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Fashion Image Tips

fs.2.10You can do what you want to do; your desire to do it is PROOF that you have within you the power to do it. Quote by, Wallace Wattles

To benefit from using the Law of Attraction that states: You attract more of what you focus on, try to focus your thoughts on the opposite of what you always do. Whether it is in your clothing selections, the way you dress, or the way you express yourself, you can learn to break yourself of bad habits and negative behaviors. So, make a habit to focus more on what you wish to happen. For example:

1. Replace anger and resentment with a positive, forgiving attitude. Not only will you feel better, in the long run, your health will thank you for it.

2. If you find yourself talking too much and not listening to the other person, focus on being silent for at least 20 seconds and make sure the other person completes voicing their thoughts before you speak yours.

3. In learning a new skill, focus on the outcome you wish to reach, and not on how difficult the learning process may be.

4. Focus on what you wish to happen (becoming slimmer, eating healthier foods, taking more interest in your appearance, walking more, and sitting less).

5. Make a point to focus less on any bad habits you have today.

6. Pay attention to your appearance. When you care less about the way you dress or look, your image (and perhaps your reputation) suffers.

7. Be grateful for what you have, rather than be upset for what you do not have.

8. SMILE! Not only will you feel more attractive, and look better, you make someone else feel better about their own image.

Selecting clothing that suits your personality is a good habit to form. Did you know that the clothing you select to wear expresses your personality? It only becomes an unfavorable habit when you choose styles that are forced on you by someone else, or when you select a style that is unsuitable for your unique personality.

Recognize whether your image and personality reveals an exotic type, an athletic type, or a romantic type. For example, habits of the exotic type is to choose styles that suggest a bold, joyful style of dressing. Your colors and fabrics may be in deep reds and oriental tones.

The athletic type usually prefers strong, unfussy clothes in natural tones and earthy colors. And for the sentimental, romantic type, your habit of dressing may include lots of feminine pieces, lots of lacy lingerie, and fragile high-heeled shoes.

Whatever makes up your clothing choices, use as many tricks of colors and styles to create your individual look. Make a point to look good every time you step foot outside your door. Make it a habit to recognize exactly what it is that best compliments your personality type. If you care enough about the way you dress, and what makes up your wardrobe, you will never go wrong.

In addition to the way you dress, keeping your hair looking its best is also important. When you allow enough time every day to keep it beautifully groomed, you add to your attractiveness. Good hair grooming is the easiest habit to develop. Also, pay attention to your diet and exercise. These are all important habits to develop.

Remember, to form good habits and achieve any degree of success, think of your mind and body as your garden. Whatever you plant in it, the same grows in your life. If you plant positive, hopeful thoughts, constantly feeding and nourishing them, your life will be positive, healthy, and confident.

Constantly create good habits. Then bad habits, like weeds, will not have a chance to grow. Plant thoughts of wellness and prosperity in your life, and you will always create new ways to reach those goals.

It is never too late to unlearn a bad habit and create a good one.

Gerri D Smith combines apparel design, and creative fashion writing, into a successful business. In business for twenty plus years and lovin’ every minute of it – even the ups and downs, Gerri’s deep passion for creating women’s fashions and accessories is enhanced by her love of writing.

Gerri’s apparel and accessory designs are promoted and marketed online, and sold to private clients. As a free-lance designer, many of her designs are one-of-a-kind and special-ordered. Gerri publishes fashion and image-improvement articles, an online fashion eCourse, and an inspirational self-improvement eBook. The articles, eCourse, and eBook are marketed nationwide online, and offline to women business owners, individuals, and entrepreneurs.

Gerri’s newest project is an exciting, quality fashion eCourse for the certain lady who wishes to learn more about the world of fashion, style, beauty and wellness. Just being able to share two of her deepest passions – creative fashion designing and creative inspirational fashion writing with others is her greatest pleasure.

Senior Fashion Tips To Transform Senior Fashion From Drab To Fab

The desire to look stylish doesn’t disappear just because there are a few more candles on the cake. When you think of senior fashion, does your mind conjure up images of blue hair and support hose?

