Bums and pockets


It’s a fact that back pockets can change your bum’s appearance. Not so much used to carry stuff anymore, back pockets are mostly used as a decorative element, but a decorative element of a massive visual impact.

Many clothing stores are now equipped with cameras, so no longer you have to twist your neck to inspect your bum while trying on jeans, your back view is now clearly visible on a huge screen. Convenient, confronting and often thought provoking all at the same time.

The pocket size, colour and placement used wisely can work some serious magic and knowing the way they do it will take the mystery out of your jean or trouser shopping and/or sewing.
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Imogen answers part one


Today I am proud to present a first part of several blog posts on style. Stylist Imogen Lamport is answering your questions on style, colour, trends, wardrobe and more.

Is little black dress a really necessary item?
Absolutely not!  In fact for many people a colour other than black is much preferable.  It’s good to create an ‘evening’ capsule in a colour that suits you so you have something to wear out when the occasion calls.  It doesn’t have to be a dress, and definitely doesn’t need to be black.  My post here has a black dress because black suits me, but substitute another colour – aubergine, deep green, chocolate, navy instead.
How to build an evening wear wardrobe
Which prints are the most flattering for larger figures?
Depends on your personality – but prints that are dense not sparse, with low negative space and go for a medium sized print, neither too tiny or too large. High contrast makes prints appear larger, low contrast makes prints appear smaller.  Here is more information
How to choose a print garment
What is the bigger sin:
to overdress or under-dress?
Under-dress – my philosophy has always
been that it’s better to raise the tone than lower it.
How to wear colours that I like but are not “mine”?
Wear them away from your face.
Don’t put them on body parts you’d rather attention wasn’t drawn.
Ensure the rest of your outfit is in fabulous colours that really suit you.
How to add trend colours that don’t suit you to your wardrobe
Which trends would you like to see disappear?
I don’t get the open toed boot.  Really.

 Dresses and Skirts – Why Don’t I wear Them?
I don’t feel comfortable in skirts and dresses. Is there a skirt or dress for me?

If you don’t like them, don’t wear them!   Without knowing why you don’t find them comfortable it’s hard for me to judge.  Comfort can relate to the fit, the fabric, the style, your personality.

I love dresses because I find them easier to fit (no rise seam that runs through your crotch), I buy them in fabrics that drape (so they move with my body) in fabrics that stretch (so I don’t feel constricted by them) and in styles that don’t draw attention to my flat butt (the way trousers do), and that suit the feminine part of my personality.  They make me happy, but not everyone has to wear them!
So ask yourself in your quest for the skirt or dress to make you happy:

  • What is my body shape?  Which shapes and styles will flatter me?
  • What are my body proportions?  How long should my skirt or dress be?
  • What is my personality?  Do I like prints or patterns or not?  Do I like stretch fabrics or wovens?  Do I like close or loose fitting garments?  Do I like lace or do I like unusual construction?

All these questions will help you find the right kind of skirt or dress for you.

Useful reading:
Body shapes explained, How to measure your body proportions,What is your style recipe

Autumn fashion


Earthy tones and cosy fabrics from Clocci and Cori Autumn/Winter 2012 collections.

These are my favourite garments. I love the diagonal panels and combination of classic leather and short gloves. Leather shoulder patches add structure

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Cori's no-fuss lines and leather shoulders

Clocci’s colour and texture play is great and I love those red pumps!

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Clocci's chunky knits

And this ensemble can be worn as is, straight off the runway

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Leather trim shorts

What are your favourite Autumn/Winter trends so far?
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