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Swimsuit Wear Guide Based on Body Shapes

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Summer doesn’t need to be spent covered in clothes, especially when you are at the beach. Regardless of your body type, there is a swimsuit for you!

So don’t despair. You don’t need to go to the beach covered up, (or even skip the waters altogether) and be miserable. You just have to be smart about what to wear to cover up your flaws and highlight your assets.

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If you are petite:

Petite women are usually 5’4” or shorter. Petite figures have small trim figures.

Style Guide:

  1. Find styles that elongate your torso and/or legs.
  2. Avoid bandeau-style tops that go straight across.
  3. Wear low-rise or high cut leg bottoms.
  4. Wear printed triangle or halter tops, twisted bandeaus that have sweetheart style necklines.

If you are curvy/full-figured:

Curvy woman have full hips with a larger bust (as opposed to hourglass figures that have proportional hips and breasts).

Style Guide:

  1. Avoid hipsters, boyshorts or thin-stringed bottoms.
  2. Avoid horizontal-striped patterns.
  3. Wear skirted bottoms.
  4. Wear halter or tops that offer support.
  5. One-piece swimsuits look good on you!

If you have an hourglass figure:

Hourglass figures have bigger tops and bottoms and have smaller waists. They are generally proportional – their hips are proportionate with their breasts.

Style Guide:

  1. Find styles that fit and support your figure – top and bottom. Mix and match outfits will look great on you. Solid + Print or Solid or Print + Print
  2. Avoid hipsters, boyshorts or thin-stringed bottoms.
  3. Wear halter or constructed tops that offer support.
  4. Wear tie-side bottoms that have thick ties.

If you have an athletic figure:

This is sometimes referred to as the rectangle body shape. Athletic-figured women have boyish shapes – very straight figures with no curves – narrow hips + smaller breasts.

Style Guide:

  1. Avoid bandeau-style tops or those that just go straight across (tube tops). It further emphasizes your small chest.
  2. Wear triangle or halter tops, with busy prints. Choose those with ruffles, fringes or beaded detail.
  3. You are perfect for the monokini – the cutout one-piece swimsuit!
  4. You can wear bandeaus that are either twisted or have sweetheart style necklines.
  5. Wear hipsters or boyshorts.

If you have a pear-shaped figure:

Pear-shaped woman are generally smaller on top and fuller on the bottom. So they have smaller shoulders, breasts, waists and fuller hips, butts or thighs.

Style Guide:
1. Avoid boyshorts or hipsters – they make your hips look wider.

  1. Avoid bottoms with busy prints or horizontal stripes.
  2. Wear dark solid color bottoms.
  3. Wear embellished tops. Don’t be afraid to go print-crazy.
  4. Wear bottoms that are high-cut. It cuts your silhouette and lets you look slimmer.

If you have an apple-shaped figure:

Apple-shaped figures are sometimes called the inverted triangle shape too. These figures have bigger tops and smaller bottoms. So they have wider shoulders and fuller breasts and small hips and bottoms.

Style Guide:

  1. Wear dark solid color tops.
  2. Wear printed bottoms.
  3. You are better off with halter or constructed tops, for supports.
  4. Wear hipsters or boyshorts.

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Tips on How to Use Accessories to Complete Your Look

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It’s all in the details. Accessories can really make or break your outfits! Even the most well-put together outfits can look trashy or off with the smallest accessory.

We list down key accessories every woman must own and have a few tips to make sure one can use them well.

1. Jewelry: Rings, Earrings, Necklaces and Bracelets.

Pair jewelry with other key accessories we will mention below.

If you would like to use everything – earrings, necklaces, bracelets, rings – in an outfit, feel free to do so. However, do not wear huge earrings and a necklace. Just just one then add a bracelet or ring. You can have one statement piece jewelry – either huge, bold, or overpowering – and keep the others one simple but nice.

2. Belts.

Belts can be statement pieces and can be worn over shirts, blazers, dresses, etc. It can emphasize a small waist so avoid this when you are trying to draw eyes from your stomach area.

3. Scarves

Scarves can create multiple looks with outfits. Choose them to add color, print and even texture to your wardrobe. Don’t limit yourself to putting them around the neck – use them in your bags, wrists or even in your heads!

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4. Shoes

You can pair bold colored shoes to an outfit that has neutral colors and you already have made a fashion statement!

5. Glasses

Eyeglasses are not just merely eyewear – they are statement accessories too!
There are also hats, jackets, hosiery like funky tights and stockings! The possibilities for accessorizing are endless!

Now tips on how to use these accessories:

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1. Don’t overdo it!

While layering is the trend, be careful not to go overboard. If you like to accessorize with jewelry, be sure to just stick with one area if you want to do some layering. If you are doing layering in one area, skip wearing bold or big pieces of jewelry in other areas.

2. No one will ever know – use fashion pieces!

You don’t have to own expensive jewelry to be fashionable. Don’t be shy when it comes to wearing fake pieces – faux gold, silver or jewels can dress up outfits and no one will have to know that they aren’t real! Just make sure you buy the higher quality because cheap jewelry tarnishes pretty quickly.

3. Choose one or two accessories and skip the rest.

Don’t wear accessories all at once – you might end up looking trashy, not classy!

The key here is to experiment and do one thing at a time. For example, lay out your little black dress (LBD) and then try accessorizing one by one. Does the belt look better or a gorgeous necklace will do? Can I pair it up with funky tights or just wear red stilettos? And you will be surprised that with just one dress, you can create dozens of looks just by using accessories!

