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Change Your Life

Who doesn’t love a quick tip or two that will “change your life”, I mean, make getting dressed a whole different experience?!  Now that it is shorts season, I want to share with you two quick and easy tips that my sister claims “changed her life”.  While I understand they may not be life changing for you I hope you find them useful in your everyday life!  *As a side note, these tips are great for year round, they are just especially helpful with shorts and in warmer weather.

One thing I often find with my clients and people in general, is that they try to hide their body under clothes that are too big or not worn correctly.  While this seems like a good idea in theory, you are often adding bulk to these areas making them look bigger as oppose to disguising them.  Some culprits of this are pulling your top down really tight over your hips, instead of stopping at your waist, buying tops that are too big, and bubble tops that are flowy then have a band at the bottom.  By pulling things down straight and tight, you are accentuating what is usually one of the wider spots on a woman’s body, the hips; when you wear a shirt that is too big well you simply look the size of that shirt and when something is flowy and then abruptly stops with a tight band it can tend to make you look larger and shapeless through the tummy area.  That is not to say that there are not exceptions to the rule, as there are with everything and flowy tops are great as long as they are worn in the correct size, these are just general tips to live by.  One way to immediately alleviate this without buying a whole new wardrobe is to instate something I so endearingly call the “prick-tuck”; this is what it was called when I was in high school (no explanation needed) and it has stuck with me.  Other names for it could be the mullet tuck or the more proper- half/partial tuck!  This is where you tuck in the front part of your top only, it will immediately give you a waist line and add interest to your outfit.  You can do this with almost any top, just make sure that if it is a fitted top, you don’t pull the back down tight over your bottom!

Secondly, if you are going to “prick tuck” your top, unless your bottoms have a waist band with design or interest, it is probably best to add a belt.  Belts are another quick, easy and inexpensive way to add interest to your outfit.  I often pick them up (in all different sizes and colors) when I am out shopping, you never know when you will need one and in what width and color.  Some of my favorite places to buy belts are fab’rik, Beehive, Golden Bones, H&M, and Forever21.  Boutiques in general usually have a great selection of inexpensive belts.

Below is a sampling of my belts from the above mentioned as well as Stella demonstrating the two tips discussed above.

Try to keep a variety of belts in your closet, patterns such as leopard or snakeskin can be worn as neutrals.

Try to keep a variety of belts in your closet, patterns such as leopard or snakeskin can be worn as neutrals.

 

Wear it out on date night or to brunch.

Wear it out on date night or to brunch.

Or wear it on a Saturday running around town!

Or wear it on a Saturday running around town!

I know these tips may not change your life but I hope they change how you get dressed!

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