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This is the Free Sampler Style Solutions:
Date: 07/04/2016

Ellen Sims

Address:
My street
City/Town:
Innaloo
Country:
AU
Telephone:
0450328441
State:
 VIC
Postcode / Zipcode:
1234
Email:
ellen.sims@example.com
Height Medium Tall Neck Thickness Average
Weight Slightly Overweight Horizontal Body Shape Triangle
Age 46-55 Vertical Body Type Balanced Body
Bra cup size D Shoulders Type Average Tapered
Neck Length Medium Face Shape Oblong
Bone Structure Medium Very thin arms False
Heavy arms False Aged arms True
Sway back False Large bottom False
Flat bottom False Bowed Legs False
Saddle bags False Thin legs False
Heavy Lower Legs False Thick Outer Thighs False
Large midriff False Large stomach False
Thick Inner Thighs False Dowagers Hump False
Page 9 In style guide

Tops - Collars for Ellen Sims

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SHAWL

DESCRIPTION
A rounded turned-down collar, without lapel notches.

CLASSIFICATION
All occasions.

CONVERTIBLE

DESCRIPTION
Named for the ability to be worn open or closed.
Most convertible collars have an extra piece of fabric between the collar and the shirt called a collar stand.
A stand allows the collar to sit higher in order to accommodate a neck tie.
Stands visibly decrease the length of a neck.

CLASSIFICATION
All occasions.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Your best styles have collars that point toward your shoulders as these will add width to your shoulders, and balance your hipline.

NOTCHED COLLAR

DESCRIPTION
A collar that appears to have a notch cut out of it and has no upper button, allowing the collar to lay flat and open against the upper chest.
A universally flattering collar when in a medium width.

CLASSIFICATION
All occasions.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Avoid contrasting and overly large collars.

PETER PAN: LARGE

DESCRIPTION
Named after the fairytale character Peter Pan, this collar first became popular in the 1920s.
It is a collar most appreciated by women who love all things feminine.
When it has very rounded edges it tends to make faces appear rounder.
Rounded versions of the Peter Pan collar are also sometimes associated with the elderly and the very young.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy.

SHOULDER POINT

DESCRIPTION
Collars that point in a triangle out toward the shoulder line.
The larger the triangle the more width it adds to the
shoulder line.

CLASSIFICATION
Business and Smart Casual.

HOODIE

DESCRIPTION
A collar that consists of a hood that when not on the head falls in a 'V' or 'U' across the upper back.

CLASSIFICATION
Smart and Relaxed Casual.

CUTAWAY

DESCRIPTION
A point collar with an open neck and no top buttons.

CLASSIFICATION
Smart to Relaxed casual.

Good

TURTLENECK

DESCRIPTION
The most appropriate turtleneck for business is one that is of a fine gauge and has a collar that sits close to the neck.

CLASSIFICATION
Business and Smart Casual in a fine gauge, Relaxed Casual in a medium to heavy gauge.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
To slim your upper torso look for styles that have vertical detailing e.g., ribbing or design features, or add a vertical accessory or open garment e.g., a pendant, oblong scarf or open vest.

MANDARIN

DESCRIPTION
Inspired by eastern cultures, this collar rises up the neck.
Other styles in this category include the Mao and Neru collar.

CLASSIFICATION
Business, Smart Casual, Dressy.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Look for centre front interest, e.g. contrasting buttons.

MOCK TURTLENECK

DESCRIPTION
This neckline is halfway in length between a crew neck and a turtleneck.

CLASSIFICATION
Relaxed Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
To slim your upper torso look for styles that have vertical detailing e.g., ribbing or design features (as in our illustration) or add a vertical accessory or open garment e.g., a pendant, oblong scarf or open vest.

COLLARED HALTER

DESCRIPTION
A halterneck that has a collar in the form of a band that circles the neck.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy, Sexy, Smart Casual.

GRANDPA

DESCRIPTION
An open front, country style shirt that has a round neck with a narrow to medium neckband.

CLASSIFICATION
Relaxed Casual.

