Create a Capsule Wardrobe – Dresses, Suits and Skirts
Create a Capsule Wardrobe and transform any look from casual to formal, from warm weather to cold one, and from day to night by simply layering effectively and mixing and matching wardrobe basics or essentials with seasonal fashion trends…
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THE LITTLE BLACK DRESS (LBD)
The “not so little” Black Dress is a classic simple cut dress with little or no adornment, a must have, a blank canvas that pretty much can take you from day to evening seamlessly. Wear it with high heel pumps, stilettos, ballet flats or boots with opaque tights and a bright color clutch. The accessorizing alternatives are endless…
There are many things you can do with the same little black, white, red, blue… dress! Slip a great A-line or full skirt over it and the dress becomes a cute top or slip a blouse over the dress and it become a skirt!
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THE LITTLE WHITE DRESS (LWD)
White version of the LBD
The Little White Dress is the spring/summer version of the Little Black dress…
Accessories are what can make or break an outfit and can also dictate the tone of the outfit – dressy, casual, trendy, conservative and so on.
One of the easiest ways to accessorize a simple dress is with a great handbag in a bold color like red, orange or lime green, or with a fun shoe with a pattern, like leopard or zebra. Accessories can instantly perk up an outfit.
Select your Day Dress from these 3 Basic Silhouettes:
This silhouette (tent or trapeze) flatters most figures, it looks good on pretty much any body type. A youthful look that
camouflages the stomach, slenderizes the legs and shoulders and hides a multitude of sins. You can belt it and add a little bit of color. This dress is a no brainer. Definitely, we all need a dress like this in our wardrobe.
This ‘natural silhouette’ follows the natural contours of the body. Visually slims the waist and hips and adds height to the figure by directing the eye upward.
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*Pencil Skirt silhouette or Hourglass Silhouette
The pencil skirt silhouette is great for slender figures. It can visually add width to the hips because the skirt is tapered at the hemline.
TAILORED TWO-PIECE SUIT
Black or charcoal tailored two-piece suit (it can also be a pantsuit) in season-less fabric. See how just by accessorizing you can change the look. Invest in a classic cut and color and it would be a closet staple that could be worn for years.
An evening gown can be any silhouette-sheath, mermaid, A-line or trumpet shaped. It may have straps, halters or even sleeves and it ranges from ballerina to full-length.
Sheath dress full length and A-line dress, ballerina length
the always-in-style pencil skirt can seamlessly go from day to night without missing a beat, while showing off your curves!
Slightly tapered from the fullest part of the hips giving the skirt a slender look
As the skirt becomes tighter at the hemline, it must be slit, or a pleat must be added so that the
wearer can walk. This visually enlarges the hip area because the skirt is tapered at the hemline.
Pencil skirt with a slit
A better option than the pencil skirt if you don’t want the hip area to be visually enlarged.
Circular skirts and full circle skirts have a graceful flare. Circular skirts are very feminine and make your waist look smaller. Great for rectangle and triangle body shapes (see Blogroll – sidebar).
Fall/Winter 2013, Toronto’s World Mastercard Fashion Week runway
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