Every woman knows that feeling - you wake up in the morning and feel two sizes bigger. The scales say you weigh the same, but the mirror in your room tells a different story; the dress you looked so stylish in only a few days ago now looks decidedly lumpy. It‘s time for dark colours and baggy jumpers - in short, your fat wardrobe. If you are having a 'fat' day you'll probably stick to wearing black - but there is another solution
The most important part of a woman‘s wardrobe is her underwear, which can transform you from lumpy and bumpy to smooth and sculpted. So wave goodbye to those embarrassing Bridget Jones big knickers because the latest crop of luscious lingerie will give you the hourglass figure you crave-and look sexy in the bedroom as well!
The right undergarments can shave off inches - not to mention nip and tuck you in all the right places to give the illusion of a perfect figure. Yes, ladies, I‘m talking about good old fashioned support underwear. It is back in style and Beautiful You has a new shaping slip, which will solve all of your wardrobe woes!
These glamorous miracle workers may sound similar to the kind of shaping garments worn back in the '50s but the good news is that there‘s nothing old-fashioned about these figure fixers, because the latest styles are made with the latest techno fabrics, which are designed to sculpt and smooth your figure.
For completely invisible support, try our control slip €59.00, in black or white, it will help you to get away with the type of figure-hugging dresses you‘ve previously only daydreamed about. Designed to press you into shape, it gives the waist a defined, smooth shape by using a firm stretch material that slims from your bra line and down to the base of your bottom.
Not only is it comfortable to wear, but it also creates a soft smooth line, which makes this the perfect choice if you are planning to wear any clingy fabrics such as silk or jersey.
Or, perhaps it‘s your breasts that need a bit of a boost? To create a sensual cleavage try Marks & Spencer‘s Strapless Stick-on Bra, €28.00, which lifts and boosts. The balconette bra is also perfect for women with a big stomach because it will push your breasts out and lessen the depth of the belly.
Deception is at the heart of fashion. Enhancing the waist, minimising the hips, and creating a cleavage where none exists are tricks that every designer has up their sleeve. Fashion is, in large part, an art of tromp l‘oeil: it can make people look thinner (head-to-toe black); more powerful (shoulder pads); and more prominent (red). Yet many women remain innocents in the game of deception, subjecting themselves to a succession of diet and exercise regimes and ignoring the easier ways to look good.
We spend hours in the gym and years counting calories. We endure high-carb, low-fat diets, and low-carb, high-protein diets. All in the pursuit of that perfect toned body. But what if we are putting ourselves through all that for nothing? No matter how hard we slog with our diet and exercise regimes, there‘s a limit to how much it helps because our weight and shape are in our genes.
If you don‘t believe it, stand next to your mum. Scientists have found that body shapes are inherited and you can‘t change your fundamental body type no matter how much you diet. So there‘s no point in trying to starve your way to a Kate Moss body if you‘re built like Beyonce.
And, as much as you may wish, you can‘t simply run out on your body and decide to start a new life somewhere else with a new one, so perhaps it‘s time to start loving the body that you have. So let‘s make a start with your posture. When your mother kept telling you to sit up straight, she did have a point. Sitting up properly not only improves your posture but also helps your internal organs
realign, eases back pain and can make you appear instantly thinner.
People mostly don‘t realise that they slouch or stoop. By simply standing tall, pulling back your shoulders and drawing your stomach in towards the spine, you will create the illusion of a thinner figure, instantly, losing up to two inches from your waist.
And remember to walk tall. It is the one statement that says more about us than our clothes, accents or the company we keep. The way we walk is the most powerful first impression we can make: remember Monroe‘s wiggle and John Wayne‘s swagger. Our walk also gives a fascinating insight into our personality, even our sexuality. So walk with your head held high and ooze confidence - even if you have to fake it.
The world is populated by women of all shapes and sizes: from petite to Amazonian, from androgynous to curvaceous, the variety of voluptuous and
feminine forms really is something to celebrate.
