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As they say, "'tis the season". The season for what, you ask? The season to forget all those good and healthy habits developed over the past year. Mind you, I speak for myself only. Surely, you have been very well behaved and totally ignored your good host/hostess, vainly attempting to force unnecessary, extra calories on you. I on the other hand, gave in. Completely.
Obviously, I have good genes! They are determined to keep me going. No amount of starvation will keep the fat off. Evolution or not, my body still thinks I have to eke an existence foraging and hunting and is determined to store every passing calorie. My 'diet' strategy now, is based on illusion. It must work since I was asked two nights ago how I had lost weight, when in fact, I have gained yet another kilo!!
Here's what I have determined over many years of trials and many more mistakes. The first thing to do is take a good look at your self. What are your good points? Do you have nice legs? A small waist? Slim arms? Beautiful eyes? Shiny hair? These are what you are going to emphasize. The second thing is to determine what actually suits you, and forget what the latest fashion mavens say you should wear. For this a good, honest friend would be invaluable. Mind you, the key word there is honest. Your best pal who always thinks you look great won't cut it!
Let's work on the whole look. Here are three rules I would advocate for pretty much anyone... stay away from loud, large patterns. Why? Precisely because they are loud and large, and on you, would make you look loud and large. Secondly, those straight, wide 'palazzo' pants make those of us who are even slightly lacking in the height department and not quite perfectly proportioned widthwise look wide and short. Lastly, stay away from those white pantyhose, stick to naturals, browns, or blacks.
To create an illusion of height and stop the eye traveling across you, wear the same color or shades of the same color, all the way up from your feet to your neckline. Keep the 'vertical line' continuous on your body, for example, by wearing black trousers, with either a black or dark grey blouse or jacket. If you do not want to wear a jacket, choose your trousers and blouse in, either the same color, similar shades or the same color, or similar values of brightness. You can add interest by wearing a colored or printed blouse, a scarf, chunky jewelry or an eye-catching pin. Force the viewer's eye toward your most flattering aspects.
Darker colors tend to recede and so are great for 'hiding' faults. Force the viewer's eye toward your flattering aspects. To 'hide' large hips, wear darker pants, trousers and skirts. To pull the eye to your lovely long neck, wear a pretty scarf, or wear an open neckline and a necklace. Be careful with checks and plaids. Be sure they are of a size you can carry off, in other words, small. The same goes for clothes with horizontal lines. Safer to stick with vertical lines or pin-stripes.
To camouflage a not too tiny waist, give the belts a miss. If you must wear
one, match the color to your pants or skirt. Similarly, tops and dresses
that have a band of color across the waist area pull the eye in that
direction. Be sure that is where you want your viewer's eye to end up!!
Better to have a band of color across the chest or shoulders.
Make sure your hairstyle suits you, and learning how to take care of it.
Blow-drying doesn't have to take hours. Consider heated rollers. Yes, I have
read the articles in women's magazines that tell you how to do your make-up
in 20 minutes instead of 40. If you take the time to figure out what make-up
you really need... eyeliner? Kajal? Lip color? Pressed powder? You can do it
in seconds. Try on glasses in different shapes to determine which suit you
the best. Two-inch heels are very comfortable and who can sneeze at the leg
length they will give you. If you like to, by all means, go for the higher
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