Body Variations

What Shoes to Wear with Skirts and Dresses in Winter

I have started to wear knee-length skirts and dresses much more, but here in Europe, cold autumn is approaching, so more solid shoes are necessary. Have you any suggestions for styling warmer flat/low heel shoes (chelsea boots?) with short skirt? (at present my style is “practical mum” Is hosiery the only warm solution or can […]

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 […]

The Slimming Effect of Verticals and How to Use Them in Your Outfit

Slimming effect of verticals

I was taking some photos of my outfit for Frocktober (please make a donation here) when I realised that I’d just created a visual explanation of how verticals can be used to slim your body.  Just by pushing back my cardigan (and moving the verticals wider) I made my body look wider.  When the lapels […]

Where to End Your Necklaces

focal points

  The other day I was reading something that said that if you wear a longer pendant that ends under your bust, then you will draw attention to the narrowest point on your rib cage and this is flattering for all.  Sadly this is not true, as in fact as you can see from the […]

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 […]

How to Style a Waterfall Cardigan

how to style a waterfall cardigan

So you’ve got some waterfall cardigans and sure you can just put them on and wear them the regular way.  But have you ever thought about styling them differently?  Particularly if you’re petite then waterfall cardigans can have too much volume in them and they will swamp your frame.  Here in this short video I […]

10 Ways to Make Your Legs Look Longer

10 ways to make your legs look longer by imogenl featuring a white skirt 1. Keep your skirts shorter, to just on or above the knee. Once you cover your knee your legs look shorter 2. Wear your trousers as long as possible without dragging on the ground 3. Fake them with heels if you’re […]

5 Rules for Dressing for a Heat Wave

Heat Wave Dressing Tips

Dear Imogen, Could you give us a few tips on how to use the 3-piece outfit rule in sweltering heat? Thank you so much! 3rd Piece in a Heatwave by imogenl featuring a gold bracelet   When you’re thinking about your 3rd piece in heat, it may just be an accessory like a string of […]

How To Create More Outfits From Existing Your Wardrobe

how to create more outfits

Layer Try layering, not just a cardigan over your top, but think about layering tops with similar necklines, so that you create a colour contrast and some extra detail in your portrait area. Think about adding a waistcoat or vest over the top of your t-shirt, blouse or even dress. How about turning a summer […]