From Fashion Advice To Fashion Turnaround

In my last post, I mentioned the fashion struggles between inverted triangle and pear shape women. I shared some style tips on how to create flattering and balanced proportions for their body type. Selecting the right clothes for inverted triangle and pear shape women can be challenging and overwhelming. But, there was a quick turnaround for these two ladies. These ladies found flattering clothing to balance out their silhouettes.

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Brittney Jefferson added volume to the bottom portion of her body with this black A-line dress to create a curvy figure.

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Toya Robinson is enhancing her curvy figure by wearing a fitted shirt to highlight her slim waist paired with fitted straight leg ankle pants to showcase the size of her hips.

Please feel free to comment below if you have any questions on how to wear particular looks and trends for your body type.

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Inverted Triangle vs. Pear Shape Fashion Struggles

Selecting the right clothes for your body type can be extremely overwhelming, especially for pear shape and inverted triangle women. As I anticipated before, I belong to the pear shape category and for a small bust, wide hip, big butt type of woman, shopping for pants and dresses are my biggest struggles. I’m pretty sure a number of you pear shaped women struggle with buying clothes to accommodate your hips and butt, while several of you inverted triangle shaped women may struggle with buying clothes to define your waist and accommodate your broad shoulders.

In regards to these struggles, these two ladies shared with me their BIGGEST challenge they face when shopping for their body type.

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“My challenge with wearing sheath dresses is that I often have to go up a size to accommodate my shoulders and bust, but then the dress fits very loose around my hips and behind.“ -Brittany Jefferson (Inverted Triangle)

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“It has always been a struggle for me to find the right pair of bottoms to wear. I have to purchase a larger size to accommodate my hips and buttocks with having a small waist.” -Toya Robinson (Pear shape)

Ladies, let me share some style tips on how to create flattering and balanced proportions for your body shape.

INVERTED TRIANGLE SHAPE WOMEN:

You are an upside down triangle. You are built with broad shoulders, narrow hips and a straight waist. Your aim is to draw attention to the bottom portion of your body and minimize your upper body.

Style tips on how to balance your silhouette and what to AVOID:

Shirts: Look for tops that won’t make your upper body appear big.

  • Scoop neckline-tops
  • Strapless tops
  • Wide strap tops
  • Low V-Neck
  • Wrap tops
  • Cowl tops (tops that falls in folds at the front)

Shirts to Avoid:

  • Boat neck tops (wide neckline that run horizontally, front and back, almost to the shoulder points, across the collarbone).
  • Embellished tops
  • Tops with shoulder pads
  • Spaghetti-strap tops
  • Wide collar shirts
  • Puffy sleeve tops
  • Flutter sleeve tops (butterfly tops)
  • Halter tops

Dresses and Skirts: Look for anything that will make your hips and thighs look full and round or anything with details that add volume such as prints and textures.

  • Strapless dresses
  • Wide strap dresses
  • A-Line dresses (Fitted at top, flare at bottom)
  • Wrap style dresses
  • Halter dresses with thick straps

Skirts:

  • A-line skirts
  • Peplum skirts
  • Pleated skirts
  • Tulip skirts
  • Bubble skirts
  • High waist puffy skirts
  • Pencil skirts

Dresses and Skirts to Avoid:

  • Tapered pencil skirts
  • Off the shoulder dresses
  • Puff sleeve dresses

Jeans and Pants: Look for pants that will balance out your shoulders. Go for any style that will accentuate your hips and bottom such as pockets, embellishments, patterns and bold prints.

  • Boot cut jeans/pants
  • Flare leg jeans/pants
  • Wide leg jeans/pants
  • Trouser pants
  • Straight leg jeans
  • Cargo pants

Jeans and Pants to Avoid:

  • Tapered jeans
  • Fitted pants

PEAR SHAPE WOMEN:

You are a pear. You are slim at the top portion of your body and your hips and butt are wider than your shoulders. Your aim is to enhance and add volume to your upper body.

Style tips on how to balance your silhouette and what to AVOID:

Tops: Look for tops with fun colors, prints, or details that will bring more attention to your upper body.

  • Shirts that are tight around the waist to highlight an hourglass figure.
  • Button down shirts
  • Collar shirts
  • Knit tops
  • Tees
  • Big sleeve blouses
  • U-neck tops
  • Peplum tops
  • Turtle necks
  • Embellishments around the bust and shoulders

Tops to Avoid:

  • Loose Baggy tops
  • Drop-waist tops (features a waist line below the natural waist at the mid hip)
  • Tops that end at your butt

Dresses and skirts: Look for embellishments, ruffles, patterns, or fun prints to add more volume to your upper body.

