Box Cutters: Cut Out of the Fashion Box!

You must have seen Susan Boyle the singing sensation from” Britain’s Got Talent?”  It seems that everyone loves her voice but not her look. In the Washington Post, style maven Robin Givhan thinks that Susan should get a makeover from Tim Gunn or my friends at “What Not to Wear”. What really surprised me is that Miss Boyle is only in her forties and when you look at her you would think she is in her sixties!  (I’m just saying that she doesn’t have many choices when she shops and wearing old lady clothes make you look like an old lady) Most likely she shops in a typical plus-size store which only sells boxy clothing and dowdy styles. Like so many women, she never learned how to properly dress her shape to flatter her figure.

Just this past Sunday I had a woman come in who had almost the same shape and style as Miss Boyle and we developed a wardrobe that worked for her figure ~ which would work for Susan with just a few simple wardrobe adjustments!


Now take a look at this photo of Susan on the show. She is wearing a dress that is very boxy and she just looks like a rectangle (no curves). The first thing I would do is define her waist – (not with a make-shift ribbon-belt like she is wearing that is just there and serves no purpose) I would define her waist either with an empire waist or a real belt right in-between that spot and her true waist. Secondly, I would add an a-line to her skirt that moves away from the body (also creating shape). Anyone can do this regardless of the size of their waist. Stylists did this with Adele for the Grammys.

Also she should not wear dresses so far below her knee. Unless you are in a four inch heel the longer length will cut your leg at a weird spot that takes away from the natural shape of your legs. Mid knee or right below the knee would be becoming on Susan and most women.

Remember, define the waist, show the leg and avoid the boxy look at all costs. If Susan did these three simple things that I did with my client on Sunday, she would appear 10 - 20 years younger.

Wouldn’t you like to break out of the fashion box that you are stuck in?

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