The Perfect White Shirt

The Perfect White Shirt

“I have been wearing a white blouse all my life…They are classic with a modern twist and they are very feminine, for a real woman. It is about simplicity — they don’t look complicated — it has to look effortless.”     Carolina Herrera

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A crisp white shirt, particularly one that stays looking that way the whole day is a beautiful thing.

The white shirt is one of the most versatile pieces of clothing you can own. It is a must for any women's wardrobe no matter her size or body type.
A white cotton shirt is crisp, clean and sophisticated. It provides instant polish whether worn on its own or under a suit or sweater. It’s the ultimate all-season wardrobe essential.

How to find the Perfect Fit

There are three areas to consider when buying a white shirt:
the fit at the bust line, the shoulders, and sleeve length.
Women who are large busted often have to go up a size or more just to get the bust area to fit, particularly if it's a fitted shirt.

  •   Shoulder seams need to land at the edge or pivot spot of your shoulder.

  •   Long sleeves should be long enough to reach the first knuckle of your thumb or just above it. ¾ sleeves should land just past the elbows or a little more.
     
  •   The body of the shirt should land at the top of your hipbone where you can leave it on the outside. At the same time, it should be long enough that you can tuck it in if you choose.


The perfect year-round shirt is a pre-washed, natural fiber (cotton) with 1-5% Lycra in it. That little bit of Lycra gives it some stretch, making it more comfortable.
The classic white shirt is made of 100% cotton, with a collar that's neither oversized nor too small; not too pointy and not too wide-apart.

The hem can be cut straight across, but a menswear-style shirttail hem, with a curved bottom and cutaway sides, is nice because it reduces bulk when tucked in and is visually slimming when worn out.

 No matter what your shape and size, the most flattering shirts are tailored with darts and seams to fit closer to the body. Boxy shirts tend to look frumpy.

If you're concerned about wrinkling, try a fabric with a small amount of stretch. If you love cuff links, opt for French cuffs. If you prefer a cleaner, minimalist look, consider a shirt in with the front buttons hidden under the placket.

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Details to Look For When Buying a White Shirt

  •  Structured collar: The shirt collar brightens the face and adds a refined finish. Shirts with substantial, sturdy collars that will stay standing are a must.
  •  Stretch cotton: Adding a bit of stretch to your classic cotton shirt staves off wrinkling and allows for comfortable all-day wear
  •   Seaming: Regardless of your body shape, when it comes to cotton shirts, a tailored style is always more flattering than a loose sack shape.  Princess seaming or darting ensure smooth, long lines in body-skimming styles.
  • Sheer Factor: Lightweight enough to be layered and opaque enough to wear without an underpinning. No need to fear unwanted lingerie exposure.
  • Shirttail: A rounded shirttail hem reduces bulk when tucking in and draws attention to your center as opposed to your hips when worn out.

  No matter what your size, ensuring the right fit and proportion is key to looking your best.

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Finding The Perfect Fitting Pants

 

 

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Pants

So when we’re talking pants here we are not talking about your underpants (panties or knickers, whatever you call them).  We are referring to the best style of trousers for your body shape!

Pants can be challenging for many women to find.
Finding the perfect pair of trousers is like finding a needle in a haystack,
So let's get some perspective and a tape measure. 

How To Measure

We are all essentially the same: a waist, belly, hips, thighs and legs. The easiest way to measure for slacks is to put on a pair of your favorite slacks, then measure the following: 


Rise: the seam of the crotch to the waistband. The rise is too high if it goes up beyond your natural waistline and pulls out or away. Even high waist pants should not pull away from your body. 

Waist or waistband: where you want the pants to sit. 
Hips: measure the widest part.
Inseam: is of the least concern because hemming is the easiest of alterations. 

Keep in mind that if you don't like your pants to bind around the thighs, don't necessarily go up a size, look for a style where the pant legs are cut looser at the thigh. 

