these outfits are perfect for your winter wardrobe as well as to last you throughout the entire year. Here we go, outfit number one:

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Red quilted patch sweatshirt – £32.00 – Topman

Mustard coloured trousers – £29.99 – Zara

Navy Borg lined hooded sweater – £55.00 – River Island

Shoelab “Fiction” brown boots – £30.00 – Topman

Toms original red pope toe canvas shoe – £36.00 – Topman

Ok so we have outfit number one and this is what I call, nautical influence, as the colours seen are inspired from this the original nautical trend. So basically what I did is started with the key item, the sweatshirt as I loved the quilted effect and the rich colour, I then created the rest of the outfit to best match this. So we have the mustard trousers to create the contrast between the rich red, paired with this navy blue sweater to add a more grounded colour. Now I would have paired with the quilt detail boots which are actually brown as this would keep the outfit subtle and toned down.  So you don’t end up looking like a skittles packet! However for those of you that are more daring, wear the red toms, a pop of colour as well as matching one of the original primary colours from the coat.

The great thing about each of these items is that they are very easy to mix with various other colours and items, remove the navy blue sweater and add an American sports jacket.

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Double breasted coat – £99.00 – Zara

Grey cotton skinny chinos – £15.00 – Topman

Black brogue boots – £35.00 – Topman

Print white t-shirt – £18.00 – Topman

Ok so we have outfit number two, now this is something I call Avant Garde, basically inspiration from fashion trends and styles from the 1920’s, 1930’s. So what I have here is SO in trend right now and what I have to say coming from a girl, this trench coat look is so attractive, stylish and suave! So ok I wanted to add a little bit of colour because I don’t know about you guys but I like to stand out from other s. That is why I picked this maroon coloured coat, still has the same effect as that of the traditional beige. (This was my statement piece) I then added the grey chinos alongside; the grey will stand out but still allow the coat to be the first thing you see. You also have to realise you need to keep within the right colour palettes, like mixing a bright statement colour such as maroon with say brown is just fashion suicide. You always need to play around with the colours, if you have one main colourful piece like this coat then mix within the subtle pastels and greys.  Finally the white t-shirt with its minimal print detail, will just tone down the outfit, wear with these brogue inspired boots, to add a touch of vintage style.

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Navy wool duffel coat – £40.00 – Topman

Burgundy cord skinny jeans – £18.00 – Topman

Grey placed pattern jumper – £15.00 – Topman

Fur lined hi top sneaker – £39.99 – Zara

Now time for outfit number three, this is what I call the new revival, this trend is all about, reinventing certain items, bringing back styles and trends from the past and creating your very own re invented outfit. So my statement piece here was the duffle coat, this navy toggle coat is perfect for the winter seasons. For those of you not fully keen on the long trench coats etc. This is perfect as you can just wear layers underneath to stay warm. So next we have the red cord trousers, which I love but only a few guys actually have the guts to wear this but trust me the ladies love a guy that can pull these off and this is how! Pairing these trousers with something like this coat creates contrasting textures and colours. Paired with this knitted jumper, which also shares the maroon hues from the trousers, still allowing the outfit to match.  Finally these brown high tops keep the rest of the outfit in check and still allow you to show a little swagger.

 

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College jacket – £39.99 – Zara

Mustard coloured trousers – £29.99 – Zara

Light brown jogger trousers – £40.00 – River Island

Fur lined High top sneaker – £29.99 – Zara

San Francisco t-shirt – £15.99 – Zara

Black million dollar reading glasses – £14.00 – Topman

Ok so were on to the final look now, the ever popular preppy look, for those of you that are unsure of what this equates to, it is basically your nerd gone cool, simple. Who says a geek can’t look cool? Ok so here I have this American football jacket, slightly different in colour to ones we see regularly, this green and blue ensemble is something different and goes with a lot more colours. Now I liked the idea of both these colours from the chinos/jeans here, I like the yellow jeans paired alongside the plum from the t-shirt and toned down by the black boots. However that is a look that says ‘hey look at me’ for those of you looking for a toned down version, wear with these stone coloured jeans as it will allow the t-shirt to pop more too. Both jeans id say tuck in slightly in the boots to create a messy look, effortlessly cool is what I was meant to say sorry. Finally to complete the look there are some geek reading glasses! 🙂

Here are a few snapshots of celebs and such sporting some of the latest trends, just to give you an idea…

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Ooooooh Ed Westwick..(sorry). Here he is sporting the preppy look!

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andddddd again….

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Just keeps getting better!

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Dont know this guy, but I love his style

Ok so that’s all we have for now, I hoped that helped all of you to identify the current trends as well some ideas of how to put together your outfits and ( to that one person in particular) Enjoy reading 🙂

Much Love

S.xxx

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