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 […]
What to look for in high waist jeans:
What the Yazmin jeans offer:
How they fit on a pear:
Durability: 3.5/5 (mainly because of the falling fly issue)
Don’t run away now, but I’m going to talk about something that might scare you. It might make the acid in your stomach begin to bubble or hot fury rise up your neck. Swimwear. It’s okay. I’m not going make you try any on. I’m […]
This season may just be your laziest one yet You know spring is here when you are colder now than you were last week when it was still winter. Go figure. But the other key indicator is in the shop windows because flowers are everywhere. […]
5 tips to making the corporate look your own
1. When is a suit not a suit? When it’s just good coordinationTechnically, a suit is an outfit of two of more pieces of outerwear made from the same material and designed to be worn together. So, contrary to what you may have been told, your Primark or Matalan suit is still a “real” suit*. You can fake this look with some sensible coordination. As long as there is a colour connecting your blazer/jacket with your bottom half, you will look coordinated and well put together. The easiest option for this is to wear black skirt/trousers, black top, black shoes and then all you need to decide on is the blazer. *I love Primark corporate wear. Very affordable and sturdier than their regular daywear.
2. Tame your self-expression to one item (plus shoes)In order to pull off a reserved, conservative look you may need to wear colour combinations that are more subdued to what you would prefer. The corporate standard colours are black, navy and grey. Hardly inspiring. But you can splash out on some personality if you use colour as an accent. A psychedelic blouse under a dark suit. A giant brooch on your plain lapel. All in black with a chunky necklace and bright shoes. Play around and see what looks you come up with.
3. Make sure you are comfortableIf you’re not comfortable in what you are wearing, it will come through during the interview. Once you’re in that room you don’t want anything at all distracting you from giving killer answers and charming everyone in the room. It gets hard to do that if you don’t feel like yourself, or if your zipper is stabbing you in the hip. Which brings us to the next point…
4. Only wear what genuinely fits youThere is no point turning up to an interview in a fabulous suit if it doesn’t show you in all your true fabulousness. If you’re shopping for a new suit and you know that your top and bottom halves are different sizes, don’t waste your time on items on which you can’t mix-&-match the sizes. Look for coordinated piece you can match yourself and if the store doesn’t sell any just shop elsewhere. Better that than having a wonderful skirt with an oversized jacket If the lining of a dress of skirt is what’s letting you down, just cut it. It’s not the end of the world, nobody will see it and it’s better than your interview hearing a giant ripping sound as the lining at the back of your legs finally gives way!
5. Pack spare accessoriesIf you've got some space free in your bag, think about packing a change of earrings and necklace. That way if you feel a little conscious about your choice, you can swap. If all it takes to boost your confidence is a back-up in your bag it's worth it, don't you think? Have you got any extra tips? Please share in the comments below.
Stilettos. Those brutal match sticks we’ve all tottered around in, looking gorgeous on the outside and feeling cursed on the inside. Blisters, burning, balancing and, for some of us, a fear that the heel might just break off. So we tried wedges, kitten heels and […]
Don’t get me started on stylists. I remember watching some makeover show, and in the end every single curvy woman was wearing black and grey. It was all about subtle colours, “minimising” and distracting the eye from “problem areas”. Stylists such as those particular presenters […]
What is A-Line clothing?An item of clothing is considered to be A-Line if it has an "A" shape from the waist down. This means it's a skirt of dress that it is fitted at the waist and flares out. The reason why it is routinely recommended for pear shapes is that it emphasises our defined waists and hides the true girth of our thighs. Therefore, it is considered to be very flattering on a pear.
How to find your style of A-LineWhen experimenting with A-Line, you should consider the length and the material of the item as well as the location of the darts (if it has any). Full-length maxi styles are beautiful, but if the fabric is too heavy it can hang on the hips and lose shape. If the skirt is calf-length, it can make the calves look wider and give a shorter/frumpier look overall. Darts add slightly more volume, so think about where on your body you want the volume to start. Try different styles and work out which fabrics and skirt lengths make you feel good. As crazy as it sounds, you might want to try a retro petticoat to give a little extra volume!
Where to find A-Line clothesSearching for "A-line" on a fashion website doesn't always give the best results. Other terms have become more popular when describing this style. Also try searching skater, 50s, rockabilly or swing.
- Skater skirts/dresses are a great fit, but tend to be a bit shorter.
- Rockabilly skirts/dresses usually come to just below the knee - unless you wear a massive petticoat underneath!
- 50s skirts/dresses are in-between the above two options, around knee-length with just a little volume.
- Swing skirts/dresses have extra fabric for that swoosh when you move around - very elegant, but might feel bulky.