Animal prints continue to be popular so I thought I would share an article I read by fashion editor Teri Agin.
“In recent years stores have been replete with animal prints: blouses, shoes, and handbags. These timeless, abstract prints – such as leopard, tiger and snakeskin patterns – are neutral and versatile enough to be combined with black, brown, red and even purple.
I happen to love animal prints because the designs look lush and urbane – absolutely perfect for women of all ages. Even the cheapest T-shirt top or scarf in a leopard print packs a punch and imparts a bold accent.
But take care when donning these jungle patterns. Go easy, with simpler jewelry. In clothes, stick with smaller patterns that won’t make you look thick.
Every gal should have a pair of animal-print pumps and a handbag – just don’t wear them together. Handbagheaven.com is one retailer that offers many affordable animal-print bags, which are much fresher than standard black or brown purses.
Animal prints are one of those novelties that women are enthusiastic about, and they always sell out quickly every season,” says Edward Wilkerson, designer for women’s label Lafayette 148. To keep the “call of the wild” look fresh, a “zebra” pony-skin jacket and a leopard-printed silk blouse can be worn with a pencil skirt. “We keep them looking new with colors, like a tiger print against a fuchsia background or leopard with cobalt blue,” Wilkinson says.”
Beryl’s comments: I thought you would enjoy this article, as we have not discussed animal-prints for spring. I don’t think animal prints are for everyone. Having just an accent, perhaps a scarf, shoes or bag could work for most people. When you move to a blouse or jacket, watch the scale of the print and color contrast. A zebra print will only work if the wearer has strong coloring and a strong presence. Animal prints are quite forceful and can easily overpower a small person or someone with a quiet, reserved personality. Use the “blink” test when choosing whether this is a look for you. Standing in front of the mirror, close your eyes for a few moments then open them quickly and observe what you see first. If you see you first then recognize that you are wearing an animal print, it probably will work. If you see the print first, it is too strong.
In a business setting, choosing just an accent piece can give the punch you are looking for without taking over the entire look. A handbag, scarf or shoes can serve as just the right accent .
How to look taller if you have short legs.
I was surprised when my daughter commented, “Mom, how come I didn’t get your long legs? I had always thought of how lucky she was to have a nicely proportioned hourglass body shape while I have a high hip-bone to deal with!
We don’t always appreciate that each of us is designed uniquely. There is no one else like us in the world so we have the joy of dressing a unique work of art. There is a way to camouflage those traits that aren’t our favorites so let’s look at leg length.
It is the lower part of your leg from your knee down that gives a visual appearance of a long leg. Thus, a skirt length near the knee is a good length for most people.
Avoid wearing shoes that visually “cut” your lower leg such as ankle-strap shoes or short boots. You can achieve the look of a long leg line by wearing opaque tights in the same color as your booties and skirt. Wearing hose that visually pull your skirt and shoes together is also effective. A pointed toed shoe will further enhance the visual leg length.
Wide legged cropped pants should be avoided. These trousers are great for the lady with wide hips but they should be full length, almost touching the floor.
One final trick for anyone who wants to appear to have longer legs, push your sleeves up! It is amazing how you instantly appear taller! How easy is that?
Use these tricks and see how effective they are in helping you achieve the image you want.
Yikes! This outfit is made for someone else’s body!
You have this great new outfit. Then you notice that it doesn’t look quite like it did in the dressing room!
Fit! It can make or break your image. In reality, few people can walk out of a store with a new garment and have the perfect fit. Each of our bodies is unique. None of us has the perfect proportions to match those used by a designer. Each brand of clothing uses its own design specs which explains why one brand will fit you beautifully and another will not even be wearable. You may have chosen a beautiful garment well styled for you but it doesn’t look great on you. It is probably fit. This is when you check with the alterations person and see if it can be adjusted to fit well and if the alteration are cost effective.
Some of the most common fit issues are:Too tight–Too loose in certain areas–Sleeves too long or short–Sleeves are too tight or too loose–Pants have pull lines, especially in the crotch area–Proportion is not flattering to your build. Notice how much better the right image on the bottom looks with some fine tuning.
