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Style Tip: Working with Your Body Proportions

Last month, we covered the reverse shape: bigger on top. Click here to read that Style Tip. This month, we are covering another common body shape: bigger on the bottom.

First off, we would like to address the fact that finding correctly fitting pants can be especially difficult for women with this body type. For a pant to fit correctly, the rise must fit comfortably on your hips and without pulling or creasing at the crotch. If you have too much extra fabric in that area, the crotch pulls or creases at your thighs, or the crotch of your pants sags down to your thighs, then you have the wrong fit. You also want to avoid low rises and skinny jeans. We know the fashion industry has certainly made it difficult the last few years with so many narrow leg and ankle pants in-style!

What works for many women with this body type are FDJ’s Peggy Fit denim and Marble’s casual bottoms. Both lines offer a good fit for women with small waists and larger hips and thighs. Joseph Ribkoff’s pull-on-pants with a longer rise, straight leg and many colour options are another great choice for both tall and petite ladies.

Whether you are small or heavy, often women with this body type appear to have shorter legs. Go for mid-rise, mid-width pants to de-emphasize the hips and lengthen the legs. A higher rise pant usually works best because they fall from the widest part of the hip straight down to balance out your proportions. For shoes, opt for pointy-toed styles which lengthen the leg as well.

For skirts, look for a-line silhouettes in mid-weight fabrics and darker colours. For dresses, go with the a-line and add a short jacket with strong shoulders that sits at the top of the hip to create a longer leg line and slim the hip.

General tips for bigger on the bottom women:

  • DO look for tops that have structure, give you a waistline and sit above the hip. What woman over 40 wouldn’t want to show off a waistline?!
  • DO go for jackets and blouses with collars which open things up and brighten your face.
    DO wear v-neck sweaters in bright colours or with interesting details on the shoulders or necklines to add visual interest to your upper body
  • DON’T wear tops that are too long and cover your backside. You will look shorter and heavier than you actually are and this look will shorten your legs.

Remember the goal is always to balance your upper half with the lower half!

Outfits don’t need to be complicated. Plan a shopping trip to find a way to show off your best features with our team who can find what works best for YOU.

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Style Tips for an Instant Face Lift

You can create a lot of lift by knowing how to place accessories on and around your face. For instance, a scarf knotted too low draws eyes down; instead, place the knot between your bust line and your shoulders to draw attention up to your face.

Eyebrows that are not shaped or filled in will make your face dip.

Eyebrows often thin with age, so use an angle brush and eye powder or pencil to fill in brows.

You can also counter the effect by having them professionally shaped and tinted by an esthetician.

Get your hair styled to emphasize your eyes. A great cut that highlights your eyes with bangs, waves, or angles naturally at eye level will draw the eye up.

If you wear glasses, be sure to select a pair that fits your face and emphasizes your eyes as opposed to your cheeks. Experiment with different frames to find what works best.

Small changes go a long way to help you look and feel your best!

(Adapted from 40 over 40 by Brenda Kinsel)

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Controlling Static Cling During the Winter

There are many techniques to help reduce static cling during the dry days of winter. Try one of the tips below and keep your clothing static-free all winter-long.

Gently rub a dryer sheet on the inside of a garment.

A light spritz of hairspray can help tame the static.

For a temporary fix, rub your hosiery with damp hands.

Make sure your legs are well moisturized, especially when wearing hosiery.

Try fastening a safety pin discreetly inside a hem to minimize static buildup.

Add ½ cup of vinegar to your machine wash – vinegar acts as a natural fabric softener.

Remove your clothes from the dryer before they are fully dry – any bit of moisture helps!

Finally, if all else fails, pick up a can of Static Guard, a fabric-friendly aerosol product available at most supermarkets that comes in a handy purse sized bottle.

*Adapted from The Globe and Mail

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Turning a New Leaf

by Janet Ward, Haute Jewelry

Gold is back in all its sultry glory. As far back as ancient Egypt, gold has always been a highly sought-after item. Gold can infuse both comfort and richness to your style and the fall season is the perfect time to add these qualities to your wardrobe.

