Style Me Monday: One Little Black Dress - Two Outfits

Last week I had a tough new challenge...finding something to wear for my appearance on Daytime London. I started out by hitting the mall...I found tons of great items but many of them would be one use items.
Then I stepped into Jacob and quickly had a full room of dresses, tops, and skirts to try on. When I got to this black sheath dress I just loved it. It fits beautifully, is classic and appropriate. In short, I loved it!
Before I decided on anything, I needed to plan it out - what would be the most practical? If I bought this dress what options would I have for upcoming events like the Gallery Opening? Here are two of my favourite options...
I'm notoriously bad for pairing black with black, black, and more black so when I started to play I looked at options that were calm classics (but not black) and something that added a punch of colour while coming off polished and professional but still young and fun.
How do you accessorize a great little black dress? Leave your comments below!
London, Ontario photographer Rebecca Nash is your London wedding, portrait, and fine art Photographer serving London, Ontario and surrounding area through Rebecca Nash Photography. Rebecca Nash prides herself on being one of London's up and coming photography professionals gaining a following in London, Ontario and surrounding area. Rebecca has established herself as an artist through London area and Ontario Juried Art Shows, and her current "Windows on the War of 1812" two person gallery exhibition.

Style Me Monday: How to figure out your body shape ? (and other things I learned from Jeannie Mai)

This summer I had the great pleasure of attending BlogHer12 in NYC and met Celebrity Stylist Jeannie Mai at the Windows Style Luncheon at the Microsoft New York Offices. During the Spreecast there was a pause during which we had the opportunity to ask questions directly to Jeannie! She was super sweet, friendly, and fabulous through the whole thing so I bucked up my courage and asked a question. My question was simple..."I can identify other peoples body shape, and how to dress them but I can never figure out my shape and the best way to dress it. Also, when determining a body shape, do you include your shoulders or just bust, waist, and hips?"I was thrilled to hear the echo of others agreeing about how hard that can be to figure out but Jeannie had an idea all ready for me. There are two different ways to do this - one on the computer and one by hand. Have someone take a photo of you straight on (make sure you're not wearing anything too loose or too tight like shapewear that would change your body shape). Then using a marker on the printed photo or a paint brush on the computer and outline your shape. If you're like me and are too critical to look at the image when you can still see it's you, colour in the shape on the computer or cut out the shape and flip it over to the white back if using a physical photo so that you can clearly see the shape of your body. (And yes, do include your shoulders as they balance our hips.)

Now that you can see your shape you can put it into the usual categories - hourglass, inverted triangle, triangle (pear), and column - but we're not done yet. It's not just shape that matters, you also have to know, what is your favorite feature of yourself? Mine is that I always have a noticeable waist no matter what size I'm wearing. Your might be your long legs, ample bosom, shapely arms, beautiful smile, defined collar bones, or something else completely unique to you. Whatever it is, name it, embrace it, and love it!

You now have all the tools you need to start dressing your best for your shape. the key thing to remember is balance. At the end of the day we are all finding the best way to balance our shoulders and chest with our hips while creating a great defined waist in between.In my case, I'm somewhere between a triangle and an hourglass. My shoulders and hips more or less balance out (though my hips are still a touch bigger visually) but I do have a noticable waist line (though it's a bit mor padded than I'd like to see it). Knowing that I love to show off my waist (and make it look as tiny as possible) I look for a few things in an ideal outfit

1. Something fitted through the hips and rear but flows down straight from the widest part of my hips 2. Something with a clearly defined  higher waist by way of an empire waist, mid to high rise bottom, or a tie, bow, rouching, wrap or belt detail hitting the smallest part of my midsection 3. A top that either shows off some bare shoulder or adds some volume with pintucks at the shoulders, capsleeves or flutter sleeves.

Hear are a few of my favourite outfits for my body type:

Has this helped you? Share it with anyone who might enjoy it... Still a little lost? Let me know where you're stuck or your body shape & favourite features and I'll do my best to help you!

 

Style Me Monday: Must Have Item - Nude Pumps

Okay I admit - I'm obsessed! From Red Carpet to Royalty nude pumps (think of Catharine, Duchess of Cambridge and her now signature LK Bennett Nude Pumps) are the go to footwear this year. For me this is a no-brainer. Season after season, 2012 has brought us fabulous bold and rich colours in every item of clothing and accessories possible. With all of this colour, it's great to have a classic nude pump to anchor any outfit for any occasion. To demonstrate this I've put together 6 different outfits for different occasions.
Coloured Jeans - I love this look. I'm loving this trend of colour slim jeans and jeggings that gives the colour in a comfortable outfit that is just as at home at coffee with the girls, or a night at the movies.
Teal Day Dress - A great way to include colour for the office. A great fitted dress in a rich hue like this peacock tone is right at home in the office with a taupe and coral clutch, and classic nude pumps and minimal accessories.
Oxblood Fitted Blazer - Going into fall this outfit is fabulous! Whether running errands around town, headed back to class, catching up with friends, or a casual day at the office, this outfit capitalizes on the Oxblood trend surfacing for fall in the jacket with classic everyday items - dark denim, cream tank, dainty (but sparkly) studs, and nude pumps.
Black, Nude, and Lace - For a classy night out on the town you can pull together the classic little black dress with nude pumps and a touch of lace. Add a little sparkle with chandelier earrings and you're ready for a night of dinner, dancing, an art gallery opening, and whatever else may come your way.
Summer in the City - With the heat still upon us in many cities in North America, a shorts option is always important. I love this option with another set of great basics with a punch of colour in the structured jacket and clutch.
Royal Purple - This is one of my favourite outfits by far! I love the rich, royal feel of the purple dress with faux wrap details. By keeping the accessories elegant but neutral you keep the focus on your outfit while still showing off a polished, pulled together look.
Top Five things I love about Nude Pumps:
1. They can go from day to night with classic neutrals & pastels or today's bold colours
2. There is a style for everyone from peeptoes to pumps to ballet flats
3. With wide offerings you can find the right shade (with the right undertone) to flatter your skin tone
4. They lengthen the leg line (and who doesn't love looking like they have legs up to there!)
5. They're available in every price range
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