27 Dec

Choose Heels With a Low-Cut Vamp

Here’s small trick that can change the way you shoe shop: Footwear that features a low-cut vamp instantly elongates and slenderizes your leg when you’re wearing skirts, shorts, dresses, and even cropped pants.
What’s a vamp? It’s the portion of a shoe that cuts across your foot at the front. So, a low vamp cuts across the base of the toes, while high vamp can come up the foot and possibly up to the ankle. If you’re able to find a pair that matches your skin tone, all the better to give the illusion of slim legs.

Speaking of shoes, a heel—think two and a half inches and above—lifts the body and makes clothes fall better, which gives a slimmer appearance.Look for pumps with slightly pointed toes and thin heels, as opposed to square-toes, super-chunky styles or thick ankle straps, all of which can give the appearance of a shorter, stockier leg.

Using one color to enhance a slender illusion is the oldest trick in the book, and for a good reason: It helps create a long vertical line. While wearing head-to-toe black is the most effective—and eternally chicest—option, other darker hues work well too, such as navy, oxblood, and green. The trick to monochrome dressing: Keep each silhouette crisp and tailored, and stay away from pale shades like beige.

It’s a common fashion myth that curvy women simply cannot wear floor-grazing skirts and dresses, but luckily that’s been proven entirely false. In fact, a well-cut maxi skirt can actually give you the appearance of looking longer and leaner.

Choose solid versions that skim the length of your body, which will create a long vertical line (forego anything with pleats, bulky pockets, thick elastic waistbands or too many layers.) Be sure to keep your top fitted — a tucked-in T-shirt and a cropped leather jacket or a well-cut blouse in a dark color, for example—so as to not drown in fabric.
Also, make sure the skirt’s hemline is as long as you can go without tripping, and add a pair of high wedges or heels underneath. No flats!

22 Dec

Downsize Hips and Thighs

Make over this region with Charla’s below-the-belt fashion regimen.

— Choose skirt styles that flatter, such as straight, pencil, and trumpet. Get extra “slim” points for finding fabrics with a Lycra blend that offer some support.

— Look for wide- or straight-leg trousers and jeans with built-in panels to smooth bulges. Avoid pleats, pockets, and buckles whenever possible — they’re fattening!

Smart fashion choices can defy the scale and get rid of the junk in your trunk.

— For a smooth line from top to bottom, wear a shapewear camisole. C-cups and above, look for control camis with a built-in underwire like TC Even More Molded Camisole for the Fuller Figure. For stores, go to cupidintimates.com.

— Eliminate the dreaded “muffin top” with longer tees and sweaters that are draped or ruched.

— Never, ever wear hip-hugging anything.

— Reject jeans with distracting details like contrast stitching, grommets, buttons, or rhinestones. Go for dark denim with a mid-low rise (9 inches from waistband to crotch). Back pockets should be relatively large, close together, and ride high on the seat.

Smart fashion choices can defy the scale and get rid of the junk in your trunk.

— For a smooth line from top to bottom, wear a shapewear camisole. C-cups and above, look for control camis with a built-in underwire like TC Even More Molded Camisole for the Fuller Figure. For stores, go to cupidintimates.com.

— Eliminate the dreaded “muffin top” with longer tees and sweaters that are draped or ruched.

— Never, ever wear hip-hugging anything.

— Reject jeans with distracting details like contrast stitching, grommets, buttons, or rhinestones. Go for dark denim with a mid-low rise (9 inches from waistband to crotch). Back pockets should be relatively large, close together, and ride high on the seat.

