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Review: Dorothy Perkins “Frankie”

Review: Dorothy Perkins “Frankie”

Avid readers know that when it comes to Dorothy Perkins jeans and trousers, I used to be a Bailey. Then one day it when I went to replace my thoroughly worn out pair, the new pair in the store didn’t feel right. After a bit […]

Sale day – again!

Sale day – again!

  Today’s win! Another delivery containing £2.50 shoes!

Beautifying a Business Bod – How to accessorize a suit

Beautifying a Business Bod – How to accessorize a suit

I adore the crisp lines of a good suit. Executives, military, flight attendants; there are plenty of suited and booted looks that can draw you in. No doubt someone has done a study about why some work wear is just so appealing, but for me it’s the completeness. There is nothing more to add, nothing to take away. The right work wear look can make you feel ready to accomplish anything!
 
But the curvier amongst us can have a little difficulty. We’ve discussed great suit choices before, but that’s just the foundation. Corporate dresses are also a very smart option. But one you have the starting point, you need to build on it. How do you get that “complete” look – without completely changing career?
 
I adore the crisp lines of a good suit. Executives, military, flight attendants; there are plenty of suited and booted looks that can draw you in. No doubt someone has done a study about why some work wear is just so appealing, but for me it’s the completeness. There is nothing more to add, nothing to take away. The right work wear look can make you feel ready to accomplish anything!
 
But the curvier amongst us can have a little difficulty. We’ve discussed great suit choices before, but that’s just the foundation. Corporate dresses are also a very smart option. But one you have the starting point, you need to build on it. How do you get that “complete” look – without completely changing career?
 

Not to say you can’t change careers. Who here hasn’t thought of being a flight attendant or a sailor just to look that good?!?

Where do you want highlight?


 
Head: Get people to look you right in the eye. Go big with earrings, hair accessories or a cravat to keep the attention up where you want it to be. You can go full trolley-dolly with the suit, cravat and controlled hair, but this can work well with dresses too, particularly if you want to jazz up a solid base colour, such as grey.
 Bust: Whether you’re balancing a pear bum, or you just love your lemons, you’ve got plenty of ways to focus on your bustline. If the cut of the suit or dress doesn’t do it for you, try lace or embellished camisoles under a suit, necklaces, brooches or scarves to add weight to the top of your shape.
 
 

   

 

Waist: The easiest way to emphasise a shapely waist is the cut of the outfit – BUT if your clothes are doing enough you can call in reinforcements. Any belt can do the job of marking out your narrower middle, but the current trend for wide corset-style belts will really make it pop! It’s like a wonder bra for your waist!

 
 
Hips: To show off your hips, you need to look a little further down. Sure, belts can come in handy too, but even if your suit isn’t curve-accentuating, a good pair of heels will lift your butt and give you that super strut feeling!

 

 

 

Inset image: Fly Me to the Moon by Momo (edited), used under CC BY 2.0

Adding some international flavour

Adding some international flavour

Have you ever looked at a national or cultural outfit and wanted to borrow parts for yourself? Not that you want to encourage commercial cultural appropriation, but something caught you eye. The colour, the lines, the pattern, the fabric – something made you feel good […]

Hair choices… sombre or ombre?

Hair choices… sombre or ombre?

I’ve been thinking about doing something new with my hair. I’ve always had a history of playing withcolour, but for the last five years I’ve been rather tame. Partly because I was being “sensible” (i.e. “corporate”) and partly because I was growing it long and […]

Working it: Eye Shape

Working it: Eye Shape

Once again, The Pool has sent me off on a research mission. I follow The Pool on Facebook and find it’s a solid 3-way split: 1/3 disagree, 1/3 agree, 1/3 “Oh hell yeah, right on, sista!”.
The post that sent me searching was this: How I finally learnt to put my make-up on properly
When I put an effort into my eyeshadow, I get a lot of compliments. I’m okay at blending, and because I’m warm-toned I use shades that my friends don't use, so I stand out anyway. But I never really thought about the shape of the colouring. I knew what didn't work - cat-eyes. Regardless of the trend, cat-eyes of any description seemed to make my eyes look saggy.
Fortunately for you, I found the answers online so you don't have to look around:

Step 1 - Check you have the basics

Make sure you have the minimum supplies: eyeshadow, concealer, eye pencil, eyeliner, mascara. You'll find a lot of websites talk about primers, mists, setting solutions and other products that make it sound as though you're adding scaffolding to your face, but for you day-to-day wear, these items will be fine (plus brow pencil, but brows are a whole other topic).

