Monday, November 27, 2006

Syles That Suit Every Body Shape

Have you ever wondered why models are all tall and thin?

It's not because it's more attractive. Actually, studies have

shown that men are attracted to women who have curves

rather than pencil thin women. Designers hire tall thin models

to show their clothes because that body type looks good in all

clothing styles. Designers want their clothes to look as perfect

as possible so they hire models who look great in everything.

In the real world women are different shapes and sizes and

all clothing styles do not look great on most women. That is

why a women who knows how to dress well, also knows her

body type and how to accentuate her assets. No matter

what size or shape you are, you will look one hundred percent

better when you use clothing shapes to your advantage.

There are however, a few and a very few, styles that most

any woman can wear and look great. These are 3 that I chose:

The jacket: This jacket will look great on most body types

because of its length. It's not too long for the petite woman

or too short for a lady with large hips. It has a slimming

effect, but will not minimize the upper body enough to affect

the triangle body shape. The vertical lines are great for the

hourglass, inverted triangle and the oval body shapes.

The Pant: The pant is great to conceal large hips because it

evens out the width at the bottom of the leg. It will conceal

large legs and will add a width for the inverted triangles who

are small at the bottom.

The Skirt: The skirt creates a long line making creating

a look of height. It is great to conceal large hips (in a darker

color and not worn tight) and will even out the inverted

triangle at the very bottom where it has a little flare.

Most styles do not look great on every body shape and these

three are just some of the few. To look your best, take your

body type and your height into account when you shop. You

won't be able to wear all the styles but the styles you can

wear will look amazing.

©Copyright2006 Sheila Dicks

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How To Conceal A Protruding Tummy

To Conceal a Tummy

Don't: Wear tops tucked in
pleated pants, tight pants or belts.

Do: Wear fitted jackets,
tunic tops and flat front pants.

Do:Wear tops that end just
under your tummy. If the material is clingy don't let it

drape over your tummy (it will make your tummy appear

larger instantly). Stay away from clingy material.

Do: Wear shaped dresses, in a moderately stiff fabric, that
glide over the tummy area.

To Conceal Large Hips

Don't: Wear leggings, patterns,
light colours on the bottom or narrow pants.
Do: Try pants without pleats or pockets
and narrow skirts that are form fitting but not tight.

Do: Wear wide leg pants, with a moderate rise.

You will shop smarter when you:

1. Know the styles that are best for you.

2. Don't buying on impulse

3. Stop buying too many trendy items

4. Shop with your hair done and makeup on. It will

seem that nothing looks good on you if you don't.

5 Wear shoes that are easy to get on and off

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Tuesday, October 24, 2006

5 Ways to Jazz Up Your Style

Do you feel like you are in a fashion rut? You buy way too many clothes in one color, everything you have in your closet looks the same and you struggle to find something to wear, let alone find something that makes you feel good? If this is true, it’s time to add some excitement to your wardrobe.

Every morning when you leave your home you deserve to feel great about what you’re wearing. This doesn’t mean that you have to be dressed in expensive or designer clothing; it does mean that you will have chosen a clothing style that suits you and is in a color that makes your skin glow.

To jazz up your style start with:

1. Getting to know the colors that look great on you. When you wear colors
that suit your skin tone your skin looks more radiant, fine lines, dark circles and wrinkles are less apparent. Wearing the wrong colors (a mistake many women make) will make your skin look sallow, drab and lines and wrinkles will stand out. Before you purchase an outfit be sure the color will make your skin look radiant. If you are one of those women who always buy the same color, use that color as a starting point and add a few colors at a time (from your color palette) to create interest in your wardrobe.

2. Wearing clothes that are flattering for your body shape: Choose clothes that bring out your positive features. Get to know your body shape and choose the styles that are best for it. When your clothing purchases are based on how the garment affects your body shape getting dressed is a thrill. Choosing the styles that suit your shape will make you look thinner, taller and younger. If you are wearing the wrong clothing styles you will look larger, frumpy and matronly.

3. Choosing accessories that complement your outfits. Accessories such as scarves, handbags, shoes, gloves and necklaces will bring any outfit alive – accessories have jassability!

