The Basic Black Dress for all BodyShapes

Little Black Dress

As old fashioned as the concept sounds, that little black dress stylish and available in your wardrobe will save the day at some time. Whether it is the cocktail party at your boss or the death of a distant favorite aunt, having it available will prevent that rushed ill chosen hunt the day before.

Lady Peacock (aka pear) Bodyshape

Pick a dress with simple lines everywhere except around the shoulders. At the shoulders and neckline go for dramatic. That can mean details at the top of the sleeve – dramatic sleeve cap, extra design at the top of the sleeve, etc. That can mean a yoke maybe with some trim, funky angles, or ruffles. That can also mean a dramatic neckline – boat with a big tie at one side, double collar, trim around neckline. Pick a dress that draws attention to your neckline and shoulders.

Lady of Movement (aka rectangle) Bodyshape

Pick a dress that has movement and flows around your body. Flowing angel sleeves or full circular sleeves (either full length or elbow length) will look great. Asymmetrical or two level hems will add to the flow, as will gored skirts. Asymmetrical necklines will enhance the movement.

Lady Dive (aka hourglass) Bodyshape

Go for corseted structure. It can be a line or a style with a waist seam but it needs to be fitted to that waist. Accentuate the bust, waist, hips curves. Keep the neckline simple – a v  would be dynamic. Add corseting to the look if possible. Keep the lines clean and structured.

Earth Goddess (aka apple) Bodyshape

A two piece dress would be best for you. A long (dress length) duster jacket over an a line dress would look dynomite. The under dress does not need to adhere as closely to the little black dress concept – add a  little variation on color or enhancement in the dress. (Keep the duster on as part of the ensemble.) Or select a slightly lighter black for the dress under the black duster.

Sassy Gal (aka Inverted Triangle) Bodyshape

You would carry it best in a dress with a waistine. A full skirt helps balance your figure and give you a longer look. Select a neckline that splits your bodice – perfect example would be a wrap front.

Regardless of the reason you need that little black dress, there is no reason why it shouldn’t enhance you and make you look like a million – a subtle million but a million non the less.

More Info

For a better understanding of your body shape visit What is All This About Bodyshapes? on my website IstinaDesign . To determine what your body shape is check out my Find Your Bodyshape. Then over to my Shop that is displayed by bodyshapes!




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Well Fitting Outfit – Well Fitting Bra


A well fitting bra is essential to a beautiful wardrobe. If the bra sags, your outfit sags. If  it doesn’t fit and is uncomfortable then you are fidgeting and your top looks like it doesn’t fit right. A well fitting bra will let you stand proud and comfortable with no bumps and bulges showing through.

The Mechanics are for Elsewhere

I am not going to go through the mechanics of how to measure for a bra here. You can find that on any lingerie site or in any store. Just some thoughts on things to keep in mind when bra hunting – gathered from years of personal experience as a double G cup.

The Lost Retail Market!

Unfortunately the retail market has not caught up to the fact that a great majority of us are very well endowed and try to simply grade up with what is currently on the market. That results in painful bras for all of us!

Tip 1

It not a sales pitch to get us to spend more on a bra by saying be sure the cup contains the entire breast smoothly, it is essential! It may be ‘sexy’ having that cleavage spilling out of the top of the bra but only if you plan on wearing nothing but the bra. Under a blouse you end up with 4 breasts and funny bulges and bumps. In addition to that, the overflow puts additional stress on other areas of the bra and wearing it becomes a game of rearranging and adjusting to move the pain points around. No fun.

Tip 2

If the underwires dig into your sides then you have the wrong bra and probably the wrong cup size. Ignore the clerk and try on a larger cup size (and smaller band) or another style altogether.

Tip 3

The band around your ribcage is not the element that is totally responsible for keeping your bra on. It is only one element. If it is tight then there is something else wrong with the fit of the bra. It job is to keep the cups  located in the right place on the body and to hold it closed but you should be able to slip a finger easily under the strap.

Tip 4

For those of us well endowed women perhaps the greatest struggle is finding straps that don’t want to fall down all the time. We cinch them up tight until they dig into our shoulders to keep them up but they still eventually fall down. We get bra straps to hook the straps together in back and turn it into a t- back but the bra still doesn’t fit right. Persevere! Eventually you will find one where the straps are close enough together to stay up.

And The Biggest Tip of All………

Biggest tip of all – never accept the edits of any sales clerk on how a bra should fit and how theirs is the best and buy based on their ‘wisdom’. I did that for too many years. Buy if it feels divine and like a second skin. If not, keep on hunting. It may take dozens of brands and styles to find the one that works best for you. Then, 5 years later, that one is wrong and you are off again in the hunt.

The hunt will be rewarded when you look in the mirror and that simple top flows smoothly and beautifully over your bust and everything looks ‘perky’ and where it belongs. A well fitting bra can make all the difference in an outfit so persevere!

Fit is important in so many ways to a beautiful wardrobe. For more on the top and to discover the joys of a well fitting wardrobe visit my site and my Shop of clothes completed after the order is received and to the measurements sent to us in your profile.



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Trunk Shows

To avoid the major markup that retail stores have to impose on clothing to cover the cost of retail I am using a different way to get my clothing to you - in home trunk shows. Invite a few of your [...]

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