THE WELL DRESSED WOMAN
The picture one imagines of
a woman,is that of a person who has style and a
flair for clothes which make her look smart and
polished. This desirable appearance is
attainable by every woman provided a few
fundamental facts in attire about fit, colour
and fashion are kept in mind.
is supposed to take care of individual body
structure. Take a keen look in the mirror. Study
the length of the neck, the size of the head,
set of the shoulders, the size and position of
the bosom, girth at midriff, width of hips,
length of waist, arms and legs.
things that are best in yourself and make the
most of them
Some tips for the Ladies
A short woman should avoid
large, bold prints, horizontal stripes,
sarees with broad borders and large palloos,
dresses with wide belts and sleeves with wide
cuffs. Narrow sleeves are preferable, as wide
sleeves make the arms look shorter. Wear
matching or toned top and bottoms instead of
contrasts, so that the eye travels without
interruption up and down the body.
A person with short legs
should wear high heels rather than flats.
Draw attention away from legs by avoiding calf
length dresses, ankle length pants with
Tall women should avoid
tiny prints and vertical stripes. They
should avoid wearing clinging churidars and
short kurtas. They can minimise their heights
visually by wearing large coats or kurtas. Use
of contrasting colours for tops and bottoms
would break the vertical line.
A fat person with a well
rounded figure should avoid horizontal
stripes, checks, large prints and big
borders. Wear vertical stripes, smaller prints
and small borders.
Extremely thin people
should avoid sleeveless blouses and dresses.
Go for big, bold prints rather than tiny prints.
Horizontal stripes and checks would also give an
illusion of being fuller than one really is.
Slim women can carry off frilly designs
Open necklines with a
"V" give an illusion of being
slim. Sheer, soft fabrics that have a
graceful fall also enhance this illusion. Stiff
or thick fabrics add to bulkiness.
Avoid anything that
accentuates the waist if inclined to a
paunch. Wear clothes that are loose around
the waist. Do not wear fully gathered skirts
with side gathers or side pockets which will
draw the attention away from the bulging
Focus on Your Strengths
Discover your assets and
focus on them; remember no one is perfect,
but we all have our strengths which we should
highlight. The clever thing to do is to dress in
a manner that will focus attention on those
parts you are proud of.
have a slim neck and big hips, wear a flattering
neckline to accentuate your neck and take the
focus away from your hips by wearing dark
colours, or a
plays a very vital role in the make up of the
wardrobe and the total picture that one
presents. It is colour that first catches the
must necessarily harmonise with the complexion
and personality. It is said that the genes that
decide the colour of the skin, eyes and hair
also determine which colours suit different
Some tips on colour
colours that compliment your complexion, figure
and personality. For example: plump people
should choose black over white outfits.
Those with weatish
complexion look better in brown shades of make
up, rather than pink or purples. Beige is a
great colour. It works universally with most
skin colours, and for most occasions. Wear
pastels in summer and during the day while
darker colours are appropriate for winter and
evenings. A riotous profusion of colours,
especially in the hot weather, tends to have a
jarring effect whereas cool colours soothe and
the wearer feel comfortable.
Black is one colour which
helps you look thin. But the clever thing to
do is to block colours and place black
strategically to cover weak spots. Panels of
black at certain places can work wonders to
shape up the entire look of the body.
Red is a great colour for
an evening outfit. When you want to stand
out at a party, wear red. But while choosing a
style for this stark colour choose something
very simple. It looks best in straight, crisp
lines. Avoid ruffles and frills. Keep it as
plane as you can. However red is a bad colour
for television, it tends to bleed on screen.
A white cotton shirt is a
must-have for every wardrobe. It can be worn
with almost everything, at almost any place and
can be worn again and again, yet look different
Accessories add that stylish touch to
one's appearance. They must be in harmony
with the overall picture that a person presents
and should serve as an expression of the
Accessories like bags, shoes and belts
should be thoughtfully
Jewellery is the most
important accessory that a woman wears. But
whatever one wears must compliment and not
overpower the personality of the wearer.
Strive for simplicity.
The more understated, the more elegant is the
effect. Pearls are very versatile.
If you have a small frame
avoid too much embroidery and jewellery. It
will only stunt you further. The best thing to
do when you wear a lot of jewellery is to keep
your clothes really simple and
With a heavily embroidered
outfit you don't need to wear equally
heavy jewellery. And use your hair and
make-up to balance your total look. Never overdo
Don't wear all the
jewellery you possess to proclaim your
status. Each ornament has its own individual
beauty and a haphazard combination of ornaments
would lead to losing of their individual
time you dress up, make a note of the colour,
style or the outfit that you felt right in.
there are always those times when you have
dressed up and felt just perfect.
important occasion like an interview or a party,
settle for something you have tried and that was
worked for you. It would disastrous to
experiment and try to discover something new
when you are pressed for time or an anxious.
Personal style is "the individual
self" and the way one projects one's
own image with the right clothes, right make-up,
right accessories and the right
comfortable with who and what you are. Never
ever try change and be like anyone else. Do not
get intimidated by fashion and instead of
falling prey to fashion; make fashion your
Be yourself. Develop your