If you have a balanced figure, narrow waist and gain weight evenly all over, then you are an X body type.
You may be slender with modest curves or full-figured with voluptuous curves. Either way, you are beautifully balanced, which means you have a bit more freedom than the other body shapes. Your main goal is to maintain your natural balance by dressing for your frame size and accentuate your lovely waistline. Here’s how to compliment your body shape.
Tops: Size matters with this body shape, so be mindful to avoid clothing that is overly tight or sloppy, but rather fitted in a way to gently follow your curves. Belts are a wonderful choice to accentuate your waist (unless you are trying to hide the tummy area). Try skinny or wide styles, whichever suits your frame size the best. All accessories should complement your frame size. If you are more petite, aim for small to medium sizes for accessories and prints. If you are full-figured, aim for medium to large styles for your most flattering look.
Bottoms: Straight leg trousers or jeans are fabulous on you. You can pull off skinny jeans amazingly well. However, if you are more full-figured, I recommend a more relaxed, straight leg style than overly wide or skinny styles.
Dresses: Choose styles that flatter your beautiful curves, such as a fitted bodice with a slightly-fitted or slightly-flared bottom. Many styles will work for you so just remember to tastefully showcase your curves and pick a style in your pop colours!
Bonus Tip: Opposites attract so if you choose a flowy feminine top, pair it with skinnier trousers. If you opt for a fitted top, grab a more relaxed or wide-leg style bottom.
Thank you to Kim McMurray, certified Image Consultant, personal shopper and speaker, for sharing this series.
There are times when printed bottoms are a great go-to piece – every woman needs at least one pair!
KC’s Boutique carries printed shorts, skorts, capris, crops, ankle pants and slim plazzos all from Canadian designers. There are prints to suit every personality and body shape. A printed bottom can be a fun or sophisticated addition to your wardrobe, so let’s add some colour!
TIPS to FEEL GREAT IN PRINTED BOTTOMS
– White blouses are always a good bet for any style.
– A basic black top will give you a chic pulled together look.
– If your print is bold like a leopard print or big flowers, stick with a neutral top to play it safe.
– If you want to go with a solid colour, find something that is in the same seasonal tone as the bottom. For example, autumn tones work well with leopard print.
– If it’s chilly, tuck in a t-shirt and pair with a long and loose cardigan.
– Add heels to dress it up or opt for flats for a casual look.
– Denim shirts work great with printed pants/crops for a casual look and can be like a lightweight jacket too – add runners and a chunky necklace for a fashionable look.
For printed leggings, pair them with an oversized top or sweater in coordinating colour.
For a structured look, pair with a fitted blazer and heels.
Base your print on your best colour – pick a neutral printed bottom that complements your best colour top. If you look best in soft pastel tops, find a bottom in a grey print. This is always a classy look.
If you like to mix patterns, have fun with a patterned scarf and pants in the same colour family but stick to a neutral top.
Have fun! As always, if you need help putting together a new look with printed bottoms, we are here for you.
MAKE IT ABOUT COLOUR!
Necklaces, bracelets, earrings, scarves and even shoes feature a variety of hues, and effortlessly add colour to your wardrobe.
If you prefer to wear black or navy bottoms, pick up hot pink or sapphire blue sandals, flip flops or pumps to give your basics a lift.
Scarves have evolved to become more than just a cold weather accessory. They are an all year round go-to piece for fashionistas to add style and colour to an outfit. Details like fringe, tassels, fantasy florals or border-print scarves all work for spring.
Jewellery is another fun and fashionable way to add colour. If you’re wearing printed bottoms with a neutral top, add a chunky necklace from the same colour family as the bottoms for a superb look. This look can be dressed down with runners or up with pumps for easy style.
Not sure what works best for you? Come in and we’ll show you!
Our bodies, faces and lifestyles have changed over the years, but that doesn’t mean you can’t look and feel your best with fashion! Every day at the Boutique, we hear women wanting to cover up some part they aren’t happy with as they’ve aged. Remember, fashion choices are meant to improve how you feel and look as the years go on, so have fun with it!
Why not wear a JEAN for dinner? In the past, this was a no-no, but West Coast women have rebelled and brought this into the mainstream.
Denim at night is a smart, energetic and youthful look, but stick with dark washes or white jeans for a dressier look. And make sure your jeans fit well at the waist! We always recommend a Flatter Me Belt to not only save the cost of alterations but give you that seamless no-button/bump look. These belts bring in the waist easily and fit ladies sizes 2 to 22. French Dressing Jeans, Proportion Petites and JAG have styles to suit a range of sizes and body shapes – we are confident you can find a pair that suits you!
