Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Guest Post by the lovely Skinny Doll

Hi lovelies, I've missed you! I have had a hectic few months but I'm back blogging now & thought I'd start off this new stage of my life & blogging life with an amazing guest post by the lovely Skinny Doll. 

I hope you love it as much as I do! xxxx


Being stylish is not just about wearing the latest trends, its about understanding and flattering your body shape. To feel and look your best you've got to dress for you body shape and there are lots of tricks of the trade to make that happen and still be bang on trend...

Pears, apples, column and hourglass.. to find out which one you are.. stand in front of a full length mirror, take a straight object, (sweeping brush... measure tape... get creative! ) and clip it under your arms with the other end resting at the hip, this can determine where your wider "bits" are... Pears have a wider hip than shoulder line... they have well defined waists and are bootylicious! Apples are, as the name suggests are round, they may carry weight on their tummy area... Column do exactly what they say on the tin.. bust and hip line are the same width.. and hourglass gals are smaller at the waist with full bust and hip lines....

But before you go anywhere... your "smalls" are of LARGE importance.. get your Bridget Jones knickers out and go for a professional bra fitting... the right undies streamline you from the start ... go for a nude bra either uplifting or minimizing which can actually reduce you by two cups sizes with is a big change! There are lots of Spanx type knickers out there... and all create great silhouettes.. some of my favs are from every gals guru GOK ...  make sure you shop around for the right one for you... 

Gok Wan's Sculpt me Skirt €35

Gok Wan's Balconette Sassy Slip €47

Gok Wan's Basque in Glory €38

For the pear gals...
If you're pear shape boot-cut trousers, balance out your silhouette, they will minimize your hips and bum and buy them one size too long and wear them with a heel or wedge it will balance out your they will elongate and slim your legs... bring attention to you upper body rather than the bottom... avoid tube tops, mermaid or pencil cut skirts that will only make you seem larger at the bottom... enhance your bust area with bright tops, defined collar, lapel and sleeves... wrap dresses are perfect for pear shapes...   they minimize hips and they also emphasis your waist which is also great if you're an hourglass shape... 


For the apple ladies...
If you hold your weight around your tummy go for empire line tops.. that means the seam comes just under your bust, your slimmest part and then the material skims over your tummy... flattening those bits you want to hide!  draw attention to your assets by wearing low necklines ... and wear accessories that bring attention to the face, tops embellished with beading and chains along the neckline works magic.  Do not wear clingy, large patterned fabrics, large belts and pleats that tend to emphasize your mid-section.

MONSOON Feather TOP - £75

Columns chicks  -
You babes tend to be straight up and down.. so the tricks here is to create an illusion of curves; wear elegant dresses with cinched waists, wrap-around dresses, A-line skirts, broad shouldered tops and semi-fitted clothes. Belts are your best friends, do not be afraid to experiment with various styles and work them into your wardrobe. Do not wear baggy clothes, sheath dresses and low rise jeans that tend to hide curves in the body.


Monsoon €22

Hourglass babes -
Having this naturally balanced body type, it is quite easy to look for stylish clothing... the trick here is to emphasize your curves, especially your waist, without adding bulk. Elegant wrap dresses, wide leg jeans, clingy fabrics and belts work best.. avoid stiff fabrics and baggy clothes that hide your curves but be careful too so you do not become overly sexy!!! Easy tiger!



OASIS dress - €62

No matter what size you are Nude platforms will make your legs look longer and slimmer..  remember that darker colours are more slimming than light colours and small prints are more flattering than large ones... 

 Nude shoe - £45 Asos online

Don't go for any clingy thin materials like satins or silks or Lycra's because they will show up any wobbly bits... instead opt for a thicker more structured fabric ... contrary to popular belief far more slimming to wear something more fitting and structured than to try and hide it all under loose and floaty clothes which can just add bulk to you ...

Accessories are a must ...  there is no easier or quicker way of channelling a new trend or a bright colour through your shoes, your jewellery or your scarf! Its the easiest and cheapest way to update your look ... also its a fool proof way to draw attention to areas of body that you like and away from areas you don't!  So a bright shoe can look fabulous!

No matter what size you are .. or where you are on your weight loss journey...  wear it with confidence and stand tall.. you're gorgeous!


Make sure to check out The Skinny Doll's blog & why not follow her on Twitter, she's great! :)