Clothes shopping can be a trial

Bon Marche, Jacquard top, shorts and beach bag, �29.50.
Bon Marche, Jacquard top, shorts and beach bag, �29.50.
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Women come in all shapes and sizes. Whether you are a size eight or a size 18, everyone can find dressing to be a challenge at times.

I don’t believe there’s a single one of us that doesn’t want to improve the way we look.

One of the key secrets to looking your best is to create a balanced body shape through clever dressing.

For instance, if you are bigger on the bottom than on top, there are various ways to add emphasis to your upper body to address the imbalance. Or if your legs are shorter than a supermodel’s, tactics exist to visually make them longer.

We want to trick the eye by using clothes to disguise our flaws and give the illusion of an hourglass figure.

Wearing the right colours can help in appearing to shed the inches, as can wearing the right pattern and accessories.

Stiff fabrics will suit some body types, whereas drapey material will be more flattering for others. You can achieve a slimmer look simply by wearing the right clothes for your body shape.

For many women, clothes shopping is a trial – either a terrifying or depressing one. We have high expectations of our purchases as we hope they will change our lives, or certainly the way we feel about ourselves.

To face this problem head-on, we have to be objective when analysing our appearance.

When an image consultant carries out a style analysis, we help you to discover your assets such as a defined waist, a good bust, slim ankles or long legs, and then we show you how to draw attention to these plus points.

Let’s face it, most of us have areas of the body that we are less than happy about.

But we can show you how to camouflage them.

You don’t have to lose weight or resort to surgery, it is all about knowing the tricks of the trade.

So, looking stylish is as much about knowing what not to wear as about knowing what suits you. Some of us are lucky enough to be born with style, but any of us can learn it.

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