  • A-Line dresses (fit and flare style)
  • Lightly fitted sheath dresses (fit close to the body to elongate shape)
  • Empire cut tunic dresses ( has a fitted bodice ending below the bust, giving a high waist appearance)
  • Trapeze dresses (looks like a baby doll dress or a maternity dress)
  • Halter neck dresses
  • Off the shoulder dresses

Skirts: Look for skirts that are knee or ankle length

  • Trumpet skirts (shaped like a mermaid)
  • A-Line Skirts
  • High waist pencil skirts

Dresses and Skirts to Avoid:

  • Short and tight skirts
  • Skirts with pleats
  • Tunic dresses (a long loose fitting shirt)

Jeans and Pants: Look for pants that will showcase the size of your hips and butt

  • Skinny jeans
  • Flare pants
  • Bootcut jeans
  • Curvy fit jeans
  • Straight leg jeans/pants
  • Straight leg ankle pants
  • Traditional trouser pants
  • Cargo pants

Jeans and Pants to Avoid:

  • Jeans with bold pocket detail at the back of the jeans or back buttons
  • Cropped trouser pants
  • Capri pants
  • Culottes- (knee length shorts, cut full to resemble a skirt)

Please feel free to share your own tips, thoughts, struggles, or concerns. Comment below if you have any questions on how to wear particular looks and trends.

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J. Bolin Celebrity Fashion Stylist Bootcamp Experience

IMG_6176I know many of you are eager to know how my boot camp experience went with J. Bolin. Well, let me tell you, it was PHENOMENAL! I am beyond happy that I went with my gut feeling and took advantage of this amazing opportunity. We all know entering into this world of fashion styling is very competitive, it’s not as easy as it looks, it takes discipline, organization, positive energy, and most importantly a great sense of style.

Recently, I attended J. Bolin’s Fashion Stylist Boot camp in Dallas, Texas. Before walking into that boot camp, I was extremely nervous because I did not know what to expect. As soon as I walked through that door, I registered, walked in and was welcomed by J. Bolin with a hug. After that hug, I felt calm and relaxed. J. Bolin was so friendly, open-minded, and personable with everyone who attended this boot camp. I along with 25 other apprentices from all parts of the country including London, California, Los Angeles, Florida and so on came to be poured with knowledge from this talented man. This was an 8 hour class that wasn’t strictly about fashion but he also covered the business aspects of fashion as well.

Coming from Roxie, Mississippi, Jason knew he was not meant for mediocrity and he knew that there was something beyond his Advanced Technology degree from Alcorn State University. So what did Jason do? He went with what he loved which is styling other people. His talent offers him the ability to be happy while making others happy. Jason went from hosting and styling ratchet (in his mind) fashion shows to becoming a well-known celebrity stylist. Jason’s journey started with a single step, he took that first step, and business started vigorously.

Before attending boot camp all of us were responsible for bringing three to five of our favorite magazines, as well as six of our favorite clothing items. The first session of the boot camp was Project Switch-a-Roo. We had five minutes to complete the project with all 6 pieces we were responsible for bringing that day. We were paired with another individual and each team had to pull a strip of paper with a style printed on it and create a look from the style described. The strip my partner and I had was daytime red carpet outfit. We both created a look using the pieces I brought and presented the style in front of the class.

The second session of boot camp was about building our own personal style. Each of us had to build our own style board that accurately portrays who we are and how it is incorporated into our style. We had 10 minutes to look through our magazines and cut out as many styles that described who we were and tape them on to the poster board. After completing our style board, each of us presented what our style board represented to us. Since I like to put my own twist into a common look, my board represented colors, bold statement necklaces, and scarves.

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The third session of the boot camp strictly involved the business aspects of being a fashion stylist which many of us needed to hear about. Some of the topics included creating a press kit for yourself, how to properly market yourself using that press kit, how to accurately write pull letters to brands, how to gain clients, pay rate for styling clients, developing an agreement contract for all your clients and building confidence and professionalism.

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The last session of the boot camp was about presenting your client makeover. Each of us had to pull a strip of paper from the bowl with the name of a celebrity printed on it and recreate their look on the poser board and present that look in front of the class. The celebrity name I pulled from the bowl was Pharrell Williams. Pharrell’s has a preppy, suit, and tie sense of style. After researching Pharrell’s style, I notice he wears a lot of black, white, and gray suits so I suggested that he wear more suits with color, maybe a red suit, or a blue suit.

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After the last session, we were able to pick J. Bolin and his staff’s brain about questions or concerns we had. We used our time to develop relationships and create potential partnerships with one another. I got a chance to network with so many talented individuals at this boot camp. J. Bolin and his staff did an excellent job organizing that day for us. Some of the things that I learned and took away from this boot camp are self-confidence, how to market myself accurately, how to study your client (make sure you learn what they do and don’t like, watch every move they make, observe there body, and listen to them). And most importantly knowing your fashion terminology!

If you want to keep up with what J. Bolin is doing next, follow his Instagram, Twitter and Facebook page at @StylistJBolin

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