If you put on 2 different styles of trousers in the same brand, one a slim leg and one a straight leg, the slim leg will feel smaller than the straight leg The reason being that patterns are cut for the leg starting at the thigh line down. 

 

Pockets are the focal point of your backside, so remember where there is detail your eyes will automatically go, so think carefully about what is on the pockets and where the pockets land.

 

How To Fit Pants For Your Body Type

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Rectangular Body Types

If you’re rectangular look for some pants that have interesting pockets for both the front and back or an interesting waistband. Also a leg that has a curve such as a boot cut or bell-bottoms will give the appearance of curves.

Bottom Heavy Body Types

Pear shape of bottom heavy women will want to offset their hips by wearing straight legged of slightly flared slacks. The composition of a straight or flair or leg will give the appearance of a smaller derrière. 

There should be little to no details on the hips. Wear a simple waistband and consider having no pockets.

Top-heavy Body Types

Apple shape or top-heavy women should look for flared or wider leg trousers to give the appearance of symmetry of their top and bottom half. Details on the hips of the slacks are good unless you have a bit of a tummy.

Curvy Body Types

Hour glass or curvy women should consider clean simple lines.  Look for ones that fit just below the natural waistline for a better fit. Most women in this category have a very difficult time finding slacks that fit because of their waist to hip ratio.

 

Fashion Tips

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 It is difficult to gage, but usually slacks with 3% or more Elastane, Lycra and Spandex will stretch out in about 1 hour of wear. They can stretch up to full size larger. These fibers can make clothing more comfortable and less restricting but they can also make it challenging to choose the right size.

When trying on pants with stretch in them, choose ones that are snug versus to just right. You may have some whiskers, but they should go away after about an hour of wear.

 

What is Whiskering?

 Whiskering refers to the wrinkles created by fabric pulling around the crotch point, hip and thigh area. 

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Whiskering Occurs With:

·         Incorrect Fit: Fabric pulls across a body part when the fit is too tight. Or when the rise is too long or too short. Or when the cut is too straight. Or when the pocket linings get in the way. 

·         Overly Stretchy Fabric: Woven fabric with too much stretch is prone to whiskering, despite the fit. There is something about the way stretchy fabric drapes and clings that causes it to pull in an area that doesn’t look or feel too tight at all. 

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Shapewear Your New Best Friend

Shapewear Your New Best Friend

Body Shapers Your New Best Friend

Body Shapers are also known as “body slimmers” or “shapewear” are the essentials very woman needs.

Shapewear is one of the most clever fashion quick-fix tools ever invented. What I love about shapewear is that it is a temporarily eliminates your worries about how you look in a fitted dress. I believe that every gal should own at least one or two shapewear in her wardrobe. The right shapewear can give you curves on all the right places by slimming down the lumps and bumps as well as lifting and accentuating the parts that need more “oomph”

Body Slimmers today are more versatile and comfortable because most of them are made of Spandex. Spandex is a fabric that “compresses” your body as well as letting it breathe and move around.

Body shapers can give you the extra boost of confidence for when you want to look trim and slim in fitted clothes. They smooth out the lumps and bumps, which is a huge plus if you have a muffin top or extra weight carrying around the hips and thighs, without cutting off your blood circulation!

Why Body Shapers Are the Best

Shapewear rocks because it

  • Makes your figure look sleek and sexy
  • Smoothes out those lumps and bumps around the tummy, hips and thighs for better fitting skirts and jeans
  • Eliminates panty lines
  • Shapes and lifts your bottom
  • Banishes bloated stomach

What Shapewear to Invest in?

It depends on your needs- if you carry some extra weight then it’s natural to buy shapewear in various styles for your daily activities and other special occasions.

That means make sure the undergarment has a reasonable percentage of Lycra. It’s a fabric that makes clothes stretch and comfortable. So look for at least 10% of Lycra.

 

Buying the Right style for your Needs

You want to make sure to select the right style that will cover you needs.

