My Philosophy Explained

In order to develop your own personal style, which is not only unique to you, but also uniquely suited to you, we first need to analyze 3 different areas:


  1. YOUR STYLE IDEAL, or what you WANT. This is the look of your wildest fantasies, with no budget limitations, no concerns for practicality, and given the perfect body.  This is the look in your heart.  (I give a little tutorial on starting to tease this out of yourself here).
  2. YOUR BODY TYPE, or what you HAVE.  Your clothes should be flattering on you.  They should enhance your best features, and downplay your flaws.  Further explanation and instructions will be coming in the next blog post after this one.
  3. YOUR LIFESTYLE, or what you NEED.  What’s the point of having beautiful clothes if your kids are only going to destroy them?  You also might have clothes you adore, but are completely inappropriate for your job.   These things all need to be taken into consideration.


The place where these 3 considerations meet is your unique, personal style.  This is what we’re working toward:

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    • It’s really pretty easy. Are your shoulders wider than your hips, the same size, or smaller? (wider shoulders = top heavy, same = hourglass, narrower shoulders = pear) How big is your waist-hip ratio? (A difference of 10 inches is standard, more and you’re curvier/retro, less and you’re boyish. A very small waist/hip ratio is apple). When you gain weight, where does it tend to go?

      For me, it’s all about proportions. When you try on clothes, are the sleeves usually too short or too long? What about trouser legs? Does the waist on dresses sit at your waist, below, or above? Knowing if you are proportionately long-legged, short-waisted, etc. is key to understanding how to use clothing to your advantage.

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