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Shopping! Just that word can create so much excitement, but what happens when it doesn’t? Shopping can be a very difficult thing and can spark a lot of anxiety in some people. What’s in style? What looks good on my body? What happens if I love something but it doesn’t fit? What if it’s too young for me? These are common things we hear every single day, and we’re here to help! Shopping should be a fun experience, not one that causes panic attacks.
Here are a few of our shopping guidelines to help ease your worries and get you enjoying the change room!
STOP SIZE SHOPPING
Women come in all shapes and sizes, and so does clothing. It would be so nice to walk into a shop and every single Medium that’s in the store fits. Sadly, that’s not the case. Sizing is not a universal thing. When a clothing line creates it’s sizes, it does so by hiring what’s called a “fit model,” (not fit as in fitness, fit as in fitting). This fit model is what they base their sizing on. So depending on that models body type the sizing could fit smaller or larger. Before you hit a fitting room take a look at the item you want to try on. Does it have stretch to it? Does it look small or big for it’s size? Don’t just go grabbing the size you believe you are. Grab an item to try on that looks like it fits your body; ignore the size and don’t ever be afraid to go a size up.
TAILORING IS YOUR BEST FRIEND
If something doesn’t fit, make it fit you! Have you ever tried something on in the fitting room and it was perfect except in that one spot? Do you have an item in your closet that is so perfect but you’ve lost some weight and it’s too big now but you just can’t seem to get rid of it? Try tailoring! It’s a very inexpensive way to make your clothes fit you perfectly! It’s difficult to grab something right off the rack that’s perfect in every single way, so alter it to make it perfect for you! Let that love last!
NO MORE GOALS
A huge mistake you can make is trying something on and it’s too small so you purchase it anyways as a “goal” item. Talk about putting pressure on yourself! That item of clothing will sit in your closet and every time you open it you’ll think “i have to hit that goal.” And what happens if you don’t hit it? You see that item and you start to have negative feelings for it and then you think “i spent all this money and now I can never wear it,” and you feel failure… whoa, too much! Purchase items that fit your body NOW.
KNOW YOUR INVENTORY
Look in your closet…
Do you have lots of similar items but no outfits? It’s because you’re shopping without knowing your inventory. Knowing what you have is the first step to creating a beautiful wardrobe that you love. Try digitizing it! Check out Netrobe, you can thank us later!
ANYTHING BUT BASIC
Let’s say it together: Basics are my best friend! A basic tee, perfect fitting jeans, and ankle boot… these are all things that are classic items. Depending on how you accessorize them they can also be transformed again and again. We recommend any of the Emma’s Closet tee’s and tanks; super soft and the perfect fitting basic!
ASK FOR HELP!
Still confused and feeling anxious? Ask for help! Come right on into Frakas and let us know how we can help you. Feel free to bring in the item you’re trying to create an outfit with, or just come right on out and say “I have no idea what looks good on me.” We are always here to help and bonus, you can leave the boutique armed with tons of knowledge about dressing for your body.
The summer heat has definitely arrived and we want to make sure you are ready for here! Here are our TOP 5 Water Infused Drinks to keep you hydrated all summer long!
1. WATERMELON BASIL
- 2 slices of watermelon, cut into thirds or quarters
- Small handful of basil, scrunched
- Ice and cold filtered water
- Fill your juice pitcher to the top with ice and fruit.
- Slightly scrunch up the basil so it releases it’s flavor. Cover with cold filtered water.
- This water is best if you let the water infuse at least 1 hour.
2. MOJITO WATER
- 1 lime
- 8 mint leaves
- 4 cups water
- Slice limes and add to a small pitcher.
- Slap mint leaves and add to pitcher.
- Add water and ice.
3. VITAMIN C INFUSED
- 1/2 Lemon
- 1/2 Lime
- 1 Orange
To make this detox water peel the lemon, lime and orange. Slice the lemon and lime thinly. Prize the orange apart and separate into pieces. Place all the ingredients in the pitcher and gently muddle to release the flavors and nutrients. Top up with water and put in the fridge.
4. MINTY DETOX
- 1 Lime
- 1 Green Tea Bag
- ¼ Cup of Mint Leaves
- Fill a large mason jar ( about 24 oz of water) – add tea bag ( I do a cold brew)
- Allow to sit in the fridge for 30 minutes
- Cut up lime and chop up mint
- Place in the water
- Cover and take out tea bag
- Place in the fridge for 30 more minutes
5. BLUEBERRY LEMON WATER
1/2 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen
1/2 cup raspberries, fresh or frozen
1 lemon, sliced
3 cups water, purified
Add all ingredients to a large glass, cover with lid and allow to chill overnight in the refrigerator, drink throughout the day.
We know that our shoppers are very style savvy, but sometimes anyone can get frustrated and caught up with not knowing how to dress for your body type or what looks best.
Below are some style “rules” that we’ve put together as well as how to dress for your body type, to help make your shopping experience a much easier one!
1. LOCK AND LOAD
Getting a proper bra fitting can make the world of difference. Having the girls sitting where they need to be can take away pounds and create a whole new shape. We suggest getting fitted every 6 months.