But just because gold is popular again doesn’t mean you should throw out your silver! In fact, many jewelry experts advise you to wear the “rival” metals together, warm with cool. For example, stack your bracelets, wear earrings that combine the two metals, or combine silver and gold neck chains.

As the air turns cooler, turn to your accessories to warm up your look. Gemstones in beautiful rich emeralds, vibrant reds and shades of bronze and copper add instant glamour to any outfit. Pair a necklace in one of these luminous colours with a black sweater and jeans for a great switch from Saturday shopping to dinner with friends.

Also, don’t just think of metals and baubles as your only go-to accessories. Grab a scarf to pump up the look of a simple outfit. Not only does a scarf look fabulous wrapped and tied in a beautiful knot, it can easily add a hint of color to any staple item in your closet. A scarf is also the perfect weight for those cool autumn mornings, rather than a heavier jacket, and definitely comes in handy in an air-conditioned office or for those after-work errands. Stash one in your glove box or desk drawer to chase away the chills of the autumn days ahead.

Drop by KC’s Boutique to see the latest trends in Jewelry.

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Choosing the Right Colours and Prints

Adding colour to our outfits as we get older is a great way to look young and stylish, and it’s an ideal way of looking on-trend, while still keeping an outfit less fussy.

Jewel colours such as crimson red, emerald green, or amethyst look particularly good against older skin, plus women over 50 have the experience and maturity to pull them off.

However, bright primary colors can look draining against the face.

That good old wardrobe staple black can also make some older skins look washed out, in which case, add a hint of metallic in an accessory, or wear a brighter colour near the face in the guise of a necklace or scarf.

Colours such as plum, deep red and chocolate brown look sophisticated on women over 50, and wearing black with beige or navy looks both expensive and elegant.

There are certain universal prints that will flatter any age such as stripes, leopard print and polka dots.

However, some floral prints can be incredibly aging, such as dark wallpaper florals.

It’s also time to avoid those silly prints that look better on 20- and 30-somethings, in favour of a medium-sized print, or one with a solid background of single color.

Choose a print that relates to your body frame – i.e. if you are petite then look for a smaller print (such as on-trend polka dot or swallow prints) or you will look lost in an oversized one.

The opposite is also true; a tiny print on a large frame will make you look bigger than you are.

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Best Rise for the Middle

What’s the best rise for someone with a little extra in the middle?

If you carry extra weight in the middle, then a low rise pant isn’t the best choice because it shortens the leg and makes your midsection appear wider.

Stick with a higher rise and remember to fit the largest part of your body and alter the rest.

For example, if your waist is larger than your hips, buy pants that fit your waist and then have the hips taken in.

Shop with us and we’ll help you find the best fit!

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Think in Multiples

Take a cue from Jackie O…

She had a closet full of sheath dresses!

If you find an especially flattering fit right off the rack, go ahead and buy doubles.

When it works, why question it?

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Enhance Narrow Hips

DO

Choose flared skirts in moderately crisp fabrics.
Try jackets with peplum or swing styles to add to the hip line.

DON’T

Wear pants or skirts with baggy fullness below your backside. Alter if necessary for the proper fit.

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Colour Changes with Age

As you age, your skin pigmentation diminishes and your skin, hair and eye colours soften.

This changes your skin undertones and can even change your whole look!

For example, when a warm skin-toned woman with auburn hair ages, her grey hair and lighter skin tone means she can now wear cool colours for the first time.

This chart can help you understand warm and cool colours.

We can help you choose the most suitable pieces. Come into the store and we’ll help you to enhance your personal palette so that you can wear colour with confidence as you age.

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Want to Look Taller?

Our staff has been studying proportion in clothing to better serve our customers.

Simple tweaks go a long way to create a look that is pleasing to the eye.

Petite ladies or ladies with short legs often want to add some height to their look and it’s easy to do – it’s all about your sleeves.

Simply shorten your sleeve length to look taller.

If you have very short legs, wear 3/4 or elbow length sleeved tops.

Exposing your lower arms and wrists draws the eye to the slimmest parts of your body, which helps elongate your look!