What do I want it to do for me?

What part of my body figure do I want to enhance or camouflage?

 

If you want something to really hold you in, choose compression based shapewear. It’s made of Lycra (Spandex) and Latex. It provides full firming support.

If you need something basic that will smooth out your legs then choose hosiery shapewear. This light body shaper is made of a light hosiery fabric such as nylon/cotton mixed with Lycra.

 

Various Types of Body shapers

 Shapewear Slip

 

This is great for wearing underneath your dresses and skirts. It slims your torso, hips and thighs.

You can find slips in tank and skirt styles, so you can decide if you want to slim your upper or lower body only.

 

Full Body Slip

This shapewear is a must if you want to smooth out the bumps and achieve an overall slimmer figure in a light or clingy dress.

Keep the neckline of the dress in mind!!This is available in a strapless body style also.

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Pant Girdles

These tuck in the lumps from your waist and down, depending on if you select the shorts or full leg style. They're super convenient and a practical choice for your legs to move around in, whether you're wearing a dress or a pair of jeans

 

Panty girdles are excellent in tucking that extra flab around the hips, butt and thighs when you need it - fast. Compared to the old days, women’s girdles have today become more refined and not least comfortable.

 

 

 

Hosiery

You can wear pantyhose and tights shapewear with your skirts and dresses, and also with your shorts if you don't mind creating a layered look. They're made to be worn as hosiery so they aren't obtrusive in design. Hosiery shapewear is made of a light hosiery fabric such as nylon/cotton mixed with Lycra.

 

 

 

Full Body Shaper

It works as a suit and targets your whole body - reducing, shaping and toning all around. You can find full body shapers in various sleeve styles (eg. sleeveless, 3/4) If you're smaller on top and big on the bottom (Pear shape) simply purchase a full body shaper that allows you to choose your own bra.

 

 

 

Waist Cincher

Waist cinchers trim your waist only. Good for plump tummys and for targeting muffin tops. Wear it to create that sexy burlesque look - and because your tummy gets narrower in a waist cincher, it will create and emphasize curves on top and bottom.

Compression Shapewear

It's a 'heavy-duty' shaper that uplifts the bust line and effectively trims down your waistline and hips. Depending on your needs, a compression shapewear can also help lift your butt. It really gives you the curves on all the right places!

 

Plus Size Shapewear

Body shapers made for the full figure woman - wearing size 12 or greater in clothes.

 

Buying the Right Style for your Needs

You want to make sure to select the right style that will cover your needs. So before hitting the shops ask you these questions:

  • "What do I want it to do for me?"
  • "What part of my body figure do I want to enhance or camouflage?

For example if you want something to really hold you in, choose compression based shapewear. It's made of Lycra (Spandex) and Latex (and of course the usually nylon and/or cotton fabric). It works as a compressor, providing full firming support. Or if you need something basic that will smooth out your legs in a skirt then go for hosiery shapewear. Such light body shaper is made of a light hosiery fabric such as nylon/cotton mixed with Lycra

Get the Right Size

Avoid buying body shapers in a smaller size just so you can be tightened enough or to achieve a better result.  Instead, select your correct size based on your body  measurements using the sizing chart provided for each product at the store. If your measurements are in the limit of two sizes select the biggest one.

Tighter doesn't mean it will control you more. They're already made to fit snug. Too-tight shapewear can reduce the comfort and make it excruciating to wear. Not to mention that it can create extra flab around the edges. However, if a shapewear is a little too big, it won't give the maximum effect so you will notice that it doesn't pull in as much as described.

 

Women’s shapewear is available in a variety of styles to serve every body part on your body. Whether you need something to define your waist, complement a strapless dress or just give your body an instant “tuck”  you can find something that will suit your needs.

 So let’s take a moment to acknowledge the real MVP in life…Shapewear, because it allows for real life photoshop!!

 

 

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