When Nicolle’s message popped up on my facebook page it stopped me in my tracks. Firstly I was utterly flattered by her lovely words so I let that sink in and then I wondered… did I really have it all figured out? I think not so I wanted to expel any myth that I did.
Sure, I have a fair idea of what works and what doesn’t work on my body. How did I figure that out? I tried on a lot of clothes, I mean a LOT. I experimented and tried to avoid keeping my “look” the same for too long. I got into the regular routine of donating or selling clothing that I hadn’t worn, didn’t fit right or weren’t fit to be mended but tossed. I’d do it seasonally. If it was the end of winter I’d go through all the winter clothes. If I didn’t wear a particular jacket at all that winter… bye bye jacket. Next time I’m out buying a jacket I’ll remember what didn’t work about it and my next purchase will be an informed one. Simple.
I also read a lot of magazines, a lot of blogs and do a heck of a lot of people watching. Fashion is a visual and textile medium. Begin to think of it as art, that there is no right or wrong, only what FEELS good to you. Sure there are general rules of appreciation and aesthetic but they’re guides, not something that should define or restrict you. Even if I were to stand you naked in front of a mirror like Trinny & Suzanna and tell you exactly how you should dress for your shape, the interpretation of that lesson would still be left up to you.
My shape fluctuates between an hourglass and a pear depending on my eating habits. Right now I’m a pear so when I buy items I tend to look for pieces that would suit both. Generally a scoop or v-neck to add length to my face. A fitted bust to keeps the girls secure and covered without looking like they’re at my knees. I have a small waist so I like to highlight that by buying wrap dresses or tops and tunics that cinch in under the bust. I generally like for anything waist-down to flare out so that my top half can be the focus.
Nicolle’s message has touched on some of the questions I hope to answer in my upcoming ebook. I get similar emails all the time and I think creating an affordable resource targeted at Australian women is the best way that I can contribute without gridlocking my inbox with personal replies. It will take some time to do it properly but I’m passionate about it.
How did you define the way you dress?
Would the ebook interest you?