Know Your Perfect Fit and Fashion For Your Body Shape(A2Z of Image Management)

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This is my 6th post for #BlogchatterA2Z challenge . As I have already talked about Body Shape and Different Garment Shapes, now it’s the right time to recommend style lines and shapes for different figure or body type. As I have already mentioned earlier every body is unique and few ideal figures existing. Virtually every figure has some figure variations , variations from that so called ideal figure used as a standard for comparison. It does not matter how many people have a particular figure variation. You need to recognize the variation and know how to dress or alter to camouflage or minimize it.

To determine your general figure type or body build, try the time tested “Blink test”. Dress in form- fitting clothing, in possibly a t-shirt and tights. In this attire your attention will be generally drawn to the largest area of your body shape. Then compare that area to other areas of your body and to the body type description I have mentioned in my previous post here.

Now lets discuss the figure type, their characteristic figure variations and how to cover, camouflage, counter, create the illusion of the ideal figure by selecting appropriate clothing.

Triangular Body Shape : They have narrower shoulders, wider hips, average to smaller bust, narrow back and smaller waist. They have low hip curve, rounded buttocks. Possibly low waist and average to shorter legs.

Fit and Fashion Strategy : They should focus on minimizing lower torso and give more emphasize to upper torso, this will lead the attention upward toward their face. Try filling out shoulder and upper torso with soft fullness and design details. Try wearing smooth, loose fit below the waist.

Inverted Triangle Body Shape : They have Wider shoulders, narrower hips & thighs , average to larger bust, wider back, larger waist , high hip curve, flatter buttocks, slim legs. Possibly high waist, average to longer legs.

Fit and Fashion Strategy : They should focus on minimizing upper torso and give more emphasize on center-front at neckline or anywhere below waist. Lead attention inward at shoulders toward neck. Try filling out area below waist with soft fullness or design detail. Try wearing smooth loose fit above the waist.

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#BlogchatterA2Z : “E”- Elements Of Design (A2Z of Image Management)

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This is my fifth post for #BlogchatterA2Z challenge, here I am talking about “Elements of Design”. Technically this should be my first post. We often hear or read “Watch out for the messages your clothes send,” or “Be careful about the statement you make with your clothes.” But almost no one knows what’s doing the talking. It’s the “elements of design”, the lines, shapes, colour, texture and patterns. They speak before you do. In fact they never shut up, Change one detail of dress and you change the message or statement you make.

All clothing is a combination or composition of lines, shapes, colour, texture and pattern that is called “Elements of design”. Below is the brief description of all the elements-

Line: It is an elongated mark that connects two or more points. Line divides and encloses space, creating shapes and forms. Seam lines decides and enclose space on a garment. The characteristic of lines could be straight and curved.

Shapes: It refers to the area or empty space enclosed by a line, creating the outline or outer edge of an object. The outer edge or silhouette of a garment is a shape. Shapes or forms within a garment might include sleeves, cuffs, pockets, shirt yokes and plackets, skirt, gores and so forth. The characteristic of a shape could be angular and rounded.

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#BlogchatterA2Z : “D” – Different types of Garment Shapes (A2Z of Image Management)

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This is my fourth post for #BlogchatterA2Z challenge and all those who have read my previous posts especially Body Shape would be able to relate to this. In order to understand how different body shapes require specific garment shapes to be worn , first we need to understand – What Shape in a garment is all about?

Shape is the element of design created when a continuous line encloses space. The space within the lines is called shape. Line and shape are the foundation of all clothing design. Shapes define the outer edge, outline or silhouette of the body and clothing. Shapes add interest to a plain garment design. It create powerful illusions about the size and shape of the body and communicate visual meaning , message or mood.

In clothing two kinds of shapes are formed: Background shapes that are formed by the outline of the garment while Foreground shapes are formed by design details that lie on the surface of the garments and appear to advance. Now lets understand what kinds of garment shapes exists and this will help you in selecting which shape is appropriate for your body type.

Triangular garment shapes: They are composed of predominantly straight lines often with soft flare. They are narrower in the shoulders and wider at the hem. The waist may or may not be defined. They emphasis straight edges and the angularity of the body shape, while they counter roundness and camouflage width in hip and thighs.

Inverted Triangular shapes: They are wider in the shoulders and narrower at the hem. Again the waist may or may not be defined. They emphasis straight edges and the angularity of the body shape, while they counter roundness and camouflage width in upper back and chest.

