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  • Casual Christmas Capsule Wardrobe

    Whether your planning to head to your in-laws house for the holidays or just gathering around the tree with friends and family, you might be wondering what to wear to your next casual holiday gathering. While cocktail dresses and faux fur coats might look a little out of place in the living room, it's still fun to add a little festive flare to your holiday look! So what's a girl to do? Skip the traditional red and green, and opt for something a little more sophisticated and subdued. Check out the Labellush "Casual Christmas Capsule Wardrobe" guide for a few suggestions on what to wear for a holiday filled with comfort and joy!
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  • How to Flatter your Figure: Triangle

    The Pros / Cons of being a Triangle:

    If you have a Triangular shaped figure your look in good! Triangles generally have a slender neckline and shoulders, and beautiful full hips with plenty of sexy backside to spare! And since you carry less weight on top you probably also have great arms and a slender mid section that may at first glance, make you appear like you actually weight less than you really do. Your flaw? Because triangles have narrow shoulders they can often appear slouched, and bottom-heavy due to their wide hips if caught wearing the wrong clothes.

    What Not To Wear:

    So how does one go about balancing out a triangular silhouette? If you have a triangle shaped figure the first thing you want to do is avoid clothing that makes you look bottom-heavy. This means stay away from pieces that maximize your hips; pleated skirts, poofy skirts, close fitting tulip flared skirts, wide leg jeans / trousers, low rise pants, pants with small pockets in the rear, extra detailing (such as embroidery, cargo pockets, pleating or patterns), and shiny or light-weight material that clings to close to the body. As for tops steer clear of spaghetti straps that can make you slender shoulders look week, high necklines, raglan sleeves, drop waist styles, peasant tops, or any other tops that hit across your low-hip because they draw attention to your widest point.

    What To Wear:

    Instead, as a triangle, if you trying to achieve a balanced silhouette you need to draw the attention back up to your shoulders and neckline. To do this look for tops that have more volume and detailing at the shoulders, and an open neckline. Try girly tops with puffed shoulders, ruffled detailing, or military styled jackets with epaulets. When choosing jackets look for ones that hit either above or below the widest part of hips; never directly on. Also consider the size of the lapels; are they in proportion to the rest of your frame? If they look to narrow they will make your upper body look even smaller, so be careful! On the bottom stick to pants with a mid rise, and either a straight or bootcut leg. Doing so will help to minimize your hips. If you prefer skirts and dressed make sure they fit closest just above the widest point of your hips and flare out and away from there.

    Also try wearing bolder accessories up high; a well placed necklace at the collarbone, or chandelier earrings will work great on you!

  • How to Flatter your Figure: Inverted-Triangle

    The Pros / Cons of being an Inverted Triangle:

    If you have an inverted-triangle shaped figure congratulations! Inverted triangles generally have beautiful wide shoulders, and often look taller and more confident at first glance. You probably also have great legs and should be able to wear clothes beautifully - assuming you choose the right ones. Your flaw? Inverted-triangles can tend to look top heavy in the wrong clothes, and if your are carrying extra weight throughout your middle your silhouette can start to look somewhat masculine and curveless.

    What Not To Wear:

    So what's an inverted-triangle to do? If you have an inverted-triangle shaped figure the first thing you want to do is avoid clothing that makes you look top-heavy. This means don't wear anything that adds extra bulk to your upper body, because you will only exaggerate the difference in proportion between your shoulders and hips. Stay away from shoulder pads, puffed sleeves, jackets with shoulder detailing (such as epaulets or ruffles), or high crew / boat necklines. You also want to avoid any pants or skirts with a narrow cut. If your trying to achieve a balanced silhouette your probably going to need to wear bottoms that add volume to your lower half. Pencil skirts, straight-leg jeans, or shift dresses for the matter are not going to cut it.

    What To Wear:

    Instead look for pieces that open up the neckline, drawing attention to the center of your body and away from your broad shoulders. Try wrap tops, tailored blouses, or V'd neck sweaters. A V'd neckline works especially well for this purpose. Also, look for tops and jackets with princess seaming. Princess seams allow a garment to fit closer to the body, in turn giving the illusion of additional curves, and a slimmer silhouette. On the bottom you will want to try and balance out your wide shoulders by wearing skirt and dresses that flare away from the body, and pants that have more of a flared or bootcut leg.

