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Me and Capris…I Love ‘Em, I Hate ‘Em

April 22, 2010

Me and Capris

When it comes to capris, I have mixed feelings.  That said, capris are clearly here to stay.

Sigh.

Here’s why I love/hate them based on the outfits above.

a. These are currently my favorite capris.  They’re denim, they’re stretchy and they have a flare at the ankle to balance my hips out.  They’re the perfect casual denim and they’re not cutting me off at the calf.  Wearing them with my peep-toe wedges seems to work like a charm in terms of my shape.  I would wear this first outfit shopping or to a casual happy hour.

b. I dressed this capri up because that’s what I do when I wear white.  I dislike that if I were standing straight without posing, the straight-legged capris don’t give me any shape so my legs look like a big white rectangle with little ankles and feet poking out.  At least the sandals look good…I found them on clearance in the middle of winter and have been dying to wear them!  If it’s hot and I’m not in a skirt or dress mood, I may wear this outfit to a dressier happy hour or out to dinner.

c. While I am happy with the outfit, these capris are at least a size too big on me.  See all the bunching in the front?  I also dislike that the legs are tapered, which does not do my shape any favors.  Also, notice how this gladiator sandal cuts the length of my leg off because it’s so close to my ankle.

d. This is the same pair of capris, paired with my FAVORITE summer jacket.  I also love the top and shoes but would not vote for this outfit out of the four.  The capri does not balance out the high-contrast jacket and the overall shape does not work.  Side note: I love these shoes but I can only wear them if I am standing for less than an hour.

All that said, here are my general tips for wearing capris:

  • Capris say “casual” so wear them to the office with caution.
  • Dress them up with heels or a dressy sandal and jewelry.
  • Check to see if they give you shape.  Is it a shape you like?
  • I tend to believe long sleeves on the arms help to balance out the capri length.

Are you wondering if capris are right for you?  Fabuliss can help!  Learn more at Fabuliss.com where you can sign up for the eNewsletter (includes special offers!) or email me at hello@fabuliss.com.

Every Woman Needs a Copy of This Book! Want to Win a Copy?

March 13, 2010

Earlier this week, I was between appointments and stopped in to Barnes & Noble.  I always browse the Beauty & Fashion section to consider books to add to my library.

I picked up Bradley Bayou’s The Science of Sexy: Dress to Fit Your Unique Figure with the Style System That Works for Every Shape and Size with a whole list of nonsensical expectations.  It turns out, I discovered a gold mine!

Here are my top 10 reasons you must read this book:

  1. It starts out by addressing our essence, which is that we all want to be desirable
  2. Bayou knows what he’s talking about…he is a couture designer who has dressed all body types, including Oprah, Queen Latifah, Kristin Davis and Paula Abdul
  3. The book covers all of the things I have had to learn the hard way – trial and error
  4. There is detailed information for how to dress (and how not to dress) 48 real body shapes
  5. It’s easy to find your body shape – height, 4 easy measurements and weight
  6. There is a visual glossary of terms showing and explaining a variety of items like a godet skirt and a gored skirt
  7. There are tips to camouflage specific anxiety areas
  8. It outlines 10 “dress sexy” commandments all women should heed
  9. There is a perfect balance of easy-to-read advice and imagery
  10. You can reference it with your current body and as your body changes

Buy this book now, or sign up for the Fabuliss eNewsletter on Fabuliss.com for a chance to win a copy of the book.  Sign up now!  I will draw from everyone who signed up for the eNewsletter in March and will notify the winner via email at the beginning of April.


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