Friday, October 23, 2009

Fashion Tips For Apple Shaped Women

If you have a thick waist and small hips, then you have an apple shaped body. Don't envy the pear shaped girls and hourglass figures. You too can look shapely and womanly if you dress to flatter your figure and Fall 2008 through Winter 2009 fashion has plenty of outfits made just for you.

First of all, unlike a pear shaped girl or hourglass figure, an apple girl's waist isn't the narrowest part of her torso. That award goes to her ribcage. So treat the narrowest part of your ribcase as your waist, and suddenly, you've got curves too.

By bringing the waistline of your dresses and tops to your rib cage, the effect seen in empire waist clothes, you get a shapely figure. So focus on empire waist dresses and blouses. They flatter you.

Now for Fall and Winter 2008, dresses are hot and they skim the natural waist. Many of them have empire waists. The lace black dress with long sleeves is in. As is the pretty flowy top with big sleeves. So girl, this is your season.

1. Start with a new dress. Prints or plain. Colored or neutral. It doesn't matter, other than the fact that it has a high waistline and is in a color or colors that flatter you.

2. Detract from you thick waist by drawing the eye to your arms and legs. You blouse should have full sleeves. The hems of the sleeves should be full and flowy. A longish blouse or top that has an empire waist, but flares below to a full hemline is another plus for you. Pick one such blouse, sheer, or lacy or made of a velvet or silk. Either way, if it is flowy and full in the right places, you'll look more feminine in it.

3. Get one of the black lace dresses that are so hot this season. Pick one with full sleeves, with wide hemlines at the end of each sleeve. Get it in floaty lace, with an empire waist of course. A full hemline for the skirt wouldn't hurt either. Make that your de facto little black dress.

4. Load up on the accessories. Wear earrings to draw attention to your pretty face. Wear bangles to bring the eye to your arms instead of your waist. Wear stunning shoes, or boots that would complete your look.

5. Get on of this season's pretty belts and use that to cinch your dresses and jackets at the narrowest part of your ribcage.
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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Fashion Suggestions If You're Attending The 2013 Inaugural Ball

Now that the highly-contested presidential election is over, many have set their sights on attending the inaugural ball. With that in mind, the thought naturally becomes "What should I wear?" Following are a few simple tips that could help to make your decision a bit easier.

The inaugural ball is considered a formal event. Your invitation denotes appropriate attire as Black Tie, Black Tie Preferred, or Black Tie Optional. Black Tie indicates that tuxedos are preferred, Black Tie Preferred and Black Tie Optional indicate that men can choose to wear either a tuxedo or a dark suit with a tie.

For women, the choices are many. This is great in that there are many style options from which to choose. This can also be a tad bit intimidating for the same reason. Having said that, one key thing to keep in mind is that since the inaugural ball is a formal event, you will want to pull out all the stops. If you are unsure about what length your dress should be, rest assured that a floor length gown is appropriate. A simple, strapless, well-fitted, elegant floor-length gown with appropriate embellishment is always a classic choice that will get you noticed in a good way. If you are not comfortable with wearing a strapless gown, there are many beautiful dresses available to you that have sleeves to suit your taste. Since the dress is understated, you have some leeway with your accessory choices. You could wear beautiful silver or white gold drop and dangle earrings or a statement necklace. For footwear you could choose a mid to high-heeled pump in black, or you could wear a mid to high-heeled sparkly, strappy sandal.

For those who choose a look that is a bit edgier, there are many choices available. For instance you may choose a gown that has color like an electric blue or a lipstick red in a satin fabric. It is also important to note that the rules regarding or requiring that a floor-length gown be worn by women no longer apply. Just remember if you are going to wear a dress that has print or bold color to choose something with clean lines. This look is a statement within itself, so you will want to take care when making jewelry selection. Choosing simple diamond stud or pearl earrings or an understated necklace or wrist cuff will suffice. If you wear the dangle-drop earrings with this look, you run the risk of looking over-dressed. Make sure that your shoes are elegant. You cannot go wrong with a well-healed pump that coordinates with your dress. It is also important to note here that the rules that required women to wear floor-length gowns to inaugural balls no longer applies. So, if you would rather, a cocktail-length dress is acceptable.

Let us not forget about outerwear as the temperatures are sure to be quite cold. It is important to wear a coat that will keep you sufficiently warm. It is advisable that you keep your coat with you and not check it as this will save you time by not having to wait in the coat check line when the crowds start to thin out.
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