4. Bringing the whole look together. Now that you have the right colors, style and accessories your hairstyle and makeup cannot be overlooked. Makeup should match in occasion and color. For example, lighter lipstick, eye shadow and blush for day and darker for evening. Lipstick and blush colors should be in the same color family (cool or warm) as your outfit. Your hairstyle should complement the color of your skin and also be in harmony with what you are wearing.

5. Creating a smart image with a winning smile and attitude. A genuine smile makes you appear more approachable. Those who treat others with respect and respect themselves are on the way to creating an image that is impeccable.

©Copyright 2006 Sheila Dicks

Sheila Dicks is an Image and Wardrobe consultant who helps women feel more confident by dressing to suit their body type. To get tips on how to dress slimmer and look fabulous visit her website at Sheila's Fashion Sense.

Monday, October 02, 2006

How to Wear High Heels

By Sheila Dicks

One of the secrets of great looking legs is a fabulous pair of heels. The right heels will make your legs look longer, leaner and more graceful.” Well that’s great,” you say, “but how do I walk in them”? Many women like the look of high heels but stay away from them because they find them difficult to walk in and they don’t feel comfortable.

You can learn to walk in heels, feel comfortable simply by following these suggestions:

1. Buy the Right Size: Your shoes should not be tight enough that they pinch your feet and cause blisters, nor should they be big enough to slip off. Consider the height of the heel. Shoes that are 2 inches high are much more comfortable will be much easier to get used to than stilettos.

2. Get Used to Your Heels: Before you take to the streets in your new heels (especially if you have always worn flats) wear them around the house to get used to them. Wear them for a half hour a day for a few days on a flat surface (not on carpet).

3. Learn How to Walk: Start with your toes pointing straight ahead and keep your legs close together. If you are used to walking with your toes pointing outward this might take a little practice. Start by stepping on your heel, rolling smoothly onto the ball of your foot. Swing your arms as you walk, pay attention to your posture and look forward.

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Thursday, September 28, 2006

How to Dress Well at a Discount

by Sheila Dicks

We all know it’s much easier to look great when you have lots of money to spend on clothes (although having money to spend and lots of clothes doesn’t necessarily equal a great dresser). When money is tight you don’t have to settle for less. Looking great is possible without spending a lot of money if you shop wisely.

1. Start by shopping for clothes when they are on sale. End of the season sales usually have the biggest discounts of up to 50% off but don’t be lured just by the price tag. To get the most for your money hold out for the big discounts, a 15% discount is good, but not what you’re looking for if you’re a bargain hunter. Make sure what you buy fits well with what you already have, is the right color for you, and isn’t a fad that you will be unable to wear in 6 months.

2. Know which styles look great on you. Assess your body type and the styles that flatter your figure and buy only those that are great for you. Clothes that don’t make you look your absolute best aren’t a bargain.

3. Be a continuous shopper. Sound good? Shop regularly not with the intention to buy everything you see but to get a feel for what is fashionable, how looks are being put together and first and foremost to find bargains – real bargains, those that look great on you and you’ll be able to wear for a few years.

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Sunday, July 09, 2006

Hair Care Tips for Summer Hair

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could all have the hair we want? It’s my bet that even if we could choose we probably wouldn’t be satisfied, wishing that we had chosen something different. Depending on whether the newest style is straight or curly we are trying our best to make our hair something it’s not. For peace of mind, look for what’s right with your hair - the type and the color. Then learn how to take care of it to show its best features.

Excessive use of a blow dryer, curling iron, hot rollers and straightening iron will eventually damage your hair and make it dry and brittle. So will coloring, perming and relaxing strip your hair of moisture and nutrients.

For great looking hair use the correct hair products for you hair type. Shampoos come in different formulas to suit your hair type. Dry for damaged hair; extra body for normal fine hair, etc. If you have fine, straight hair for example, be cautious with conditioners, they will weigh your hair down; for best results, condition only the ends. For curly hair use a moisturizing shampoo and a conditioner specially formulated for curly hair.

When you wash your hair massage your scalp with your fingertips, which will stimulate the oil glands and help them work more efficiently.

For curly summertime hair, when the humidity makes hair want to frizz:

1. Smooth styling cream on damp hair
2. Take inch wide strips of damp hair at the ends, twirl up to the roots and then let go. Stay away from hair dryers – it encourages frizz.
3. The sun and chlorine can damage your hair. Use hair products that have sunscreen.