Next, we absolutely love a good FITTED JACKET, which can work for all occasions. Black is always a classic, but consider navy, cream, beige or denim. Whatever colours you choose, the tailored jean jacket style is optimal because it pairs well with everything including jeans, skirts, dresses and pants. It’s a simple way to finish off your outfit and create that polished look.
What to wear underneath? Tanks and t-shirts are the obvious choices and a great place to add some colour. Jewelled tones are hot right now and if you are looking for comfort, go with something looser.
If you want to layer, choose a cardigan, but leave it open. If you’re wearing a sweater, be sure it’s fitted to avoid looking frumpy.
A final word on tank tops, they are a wardrobe must! Buy them in bulk in every colour because they work so well under jackets, cardigans, sweaters and blouses for a smoother look.
Finally, we want to leave you with a few basics:
– Define your waist no matter what size you are; it’s instantly flattering!
– Keep your skirt length to the knee or just above for the best look unless you are going with a maxi style.
– Buy bras that fit! It can make such a difference.
– Don’t be afraid of colour! Enliven your look with fresh hues.
– Embrace the body you have right now!
- First, remove anything from your closet that you can’t wear like pictures, cleaning supplies, yarn etc. If you can’t wear it, you don’t need it in your closet!
- Next, pull out all of your out-of-season clothes and set them aside. It will be overwhelming to deal with all your clothing at once, but it’s worthwhile. Start by organizing the current season and then move onto the other pieces.
- Now group your clothes by similar items before purging. For example, group up your black pants. When you see them together, it’s easy to see which pair looks tired or realize that you really don’t need 5 pairs that look the same.
- Be honest in this process – how many keepsake t-shirts do you really need? Don’t hold back! Finally, try on your remaining items. You can’t know how they fit when they’re on the hanger.
For each piece remaining, ask the following questions:
- Is it a good fit? Is it a good colour for me?
- Can it be altered to fit better?
- Is it a current style or dated?
- Is the item in good shape or showing its wear?
- Can it be easily updated?
- Do you still love it? If not, donate, resell or swap your “toss” clothes and reward yourself with a few new colourful and stylish fashions to look and feel your best!
Some ladies feel capris make them look frumpy, and they can if you make the wrong choice. At the Boutique we often hear: “I’m too short to wear capris.” Yes, it can be tricky, but we’re going to help you out with some style tips! The reality is that capris can look great on anyone tall or short! It’s a matter of finding the right proportions for you.
LENGTH: Avoid capris that end at mid-calf as this is the widest part of your lower leg. Do wear them just below that – between your calf and ankle is the ideal hem length. You want the eye to flow down to the narrowest part of the leg for the most flattering look.
WIDTH: To create a longer, sleeker look, wear a tapered or straight leg capri. Baggier, wide-leg capris are suited for those who are a bit heavier in the thigh.
WAIST: It may be counter-intuitive, but if you have shorter legs, try a higher waist. This draws the eye up and helps the leg appear longer. If you have a short torso, wear a mid-rise capri to achieve balance.
SHOES: Short legs look best with a bit of a heel. This elongates your exposed calf. For everyone, nude shoes help your legs appear longer as they blend in with your skin tone. The second-best shoe choice is the same colour as your capri.
Capris are a comfortable and versatile pant option. We now see people wearing them to casual weddings, paired with a fancy top. Remember, we look best when we style according to our body’s proportions.
Nothing is worse than ruining your new clothes with poor care at home. Putting in a bit of effort to care for your quality clothes will help them last longer and look better too.
Top Tips: Making Your Clothes Last
- After you wear something, be sure to give it some air by hanging it outside your closet overnight. Airing out your clothes will remove wrinkles and let odours dissipate. You may find you don’t even need to wash it; the less you wash it, the longer it lasts.
- If you find a piece loses its shape, simply let it rest off the hanger between wearings so it can regain its shape.
- Remove fabric pills with a de-fuzzer tool. If you don’t have one, you can use a callous remover tool. Just be gentle.
- Recover stretched-out sweater cuffs by rolling them in a wet washcloth to dampen them, then toss the sweater in the dryer for a few minutes.
- Some chemicals can damage the fibres in fabrics easily. Let your deodorant and lotions dry completely before dressing.
- Many women ruin a favourite top with their necklaces. Use an emery board to smooth out rough edges on the back of jewellery to prevent clothes from snagging.
If you get a stain, remove it as quickly as possible. The longer a spot sits, the harder it is to remove, and remember to never iron over a spot – the heat will set the stain.
