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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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Working with your Body’s Proportions

Over the years, we have focused many of our style tips on dressing different body types. As you age, working with your shape is absolutely key to looking and feeling your best in your clothes.

How do you discover your body shape? Well you need to begin by standing in front of a mirror and by being brutally honest (an uncomfortable but worthwhile exercise).

Take a look at your shoulders, chest, waistline, hips, thighs, calves and tush. Identify your areas that are frustrating to dress and notice how your body weight is distributed. Two of the most basic proportions are larger on top or larger on the bottom; most women fall into one or the other. This month, we’re focusing on women who are bigger on top.

Before we go any further, we want to encourage you to dress the body you have now – not the body you want to have, not the body you plan to have, and certainly not the body you had in the past – dress to feel good in your current body! While you may want to hide in oversized sweatsuits, resist the urge and instead wear clothes that complement your shape and boost your confidence!

Every bigger on top woman needs to invest in well fitting bras that support the chest and create lift. Excellent support improves your posture which conveys a sense of confidence.

For petite ladies 5’4” and under:

  • Select multi-button jackets with hemlines ending slightly over the hip or one-button jackets that cinch at the breastbone.
  • Find a-line skirts that end just above the knee. Hem if necessary.
  • ¾ sleeve tops bring more attention to the arms, moving the eye away from the bust line.

 

For all ladies with a larger top:

  • For pants, straight leg and boot cut styles are best. They add volume, not bulk, to the lower half of the body, creating balance.
  • Light-coloured pants and skirts maximize focus on the legs. Try choosing a darker colour on top and lighter colour on the bottom to pull focus away from the chest line. Generally darker clothes camouflage and lighter colours emphasize. Keep in mind though that fit is everything!
  • Play with black and white for a classic look that never goes out of style! Navy and white are another classic combo.
  • Find a dress that nips in at the waist to help minimize your midsection.
  • For evening, play up your chest by showing some cleavage if you’re comfortable doing so.
  • For an on-trend look, go with a simple black or dark colour on top, and a big, bold, white print on the bottom.
  • Knits are a larger-chested woman’s best friend as they stretch without pulling buttons open.
  • When wearing prints, match the size of the print to the size of your frame. For example, petite ladies look good with smaller scale prints versus taller women who can pull off big, bold prints without being overwhelmed by the print.

 

If you are still unsure about the best style for your shape, we are happy to help you find your proportions and dress for balance. Just ask next time you’re in or book a free personal shopping appointment!

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Smart Casual for Retirement Style

Many BABY BOOMERS are reaching retirement age and are looking to transition their wardrobe into less business and more casual. We are also seeing an influx of retired women, women new to Vancouver Island and women who have changed careers later in life, all who want their closets to shift with them, but don’t know where to start.

If you love fashion and trends… why stop now? Look to your fashion icons for inspiration. Whether classic or chic, there are ways to pull your look together so it’s unique, personal and contemporary.

There are a few factors to make this happen seamlessly and your personal style is key. Embrace the essence of what makes you unique, stop caring about what others think and dress the body you have right now! You can pull anything off if you feel confident.

For many West Coast women, a SMART CASUAL wardrobe will work best. Whether you will be travelling the world, volunteering, visiting grandchildren, dining out, or golfing, smart casual makes sense!

SMART CASUAL BASICS 

  • Great fitting pants and jeans are a must. A great fit makes all the difference!
  • Pieces that can be dressed up or down like a crisp ankle pant or dark jean will give you mileage.
  • Basics like tunics, t-shirts and tanks are versatile and indispensable.
  • Always have a great dress (or two!) for those occasions when you need to dress up.
  • Long sweaters, twin sets and cardigans work well to replace the classic blazer.
  • Scarves and jewellery add sparkle to basics.
  • Don’t be afraid to invest in stand out pieces like a poet sleeve top or zipper backed sweater – rock it!
  • Play with COLOUR and pattern.
  • Metallics brighten your skin tone – don’t be afraid to shine!
  • Many of us have worn uniforms to work and welcome the chance to play with fun, comfortable and colourful clothing that is easy to care for and makes us feel wonderful.

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NAVY is the NEW BLACK!

Too much black in your wardrobe? We’ve heard this often: “If I bring home one more piece of black clothing, my husband or daughter will kill me!” Well, we have another prominent colour choice to suggest: NAVY BLUE!

Brands have made black the dominant wardrobe colour for years because of its versatility. Let’s face it, basic black bottoms are essential travel and work wear, and flattering as well. Navy blue is the perfect replacement though!

Fashion designers have listened and all of our brands have put navy front and centre in their spring collections. Since we have already bought our fall 2018 pieces for next season, we can tell you that it’s here to stay!

Navy is just as versatile as black and just like black, it makes you look thinner because it is a receding colour, which minimizes. Other slimming colours include dark brown and grey, but navy is more universal because it complements all skin tones.

This winning fashion colour is excellent in professional settings and is quoted as the #1 power colour for business wear. It works well to project strength and lift your confidence. It’s a must for your work wardrobe.

Navy blue is an excellent alternative to black, especially if you find black too harsh. If black washes you out, go with navy tops instead for a flattering look.

If you’re still not convinced that navy is for you, remember that navy exists in almost every closet in the form of denim! Dark navy denim goes with everything and gives you an elevated look without resorting to black. You can even wear dark denim in the evening and still look chic.

We tend to have every wardrobe piece in navy including capris, pants, and jackets, plus complementary pieces to suit your navy choices. Hot pinks, reds, lime green and white all look fantastic with navy. Whether using navy in a casual, travel, or evening outfit, it’s a winner!

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Clothes Shopping Made Easy

Shopping is fun, but it can sometimes be a frustrating experience, even for the most seasoned shoppers. Use these tips for stress-free shopping!

When you are shopping with the intention of buying, the first thing you need to do is focus on your task.

  • Set aside time to shop like you would for any other task.
  • Fill up the dressing room before you go in. Only get undressed once. It’s a numbers game – the more you try on, the more success you’ll have.
  • Because there is no standardized sizing in ladies’ fashions, try on smaller and larger sizes than you normally wear. And, be sure to shop at stores like ours, where the sales clerks know their brands. We can tell you when you need to size up or down.
  • Remember, it doesn’t cost anything to try things on! Don’t be afraid to try on a range of sizes and styles.
  • Enlist the help of a sales clerk and give clear directions of what you are looking for. Don’t be afraid to be specific. Are you going to a wedding? Are you going on a cruise? Do you hate shorts? Tell us what you are looking for and we can help.

 

If you’re still struggling finding the right clothes, dive deeper:

  • Are you shopping at the right stores?
  • Does the shop have age appropriate fashions and clothes fit for your lifestyle? Just because your friends shop somewhere or it’s the trendy place to go, doesn’t mean it’s serving you. Take a moment to ask yourself if it’s really the right place for you to shop. Be honest!
  • Are you being closed-minded? Be flexible. Open yourself up to try things that look interesting or catch your eye, even if it’s a departure from what you would normally wear. Step outside your comfort zone and prepare to be rewarded – you never know what you’ll fall in love with until you try it!

 

At KC’s, we really can help you!

If you dislike shopping, get frustrated or overwhelmed by the experience, call us at 250-751-7799 and book a personal shopping appointment. Let us know what you’re looking for, your colour preferences, and your size.We can have a dressing room already started for you when you arrive! We can make shopping an enjoyable and pain-free experience.

Need clothes for your next trip? Book a personal shopping appointment and let us help you pack your suitcase. It’s quick and easy!
Shopping Tips from Karen

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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!