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.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Shop for your body shape


Well, if you’re browsing through Styling Up’s online store, you actually don’t really need to know what’s your body shape, because it only shows you (after registration) what fits and flatters your body shape.

However, if you’re shopping in retail stores, you really should know what’s your body shape. And we mean your real body shape, and not the one you expect it to be. First of all, you should know that no women is fully satisfied with their body, there’s always something we’d like to change… but all you have to do is embrace it and work with what you have. Remember: fashion is architecture, and you just have to find the right clothes for your body type, no matter what size you wear.

Once you know your body type, at least it will save you the time of trying 10 pieces and none fitting properly at retail stores. So, here are the 6 body shapes we’re working with at Styling Up. Hope you can find this information useful. With time, we’ll post more detailed info and tips on finding perfect clothes for every body shape.



Straight or rectangle body type

Your hips and bust are perfectly balanced, but your waist is not very defined. You tend to gain weight first in your torso and then your arms and upper thighs. One of your best assets are your lower legs, that are beautifully shaped.






Pear or spoon body type

You have a nicely defined waist, and your hips are larger than your bust. You first gain weight in your bottom and legs flowed by your tummy and upper body. You have an elegant neck and proportionately slim arms and shoulders. Your waist is your best asset, so show it off!









Hourglass body type

As an hourglass, your bust and hips are well balanced and you have a beautifully defined waist. Your rounded shoulders align well with your hips. Your waist elegantly curves out to your hips. You’re likely to have a rounded bottom. Your upper body is proportional to your shapely legs. Your body type is pretty balanced!








Inverted Triangle body type

You have a larger upper body, with broad shoulders, ample bust and wide back. Your hips are slim, your waist is subtle and your bottom may tend towards the flat side. You have a tendency to gain weight in your belly and upper body. You have stunning shapely legs.








Oval body type

As an Oval body type, you have large bust, a full midsection and narrow hips. You tend to gain weight in your stomach, back and upper body. Your waist is undefined and full. Your buttocks are a little flat and your legs are slender. Show off those awesome legs!








Diamond body type

Your hips are broader than your bust and shoulders and you have a full midsection. You have a tendency to gain weight in your stomach, hips, buttocks and back. Your waist is not defined and full. You upper legs are full, but your lower legs are shapely and slender. You also have shapely and slender arms.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Missguided dresses are 10% off


Shop the latest in fashion forward dresses from Missguided, at Stylingup.com, with 10% off until midnight Sunday 23rd September 2012.

To redeem your discount, click on "Buy this Item" from our website, and after being redirected to missguided website, simply enter DRESSUP at the checkout. DRESSUP must be entered in capitals.

Ends midnight Sunday 23rd September 2012. Cannot be used with any other offer. Valid on dresses only.

Click here to view the Missguided Dresses on our Shopping page, and login to see which of them our stylists recommend for your body shape.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Styling Up has launched its website



We're very happy to announce that the beta version of our website was just launched. Say hello to fashion 2.0! :)

By registering in our website, you gain access to an online store where everything fits and flatters your body shape. Our personal stylists give you the tips, but you decide what you love. And the best of all, it's FREE!

Get all the fun and none of the disappointment of shopping!

Sign up now for a new personal styling experience: http://stylingup.com/

We calculate your body shape and size through your measurements, and then all you have to do is to find the garments you love the most. We selected some great personal stylists to work with us, and they will help you find outfits according to your style and the occasion. All the items were hand-picked by our personal stylists, specially for your body shape and size. Our stylists also recommend other pieces, to provide you complete outfits.

We also know that stylists have different point of views, so we tell you the name of the stylist that picked that outfit... for you to choose the stylist (or stylists) which you identify the most. We want you to know the stylists who are dressing you!

We love feedback, it's very important to us! If you have any question, comment, suggestion, if you'd like to report a bug, or just to say hello, we'd love to hear from you. Just use the form on our website.
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