    You can also affect the balance of your silhouette by playing with the color combinations of your garments. Darker colors make things appear smaller, while lighter colors make things appear larger. If you combine dark tops with lighter bottom pieces it will help you minimize your broad shoulders and make your hips appear more in proportion.

  • How to Flatter your Figure: Hourglass

    The Pros / Cons of being an Hourglass:

    Va-va-voom! If you have an hourglass shape congratulations (most of us are wishing we were you right now!) Hourglasses have equally wide hips and shoulders, as well as a well defined waist. Unlike most of the other body shape types you don't have to try to disguise anything. In fact, all you really need to do is carefully choose a wardrobe that doesn't interfere with what you've already got going.

    What Not To Wear:

    If you look at your silhouette you will notice that the narrowest part of your body is your waist. Your hips and shoulders may be well balanced and in proportion, but it is the contrast in the size of waistline that gives you the sex appeal. When choosing clothing it is important that you avoid anything that diminishes this contrast. You should try to stay away from boxy jackets, high necklines, loose fitting tops, and shapeless dresses. You don't want to hide your biggest asset! As for bottoms; thought you may have a great shape, you still want to keep the focus on your middle so steer clear of low-rise pants, extra detailing, and large prints that would throw of your visual balance.

    In addition,when piecing together outfits try to keep your color combinations balanced. This means stick to a combination of dark colors, or light colors; but not both together at the same time. Light colors make things appear bigger, while dark colors make things appear smaller. If you pair a white top with dark pants your going to look top-heavy, and vis-versa; if you pair a dark top with light bottoms you are going to look bottom-heavy. It is very easy to throw off the balance of an hourglass figure so be careful!

    What to Wear:

    One of the best things an Hourglass figure can wear is a wrap dress! The style was pretty much designed for you and it should flatter your figure perfectly. In addition look for tops and dresses that fit close to your waist to maintain the shape. Jacket and trenches that belt at the waist can also work great on you. And as for bottoms; try mid rise jeans with a dark wash that is not distressed. Also try pencil and high waisted skirts; you should really be able to wear them well.

  • How to Flatter your Figure: Rectangle

    The Pros / Cons of being a Rectangle:

    If you fall into the rectangle category your in luck! Women with a rectangular body type already have a balanced body silhouette. Broad shoulders, and equally broad hips. The only thing you are missing is well defined waistline, but don't worry, that's an easy fix!

    What Not To Wear:

    If you have a rectangular shaped figure your probably running a little low on curves. When choosing outfits you want to avoid anything that would accentuate this "flaw". Stay away from boxy cut jackets, tops without contouring, or anything else that would add bulk to your mid section.

    What To Wear:

    There are two ways to approach the task of flattering a rectangular shaped figure; a. you can try to cinch in your waist by adding a belt, sash, or corset; or b. you can play up the volume of your hips and shoulders which will in turn give the illusion of a smaller waistline in contrast. To get the most bang for your buck look for pieces that can do both - such as wrap tops and dresses.

    When shopping you want to look for pieces that add more femininity (aka. Curves) to your static shape. Think girlie tops with puffed shoulders, or jackets with detailing that visually widen your shoulder span; military styles with epaulets, or extra detailing such as ruffles. On the bottom try skirts that flare away from the body, or dresses that fit closest at the empire waist before flaring out.

    Another way to draw attention away from the mid section and give the illusion of a curvier shape is to wear tops with deeply V'd necklines, and add a splash of color in a cami underneath. Doing so will draw the attention up and away from your waist. Also, try pairing casual tops, and princess seamed blazers with "skinny" cut jeans or pants that tapper towards the ankles. A skinny cut leg will make your hips look wider and maximize the contrast of your waistline.

    Need a quick fix for a wardrobe that doesn't quite follow these rules? Buy a belt, or two and wear them over everything - is the cheapest and quickest way to get your wardrobe back on track!

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