STANDING

DESCRIPTION
Shirt collars that are raised up to create a touch of visual drama.
Short hair or an up do is required to wear this collar to full effect.
Standing collars make shoulders appear squarer and the wearer appears taller.

CLASSIFICATION
Smart Casual, Dressy.

TIE

DESCRIPTION
A collar that is closed at the neck by ties.

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
A style that can be be associated with the aged.
Select only in garment that looks current.

ALL ROUND RUFFLE

DESCRIPTION
A collar that has a ruffle that extends around the neck and down the front of the blouse.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy, Smart Casual

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Select styles that have small, soft, drapy ruffles only.

WIDE COLLAR

DESCRIPTION
A large collar that extends around the neck and from each shoulder.
An excellent style for visually broadening the shoulders.
Ensure the collar size suits your 'scale' requirements - see 'Scale' in Accessories section.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy, Smart Casual.

BUST POINT

DESCRIPTION
Triangular collars have their widest side over or above the bustline, enlarging and highlighting the area.

CLASSIFICATION
Smart Casual, Dressy.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Best when the collar is a medium size and in non-contrasting colour.

ROLLED SHOULDER

DESCRIPTION
A soft feminine style of collar rolls over to leave a bare shoulderline.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy.

ASYMMETRIC

DESCRIPTION
A collar that closes by wrapping over to one side and cannot be successfully worn open.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy, Smart casual to Relaxed casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Best when the garment is in a soft non bulky fabric.

PORTRAIT

DESCRIPTION
Portrait collar is a large wide neck collar that often overlaps in the front.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy

Good only if... Matches

PETER PAN: SMALL

DESCRIPTION
A flat collar with rounded ends that meet at the front.
Named after the fairytale character Peter Pan, this collar first became popular in the 1920s.
It is a collar most appreciated by women who love all things feminine.
Tends to make faces appear rounder making them not suitable for photographs.
A collar stereotyped with the elderly and the very young.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy, Smart, Business and Relaxed Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Good only if in garments with a centre front opening.

BAND

DESCRIPTION
A collar made in the form of a band, commonly with a back closure.

CLASSIFICATION
Smart Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Good only if in a garment that has a center front opening.

COWL

DESCRIPTION
A cowl neckline has a piece of fabric that is attached to the neck edge that drapes in soft folds onto the chest.
The weight and texture of fabric used will determine the ease of wear.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy in a fine gauge knit.
Smart Casual in a medium gauge knit and Relaxed Casual in large gauge knits.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Good only if the cowl is made of a light-weight fluid fabrics and falls into a 'V' shape in the front.
Avoid large, bulky and heavy-weight cowls.

CREW

DESCRIPTION
This style is most commonly seen in sweaters and tops.

CLASSIFICATION
Smart, Sporty and Relaxed Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Good only if worn with vertical detailing or accessory e.g., ribbed fabric, a pendant or scarf etc.

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Tops - Necklines for Ellen Sims

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CLASSIC 'V'

DESCRIPTION
A neckline that is no deeper than 13 cms under the notch of the neck, these necklines and collars suit almost everyone.
The classic 'V' is never out of style.

CLASSIFICATION
Smart Casual, Relaxed Casual.

WIDE 'V'

DESCRIPTION
A 'V' neckline that sits wide across the shoulders and extends down into a medium to deep 'V'.
This neckline adds visual width to the shoulders.
Wear a camisole underneath if wearing the top to work. Exposing cleavage is not considered professional.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy, Smart Casual

MEDIUM JEWEL

DESCRIPTION
This round neckline starts just below the notch in your neck it is commonly found on female T-shirts.
When you want to look your slimmest opt for a 'V' or split neckline.

CLASSIFICATION
All occasions.

SCOOP

DESCRIPTION
A round neckline that scoops down in the front with the lowest point being around the notch in your neck.

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions

U SCOOP

DESCRIPTION
A round neckline that scoops down in the front with the lowest point being around the top of your breast cleavage.

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions

DEEP OVAL SCOOP

DESCRIPTION
A deeply scooped neckline.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy, Smart Casual.

