Showing posts with label Foundations. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Foundations. Show all posts

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

A Styling Secret

Do you dress to hide your tummy every day?

Since my teens, my weight has gone up and down with every crazy diet ever presented. I wish I had realized earlier that diets are designed to fail. If you are not going to change your eating habits forever, all the weight will come back and will likely add more pounds when it returns.

All that losing and gaining weight has created areas that will never be taut again, no matter how much I exercise. For most of my adult life, I have dressed to conceal my midsection.

Thankfully, my weight has remained about the same for the last five years after permanently changing my choice of foods. That means I have been able to invest in many different clothing styles and enjoy wearing them with confidence. In the past there was always that question in the back of my mind, "Will I even be able to zip this in six months?"

We recently enjoyed an excellent evening meal at Rowland's located inside the Westglow Mansion in Blowing Rock, North Carolina.

As soon as I previewed the photos we snapped before we began our trip, I knew I had to go back and put on my secret styling weapon.



The foundation I am wearing in the after photo is by Maidenform from Macy's.

Each time I model or wear anything that shows my shape, I wear this support garment. It helps with my posture and smooths the middle line in front and in back without giving me an odd looking bustline.

The bra pictured below from Soma is the best fitting bra I have ever worn.

The necklace and tank top are old from Chico's. The Balmain sunglasses and cardigan are from Sak's Off 5th. The silver clutch is old from T.J.Maxx. The side-zip white pants were supplied by Fabrizio Gianni last year. The Gianni Bini sandals are from Dillard's.

Thank you for joining us on this journey through midlife and beyond. The second fifty years are truly the best!

Created in collaboration with Fabrizio Gianni
All words, styling, and creative direction are my own.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Weekly Q&A - Foundations

Wearing the proper undergarments can make a huge difference in the way clothes look on your body. 

After I posted the photo below I was asked many times about the style of bra I wear. The one that supports and fits my body best is this one from Soma. Click here for more info on this bra.

Do you keep bras too long, washing and wearing them too many times as well as purchasing the same size year after year?  Your bra size can change with as little as a five-pound weight loss or gain. 

When I found the great fitting hard working bra pictured above, I went to a Soma store and tried on about seven different styles until I found the one that fit my body shape including the actual shape of my breasts. This bra has a tiny bit of padding at the top of the cup to fill in where I need it, not at the bottom of the cup where I certainly do not need it. I continue to get fitted for bras every year. Our bodies are constantly changing.

Yo-Yo dieting throughout my life has given me skin that is less than taut. When I wear clothes that are more body revealing or fabrics such as jersey knits that are less forgiving, I always wear a body slimmer such as the one shown above from Macy's. Control and contouring are not my goals. I wear this garment simply to give me a smoother look under my clothes. These also come in a longer thigh length style like the one shown below.

Visible panty lines are never acceptable. This style of panty from Soma is the one I wear every day.

At almost sixty years old, my legs are not going out in public in a dress without stockings. I don't care what the trends are!

My favorite stockings of all time were a gift from a blog reader who sent me 8 denier pantyhose from Paris. This style from Wolford is a close match.

Foundation garments are possibly the most important part of your look. For example, an ill-fitting bra can ruin the look of a very expensive blouse. Wearing beautiful lingerie makes you feel confident and elegant. Great fitting lingerie that smooths and lifts is not a luxury, it is imperative for me. I will budget for the right pieces to make sure all of my other clothes look and fit the way I want them to.

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Wear It Wednesday - Size Matters!

One of the most important elements of every outfit is one that is mostly hidden or invisible if it fits correctly. Never underestimate the importance of a bra that supports and fits well.

There was a threat of rain today and it was a cool morning so I wore jeans, a tank top and very light weight jacket. The tassel necklace and clothing are from Chico's and the shoes are from T.J.Maxx.

Now lets talk about how things can go wrong with this outfit. Fit is very important and it starts with the foundation. If the bra is too small it will be very uncomfortable all day, not to mention there will be unattractive spillage and pulling in all the wrong places. If I remove my jacket in the afternoon, do I really want this to be what people see? I think not!

Note that I am not nearly as thin as you thought I was. 
I dress to conceal and draw attention away from those jiggly bits and the muffin tops.

This bra is too small in the band and a cup size too small so I would never wear it at my current weight. As much or as little as five pounds gained or lost can mean a different bra size. If you haven't been fitted for a bra in a few years, I highly recommend it. Wearing the correct size makes a huge difference in your comfort and also how your clothes look. You will actually look thinner in the correct size.

While we are on the subject of bras, I can't think of one reason to ever buy a white bra. No matter what color you wear it with, it is going to show through your clothes. I have two colors: nude for almost daily wear and black to wear with darker colors.

Bras and panties should hug you, not cut into you. I never want to have VPL (visible panty lines) any more than I want a bra that takes center stage.

Now lets take a look at the correct size bra with a white tank top.

I am wearing Vanity Fair Beautiful Benefits Full Figure (Style #76-380).


Oh that's much better! Now you know why I almost always wear that third piece. 

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