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Friday, July 29, 2011

Did you know......?

I have clients of all different shapes, sizes, and ethnicities. We all have similar parts, but it is amazing how they vary. What works for one client may not work for another. I always remind clients that we need to work with what we have and feel good about ourselves while doing it. So there are a few tips that I'd like to pass along. Over the next week or so, I will work my way down the body providing tips to keep in mind as we move into fall, which is right around the corner. You know what that means.....cooler weather!

If you have narrow shoulders, don't go the way of shoulder pads! Just say no to the 80's. Choose shirts that have the armholes that sit off the shoulders, like raglan sleeves, or shirts that have a drop armhole to soften the look of the shoulders. Avoid unstructured jackets, as it will create an even softer shoulder line. Create the allusion of width by wearing scarves or shirts with shoulder details like epaulets. Look for shirts that have a boat neck and stay away from v-necks. Think in terms of width or horizontally shaped necklines. That doesn't include horizontal stripes!

If you have broad shoulders, look for shirts that have stretch with lycra or spandex. Avoid sweaters or tops that may lose shape and then appear sloppy. Remember to fit your shoulders when buying shirts and have the rest of the body of the shirt altered as needed. A good tailor will give your shirt the correct fit! Buy clothes to fit your body, avoiding the temptation to buy a bigger size to overcompensate for the width of your shoulders. Long necklaces and long scarves give the illusion of a narrower shoulder line. Opt for pants and skirts that are fuller in width to counterbalance wider shoulders, not with bell bottoms width, but do avoid pencil skirts. Lastly, but most importantly, buy v-necks and not square or rounded!

Feel free to send me thoughts and tricks you have come up with to counter-balance narrow or wider shoulders. I will be happy to pass it on!

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