One dress, three looks

  I played around with Polyvore again and found this blue dress, which is similar to one I own. These examples show how you can take any piece in your wardrobe and make it look completely different by changing jacket, shoes and accessories. This kind of dress is easy to find and it fits every body shape. By adjusting the belt, you make the most of yours. If you haven't got a waist, belt it under your bust. If you have a waist, belt it around there. Try to find a dress that hugs your figure instead of being too loose. Except when your shoulders are broader than your hips. In that case get a bigger one and create a ruched effect around the waist, so the bottom part looks wider. Take a bigger belt and wear it right under your bust. A bit like on the picture, but don't be shy with it. The more frill on the bottom, the more balanced and hourglassy you will look. The length depends on your height. If you are tall, you can wear any length. Ankle length or right above the knee will fit shorter girls best.  
Expensive and elegant combined with sleek black items

Expensive and elegant - combined with sleek black items

Dressed down in brown. Still chic but more relaxed

Dressed down in brown. Still chic but more relaxed

Another kind of elegant combined with rose gold and light beige

Another kind of elegant - combined with rose gold and beige

Late Summer finds

Summertime! The temperatures in London are around 25C, mostly sunny. Not an excellent Summer, but who wants to melt in 40C when you have a day job to do and a life to live? I have 2 outfit ideas for you, involving kaftan-tunics, I hope you like them.  
Jeans and flower tunic

Jeans and flower tunic. This style looks good on every body

City chic in turquoise, warmed up with dark red. Suits every body

City chic in turquoise, warmed up with dark red. Suits every body

More tricks to get into the hourglass groove

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We all come in different shapes and sizes. The most sexy one is the hourglass shape, no matter if you are slim or chubby. It means bust and hips are about the same size with a nice defined waist. There are cheats to fake this bodyshape, even if you are not naturally blessed with it.

If you are bottom heavy, use these cheats:

- Add bulk to the top buy wearing puffy sleeves, ruffles and fur collars. - Draw attention to your upper body with statement necklaces and scarfs - Wear bright colours or printed tops, shirts and jumpers - Avoid all tips for top heavy

If you are top heavy:

- Wear ruffled skirts which add bulk to your bottom half. The thinner your legs, the shorter the skirt - Wear wide trousers, pockets on the bottom, cargo style pants, patterned jeans, all that jazz - If you have big boobs, wear v-neck everything, it elongates the neck. Very flattering! - Avoid all tips for bottom heavy

 If you are hourglass I am so jealous! ;)

What can I say? You have got it, girl! If you add bulk to the top, do something similar to the bottom. Generally for you: As figure hugging as possible. Pencil skirts, tailored blouses and shirts are perfect for your shape.

If you don't fit any of these shapes ...

... because you don't really have a defined waist, choose tops that have a "built in" waist like wrap tops. You can also create one by using a belt under your bust or below (wherever you are smallest) and go from there. (If you are top heavy after creating a waist use top heavy tips, if you are bottom heavy use the bottom heavy tips). Easy peasy! Here are some examples to click through. I used the image title so you know what's for what shape. All found @ Asos.com. More hourglass magic.

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The eye of the stylist

I found this Spring 2014 article and picked some of the pictures to show you what is flattering and what is not so flattering for what body type.

http://www.gorgeautiful.com/plus-size-spring-summer-2014-fashion-trend-by-plus-size-bloggers/

DISCLAIMER:

These beautiful curvy Babes are fashion bloggers. They are confident, they love themselves exactly as they are and give a shit about the “rules” I mention. And that is absolutely fabulous! 

I criticise their style purely for the purpose to show girls who are not quite there, in “unconditionally-loving-myself-heaven”, how to optimise the Spring 2014 trends for any body type.

As you can see in these examples, balance of upper and lower body is key. Don’t add bulk where you are bulky and don’t slim down parts that are already slim when you have a bigger part to balance out. V-neck is always more flattering and figure hugging is always better than excess fabric.

Try to see yourself as an hourglass. Your waist is the middle part and then you just have to balance upper and lower body. That way you can always look your best and rock any style.

So, enough waffling, here we go:

 
She looks like a doll. Sex in the City style. But the excess frills make her look bigger.

She looks like a doll. Sex in the City style. But the excess frills make her look bigger.

Absolutely gorgeous, perfect style. If there was one thing to change, it would be the fabric, something more muted. But as a going-out dress it’s perfect.

Absolutely gorgeous, perfect style. If there was one thing to change, it would be the fabric, something more muted. But as a going-out dress it’s perfect.

Lovely, but the stripes on the side emphasize the hips instead of slimming them down. Plus, it’s a bit too wide on the top.

The stripes on the side emphasize the hips instead of slimming them down. Plus, it’s a bit too wide on the top.

Because this girl carries most of her weight on top, this is not the perfect dress for her. She could carry a much wider, frilly skirt. Something that gives her the illusion of a waist and balances her upper body.

