Body Shapes

What Does Knowing Your Body Shape Really Tell You?

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Given the number of people who contact me asking about identifying their body shape, it’s obviously something that is considered to be an important factor in the whole “finding flattering clothing” issue that many women face. I’m here to tell you that yes, it is important, but no, it’s not everything (in fact I wrote […]

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What Kind of Pants Style Suits Knock Knees and Curvy Calves

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Recently I received two requests for posts on issues surrounding trouser fit and flattery asking about issues such as knock knees and thick calves.  Given my post on which pants suit your body shape I’m now going to go into these body variations. Knock knees (where the knees have an inward curve and then the […]

Easy Style Guide to the Best Pants for Your Body Shape

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So when I’m talking pants here I’m not talking about your underpants (panties or knickers, whatever you call them).  I’m talking the best shape of trousers for your body shape! I shape – you are straight and may describe your shape as boyish, so create some curves with pleats at the waist and hips, or […]

The Best Skirt For Your Body Shape

choosing the best skirt shape for your body

I often get asked about the best shape garments for each body shape. So I thought I’d create this infographic for you to give you a simple set of guidelines. When thinking about shapes for each body shape, we are usually wanting to create the hourglass shape or the idea of two triangles stacked on […]

How to Know if You Have Long or Short Arms

I was asked recently how to know if your arms are long, short or average – so I made this short video to show you how to tell.

How to UpScale your Jewellery Without it Overwhelming Your Features

I suppose I’m “of a certain age” in some circles at least – look young 40s but I’m actually mid 50s – and the jewelry thing has me stymied. I have delicate features and small bones, so need smallish jewelry. Chunky or large things are just completely out of scale on me! I no longer […]

How To Wear a Column of Colour For Your Body Shape

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I have a question about using the column of colour to look taller (as a curvy petite H shape ) – should I only wear darker tops, avoiding white or cream tops ? There are two major ways to wear a column of colour, on the outside, or on the inside. The version on the […]

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Choosing Collars To Balance Your Figure

  Understanding collars and lapels by imogenl featuring a green coat Choosing Collars and Lapels O/A shape – broader collars to balance hips I, V shape or petite – narrower/smaller collars not to further broaden shoulders or overwhelm your frame H, X, 8 shape – medium collars – higher will make you look taller, lower […]

How to Choose Fabrics to Flatter

I am a sewer and some ideas about how to choose fabric to sew would be great. It can be challenging to locate good fabric and then imagine how it will look best sewn, and then find a suitable pattern.   Fabric Drape fabric drape by imogenl featuring cotton shirts How fluid or stiff is […]

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How to Create a Stylish Casual Wardrobe for a Hot Climate

Hi!  I have made great strides in gathering mixable business/relaxed business wear but over time have just really lost touch with relaxation (!) and find myself without much to wear on the weekends. I stay at home often but also go to shops, farmers’ markets’, the movies, etc. and don’t really have anything to wear […]