Why make things difficult for yourself when a wardrobe of carefully chosen clothes can transform the body, making a size 16 figure look like a 12. Not only will the right clothing make you look slimmer and more glamorous - it will make you look younger as well. So you‘d like to look slimmer, well here‘s a few tried and tested tricks from the team at Beautiful You to help you achieve your
One of our favourite tricks to disguise a pot belly is to wear a beautiful flowing scarf over, for example, a simple grey or black dress. The long line of the scarf will draw will make you appear taller and slimmer by drawing attention away from the midriff towards the vertical lines created by the scarf. A long pashmina casually falling gently over your tummy can hide a multitude of sins while looking young and Bohemian.
Make sure that your garments fit and flatter. The simple fact of it is that if you wear clothing that drapes across your figure, you will look as if you‘ve lost weight. If your clothing is too small, you are going to look like you‘ve gained. So many women wear clothes that are too tight, honestly, I find it astonishing. You may wish you were a size 10 but if you are not - squeezing into a pair of too tight
jeans will only serve to make you look larger and, let‘s face it, none of us want that.
Studies into the link between body shape and attractiveness show, perhaps hardly surprising, that for men a shapely figure is a far bigger turn-on than a thin, stick-like one so please don‘t beat yourself up if you‘ve put on a few pounds. Just accept your new body shape, learn to adore it, and dress in a way that makes the most of your figure. Keep this in mind and look for styles that flow-
rather than cling. Opt for a flattering wrap style, such as the best-selling 'Mary Dress' at Patricia O'Toole and prepare to be astonished.
Also, it‘s important to remember that large accessories will make you look small, so bin that teeny weenie clutch and opt instead for an oversized bag because the bigger your handbag the smaller you will appear in comparison. That‘s why Victoria Beckham carries a Birkin bag wider than her waist and Theresa May never leaves home without her enormous statement necklace. The same applies for other accessories; statement necklaces, oversized large earrings are in right
now, so take advantage.
The most important part of a woman‘s wardrobe is her support garments, which can transform you from lumpy and bumpy to smooth and sculpted. So wave goodbye to those embarrassing Bridget Jones big knickers because the latest designs from Beautiful You feature a built-in slimming solution, which can shave off inches - not to mention nip and tuck you in all the right places to give
the illusion of a perfect figure. Perfect.
Every woman knows that feeling - you wake up in the morning and feel two sizes bigger. The scales say you weigh the same, but the mirror in your room tells a different story; the dress you looked so stylish in only a few days ago now looks decidedly lumpy. It‘s time for dark colours and baggy jumpers - in short, your fat wardrobe.
If you are having a 'fat day' you‘ll probably stick to wearing black. Many women wear black because it has the same slimming effect on a body as ignoring chocolate for an entire month but the colour has a disturbing side-effect - it ages the face as well. Black clothing can, in fact, underscore dark lines under the chin, accentuate shadows around the eyes and give your skin a greyish tinge (charming.)
While black gives a slimmer silhouette, wearing it next to the face will, quite simply, add years. So isn‘t it time that you ditched the funeral garb for something infinitely more flattering? Anyways, isn‘t it rather depressing to wear one gloomy colour your entire life? Yes, ladies, I‘m talking about colour, glorious, wonderful colour.
Tomato red, sea green, duck egg blue, rose pink, buttery yellow and regal purple. Recently, black has been losing ground to colour in the fashion stakes and more and more women are ditching sombre palettes for rainbow prints, and foregoing the safety of the little black dress for evenings in shimmering metallic and eye-popping primaries.
The summer collection by Beautiful You will give you plenty of opportunities to re-assess your look and experiment with features such as block colour on dresses, which has been strategically placed to create the illusion of s slimmer silhouette. Now how says you can't have the best of both worlds!
It‘s worth keeping in mind that a great outfit is as much about proportion, cut and overall style as it is about colour and although dark shades do minimise your size - they can look incredibly drab. monotone coloured outfits can be just as flattering, if not more, than plain old boring black and Wearing additional colours around your face will also bring attention to your skin tone, face shape and eye colour.