Style Guides: Petite and Curvy Women

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A Style Guide for Petite Women

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You are classified as petite in the fashion world if you are 5’4” or under. However, let’s clear the misconception that petite means short and slim – petite women come in all shapes and sizes. Clothes are labeled petite because they have narrower shoulders and shorter inseams.

Here are some useful styling tips that can make your fashion look easier to put together.

  1. Be open to hunting in the children’s section. Considering the trends these days, what you usually wear have children counterparts. You might even be surprised to find classic pieces! They even are less expensive!
  1. Use layers to achieve a perfect fit. If a clothing item is too big, tuck it in and layer on a more form-fitting piece over it.
  1. Know how to alter your clothes as they won’t fit perfectly off the rack, especially when it comes to length.
  1. Have long shirt sleeves? Cuff them at the elbow. They emphasize your shape too. The same thing goes for long jeans.
  1. You aren’t banned from wearing maxi dresses, just pay attention to its silhouette. Avoid roomy cuts with lots of material. If you wear a maxi dress that has volume at the bottom, wear a fitted or tucked in top.
  1. Balance is key. A fitted crop top should be paired with high-waisted shorts, jeans or skirts.
  1. Bottom clothes and shoes that are similar in color elongate your legs. For example, black leggings with black heels create the illusion of a longer line. If you don’t want to wear tights and want to show some legs, wear nude pumps that match your skin tone.
  1. To lengthen your torso, wear fitted shirt that is longer than your top garment.

A Style Guide for Curvy Women

Kim Kardashian. Beyonce. Catherine Zeta-Jones.

These women are really curvy and still manage to look really sexy and well put together. Consider this your style guide in helping you hide problem areas and enhance your assets!

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  1. Choose the right underwear. Eight out of ten women wear the wrong fit, size or shaped bra. Knowing your real size and investing on the right fit can make your body look so much slimmer.
  1. Don’t try to hide your curves with large clothes – remember this rule: Not too large, but not too clingy. Choose well-fitted clothes, ones that enhance your small waist and fit loosely or skim in other parts of the body.
  1. As much as possible, avoid wearing high necklines. Wear V-necks because it elongates your silhouette. Scoop necklines also flatter your shape.
  1. Use belts! It can add more definition to your curves by enhancing the smallest part of your body – your waist. Wide belts work with tops and dresses and have a flattering effect on your curves.
  1. When wearing dresses, choose ones that have hemlines that hit the spot where your legs start becoming slimmer – just above or under the knees should do the trick.
  1. High-waisted skirts are for you! Choose A-line skirts that hug your small waist and skims over your hips and thighs.

10 Fashion Tips that Never Go Out of Style

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Fashion trends come and go but these classic fashion tips never go out of style. Consider these ten fashion tips when planning on updating your wardrobe or putting together your look or outfits:

  1. Strategically show skin.

Looking sexy doesn’t need to involve a lot of bare skin. If you want to look sexy, you should know what to bare and what to hide – otherwise, if you show everything, you leave nothing to the imagination. And where’s the mystery in that?

Stylists recommend choosing only one body part to show off when dressing up. If you want to show your legs, stay covered on top for example.

  1. Accessorize in colors.

Neutrals never go out of style. Navy, camel, black, grey and white are classic colors. To let your look stand out, accessorize in bold hues. Have shoes or bags in complementary colors and you will have a well-put but eye-catching look.

  1. Know what’s stretchy.

Here’s the secret formula to get those stretchy, formfitting clothes that don’t leave you hanging when laundered: 95% cotton and 5% Lycra spandex. Skinny jeans should have at least 2% Lycra for them to hold their shape.

When going jeans-shopping, always go for the smaller size. Jeans always stretch, and you wouldn’t want to have baggy jeans.

  1. Know how to alter – or know a good seamstress.

Alteration is a common thing for clothes. Very few people fit into clothes perfectly. Either the length is wrong or the shoulders are too wide.

As a rule, for pants, the hems should be half an inch to ¾ inch off the floor and just graze the tops of your shoes.

  1. Consider clothes for the long haul.

Before buying an item, gauge how it will hold up to wear and care – especially if you are going to be using it regularly. Don’t buy clothes that you cannot maintain (for example, sweaters that for hand-wash only but you will never be able to hand-wash properly) and if you are going to be using it a lot, it is more practical to buy the quality item even if it’s a bit more pricey.

  1. Know (and fully embrace) your shape.

Don’t base your shopping decision on clothes based on how they look on a mannequin – try it on! But before you try clothes, you need to know your shape. While you may be unhappy with your built, knowing your shape lets you identify which silhouettes flatter you, and from there you can buy clothes that look good on you.

For example, petite women should stay clear of maxi dresses. They need to wear dresses that fall just above the knee and have defined waists.

  1. When in doubt what shoes to wear, go for nude heels.

Nude pumps that match your skin tone (so nude also varies) should be an investment as they go well with every clothing item you own. An added bonus? Nude pumps make your legs look longer.

  1. See yourself in the light if you are wearing white.

Whites are more see-through when in daylight. So unless you intentionally want your clothes to be see-through, check yourself first in a brightly lit room to be safe.

  1. Don’t be afraid of two things: mixing print and color.

Like we have mentioned above, pair up neutrals with a dash of color.

And don’t be afraid to mix prints! Here are some basic tips to get you started right: 1) You can wear two different prints that repeat the same colors. 2) You can mix a large pattern with a smaller one. Better yet, use the smaller print as an accent.

Zoe Saldana is a perfect example. (Vionnet)

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  1. Don’t skimp on your underwear.

They effectively hide bulges. As a rule, underwear should be seamless and not ‘seen’ or ‘bulge’ through clothing.

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