Seniors Worry About Medicare- Not Skin Care

Advertisers would have us believe that only shoppers well under retirement age get excited about new clothes. Commercials show seniors getting plastic surgery to look good, not shopping at Victoria Secret.

I think they’re trying to sell the idea that looking youthful, is the key to looking great.

I’m not buying what they’re selling… Are You?

Caregivers Who Focus On Senior Fashion Are Worth Their Weight In Gold

Did you know your outward appearance can affect your demeanor and even your healing abilities? Check out what scientists are saying:

  • The link between physical health and emotional outlook is powerful
  • Negative feelings can suppress the immune system
  • Positive feelings can speed up recovery from injuries

Caregivers who help their loved ones feel good with a new article of clothing, manicure, or hair style change more than just the outside appearance.

Their message says their loved one is worth the extra time and attention. Now your parent feels spectacular on the inside too. Talk about a boost to their immune system and your relationship!

Sensational Senior Fashion Tips That Won’t Break The Bank

You don’t have to spend a fortune to look like a million bucks. Here are five ways to make a great fashion statement:

    1. Style Check– Don’t get caught wearing styles that are best forgotten. Best example: “That 70’s Show”. Men and women each need to stick to timeless pieces. Update your look by pairing your timeless pieces with something in this season’s color.
    1. Fit is key– Poorly fitting clothes or clothes without definition are a sure sign you’re out of step with the times. Don’t let retailers keep you in the department with suspenders, elastic waist pants, or mumus. If you can’t bear to part with a piece of clothing, see if it can be tailored to fit.
    1. Accessories– Your cane or walker don’t count! Belts, hats, ties, scarves, jewelry, etc. Each of these can be used to update the look of what’s already in your closet. Men have been doing this for years. It’s time ladies took a page from their book.
    1. Grooming– There’s no law to keep you from changing your hairstyle. Styles and colors from ten years ago may not become you now. If your hair is thinning, comb overs are never your best look. Don’t forget to update your makeup as well.
  1. Specialty Stores – These retailers feature stylish clothing for people with physical challenges. For example: shirts with Velcro instead of buttons for people with arthritis.

The Bottom Line: There’s No Excuse To Be Dowdy

Senior fashion doesn’t have to be drab. Fashion is an extension of your personality. Your personality doesn’t fade just because you get older. The choice is yours. See you on the fab side of fifty!

Looking for Fashion Size Plus

If you are looking for fashion size plus then you are not the only one. Hundreds of searches take place every day on-line to find trendy stylish clothes for women with a fuller figure.

Remember size 16 is now the most popular fashion size plus, therefore women with voluptuous figures want to dress to impress and buy clothes which make them feel good.

Listed here are tips make you look good when you have a fuller figure.

1. Buy your correct fashion size not the size you wish you were. You will look and feel much slimmer when you wear clothes which fit you properly. Wearing clothes which are shapeless and baggy will make you look bigger. Wearing clothes which are too tight will show case all your lumps and bumps.

2. Underwear counts, a bra that fits you across the back and in the cup size will make will look slimmer. 80% of women wear the wrong size and ill fitting bra. It is important to get measured every six months, wearing the correct size will lift and tuck, it is an instant breast job. You will also give your waist more definition.

3. Avoid stretchy fabrics they will cling to all the wrong places.

4. Posture, standing straight with your shoulders pulled back can add a couple of inches to your height.

5. Wearing the one colour tone will make you look slimmer, dark colours will give the impression of a slimmer you.

6. Keep up to date with the latest styles and trends, stuffy clothing are usually associated with age and larger ladies.

7. Add colour with shoes, belts, over sized handbags, scarves and jewelery.

Fashion School Tips For an Ultra Chic

Who wants a Cosmo? With “Sex and the City 2” hitting theatres, it’s time to get “carrie’d away” with the girls for a “Sex and the City” bash. Our fashion school experts have some party ideas to make your celebration particularly stylish and fun. So dial up the glamour and find your inner Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte or Miranda with these oh so fashionable SATC party tips. Oh, and Mr. Big’s not invited.