Ink stains can be removed with water-soluble hairspray on washables and rubbing alcohol on dry clean fabrics.
Never over dry! Overdrying causes static, pilling, shrinkage, wrinkling and puckering seams. No matter what you do, consider washing your wardrobe on the delicate cycle and hanging everything to dry to preserve your clothes. Heat does the most damage to fabric. When you pull things from the wash, shake them to remove excess water, hang, and then tug gently on the seams to stretch the thread and minimize puckering. Wool and knits do best when dried flat.
Remember to read labels and if you aren’t sure, ask us!
Men have been mixing prints and textures for years – wearing textured suits, matched with printed shirts and ties. Don’t be afraid to try it ladies! Why not experiment with it? This is a quick way to pep up your style.
Mixing Colours and Patterns
When you’re starting out, it’s often pleasing to the eye to stick with patterns that relate to each other in some way whether it be the colour or shape of the print.
If you’re pairing two different prints/patterns, choose your prints in complementary colours to pull your look together.
If you want to mix different colours, be sure to choose matching or similar prints.
Stripes go with almost anything and you’ll never go wrong with black and white!
The simple and more graphic prints are easier to mix. Florals and animal prints are often thought of as neutral prints because they can be mixed with other styles easily.
If a print-on-print is too much, break it up with a solid colour on top, either a jacket or tank top. This will ground your look.
Mixing textures can quickly individualize your look and creates an eclectic feeling. For some, it’s easier than mixing patterns.
Try pairing flannel trousers with a satin blouse or a sweater knit jacket.
More extreme textures combine well if they are in the same ‘mood’. For example, wool tweed pairs easily with suede, and satin matches well with sequins.
Wearing a hot fashion trend can be hard to get right the first time, but we have lots of experience and are ready to help! Come in and we’ll find the right mix for you.
Ladies of all body types, shapes, sizes, and ages shop at our Boutique, and nearly every woman is afraid of stripes! In every designer’s collection, there is usually a top with horizontal stripes, meant to be worn as a dominant piece and it’s always gorgeous! Many women avoid horizontal patterns because they think they make them look bigger, but that’s not true. We often hear the comment: “I can’t wear stripes going this way,” but guess what? YOU CAN and you will look fabulous! Now let’s examine the truth about STRIPES.
Not all horizontals are the same. The key is to find the right type for your body shape and the look you want to create.
For women with pear-shaped bodies (larger hips and bottom, smaller on top), you can use stripes to balance your shape. An unbroken area looks narrower than an area divided by a horizontal line and a horizontal detail can make an area look larger in proportion to another area. To put this in practice, go for a top with wide, bold stripes in contrasting colours – such as rugby stripes. These big bold stripes will bring your top in balance with your bottom to flatter your wonderfully curvy shape.
For petite ladies or anyone looking to shed a few pounds instantly, a series of narrow, evenly-spaced horizontal lines create a slimming look. These stripes draw the eye in an upward direction like climbing a ladder; thus, making you look taller. A good example of this style is the classic nautical blue and white-striped tops.
For every woman, keep in mind that narrow horizontal lines and stripes with very little colour contrast have the same effect as a solid colour – they won’t do anything to change your shape, so wear these styles without a second thought!
Horizontals placed high and low on the body can also slenderize your overall look. The longer the eye moves up and down before the eye meets the horizontal, the taller and slimmer you’ll look. Variegated stripes are a perfect example as they actually lead the eye vertically to create a slenderizing effect.
If you are wearing a jacket, cardigan or vest, you need to pair it with a striped top for a slenderizing fashion statement! Try it and see how you instantly elevate your look.
DIAGONALS & TRIANGLES
Diagonals are another useful tool to divert attention past the bust, waist or hips, and they can be very flattering. Diagonal hemlines on skirts and dresses avoid a harsh, shortening horizontal break on your lower body. The asymmetrical look makes the lower body look longer and leaner. We often ask a petite woman to try uneven and diagonal hemlines to help them look taller. This advice applies to tops as well – a diagonal hemline can make you appear taller.
When diagonal and horizontal lines meet, they create a triangle.
The eye tends to follow the horizontal line and see the body dimension as wider. For example, a wide v-neck creates a triangle that widens the shoulders, which is a flattering styling tool for women with small shoulders. For women with smaller busts, a halter neckline forms a triangle that enhances this area – think of Marilyn Monroe!
Let us help you find the right choice for you. Come into the Boutique, play with these ideas, and see for yourself – you absolutely can wear these gorgeous styles!