We all need to prevent premature ageing and reduce our risk of getting skin cancer, so, protective sun hats are an essential item, in every women’s wardrobe. Millions of kids have had the sun smart message drummed into them and we now seldom see kids without a hat.
When it comes to women, though, we seem to neglect them. It’s probably because we either look awful in them, they don’t fit properly, they mess up our hair, they don’t exactly scream sexy; whatever the reason, we really do need to wear them more often. Particularly in our harsh Australian climate. So, if we really need to wear them, we may as well do it fashionably!
Experts recommend, when trying on hats, look at a full-length mirror. This is how others see us. Although it might suit your face, it may look disproportional compared to the rest of you. Lets face it, if we look crappy in something, we aren’t going to wear it! Using the following recommendations as a guide will at least provide a starting point.
Let’s begin with the jackpot winners because women with an oval face can wear just about any type of hat and pull it off. The tip to remember is to make sure the snug part of the hat, which fits around your head (known as the crown), is wider than your cheekbones but avoid going wider than your shoulders.
Shortening your face and adding some width should be your primary objective. Try a hat with less height and a big floppy brim.
Very similar to tips for oblong faces. Try a full or uplifted brim and don’t add too much height.
The most significant tip for you to keep in mind is that square hats, on a square-shaped face won’t do you any favours. They will accentuate your jawline. Try hats which will soften and lengthen your features.
The best type of hat for you is a medium brim, with a defining crown, to narrow the forehead. Avoid horizontal trimmings and you can afford to have a hat with a bit of height.
The style advice, is similar to heart shaped, except you want to aim for a hat that widens the forehead. For you, horizontal trims, will work a treat. Once again, a medium brim is recommended.
You too want to widen the forehead, so you can try any hat which adds width. Asymmetric brims and crowns with some height will work well to achieve the best look.
The aim here is to lengthen your face, so try an irregular brim, which is wider than your facial structure, a vertical design and defined crown.
Now, apart from style, you really need to consider other factors like protection, comfort and practicality. Some hats contain SPF block-out and can add greater protection to your head and face. If you burn easily, this is a wise investment.
Then there are other varieties which contain hydrating gel crystals to keep your head cooler. If you need a hat to go and out in direct sunlight and heat, this may be a viable option. Plus, if the reason you don’t wear a hat is because it’s just too damn hot, this is a solution.
You also need to consider when and where you are going to wear a hat. If you frequently wear it in windy conditions, the last thing you want is a hat which you will need to hold onto your head or chase around. There are lots of fashionable hats around these days which will fit your head perfectly, so functionality is no longer an excuse.
You may find that having a selection of protective hats will be a better solution, particularly if you will be wearing it in various situations. Consider all the variables and make a choice which is best for you. We all need to start looking at wearing sun hats as an investment in our longevity and get over the barriers, which have been preventing us from wearing them. There are some comfortable, functional and stunning styles available so it’s about time we all go shopping!
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Ok ladies, lets face it, not everyone is built like a supermodel. I mean seriously, how many of them do you actually see? Six foot plus, gorgeous and legs like a giraffe. More likely, you’ll see plenty of women like me, who shop in the plus-size section. Knowing what to avoid can save you a lot of time, money and heartache.
Just because designers have come up with something new, doesn’t always mean it’s going to be the best style for you. For example; swing tops. They stormed the shops and filled up most of the valuable space in plus sized isles and stores. Strangely, designers decided that plus sized women should wear tops that flared out at the hip! Sure, they looked great on women who needed to add emphasis there, but for those of us with nice, solid, child bearing hips, they were quite a poor style. They may have been long, super comfy and covered your butt, but they really accentuated the wrong area.
The stripes myth
A lot of plus size women are advised to stay away from stripes. That’s not necessarily true. They are an excellent way to draw attention to areas. So, if you are wearing tight fitting bottoms and want some attention brought to your top, having something with stripes will do that. Generally though, staying away from stripes head to toe is a good idea. If you do wear them, do it sparingly.
Short shorts and tops
Short tops are a no no if you have a bit of a tummy. When you team them up with tight fitting bottoms, they won’t do much for you. Having a bit of extra length will make you look taller, hide a muffin top and stretch you out a bit. Short shorts are much the same. Unless you have really good thighs, not many women can pull off wearing short shorts.
The Cinderella method
The Cinderella method is about getting it just right. When you apply that to clothing, it’s basically avoiding the wrong size. For example, when you are bigger, it can be very tempting to want to hide underneath really sloppy or baggy clothing. Muumuu dresses or ultra baggy tops can be very comfy at home, but limit their use there. They actually make women look much larger than they actually are. There is no shape to them and they draw attention to every inch of your body.
Alternately, if you have tight clothing from top to toe, it is going to look like you are spilling out of them. Some women get very hung up about going up a size, but if you need to, you will look better for it.
Best avoidance tip
A great way to decide if you should avoid a particular style, print, pattern or colour; jump online and checkout plus sized models wearing these clothes. Pick a lady with a figure similar to yours and see how they are photographing her in different types of clothing. As an example, models wearing swing tops are often photographed with their arms by their sides or tilted slightly to the side, rather than front on. This is done to hide how these tops accentuate the hips.
By Kim Chartres
From knee-high boots to cowboy boots, who doesn’t love boots? A great pair of boots is one of the best winter accessories, so here’s three ways to wear your favourite pair of boots with a variety of outfits.
Tuck them into skinny jeans
A well-fitting pair of skinny jeans can slip neatly into just about any pair of boots, from ankle booties to over-the-knee styles. Just be sure there are no baggy areas marring your sleek look. For rocker chick edge, tuck faded, distressed jeans into knee-high black boots with stiletto heels, add a sexy top and toss on a black leather motorcycle jacket!
Wear them with a dress
One of our favourite winter outfits is a wrap dress with knee-high boots, which takes you from office to dinner. We also love a sweater dress with ankle boots (looks for comfortable shoe brands like Ziera and Naturalizer). This is a great outfit to pair with another one of our favourite winter accessories, patterned tights.
Pair them with a short skirt
This look needs a bit of restraint, since if the skirt’s too short or the boots too high, you may get mistaken for Madame Natasha the local dominatrix! A more subtle and classier look is a slightly above-the-knee skirt with knee-high boots and opaque tights. Low-heeled riding boots lend a touch of well-bred style to a classic skirt and jumper combo, while stiletto heeled boots are the cheekiest choice for a club-going mini dress. For boho chic, pull on a pair of vintage cowboy boots, add a gauzy blouse and some ethnic jewellery for the perfect haute hippie ensemble. Choose a combo that shows off a bit of your sexy stems but doesn’t reveal too much!
What’s your favourite way to wear boots?