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 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 Wear Pastel Colours

To avoid looking like the Queen Mother we need to modernise pastels. If you’re under one hundred years old don’t be tempted to wear a baby blue knitted twinset. The trick is to create a look that is clean and fresh, rather than frumpy. In crafting your springtime palette, white is your ally: it always lifts the pastels and lets them float. Seek inspiration in Continue reading