Styling Your Figure
Oftentimes, insulating clothes do not flatter figures so always keep in mind the general rule of contrasting thick and bulky garments with fitted pieces. Make sure some part of your body outline is visible as wearing voluminous pieces from top to bottom will give the illusion of a bigger and wider frame.
Petite women should avoid too much volume and instead wear clothes that follow their body line. Wearing similar shades and tones from head to toe will elongate your figure, making you look taller. Those with full figures should choose softer fabrics that drape on curves. Stray away from stiff fabrics as they will make you appear bigger and bulkier. Apple shaped women should choose soft and supple fabrics that flow from the shoulders to bring the eye up and down – giving the impression of a slightly longer body. Try pieces with capturing necklines and accessories with large eye-catching jewellery to draw attention near the face instead of the chest area. On the other hand, taller ladies need to create an illusion of curves where there are none. Designs with shape and detail that emphasize the bust, hips and bottom while defining the waist are perfect. Textured and printed fabrics will also give the illusion of a more curvaceous body.
Get The Essentials
With the following key items in your wardrobe you will not only look presentable, but fabulous for any event that may arise during the Christmas holidays.
Although the little black dress is always flattering try opting for bolder and more daring colours. A simple cocktail dress in deep purple or electric blue will give you an extra boost of energy and make you stand out in a crowd.
Dramatic Evening Gown
Make a grand entrance with a jaw dropping floor length evening gown. Those who are more fashionably experimental can complement the look with a pair of evening gloves for an Audrey Hepburn inspired, sleek and sophisticated look.
A tailored tuxedo, pencil skirt or dress shirt with the season’s very popular voluminous skirts will give you a professional and polished look. Fitted suits will flatter the feminine figure as well as leaving and lasting impression on your colleagues and boss.
Play with Colour
Red is the signature Christmas colour however, combine accent colours to your red ensemble so you won’t be mistaken for Mrs. Claus or a Christmas tree ornament. Rich reds, purple, gold and black are also favored this season – give them a try.
Purple is a popular colour this season and will look amazing when accented with Grey is also the colour du jour and is very easy to wear. From light to dark there is a grey for everyone. Black is still a party colour but looks modern and trendy with texture so opt for different types of black fabric. It would also be very effective to add a little shine, something plush and sparkly metallic to black fabrics. Lush earth tones in cocoa brown, burnt orange and russet are the neutrals for now. They work great as basic tops, cardigans and dresses. You can wear them alone or with creamy whites for a simple but chic look. Fashion victims however, should wear pastels this winter. Soft feminine pastel shades will e a show-stopper when infused into wintery fabrics such as cashmere, chunky knits and satins. For an extremely elegant look, get a cashmere winter coat in a soft buttery pastel blue, pink or lavender.
Eve established Savvy Style as the head office of Colour Me Beautiful in 2001. She is now one of the leading personal and corporate image consultants in Hong Kong. Eve graduated from Parson School of Design and started of her career as an international fashion designer. With over 25 years of experience in this field, Eve has an impressive track record. She has not only designed and styled men and women’s wear for large fashion brands, designed uniforms for restaurants, spas and schools but also lectured at Hong Kong Polytechnic University and acted as Director of the Hong Kong Women’s Business Owners Club. The expertise she gained from these experiences greatly contributed to her success in offering professional, practical and affordable image advice services. Through Savvy Style, Eve helps clients such as executives, doctors, lawyers, bankers, media personalities, fellow entrepreneurs and stay-at-home moms to bring out their best features. Savvy Style’s achievements stand testament for her repute: multiple winner of the coveted Colour Me Beautiful Gold Award and winner of the Special International Award in 2007.