Diva Dressing Tricks of the Trade

Sally wants to take away the idea that clothes and fashion are frivolous, to encourage the idea that clothes and our attitude to them and our body has an awful lot to do with our mental health. And that having an organised wardrobe gives us space in our lives to live as we should.

“Clothes are a major part of our life 7 days a week and for some of us 24 hours a day as well if you wear pyjamas/nightie so it’s no wonder we spend a lot of money and time trying to get it right. We have so much to take into account – what’s available, the climate and the suitability of attire to allow us to do what we need, and also allows us to ‘fit in‘ with what everyone else is wearing. ”

“Our family upbringing and home life, our religion and even what sports we play all contribute to our style of clothing and on top of all that we have a personality that we want to show through our clothes.”

“I want to make sure that we all dress to our best and dress with confidence, regardless of all of the factors we have to take into account!”

I love sunglasses – much to my families and friends amusement, exasperation and credulity “not another pair”

It’s very easy to go out there and buy lots of sunglasses, but getting the ‘right‘ pair is a bit more difficult.

Follow these suggestions and you’ll be ‘all set to go.

First of all define your face shape – not as simple as it sounds, we all think we know what shape face we have, but do the following exercise and see if your right.

* Find a mirror
* Find a washable felt tip pen
* Tie back your hair
* Close one eye
* Onto the mirror draw the shape of your face – don’t move yourself or the mirror ( you would be surprised how many people end up drawing on themselves!)

This may take a couple of practices!!!

Now compare the shape to the ones below:

If you’re still having problems then try this measuring method.

* Measure your face across the top of your cheekbones. Write down the measurement on a piece of paper.
* Measure across your jaw line from the widest point to the widest point. Write down the measurement.
* Measure across your forehead at the widest point. Generally the widest point will be somewhere about halfway between your eyebrows and your hairline. Write down the measurement.
* Measure from the tip of your hairline to the bottom of your chin

Look at your measurements and now find your face shape:-

Oval Face ~ Length equal to one and a half times width
Round face ~ Your face is as wide as it is long.
Oblong ~ Longer than it is wide.
Heart ~ Narrow at jaw line, wide at cheekbones/and or forehead
Square ~ Your face is about as wide as it is long
Diamond ~ Widest at cheekbones, narrow forehead and jaw line of approximately equal width.

Choosing the correct sunglasses

Oval is considered the best face shape as it has the most balance proportions and can generally pull off any style glasses. In order to keep it’s even proportions though you may find that it is best to pick a frame that is as wide as or wider than the broadest part of the face, or a walnut shaped frame that is not too deep or to narrow. This face shape can also suit glasses that are a squarer shape with soft edges and frames with definition around the upper temples.

This face shape is long with a squarish chin. To give visual balance to a rectangle face shape you need to make the face look broader and shorter. Select a frame with straight horizontal lines at the bottom, to give the illusion of width to the face.

and length are in similar proportions with no harsh angles. To lengthen this shape and make it appear thinner you may try a softly angular, narrow frame or glasses with more width than depth. You’ll probably find it best to stay away from big round glasses, and keep the width equal to or wider than the broadest part of you face.

This face shape has a broad forehead, wide cheekbones and a strong jaw line, the width and length of the face are almost the same. To lengthen and soften the face you could try glasses with more width than depth, perhaps a narrow oval shape or anything with rounder softer edges.

This face shape is wider at the forehead but has a narrow jaw. To bring this in to balance you may wish to try frames that are wider at the bottom. It can also help is you pick light coloured frames or even rimless glasses. Alternately you may wish to accentuate the eyes with cat eye shapes or glasses with details or more width in the top corners.

This is a face shape that is narrower at the forehead and then gets wider at the cheeks and is wider at the jaw. To balance this you may find it advisable to pick glasses that take the attention to the top rim of the frame perhaps semi-rimless glasses.

There is so much choice out there (may be too much), that it is possible to find something to suit every budget – but remember you get what you pay for in terms of the lens – Ray Ban is still the Number one for the lens.

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