CORPORATE CHIC MARTINI STYLE GUIDE
Aah… the seductive combination of chilled gin and dry vermouth!
Add a green olive and lazily swirl it over lunch as you idly daydream of how to topple your boss and ascend to that leather bound chair he mockingly spins in as he ridicules your suggestions. Yes, yeees. Then consider how you will rule your new domain with a wafered-veneer of care and a glacial stare.
“It’s mine, all mine! Mwaa ha haaah…”
Or, then there’s your reality. Perhaps it’s better to avoid the martini during work hours or you’ll wind up crissed as a picket!
Anyhoo, if you are a martini, your shape is described by your shoulders being broader than your hips. This often causes you to wear a top in a larger size than the bottom. You also have little definition between your waist and hips and the shape of your hips and bottom is often seen as flat. Gaining weight may change you into a flute.
Ideally, you want to make your hips look broader. Anything that adds bulk there helps to balance your shoulders. Think –
Create the illusion of a waist by adding key details like belts to highlight. De-emphasize your shoulders by wearing simple uncluttered tops then layer with cardigans and soft jackets rather than jackets with defined shoulder points. Add visual weight to your ankles with platform shoes, kick-ass boots, flared/bootleg pants. For those with a small bust, a push-up bra can add some balance.
This is the best figure type to wear harem pants – they add bulk to the hip to create additional curves! When combined with this wrap top the bust and waist are highlighted creating a curvier silhouette.
This pleated skirt adds some bulk across the hips making the straight lines appear curvier. The V neck helps to soften the broad shoulder line.
This A-line dress is flattering as it has a full skirt that helps to add curves to your hips. The straps at the bodice act to soften the shoulder line.
This wrap shirt is excellent to soften the shoulders. The wide sleeves gathered into narrow cuffs and V neckline help draw the eye away from the shoulder. The Palazzo pants fall from the hip helping to create a curvier outline.
Avoid visually drawing attention to your shoulders with shoulder pads, shoestrings straps, wide collars etc. Scarves and patterns at your neck are a no-no.
This empire waisted dress draws in under the bust and adds a lot of fabric across the waist. This makes you look plumper than you are.
This shoestring-strap dress accentuates the shoulder line – exactly what should be avoided!
This outfit has shoulder pads in the jacket which emphasize your shoulders. The cropped style would be better without shoulder pads as it helps create a waist.
The pencil skirt tends to narrow your hips and make you look less curvy.
These style guidelines are general. Are you still confused ? Would you like to have a conversation with a real person to discuss this? For specific information about your unique shape, contact me for a consultation.
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