Rectangular garment shapes : They are just that, rectangular with straight lines and tubes abound the body. Longer than they are wide, the dominant lines are vertical. In clothing, they are in opposition to the body and the waistlines is seldom defined. They accommodate width in the midriff and waist.

Hourglass garment shapes: They are designed with a mix of straight and softly curved lines. The garment is relatively fitted at the waist, emphasizing the smaller waist area as compared to the larger bust above and hip below.

Diamond garment shapes: They are narrower in the shoulder and at the hem as compared to the waist. The waist is not generally defined. They camouflage width around the midriff, waist and high hips area.

Bell garment shapes: They are similar to some triangular garment and full-skirted hourglass shapes, combining straight lines with softly curved to full-rounded lines in the bottom half of the garment. They features a mix of vertical and horizontal line directions, conforming more easily to the body yet camouflaging hip area.

Rounded or curved garment shapes: They featured more curved lines than other shapes. The shape changes depending on how full or rounded the curves are. They emphasize roundness and counter angularity in the figure.

Shapes can be manipulated and arranged to create illusions. A general goal in using clothing as a resource is to select and arrange design shapes in ways that enhances the body – in ways that make the face and figure appear more nearly ideal. Clothing lines and shapes can be used in ways that emphasize the most attractive lines and shapes of the body and camouflage or counter those body lines and shapes considered less attractive, in effect minimizing or eliminating them. The garment silhouette may or may not define or reveal body silhouette depending on the degree of fit or ease allowed. Degree of fit with its ease amount can be categorised as:

A very close fitting garment is snug to the body, repeat and reveals body contours exactly, with little or no ease allowed for body movement or comfort.

A slightly close fitting garment repeat and reveal body contours to a lesser degree, having allowed standard or traditional amounts of ease for body movement and comfort.

A slightly loose fitting garment stands slightly away from the body or flows loosely over it, due to a considerable amount of added ease or fullness for a relaxed and comfortable fit.

A very loose fitting garments stands stiffly away from the body or falls very loosely in folds around the body due to added or extreme fullness. Not revealing body contour at all.

A combination of close and loose fit in a garment is also partially fitted. The garment is more close fitting in specific areas such as the shoulders or upper bodice, the midriff and the waist while being more loose fitting in all other areas.

You can use different degree of close or loose fit to present your figure attractively, to accommodate and camouflage a figure variation and to reduce or eliminate the need for alteration.

No matter what the fashion trend , you are smart to select and wear only those degree of fit that flatter your body and its variations and that focus attention where you want it- closeness only in those areas you want the world to see and looseness everywhere you want.

This post is part of #BlogchatterA2Z Challenge.

In case you missed my previous posts you can find them here A B C

@Swati Mathur

#BlogchatterA2Z : “C” – Colour Dimensions (A2Z of Image Management)

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This is my 3rd post for #BlogchatterA2Z challenge and today I am going to talk about “Colour Dimensions”.

Colours are talked in terms of dimensions. Each sensation that we experience is a combination of three dimensions. They are Hue, value and intensity. Difference in these dimensions accounts for the difference we see in colours. Each dimension of colour makes specific contribution to the appearance. If we understand the effect of these dimensions we will better be able to colour match and coordinate clothing with accordance with mood and feelings.

Hue refers to the actual name of the colour. There are three kids of hues- primary, these are original and cannot be obtained my mixing other hues, secondary, these are obtained by mixing two primary colours in equal amount and tertiary, they result from a mixture of the primary and secondary hue in equal amount. Hues also refers to a colour’s relative degree of warmness and coolness. Red, orange and yellow are warm hues while blue and green are considered as cool hues.

Values refers to the relative degree of lightness and darkness of a colour.

Where are Intensity refers to the relative degree of brightness and dullness.

To understand which colour goes well with which other colour we should understand the use of Colour Wheel. When any colour is added with white it is called as Tint, and if any colour is added with gray it is called Tone and when any colour is added with black it is called as Shade. Hues, values and intensity from all around the colour wheel can be creatively combined and worn by all individuals. You only have to look around you. The combination are endless, limited only by the bonds of your imagination.

To achieve the individual effect you want, you can manipulate the specific combination of hue, value and intensity in your garment. For example if you want to stand out in a crowd while doing a professional presentation but do not want to appear overly bright than go for warmer colour like red but tone it down a bit by choosing darker duller red such as burgundy or wine.

