Often over looked, underwear is the foundation of every outfit. The right bra or knickers can take any outfit to the next level by creating a smooth and sleek silhouette.
I am a huge fan of big knickers because I have a size-able bum, but I have to live with having VPL at all times. Wearing a thong or seamless knickers (available from Primark to M&S) can help to provide a seamless look. Sticking with pants, a shop (control) pair really up the anti, making body-conscious dresses fit and look amazing. Choose from different rises (high leg, low-rise…) or go the full hog and get the cycle shorts type. Don’t forget that what is being squeezed in from one place will end up somewhere else. Shape wear can also include camisoles, tank tops and corsets to nip and tuck as required.
If shape wear isn’t your bag, I would suggest simple things like going up a size in your underwear if needed, so it skims and does not cling. A high-waisted brief also serves well to pull you in around the waist in a less intensive way.
Your bra is another game changer, and should be considered carefully alongside your chosen outfit. There is nothing worse than a bra strap or lace on display. There are some great silicone bras that are backless, or strapless. There are lacey types that will add to the outfit. My favourite type of bra is a balconette bra, as it gives you a high (supported) full look. This type of bra only works with high or scoop neck tops. Explore your local department store and try on different shaped bras to find what works for you.
Protect you dignity and invest in some petticoats, slips, and camisoles; they help to flatter your figure but also help cover any transparency in the outerwear.
I will be doing a future post with my top pics for underwear.
I adore knitwear, it is my favourite thing by far, which makes autumn and winter my favourite time of year. There is no better feeling than cosying up in a warm woolly jumper during this time of year.
When buying knitwear however it can be difficult, because you need to think about where you are going to wear the knitwear, and also what you are going to wear the knitwear with. For example if you are buying something to don for work, a thinner knit works better, as it will always look professional, and is less likely to bobble. Also if you are wearing a jumper with high waisted trousers, either a cropped style so you don’t have to tuck it in, or a thin knit so you don’t end up with a bulge under your trousers.
So…how to make the right decisions. Here are some of my own tips/ considerations:
Think of what type of fabrics you are buying. Natural fibres like wool, mohair (and dare I say it angora) are much warmer, so they are perfect if you want to buy a thinner knit and still stay warm. The downside of natural fibres is that they can be tricky to wash, you need a washing machine with a special wool cycle (or 20/30 degree option) and a slow spin cycle to finish. I would suggest a natural and man-made fibre mix to improve the washing options. Man-made fibres are much cheaper in price, and are less likely to bobble than the natural variety. The down side is that they are not as warm, and they do not always wear well; they are however less likely to get eaten by moths, who love wool.
Next on the agenda is shape. You should consider what your own shape is. If you are broad on top, go for thinner knits to avoid making look yourself larger. If you do what to wear a bulkier knit, go for a wide v-neck or a scoop neck. Also consider wearing something with more volume on your bottom half to balance your shape out. If you do not have broad shoulders, I would suggest playing with proportions. like a baggy jumper with skinny jeans. A roll neck, or round neck will definitely accentuate shoulders, and breasts and teamed with a belted waist can help to create an hourglass figure.
Where to buy your knitwear from? For reasonable man-made fibres; Primark, H&M, and Zara are great. M&S, And Other Stories and Uniqlo are great for mid-price knits in natural fibres (cashmere, merino wool etc.). There a plenty of high-end labels that do great knitwear, some of my favourites are Ganni, Joseph or Eileen Fisher.
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