Dress like your favorite character. A big part the fun of “Sex and the City” is the glorious fashion design. Each of the show’s women has her distinctive style, so channel your favorite character and work it! All you Carries out there might mix an avant-garde piece with a vintage find; try a men’s vest and tie; or wear a tank top and tutu like Sarah Jessica Parker wears during the opening credits. Samantha’s wardrobe is bold and sexy: vivid colors, animal prints and figure-hugging tops are at the top of her fashion list. She’s also all about the accessories, like big hoop earrings, designer bags and dramatic hats. If you’re more of the Charlotte type, think Park Avenue Princess: either a classic A-line dress, a matching sweater set, or a plaid or hounds tooth jacket. Then finish off the look with a headband and a string of pearls. And for you Mirandas, you can either go with a chic business suit or a sleek evening dress. (But don’t go for Miranda’s harried mom look with baby food stains on her sweatshirt.)

Do a fashion show/clothes swap. One of the highlights of the first “Sex and the City” movie was when Carrie put on a fashion show for her friends, trying on all her old outfits from her closet, and getting a “yay” or “nay” for each piece. Recreate the fun of that scene with your own fashion show. Ask each guest to bring two or three outfits they no longer want, and have clothes swap at the party. When someone finds a garment she might want, she tries it on, sashays down a “runway,” and everyone else plays fashion design critic, deciding whether she should take it or not. Any clothes not taken by the end of the party can be donated to a thrift shop.

Decorate with style. For that “Sex and the City” vibe, decorate your party with items that pay tribute to the show. Place shopping bags and shoe boxes on tables as an homage to Carrie. Do an all-white theme with white balloons and white fabric swagged everywhere like Carrie’s swanky book party. Celebrate everything New York with subway maps and “I Love NY” posters. Or even put Post-It notes with memorable “Sex and the City” quotes all around the party for a tongue-in-cheek reminder of the way Berger broke up with Carrie.

Food and drinks. Of course you must serve Cosmopolitans and Appletinis, but make sure you use real martini glasses, not plastic cups. Would Samantha ever drink out of a plastic cup? We think not. As for food, Chinese take-out is not only easy, it’s all Miranda ever ate. Or serve sushi, Samantha’s cuisine of choice (and the subject of a funny and memorable scene) from the first movie. As for dessert, even if you can’t have Carrie’s favorite cupcakes from Magnolia Bakery, mini cupcakes with pink frosting from your local bakeshop will have your guests in sugar heaven.

Goodie bags. Send your “Sex and the City” party guests off in style with goodie bags containing little bottles of bath and body products, chocolate, and even DVDs of the show. For the bags themselves, find inexpensive cosmetics bags or small purses and glue on an obviously fake designer label on them to pay homage to the episode in which Samantha dragged Carrie to go shopping for Fendi handbag knockoffs.

With a “Sex and the City” shindig this fun, your guests will be clamoring for another sequel – to the movie and your party.

abulous Fashion Revival Tips

In the fashion world of reality have you never noticed how latest trendy fashion designs what clothe boutique shop mannequins – duplicate creations designed decades ago. If your keen eye espied this, then does this not tell you something? Yes that’s right, the clothes mum and granny wore in their hey-day could have you after a few minor alterations be the envy of all your friends. A rummage in the closet of the grey haired or blue rinse relative can save you time and money.

Revival of fashion rejuvenates from flower power hippie bell bottoms into flares. The bolero jacket turns box coat, and back on the scene with vengeance the pointed shoe once referred to as the “winkle picker,” oh and not forgetting the square toed “chisel”. I ask who is responsible for such unappealing names. Mind you back in the days of the Beatles the mention of winkle picker was so desirable it was like music to your ears. In reality chic trendy fashion items are not changing with the times – only the name.

Being fashionable is not about designer labels but the actual design of the outfit itself. The style layout is fashion and not the designer. Think about it, Versace and Gucci have been around for years so nothing fresh or new here, only what they create. The huge demand for fake designer labels is saving the fashion conscious a lot of money. Why pay through the nose for something you can not see or the person you wish to impress. Designer tags are sewn on the inside of most garments. Is there a reason for this? Could it be the shame of charging extortionate prices?