KEYHOLE

DESCRIPTION
A neckline with a tear drop or keyhole opening in the front.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy, Smart Casual

SPLIT

DESCRIPTION
A round neckline broken in the front by a split opening.

CLASSIFICATION
Smart and Relaxed Casual.

ENVELOP

DESCRIPTION
A neckline that wraps around the body including the arms, shoulders back.
A shrug belongs in this category.

CLASSIFICATION
Smart Casual to Formal.

Good

DEEP 'V'

DESCRIPTION
Necklines shaped in a 'V' that are low enough to show cleavage.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy as a neckline.
Business as a lapel-less jacket or a top with a camisole placed underneath.
Smart Casual when teamed with a shirt, top or camisole.

WIDE SHALLOW 'V'

DESCRIPTION
A 'V' neckline that sits well away from the neck and is shallow in depth.
Both elements combine to visually widen the upper body.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy, Smart Casual.

WRAP / CROSSOVER

DESCRIPTION
Any top that closes by folding one side over the other across the bust line.
This style needs to be well fitted to prevent gaping.

CLASSIFICATION
Smart Casual.

BOATNECK

DESCRIPTION
A horizontal neckline that extends from shoulder.
This style has been popular since the early 1920's.
Also known as a bateau neckline.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy, Business and Smart Casual

OFF THE SHOULDER

DESCRIPTION
A neckline that spans across the body from shoulder to shoulder.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy, Smart Casual.

WIDE SCOOP

DESCRIPTION
A neckline that is curved in shape from shoulder to shoulder, resulting in a line that increases visible bust size and makes the shoulders appear broader.

This style is softer and more feminine than a boat neckline.

Also known as a Sabrina neckline.

CLASSIFICATION
Smart Casual, Dressy.

SQUARE

DESCRIPTION
A strong neckline that is in the shape of a square.
The wider the square the larger the bust line and the broader the shoulders will appear.

CLASSIFICATION
Smart Casual.

WIDE SQUARE

DESCRIPTION
Also known as a Florentine neckline.

A broad neckline in the shape of a square that reaches from mid shoulder either side.

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions

GATHERED

DESCRIPTION
A neckline that consists of multiple gathers that extend outward from the neck edge.
These gathers visibly enlarge the bust line.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy, Smart Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Your best styles have minimal gathering only and will be in tops that are not too stiff.

A V or centre front opening will be a bonus.

DRAPED

DESCRIPTION
A neckline that falls lower than a cowl and may have a small weight inside the facing to ensure that it hangs vertically.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy.

FUNNEL

DESCRIPTION
A funnel neckline has seams that bring the fabric together to climb the neck all the way round or at the sides and back and is open in the front.

CLASSIFICATION
Business, Dress and Smart Casual.

BIB

DESCRIPTION
A neckline to which embellishments have been added that are similar to the shape of a child''s bib.

CLASSIFICATION
Smart to Relaxed Casual

RUFFLE FRONT

DESCRIPTION
A plain round neckline with ruffles down the front.
Not an effective style to wear in a professional capacity.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy, Business and Smart Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Best when the ruffles are small to medium scale made from a soft drapy fabric.

ASYMMETRIC

DESCRIPTION
A neckline which is angled from one side to the other.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy, Smart to Relaxed Casual

PERSONAL COMMENTS
The best styles for you have angles that are more vertical than horizontal.

SWEETHEART

DESCRIPTION
A feminine neckline seen most commonly in dresses, tops and swimwear.
When full and rounded it can visually enlarge the bust line.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Best in angular versions rather than very rounded styles.

Good only if... Matches

JEWEL

DESCRIPTION
A neckline that ends high at the base of the neck.
As we age this style can become difficult and sometimes, uncomfortable neckline to wear if our neck shortens and we carry a more head-forward posture.
This may cause this style to feel constricting at the front and stand away from the back of the neck over time.

CLASSIFICATION
All occasions.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Good only if the style has vertical detailing or accessories e.g. pendant or oblong scarf to create a leaner look.

