How much is enough? Sweethearts, sheers and bras

How much is enough? Sweethearts, sheers and bras

What is your Enough?

Seeking inspiration for today I typed in “How much stuff is enough” to see what came up. And I found this from thefrugalgirl.com

Enough = the amount you can fully and regularly use.

Her actual quote was the right amount of stuff = the amount you can fully and regularly use.

What if you applied this thought to your wardrobe? How much easier would it be to make the cull?

How much easier would it be if you thought this thought while you were browsing online or shopping in a store?

Enough = the amount you can fully and regularly use.

Can you really  fully and regularly use 7 pairs of black pants or blue jeans?

This would vary from person to person based on your lifestyle. If you regularly attended fancy parties but never did your own yard work, your party dress section would be fuller than your old raggy clothes section and vice versa.

The only thought I would add to this is enough=the amount you can fully and regularly use with enthusiasm.

If you fully embrace it this thought could set you free! Apply it to everything. Imagine applying it to your spice cupboard, your grocery shopping cart, your thoughts!

Clothing detail – the sweetheart neckline

The sweetheart neckline is a very feminine looking neckline that combines a v neck with a swoopy curve. It can be as wide or narrow or deep or shallow as you like. This would create a look that could be sweet, sexy or prim and proper.

It is flattering on most everyone. It can be combined with straps of many types, sleeves or no sleeves. It is a common choice for a neckline on a wedding dress like the Justin Alexander dress from Sincerity Bridal.

Which of these sweetheart necklines would you try?

2020 Trends

Sheer layers

A see through look that like the sweetheart neckline can be presented to the world in a way that equals sexy, sweet or prim and proper.

The cut of the piece, where the sheerness lies and what you wear underneath all contribute to that final look.  I had a vintage 50’s dress with a full skirt and a large portrait collar that was made of a thin peach organza. The underlayer was a full coverage  slip with similar lines but no transparency. This dress was prim and proper but invited a certain come hither look.

Here are some variations on that look. One piece could accomplish all sorts of messages!

Molly GoddardCosmo Ruched Tulle Midi Dress from Moda Operandi worn over a dress

The same Molly Goddard dress as it is sold – I love the possibilities

This sheer fog dress from Universal Standard can go casual like this one over leggings or dress up over a slip dress with heels

This sheer sleeved blouse over an inner layer from macy’s offers the layered look in a demure fashion

Style tip

The undergarments have it

What you wear under your clothes is as important as what the outside world sees. Although if you choose to wear one of these sheer layers with only your undergarments the outside world will see all.

Let’s start today with a proper fitting bra. A great fitting bra can really help with body balance. It puts your boobs in a place where your ready to wear clothes expect them to be.

Do you know how to measure? Let’s talk about it.

Get out your tape measure. Put on an unpadded, unlined bra that doesn’t bind or isn’t a push up bra or measure nude (when nude you may not get a great measurement across your bust if you have gotten droopy – in this case make sure you are wearing the bra).

While standing straight measure around your whole body across the fullest part of your chest. Write this down.

Now measure around your whole body just under your breasts. Write this down.  This is your band size. Bras come in even numbers so if you are an odd number round up.

Subtract your band measurement from  the measurement you got across the fullest part of your chest. Use the chart below to determine your cup size. This chart is for US sizes. 

This is your starting point at the store or online. When you get it try it on. The perfect bra will include these fitting items

When you hook it, it should fit well on the first set of hooks. This helps you adjust as the bra stretches over time.

 

The straps shouldn’t slip or cut into your shoulders

Your breasts should fit in the cups without spilling over or having excess fabric in the cup.

It will feel good and support you.

Still having trouble? Try ordering through a web site like Third Love that offers all kinds of videos, tips and tricks or go to a store that only sells bras and get fitted.

What bra tips and tricks can you add to the conversation?

 

 

Difference

Cup size

1”

A

2”

B

3”

C

4”

D

5”

DD

6”

DDD

7”

F

8”

G

9”

H

10”

I

11”

J

12”

K

People will stare – make it good

People will stare – make it good

“People will stare. Make it worth their while.” —Harry Winston

 

I love learning more about the people who are quoted. Harry Winston was an American jeweler that supplied some of the worlds most famous people with some of the world’s most famous diamonds and jewels.

I do love this quote because I have always shunned attention instead of embracing it. I can’t imagine putting on a giant diamond and being comfortable. Why would I want the attention? I also know that diamonds don’t have the cleanest labor and human rights records. But imagine having the confidence to put on one of the world’s most famous diamonds and an outfit to match. That is a goal worth achieving. That kind of confidence.

 If you want to learn more about diamonds – their manufacture, marketing, history and value, you will enjoy this podcast from 99% invisible.

Clothing detail – The V neck

V necks have a lot going for them. They automatically create a long lean look for most body types. About the only exception I can think of is if you have an abnormally long neck because this would accentuate it.  (But hey you know my motto – if you love it wear it).  Watch how deep your v goes or you may be sending a message you didn’t intend to (either way).