If you have put on weight over the years, avoid bights in problem areas and introduce colour slowly, for instance, a bright pair of shoes or beads, or layering a shocking-pink vest under a black one. If you are too nervous to suddenly don a myriad of rainbow shades, why not try introducing small splashes of colour to your existing wardrobe.
Pop into our Cliften boutique and try throwing no a colourful jacket over your boring black ensemble or pair a pretty floral skirt with a fitted top and you suddenly have a flattering look that will work, whether you are a size 6 or 16. Introduce other splashes of colour with a few well-chosen accessories such as pillar box red clutch, a striped scarf or a pair of purple heels and before you know it - you‘ve gone from drab - to fab!
Looking great is not just about wearing the right clothes: It's about wearing clothes that are right for your body shape. Have you ever noticed that some women never have a fashion disaster and always seem to be effortlessly stylish? Take a closer look and you may notice that those whose sartorial sense you admire often wear the same style over and over.
They know how to showcase their assets, disguise their flaws and make their body look its absolute finest Whether they're cinching in the waist on a coat (to look more shapely), finding the perfect ratio of heel height to hemline length (to seem taller) or showing cleavage while covering the rest (to draw attention away from their hips), some women just seem to intrinsically know how to work their wardrobes to their advantage.
I'm here to teach you the tricks to suit your particular body type and make your clothes the most flattering they can possibly be. Here, we address the most common problems women encounter when shopping for clothes.
DRESSING A CURVY SHAPE
I want you to fall back in love with fashion. I really do. I want you to know that there are amazing clothes out there to fit and flatter your figure - whatever size or age you might be. Clothes that won‘t make you feel like a second-class citizen just because you enjoy the odd chocolate Éclair. It is just not true that fashion is only for the super skinny or very tall. I‘m here to show you that it's easy to look incredible -once you know how.
Forget the days when wearing a size 16 equated to a wardrobe of garish patterns, shapeless smocks, or flammable fabrics and get ready to flaunt those curves. New labels, such as Beautiful You, are finally giving real women the clothing they deserve; clothing that celebrates the unique shape and beauty of all women, regardless of size.
Whether you want to rediscover your waistline, create the perfect silhouette for a maximum slimming effect or highlight your curves with confidence, these stylish designs will not only get you noticed, they'll help form the linchpin of a wardrobe that works. So perhaps it‘s time to bin the black and embrace a new colourful you. After all, who doesn‘t want to wear beautiful clothes that will get them noticed? But before you grab your credit card - let‘s just get a few simple style rules out of the way.
When it comes to a curvy figure your goal is to look leaner. For slimming summer clothing, why not try a Beautiful You dress that will skim over your curves and smooth your shape with built-in support. Opt for colours like deep blue, purple or jade and go for bigger accessories to balance your frame. Oversized handbags, large costume jewellery and wedge heels work really well on larger sizes, and a dramatic accessory can often make an outfit.
If you have wide hips compared to the rest of your body, add a wide necklace to fill in some volume on top. Also, try to avoid fabrics with big patterns as they‘ll only make you look larger. If you love bold prints, you can always introduce them into your wardrobe by adding a printed handbag or scarf.
For business wear, Beautiful You now have a wide range of classic styles for curvy women in figure-flattering styles. A well-cut dress will enhance your figure, and the drape and fit of quality tailoring and fabric in a classic style will give you years of mileage. Our Stretch fabric also moves with you and retains it's shape wear after wear and it's also wrinkle resistant, maintaining it’s shape wear after wear for a tailored appearance throughout the day.
Even though you may feel comfortable in it, black is really not the most flattering colour for your shape. Black suits, dresses, skirts and other plus size clothing is not necessarily the most slimming or figure flattering on a woman‘s body - and it‘s SO drab! A great work outfit is as much about proportion, cut and overall style as it is about colour.
Monotone coloured outfits can be just as flattering, if not more, than plain old boring black - and they are perfect for a corporate environment. Wearing additional colours around your face will bring attention to your skin tone, face shape, and eye colour. Focus on Vnecks. They‘re the perfect neckline when you want your overall body to look thinner.