Save pennies today and salvage moms clothing donation for the local jumble sale. Bargain buys come in a multitude of choice from local charity shops and car boot sales. Some folk embarrass easily over wearing another`s cast offs (second hand) and this is understandable. If you can swallow your pride then a cycle wash with fabric softener will have the garment smelling fresh and looking like new leaving you with spare coppers in your pocket. Remember not all items for sale in second hand shops, are second hand.

Why not consider designing your own clothes and create a new image for yourself. Set your own trend/style. Fashion is determined by your way of thinking. If you think something is nice you wear it and vice versa. In saying that we have those regardless of how hideous they look in an outfit continues to strut the walk looking like a freak.

If you follow particular fashion behaviours then make sure they compliment “you” and your shape. If you choose to ignore this advice then be warned

Take heed of the fashion reminder “What goes around comes around” Remember moms’ clothes were once chic and fashionable so why not again. Fashion is about attitude and if positive is in there somewhere, better still for recreating. If the golden oldies attire is not for you then try spice up other garments regardless of which person it belongs too.

1. Neck ties or any kind of neck adornment like scarves, chokers, boot laces and tastefully twisted rope can make a huge impact on how a plain dress/blouse looks. Dickie bows and cravats are fabulous finishing accessories.

2. Bring out the calling in colours – let them shout. Clash colours if you want to get noticed. Stripy shorts and polka dot tights (green red yellow) whatever your preference in colour will turn heads.

3. Use colourful ribbon to make a flash impression. Get it out of your head (excuse the pun) that ribbons are solely for the hair.

4. Tights and socks with funky inexpensive bits and bobs sewn on create an affective finish.

5. Liven up old belts with sequins, bows, studs, chains, rhinestone, pearls or beads

Anyone can revive their wardrobe by recycling their clothing.

1. A long skirt can be shortened. Short skirts can have layers added e.g. ra ra style, tassels or fringe.

2. Remove dress or blouse sleeves to create a sleeveless one. If a dress has pockets embroider with fancy stitching or sew on flower motifs.

3. Not familiar with a needle and cotton that’s okay, you can purchase fusing and permanent glue products for many tasks.

4. Feathers are fabulous and fancy and glue easy.

5. Leave your mark on a pair of plain slacks by running a satin strip down the leg, waist or hem. Cheap inexpensive trims can add oomph, sparkle and elegance and can be obtained from craft and fabric stores.

If you can knit then take advantage of this trait and knit a shawl or woollies i.e. sweater or scarf and decorate with a brooch or other type decorative pin.

It is simple to accessorize with a brooch. The brooch can be pinned to one side of your neckline towards a sleeve or in the middle of your neckline highlighting the bust. Gather the material and attach the brooch to your bra strap. This creates a unique neckline and offers a wide range of possibilities for clothing items. Fashion magazines are a fine source for ideas. The finest craftsmen in the world who work on gems and Jewelry are Indian’s, and look how they present themselves at the time of a tribal war dance.

Good fashion sense tells us not to go over our budget and that we don’t want to wear the same outfit over and over, hence more reason to be able to create. It is best to find a look that best suits your personality. Not all trendy fashion designs are created for each individual, individually, so therefore you must feel comfortable before you can feel stylish.

Spring Men s Fashion

I wouldn’t say that I’m one of those miserable people, who seem so put out by the winter season but I sure am glad when we see the back of it! Don’t get me wrong, the winter isn’t entirely unbearable however it can be a bit boring when you’re trying to look as stylish as possible.

Winter style is good but when you’re limited to knitwear and coats so thick you risk looking like the kid out of Home Alone; it can get a bit mundane. With the spring however, although the weather isn’t 100% warm, the ability to ditch the countless layers and where something other than brown can be quite refreshing to say the least.

Whether you’re into your fashion like me, whether you try to keep up with the latest trends as much as possible or you just go with the flow; the coming spring season brings with it an endless number of style opportunities. You don’t have to be completely outlandish in your style choices but this spring there is no reason why you cannot look like a well-groomed gentleman that knows exactly what he’s doing.