You can create your own V by unbuttoning the top button of a button down or simply slashing a v in your crew neck t shirt.

V necks have the potential to be a valuable staple in your wardrobe.

Knowing the proper terminology for clothing detail will make online and in store shopping for clothes easier.

layered v neck

Photo from Nordstrom Rack

Style ideas – Balance your body with color

Color plays an important role in balancing an outfit. Where the colors change in an outfit can have an impact on whether the outfit is balanced or not. The saturation and hue affect  also come into play. This is why monochromatic color schemes are the easiest to put together.

How can you use color to create the balanced look you want?  

Triangles could use a lighter, brighter or print top to draw attention up.

Inverted triangles would use that lighter or brighter color or print on the bottom.

Photo from Nordstrom

Hourglasses could use attention focusing details on the top and bottom with a dark middle to emphasize their waist . Photo from Nordstrom

Rounds could use body skimming fit, slightly higher waistline and  monochrome dressing with a brighter scarf or necklace to draw attention up.

 

This color block dress would be great for columns because it adds shape and a waist Photo from JC Penney

What is your favorite trick for body balance? Don’t have one yet? Drop me a line Let’s create some body balance.

Details, Body Types and the Crochet trend

Details, Body Types and the Crochet trend

Grandma Gets Real Creator Tonya Ruiz dressed up these quarantine barbies. I think you will enjoy them.

Clothing detail of the week

Knowing how certain details of clothing are described can help make online ordering and searching easier. Todays detail is the peter pan collar.

The Peter Pan collar is a shirt collar that lays flat and is rounded on the edges instead of pointed. It screams feminine and girly, flirtatious and fun. It can also be viewed as a juvenile or youthful look which may not be helpful if you need to project authority but could be great fun on a date night or girl’s night.

In a contrasting color it can bring attention up to your face (which is flattering to all). They can be jazzed up with sequins, beads or embroidery for an even more stand out look.

It is one of those clothing details that gets an immediate love it or hate it reaction.

2012 was the last time it was really on trend so I imagine we will see it come round again soon. Is the Peter Pan collar a clothing detail you love or hate?

Photo from Sew it With Love

If you are a seamstress you can draft your own Peter Pan collar with these instructions from Sew it with Love

I found it! This article reminded me I have an adorable detachable beaded one that I loved to wear in my 20’s. Maybe I will have to try it again soon and add a little glam to my quarantine outfit.

This crochet dress pattern from Garn Studio 

in Queensland is a lot like the dress my mom’s friend made for me.

 

Clothing Trend

Crochet was hot on the runways for spring. I will never forget when I was in middle school one of my mom’s friends crocheted me a soft pink dress. She must have spent hours on it. I never wore it. What self respecting middle school girl in the 70’s would wear a dress with holes in it. The boys were already trouble enough. Why would I encourage even more teasing?

I flirted  with a couple more crochet things over the years including a purple bell sleeved duster style sweater that looked fabulous but had me getting hooked on every edge I encountered. Into the Goodwill bin it went.  Could I be tempted again? Crocheted pants? Swimsuit cover up? It would definitely be stepping out of my comfort zone which is what I advise clients to do – so I can answer that with a solid maybe. Perhaps a crocheted tank or a swimsuit cover up could be a solid addition to my simple and practical style.

Here is a glimpse of some of the crochet trends that went down the runway for spring. Are any of them tempting you?

Style lesson – Your body shape

When I first started trying to figure out how to dress better I couldn’t believe the simple formula of body shape and how applying different suggestions based on my body shape were a great starting point to having my clothes look better on me.

An easy way to figure out your shape is to take a photo of yourself in tight fitting leggings and t shirt or tank top. Print this out and then with another piece of paper on top, trace around your outline. You can do this for front, back and profile but you really only need the front.

Then take a straight edge and hold it vertically straight down from your shoulders on the traced outline. Do your hips line up with your shoulders? Are your hips smaller or bigger than your shoulders? Does your waist indent a lot, a little or not at all? Making these observations will quickly and easily tell you your body type and get you started on learning the tricks of body balance.

Here are the body types:

Balanced hourglass – Hips and shoulders are equal and your waist is indented quite a bit

Triangle – Your hips are wider than your shoulders and your waist is indented a bit

Inverted triangle – your shoulders are wider than your hips and you have a waist

Rectangle – Your shoulders and hips are equal and your waist hardly indents at all

Round – your middle is your largest part. You usually have a larger bust and amazing legs.

The goal for all these body types is to create a look with clothing that creates the illusion of  hips and shoulders that are equal in width with a defined waist.

The goal for clothing for the balanced hourglass that already has this look is to not throw those proportions off.

Did this help you figure out your body shape? Do you still need help? Give me a call. I can help you sort out all the confusing guidelines and silhouettes to get you started on the path to giving yourself a style make over.

 

line drawing of triangle body shape