To fight the summer flatness of fine limp hair:

1.Stay away from conditioners and use an extra body shampoo.
2.Use a volumizing mousse and large rollers to keep your hair from lying flat to dry or dry with a blow dryer.
4. Use a finishing spray to keep the volume

One of the best ways to get healthy, shiny hair is to eat a healthy diet of protein rich foods and lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. Don’t forget to drink lots of water.

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Thursday, June 08, 2006

A Radiant Complexion in 5 Simple Steps

A healthy, radiant complexion is nourished from the inside out by eating a balanced diet and drinking lots of water. How much your complexion glows also depends on how you take care of it; first with proper cleansing and moisturizing and second by not smoking and avoiding stress and sun exposure.

If you follow the steps below regularly, which will take less than 5 minutes a day, the results will be noticeable.

1. Cleansing: It is important to use a cleanser that is formulated for your skin type in order to get the best results. While a regular soap maybe great on the rest of your body your facial skin needs extra care.

  • Dry skin feels very tight and dry all over. Choose a creamy cleanser formulated for dry skin. The rich emollients will leave your skin feeling clean and soft. Also use extra emollient moisturizers and cleanse twice a day.

  • Normal skin is neither dry nor oily. Choose a cleanser and moisturizer that have balancing moisture formulated for normal skin. Even though your skin feels great, to keep it looking radiant, cleanse and moisturize regularly.

  • Combination skin is dry with oiliness in the t-zone - the forehead, nose and chin. To take care of this type of skin you’ll need products that both moisturize and prevent oil buildup.

  • If you notice that by noon your skin has become oily, then you have an oily complexion and will need oil control products that will keep your skin fresh longer and prevent oil buildup.

2. Exfoliate: To deep clean, condition and remove dead skin cells, exfoliate twice a week using a facial mask or scrub. A creamy scrub or mask that moisturizes and hydrates the skin is best for dry to normal skin types. Combination and oily skin types need a mask that deep cleans and controls oil.

3. Toner: Toners remove the last traces of cleaners and restore skin to its natural pH balance. Those with dry skin should avoid toners with alcohol.

4. Moisturize: All skin needs a good moisturizer to keep the natural oils balanced and skin looking fresh. Dry skin needs extra moisture, normal skin needs a balancing moisturizer and oily skin needs an oil-free moisturizer .

5. Foundation: This is the last step to even out your skin tone and protect your skin from the environment. Choose a color that is as close to your natural skin tone as possible. Try it along your jaw line for best results and look for a shade that blends with your skin. Foundation shouldn’t be visible.

There are also products on the market that have Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA’s), naturally derived from sugar cane, olives, milk, fruit and wine. Those products get rid of dead skin cells leaving fresher, newer looking skin. The benefits of using “age-fighting” creams are reduced surface wrinkles, soft skin and fading of “age spots”.

Follow this routine and you will be on your way to having healthy, radiant looking skin.
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©Copyright 2006 Sheila Dicks

Sheila Dicks is an Image and Wardrobe consultant who helps women feel more confident by dressing to suit their body type. To get tips on how to dress slimmer and find your best styles get a copy of her ebook “Image Makeover” at How To Dress or go to Sheila's Fashion Sense to get the Free Report “ 7 Things Your Girlfriends Won’t Tell You About Beauty and Fashion”.

Saturday, May 20, 2006

How To Look Great in a Swimsuit


Want to Look great this summer????? Take a look at the best swimsuits for your body shape

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Monday, April 10, 2006

How to Dress Attractively for Work

What does ‘dressing attractively’ mean? It means wearing clothing that suits your body type, suits the situation and shows off your assets without looking overdone or unprofessional. When we are dressed attractively we exude confidence because when you look great you feel better.

Very often women feel to look attractive and get attention they must show a little. This may work in some situations but at work if you dress like you are going to a party you will soon lose your credibility and your chance for promotion.

No matter what your body type you can show your assets without showing off. For example, a woman who has an hourglass figure and wants to show her assets and look attractive at work may be tempted to wear tight blouses, tight skirts or low necklines. Although this type of clothing will get lots of attention it is not the type of attention that will move her up in her job.

Some hints to show off curves and gain credibility.