Avoid

STRAPLESS

DESCRIPTION
A top without straps.
Suitable for work only when covered by a cardigan or jacket.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy, Smart Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Heavy arms

GRECIAN

DESCRIPTION
This neckline covers one shoulder only and extends to under the opposite armpit.
For women with scoliosis, the high side of this neckline should be on their lowest side to visually balance the shoulders.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy, Evening.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Heavy arms

HALTER

DESCRIPTION
Halter necklines form a triangle from the neck to the armpit (bustline). This gives the illusion that the body increases in width below the neck.
Halter necklines visually enlarge the breasts and shoulders.
Short A-line halter neck dresses enlarge the hips while long straight, or subtle A-line halter neck dresses will elongate and slim the body.
Ensure you are wearing the correct undergarments to ensure a smooth line.

CLASSIFICATION
Relaxed Casual, Dressy.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Heavy arms

TANK

DESCRIPTION
A combination of a medium jewel neckline in the front and a cut-in shoulderline at the back.

CLASSIFICATION
Active Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Horizontal Body Shape

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Tops - Strap Width for Ellen Sims

Good only if... Matches

WIDE

DESCRIPTION
Straps wider than 7cms / 2.8 ".

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy, Smart and Relaxed Casual

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Good only if worn on hot days for practicality and coolness.
Garments with sleeves will be a better choice for you.

MEDIUM

DESCRIPTION
Straps between 2 and 6 cms (½ and 2½ ").

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy, Smart and Relaxed Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Good only if worn on hot days for practicality and coolness.
Garments with sleeves will be a better choice for you.

MULTIPLE

DESCRIPTION
Multiple narrow straps that together have the same affect as wearing wide straps.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy, Smart to Relaxed Casual

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Good only if worn on hot days for practicality and coolness.
Garments with sleeves will be a better choice for you.

Avoid

NARROW/SPAGHETTI

DESCRIPTION
Straps less than 1.95 cm (¾") in width.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy, Relaxed Casual

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Shoulders Type, Heavy arms

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Tops - Strap Position for Ellen Sims

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STANDARD WIDTH

DESCRIPTION
Straps that sit approx midway across the shoulders.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy, Smart to Relaxed Casual

Avoid

WIDE SET

DESCRIPTION
Straps that sit wide on the shoulders.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Heavy arms

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Tops - Sleeve Heads for Ellen Sims

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OVER SHOULDER

DESCRIPTION
A sleeve head that extends just past the tip of the shoulder.

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions.

SET-IN

DESCRIPTION
A classic sleeve style where the sleeve shoulder seam is at the natural shoulder line.

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions.

Good

SLIGHT DROP

DESCRIPTION
A sleeve head that finishes past the shoulder edge but not lower that 5cms (2").

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions.

CUT-IN

DESCRIPTION
A sleeve head where the edge curves in towards the chest.

CLASSIFICATION
Smart to Relaxed casual.

Good only if... Matches

RAGLAN

DESCRIPTION
Named after Lord Raglan (1788-1855) a British Commander during the Crimean War.
A raglan sleeve is joined to the front and back bodice of a coat, sweater or blouse in a diagonal seam.
It allows for greater mobility of the arms and body.

CLASSIFICATION
Smart and Relaxed Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Good only if the raglan seam line is barely noticeable and there is no colour change/contrast between the body of the garment and the sleeves.

Avoid

DROPPED

DESCRIPTION
A sleeve where the shoulder sleeve seam drops well over the shoulder edge.

CLASSIFICATION
Smart and Relaxed Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Heavy arms

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Tops - Sleeve Styles for Ellen Sims

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FLUTTER

DESCRIPTION
A circular sleeve that gracefully drapes over the shoulder and upper arm.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy, Smart Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Ensure the sleeve softly drapes over the shoulder and upper arm.
Avoid any style that flares outward as these will increase your upper body width.

3/4 STRAIGHT

DESCRIPTION
Straight sleeves that end below the elbow / on the upper half of the lower arm.

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions

LONG AND TAILORED

DESCRIPTION
A classic medium width sleeve that is pleated or gathered at the wrist and is finished with a cuff.
When rolling up a jacket sleeve turn it up at least twice to ensure a look that appears purposeful anything less can appear like you are trying to hide a sleeve that is too long for you.

