“Women’s What to Wear takes the guessing out of dressing,” states author and designer Mary Duldouras. “Everyone wants to look their best, but many people are not sure how to dress for their body and as a result they often feel uncomfortable shopping for clothes.”
Women’s What to Wear is a comprehensive resource that makes shopping for clothes easier. Mary draws from her expertise in fashion to identify your body type and show you how to make the right choices to complement it. The book discusses specific styles, cuts, shapes and types of garments to wear for each individual body type. By combining these tips with the Colour Story component, which explores what colours work best for each person based on their colour tones, women have a comprehensive system that helps them look their best every day.
“Shopping for clothes does not need to be a daunting task once you understand your body type,” says Mary. “Do not be afraid if clothes do not fit you perfectly off the rack, they rarely do. With the help of a great seamstress you can create the perfect wardrobe.”
1. RECTANGLE SILHOUETTE
People with a Rectangle Silhouette look balanced from their shoulders to their hipline. There are a number of tips to create the illusion of a traditional feminine hour glass figure by making the waistline appear smaller while highlighting your assets:
- Choose skirts or pants that fit snugly at your waist but flare out at the bottom to create curves.
- Wear a fitted jacket to create a waist and the appearance of fuller hips.
- Ruffles and wispy sleeves add volume and make the waist look smaller in comparison.
- Avoid tight dresses and clothing with Empire waists or an unstructured waist.
2. TRIANGLE SILHOUETTE
People who have wider hips than the shoulders have a Triangle Silhouette. To make the shoulders and upper body appear wider while making the lower body look smaller:
- Wear dark wide-leg pants to slenderize the thighs and create a longer and slimmer silhouette.
- A tailored jacket will accentuate your shoulders and even out the lower body’s proportions.
- Wear tops with a wide neckline to broaden your shoulders and offset fuller hips.
- Add a selection of tapered skirts to your wardrobe.
- Avoid shapeless, oversized sweaters; skinny jeans and pants; and skirts that hug your curves.
3. CIRCLE SILHOUETTE
People with a Circle Silhouette carry their weight in the middle of their bodies. Follow these tips to make your waistline appear smaller while highlighting the face and upper body:
- Choose clothes that fit loosely around the midsection.
- Play up your long trim legs and let them take centre stage.
- Pair slim cut pants with a blousy top or a tunic.
- Empire waists are very flattering.
- Avoid clothes thatdraw attention to the middle (high-rise pants, belts, and waist-cinching tops).
4. INVERTED TRIANGLE SILHOUETTE
People with an Inverted Triangle Silhouette appear to be wider in the shoulders than in their hips. Minimize the look of the upper body and highlight your desired assets by choosing:
- Details like ruffles and pleats to add volume to the lower part of the body.
- Choose darker colours on top and lighter ones on the bottom.
- Look for tops that drape, simple straight lines and wrap tops.
- Empire cuts, wrap dresses and high-waist puffy skirts create the illusion of a waist.
- Pants that accentuate your hips with pockets and embellishments as well as baggy, combat,
wide leg and palazzo pants and jeans will look the best.
- Avoid oversize and shapeless tops and details like puffy sleeves and shoulder pads that will
accentuate the shoulders and stay away from skinny jeans.
“It is important to have fun when choosing your wardrobe,” states Mary. “Select classic pieces that are timeless and add a few items each season that are on trend to keep your wardrobe looking current.”
Mary has begun working on her second book which is a comprehensive guide for men.
About Mary Duldouras
Born in Toronto in the 1960’s to first generation Greek parents, Mary’s mother, a seamstress, was a career woman and a role model for Mary and her sisters. Mary studied Fashion Arts at Seneca College, where she won design competitions and had the opportunity to travel in Europe studying fashion in England, France, Italy, Switzerland, and Greece. Upon completion of her fashion studies, Mary began working in the fashion industry as an assistant and head fashion designer in leather, bridal wear, eveningwear, women's high end sportswear and undergarments. While working in bridal wear, clients began to request her designs more and more and eventually Mary started her own shop and company. At the design studio, she created and manufactured women’s day and evening wear while organizing and styling fashion shows and photo shoots. While taking a break to raise her son and working from home, Mary was asked to develop and teach a course in Bridal wear. Mary fell in love with adult education in the fashion area and went back to university to get a degree. She currently teaches at Seneca College. In 2013, Mary published her first book Women’s What to Wear, designed to guide people on their body types and what to wear to accent their best attributes.
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