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How to Holiday Style For Your Body Type: Small on Top, Big on Bottom

Pink Slip Fashion believes that every woman should look her best, especially for the holiday season. With an array of cocktail parties and events on the horizon for this season’s cheerful tidings, Pink Slip Fashion has decided to put together some looks for various body types.

Tonight we’re going to focus on silhouettes that cater to women who are smaller on top and bigger on bottom. With help from the ultimate guide to dressing, “Dress Your Best,” by Clinton Kelly and Stacy London, I’ve culminated the above looks.

Here are the basics to avoid any fashion slips:

1) For average height women, choose a halter style with an a-line skirt. Go for a waist with some sparkle to accentuate the bust line. The a-line hem in lightweight chiffon will help camouflage larger on bottom areas.

2) For petite women, Pink Slip Fashion recommends that women choose a strapless option. It emphasizes broad shoulders and your decollete. Add a brooch at the neckline to draw more attention to your bodice.

3) Lastly, for taller women who are large on bottom, go for a higher neckline with jewels or beaded detailing. Preferably a sleeveless style to once again highlight shoulders and arms. Structured seams at the bodice and an a-line, knee length hem will create a proportionate and flattering silhouette.

Top off each look with a pointed, metallic shoe, which will define a long, lean leg line, and a small textured clutch.

Don’t forget to submit your best holiday look to pinkslipfashion@gmail.com to win one of our 12 fab prizes, including a pair of Bansri earrings, NYX smokey eyeshadow set, or $25 HauteLook gift card.

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What Not To Wear’s Stacy London is showing you What TO Wear in this fab gallery of looks!

If you didn’t know, Stacy London happens to be a huge influence on my life. Not only is she instrumental in encouraging positive self-image through the hit show What Not To Wear, she’s also the ultimate style maven.

Every Tuesday evening I tune in to watch Stacy and Clinton, ritualizing the moment with my Vogue or Elle magazine draped over my lap and purple pen in hand to take notes. The entire process – from surprising the participant at a staged gathering to teaching them about what cuts and shapes work best with their body to the final reveal- are entirely mesmerizing. I, too, feel as though I have gone through a transformation by the end of watching.

And the best part is I ALWAYS learn something new, whether it’s the difference between articles of clothing “matching” and “going together” or having a good mix of staple pieces that can easily be swapped in and out for work or the weekend, like a blazer. 

(A quick note on the difference between “matching” and “going together”: When you’re constructing a look, the items do NOT have to “match”, they just have to “go together” meaning a subtle pinstripe pant with a boldly patterned shirt is perfectly OK. When in doubt about colors, use nature as a reference. If they’re found together in nature, then they “go together”).

It’s not only the overall fashion knowledge I pick up from her repartee between participants,  nor her crafty way of manipulating clothes to flatter anyone’s unique body shape, it’s her passion and creativity that I engage in the most as a viewer.

I feed off of her knowledge and look to her for inspiration if I am ever in a jam with choosing what to wear. How can I creatively construct a look with pieces that I already own and not break the bank on a shopping spree buying clothes, which will trend for only one season? Turn to Stacy. She’s inspired many of my looks and I have also felt encouraged to take liberties with personal styling. In a way, she has helped me come into my own as a fashionista. 


(photo from grokgrub.com)