17 Nov

B – Jeans/Trousers

When it comes to jeans and trousers (one is often in cotton, the other wool), look out for three key things:
The fit around your waist (which should be slightly tight as a jean stretches over time, but not so for trousers – you shouldn’t be able to fit more than your thumb between the jean and your waist = the right size)
The inseam, that is, the length of the crotch, which should be slightly baggy (which lengthens your silhouette and contributes an enormous amount to the image. To give you an idea, imagine tight boxers and you’ll know what you’re trying to avoid).
And lastly, the fit around your ankles (in general, 18 or 19cm is ideal. More than that and you’ll look like a village of dwarves has moved in at your feet.)
These two items are without a doubt the most important in your wardrobe.
You should mainly look at semi-slim cuts, or ‘fitted’ jeans (simply because a boot-cut is too classic…and at the other end of the scale, skinny jeans make it look like you’ve stolen your jeans from a college student). Benoît has written a complete guide on the subject that I invite you to take a look at:
Go for blues and grays. I don’t recommend black if you’re just starting out (unless the material’s worth it) because it creates stark contrasts between the top and bottom half of the outfit. Generally, black is a perfect choice when your entire outfit is black… because it’s a color that, more than any other, emphasizes the peculiarities of the items you’re wearing.
As for shoes, I’ve not got a lot to say on the topic. It’s one of the few items that are difficult to ‘cheat’ on when it comes to the price. Be ready to spend a bit…because no! There are no ‘cheap and quality’ shoes out there. For a decent pair, bank on spending $300.

14 Nov

Manage Your Middle

Visually pare arms and chest with these upside tips:

— Live in V-necks — camis, tees, cardigans, anything and everything. The downward diamond shape elongates you. Just be sure to stop short of major cleavage; it looks tacky at any size.

— Wear a minimizer bra. Seek out styles that dip low in front to go with your V-necks. (If you’ve never been professionally fitted, do it ASAP at your local department store.)

— To cover less-than-toned arms, pick three-quarter-length sleeves. Check that the body of the shirt or sweater is tapered — you don’t want an allover blousy effect.

To slim your tummy, Charla suggests a one-two punch: compression and diversion.

— Buy a pair of high-waisted, supercontrolling shaper shorts, such as Spanx Hide and Sleek Hi-Rise panty.

— Go for jackets with feminine details to draw the eye upward. The best silhouette is fitted at the shoulders and bust and hits at the top of the hip.

— Opt for monochromatic dresses. Styles like a simple sheath or an A-line with no natural break in the center can whittle your waist.

19 Sep

What’s the importance of basic items of clothing ?

The basics are a bit like the ham sandwich of your wardrobe. Or your girlfriend’s Glamour mag. Or the TV series watched by Aunty Jean. Or the amber light that everyone ignores at the crossroads.
Essential, classic…but all too often, under-estimated. Thrown on in a hurry. In a superficial way.
It’s a real shame that they aren’t paid more attention. You wear them every day, and they sometimes count for 50% of an outfit’s success: but nobody talks about them. Or, clearly, nobody has the desire to share what they know about the subject.
One thing, though, is easy to say: how many of the clothes in your entire wardrobe do you actually wear? That jacket you fell in love with two years ago – where is it now? What can be said of the pair of shoes placed on a shelf at Barneys with a reduction of 60%, which were just crying out for a warm place in your home…but are now starting to feel a little lonely in comparison to your Nikes that get to see the light of day?
And what about your T-shirts? And the shirts that you wash every day?
From now on, you’ll know where to make a saving.
Now, let’s get to the heart of things.
One of the first positive aspects of the basics: you can be well-dressed without looking like someone who’s made a lot of effort trying to be a stud (such charmers)…while at the same time avoiding the blandness of Tecktonik’s style, which will turn you into asexual creatures straight out of a certain High School Musical.
Contrary to the myth propagated on the internet: no! it isn’t difficult to know how to choose or even understand the principles of the basics. And yes: EVERYONE can quickly acquire the necessary minimum for starting a decent wardrobe that will be enriched little by little from thereon.
The aim is, quite clearly, to get you to re-use these basic items of clothing mixed with other, bolder items (jacket, coat, reefer)…which need to be bought as often as there is a rainy season in the Sahara: that is, sparingly (due to their substantial price tag). And after a great deal of thought (you risk of doing the same thing as many ‘experienced’ fashion fanatics do: selling them on having worn them ‘only once’ because a better version of the item has been released a year on – *often mentioned in the adverts*)
It is through the acquisition of good standards that you will progress little by little and you’ll start thinking about the ‘why’ rather than the ‘how’. Think about it a second. If you like Burger King, why would you go to McDonalds?