With fall officially here, I am getting fashion magazines featuring new fall clothes that are arriving in the stores. I was really disappointed to see Vogue flooding the pages with plaids in every iteration. It
looked more like a magazine for lumberjacks to choose their wardrobes to transition into cooler weather! The lumberjack look has a place–think hunting, cutting trees and many hardy outdoor activities. Fashion for every day is a bit of a stretch.
Plaids give an outdoor image. The larger the plaid, the more masculine it looks. Plaids work very well for the person with a square jaw when appropriately sized to your features but they are not flattering for rounded features. Most of the garments that I noticed would have been appropriate for a Bohemian look but not serious daily wear. I can’t imagine wearing these selections to work unless you work in a very casual setting.
There were a number of various sized check as well. I mean like one often sees in an Italian restaurant in red. Do you want to look like the tablecloth in a pizza restaurant? Even if the check is black and white, it still reminds you of a tablecloth! Carolina Herrera, known for her beautiful refined, feminine clothing, featured an evening dress in about a 1″ black and white check. Wouldn’t you feel more appropriate at a picnic?
You will be happy to know that there are many other choices to help you choose the right look for you. Wisely, the buyers for the stores chose more wearable pieces that do not represent the extreme choices of Vogue. Lets here it for the buyers!
Images from Saks.
|But they were so cheap!|
What a great adventure! But then my image consultant ‘s heart took over and all I could think of was, “How could she possibly wear all those clothes?” “Wouldn’t it just make your head explode to have hundreds of choices each day?” How much money is wrapped up in items of clothing that might get worn once a year – or not at all?”
How Do You Choose Your Best Hair Style
Have you ever taken a picture of a new hairstyle that you just love to your hairdresser asking to have the style copied for you? If you are like me, you have experienced having your hairdresser respond with all the reasons that particular style will not work for your hair. However, your hairdresser may not have considered other factors that can make or break a good hairstyle.
When I met Rubina, she had been referred to me so she called to interview me before embarking on a closet edit. She dropped by my home early one morning, right after having gone to the gym, still wearing her gym clothes with her dark hair pulled back in a pony-tail. As we got to know each other, I asked if she could let her hair down. She promptly removed the rubber band and shook out this magnificent hair, framing her face with soft curls. Rubina transformed before my eyes from attractive to stunning!
Several weeks later, after we had transformed her closet from the enemy to a friend with many choices at her fingertips, I asked if I could take pictures of her new image. She invited me to come to her upcoming hair appointment so her hair would be perfect. When I arrived toward the end of her appointment, I discovered that she had asked her hairdresser to give her a “straight” look. Gone were the curls that supported the lovely soft lines of her face. There was a complete disconnect between her rounded facial features and the straight lines of her hair.
I took several picture but they simply did not do justice to Rubina so I did not use them. Recently I was going through my photo library and ran across these photos. Rubina was kind enough to give me permission to use these photos to illustrate how using the lines of your face are every bit as important in choosing a hair style as are the characteristics of your hair.
This is Rubina showing off her unique beauty with which she has been designed.
As long as I can remember, fashion articles have promoted the concept of the LBD being the most important item of clothing in your closet. I’m not totally in agreement but the concept definitely has merit.
My LBD is actually navy. Black is too harsh for my fair skin and blonde hair while navy blue is one of my best colors and is an excellent basic color for most anyone. If your hair is dark, black will probably work well for you. If black is not a great color for you, choose a neutral color that brings you many compliments and that will work coordinate with many other items in your wardrobe.
The ideal LBD is a simple design that flatters your figure and fits beautifully. I have chosen an example with cap sleeves, making it a bit more appropriate for a business setting. This dress could be worn without a jacket or sweater in the office for a less formal look.
Just keep in mind that your LBD should be one of your best basic colors. Then coordinate accent pieces with each other so they can be worn interchangeably. You now have a core wardrobe to take you anywhere with only 7 pieces. How easy is that?