How to Choose the Wrong Black Dress!

The little black dress (and its sister, the little dark blue dress) is a staple of almost every woman’s wardrobe. This is the dress that provides your reliable fallback outfit in so many situations. You can’t go wrong with a little black dress – or can you?  Continue reading

How to Create Curves with Gathers, Draping and Pattern – A Brilliant Dress for Brick, Column and Cornet Body Shapes

gathered and draped dress

This dress has great principles for creating the illusion of a curvy silhouette

Photo courtesy of Rococo Vintage

If you have a Brick, Cornet or Column body shape, your silhouette is quite straight up-and-down with not much waist definition. This is great for days when you want to be all geometric and angular but sometimes we all want to turn our feminine glamour up a notch, don’t we?

Flattering every body shape is all about the art of optical trickery and this Continue reading

How to Choose a Smart Dress to Hide Your Tummy and Flatter Your Big Boobs


There are some events in life that inevitably make us feel slightly ill-at-ease: job interviews; business meetings; lunch with the in-laws! It can be tempting to overdress and use our clothes as a form of battle armour. In our experience, this is a mistake. We only end up feeling uncomfortable and self-conscious, squirming around in a too-tight skirt or worrying about buttons popping open.

Susannah is a Vase body shape – she has big breasts, a small waist and a bit of a tummy. Here she talks us through how she chooses a dress that will allow her to feel confident and at ease in a nerve-wracking situation. “I always start with Continue reading

How to Dress Your Body Shape – Ideal Coat for an Apple Body Shape

Apple duster coat

Photo courtesy of Rococo Vintage

Out of all our body shapes, the Apple tends to be the one with the least self-confidence. An Apple body shape is, by definition, round. You have a big tummy and a tendency to adopt baggy, tented tops and dresses in an attempt to cover it up. That is a strategy that will only serve to make your body look vast.  Swathing your torso in nondescript clobber will not make you disappear, rather it will turn you into a highly visible, shapeless blob. What your Apple shape needs is to be loved, celebrated and Continue reading

How to Dress Your Body Shape – A Perfect Party Dress for a Cello Shape

Cello dress gold

Photo courtesy of Rococo Vintage

If you have a Cello body shape it can be difficult to find party wear. Flimsy tops, spaghetti straps, thigh-sucking jeans and pencil skirts are not for you. A Cello lady is a striking presence in any room. With your broad shoulders, impressive boobs and ample derrière you will never be invisible, so don’t waste time trying to play the shrinking violet. Instead, look for clothes that show off your natural assets to maximum effect.

This gorgeous vintage dress shows a number of principles that are great for Continue reading