Because this girl carries most of her weight on top, this is not the perfect dress for her. She could carry a much wider, frilly skirt. Something that gives her a more accentuated waist and balances her upper body.

Lovely! But there is too much rushing around the waist. A little less fabric and this could be perfect.

Lovely! But there is too much rushing around the waist. A little less fabric and this could be perfect.

Killer legs! But because this outfit is streamlined on the bottom where she is small anyway, the top half looks even bigger. She could actually do with some more width around her bum and thighs and a v-neck could elongate her neckline.

Because this outfit is streamlined on the bottom where she is small anyway, the top half looks even bigger. She could actually do with some more width around her bum and thighs and a v-neck could elongate her neckline.

I love this but again, too much ruching and fabric. The cardi is a bit too boxy too, otherwise super cute.

I love this but again, too much ruching and fabric. The cardi is a bit too boxy too, otherwise super cute.

The bulky jacket doesn’t fit in colour or style. It covers the waist and looks just boxy. A waisted cardi would fit better with this style of dress.

The bulky jacket doesn’t harmonise. It covers the waist and looks boxy. A figure hugging cardi would fit better with this style of dress.

Horizontal stripes around the tummy, where this girls carries some weight. The tucked in wide top makes her look shapeless and squarish. A more fitted top that goes over the tummy stripes would be better.

The tucked in wide top makes her look shapeless and squarish. A more fitted top that covers the horizontal tummy stripes would be better.

This  looks actually very nice. Except the necklace is too dominant and makes her look short-necked. Perfect skirt for the figure.

The necklace is too dominant and makes her look short-necked. Perfect skirt for the top heavy figure.

This outfit is too bulky. The shirt is too boxy and would benefit from longer arms. The trouser has too much excess fabric around the tummy.

This is perfect. It cuts off under the boobs, hides a little tummy and because the legs are long and slim, this girl looks very well shaped

This is perfect. It cuts off under the boobs, hides some bulgy bits and because her legs are long and slim, this girl looks very well shaped

The top cuts at an unflattering place. I suggest a longer v-neck top, a waist (or under bust) belt.

The top cuts at an unflattering place. I suggest a longer v-neck top and maybe an under-bust belt.

This is really nice. Long and figure hugging, it makes nice boobs and a  nice waist. Perfect proportions.

This is really nice. Long and figure hugging, it creates great boobs and nice waist. Perfect proportions.

I would change against a v-neck top without arms and an a-line skirt, to balance the heavy top half. Also I would avoid the big pattern, which draws too much attention to the bigger upper body.

I suggest a v-neck top without arms and an a-line skirt, to balance the heavy top half. The big pattern draws too much attention to the upper body.

This is very cute. The vertical stripes are elongating and the sleek fabric hugs the body beautifully. Nice waist belt.

This is very cute. The vertical stripes are elongating and the sleek fabric hugs the body beautifully.

The stripes and tight fabric across the boobs make them look “unrealistic”.

The stripes and tight fabric across the boobs make them look “unrealistic”.

This is cute as it is, but a v-neck and slightly more structured shoulders would create more balance, so would a slightly longer wider leg.

V-neck and slightly more structured shoulders would benefit the too round shoulders and neckline. A slightly longer, wider leg would create more balance.

There is too much excess around the thighs and hips and it is too pointy on the bottom leg. I would balance out the wider hips with broad shoulders and again, v-neck is more flattering.

There is too much excess fabric around thighs and hips and it is too pointy on the bottom leg. I would balance wider hips with broad shoulders and again, v-neck is more flattering.

Nice concept, I love peplum for fuller figures. But this is just too much. I would again, suggest a v-neck and balance wide hips with a top that accentuates shoulders or upper arms.

I love peplum for fuller figures. But this is just too much fabric. Again, I suggest a v-neck and balance wide hips with a top that accentuates shoulders or upper arms.

  How about you, do you care about if clothes make you look bigger?

Hourglass magic

You heard about the hourglass shape I guess? It’s apparently the most sexy of them all, no matter what size you are. It gives you visual sex appeal and means your boobies, waist and bum are in perfect proportion. This is the shape we're aiming for. I simplified the rules, because why not: 1. If you carry most of your glory above your waist, add some attention and bulk to the bottom part. 2. If your body starts curving below your waist downwards, add attention and bulk to the top part. 3. If you have no waist, cheat and create one underneath your bust, that’s most flattering. Now apply 1. or 2. 4. If your chocolate obsession shows up equally above and below your waist, I'm so jealous! As an hourglass-girl, don't add bulk to anything, just a belt to everything. There are many websites that explain in detail how to define your body shape and how to get the perfect hourglass-illusion. More posts on style cheats for certain body types will follow soon. <3   hourglass2   hourglass   hourglass3 Pictures skater dress and jump suit from New Look UK, plus size range Inspire Spring 2014 collection.