13 August 2015

The Rule of Thirds. What is it about...

Don't you have sometimes the feeling that you are well dressed but something still does not go?
I do. I mean I did before I found out about the rule of thirds in clothing.

Now, following the style experts, amongst others Ms Imogen Lamport, I started applying this rule and I guess it works!!!

There are for sure many guidelines to use to help to determine what looks best on us and on others when making nice combinations (top-bottom). One of the best I would say is the Golden Ratio.

The Golden Ratio has applications in mathematics, architecture, photography, art…and also fashion. The ancient Greeks claimed that a 1/3 to 2/3 ratio is the most aesthetically pleasing division of spaces. In fashion, this is often referred to as “the rule of thirds”.

Basically it is about having the right proportions so that our figure looks decent and attractive. In other words good. The useful tip may be to first check out our figure type, both horizontal as well as vertical. Yes, yes, we have more dimensions :-)  With all this I'm sure that application of the rule of thirds will be easier and more successful.

Let's check.
The horizontal body type you probably already know. It's been very much pointed by Trinny and Susannah some time ago.
Source: www.trinnyandsusannah.com
The vertical type is perhaps not so important but yet worth checking.
It is about the proportion of the bottom half of your body compared to your top half. 

Vertical body shape, vertical proportions
Source: www.thechicfashionista.com
Please go to the dedicated websites and check your type so you can apply your clothing following your body type. It may give you some more ideas on what to buy and how to wear it. Plus, cleaning up the wardrobe from the 'not-my-body-type' clothes may have also a beneficial aspect :-)

Personally, I have not put so much attention to it so far. I just dressed how I wanted and hoped to look good. And, as one of the stylist says: the rule of thirds is just a rule, sometime you may wish to break it in order to dress differently or to get a special, desired effect. 

Now, I pay more attention to what I wear. No matter when: at work, on holidays, for special occasions, business meetings or festive events.
column of colour rule of thirds
Source: www.insideoutstyleblog.com/
So, this is it. I hope you can make use of what you just read here and this way create perfect flattering looks in the future.

19 July 2015

Nail shape Anno Domini 2015

Hmm, I'm a bit perplexed as this year is seems that... all is permitted and all is on-trend.
I mean all shapes, all colours, all decorations, all finishing.

I have my preferences though and to defend my opinion I checked some decent websites on what is really going on. To my pleasure, my preference is not so passé as thought. The suqovals are still on the spot. Not to say that other forms are excluded, not at all. Here's a short recall:

So, be it, I admit I like squoval, a bit square and a bit oval. Perhaps because my nails are fragile and need to be treated pretty regularly (this is to say every 3-4 days), I have to lime my nails regularly and put the nourishing product every time I do the manicure. I like this shape and find it the most practical and the most beautiful. Nevertheless, let's have a look around to get the full picture on what is really trendy this Summer.

So, here're some examples of nails that are absolutely this season's hottest manicure looks that you'll want to try out ASAP.

On the left, the New York Fashion Week 2015, glittering gold half-moons on top of nude polish beautifully complemented the jewellery at Cushnie et Ochs.
On the right, Carolina Herrera 2015 manicure with classic beauty look that includes the romantic red nails created by Michelle Saunders using Essie A List

Here on the left , we have the geometric blue and gray manicure at Angel Sanchez was created by Gina Edwards for Morgan Taylor and was meant to juxtapose the soft feminine pieces in the collection. 

On the right, the bold red nails that matched the models' bright lips at Zac Posen. Here we have the pure form of squovals is a mini version, I'd say the 'vintage' type.

Here we have the Butter London's Katie Jane Hughes created a half-brushed nude and gray nail. The squovals naturally.

On the right, the Lela Rose, Katie Jane Hughes created a nude nail using a Butter London nude base and completed the look with a diamond embellishment.

Here we have the nude nails with a vertical silver stripe of OPI's My Signature Is DC.

Here on the right again, the Karen Walker Spring 2015 models walked the runway in green nails painted by Jin Soon Choi and inspired by Karen Walker's garden-themed runway.

Here on the right, the models of Tracy Reese sported marbled nails in natural colours like tan and taupe. The form is evident I suppose...

And, to finish up the post, I post the amazing Zimmermann Spring 2015 a metallic, graphic negative-space look, created by using Zoya Ziv enamel.
I have not seen much of another shapes than squovals here. Perhaps I'm biased of limited in my research.

Should you wish to share other views on nail shapes that ar on trend this summer, please let me know. I'll gladly post it here and on my profile on Facebook


16 July 2015

Floral jeans

Floral prints come (back) every now and then to fashion. It is perhaps true that not everybody can wear it, nevertheless I will write a few words on it in case my readers decide to get one of two pairs of this splendid stuff.

The 2015 summer is the season of floral jeans. Well, in fact, it is the season of many things and nearly all is now allowed. The success lies in matching our style with what our body can stand to give us a decent look. And this is not so evident it seems.

The most popular model is the skinny one (or super-skinny, with really skinny legs) and 5-pocket style, front zip and belt loops. These models need to be more stretchy, that is why jeans is supported by a 2 or 3% elastane, Lycra or spandex.
This model is available in normal or slightly cropped legs, called ankle skinny.

Another option is the slim fit, a bit looser model. In this case denim is again supported by stretchy fabrics. Otherwise the rigid cotton would be not wearable at all (too rigid and not supportive when bending down, trying to get to the back seat in the car, grabbing things from the floor, etc.)
Slims may offer high (high rise), mid or low-waist option, depending of the preferences of the client.

7 For All Mankind
I noticed the come back of the high waisted models.  Like for instance these black Victoria jeans on the right bottom. A bit vintage style that is very good for more ample figures.
Buy Phase Eight Victoria Floral Jeans, Black/Grey, 8 Online at johnlewis.com
Phase Eight
Moreover, jeans these days offer also more sublime finishing, for instance satin or coated.
I can only recommend it; myself bought recently a pair of 7 for All Mankind :-) with silk-like feel finishing being sophistically called by the FAM as the bright silver shiny hardware.
... Pleasure is on my side!