Consider your Cloth…
We often consider colours and styles when choosing our clothes, but how often do we really think about the fabric? As an Image Consultant, one of the key things I tell clients is that fabric can make or break your outfit. This is always met with great surprise..but once I show them how different fabrics hang, sit, react to movement and “bend (or not) around your curves- it all becomes clear and they realise why an item of clothing or an outfit wasn’t working for them!
The general rule is the straighter your body shape, the crisper the fabric should be. If you are curvy, the best fabrics for you are those which have some fluidity, lighter in weight and a draping quality. Another underlying rule is that smaller people suit less textured fabrics, whilst plus size and taller people will suit fabrics with more texture. Your scale, therefore, will determine the weight and texture of your clothes as well as your body shape.
A delicate fabric that is good for softening a classic look. As chiffon is very fine, the dainty blouses are generally best for the small to average scale figures. A stylish dress or blouse in this fabric will add femininity.
Here is a great example from Phase Eight in one of this season’s most gorgeous colours… £120.00
Cotton is a timeless staple that appears in many guises and is great for layering in summer months. It’s always worth investing in quality cotton tees as they last longer and keep their shape. Shirts are wardrobe constants too, and again, invest in good quality pieces with added polyester to help them stand the test of everyday wear. Make sure it fits properly though; a flash of side-boob through a gaping shirt is not always a great look!
These cotton Breton tops from Boden are fantastic quality and always wash well…I have a couple in my wardrobe which are still going strong and I bought them pre-kids (7 years ago!) This one has the great addition of some metallic spots… Boden: £34.50
Wool is a great staple fabric because it is so durable, doesn’t crease, and of course it keeps us warm in winter. With the weather in the UK, we tend to wear knits in one form or another most of the year. The High Street is offering both chunky and fine cotton knits this season, so be sure to select the right volume for your body shape. My favourite lightweight knits are from Hush…anything with a star on it and I’m sold! (£75.00)
The variety of lacy looks this season will be sure to appeal to a wide audience. Depending on the amount of detail and where it is will produce different effects- vintage, neat & demure or pretty & girlish. Lace requires very little accessories as it is decorative enough as it is…so go simple on the added extras. This little beauty from Monsoon has been taking Instagram by storm….it comes in blush and white too- a great addition to your wardrobe…worn easily with jeans and heals or with a single breasted boyfriend jacket over the top for a more dressed up look. (£59.00)
Always sure to brighten up a simple outfit by reflecting more light and giving your face a little lift. This one from Topshop is stunning…so simple yet with great detailing at the back…(but all in the right place so you can still easily wear a bra!) (£29.00)
Don’t forget that we can wear some of the most unlikely fabrics together, even in one garment, such as leather with satin or cotton with chiffon. Zara does a lot of this- especially with their jackets and cardigans…I love this one with the faux leather hem…it makes the item look more edgy and updates a classic design. (£12.99)
However much you mix it is up to you, but be sure you know the best fabrics for your shape and how to wear them…
A Guest Blog from Kate Evans
Kate has been a qualified Image Consultant and Life Coach for nearly 13 years. Her friendly and relaxed approach as well as her understanding of styling means that she knows how to find clothes that truly fit people’s personalities, colouring, body shape and lifestyle. Not only will you look and feel better after a consultation with her, you’ll be able to shop more efficiently and get dressed in the morning without decision fatigue.
Kate works from her studio in Dumbleton, but can do consultations via Skype, virtual shopping online and will obviously travel to your home if needed.
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