Body + Clothes + Personality = Harmony

For much of the 20th century women thought that their clothing should “mask” what was beneath. Thankfully, that thinking has pretty much gone by the way-side; however, many women still try to cover their figure flaws by wearing clothing that does not follow the natural line of their bodies. It may sound odd, but the best way to accentuate figure assets and draw attention away from figure flaws is to wear clothing that conforms to your bone structure.

To determine what clothing will harmonize with your body you need to look at these four areas; your shoulders; your waist and your hips. What you want to look for is whether the bones in these areas are rounded our angular. Take for example your shoulders. Do they curve gently from your neck into your arms – or are they a straight line into another straight line from your neck to your arms? When looking at your waist; does it curve in and back out at your hips – or does your waist have little, or no, curve to it? Are your hips straight and somewhat narrow – or do have a very definite roundness to them?

Please DO NOT think that rounded is “fat” and angular is “thin”. That could not be further from the truth! We are looking at the bone structure underneath the skin…NOT the amount of flesh covering those bones. You might be rounded or angular in all four of these areas however, most women are rounded in one or two areas and angular in the others. If the latter is you, then you are a hybrid…not rounded or angular, but a combination…just like an egg. Its oval shape is part rounded and part angular.

A side note: An oval (hybrid) face shape is considered the perfect. This shape allows the most freedom in hairstyle and clothing neckline choices. A rounded or angular face shape will limit the shape necklines that look the best on you. Rounded or princess necklines will frame a rounded face whereas square necklines or deep v-necks will be the best choice for an angular face or square jaw line.

You create harmony between your body and your clothing by choosing fabrics and clothing lines that follow your bone structure. Where you are rounded you should choose soft, flowing or filmy fabrics; gathers ruffles and bows. Accordingly, stiffer-bodied fabrics in clothing with straight detail lines such as pleats and darts will create harmony with angular bone structures.

Every woman has her own unique personality traits that determine the kinds of clothing she is most comfortable in. It is important to consider your personality when making clothing choices. It does not matter how beautiful your clothing is OR how great the color is on you OR how much your friend likes it…if it does not suit your personality, the overall impact will not be as harmonious as it could be. Your body language will tattle on you when you are not mentally comfortable in what your wear.

Women with dramatic personalities want to draw attention to themselves. They will choose trendy styles, bold colors and designs and dramatic accessories. Your message when you walk into a room is – look at me. A textured sweater tunic in a jewel tone with neutral leggings and boots suit you perfectly.

Those of us who are practical, meticulous and cost/quality conscious are comfortable in well-made coordinated classic clothing such as a classic blouse, skirt and princess flats. We are at ease with our message – my style is timeless.

However, if your idea of a perfect outfit is a little dress and a strappy heeled sandal, you probably love to dress up and would never be caught dead without your makeup. It is very important that your message convey that – you are always put together.

Comfort at all cost – is the final message some of us want to convey. We are athletic, natural galls who are drawn to natural fiber, “no-fuss” clothing. What we wear is not as important to us as whether they are functional and comfortable.

There is no right or wrong when it comes to personal style. However, each style type has its drawbacks. •Dramatic women must be cautious that they do not steal the show when that is not appropriate.

•Make certain, if you love classic clothing, to mix it up a bit so that you are not boring.

•Frilly, filmy dresses with heels may appear too “sexy” for an office work setting. Save the look for evening.

•Natural style woman have to work at dressing up when that is what the occasion calls for.

In other words, whatever your style signature is – use some creativity and ingenuity to match the occasion.

This is one part of fashion that is ALL ABOUT YOU! So have fun and enjoy making harmony between your body, personality and clothes!

Designer’s Classics of Today is Modern Vintage of Tomorrow

Discovering the timeless pieces of today that will endure

When I look at the fashion styles in today’s Vogue, W Magazine, or Bazaar, it is hard to see what might turn into a vintage classic of tomorrow. Some of designer clothes are too arty to be considered, and are only photographed for the now – most of which I would deem unwearable anyway. I have a few designer’s original things hanging in my closet right now that was passed on to me by my mother and gained incredible value over the years.

When you are twenty, no trend seems too far out, and the classics appear downright prudish. Then, reality hits somewhere closer to thirty, and when we are responsible for everything. The fashion faux-pas start to look a little more ridiculous, and get a bit expensive. As we age, certain things don’t look as good, or right anymore. I think that is just fine, because the wisdom gained is invaluable, and we know that those trendy pieces tell a story later in life.

What’s important to know is how to add value to your fashion wardrobe without wasting clothes. Look to a little bit of fashion history to know what pieces remain timeless, and are worth owning twenty years from now – the little black dress, the luxury handbag, or an exquisite blouse. It starts to take hold somewhere around age 27, when you realize the value of certain items. You want to become that individual, and get away from the cookie cutter mall rats.

I would recommend finding that designer boutique that gets to know you. The individual attention you receive is invaluable, and you know you’ll be procuring better items for the long run. My favorite style associate will call me when she sees items that suit my style, and she’s honest in telling me how I look. Boutiques will hold trunk shows for their favorite designers, where you can be the first to order the upcoming season’s looks, and know that you are purchasing quality that endures. Designers produce limited quantities of their items which brings exclusivity and value. This is what makes your wardrobe more distinct and individual to your style.