1 Sep

Tips Every Woman Should Know

That said, it’s a relief to know that there a few clever ways to look as if we’ve been eating clean and SoulCycling daily — simply by choosing our clothing wisely.

How can fashion give us the illusion of a slimmer physique? Read on.

INVEST IN SHAPEWEAR
By now you’re probably tired of hearing about Spanx and the other gazillion types of stretchy devices that promise to shave off of pounds, but here’s the thing: They really work. At its core, the right piece of shapewear works as a means to help distribute bulges while smoothing you out and holding you in.

To look leaner, it pays to choose a seamless pair of slenderizing briefs, boy shorts, camis or full-body pieces that have reinforced panels to suck in your stomach, slim your thighs, boost your derriere, and define your waist when wearing bodycon dresses, clingy skirts, tight pants or evening gowns.

If you’re trying to give off a thinner appearance, it’s key to be mindful of hemlines. This means staying far away from things humorously associated with tourists: capri pants, pleated khakis, long baggy shorts or calf-length skirts.

Instead, opt for straight jeans in a dark wash that hit exactly at your ankle or an inch or two below. This will elongate your body, especially when paired with dark heels, ankle boots or flats.

Same goes for trousers: Choose dark colors (black and navy are your best bet) without any pleating and have a slightly tapered leg.

In terms of skirts, a knee-length pencil skirt is the most universally flattering silhouette, as are fitted A-line skirts that hit right above the knee. For an extra slimming boost, pair skirts with opaque black tights in the winter, which automatically make legs of all shapes and sizes appear longer and thinner.

1 Aug

15 Quick Fashion Tips for Men

I’m sitting here enjoying a hot cup tea, trying to get the creative juices flowing for this next article. Since everyone loves top lists, I thought I’d give you guys something you probably don’t see too often, a quick list of some practical fashion tips.
Here are 15 Quick Fashion tips:
1. Fit is King – The most dramatic improvement you can make in your style is to make sure everything fits impeccably. Most guys wear clothes that are too large. Make sure everything you wear is almost hugging the shape of your body – without being tight. Bad fit is an epidemic. The Kinowear Bible shows you how to avoid the “bad fit disease”.
2. Keep it simple – You want a wardrobe that looks great on you, but don’t overdo it. Don’t wear more than three pieces of jewelry or more than three colors. Don’t dress like a rock star unless you’re in a band. If you want to be flashy, a simpler but stylish look would be sporting a black striped dress shirt with a white blazer, a dark pair of jeans, a dressy belt, and your sharpest dress shoes. You could also add a flashy watch or a simple accessory like an interesting necklace, but nothing more. Check out out our article on basics to refresh yourself on what are essential wardrobe items.
3. Change the way you see casual – casual doesn’t have to be boring. Have fun with collared shirts, or take some inspiration from those who approach casual a bit differently.
4. Pay attention to your supporting pieces – Some sweaters are lean and others are big and chunky. The first rule of thumb is that your top and bottom halves need to match. If you’re wearing a big, chunky, rugged fisherman knit sweater, your bottom needs to be rugged, too. Don’t wear a fisherman’s sweater with a beautiful silk-and-wool suit pant. Instead, wear it with something as casual as cargos or jeans, or dress it up with a Harris tweed blazer.
5. Never go shopping alone – Most of the time, it’s tough to trust the sales people because they usually work for commission. Shop with a friend who will give you their honest opinion. Also, read about shopping on a budget.
6. Stay a notch above – Don’t overdo it to a fault, but dare to take some risks. It’s always better to be a little bit overdressed than underdressed in any setting. All you have to do is think about where and who you’re going to be with and just step it up one notch. But make sure you’re not better dressed than someone who is more important in a certain setting, like your boss.
7. Never underestimate the power of details – The last thing on is usually the first thing noticed. So mind the details instead of throwing together the main parts of your outfit. “Details” can include a scarf, a subtle pocket square, or the way you tie your tie knot.
8. Invest in a superb pair of shoes – If it’s one thing that women will notice, it’s your shoes. Especially how clean and sharp they look. It’s easy to wash and press the rest of your clothes to keep them looking new, but most guys disregard their shoes. Show that you’re a man of taste by getting a great pair of shoes and keeping them in pristine condition.
9. Fashion Tees with logos – When you’re going around with a big logo on your shirt, you risk looking like a walking billboard. Lose the lame Coca-Cola shirt and go for a classic v-neck tee or something artsy (check out threadless.com).
10. Disregard trends – Beware of buying something just because it’s “in” right now – stick to what you truly like. A lot of people rush to get in on the latest trend and end up with a bunch of clothes they don’t wear. It’s better to learn to build a versatile and timeless wardrobe first – then bring in your own twists with some of the new fashion. This one tip will save you so much money! Read up on our compiled list of 40 Common Men’s Fashion Mistakes for extra info.
11. Don’t be a sucker for brand names – Don’t be a Patrick Bateman. Before you decide to purchase an item, ask yourself if you are buying it simply because of the brand name or because you love the quality and style. Ask yourself, “Would I buy this if there was no logo on it?” Check out our article on how to look designer for less.
12. Continually cultivate your image – Invest more time and money into your image. Cultivate your fashion sense. Your style is a huge mode of communication, and is worth caring for as much as your education, career, and relationships. Sign up for our free crash course on knowing your own style. Oscar Schoffler, longtime fashion editor of Esquire once said, “Never underestimate the power of what you wear. After all, there’s just a small bit of yourself sticking out at the collar and cuff. The rest of the world sees what you drape on your frame.”
13. Ask for real feedback – Most of your friends and family aren’t going to go out of their way to tell you what looks bad. You have to ask for it. In fact, ask anyone and everyone you trust to tell you the truth. Ask your hairstylist, ask your best friend, ask your mother!
14. Upgrade your shave – Even if your fashion is golden, an unkempt beard can be an attraction killer. Achieve a perfect shave by trying a shave brush & old-fashioned double-edged razor.
15. Experiment with style – The only way you’ll really learn, is if you go out there and try new things. I make an effort to try something completely out of my comfort zone whenever I’m at a store – many times you’ll end up loving something you never thought you would. If you make mistakes, life goes on. So many guys are afraid to express themselves through their style, don’t be one of them. Check out our article on how to put an outfit together.

