By Catherine Strawbridge, published in Real Cambridge, January 2017 edition
Apples, pears, strawberries. – no I’m not talking juicing. These are the delightfully flattering names often given to women’s body shapes. But, as much as I dislike them, they do make it a little easier when recommending clothes people should be wearing to help them look their best.
However by the time you’re reading this, for me at least, the fruit bowl will be well and truly out the window and I’ll be feeling more like a Christmas pud! I don’t know about you but I have no plans to do anything about it until we’re at least a few days into January.
So, what’s a girl to do? With lots of festive shenanigans still in the calendar I want to be looking and feeling good, especially with my Christmas capsule wardrobe sorted this year. Did I tell you? It’s going well.
The good news is I’ve read a lot over the years and apparently – well I know this to be true – you actually can dress yourself slimmer. “Oh no you can’t,” I hear you say, “Oh yes you can!”. Sorry, I couldn’t resist.
Now, there are lots of you so I can’t give specifics but I thought I’d use this month’s column to cover some of the basics.
Step one – stop wearing clothes that are too big for you. You think it hides all the wobbly bits, it doesn’t. It simply makes you look as big as the clothes are, not very flattering at all.
Step two – now that we can see that figure (which is a good thing!) we need to make sure everything is in the right place. This calls for a trip to Prohibido in All Saints Passage. If I were a betting lady I would say that more than half the population are wearing the wrong bra size, and it simply won’t do. Not to worry though, Mercedes will have you ship shape and Bristol fashion in no time. Measured and wearing the right bra your posture will improve and everything will be lifted into the right place – she can help if you need a bit more volume too!
Step three – whether you know your shape or not you will surely be aware of your good and not so good areas. My overarching advice is this – enhance your assets, reduce the liabilities (if you have any). Move the focus away from any problem areas by using colour, jewellery, pattern and cut to draw the eye to the good bits. Dressing yourself thin can be achieved by simple optical illusions.
Many of you will be reading this in the New Year. A time when lots of us make promises to eat well and exercise, usually because we want to be healthy and feel more confident. It can be hard to begin with but if you adopt the tips above you can make a start without even breaking your first sweat, you can’t say fairer than that!
If you are an independent business owner or maker in Cambridgeshire and would like an opportunity to be featured in my column in 2017 please get in touch. In the meantime, I wish each and every one of you a happy, and very stylish, new year!