From Soul Styling Expert, Kerry Cordero
Do you worry about what you think of as your “figure flaws?”
The truth is you would be happier if you could stop finding fault with your body and ask instead, which clothes make my body feel at ease, relaxed and healthy when I wear them?
This spring is the time to stop buying and wearing clothes that bring you down or make you feel scrunched-up inside or ridiculous. Make a styling appointment with me and I can help you feel at ease and relaxed and pleased with your body. That’s what Soul Styling is all about: your body – and your soul and your mind – feeling good in your clothes!
Here’s five tips to get started!
Does your full bust need better styling?
Shawl collars extend over your shoulders and create a softer look across the bosom. You can create very flattering lines across your bust with a crossover, wrap, or surplice blouse. Avoid tops with sleeves that end at the same line as the fullest part of the bust. And avoid button up blouses that gap open across your bust.
Do you want to feel comfortable with your upper arms?
Try wearing garments with deeper arm whole cuts, raglan sleeves or dolman sleeves. Choose fabrics that have some stretch and are not shiny which will bring less emphasis to the upper arm. Try a capped sleeve that falls softly and diagonally over the top part of your arm.
Do you feel self-conscious about your waistline?
Softly fitted garments like shifts, chemises, and blouson waists will accommodate a thicker waistline. Wear clothing pieces that bypass the waist such as a longer tunic or tunic vest over a slim t-shirt. To create the illusion of a waist, wear a blouse belted at the waist, but wear a jacket or cardigan over. If a jacket and a blouse sound bulky to you, make the blouse a sleeveless one.
Are slim pants making your upper thighs look or feel bigger than they are?
If you have a heavier thigh or a wide hip, you have several possible styles to consider. A flared pant, worn with an oversize heel can balance a fuller thigh. A slim pant worn under a long tunic with a v-neck collar gives you the ease of pants without exposing your thighs. Skirts are a fabulous option. A cropped jacket over a fuller skirt gives you shape while still creating ease for your thighs.
Is your long torso making you look short?
Choose a high waisted pant and tuck a blouse into them. Wear a cropped jacket over an untucked shirt with slim pants. These looks will elongate your legs. Add a heel for more length. Avoid wearing garments with dropped waistlines, pants that have big, low pocket details and medium length jackets that cut the body in half. Pushed up sleeves give the leg a longer line.
Do these fashion fixes confuse you? Are you afraid to try these on your own?
Don’t worry, I’m trained and knowledgeable in all matters of fit. Lean on me this season and I’ll help you find ease in the clothes that are essentially and genuinely right for you, right now at this age and time of your life and especially this season.
Stylishly, Kerry Cordero, Founder of The First Look Image www.thefirstlookimage.com