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Style guide: How to dress if you’re a pear

Pear-shaped Beyonce does it right by wearing a tight fitting, bright top that accentuates her upper body. Source: http://instagram.com/beyonce

Pear-shaped Beyonce does it right by wearing a tight fitting, bright top that accentuates her upper body. Source: http://instagram.com/beyonce

A pear body shape is the most common female body type. If your hips and backside are wider than your shoulders, you’re sharing body shape with celebs such as Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez and Shakira.

 

So how do you make your style work for your body type? Our team of stylists have put together a list of the dos and don’ts of dressing if you are pear-shaped.

 

Do:

Draw attention to your upper body: Pear-shaped women are usually slimmer around the bust, waist and torso, so you should look to accentuate the upper body – V-necks and jewellery can do the trick.

Use tops with bold colours, designs and prints: This is a great way to draw attention to the upper body – just make sure the tops are fitted, and not baggy.

Wear A-line: A-line skirts and dresses are perfect for pears, because they accentuate the upper body and have a slimming effect on wider hips.

 

Don’t

Wear short jackets, blazers or cardigans:This will only accentuate your lower body. Opt for a jacket that covers your less flattering areas.

Wear flashy pants: Cargo pants or jeans with many pockets or embellishments will only draw attention to your hips, whereas structured pants balance out your proportions.

Wear short and tight skirts: These will only call attention to your lower body – especially if they are made of clingy materials! Opt for at least knee-length when it comes to skirts.

 

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#FlashbackFriday: 1990s bum bag

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Bum bag, fanny pack, tourist tracker or the man bag – just because it has got many names, does not mean this accessory is cool.

There’s no denying the bum bag is a handy invention – what it lacks in style, it definitely makes up for in convenience, and it was a very common sight on tourists back in the 1990s.

Revival attempts

Not even Carrie could revive the bum bag fashion. Credit: Styleshakes.com

Not even Carrie could revive the bum bag fashion. Credit: Styleshakes.com

There has been several attempts to bring the bum bag back to its glory days – Sarah Jessica Parker‘s character Carrie in Sex and the City made an honourable attempt to make it fashionable, and every now and then fashion labels will try to bring it back in style.

So far, these attempts have been unsuccessful, but never say never – as we recently reported, Birkenstocks are back in fashion.

Hipsters & Daggy dads

These days, you might see the random hipster wearing a bum bag ironically but it is more frequently sighted as the pride possessions of daggy dads everywhere.

Did you wear a bum bag? Do you know someone who still does? Share in the comments below!

 

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How to take care of your designer bag

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So you’ve splurged and got yourself an amazing designer handbag, but now you’re facing the challenge of keeping it looking as good as the day you bought it.

Here, our team of bag experts share their best bag of tricks on how you can best take care of your designer purchase.

 

Prep the leather

Before using your bag, spray it with a waterproof protectant – that way, it will have a shield against rain, dirt, makeup and perfume.

Give it some TLC

Keep your bag clean with special leather cleaning products (that is, don’t go nuts with household chemicals). Once cleaned, make sure to condition your bag with a good leather conditioner. For best results, treat your bag every few months.

Store safely

When you’re not using your bag, store it in its dust bag (or use a soft pillow cover) – this will keep the bag’s sheen. Whatever you do, don’t wrap it in a plastic bag because your designer gem needs air and leather can get mildew. Bear in mind also that leather is sensitive to hot and humid environments, so store in a cool place and avoid direct sun light.

Don’t overload

As tempting and convenient it may be to pack your new designer bag full with gym gear or grocery shopping, don’t! Leather stretches easily, and stuffing it with too many and too heavy things can bend it out of shape or – worse – break it.

Wipe, wipe baby

For emergencies, such as spilling a bit of wine or food on your bag (it happens to the best), a box of baby wipes will be your best friend so always carry a pack with you. Baby wipes are gentle on leather, and can save your bag from damage.

 

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Style Files: Celebrity stylist Aleysha Campbell

Aleysha loves a good felt hat.

Aleysha loves a good felt hat.

Aleysha Campbell is a Sydney based stylist, who has super model Jesinta Campbell and Sunrise vixen and Bringing Sexy Back host Samantha Armytage among her clients.

Here, the petite stylist – who has a thing for hats! – reveals her style secrets, and how she bagged a Marc Jacobs bag for $15!

 

Aleysha styles super model Jesinta Campbell. Source:  Instagram @aleyshacstylist

Aleysha styles super model Jesinta Campbell. Source: Instagram @aleyshacstylist

How would you describe your style?

I love the romantic dressing of the seventies – think sheers, off-the-shoulder and felt fedoras (always!). Throw a bit of the sixties in, and that’s me!

 

What’s your favourite piece in your wardrobe?
Definitely my felt green hat. Gets me every time.

 

Aleysha also styles the stunning Samantha Armytage. Source: Instagram @aleyshacstylist

Aleysha also styles the stunning Samantha Armytage. Source: Instagram @aleyshacstylist


What trend are you loving at the moment?
Relaxed pinstripes, oversized knits and socks with a masculine shoe.

