Tuesday, 19 January 2016

What to wear if you have a straight body shape

There are basically three main bodyshapes: straight, semi-straight and shaped. We've looked at shaped (or pear shaped) so let's look at what to wear if you have a straight body shape.

If you have a straight, or rectangular body shape, you usually have little to no waist definition, flat hips and bottom, sometimes a short waist and very often long, slim legs. Here are a few tips to help:

1. Emphasise your legs - skinny jeans, leggings, straight skirts and coloured trousers are good. 

2. Keep your midsection uncluttered by avoiding details at the waist such as belts.

3. Keep the lines of your clothing straight and choose vertical lines and geometric prints and checks if you like pattern.

4. Crisp and structured fabrics work well, such as cotton but if you have a large bust then wear slightly softer fabrics.

5. Avoid frills, gathers at the waist, fabric that is too floppy, and floral prints. 

The above are some examples (from Boden) of what to wear if you have a straight body shape.

Monday, 11 January 2016

Feel Good January

Happy New Year! I do hope 2016 will be a great year for us all as we aim to look our stylish best.

I find January to be the longest, darkest and coldest month of the year here in the UK. We are often overdrawn at the bank through overspending at Christmas, we are trying to shed the excess pounds we gained over Christmas and sometimes the weather keeps us indoors for days at a time so we feel stir-crazy! It's not all gloom and doom, however. There are things we can do to help ourselves feel good in January.  Here are some suggestions:

1. Get a good night's sleep. It's so important to get adequate sleep, particularly in the winter when our energy levels can be at their lowest. I'm trying to get to bed by 10 p.m. instead of watching the television or being on my computer. Reading a book that's not too exciting helps us relax too.

2. Pay extra attention to skincare. In the winter our skin suffers at the mercy of the cold and wind. As a night time ritual, don't neglect to cleanse, tone and moisturise your skin - I'm talking to myself here too. If your skin is very dry add some facial oil to hydrate it even more. My current favourite is Neal's Yard Orange Facial Oil. In the morning after cleansing, toning and moisturising again, wear foundation, which also helps protect the skin.

3. Get some exercise. If you can, get out everyday for a walk, or run if that's what you like to do. Even if you don't have a dog to walk, pretend you have one and make yourself get up from the computer and go out for 20-30 mins in the fresh air. Easier if you work from home of course. If the weather's awful why not put on an exercise dvd and do a workout to that?

4. Eat healthily. Whenever I eat healthily, and by that I mean no chocolate, sugar, alcohol or rubbish foods in general, I feel so much better and have tons more energy. There are several cook books out now that have healthy recipes, even for cakes and desserts. They don't feel like 'diet' books either and the recipes are worth a try. Have a look at Deliciously Ella, Get the Glow and even Nigella Lawson's new book Simply Nigella.

5. Take stock of your wardrobe. Instead of adding more items to your wardrobe from the sales, why not have a look at what you have and see if you can last the rest of the month without buying anything new. Can you wear what you have in different combinations? What about adding a forgotten piece of jewellery or a scarf in a contrasting colour to complete an outfit? Buying too many clothes doesn't really help us as we usually only wear 20% of our clothes 80% of the time. Let's make 2016 the year when we buy clothes we love but fewer of them and of better quality.

Here's to a healthy, feel-good January!