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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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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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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 ageing, 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 them 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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Necklines

Read about the six factors that define your neckline by clicking here.

Now learn how to choose the right neckline by following the advice in this article by clicking here.

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