Colour is the most obvious, powerful, stimulating and demanding element of design. it tends to be noticed first and remembered longest. Colour is also the most complex, creative, confusing and controversial of the elements. It evokes highly physical and emotional response, which may be conscious or unconscious. Our reactions to colour are immediate, inescapable and long lasting. While we may forget the texture and design details, we are more likely to remember the colour and our reaction to it.

The perception of colour is a very personal experience, physically and psychologically or culturally. No two people perceive a colour in exactly the same way, even within a framework of general perception.

Each of these dimensions are present in each colour you see and must be recognized to fully understand the essence and effect of colour. Right amount of colour combination can give you the look and feel, you want to portray. In combining colours in clothing, your goals to maintain a consistent theme or mood, occasion and personality, while achieving an interesting and harmonious balance among them- balance between warm and cool hues, light and dark values or bright and dull, in a variety of style lines, shapes and textures. For example some people love to see pink and fuchsia in the flower garden, but feel uncomfortable wearing them. They are psychologically more comfortable in shrimp, coral, brick and red.

Experiment a little and discover which colour are most in harmony with you, the place you go, and what you do there. As you experiment, you will discover colours you like to wear so much that they become part of your personal style- colours so specifically associated with you that they trigger an image of you in the mind of the people who knows you.

This post is part of #BlogchatterA2Z Challenge.

@Swati Mathur

#BlogchatterA2Z : “B”- Body Shape Evaluation (A2Z of Image Management)

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This is my second post for #BlogchatterA2Z challenge, where in I am going to share about A2Z of Image Management.

Looking attractive is the basic human need. What you wear is not that important than but how you wear. So that’s when the need of body shape evaluations comes into picture. If a person wear what suites them, that is what makes them attractive. There are eight different body shape: Ideal type, triangular type, Inverted triangle type, rectangular type, Hourglass type, diamond type, Tubular type and Rounded type. Each of these body shapes has their own characteristics which defines them and differentiate each other. Once a person understand what body shape he or she has, it becomes easier to understand what kind of clothes suit them and which all to avoid, they can  choose appropriate colour, texture, style and pattern which suit their body, They can create an attractive and ideal look for various occasion with right message and can save their time, money and effort in shopping for right clothes. No matter what the fashion trends, you are smart to select and wear only those degree of fit that flatter your body and its variation, and that focuses attention where you want it to be.

Every body is unique and few ideal figures existing. Virtually every figure has some figure variations , variations from that so called ideal figure used as a standard for comparison. It does not matter how many people have a particular figure variation. You need to recognize the variation and know how to dress or alter to camouflage or minimise it.

A few specific figure variations occur in typical combination, those having to do with horizontal width or the size of the shoulders, bust, waist, hips and thighs- combinations so typical that we tend to recognize the stereotypical shapes and give them names. Typical horizontal body shapes are often called figure types. They define how body shape parts relate proportionally to one another and to the total figure.

Ideal Figure Shape: (only for women) : They are average in weight, appear similar in width in the shoulders and hips with medium bust size and a small waist. They have a slightly curved abdomen, moderately curved buttocks and slim thighs.

Triangle Figure : They are narrower in the shoulders and wider in the hips/thighs, with a low hip curve. They are often smaller in the bust or chest or chest and waist, narrower in the back and rounder in the buttocks. They have longer torso and shorter legs.

Inverted triangular figure: They are wider in the shoulders and narrower in the thigh/hips, with a high hip curve. They are generally larger in the bust or chest, wider in the back and flatter in the buttocks. They have shorter torso and longer legs.

Rectangular figure: They are average to above average weight range from their height. They are similar in width in the solders, waist and hips/thighs. Their is little to no defined waist. Body line generally appears straight.

Hourglass figure: Have full -rounded body lines with proportionally bust, hips and buttocks and a proportionally small waist. Emphasis is on bust and buttocks but may shift quickly to the contrast in size in the waist.

Diamond figure : They are wiser in the midriff and waist area, narrower in the shoulders and thighs/hips, with a high hip curve and slim legs. The bust and chest is often smaller and the buttocks flatter. Emphasis in on the waist area.

Tubular figure : They are slim to thin and below the average weight range for their height with generally straight body lines and bony angles. They generally few to no obvious curves.

Rounded figure: They are generally above the average weight range for their height. Being larger throughout the figure, body lines are fully rounded curves, with line movements in horizontal directions ans emphasis on width.