Ready to get a bit braver with your wardrobe choices; here are the top tips to keep in mind this season…

    • Runway – The 2015 Spring/Summer runway shows have been inspired by the 70’s. I’m talking lots of denim, bright ombre colours and some very brave print’s. These look great on the runway and have really got people talking but complete looks might not work so well for the average Joe. Whether one of the trends appeal to you or all of them do, try not to dive straight in, take it a step at a time and mix and match. In an attempt to look exactly like a runway show you could end up attracting attention for all the wrong reasons.
    • Shape – There are a lot of great items that both high street and men’s designer labels will have available but you have to remember that not every item will work for every man. Again tying in with the above point, don’t overdo anything just because you’ve seen it on the runway. Perhaps consider trying one thing at a time and see how you feel; particularly if it’s a new material and fit that you’re not used to. From skinny denim jeans to tight tees and tailored short jackets; not every style suits every man so practice and get used to what your body type best.
  • Invest – I love high street brands but whatever the season I always try to ensure that I invest in at least one designer pair of shoes. It seems a bit much but what helps a man’s style stand above the rest is the quality of his footwear. From quality footwear for the office to a pair of stylish trainers or brogue’s that I know I’ll use all summer; whatever the season and whatever my personal style choices; investing in the right quality footwear can help me stay a step above the rest.

With spring around the corner, you don’t have to be a style guru to know that now is the time to really bring your wardrobe to life. From embracing the latest trends, to sticking to what suits you best, to always ensuring that you always have lasting quality in your choices; fashion is always unpredictable but by staying one step ahead, you can ensure that whatever season arrives, you’re style always leads the way.

Looking Effortlessly Stylish and Creating Your Own Unique Fashion Style

There’s a famous saying that goes, ‘the clothes make the man (or the woman).’ This simply means that what one wears can say a lot about him; some actually judge people on the kind of clothes they wear. Ever since that time when man decided to put on something to cover his naked body, he has always been paying attention to what he wears not only in terms of how it protects his body, but also on how he’s going to be perceived by other people. Today, fashion trends come and go as fleeting as the latest smartphones.

If you’re the kind of person who doesn’t necessarily keep up with the latest trends in fashion but don’t want to look old-fashioned either, you can follow these tips on how to dress up in style without necessarily spending a fortune or without looking like you’re trying to follow the trend:

Choose clothes that complement your skin color, height and size – Some people make the mistake of putting on something that they’ve seen their favorite celebrities wear that may not necessarily be ideal for them. Always go for outfits that will highlight your good features and downplay the not-too-good ones.

Don’t go for too much: It’s okay to make a statement with what you wear, but you don’t necessarily have to go over the top for it. You can be bold sometimes, but don’t make yourself appear like a human placard.

Have a few pairs of jeans: Jeans always work with almost anything and are never out of style. Jeans can also be used to neutralize your overall look in case your top looks too formal or too elegant if you’re only attending a small soiree. However, you should still stay within the bounds of good taste and decency by not going too low waist-ed with them. Tattered jeans are fine, too, but overdoing it may just result to a fashion disaster.

Know how to mix and match: When shopping, look for clothes with neutral colors and plain prints so you can match them with anything in your closet. But this is not to limit your shopping range. Of course, you can always go for shirts that have different colors and exciting prints, but nothing too outrageous.

Create your own style – There’s nothing wrong with looking like your favorite celebrity, but wearing exactly the same shirt, pants, shoes, and accessories he or she has worn in a picture you’ve seen in a magazine makes you look like a copycat. Some people would even think it’s creepy. Experiment with different combinations and create a style all your own.

Looking stylish with the clothes you wear is certainly not rocket science. Just know who you are and what looks good on you and you can strut your stuff with panache wherever you go.

Holiday Budget Crunch Fashion Thrift Tips

You might have realized by now that the winter holiday season is not for the faint of wallet. Between food, drinks and supplies for hosting holiday parties, gift-giving, and shopping for party outfits and cold weather gear, these holidays can outstretch the finances of even the wealthiest of merrymakers. That’s why this New Year’s season, we reached out to thin-pocketed fashion college students who are awfully good at making a little bit of cash really last. Luckily, we ended up with some great tips on how to hang on to your dollar bills in the early days of 2013 by hitting the thrift stores and being smart about what you buy.