1. Wear styles that are tailored to fit your shape such as jackets and blouses that have structure but are not tight.
2. Wear skirts that end ‘at or just below’ the knee. Stay away from granny looking skirts.
3. Wear wide leg pants to balance the hips.
4. If you have an average hip to waist ratio a belt will define the waist. If the hips are very large in comparison to the waist (more than 10 inches) the hips will look bigger, so avoid wearing a belt.
5. Use color to spice up your look. Tasteful accessories that have color will bring attention. For example, a pretty scarf, interesting jewelry will add to an outfit. To spice up a dark outfit add color with handbags, necklaces and print blouses – not necessarily all at once.

When you learn how to accentuate your positive characteristics you will be more attractive and inviting. It may not be fair but we are judged by how we look. First impressions are created everyday in the first thirty seconds of meeting someone. Make those thirty seconds work for you. Who knows when you will meet your next potential employer, mate or client?

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Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Look Slimmer

No matter what their size, most women want to look slimmer. By wearing clothes that are appropriate for your body shape you can look as much as 10 pounds slimmer. For those who are tired of dieting or just can’t seem to lose those last few pounds choosing clothes that are right for you and suit your body type will make you look slimmer – instantly.

This is how it works; we are all built with our weight distributed in different places, which makes us unique. Manufacturers are not concerned about how clothes look on the average female but how it looks on models. They create fashion looks for the ideal body type. If you do not have the ideal shape and wear whatever is in style or looks great on someone else you may be hiding your assets and dressing to make yourself look bigger, out-of-proportion, or unattractive.

The last thing we want to do is create a look that makes us appear larger or out-of–proportion; however, that’s what we do when we are not aware of the impact of line, design, proportion and color. Line and design is much more that wearing horizontal stripes, it is how the lines in the garment are formed, the shape and proportion of garments and how they are used to create the best look and how the lines of the body interact with the lines in clothes.

Also, with color, it is not simply what color looks best on you (which is very important) but how color works with the lines of a garment to determine the final look. Here are some general guidelines that will create a slimming look but is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to dressing to your full potential and looking slimmer.

Tips to Look Slimmer:

1. Don’t wear frills or extra material that adds bulk. Don’t wear bulky sweaters, or sweatshirts.
2. Avoid shiny fabrics such as velour and satin
3. To make your legs appear smaller wear dark hose. Don’t wear patterned tights.
4. Don’t wear oversized, shapeless clothing to hide bulges– they will make you appear larger instead.
5. Wear undergarments that have good support
6. Dress in monochromatic colors without patterns. Darker colors will make you appear smaller – navy, dark green, gray or black.
7. Avoid horizontal stripes. Thin vertical lines will give a slimming look.

©Copyright Sheila Dicks 2005

Sheila Dicks is an Image and Wardrobe consultant who helps women feel more confident by dressing to suit their body type. To get tips on how to dress slimmer and find your best styles get a copy of her ebook “Image Makeover” at or go to to get the Free Report “ 7 Things Your Girlfriends Won’t Tell You About Beauty and Fashion”.

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Sunday, January 08, 2006

How to Hide the Extra 5 Pounds That Have Crept On During the Holidays

How to Hide the Extra 5 Pounds That Have Crept On During the Holidays

The festive season is winding down but traces of high calorie food and snacks may have crept on your hips and tummy. Hopefully this is not so, but if it is, you might need to hide those pounds before your efforts at the gym begin to pay off. Here are some suggestions:

To hide a protruding tummy avoid belts and choose tops that flow over your middle and end at the hipbone. Tunic tops are a good choice.

Any fabric that is big and bulky, such as wool sweaters, velour, and fur will make you look larger.

Horizontal stripes will also make you appear larger. Keep them away from areas that may have grown in the past several weeks such as the tummy and hip area.

Dress in the same color from head to toe. It does not have to be black; any dark color will do the trick. Try colors such as dark brown, navy or green. Use accessories to spice up your outfit and draw attention away from your problem areas.

Wear your clothes a little loose. Tight clothes not only feel uncomfortable but also make you look larger.

©Copyright 2006 Sheila Dicks

Sheila Dicks is an Image and Wardrobe consultant who helps women feel more confident by dressing to suit their body type. To get tips on how to dress slimmer and find your best styles get a copy of her ebook “Image Makeover” at or go to to get the Free Report “ 7 Things Your Girlfriends Won’t Tell You About Beauty and Fashion”.