When it comes to skirts, opt for knee-length styles and avoid garments that fall right on the thickest part of your legs - your calves. Avoid spindly heels and spiked stiletto shoes as they‘ll only serve to emphasise your girth instead, opt for a gorgeous wedge heel or a cone style. Perfect!
WHY is it that for so many women - no matter how thin and fit they are - once past their mid-30s shapely arms seem to be, well, a thing of the past? Annoyingly, like cellulite, flabby upper arms seem to be a condition that men just don‘t get. And, like lines on the neck, they‘re a definite age giveaway. Most of us look at women such as Michelle Obama with a mixture of awe and wonder, because their upper arms are toned and sculpted to perfection.
Unfortunately, arms like theirs come with a price and that‘s many hours spent working out at the gym, honing their physiques to perfection. Most older women how are busy juggling their careers with the demands of home life; just don‘t have the time What to do? Well, of course, a little styling magic is the easiest solution! If you do not have great upper arms - the solution is simple -sculpt them.
At Beautiful You, each garment has a magic slimming solution to help you make the most of your physique. Many of their tops feature a lightweight and comfortable compression vest, which conveniently slims your upper arms and back with it's gentle, seamless skin fuse fabric.
If you want to make the most of your arms, choosing the correct sleeve length is essential, so choose a style just the area above your elbow; that‘s not such a huge sacrifice now, is it? If you want to wear a glamorous dress such as a strapless evening gown or a style with shoestring straps, a cute bolero jacket will not only add a certain elegance to your look, it will also help to hide a multitude.
For a black-tie event, you can flash a little flesh by wearing a lace or chiffon wrap, which compliments the colour of your gown, this will cleverly disguise bingo wings‘ and you‘ll also be making a fashion statement as well. For day, you can help disguise flabby upper arms by wearing tops or dresses that have elastic across the top and can be pulled down over the shoulders.
Boat necks are great too, as they show off your shoulders and a hint of cleavage without revealing any arm. Also, try finding clothes with 3/4 length sleeves - very Jackie O. These can be worn all year round and give great coverage. Problem solved
Bums, butts, buns, bottoms, behinds. Love or loathe yours, you‘re saddled with it. And no amount of dieting or exercise is ever going to change the basic shape. So you‘re either blessed or, as Victoria would have it, cursed. There‘s always something we don‘t like, whether it‘s the size of our bust, the length of our legs or the shape of our bum or thighs.
We have all struggled to find clothes that will not only disguise the offending areas, but will also make the most of what we‘ve got. Big stomachs and bottoms are a common affliction for women as we age but while we can‘t all be size zeros like Kate Moss, we can make the most of our body shape.
Many larger ladies hide their bums beneath swathes of unflattering, baggy clothes but, to be honest, this just makes it easier to spot bigger bottoms. So don‘t be tempted to go baggy to conceal your rear. It just makes your thighs and bottom look enormous.
You‘re better off going for a tighter fit. If you want to make the most of your bottom, the key is to look at your figure objectively and try to figure out how to balance out your shape. For example, if you have a large bottom or hips, stay away from any kind of tapered trousers, as they will only make you appear much larger.
Instead, opt for any of the softly tapered or cleverly cut high waisted trousers in the Beautiful You collection as these will look incredibly flattering on, so make sure that you check out these great pieces the next time you are stocking up on a few wardrobe essentials.
They are a miracle brand because they hide your tummy and minimise your bottom. All at the same time!
Bairbre Power in the Irish Independent raves about the COMFORT in Beautiful You.
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Patricia O’Toole’s NEWBeautiful You Boutique at Rose Cottage in Moyard, Connemara, Galway officially opened on Thursday, June 25th 2015. Patricia was absolutely delighted to see the many family and friends who celebrated at the launch. Beautiful You outfits were being modeled by some very stunning local ladies.
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Patricia O’Toole, winner of the Best New Business Award, is pictured with Brian Purcell, TV3’s The Apprentice; Cliona Standun, president, Network Galway, and Joan Mulvihill, CEO, Internet Ireland at the Network Galway Women Business Awards in the Glenlo Abbey Hotel on May 8th 2015. Photo: Martina Regan.