Bra-blems (Problems with bras) Part 1 – How to put on a bra


How do you put on a bra, What?!

Don’t be crazy, we all know how to put on a bra, or do we?

Here are some tips to help you get to bra bliss.

When you get a new bra, wear it on the loosest hook so when the back band stretches you can make it tighter.

Don’t forget to adjust your shoulder straps, tighten them occasionally to make sure the are firm and supportive.

Try the scoop & swoop, get your boobs in the right place by gathering each one into the cups as you pull back the wire.

How to put on a bra

For some women, trying to hook the back strap of their bra is a daily frustration. If you are unable to hook your bra in the back, there are lots of other options available.

Some Easy Close Bra Styles

A front closure bra has a clasp or hook and eye between the cups instead of at the back of the bra. This type of bra is easier to put on and take off for many women. Another easy close option for women with smaller boobs is to wear a bralette.

Bralette

A bralette is a stretch bra with no hooks or closures and is also known as a soft bra because it usually doesn’t have wire or a foam cup and easily pulls over the head.

These extra soft styles are fantastic for women who are uncomfortable in traditional bras or for ladies with a smaller bust who don’t want to add to their size, this comfy alternative is great for lounging on the weekend or anytime that you want minimal coverage and support. Bralettes also make great gifts because they are typically sized small through large instead of by bra size. A bralette is also a great choice when you are pregnant or breast feeding.

However, one problem with front close bras and bralettes is that the back band size can’t be adjusted. If you wear front closure bras, ensure you wear the right back band size so that the bra is supportive. All bra back bands will stretch over time, so you may want to buy your bra a little tighter so that they will last longer.

Another trick for difficulty clasping a bra, is to put your bra on backwards (by hooking your regular bra in the front) and then turn it around to the correct position.

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Mutton dressed up as lamb


Mutton dressesd up as lamb

A very common problem many women face when they get older is the concern about dressing inappropriately for their age – or, “mutton dressed up as lamb”.

Many women end up looking frumpy and 10 to 20 years older because they dress too old for their age and lifestyle just so they don’t appear to dress too young, what they don’t realise is that it ages them even more.

Some hints to help with avoiding looking like mutton dressed up as lamb are:

  • Avoid showing too much skin
  • Avoid too much cleavage, unless of course you have a wrinkle free décolletage and a properly fitted bra
  • Also, make sure your hem is not way past the bottom of your knees as this can appear frumpy, unless you have very long legs, and will look best worn with heels.
  • If you prefer to wear flats, make sure your hem is no longer than the bottom of your knees, as this can also appear frumpy.
  • Always choose fits that flatter your body type.
  • Avoid choosing outfits that are too tight or too loose.
  • Large, over sized clothing does not bring out the beauty in a woman.
  • An overly tight-fitting garment certainly does not give anyone the elegant look.
  • If you are the kind who simply loves to wear attractive kinds of women’s clothing then you can go in for a long, fitting skirt with a side slit, worn best with a heel.

Using fashion optical illusion (camouflage) to hide your flaws – Part 2


The basis of effective fashion optical illusion or camouflage is understanding the effects of body Fashion optical illusion or camouflage means understanding the eye of the observer.

The basis of Fashion optical illusion or camouflage is simple.

Just as there’s a focal point in every good photo or painting, there should be a point of emphasis on your body.
Your focal point should be inherent in the structure of what you wear.

We all have qualities we like and features we dislike. To benefit from the effect of Fashion optical illusion or camouflage, conformity of its rules must be observed.

Fashion optical illusion or camouflage is the one most important effect that our clothing permits, because it is the easiest way to minimize our body faults and flaws and highlight our positive features.

You just need to know and accept its limitations so it does not become a cover-up for other more positive parts of your body.

These techniques may sound like a lot to remember, but it won’t be hard if you work on just one new idea a day. Start with the body part that you dislike the most and give it the most attention to detail, eg hide your troublesome tummy.

Add a new item to your outfit every day and in no time, you’ll have mastered all the Fashion optical illusion or camouflage ideas that you need for your body flaws.

What’s the best way to hide a tummy bulge

One word: shapewear.

The secret to wearing shapewear, however, for comfort is, buy 1 size larger than you normally wear.