14 Jul

How To Look Thinner With Fashion: Tips That Really Work

Yes, it is possible to look as if we’ve been eating clean and SoulCycling daily simply by choosing our clothing wisely, and a few clever tips and tricks can have an enormous effect on the way we look. Read on to learn how to look thinner using fashion!
1. Invest in Shapewear
By now you’re probably tired of hearing about Spanx and the other gazillion types of stretchy devices that promise to shave off of pounds, but here’s the thing: They really work. At its core, the right piece of shapewear works as a means to help distribute bulges while smoothing you out and holding you in.
To look thinner, it pays to choose a seamless pair of slenderizing briefs, boy shorts, camis or full-body pieces that have reinforced panels to suck in your stomach, slim your thighs, boost your derriere, and define your waist when wearing bodycon dresses, clingy skirts, tight pants or evening gowns.
2. Take a Length and Fit Lesson
If you’re trying to give off a thinner appearance, it’s key to be mindful of hemlines and unwanted volume. This means staying far away from things humorously associated with tourists: capri pants, pleated khakis, long baggy shorts or shapeless calf-length skirts.
Instead, opt for straight dark jeans that have a bit of stretch and hit exactly at your ankle or an inch or two below. This will elongate your body, especially when paired with heels, ankle boots or pointy flats (which actually make you look taller!). On top, try longer shirts, blazers, or sweaters that aren’t too oversized. Same goes for trousers: Choose dark colors (black and navy are your best bet) without any upper pleating and have a slightly tapered leg. On top, try longer shirts, blazers, or sweaters that aren’t too oversized.
In terms of skirts, a knee-length pencil skirt is the most universally flattering silhouette, as are fitted A-line skirts that hit right above the knee. For an extra slimming boost, pair skirts with opaque black tights in the winter, which automatically make legs of all shapes and sizes appear longer and thinner.
To look leaner, it’s crucial that every item in your closet fits you properly (if you have to become BFFs with your tailor, so be it). With blazers and jackets, always make sure the seams sit perfectly at the bony tops of your shoulders, and that the sleeves hit exactly at your wrist.