1. Not all thrift shopping is created equally. If your post-holiday budget is stretched extremely tight, it’s important to dismiss the common misconception that all secondhand clothes shopping is inexpensive. For those of you that live in bigger cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles or New York City, you will definitely have noticed by now that it majorly depends where you go looking if you are truly trying to find a bargain. In order to keep it extra thrifty this January, avoid smaller vintage boutiques where the staff hand-selects all of their merchandise. Instead, hit up bigger thrift warehouses like Goodwill or the Salvation Army. Sure, these places might require a little bit more time digging around to find your special treasures, but the prices are so cheap, it will be well worth the extra time.

2. Try everything but do NOT buy everything. Start your second semester of the school year at fashion colleges with a sleek and stylish late winter look. In order to accomplish this look, a great strategy is to combine any clothes (sweaters, boots, scarves, etc… ) you might have collected over Christmas and Hannukah from various gifts with some special, new thrift shop finds. Even at a super cheap second-hand clothing emporium, experienced shoppers often report that they still rack up quite a bill just off of the sheer temptation to buy too much stuff because of the reasonable prices. Avoid this temptation! Careful shoppers know that a few unique thrift accents can take your wardrobe a long way. No need to buy everything!

3. Look for unique, one-of-a-kind stuff. Most young fashion designers or designers in training at fashion schools recognize the importance of individual style. That being said, almost anybody (designer or not) would feel mortified if they walked into school, work or any other event and they were wearing the same outfit as somebody else!

Thrift shopping comes in handy in a major way when it comes to keeping one’s wardrobe selections unique. Think about it this way: There is a much higher chance of dressing like somebody else if you stick to shopping only at major retail chains like H&M or The Gap. The trick is to hit up secondhand or vintage stores and hone in on whatever really unique clothing or accessories you find that speak to you. There is much less of a likelihood that the store you are at will even have more than one of whatever item you like in stock, so you can pretty much always go home knowing that nobody else around will be rocking that same look. This way you can be careful about money AND promote your individual style.

We hope you enjoyed your holiday season, but these thrift shopping tips are also supposed to remind you that no can last forever… Sigh, until next year!

Advice On Staying On Top Of Fashion Styles And Looking Your Best

Growing up you didn’t think that you would feel so passionate about a subject like fashion. But fashion says a lot about a person, and it shows people that you want to look your best at all times. Go through the contents of this article to learn as much as you can about fashion.

For men with thinning hair, a small amount of hair mousse can be incredibly helpful. Apply it to the hair from the roots out on wet or dry hair. The mousse will add some volume, without weighing down your hair. It will also simplify styling your hair, and help train it.

If you want to make yourself look thinner, try to wear the color black. Whether it is a black shirt, skirt, dress or suit, the color tends to make the whole body appear to be thinner. If black is not a color you are fond of, try to accessorize your outfit with brighter colors.

Keep your haircut low maintenance. Everyone runs into time crunches when preparing for meetings, outings or other events, and having an easy to fix hairstyle cuts the time needed to get ready. Many fashionable hairstyles are available that will allow you to bounce quick and still maintain a great look.

Dress up black jeans with a fancy shirt or some heels for a classic evening look. You want to avoid colored jeans if you are trying to dress up.

Wear light colors when you go out on a sunny summer day. Light colors reflect the sunlight and will keep you cooler. Dark colors tend to retain heat and can make you hot. Clothing in white is the most ideal for a warm day in the summer because it reflects light the best.

Don’t carry a ton of makeup inside your makeup bag. Try to keep only a select group of products that appeal to the season that you are in. Consider your needs for day and evening applications. Cosmetics do go bad after a while, like most other products. Also, there are many germs in the environment that you will not want to expose your makeup to.

Hats are a great accessory to match any kind of outfit. For men, there are the typical fisherman hats and baseball caps, but for women, the possibilities run much deeper. For instance, you can wear a cute sun hat, floppy hat or beach hat with any casual dress you own.

Use a leave-in conditioner if you have trouble with frizz. You want to apply this product following a shower, before the hair dries. Don’t be afraid to put a large amount all over your head, and make sure to target both the roots and the very tips of the hair.