Shapewear smooths and reshapes, but also helps you stand taller.

Shapewear also makes you more conscious of your posture.

Invest in a high – waisted shaping bike short, it will help with the stomach, hips, and thighs.

It’s also important, also not to buy clothes that are too fitted in that area:

Go up a size, then have them tailored so they fit you perfectly.

What should you wear on top of your slimming underwear (pull me in pants, or shapewear?)

Empire waist and A line dresses are flattering because they drape over your tummy and hide the bulges, you can over also put a wider belt 5 – 10cm over your tummy, especially in a darker colour.

Skinny belts are not suitable.

Shapewear and A line dress

What to wear to work tomorrow?


I always organise my wardrobe for tomorrow, tonight before I go to bed, when you get up at 4.30am, you need to be organised.

At the moment it is hard to know what the weather is going to be like the next day, one day it’s very sunny and quite warm, the next it’s blustery and cold, so it’s hard to decide on what to wear for a full day going straight from work out to dinner in the evening.

Gabriella Fratini black dress with zips on pocket & black leggings      Gabriella Frattini

Gabriella Frattini black dress with zips on pocket and black leggings

Given the early morning departures to work, I don’t put my makeup on until I get into the office, I moisturize and put my Nude by Nature air brush primer on and when I get into the office I put my makeup on, I wear a scarf and slippers and have my blankie on for the long haul (nearly an hour on a good day) and hope that we don’t get stopped by anyone. So the outfit that I select has to work through the cold morning in the car, walking the little girl around the park in the wind and or rain and then also be smart enough to meet with clients during the day, and some evenings take me through dinner out before going home to bed.

Generally if I wear leggings and a tunic, I will put on a a thermal skivvy, scarf, and a jacket, but then as the day wears on, the jacket and scarf comes off until the sun goes, down and then I have the jacket and scarf to put back on for the cool trip home. For winter, I love to wear boots, long, calf length and ankle, depending on the outfit, they keep my feet warm and are quite smart looking, however, when I am in the car, I take them off and put my slippers on as I find it too uncomfortable to sit with the heels on, even if they are relatively flat.

I have started a program for 30 days of style, you have to add something different for each day, today’s style item is wear a statement necklace, well today, I felt that my statement was pearls, so along with my string of pearls, and drop pearl earrings, I wore a magnetic bracelet with pearls.

Tomorrows challenge is to wear something that has been in my wardrobe for years, well the Gabriella Frattini tunic shown in the above picture has been in my wardrobe for at least 3 or 4 years, I didn’t wear it last year so this is the item I have chosen for this challenge,

50’s inspired dresses for high tea for Mother’s Day


HIGH TEA

This post is inspired by my beautiful daughter in law Natasha (Tash, or Trashy as Kyel calls her), she just loves anything from the 1950’s.

After the second World War, there was a movement to have women go back into the home and the kitchen, to do “women’s duties” raising their children cooking and looking after the house.

1950s fashion was an enormous part of this movement. Unlike the severe styles of the 1940s clothing, 1950s fashions emphasized femininity, with softened shoulders, stilettos, wrist length gloves and full circle skirts with petty coats and pearls. Even working women’s outfits hinted at femininity, with pencil skirts and tiny hats with veils and feathers.

In truth, the New Look for 1950s women originated in the 1940s, with Christian Dior’s collection Corolle. This collection was a complete contrast to the severe, “make do, and fix ” aesthetic of 1940s fashion with full skirts, softened shoulders, a tight waist, emphasizing the bust and the hourglass shaped figure, thus creating the perfect feminine figure.

Dior went on to invent more haute couture 1950s fashions, including names like the Princess Line, Profile Line, A Line, and the H Line. His influence remained high all through the 1950s and Other fashion houses were forced to follow his originalities.

However, this perfect female figure was not possible in nature. Corsets, and “corselettes” made a comeback at the same time that those horrid conical bras became popular. ” Advertisements described them as “comfortable,” and even “innovative.”

When Tash was thinking about her kitchen tea, she wanted all attendees to dress up in the 1950’s, everyone looked fabulous.  And for Mother’s day last year, Mummy, Tash and I had a high tea at the Duxton. The experience was wonderful with lovely petit fours.  For Tash’s birthday she wanted to do the high tea idea again, this time with a 1950’s theme. The girls (Tash and her friends) all wore dresses with the 1950’s in mind.

