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Simple Solutions for 2 Common Style Challenges

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In the last few years I’ve moved away from ‘body typing’ with my clients, to simply showing them easy solutions to their self proclaimed style challenges. Doing so feels much less restrictive than following all of the so-called rules for individual body-types.

 Case in point: the rules for my body-type would have me emphasize my waist and avoid skinny or tapered jeans. Well guess what? Very often I don’t emphasize my waist, and I often do wear skinny jeans! Why? Because (a) I know how to tweak my ‘rule-breaking’ outfits to feel great in them, and (b) it gives me more style choices.

You see, balance can be created with a few simple style adjustments such as: when I wear skinny or tapered jeans, I usually wear a small heel to give me a bit more height, and to lengthen my leg line.  And if I decide to bypass my waist/tummy, I make sure the top, tunic or dress skims my torso and that it’s not too baggy.

 Like me, Charma’s self-proclaimed style challenge is her hips/thighs. But when your clothes work for you, you forget all that and get on with your day. 

Notice how the slight flare at the bottom of her dark-wash jeans creates a more proportioned, long and lean look. Also, the tan leather jacket sits at the top of her hip bone, again creating a longer leg line. And not to be outdone by those killer jeans, Charma’s whimsical scarf and knit hat bring the attention to her beautiful smile and away from her challenge area.

Conventional style wisdom says that Stacey should wear boot-cut or wide-leg jeans to offset her upper body (and she does look fantastic in them), but being the rule -breaker that she is, she shows us why they’re meant to be broken.

 Stacey’s great-fitting, cranberry top skims nicely over her tummy, her self-proclaimed style challenge, thus creating a streamlined and slimming effect. Her army green jacket adds a flattering, structured layer, while also creating a waist with the strategically placed pocket flaps. Her booties add height, lengthening her legs, and by wearing a funky, layered necklace, all eyes are focused on Stace’s pretty face!

How simple was that?

If you fight with your body-type and it always wins, maybe it’s time to accept it, work with it, and out-smart it a little bit. These simple tips will help you do just that!

Need more help with your style challenges? Please consider The Wright Fit’s Closet Edit. It’s the perfect scenario in which to address those challenges. And guess what? We’re running a March SPECIAL: receive a FREE Casual Color Snapshot ($19 value) with the purchase of a Closet Edit ($125 Harford County). Special must be purchased by March 29, 2019.

Is Your Wardrobe Working For or Against You?

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Charma looking sassy in flattering boot-cut jeans and skimming jacket

Charma looking sassy in flattering boot-cut jeans and skimming jacket

Yikes! Did you know wearing the wrong styles of clothes for your body-type can easily make you look 5 -20 lbs heavier than you are? No one wants that. Your clothes should work for you, not against you.  So make sure one of your goals in 2017 is to get your look and wardrobe in tip-top shape.  Let’s get started!

How do you know if your wardrobe is working for you? It’s easy, you feel good in everything you wear. If you’re constantly second guessing your outfits, then something is amiss.

Keep the frump-factor at bay by making sure your hair, makeup, eyeglasses and clothes are up-to-date.  Do you need to update them every year? Of course not, but if you’ve made no changes in let’s say…. 5 + years (being generous here), it’s definitely time for a re-fresh. Check out Amanda, PattieVal and Linda in The Wright Fit’s Portfolio page.


One of the best tips I can give you is to embrace clothes that “skim.” Avoid anything that’s too tight or too baggy, as they will both make you look heavier and disheveled.  Pieces that skim the hips and tummy are typically flattering.

Missy in flattering and tummy-skimming bypass top

Missy in flattering and tummy-skimming bypass top

If you’re self-conscious about an area, such as your hips and thighs, then don’t bring attention there. Here’s an example: avoid the trending, bold-print yoga leggings and opt for the solid, darker versions instead.  Wear a brighter color or print on your upper body. Doing so will de-emphasize your hips and thighs and bring attention to your pretty face.  Just because there’s a trend out there, it doesn’t mean you have to wear it.

Always ask yourself if a style will work for or against you.  Something that simple can make a huge difference in how you look and feel about yourself.