 

What’s the most you’ve spent on a piece of clothing?
I rarely like to spend money on myself, so I’d much rather find a gem at the market and dust it off!

 

What’s your best fashion bargain?
I scored a genuine Marc Jacobs handbag at an op shop once for $15. Safe to say, I was pretty stoked!

 

What’s the worst fashion purchase you’ve ever made?

I fall for the high wasted pants every damn time, but they are definitely not my friends – haha!

 

What’s the one trend you hope never comes back?

Fluoro. Please, no more.

 

Who is your celebrity style icon and why?
Russian beauty Ulyana Sergenko, French actress Marine Vacth and the free-spirited Daria Werbowy. Daria’s Maiyet campaigns are out of this world. Check ‘em out!

 

What’s your best piece of fashion advice?
Own it, sista!

 

Style Guide: The 5 Golden Rules of Man Bling

Don't do what Mr T does.

Don’t do what Mr T does.

They say less is more, and never before has that statement been truer than when it comes to men wearing jewellery. We pity the fool who has Mr T as a style icon, as he is the only man in history (well, aside from Johnny Depp) who can pull of all that bling.

 

Here, our stylists list the golden rules that discerning men should adhere to when it comes to wearing – or not wearing – jewellery.

 

1. Thou shalt not mix metals
Silver, gold or platinum – pick a metal and stick to it. If you wear them all at once, you will look OTT. The only exception is the wedding band – if you have a golden ring and wear it with a silver watch, that is acceptable because even in fashion, love conquers all (rules)!

 

2. Thou shalt stick to simplicity

Your jewellery is meant to be a compliment to your outfit, not the highlight. Avoid super shiny materials and big diamonds or gems, and opt for subtle shine.

 

3. Thou shalt have a timeless watch
If you only want to wear one piece of bling, it should be the watch. It’s both fashionable and functional, so don’t feel bad spending a bit of cash on it. Always opt for a metal or leather band for a classic look, and roman numbers also add sophistication to your watch.

 

4. Thou shalt only use jewellery with a purpose
A good rule is that unless it’s a piece of jewellery that has a purpose – think watch, cufflinks or a tie clasp – you should reconsider wearing it. So earrings, bracelets and necklaces should be avoided because even the most stylish man will struggle to pull them off.

 

5. Thou shall be occasion appropriate
Don’t wear a leather band with a shark tooth preferably ever, but at least not to a business meeting. And please don’t wear a plastic sports watch to a black tie dinner. In other words, match your jewellery to the occasion.

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The Style Files: Fashion Editor Extraordinaire Vanessa Roberts

Vanessa Roberts, editor of popular fashion blog Breakfast with Audrey

Vanessa Roberts, editor of popular fashion blog Breakfast with Audrey

 

How would you describe your style?
I’ve recently cut a very short hairstyle, and after doing so my style has changed quite a bit! Whereas before I was quite a feminine and classic dresser, I am finding that more directional, edgy clothing suits me better now. I definitely don’t hop onto trends very easily, and I am far more inclined to swim against popular looks than with them – which is odd for a fashion editor!

 

What’s your favourite piece in your wardrobe?
I would really have to say my new black waxed denim jeans. I can’t live without black jeans and I wear them in every way imaginable!

 

What trend are you loving at the moment?
If I had to choose one, I would have to say monochrome. I wear lots of black, so monochrome works for me. I love the 90s feel of black and white, and wearing the combo feels fresh.

 

What’s the most you’ve spent on a piece of clothing?
$600 when I recently bought a vintage snakeskin Gucci trench coat with detachable fur collar. I can’t believe it was so cheap – a complete steal. That’s my biggest clothing purchase so far, but I  have to admit I do have a bit of a spending problem when it comes to designer bags and watches!

 

What’s the one trend you hope never comes back?
Juicy Couture!

 

Who is your celebrity style icon and why?
It would have to be Miranda Kerr. Each and every look is perfect. She nails it.

Vanessa's style crush is Miranda Kerr. "She nails it every time," she explains.

Vanessa’s style crush is Miranda Kerr. “She nails it every time,” she explains.


 

What’s your best piece of fashion advice?
Be yourself! The worst thing you can do is unthinkingly jump on every trend. Not only will you look unimaginative, but you’ll probably not look your best. Work out your personal style first, then dabble in trends that compliment it!

 

What’s your worst fashion purchase?
That’s easy. I once bought a white leather “moto” jacket with badges all over it that has never seen the light of day – and it was really expensive for me at the time! There is nothing worse than seeing items in the wardrobe that you’ve never worn.

 

What’s your best fashion bargain?
Oh gosh, how to choose! I think it would have to be another vintage Gucci piece. I recently bought an incredible purple suede jacket from the 70s, with the original swing tags still on, for $79…. It fits like a glove, and is very rock star!

 

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