It’s all about the balance

This week I will talk about styles for the woman who is Bigger on the Top.

To create the illusion of an hourglass shape you should look to add the appearance of volume to the bottom, whether by style or by color.  Skirts should be an A-line that hits just below the knee as well as pants that fall away from the hip rather than skinny silhouette and definitely not leggings. Scarves and necklaces should be long to give you the illusion of additional height.  If prints are used in the upper half, they should be small rather than bold which also applies to colors. If a bold color is on top it should be repeated on the bottom in some form.   Just keep in mind that you are trying to minimize the top and add to the bottom.  And the absolute must, a great fitting bra.  Before you buy your next bra have a professional fitting by a staff member at the store, whether it is a Department store or a local specialty shop.

I have put together a few examples of the styles that would look best for the woman who is bigger on the top.

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What is that magic style?

Did you complete your assignment from last week?  Now you have increased “Your Style IQ” by understanding what is your body type.  This week we start to review the details by body type.  First up, Bigger on the Bottom.

This really isn’t as bad as it sounds and is easy to work with once you key in on the styles and style tricks that will work best for you.  As with any body type, the ideal is to create the illusion of having an hourglass figure.  Skirts should be soft, falling nicely from the hip and hemmed to hit around the knee, whether just above or just below to accentuate your leg, particularly if you are petite.  Pants should be a mid-width leg straight from the hip. One of my favorite pants for this body type are the ones with no waistband and a side zipper. Even though we are hopefully getting out of legging season soon here in the east, you can wear these if you add emphasis to the top, of course covering your butt and pair with a nice flat or tall boots that have some room at the calf (this will give the appearance of thinner legs).  You will want to accentuate the waist, and put emphasis on your top, whether with a structured or layered top or with a color that looks good on you.  Scarves and statement jewelry are great ways to keep the emphasis on the top. The last tip is a pointy shoe.  It will add length to your image to make it look long and lean.

Here are a couple of ideas for you, whether you like the classics or go more contemporary or eclectic.

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If your office environment is conservative, the woman with a shape that is “Bigger on the Bottom” can still dress to her comfort level and be office appropriate.

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How goes your evolution?

A few weeks ago I posted about New Year’s resolutions and Clinton Kelly’s suggestion of making an evolution.  It could be something that would save you money or something to invest in yourself.  If you decided to invest in yourself, I suggest making some changes to simplify and clarify your wardrobe.  Being a stylist, my job is to help you find the right look for your lifestyle and your comfort zone.  It is not about me trying to get you into the latest fashion or subscribe to my look.  It’s about you and what image you want to project, whether it is at work or at “play.” Now I will tell you to push outside of your comfort zone a bit.  You never know, you may find an inner you who has been longing to get out.  I know I did when I got out of the world of being a Federal employee and back into the fashion business which is my true passion.

So you have decided to invest in yourself.  We are going to skip the step of clearing out your closet first and get into the right style for your body type.  To present a confident image, this should be the first thing you identify.

The first element to finding a style that will flatter your body is to know your measurement.  Are you bigger at the bust than the hips?  Do you have a little extra in the middle?  Whatever the case may be, this body typing is key to knowing the styles that will compliment your body.

You need to take 3 key measurements.  Using a fabric tape measure and a friend take the following measurements:

Bust  – Measure around the shoulder blades, under the armpits and over the fullest part of the bust.

Waist  – Find your natural waistline and measure.

Hip  – Measure the fullest part of the hip (usually about 7-9 inches below the waist)



This is not designed to determine what size you should wear but what styles to look for when you shop.  For example, if you are bigger in the hip area, you don’t want to buy pants that sit at the hip.  This will only add volume where you don’t want it.







Armed with this information, you can now classify what body type you have:

  • Bigger on Top – proportionally broader in the bust then the hips and waist
  • Bigger on the Bottom – proportionally broader in the hips, thighs and bottom
  • A little extra in the middle – middle is wider in the middle rather than hips and bust
  • Curvy – top and bottom are proportional with a smaller waist
  • Not Curvy – waist is in line with the hips and shoulders

From this information you can use clothing style, color and accessories to create balance in your body type and the illusion of having that perfect hourglass figure which only about 7% of women have.

So next time you go shopping, keep this in mind.  I will delve more in-depth with the styles that are right for each body type over the next few weeks.


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Are you game ready with the right outfit?

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Whether you are a Patriots fan or a Seahawks fan, you probably have most of the team colors already in your closet.  That means all you have to do is shop your closet.  For Seattle fans, that might mean just making a few changes to last year’s look of Navy, Gray and Green.  For New England fans, Blue, Red, White and Silver are basic colors that should be easy to pull together.

First, think about your body type. Is everything in your closet the perfect silhouette for you?  If not, this is something to put on you “to-do” list.  We will be discussing body types over the next several posts to get you on the right track, but here are a few quick tips.  If you are ‘Bigger on the Top’, accentuate the bottom half, vice versa if you are ‘Bigger on the Bottom.’  For a ‘Little Extra in the Middle’ think structured tops.  ‘Curvy’ just needs to keep the balance on top and bottom (you really have it easy), and if you are ‘Not Curvy’ you can wear styles to create curves such as skinny jeans and volume across the hips and/or shoulder.

Now, pick the colors that flatter you the best.  If one of them doesn’t look good against your skin or hair color, use it as an accent, such as the green for Seattle or the silver for New England.  This could mean the color is used as a belt, shoes or even in a color block that is away from your face.  Accessories are great for picking up that color in small amounts.

And if you are like me, you will want something that is comfy and holds its shape.  After all, you have all that great food to eat and you will be jumping up a lot to celebrate a great play!

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