By Style Expert Kathryn Brown
To balance your head and upper body through necklines, collars, and jewelry, first find your balance points.
1. To find your first balance point, use a piece of string to cover the length of your face from your hairline to your chin. If you wear bangs, start at the bottom of your bangs. Next, hold your string where it hits your chin, let the string fall from the bottom of your chin down your chest. Where it ends is your first balance point. This helps you find the best neckline or jewellery lengths to compliment your shape.
2. Find your second balance by starting with the widest part of your face. Next, imagine tracing a “shape” that begins from one side of the widest part of your face, around your jawline and chin, then back up to the other side of the widest part. Repeat the shape you have just traced in your mind at your shoulder line around your neck.The bottom point of your shape indicates your second balance point. Necklines that follow this shape will suit you best and be the most flattering.
Need a hand finding the most flattering necklines for you? Come talk to the knowledgeable staff at KC’s Boutique.
Dress the body you have now, not the one you were or that you want to be!
We can put body shapes into 5 main categories:
- Inverted Triangle, and
Identify your body type and remember to balance your top and bottom… clothing can camouflage problems and create balance.
If you want to look taller, the first thing you can do is shorten your sleeve length.
If you have very short legs, try wearing an elbow length sleeve. The rest of us should try the 3/4 sleeve. This works almost every time.
To balance your head and upper body try wearing the correct neckline or collar.
If you are on the thinner side or have a small chest, wear a higher neckline to give the illusion you have more real estate on the upper floor.
High necklines will always add bulk to the upper body, so if you are top heavy, try a lower neckline below the “dent” in the collarbone.
If you have longer legs you can create a better proportion by wearing medium or long length jackets, long sleeves and dropping the waistline.
Colour reflects a change in fashion and most women can wear most colours on the colour wheel. Remember wearing the fashions of the 80s? Then there is a good chance you will need stronger colours as a mature woman. Try adding turquoise, red, coral, yellow and blue to your wardrobe.
We have trained staff who can help you recognize and dress these shapes and we look forward to helping you look your best.
Follow these tips to get the best pants that fit your body shape.
If you are PETITE (5’4″ or under), try a trimmed crop pant, or a pant with a vertical crease down the front and back which makes legs appear longer. Compression fabrics tend to slim the leg and give you some height as well.
For our ladies with FULL HIPS and thighs, we suggest a pant where the cut falls down from the widest part of the thigh for a flattering fit. A slight bootcut or straight leg (not skinny) will help your curves look less wide.
If you have a TUMMY, try a straight leg pant and find one that sits neatly at your waist. A pull on pant with tummy control is helpful too. Avoid pleats or baggy cuts which bring attention to your midriff.
TALL women can carry off a fabulous flare pant. Palazzo pants work well with height too.
Lastly, if your waist is much smaller than your hips and your backside appears bigger than the rest of your frame, fit your bum and take in the waist. Save waist alterations by trying the Flatter Me Belt!
Please come into the store and let us help find the most flattering and comfortable pants for you.
Believe it or not, your beautiful legs have designated areas called diamonds. Yes, diamonds! Let’s go on a treasure hunt and find where they are!
Stand in front of a mirror and click your heels together like Dorothy on the Wizard of Oz. With your heels together and your toes pointed out at about a 45-degree angle, check out the curvature of your legs in the mirror. Your diamonds are the spaces in which your legs are farthest apart. The diamond ends where your legs touch or become closer together.
A universal length that flatters anyone is just below, just above, or at the knee. This is why the pencil skirt is a classic basic! Bermuda shorts are also flattering on just about everyone since they land closer to the knee.
Wherever a hemline hits, the eye follows, so to achieve a slimming and flattering look, avoid trousers that hit the middle of your calves or thighs where legs tend to touch. Next time you go shopping, have fun with the treasure hunt and discover pieces that will accentuate your dazzling diamonds!