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions.

LONG AND STRAIGHT

DESCRIPTION
Straight sleeves that end between the wrist and base of thumb.

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions

Good

SHORT AND ANGLED

DESCRIPTION
Short sleeves that have a hemline that is angled upward.
The strong diagonal causes an inverted triangle shape to the upper body which visually widens and strengthens the shoulder-line.
The greater the degree of angle the smaller the bust line and the wider the shoulders will appear to be.

CLASSIFICATION
Smart to Relaxed Casual.

PETAL

DESCRIPTION
A sleeve which originates from the Philippines and is shaped like the bud of a flower.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy, Business and Smart casual.

LANTERN

DESCRIPTION
A half length sleeve that balloons out into a bellow at, or just below, the elbow and ends in a gathered hemline or narrow band.

CLASSIFICATION
Smart Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
For the best appearance combine a lantern sleeve with a garment that has a semi-fitted to very fitted silhouette.
As recommended in the Garment Silhouette area of the Line and Design section of this program.

BALLOON

DESCRIPTION
A half to full length sleeve that balloons out above the elbow, and ends with either a gathered hemline or banded cuff.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy to Smart Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
For the best appearance combine a medium balloon sleeve with a garment that has a semi-fitted to very fitted silhouette.
As recommended in the Garment Silhouette area of the Line and Design section of this program.

OPEN SHOULDER

DESCRIPTION
A style of sleeve that leaves the shoulders exposed.
A good style for visually widening the shoulder line and creating a high focal point.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy, Sexy.

3/4 TAPERED

DESCRIPTION
A sleeve that is tapered and ends half way up the forearm.
Tapered three-quarter sleeves are more slimming than a rolled-up sleeve.

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Ensure the upper sleeve is not tight against your arm.

LONG AND TAPERED

DESCRIPTION
A sleeve that has no gathers or pleats at the wrist edge.
Its shape gradually narrows as it tapers down the arm toward the wrist ending either with a split edge and button loop, or no opening at all.

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Ensure the upper sleeve is not tight against your arm.

LEG OF MUTTON

DESCRIPTION
A sleeve that is close-fitting from the wrist to the elbow and then balloons out from the elbow to the shoulder, where it is then gathered or pleated into the bodice of the dress or blouse.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy, Smart Casual.

BISHOP

DESCRIPTION
A long sleeve that is full and gathered at the wrist.

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Best in soft fabrics.

Good only if... Matches

SLEEVELESS

DESCRIPTION
A garment without sleeves.

CLASSIFICATION
Smart to Relaxed Casual, Dressy.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Good only if your lower body is no more than one size larger than your upper body.
Best if worn under jackets and blouses or for summer dresses on very hot days for practicality and coolness.
Garments with sleeves will be a better choice for you.

SHORT

DESCRIPTION
Short sleeves end just below or above the full bust line.
Straight sleeve hemlines create a horizontal line from one side of the body to the other making the bustline appear larger.
Attention is drawn to this area when the colour of the sleeve hemline is brighter, darker or lighter than the colour of your skin.
For example to if a dark skinned woman did not want to draw attention to her bustline and yet wished to wear a short sleeve shirt the best colour for the shirt would be a colour in a similar depth to her skin i.e. forest green.

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Good only if the sleeve drapes fluidly over your upper arm.
Your arm will appear slimmer when emerging out of a loose sleeve than out of a narrow or tight sleeve.
Do not iron a crease in the sleeve as this will cause it to flare outward from your body and increase the width of your upper body.

BATWING / DOLMAN

DESCRIPTION
This sleeve is an extension of the bodice of a dress, blouse or jacket.
It is designed without a socket for the shoulder, and creates a wide armhole that extends from the waist to a tapered wrist.
The width of the sleeve and the very low armhole visibly diminishes height and widens the torso.

CLASSIFICATION
Smart Casual, Dressy.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Good only in soft fabrics.