Step 2 - Find your shape

Identify your eye shape. I found this Wikihow article  and this one from Vogue the most useful.

Step 3 - See the suggestions

Check out some options for your eye shape. I find sketches, rather than photos, easier to use to understand eyeshadow instructions. For that reason, I recommend these sites for guidance:
  • makeup.com - by far my favourite guide
  • stylercaster - good becuase it has sketched and images side by side
  • Beautygeeks - the chart is actually by Smashbox, but it turns up on a lot of beauty pages because it so comprehensive!

Step 4 - optional videos

Check out some YouTube videos. This might be hard if you can't find good quality videos of someone with the same eye shape as you, but you could be lucky!

Step 5 - Just go for it!

Practice, practice, practice! Play with colour combinations and shades, matt and wet look liners. Have a go, find out what look you like and let me know how it went!
Some of my favourite shoes are now £2. Yes. Two pounds.

Some of my favourite shoes are now £2. Yes. Two pounds.

My pink high-top sneakers? My super comfy white flats? These and more: a whole lot of my regular footwear has just gone on sale for £2.   Get them here:

Phasing in some minimalism

Phasing in some minimalism

Indoor minimalist, outdoor stylish – can I look creative without owning much stuff? We’re looking for a new place to live. Super excited about the possibility of moving into a dream home: a shiny new apartment on the outskirts of the city. Close enough to walk […]

Return of the bum bag

Return of the bum bag

Of all the 90s fashion trends to be revived, why this one? Whether you call it a bum bag or a fanny pack (and neither sounds attractive), this accessory was probably in your wardrobe at one stage and you did actually wear one. It was functional. It was popular. It was unflattering, but it serve a useful purpose. The problem is that the more useful an item is, the less likely it will stay fashionable. As bum bags disappeared, armband pockets appeared instead. So did cross-body bags, which were a favourite of mine. Sash-bags came along, too. But despite so many attempts, there hasn't been any version that's become timeless, as well as fashionable and functional. Well, the bum bag is back - flatter and without a belt. There are a whole host of reasons why the latest hand-free bag will also be a short term trend. First, it's still a bum bag. It's not new or particularly attractive. It's a small, shiny utility belt. Function will always take priority, which means that will not be able to endlessly adapt to the latest fashion trends. It has to be essentially the same design forever more. It's difficult to express oneself with a fashion accessory if it will always look like everybody else's, just in a different colour. Second, it will always have a limited use. Bags go with everything except exercise. Pouches go with one activity at a time. Heading to the office, then a quick gym class before dinner with the folks requires a few more items in a woman's toolkit than a pouch can provide. But the main reason is that the reason it exists is capitalism. We need to be unsatisfied in order to buy something else. If hands-free bags like the pouch become too popular, then suddenly we'll be flooded with ads telling us that we could be happier if we carried a brush in our bag for unexpected dates or business opportunities. We'd have fewer wrinkles if we drank more water (so we should buy a fancy water bottle). We could be living happily ever after if we'd not been so lazy and we carried things in a real bag, not some silly little pouch like your grandmother had once upon a time. It sounds like I'm totally bagging out the bum bag, but to tell you the truth I would try this new version. I am lazy. I often go places where a bag just feels like more effort than it's worth. And most of my jeans have stupidly tiny pockets that won't fit my phone. But I wonder how they will make it fashionable outside of joggers and festival fans.

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