She showed me a Facebook page of a lady in Bunbury Red Leopard Photography http://redleopardphotography.com.au/ who does 1950’s photography and has decided that she would love one of these photo sessions for her birthday and I decided that I would love to join her

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Illusion dressing – various ways


Illusion dressing

Create a column of colour (monochromatic outfit) creating one long continuous vertical line to look taller & slimmer

If you have a bot belly you can detract from the tummy area with a great pair of shoes boots that say “Look at Me”. Wearing boots or shoes the same colour as your leggings or tights, will give the illusion of lengthening your leg and balance your silhouette by creating a column of colour.

The Maxi dress and long skirt always seem to be in fashion, they can create a fabulous column of colour to elongate your silhouette and are always feminine. just don’t forget the accessories to finish the outfit.

On a plain maxi dress a long necklace is an absolute MUST, as it breaks the colour and enhances the illusion of the column.

If you wear Dresses and skirts that are knee length, finishing the dress at the knee bend (the back of your knee) are a great length, match them with leggings and a shoe that is a similar colour so that you create a column of colour on your bottom half, add some bright jewellery or a scarf close to your face.

Some ideas to help create a column of colour are:

  • Match your shoes to your pants, or shoes to your legs
  • If you wear a dress, then match your shoes to stockings or leggings
  • If you wear jacket and pants or trousers that are the same colour, try and match your shoes, you can then add a different colour top to create interest
  • Choose colours that are similar in intensity and monochromatic (or are next to each other on the colour wheel) so that hemlines are not as obvious
  • Wear knee-high or tall boots when it’s warm enough for them.
  • Wear one colour top to bottom (eg, black top, black pants & black shoes) and add a red jacket to finish the outfit
  • Keep darker colour to the bottom piece to slim your hips and make you appear taller

Slim by design

  • Vertical lines likes centre front buttons, single breasted jackets, stripes and an ironed or permanent crease in the front of your pants or trousers will visually slim your body by dividing it into vertical sections.
  • The closer or narrower the vertical lines, the slimmer you will appear.
  • Vertical stripes separate the body into smaller pieces, dramatically slimming the area
  • Add a focal point like a bold or bright necklace high up on your body to draw attention away from any figure challenges like a pot belly to focus attention up at your face
  • Don’t wear textured or shiny clothing on your largest body part, eg hips or boobs
  • Don’t emphasize a problem by placing a similar shape over or near it for example placing a square neckline under a square jaw
  • Wear fabrics that drape, not cling to you rolls and tyres.

Slim by Proportion

  • The more foot you show the slimmer your leg will appear.
  • Wearing ankle strap shoes can give the appearance of cutting off your legs.
  • Nude coloured shoes can visually make your legs look longer.
  • Patterns or accessories you wear need to be in proportion with your body
  • The most slimming and versatile length for jackets and tops is knuckle length

Column of colour               Column of colourColumn of colour black dress

A Capsule Wardrobing is fantastic for travel packing.


Packing for travel can be a nightmare.

Using a Capsule Wardrobe is fantastic for travel packing and once you’ve traveled with a capsule wardrobe, you will never go back.

Capsule wardrobeCapsule wardrobe Courtesy Polyvore.

Follow these simple guidelines to create a simple travel capsule wardrobe.

Always try to chose neutral colours in both tops and bottoms, sort the bottoms first as they are the easiest to work with. When selecting your capsule items,  ensure that each item you chose goes with every other item, eg. ever bottom must go with every top, that way you can maximise the amount of outfits that you can create.

When choosing accessories, ensure that all pieces that you select will go with each top, this also maximizes the use of each item.

Depending on the type of travel you are doing, if you have any formal outings planned, ensure that you include at least 1 pair of evening bottoms either a skirt or trousers and a pair of shoes suitable for evening wear.  Even T-shirts can be dressed up to be worn for an evening function with lovely scarves and costume jewellery.

Just with this simple capsule wardrobe , there are 56 basic outfits, add the accessories, tie the scarves differently and you can create a multitude of outfits.