14 Oct

Body-Lengthening Clothes

“Everything should be body skimming,” says celebrity stylist Robert Verdi. “The most common misconception is that bigger clothes will make you look slimmer.” Pile on lightweight vertical pieces (think long cardigans, scarves, necklaces) to build a body-lengthening look without the bulk.

Autumn Cashmere duster, $348, autumncashmere.com for info; American Eagle Outfitters tank, $15.50, ae.com; J Brand leggings, $158, bloomingdales.com for stores; Dolce Vita shoes, $225, shopdolcevita.com for similar styles; Kara by Kara Ross necklace, $220, at Barbara Jean, 501-227-0054

Dresses made from a structured fabric conceal imperfections, while crisscross detailing visually cinches in your middle. “The shape of the dress has to be hourglass, coming in close to the body and then gently draping out,” says The Biggest Loser stylist Liza Whitcraft. And if you’re shy about doughy arms, keep ’em under wraps with a cropped, fitted cardigan.

Autumn Cashmere cardigan, $134, at Gloria Jewel, 631-613-6034; Strenesse Gabriele Strehle dress, $620, at Pour Moi Boutique, 520-577-6351; Helen Ficalora earrings, $195, 877-754-2676

Shoe-skimming superdark pants create a long, lean silhouette. “If you’re bottom-heavy, wear them with a white top,” Martin says.

Petit Bateau top, $160, petit-bateau.us; Theory pants, $235, at Bloomingdale’s, 800-232-1854; See by Chloe shoes, $285, at Bergdorf Goodman, 800-558-1855; Uniglo hat, $19.50, 877-4-UNIGLO; Tissot watch, shoptissot.com; Dean Davidson silver stud ring, $95, deandavidson.ca; Helen Ficalora gold flower ring, $600, and plain gold band, $200, 877-754-2676; Rachel Leigh stacking rings, $40 for set of seven.

6 Oct

A – T-shirts and shirts

For T-shirts, I recommend simply two criteria: the shape of the collar and the cut at the back. Personally, I’m a fan of the subtle round collar. Too close to your neck and you’ll look like you’ve been hanged. Too loose, you’ll look like a dancer out of one of Madonna’s videos.
basic white tee

Worn alone, I like sleeves that aren’t ‘too’ baggy (unless that’s what’s being aimed for, for a laidback style).
A nice T-shirt forms the perfect marriage with a jacket. It’s simple, looks good and is contagious. Choose mainly whites (or beiges) as well as grays. They’re no-fail colors that will be infinitely re-used.
Of course, there are other T-shirts that are more HE (high-end) like those by Rick Owens or Damir Doma. The latter play with effects of superposition (twists, creases and markings emphasized by the material from which they’re made) and have an aesthetic ‘raison d’être’. Even if they don’t bring a lot to an outfit (a creased or faded T-shirt is still a T-shirt until proven otherwise…and is worn in the same way as the cheapest out there.) The prices also show an assumption of status: but you’re free to choose what you like.
Here are the brands I recommend (with links):
You just have to try them on, then you’ll find the cut/ price that suits you. You can buy a few in white and heather grey.
Alternative Apparel: Yes, you read rightly, Alternative Apparel, and not American Apparel (which I don’t recommend as they’re over-priced). Their ‘destroy’ range is good…and has a really nice vintage side to it.
Uniqlo: despite the rather small collars, the quality is faultless. They’ll be around as long as ‘Friends’
J-Crew: All you would expect from a basic tee-shirt, nice cut and comfy fabrics.

The shirt
When it comes to shirts, I’ll be honest: I don’t like wearing them (unless it’s for work). This isn’t to say that I never wear them. The collar, the cut at the back and on the shoulders are the essential elements to take into account when buying a shirt.
These 3 criteria are my triggers to buy (or not to buy). Without going into soporific technical details, suitable only for a history or geography exposition, you’ll need to choose:
A collar proportional to your face
Seams that fit correctly to your shoulders
And, in particular, a nice cut at the back once the shirt’s on (avoid bulges that make you look like a hot air balloon or like you have a parachute hidden up the back of your shirt).