Do not let a subject like fashion make you feel like it is overwhelming. Let your passion drive you, and let this article assist you in figuring out how you are going to keep up with fashion for the rest of your life. Practice good habits now and things will work out for you in the grand scheme of things.

Tips For Camouflaging and Not One Involves Fatigues

fs.2.1Hey guys, do you look in the mirror, wish you looked hip, and cool without looking like you stepped out of a music video or Saturday Night Fever? If you think you need some help, then you probably do. If you don’t think you need help, then you definitely do! So, read on for some great dressing guidelines from me. Dressing men is one of my favorite things, because just a few tips can make a big difference for you. Of course, I do love menswear and helping men look and feel their best. Moreover, because I have dressed many men on television and in private life. I know just what is needed.

First, it does not matter what shape you are. You can have a body like Brad Pitt or Sponge Bob, and still look great, IF you know what to wear.

Second, buy what fits you regardless of the size on the tag. All designers cut clothes differently. For example, Hugo Boss tends to cut narrow. Some of his labels, especially in small sizes, run very tight and narrow and would barely fit your baby brother. You may need to size up to get the right fit.

Third, if you have to disguise some extra pounds or gain a few pounds because the only six pack you own is in your frig, then read on for some more dressing tips.

Broaden your chest:

  • Lighter colors and interesting details around shoulders in clothing will make you appear broader
  • Avoid clothes fitting too tight unless you are going for the scrawny, rock star look
  • Horizontal stripes will be your friend, and make you look wider, verticals will only make you look narrow
  • Heavier, textured fabrics and knits will give you needed upper body bulk
  • Slightly wider lapels on jackets (now don’t get crazy on me and do a total 70’s flashback)
  • Layering shirts is another trick that will add dimension to your chest

Take my belly…please!

  • Vertical stripes will give you a long lean look
  • Dark and muted colors are best to camouflage, along with lightweight, soft, matte fabrics. Never shiny Boogie Nights specials
  • Shirts too baggy will only make you look bigger. Skim the body, Baby!
  • Wear your pants at your waist guys! Under the belly will make you look heavier. Trust me on this one!
  • Opt for suits that are dark, pinstripes will be amazing
  • Try a 1 or 2 button jacket to give you a sleek silhouette
  • Monochromatic dressing will always make you look like you lost 10 lbs

Do not forget to look at the rear view:

If you have a full-size butt:

  • Pants need to be a bit looser (I am not talking clown styles here), relaxed, easy fit. Flat fronts will work but make sure they are not so tight that the front pockets stick out, go up a size if needed
  • Waistline of pant should not be too high. Otherwise, your butt will look even bigger. Think elephant!
  • Keep pants dark and sleek. Pants with a lot of whistles and bells will add attention to hip area

If you have a pancake butt:

  • Back pocket details such as flaps add heft
  • Baggy pants still not good here, makes your butt look flatter
  • Jackets and long shirt tails that hit below the hip are best for camouflage

Check your neck:

  • Thin necks need a wide spread dress shirt collar to give width
  • Thick necks should stick to a regular point collars and open neck styles look awesome
  • V necks will make your neck look thinner, crew neck will emphasize thickness
  • Turtlenecks on long necks only, makes short necks look thicker and well… like a turtle

Arms and the man

  • Great arms, flaunt them with short sleeves and tapered shirts
  • Skinny arms need more fabric around them to look fuller, layers again, will be your friend, along with sweaters
  • Thin arms look better in long sleeved shirts with sleeves rolled, rather then short sleeves. Gives your arms bulk
  • Big biceps need full cut shirts, and sometimes custom shirts are best to get a perfect fit

So there, you have my tips for emphasizing the positive and eliminating the negative. Hey guys, I do not think I have worked with anyone who has not looked significantly better with these few adjustments.

My fourth tip is to find a fabulous tailor to achieve great style and terrific fitting clothes (this may take time to find the “one” but it is well worth the effort!).

And my fifth and final tip is to know your skin color and best colors and use them to your advantage. Darker colors really do diminish your not -so -hot spots and light colors highlight your hot ones. Beyond darks and lights, there are cool and warm colors, mixing patterns, etc. but those pointers are for future articles, so stay tuned.