I recently spent a week in Thailand, and for the first time, I followed my own rules and packed a capsule wardrobe.

The girls decided that we wanted to dress up for dinner each night, so my simple answer was to take a black top and 3/4 pants, each night I was able to wear the same top and pants and rinse them after dinner each night, and to make the outfit different for each night I changed my accessories, I made sure that each of the necklaces was a long one, the length of the necklace is the thing that makes the difference, they were bold and all different colours, I also included drop earrings and bangles to complete the accessories.

 

 

 

No sleeves in ladies tops?? What to wear to cover up


A question I am often asked, is “Why do shops sell ladies tops and dressessleeveless?”

I believe that the reason they do this is to save money. I am sure that ladies would quite happily pay a little more to have sleeves in their dresses or tops.

Unfortunately, as we age, gravity steps in and all of our lovely taught bits DROP, including our arms.  We all tend to want to cover up the tops of our arms as we are no longer happy to show them off.

There are some beautiful sleeveless tops that most older (mature) women will not buy just because there are no sleeves in them.

Sleeveless topsPicture Courtesy of Polyvore

There are not an awful lot of options to cover up ladies arms. Shrugs, sheer or mesh blouses, mesh Tshirts, and little short sleeve cardigans

shrugsPicture Courtesy of Polyvore

When will manufacturers and suppliers change their thinking about what the consumers want?

When I have a sleeveless top, I will generally wear a shrug, little bolero or a mesh wrap, I would love to go without, but unfortunately, gravity has affected me as well.

sheer blousesPicture Courtesy of Polyvore

It is important that only you decide what you wear and at what age — it is an individual decision about what is comfortable for you and whether you like the look. Of course, we should all have a comfortable relationship with our bodies and let it have some freedom to be what is. There’s nothing wrong with being a little critical and in control when it comes to showing off your bits.

 

Here are some tips for wearing tanks or sleeveless tops if you don’t want to show them off

 

1. If you have to wear a sleeveless top or dress – make sure it is to die for — wrap a beautiful, silky scarf around your shoulders.
2. Layer, layer, layer, wear a meshy or transparent stretchy shirt with sleeves under the dress or top, (the only negative with this is that it looks as though you have worn a shirt underneath as a last minute thought.
3.Wear a chiffon or sheer blouse open and over the top of the dress or top
4.Wear a short sleeve cardigan that you can just hang casually over your shoulders if it gets too warm.
5.Wear a bolero

 

Don’t forget that when you are adding a cover for your arms that you are wearing the colour some where else otherwise there is nothing to anchor the colour and it will just look as though you have thrown it on without any thought to what you are wearing.

 

 

How to wear the Feminine Trench


Trench coats can be very feminine, the shape, colour and fit can all make a  difference.

Who says that trench coats need to be tan or black.

.The Feminine Trench

A trench worn over a pair of black leggings can make a very feminine outftit, take the trench off and if you have a decent length top over the leggings, and you have another outfit.

Ways to dress up a ladies trench.

Dress up a pair of jeans . One simple way to wear a trench coat is over jeans and a T-shirt. However, you should consider the length of your trench  Knee-length women’s trench coats look great with jeans, but if you wear heels or boots with a longer trench coat it will help you look taller. If you are petite, trench coats that fall past your knees will overshadow your body and make you look even shorter.

Spruce up a dress. Dresses, with slim, straight lines, will benefit from a trench with a belt, it will add shape. You can wear a cropped or shorter trench with your dress, but you will need to wear heels or boots to elongate your body.

Wear a trench over a knit dress. Ladies’ trench coats can look stuffy and formal if worn over straight fabrics. To mix things up a bit, layer a belted trench over a knee-length knit dress, tights or leggings and boots and wear it open. The contrasting textures will look fabulous together.

Show off your skirt. A pencil skirt and dressy feminine blouse creates a feminine touch of style with a ladies’ trench that falls to or just above the hem of the skirt. Add heels and elegant jewellery to the outfit and you’ll look stunning for either a day at the office or an evening out with friends. You can also wear a belted trench coat over a fuller skirt and heels.

Make your trench look more casual. To avoid making your ladies’ trench look so formal, wear it over lightweight pants, a shirt, with a cardigan and flats or ankle boots and a colourful scarf.