Wednesday, 23 March 2016

How to dress a semi straight body shape

Continuing with my 'how to dress body shapes' series, last but not least is the semi straight body shape. I have this body shape myself. I'm not completely straight with no waist, but neither do I have a really defined waist - I'm just somewhere in between the two. When I'm heavier than I should be I tend to lose my waistline but when I'm at a reasonable weight my waist area seems to indent a bit.

If you have an in-between shape, neither super straight or curvy then here are some tips for you:
  • Medium weight fabrics, neither too floppy and clingy or too stiff, are best. A good test is to drape a garment over your arm and see how much shape it holds.
  • Avoid long boxy, too straight, jackets, which will make you look bigger than you are - look for semi fitted styles which gently hug the body, emphasising your shape without being too tight.
  • Avoid flared or full skirts in clingy materials - choose straight or slightly A line shapes in medium weave materials.
  • If you are slim, you can wear belted coats or dresses if the belt isn't too wide, otherwise just go for semi-fitted coats and dresses.
  • For bags, avoid too stiff and angular styles but go for bags either in a soft material with a structured shape or a stiffer material with a slouchier shape.
  • You need to avoid extremes in anything.
Below are some examples of clothing and accessories suitable for a semi-straight body shape.

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Book Review -The Life Changing Magic of Tidying by Marie Kondo

I haven't done a book review for a while so I thought I would review The Life Changing Magic of Tidying by Marie Kondo. I have this book on my Kindle and it is one of the most popular books to be published over the last couple of years. It's not a style book but one section of it is about sorting out your wardrobe.

Marie Kondo advocates taking all of your clothes out of your wardrobes, cupboards and drawers, every place in the house where there are clothes, shoes and bags, putting them in the middle of a room and spreading them out on the floor. Then she says to pick up every item of clothing one by one and see if it sparks joy. If it does, then keep it, if not then discard it. There is no in-between - it either sparks joy or it doesn't! She gives a set order for tidying in the house and clothes are first, followed by books then papers, miscellaneous items and lastly sentimental items and keepsakes.  I did start to do this process a few months ago with my clothes but I was not as fully committed to it as I should have been. I intend to start doing it again soon because my goal, as I've talked about on this blog before, is to have fewer items but of better quality.

Marie believes in talking to her clothes and thanking them for what they have done for you before getting rid of them. I don't think somehow I will be doing this however - a bit too Japanese for me. She also has a particular way of folding clothing and storing them. This does appeal to my nature and I try to do this (when I have time!).

The book, of course, goes into much more detail than I have talked about here. If you are looking to clear clutter from your wardrobe, your house and your life then I highly recommend this book.