The rule that says big girls should wear baggy clothes is a fashion myth that needs to be thrown away.
I love it when a fashion myth is cast aside as easily as a New Year's Resolution on January 2. Blue and green should never be seen? Pah! But the rule I'm most happy to be rid of is the one that says if you're a big girl, you should wear baggy clothes. It's an oldie, a deeply entrenched fashion myth aimed squarely at our insecurities, but it is slowly being shown the door by women who are proving there are more flattering clothes to wear. Thank you very much.
"A woman's dress should be like a barbed-wire fence: serving its purpose without obstructing the view," said Sophia Loren, she with the body that might as well in the dictionary next to the word "voluptuous". You'd never see Sophia wandering through the Italian Riviera in a shapeless baggy T-shirt, right? And we are finally realising she was onto something: that tight clothes are more flattering on curves than loose clothing?
Yes, even if you're packing a punch in the bottom department, are stacked around the waist and have a generously-blessed bosom, it's better to wear fitted clothes than to hide under baggy layers.
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Remember that episode of The Simpsonswhere Homer dons a muu-muu and suddenly everyone waves at the fat person? Same principle.
Sofia Vergara, today's answer to Loren, is never seen in anything that could be described as loose. Kate Winslet too has jumped on the fitted dress bandwagon. Beyonce started the whole thing. And Kim Kardashian has, this year, completely mastered it.
Because baggy clothes make anyone over a size 10 look bigger, it's as simple as that. The point is to draw a clean line around the body, to streamline. A loose silhouette doesn't show where the fabric stops and the body begins, so you actually look as big as the extra large dress you're wearing. It's counter-productive.
I'm not calling Sofia Vergara, or Kate Winslet, or Beyonce or Kim or any one of those celebrities big. I'm just pointing out that if you are carrying more weight than a swizzle stick (Gwyneth, Alexa et al), you are going to look more amazing if you wear fitted clothing.
For those of you shaking your head and uncomfortably tugging your loose shirt further down your hips, stop. And at least give it a whirl. Of course, there are rules to this way of dressing – you can't just don any lycra slip, you know.
1. Choose thick fabric. A heavy cotton with a hint of stretch; a double layered sheath that slides over the body; a neoprene that sucks you in like a vacuum-sealed bag. You get the picture.
2. It needs to be the right length. Ever see Kim Kardashian in a mini? Nope. Always to-the-knee and super tight. Regular folk can afford to go a smidge looser. You know, for breathing purposes.
3. Think proportion. A bottom half that starts at the waist is a general guide.
4. Apply the same principle to jeans: skinny jeans will look better compared to boot legs or wide legs or anything that is going to give you a wider frame.
And number 5. Wear with confidence. As Yves Saint Laurent said, "Over the years I have learned that what is important in a dress is the woman who is wearing it."
The Swimsuit of the Summer
It's here, it's finally here. The bikini every celebrity worth their weight in sea-salt hair spray owns, has hit our shores and it. Is. Fabulous. The Kiini, as it's known, is a multicoloured crochet bikini, as worn by the likes of Cara Delevingne and Bar Refaeli. It truly is the bikini of the summer and Sydney's Belinda is stocking them right now. "KIINI bikinis are a new style that we have never done before," says Jacky Yencken, co-owner and buyer for Belinda and The Corner Shop. "They have a bohemian look, rather than the neoprene that we usually do, and are a hot celebrity favourite. Aussies love a pop of colour and KIINI's bright handmade crochet pieces are perfect to have in store for our summer." These bikinis support the body and are flattering, two things not usually associated with a crochet swimsuit. Run, don't walk.
Rihanna partners with Puma
The evolution of the sneaker continues, and the sport-luxe trend gains strength with each passing month. The latest collaboration came from sportswear company Puma, who have just announced the appointment of Rihanna as Women's Creative Director. It means she'll have influence over product lines from January 2015 and also be the global ambassador for Women's Training. "It's great to find a brand that celebrates strength and individuality. I couldn't think of a more perfect partner to collaborate with as a creative director. I'm excited for you to see what Puma and I come up with." Rihanna will also star in the new ad alongside star athletes like Usain Bolt and Sergio Aguero.
Nicki Minaj for Roberto Cavalli
The most surprisingly elegant celebrity model came in the form of one Nicki Minaj who fronts the latest Roberto Cavalli campaign with all the style and grace of a bonafide supermodel. "I chose Nicki Minaj because she embodies the exuberant and modern femininity of the Cavalli woman," says Cavalli. The talented Minaj is just beautiful throughout the entire campaign.
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