Fashion Color Trends 2012

Pantone, the global authority on color, has surveyed the designers of New York Fashion Week and beyond and bring you the season’s most important color trends. For Spring 2012 they are: Tangerine Tango, Solar Power, Bellflower, Cabaret, Lavender, Sodalite Blue, Sweet Lilac, Margarita, Cockatoo, Driftwood and Starfish (see below).


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Spring Summer 2012 Fashion Trends: Animal Prints

Animal Prints: Make them work for you

Animal prints – leopard, cheetah, tiger, zebra, crocodile/alligator, python, giraffe, etc. – have been around for a while.  Over the last few years, they have grown in popularity.  The trick to make them work for you, is to know where to place them.

Colors:  If you are a cool undertone person (Summer or Winter), you will need to make sure your prints are in the cooler range.  Leopard, cheetah, and tiger prints especially, can tend to be too yellow for you.  If you can find these prints in the cooler ranges of taupes, blues, grays and black and white, you will be in better balance with your coloring.  If your skin tones are in the warm undertones (Autumn or Spring), the warm tones of leopard, cheetah or tiger are great for you, but steer clear of the strong black and white tones of a zebra print.

Placement: Where is the best place to wear your animal print?  This depends on your body shape. Read More…

How to Dress for your Shape: Part 5, The X-Figure or Hourglass Body Shape

Lucky you! You have the X, or Hourglass, body shape that most women strive for. Your bust and hips are well balanced and youx body or hourglass shape have a beautifully defined waist. Your have gently rounded shoulders that align nicely with your hips. Your waist is obvious and gracefully curves out to your hips. You most likely have a rounded bottom. Your upper body is proportionate in length to your legs which are shapely. From top to bottom, you are a picture of harmony and balance.

Curvy hourglass body shaped women go in at the middle, often with a fuller bust and bottom to contrast with the smaller waist. You’re blessed with a very sexy shape so you need to learn not to drown it in too-baggy clothes but also not go too overtly sexy either – unless that’s the look you’re going for!

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How to Dress for Your Shape 4: The T, O or P Body or Apple Shape Body

T shape, O shape, P shape body

Description: The T Body Shape, also known as the O or P body shape, is often called the Apple Shape Body

 

Strawberry and Inverted Triangle.  These body shapes are characterized by the shoulders and or bustbeing the largest measurement, with slender hips and thighs. Many of these body shapes have different descriptions. For example, the T, Strawberry and inverted triangle are usually defined by wide shoulders; the O, Oval or Apple are defined by larger bust and/or midriff.  Either way, the wardrobe recommendations are very similar, with a few exceptions.

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How to Dress for Your Shape 3: The A Body or Pear Shape

The A Body Shape aka the Pear Shape

Description: The A Body Shape, also known as the triangle or pear body shape, is characterized by the hips being larger than the bust, with a nicely defined waist. You have an elegant neck and proportionately slim arms and shoulders. You first gain weight in your bottom and legs followed by your tummy and upper body. Your waist is your best asset, so don’t be afraid to show it off.The Pear Shaped Body

Balance out your curvy bottom half with bold bright tops or tops with large collars, lapels or sleeves.

Famous Pears include:

  • Kate Winslet
  • Jennifer Lopez
  • Shakira
  • Beyonce

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How to Dress for Your Shape 2: The H Body

Thick waisted body shape

Description: The straight up-and-down figure

 

Best features: Hips, thighs, arms, bust and legs.  The H-Body shape looks best in flowing graceful styles.

Challenges: Straight waist; high hip; tendency toward lumpiness in the middle and upper back; short neck with full nape; tendency to develop a protruding tummy.

Goal: Create the illusion of a smaller mid-section and more curves. Read More…

How To Dress for Your Shape, Part 1

What size do you wear?

Did you know

  • that the average American woman is 5’3” tall and wears a size 12 to 14?
  • that the average American woman should be wearing a DD cup bra, but 80% are wearing the wrong bra size?
  • that the Median age of the American woman is 35-44?
  • that ready-made clothes are sized for a 5’6” tall, size 6, B cup woman, aged 16 (before gravity!), then sized out from there?

Did you ever wonder who all those clothes in the stores is designed to fit? Now you know. You are not alone; over 95% of the women in the United States DO NOT fit the clothes that are manufactured for them.  The average American woman is a size 12-14, which means that 50% of us are above that median point. Read More…

What Styles Suit Your Face Shape?

Face shape and jewelry shapes

Have you ever wondered why some necklaces and earrings look great on you but not others?

If you’ve ever wondered how to figure out the best jewelry shapes, especially necklace and earrings, are the most flattering for you, read on . . .

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Hair Styles for Your Face Shape. Which are you?

    Diamond Face Shape Hair Style

    Hair Styles for Diamond Face Shape:

    Your diamond face shape expresses confidence and a direct approach to life.

    Balance your face shape by wearing hair volume at your jawline and forehead.  Hair next to your cheekbone area should be styled closer to your face.

    What to avoid: Avoid styles which add too much length to your face either by being too long and narrow or by adding height at the crown.

    Celebrities with diamond face shapes include: Victoria Beckham, Sophia Loren and Linda Evangelista.

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2011 Swimwear Trends and Colors

You will get to see all styles flooding stores, from bandeaus to triangle and halter tops to monokinis to luxury one-pieces, which means that there is something for every female out there. 2011 is, indeed, going to be a colorful season as the palettes are vibrant hues, diverse geometric patterns and incredibly feminine designs. Discover the different swimsuits fashion styles that will be soon approaching 2011 and splash into the blue waters while enjoying the tropical weather.