When the summer is hot and the days are long my favourite place is by a pool with a good book, but of course that’s for high days and holidays. I love a relaxed-sarong-style-look, but rocking up to run a blogging workshop in a tropical wrap over swimsuit with a frangipani flower in my hair wouldn’t really cut it.
I love fashion and trying to look stylish, although I don’t always achieve it. So today here’s another Lifestyle Fifty fashion post, showing warts and all what I think works for me, and encouraging you to find your own personal style too.
Easy Wear Summer Dresses to suit different body shapes
The style I’m loving right now is a bit retro, because I can remember jersey being a go-to fabric way back in the 1960’s. This Jersey wrap dress from Target is a winner. It hugs in the right places, has a bit of a pull in around the stomach section and falls to a flattering length on the knee. It also doesn’t crease, and feels lovely against your skin. Worn with nude shoes with a bit of a wedge heel, white and navy beads (mine are hand made and bought form a market stall in Esperance, WA) and voila, stand up straight, and I’m set to go.
Tip: A good bra is essential (and spanx type undies do wonders for less than perfect tums)
What do you reckon. Does this sort of style suit you or not?
Fashion police, aka the wonderfully outspoken, knowledgeable media personalities, Trinny and Susannah in the UK would probably say this style has elements of ‘Bombshel’ about it. And you don’t have to have a perfect figure to wear it because it particularly suits a
few lumps and bumps curves. But I think that any body shape can be bombshell sexy – it’s how your present yourself that’s important.
“Think Marilyn Monroe, Gretta Garbo or Anna Nicole Smith. A bombshell is all about sexy curves. All the time, day or night. A bombshell is all about fitting waists and formfitting clothes that highlight the curves. In fact if you don’t have curves the bombshell look will not work for you.”
I really adore this little go-anywhere, black wrap dress by Autograph for sizes 14 and up. It’s a ‘Bar Detail Wrap Mid Dress’ for $99.99. You can buy it Here at AUTOGRAPH
The other look I’m loving right now is a casual maxi. Again it doesn’t crease (winning) and it’s easy to wear. You could wear this dress if you’re a bean pole delight, or a curvalicious lovely. I had a little fun teaming it together with a black sun hat (just a bit rock ‘n roll) and a big pair of sunglasses. Okay, I have to let on, they are prescription glasses but what the heck? Prescription sunnies come in all shapes and sizes to suit us these days (aren’t we the lucky generation).
Here I am, as my dear old Grandmother would say, ‘Looking like a bit of a dog’. What do you think? Passable?
So what is Jersey?
“Jersey is a knit used predominantly for clothing manufacture. It was originally made of wool but is now made of wool, cotton, and synthetic fibres. Since medieval times Jersey, Channel Islands where the material was first produced, had been an important exporter of knitted goods and the fabric in wool from Jersey became well known. The fabric can be a very stretchy single knitting, usually light-weight, jersey with one flat side and one piled side. When made with a lightweight yarn, this is the fabric most often used to make T-Shirts. Or it can be a double knitted jersey (interlock jersey), with less stretch, that creates a heavier fabric of two single jerseys knitted together to leave the two flat sides on the outsides of the fabric, with the piles in the middle. Jersey is considered to be an excellent fabric for draped garments, such as dresses, and women’s tops. ” Wikipedia
Apparently in 1916, Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel upset the fashion industry by using jersey at a time when it was only associated with underwear.
Who do you want to be today, by Trinny and Susannah.
“You’ve read The Rules, you know your shape, and you’ve worked out which colours suit you best, now you can have some real fun and learn how to vary your look according to your mood. WHO WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE TODAY? …sexy Bombshell (inspired by Marilyn Monroe or Scarlett Johansson) …Ice Queen (cool perfection like Nicole Kidman or Grace Kelly) …Rock Chick (wild and strong like Debbie Harry or Amy Winehouse) …a sultry Diva (think Ava Gardner or Jerry Hall) …a stylish Sophisticate (Coco Chanel or Anna Wintour) …Androgyne boy-girl (Hillary Swank or Grace Jones) …Boho (a la Kate Moss or Sienna Miller) … and more. They analyse the iconic photographs which encapsulate each look, and use them to create an inspirational mood board of styles, colours and wardrobe essentials as the basis for each look.They cover hair and makeup and the finishing touches – the details that will help you compose the look. It’s all about learning how to express your individuality, developing your own personal style, and having the confidence to pull it off.”
It’s a great book and gives lots of style ideas. Here’s the link to Amazon if you’d like to buy it – “Who do you want to be Today“
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Question: Do you have a go to dress that you love? Why not tell us all about it in the comments section?