Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Dress an Hourglass body type

As an Hourglass body shape, your bust and hips are a symbol of harmony. They are very well balanced and your waist is very well defined. Your shoulders align beautifully with your hips and you probably have a rounded bottom and shapely legs.

If you're an Hourglass body type, congratulations, you have a Marilyn Monroe body shape, a symbol of harmony and perfection. If you're not sure about what is your body type, please view a description of all body types.


Styling tips for Hourglass


First of all, do show off those killer curves and do not hide yourself behind baggy clothes. You curves are awesome and your body type is the sexiest as there can be! To enhance those killer curves, we advise that you dress proportionally both the top and bottom half of your body, while accentuating your waist.

If you're looking for a more curvaceous look, you can also "play" with proportion, and add a bit of volume to your upper and lower half. Please note that we mean proportionatelly, because your body already has the right proportions naturally, and you should always look for balance.

Tops

Wear tops that will accentuate your waist:
  • Form-fitting and wrap-style tops;
  • Belted tops;
  • Tailored Jackets and shirts.

Bottoms

As an hourglass, you're lucky enough that you can wear most type of bottoms. Just as long as you pair it with a proper top:
  • High-waisted pants and pencil skirts;
  • Skinny jeans, boot cut and straight leg trousers;
  • Flap pocket pants;
  • Skirts that show off your shapely legs.
As for some tips and tricks for your body type, we can advise that a good bra, with good support and great fit is key to define your curves. Here are also a few Do's and Don'ts styling tips that can help you style your beautiful Hourglass Body type:

Hourglass body shape Do's:

  • Elongate your torso with coats and jackets with a two button fastening just below the bust line;
  • Take advantage of your awesome waist with form fitting clothes;
  • Round and peep toe shoes can really echo your curves;
  • You look awesome with a sexy pencil skirt;
  • Choose wide open and V necklines because it will define your bust line.

Hourglass body type Don'ts:

  • Don't wear tops and blouses that add volume where it is not needed, except when you balance that with a lower body volume, wearing it with a flowy trouser or skirt;
  • Don't add unnecessary bulk with large chunky belts. Again, you don't need it!

If you need additional help to find clothes for your body type, please visit our website: http://stylingup.com, where you can find clothes recommended by our fashion stylists. If you have any question, you can also comment on this post and we'll gladly help.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Styling Up celebrates first month of life

One month ago we were very excited with the launch our beta website, that provides a free personal styling service to women!! Our baby was born at 17h10, of 19th September :)

Now that a month has passed and you had to chance to use it, we'd like to ask you for feedback. Help us build a better service for you by giving us feedback.

Please use the contact form in our website to leave questions, comments, suggestions or "report a bug" regarding stylingup.com. Whether you'd like to see a specific brand in our website, or would like to suggest an improvement to our service, your feedback can really help us to help you...

Your opinion matters to us! Please use the contact form in our website. We'll carefully read and reply to all e-mails. Thank you!


Wednesday, October 17, 2012

How to style a simple black dress

We all know that the black dress is a must have in every women's wardrobe. But, can you style your simple black dress in to something amazing?

If not styled correctly, a simple black dress is just a plain, boring piece of clothing. But, with the right accessories, it can be not only amazing for evening, but also to many other occasions. Here are a few tips on how to style that black dress that you most likely already have in your wardrobe.

1) Who said black and brown can't be mixed?

You can have your plain black dress styled with a brown bag, belt or even shoes. And it can look amazing!



2) Just because your dress is black you don't have to look like you're going to a funeral

Black is a neutral color that goes with any bright color you like. Or even patterns. While you're wearing your black dress, style it with color, and balance it with a splash of color. You can go from vivid pink, to red, or even light blue... as long as it's a bright color you'll look amazing. This color can be in your shoes, clutch or bag or even in your bracelets, earrings, etc.

Just beware not to use many different colors, because if not done correctly it may be a styling disaster. A recipe that usually never fails is to wear 3 different colors at a time, where one should be neutral (eg: black, white, brown, grey), and the other two have to match. If you don't know which colors match and which don't match, take a look at this post, and read about the color wheel.



3) Don't be afraid to layer it

Dresses can be layered. In fact, the outfit can look awesome with some layers. A good trenchcoat, coat, or even biker jacket (depending on the dress, off course) can be a true plus to the whole outfit. And the jacket doesn't have to be black. It can have color or even a pattern. Get wild with it.


What about you? How do you style your simple black dress?


Note: We are looking for guest authors to write in our blog about fashion, styling, tips, makeup, etc. If you're interested, please e-mail us at: info [at] stylingup [dot] com and we'll get back to you.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Promod at Styling Up

We're very glad to announce that we have a new retail partner in our website: Promod. Promod is a french high-street retailer that focuses affordable womens clothing. It was created in 1975 and, today, is one of France's biggest fashion store chains. It has 794 outlets in 46 different countries.

From now on, our stylists will also recommend clothes for your body shape and size from this retailer. Sign up for free in our website and start now!

Soon, we'll have new brands available at Styling Up. Stay tuned for news! :)


Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Dress a Pear or Triangle body shape

As a Pear or Triangle body type, your hips are larger than your bust and your waist is defined beautifully. You have proportionately slim arms and shoulders and an elegant neck. You tend to gain weight in your bottom and legs. Your waist is usually your best asset, so you should show if off. If you’re not sure of what’s your body type, please view a description of all body types.

Your main priority should be finding balance between your lower and upper body. Because your hips are wider than your bust, you should look for items that give the illusion of volume in your upper half. Your waist should always be the centre of the attention while you’re styling yourself.

Tops

Look for tops that will add the illusion of volume on your upper half, accentuating your defined waist:

  • Wide V or W neck tops;
  • Tops with nipped or fitted waists;
  •  Structured shoulders, flutter or princess sleeves;
  • Embellishments around bust and shoulders;
  • Colorful and bold patterns tops.



























Bottoms

Your should look for bottoms that minimize your lower half:

  • Straight leg pants;
  • A-line skirts;
  •  Darker colors and clean lines.
  • Avoid pants with pockets or embellished details, especially around the waist area.






















If you need help, please comment! We’ll gladly help!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

How to dress a Straight or Rectangle body type

If your hips and bust are balanced and your waist is not very defined, you’re a straight or rectangle body type. See our previous post, for a more detailed description of all body types.

As a straight body type, the most important tip we can give you is to create proportion on both your upper and lower body, enhancing your waist. You can wear tube type dresses and create a waist by adding a wide belt. To create a more curvaceous look, add volume, or the illusion of volume, proportionally to your upper and lower half, by mixing and matching other pieces.

Tops

You should look for tops that add curves to your figure and accentuate your waist. Here are some tips on what to look for:

  • Tops with belts;
  •  Tops with wide V or U necks;
  • Structured shoulders or flutter sleeved tops;
  • Tops flowing around the bust.






























Bottoms

To create an hourglass effect, search for bottoms that add curves to your lower half:

  • Full, tiered or bubble skirts;
  • Pants with full or moderately flared legs;
  • Look for pieces with details, like embellished or flap pockets;
  • All pants with pronounced hip and rear pockets;
  • Mid to low-rise waists with wide waistbands


Need help? Post a comment and we’ll gladly help.

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