Thank you, Kim McMurray, certified Image Consultant, personal shopper and speaker, for this article. firstname.lastname@example.org, 250-734-1925, www.beautyspeakers.org/KimMcMurray.html
by Kim McMurray
I don’t know about you, but I like to wear colours based on the weather. If it’s a gloomy day, you’ll likely see me in black… maybe with a little teal to add some life to my eyes. If it’s a sunny day, you’ll undoubtedly spot me in the distance showcasing bright yellow! Weather doesn’t need to determine your clothing colours, but there are certainly colours that will make you fab, or make you drab.
According to my training with Shari Braendel, speaker and author of “Help Me, Jesus! I Have Nothing to Wear!”, there are six colour groups that can help you determine what flatters you most. Your category depends on the colour of your eyes, complexion, and hair (natural or what you dye it the majority of the time). We won’t go into all of the details, but let’s help you POP this summer!
If you have light blonde or white hair, fair skin and light to medium eyes, you are a light. Light to medium shades will be the most flattering on you.
Pop Colours: Turquoise, pink, lavender, sapphire blue and this season’s limpet shell.
If you have light to medium brown hair, light to medium skin and medium eyes, you are a soft. Aim for medium shades for your best look.
Pop Colours: Teal blue, coral, mint green and this season’s serenity and buttercup.
If you have any red in your hair (whether natural or dyed), you are a warm. Autumn-like shades with a yellow undertone will always compliment you. Pop Colours: Rust, butterscotch, copper, turquoise and this season’s peach echo.
If you have dark medium brown to black hair, very light to medium skin and bright eyes, you are a clear. You can pull off bright colours better than anyone, so think bright!
Pop Colours: Bright purple, clear red, sunny yellow, hot pink and this season’s green flash.
If you have medium, dark brown or black hair, medium to dark skin and hazel or brown eyes, you are a deep. Medium to deep rich shades with splashes of bright will be gorgeous.
Pop Colours: Purple, true red, royal blue and this season’s fiesta.
If you have silver, grey or ash brown and usually skin with a pink undertone, you are a cool. Go for light to medium shades with a blue or pink undertone to enhance your natural beauty.
Pop Colours: Royal purple, blue-red, pink rose, lilac grey, and snorkel blue.
Kim McMurray is a certified Image Consultant, personal shopper and speaker. Her passion is to inspire women of all ages to embrace and reflect their unique beauty from the inside out. She has enthusiastically taught women around the world how to dress according to their natural colouring and specific body type to confidently live out their life’s calling. email@example.com, 250-734-1925
by Kim McMurray
Is it time to find a new favourite pair of shades? Whatever your style, choosing sunglasses to suit your face shape is yet another piece to achieving that perfect head-to-toe look.
The four popular categories of face shapes are: oval, heart, square, and round.
With every face shape, it is important to remember your frame size. If you are more petite, go for smaller frames. For those of you that are more medium/average, flatter yourself with medium-size frames. If you are taller, make a statement and showcase larger frames.
In general, opposites attract with face shapes to be balanced. So here’s what you need to look for:
Oval: Your face shape is naturally balanced, so most styles will also naturally look great on you!
Just remember to choose according to your frame size!
Heart: Your face shape is wider in the forehead with beautifully defined cheekbones and narrower in the jawline. (You usually have a widow’s peak too!) Opt for styles that are wider on the bottom. Sorry heart-shaped ladies, aviators are not your best, try wayfarers, cat-eye, or round styles instead.
Square: Your face shape has a straight hairline and a sexy defined jawline.
To soften the angles, choose styles that are wider than the fullest part of your face with rounded edges.
Round: Your face shape naturally youthful. It is shorter than the Oval making it roughly as wide as it is long. You’ll do the opposite as the Square face shape and opt for frames with defined angles.
Kim McMurray is a certified Image Consultant, personal shopper and speaker. Her passion is to inspire women of all ages to embrace and reflect their unique beauty from the inside out. She has enthusiastically taught women around the world how to dress according to their natural colouring and specific body type to confidently live out their life’s calling. firstname.lastname@example.org, 250-734-1925,
The holidays call for glitz and glamour and when it comes to jewelry it’s no exception.
