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The Basics of Figure
Flattering Styles

Looking great and stylish takes more strategy than just wearing clothes that fit your taste. Elements such as fabric, fit, detail, color, pattern, and proportion all play a role in your overall look in an outfit. You can tailor these elements in personalized ways (emphasize places you want emphasized, draw attention away from places you don't want emphasized, etc.) to create a perfectly flattering look that still fits your taste and your personality.

Fabric: Fabrics vary greatly in weight, stretch, texture, and finish. Trends and style vary just as greatly, but a basic rule is that fabrics should lie smoothly over the body. They should not look bulky, overly stiff, too thin, or excessively clingy in an unflattering way.

Fit: The clothes you wear should flatter and fit your body perfectly. They should skim your curves without being too tight. Just as importantly, they should not be too big. Taking the time to have a piece altered to fit your body is a simple step to looking your best. Or an even easier tactic, know your body! Study the size chart while you are shopping a particular brand and know your measurements to ensure that you buy the correct size garment for your body.

Detail: Details such as embroidery, pockets, ruffles, keyholes, and seaming can be great elements to draw or divert attention to and from particular places. Beware of excessive detailing though, as too much can add weight and/or date your clothes to a too specific trend that makes them less versatile.

Color: Color can make or break an outfit. Combining colors and/or colorful prints, or simply adding an accent color can create many diverse combinations in your wardrobe. Color is one of the key factors that makes the fashion industry as vast as it is. Color shades vary through the seasons of the year, but finding good colors for your skintone, eye and hair color, and personal taste works wonders for your wardrobe. It's simple, just play dress up! Experiment with many colors and shades but always remember to examine yourself in natural daylight and ideally on a white background.

Pattern: There are many things to consider when selecting clothing patterns and prints based on a few basic rules and observations. For example, darker backgrounds in patterns usually create a more slimming effect, patterns in tonal colors tend to draw less attention, and contrasting colors draw more attention. Generally prints look better when scaled to your body size; smaller prints for smaller frames and large bold prints work well on taller women. A consistent all-over pattern works well on bodies with problem areas as they keey the eye moving; vertical lines elongate and slim the body; and horizontal lines can be used to create the illusion of a larger bust.

An ensemble should be balanced. Too similar style pieces can create unwanted illusions on your body. Think "long over shirt" or "short over long", as well as "full over narrow" or "narrow over full". A loose tunic over skinny jeans is a perfect example. Or a cropped blazer with long trouser pants. Balancing the elements of your outfit can make something simple into something exceptionally flattering.

Fall's Must-Have Items

Jegging: Is it a jean or a legging? It doesn't matter! It has the comfort of a legging and the style and sexiness of a jean.

Cargo or Motorcycle Pant: Flattering and stylish. Wear with an oversized top, sweater, or layer it with a jacket.

Over The Knee Boot: Every color for every outfit! Definitely the most figure flattering item in your closet to make you long, lean, and curvy.

The Wrap Sweater: Easy layering piece that can keep you warm in the office or warm and sexy at night.

The Sweater Dress: The perfect item that is body conscious, body forgiving, and comfortable.

Spring/Summer 2010 - A Softer, more romantic side

This Spring and Summer shows a softer more romantic side; however, cut-outs, body-con, and minis still remain. Key items are:

The Shirtdress: The perfect item to dress up or dress down. The Shirtdress is flattering on most figures. Wear it alone for a more relaxed look. Or top it off with a classic belt to spice it up and create a more tailored look.

Distressed Denim: Distressed denim continues to be an important trend in all different silhouettes and fits Distressed Denimfrom tight to the boyfriend. Distressed denim is even branching out to button up shirts and "jeggings" (jean leggings).

The Maxi Dress: The Maxi Dress for Summer 2010 is more casual and laid back. From prints to solids, halters to strapless, maxi dresses are still standing strong as a wardrobe staple.

Rompers and Jumpsuits: The must-have "it" item comes back in a modern and sophisticated way. Rompers and jumpsuits vary in style so much, there is one for every body type and taste.

Silhouettes: Body-con, form fitted and body hugging. Draped and wrapped. Flirty and feminine. Peek-a-boo and cut-outs. Slashed and shredded. Tees and tanks with hanky hems and drapped sides.

Fall 2010 Trends

Fall 2010 is all about utility chic. The color palette remains neutral and skinny pants with oversized tops are the season's most important silhouette. Key trends are:

Leather: Leather was seen on every runway. Whether it was the main fabric of an item or used for piecing, it was a key fabric in every fashion city. We use it in an animal friendly way for the great look without the expensive prices.

Military/Utility Chic: This trend is HOT! The skinny
cargo, the motorcycle leather legging, motorcycle skinny Military/Utility Chicjean, and the military jacket are key pieces of the military chic trend.

Cable Knit and Chunky Sexy Sweaters: Sweaters are the must have item of the season and the plusher the better. Tip: Wear something tight on the bottom to keep your figure flattering. We love tunic length sweaters that you can wear with leggings and knee high boots.

Camel and Black: These colors were seen on every runway and they are fantastic for all skin and hair colors. We love black dresses and black knee high boots for the slimming sexy look.

Animal Print: A personal favorite of ours and clearly by many runway shows. Animal prints are always sexy and a great way to disguise those little flaws. Wear as a dress or a top, no matter which, you will be in style.