Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Thursday Thirteen and Internet Cafe
Join me at the cafe today where I discuss my appointment for wisdom teeth extraction tomorrow morning!
And now, more fashion tips from the show (and hosts) that many people love to hate but who I love to love, "What Not To Wear."
13. Look at trousers/jeans as they hang on hangers. Does the silhouette narrow at any point? Where there is narrowing, there is widening somewhere else. Not good. Look for a straight line all the way down for the most flattering fit.
12. Pointy-toed shoes might be uncomfortable, but get over it. They lengthen your line, making you look taller and more sophisticated than a little girl rounded toe (but I own some rounded ones, too.)
11. Coral is pretty much considered a universally flattering color.
10. If you have narrow shoulders, avoid straps that start out a normal width and then narrow on top of the shoulder.
9. Pockets or no pockets on the back of jeans? Pockets, but be careful. Avoid much flappage unless you're tiny there. But don't go pocketless because that widens the canvas.
8. What about pockets on the front of jeans? If they sit right above your thigh, do not wear flaps there. It will widen that area.
7. If you are petite, and that designation has to do with height, not weight, avoid floor-length or very long skirts.
6. A wrap-around blouse style is flattering on pretty much everyone, even those with a bit of tummy (and call me "Mrs. Apple.") The wrap part accentuates the smallest part of a woman, the area right under the bust line. You can then allow the blouse to sort of float away from the tummy area. Everyone will be looking at your smaller waist.
5. Hosiery. It seems to have gone the way of hats with feathers and 1940's shoulder pads. But you can still wear them if you want, according to Clinton. Make sure they match your flesh tone (unless it's opaque and colored, of course) and do not have a toe seam showing. Don't wear them with sandals. You women who live south of Tennessee have no idea what it's like to go out bare-legged in December and January in a foot or two of snow. We northerners need hose. But usually we just wear pants. Even though they are out of vogue at the moment, I predict they will come back for these reasons: sheer hose can hide cellulite, firm your legs and add a tiny bit of color which makes things recede, or look smaller, in this case.
4. If you wear a square neckline, do not add a necklace. The neckline is a sort of decoration itself.
3. Jeans - choose wisely. Do not choose those with a gimmick, those that are trying too hard, those with embellishments that act as neon signs on your behinder and thighs.
2. If you wear striped trousers, the stripe should follow a straight line, and not curve to the side before sort of straightening out again. No drunken sailor pinstripes, in other words. If the stripe is meandering, your pants are too tight.
1. This isn't exactly a tip, but it is an actual snippet of conversation on one episode that represents why I do not blame Stacy and Clinton for their sarcasm:
Stacy and Clinton: "These pants are way too small for you."
What Not to Wear Participant: "No they're not! They're big on me. I can reach my whole hand all the way down and un-do my wedgie."