Body shape also vary vertically from top to bottom. The figure may have a proportionally shorter head, torso area and longer legs, or longer head, torso area and proportionally shorter legs. Within the torso itself, the upper torso may be proportionally shorter and the lower torso longer here the figure has high waist. The upper torso may instead be proportionally longer and the lower torso shorter in that case the figure has a low waist.

Remember:

  • Stop referring to your body as having figure problems, faults, flaws, defects, liabilities and abnormalities. These words are self defeating from the start.
  • Be kind to yourself and more correctly call them figure variations.
  • Ignore those social and cultural influences that causes you to feel dissatisfied with your body.
  • You don’t have figure problems rather you have fitting problems. And fitting problem can be solved with the art of dress, and illusions in line, shape, colour, fabric and pattern.

Accept those features about your figure you cannot change and make them part of your individual beauty.Then change what you can and you will learn to camouflage or counter what you can to enhance your figure. This is a wonderful growing experience that leads to self-acceptance and self-appreciation.

This post is written for #BlogchatterA2Z challenge.

@Swati Mathur

#BlogchatterA2Z : “A” : Art in Every Day Dressing (A2Z of Image Management)

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This is my first post for #BlogchatterA2Z challenge. Here I am going to talk about A2Z of Image Management. Image management is all about developing your inner strength and at the same time reflect them on the outside appearance. Developing inner strength is all about working on your self esteem, attitude and soft skills while reflecting them to the outside world through creating impact full first Impression and by developing flawless visual communication through appearance. Creating a powerful first impression is essential to get more opportunities in life. We all carry certain skills ability and experience but the people we meet often judge us only by what meets the eye.

Most of us feel “Why to put an effort on everyday dressing”. But I am sure when we have some important occasion we all put an effort to make sure we all look presentable. But remember clothing is considered as artistic visual design and therefore it is an art form which we can see and touch. It can stimulate our senses as beauty of well-designed clothes can meet our needs and serve to uplift our spirit. Hence clothing can be seen as wearable art. Most people want to be attractive, but too often they assume appearance just happens. Some view it as a matter of luck or inherent trait. But the matter of the fact is, it takes knowledge, thought and effort to create an attractive appearance, the artistic approach holds the most hope and help. Think of yourself as part of the artistic composition with your clothes. Once you wear clothes, you yourself become part of the artistic composition. You cannot separate your body lines, shapes, colour  with the lines, shapes and colour of you clothes. One influence the appearance of the other.

Dressing is truly an art when it relates to, reflects or expresses the individual person within. The artistic approach to clothing selection and coordination encourages individuality, creativity and conformity. When the design details are appropriate for your physical, social, psychological and aesthetic needs, the image you present will more likely be an accurate reflection of you. You have the liberty to create any desired effect in your outfit and that’s brings out your creativity , imagination and self-expression.

Analyze and evaluate often the way in which each element of design is used and each principle of design is achieved in a dress whether in window or door display, in magazine, on yourself or on another individual. People watching is fascinating and you will learn as you look. This exercise is essential if you want to understand the art of every day dressing.

In all art form, including dress, the main part of the composition must be similar. Without similarity among the parts our senses would become confused and we would be uncomfortable. Most people feel comfortable with similarity. Similarity is desirable, but we don’t want everything so much the same the composition becomes boring, or predictable. It is important to introduce some variety, some dissimilarity or contrast in the composition. Without variety our senses cannot be fully stimulated . People are intrigued by the unexpected. They enjoy the new or surprise element. Variety is desirable but we do not want so much that similar elements begin to conflict or fight for attention. Too much variety results in chaos, confusion and mixed message.

If you always wear clothes with similar, lines, shapes, pattern and fabric, people become accustomed to seeing you look the same ,that soon they hardly notice you. Some variety or contrast is good for breaking the monotony and to attract some attention to your uniqueness. On the other hand if everything you wear is totally different from the day before , or every element within the outfit is unrelated to others, the effects becomes confusing. You might loosed your identity altogether. Therefore some similarity or repetition is necessary to provide stable base. To avoid both boredom and confusion , you should learn to compromise between similarity and variety.

Some clothes works better for you than others. They work because the elements of design selected are used correctly, they worn because the elements are arranged correctly, They meet your need and enhances your appearance. You like the way you look. The clothes are in harmony with you. It is not what you wear but how you wear. What works for you becomes what you prefer and what you prefer can develop into your personality.

Keep all these in mind , you will love the way you look and the way people respond to your style.

This post is written for BlogchatterA2Z challenge .

@Swati Mathur

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