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Tips for a Great Silhouette

VictoriaNorth | Posted in General Discussion on

Do you have any tips to share about creating the best silhouette for your body type?

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  1. starzoe | | #1

    Threadsmagazine has a recent article on comparing your body to the ideal. It is in the most recent, #141 Feb/Mar 2009 pp36 - 41. It's fun to play with.

  2. Teaf5 | | #2

    In addition to the Threads article, a lot of fashion magazines address body types and design choices, and the televised makeover shows do the same. Online, you can also find a lot of advice from wardrobe experts. The key to all of them, though, is being honest about your current, real shape and body type.Long ago, I learned a tip that really helped me: think about which garments you've been wearing when you got unsolicited compliments and which garments you always feel good about while wearing. Then analyze the style elements of each--the silhouette, the drape, the length, the design elements, and the color. If you have more than one favorite, you'll probably notice a trend to certain elements. Mine include V or scoop necklines, slim shoulders, 3/4 or full length narrow sleeves, hip length or longer tops, slightly flared skirts, and tightly fitted jeans-- all in deep tones or white.Doing the same with my "disaster" outfits, I've learned to avoid crewnecks, full sleeves, bolero jackets or wrap tops, full skirts, ruffles, and pastel colors. Now, when I look at a new fashion or pattern, I check its elements against my lists and buy only those that fit all the good ones and none of the bad. If a new trend is tantalizing but doesn't fit my list, I'll try to find a ready-made one to try on as a test; still, most of the time, my lists are correct!

  3. starzoe | | #3

    There are some rtw sites that you can pick a body type and then "try" on different outfits. Can't think of one right now - Coldwater Creek???

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