Vintage Clothes of Tomorrow… What makes a timeless piece? “Designs that have strong individuality, signature style, and a sense of mystery” says Natasha Leratti, a High End Miami based Fashion Designer and Stylist. While it is hard to say exactly which modern pieces of today will make statement point of tomorrow’s vintage, there are some pieces that make obviously choices. The “Little Black Dress” that combines classic lines with a little flair will be one that can be updated with the modern shoes and accessories, regardless of the decade. A simple cut jacket can be instantly updated with a modern shirt or jewelry underneath. Designer Clothes that are classic, with unexpected elements will be tomorrow’s vintage – a romantic silk blouse, an embellished shift dress, or a crocodile handbag will be choices I would look for.

When you shop for vintage today, you should be prepared to pay more for better designer clothes and fashion accessories, just as you would new. If an item is well made and cared for, then it will last for years. The details of the designer items have been paid attention to, and are worth the extra. The early creations of Christian Dior exuded a charm and grace that is quite timeless in design, yet is easily modernized with a blend of today’s chunky jewels, architectural heels, and colorful handbags. Head to toe vintage can look too much like a costume, so the unity is key.

Designer Auctions are great opportunity to find new as well as vintage items. You never know when someone does not realize the significance of a piece and you can pick it up for under face value. It’s important to do your homework when buying vintage to know if something is worth the price.

Our design philosophy revolves around the idea of buying for tomorrow. We offer Collections daytime and cocktail dresses, as well as evening skirts, knits, and fashion accessories that exude a couture flair for today, and quality to be the vintage of tomorrow. Her keen design sense makes her a frontrunner for the modern woman’s fashion wardrobe. She can creates one of a kind couture items that are resold on Auctions and Trunk Shows. That kind Clothes will last a lifetime, gain in value and become classics you pass down.

My Best Wishes To All Fashionably Fabulous Women,

Your Fashion Guru and Stylist,

Natasha Leratti

Classic Women’s Summer Fashions Are Nautical, Seersucker, Country Checks, and Tropical Prints

Four flattering and classic looks in women’s summer fashion are

  • the nautical look
  • crisp seersucker suits and dresses
  • country cotton red-and-white checks
  • and tropical print fabric.

How flattering any style is depends on how it looks on you. Buy clothing that fits or spend money to have it fitted. Check the finishing for hanging threads and loose buttons. Choose fabrics that feel nice against your skin and drape well.

The nautical look can be achieved by pairing sparkling, crisp white with darker shades of blue. A horizontally-striped cotton knit T-shirt is a good start. Add earrings with a nautical motif such as an anchor, dolphins, seahorses, or a ship’s wheel. A hemp braid belt and comfortable rubber-soled deck shoes complete this fashion style.

We no longer see many blouses with the traditional large, square sailor’s collar. MIddy blouses, as they were called (for midshipman, a rank in the Navy) were popular in years past and may come into style again.

Red is a dramatic accent color. Try red shoes, bag, and belt to spark your white-and-blue nautical ensemble. Red lipstick is appropriate, if you can find a shade that complements your skin tone.

Red-and-white cotton checks are another summer fashion classic. County checks have an easy-going, cheerful look, especially in carefree cotton. Stick to a smaller check so you don’t end up looking like a picnic tablecloth.

Country red checks are ideal for a pretty blouse or a summer sun dress. Pair the blouse with bright yellow shorts or yellow accent sandals and handbag, for a combination that is fresh. Fred Perry has two styles and a handbag in red-and-white checks for summer 2009. This is an innovative way to add this classic women’s summer fashion to update clothing you already own.

A third summer fashion classic is crisp, cool seersucker suits and dresses. This timeless cotton fabric traditionally is a subtle stripe of white and an alternative color, with little puckers in the white stripes. Ironing is mostly unnecessary because of these natural wrinkles in seersucker natural cotton. Today’s stretch blends make it easier than ever to wash and air-dry seersucker suits, dresses, and blouses. Seersucker is perfect for robes and sleepwear, too.

Once upon a time, the only seersucker color was pinstripe navy blue and white. Now, stripe widths vary and occasionally we see a seersucker check. Gray and white, green and white, red and white are among the expanding range of colors for seersucker clothing.

A fourth summer fashion classic is tropical print fabric. Hawaiian print dresses, blouses, and shirts evoke umbrella drinks and white beaches.

Tropical print fabric became popular in the wake of World War II, chiefly as patterns for draperies and furniture in the warmer United States. These big, bold tropical print fabric designs have been scaled down for the colorful shirts and dresses we wear today. Florals and travel themes are among choices you will find available for women’s summer clothing.

To wrap it all up, four summer fashion wardrobe investments that will pay off for years to come are the blue-and-white nautical look, red-and-white country cotton checks, crisp seersucker, and tropical print fabric in shirts, dresses, and skirts.