Stand out from the crowd in with eye-catching sparkle and shine accessories.
You can jazz up your party look with:
a big gold chunky necklace,
shiny chandelier earrings,
or even a playful oversized ring.
You don’t have to do it big if you want to tone it down – minimal jewelry can be a great way to show your shine!
If you are a b body type, you have a straight figure with a flatter derrière and tend to gain weight in the tummy/love handle area. Your main goal is to draw attention inward and upward. Here are a few tips on how to achieve this:
Tops: Tucking shirts in is a major no-no. Tops and jackets should fall just past your tummy/above your hips or longer-never shorter. Structured jackets, flowy feminine tops, all-over patterns or monochromatic dressing create flattering camouflage. To bring the attention upward, accessorize! Chunky necklaces, dazzling earrings and stylish scarves (in your eye-catching pop colours of course!) are fabulous ways to draw the eye upward to your beautiful face.
Bottoms: Avoid trousers with pleated fronts and opt for ones with a flat front or side zip in a relaxed fit or full-leg style. Mid-rise jeans in straight or bootcut styles in a dark wash are always chic. Pockets with decorations or flaps are especially flattering for your booty as well!
Dresses: Aim for three-quarter-length sleeves, v-shaped necklines and ruching across the tummy or a wrap-style for a timeless flattering look. Feel free to try a tummy shaper as well, there is no shame in that! Don’t feel like you always need the perfect “little black dress” either. Dressing for your body type and wearing a pop colour will always be your best option!
The b-o-d-x body shape system and tips are courtesy of Shari Braendel from Fashion Meets Faith. Kim McMurray is a certified Image Consultant, personal shopper and speaker. Her passion is to inspire women of all ages to embrace and reflect their unique beauty from the inside out. She has enthusiastically taught women around the world how to dress according to their natural colouring and specific body type to confidently live out their life’s calling. Kim McMurray, email@example.com, 250-734-1925, beautyspeakers.org/KimMcMurray.html
If you are blessed up top with a well-endowed bust and have a flatter booty with great legs, then you are an O body type.
Your main goal is to draw attention towards your beautiful face and fabulous legs to balance out your body type. Here’s how to achieve your best look!
Tops: The most important accessory to make all your tops fit their best is a properly fitted bra. This will make all the difference! When looking for tops, always fit the girls first so they have breathing room. Camisoles are a necessary staple as many tops will be too low-cut on you. Printed tops are fabulous on you as they minimize the bust. Jackets, such as swing jackets with three-quarter length sleeves, are wonderfully flattering on you. Chunky necklaces, dazzling earrings and stylish scarves (in your eye-catching pop colours of
course!) are fabulous ways to draw the eye upward to your beautiful face.
Bottoms: The style of your bottoms is important to properly balance out your upper body. Choose trousers that have just a slight flare to them, but not overly full or wide at the bottom to avoid looking boxy. Mid-rise jeans that create a straight line from hip-to-floor will balance your beautifully. Stick to relaxed fit or bootcut styles and avoid skinny or wide-leg jeans.
Dresses: Skirts or dresses that fall right at the knee will flatter your legs. A-line styles in a stiffer fabric are incredibly flattering on you as they accentuate your waist and flare out to balance your upper body-it’s a win-win! Wrap and sheath style dresses are also great silhouettes for your body type. Avoid high necklines and go for modest v-neck styles.
The b-o-d-x body shape system and tips are courtesy of Shari Braendel from Fashion Meets Faith.
Kim McMurray is a certified Image Consultant, personal shopper and speaker. Her passion is to inspire women of all ages to embrace and reflect their unique beauty from the inside out. She has enthusiastically taught women around the world how to dress according to their natural colouring and specific body type to confidently live out their life’s calling. Kim McMurray, firstname.lastname@example.org, 250-734-1925, beautyspeakers.org/KimMcMurray.html