2. DON’T WEAR WHAT DOESN’T FIT
That one should be a no- brainer, but you’d be surprised at what people wear in order to try and hide things. Don’t wear things that are over-sized or baggy to try and hide parts of your body and don’t wear things that are too tight. Both will only emphasize what it is you’re trying to hide. Regardless of body shape you can always create a silhouette that will be most flattering for you.
3. DON’T WASTE A WAIST
Every body type should be making use of their waist. Even if you carry your weight in your tummy you can still create a waist with proper seaming, or by adding a belt to the smallest part of your waist.
4. DON’T BE GUILTY OF THE “BUY WITHOUT TRY”
Okay, we are all guilty of this one. You’re on your lunch or in a hurry and just feel like you don’t have the time. Usually when we do that we try the item on at home, don’t like it, forget we even have it and forget to return or exchange it and then we are stuck with an item we will never wear. Take the extra 10 minutes and try on the item.
5. SHOES ARE A GAME CHANGER
If you’re going to really invest in one item of clothing, do it with shoes. Shoes can be the perfect fix for a boring or bland outfit.
6. DON’T BUY THINGS JUST BECAUSE THEY’RE ON SALE
It’s amazing when you can find something absolutely perfect for you that you need in your closet and it’s half off.. who doesn’t? But buying something just because it’s on sale will more often than not just sit in your closet. If you find something that will last the season that you just can’t part with, you’ve struck gold. If you’re just wanting it cause the price tag looks good and your money is burning a hole.. walk away.
7. VARIETY IS GREAT, BUT SHOP FOR WHAT YOU KNOW
It’s so important to try new things, and not just with fashion. Trying new things helps us to figure out who we are and what we like. When we say “stick with what you know” we mean that if you find a shirt that just fits like a glove and you have a larger chest that’s difficult to shop for then buy it in a couple of different colors and prints. Sticking to what you know means sticking to sizes and shapes that work for you and your body type.
Dressing for your body type can be a difficult task especially since only 8% of women are symmetrical on their top and bottom. The goal when dressing is to create the appearance of having a proportioned, well balanced shape; the hourglass.
IF YOU’RE LARGE ON TOP:
Your issue here is either you have larger shoulders or are bigger in the chest. De-emphasizing your up-top volume by wearing a proper bra, adding darker colours to your top half and adding lighter colours or patterns to your bottom half will help to do this. When you add volume to the bottom and stay close to the fit on top you’ll create a more balanced looking frame.
*extra tip! Soften your shoulders by wearing:
- Soft, drapey and weighty fabrics
- Knitwear with a fine gauge. Thick knit sweater add bulk to your shoulders
- Tops with soft sleeves.
- Wide straps
- Collar-less shirts
IF YOU’RE CURVY ON THE BOTTOM:
If you’ve got a booty you’ll want to enhance or add volume to your top half while emphasizing your waist and de-emphasizing your lower half. A jacket can be your best fashion friend. Don’t use a jacket to completely cover up, instead you want something that cuts across at the hip. Try items with vertical lines as they will force your eye up and create a taller, longer and leaner look.
*extra tip! Choose materials that hold their form like denim. They flatter and streamline your shape. Avoid any tight knits on the bottom because they cling and accentuate your width.
IF YOU’RE BIGGER IN THE MIDDLE
Your abdominal and torso generally your biggest body issues, so you’ll need to focus on de-emphasizing this area as well as accentuate your best bits. Try wearing clothes that will make your mid-section appear narrower. A fit and flare dress gives you fit on the top, smaller in the waist and flares out at the bottom creating the perfect hourglass.
*extra tip! Dresses that are great for your body type are:
- Empire waist
- Bias cut hem
- Wrap styles tailor your midriff by visually lifting up your bust
- Lower necklines that slim your upper body and draw the eye up and down
IF YOU’RE PETITE
With petite I am referring to women that are shorter than 5’4″. Many shorter women feel like their height is an issue because they don’t feel good in their clothes. The sleeves and legs are too long and can make your limbs look shorter. Finding the right clothes isn’t just about finding the right size, but also making sure everything is well proportioned. First, find out what body shape you fall into then go from there. Be sure to find things that are in your size, and if they aren’t a good tailor can go a long way!
*extra tip! Elongate by wearing;
- Vertical prints
- Above the knee hemline
AND ALWAYS REMEMBER:
We are looking to create shapes and symmetry. Don’t focus on the size on the tag, instead focus on how it makes you look and feel.
Spring 2016 is just around the corner and we want to make sure you’ve got a head start on what’s hot for this coming season!
Last years runway had us having flashbacks to the 70’s with textured prints and flowy fabrics. This year still has that Woodstock love, but with a 90’s twist. It’s all about the Band Babe! Think in your face lace, slip dresses, clean and casual separates in neutrals mixed with pieces of great texture. Off the shoulder shirts and low rise flared pants will have you grabbing your nearest Hendrix vinyl and rocking out.
Here are some fun outfits to help you make the transition into the new season.
Cute jean cut offs paired with an over sized grey sweater with a large brim hate complete with turquoise details.
Amazingly detailed wide flared pants paired with a fitted grey tank gives the perfect balance.
Acid washed denim cut offs look great paired alongside an off the should bell sleeve top.
A long sleeve button up romper with a fun print looks chic paired with a sunburnt orange large brimmed hat.