BELL

DESCRIPTION
A long sleeve fitted from the shoulder to elbow and gently flared from elbow onward.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy, Smart Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Good only in soft flowing fabrics such as cotton, rayon or silk.

LONG AND PUFFED

DESCRIPTION
A long sleeve that is puffed at the sleeve head.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy to Smart Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Good only if the puff is small to medium in size and the sleeve is not tight.

Avoid

CAP

DESCRIPTION
A small triangular sleeve that extends just slightly over the shoulder edge giving the illusion of width.

CLASSIFICATION
Smart and Relaxed Casual, Dressy.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Heavy arms

'T' SLEEVE

DESCRIPTION
A modified version of the Batwing sleeve.
'T' sleeves do not have as much fabric volume as Batwing sleeves and their armhole is higher allowing for greater movement.

CLASSIFICATION
Smart and Relaxed Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Shoulders Type

SHORT AND RUCHED

DESCRIPTION
Short sleeves that are gathered from the hemline to the sleeve head.

CLASSIFICATION
Smart to Relaxed Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Heavy arms

PUFF

DESCRIPTION
A short sleeve that is gathered and set into the shoulder of a garment to create a puffed effect.

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Heavy arms

HALF

DESCRIPTION
A sleeve that ends at the elbow.
A good length for camouflaging heavy, thin or aged upper arms.

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Vertical Body Type

3/4 WIDE

DESCRIPTION
A wide sleeve that ends slightly below the elbow.
Its width tends to make the body appear wider in the mid-torso area.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy, Smart and Relaxed Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Vertical Body Type

LONG AND RUCHED

DESCRIPTION
Long tapered sleeves that are gathered from the hemline up the arm and usually ending below the elbow.

CLASSIFICATION
Smart to Relaxed Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Heavy arms

LONG AND WIDE

DESCRIPTION
Long sleeves that are wide throughout their length.
Similar in style to the kimono.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy, Smart and Relaxed Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Weight

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Tops - Cuffs for Ellen Sims

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WIDTH: NARROW

DESCRIPTION
A cuff that is narrower than 5 cms (2 in).

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions.

MEDIUM: WIDTH

DESCRIPTION
A cuff that is approximately 5.6 cms (2 1/3ins) wide.

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions.

ELASTIC

DESCRIPTION
Sleeves that have elastic threaded into the hemline to create a bloused effect at the wrist.

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions.

FRENCH

DESCRIPTION
A shirt cuff that is folded back before fastening, creating a double-layered cuff.

A cuff that adds a dressy look.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy, Business and Smart Casual

FLARED: WRIST

DESCRIPTION
A sleeve that is gathered at the wrist, then flares and falls over the upper hand.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy, Smart Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Great fit is essential to a great look - ensure the upper sleeve is not tight against your arm.

BELTED

DESCRIPTION
A sleeves that has a belt located on the lower forearm near the wrist.
Designed to be tightened to keep the cold out.

CLASSIFICATION
Smart to Relaxed Casual.

Good

WIDE: WITH OR WITHOUT BUTTON

DESCRIPTION
A cuff that is over 6cms (2.3") in width.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy, Business.

FLIP/ROLLED BACK

DESCRIPTION
A large cuff that is designed to fold over on itself.

CLASSIFICATION
Business, Dressy, Smart Casual.

Avoid

FLARED: ELBOW

DESCRIPTION
A sleeve that is gathered at or just above the elbow, then flares and falls on the upper forearm.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy to Smarty Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Bra cup size

DECORATIVE / CONTRASTING

DESCRIPTION
Cuffs that are in a contrasting colour to the rest of the blouse or decorative and eye catching.

CLASSIFICATION
Business, Dressy.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Horizontal Body Shape

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Tops - Pockets for Ellen Sims

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BREAST: UNEMBELLISHED

DESCRIPTION
Pockets that are little more than basics squares and are not contrasting or embellished in any way.

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions.

ANGLED FLAP

DESCRIPTION
A pocket with an angled flap that sits over the pocket opening.

CLASSIFICATION
Smart to Relaxed Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Avoid a contrasting edge at the top of the flap pocket.

Good

PATCH: UNEMBELLISHED

DESCRIPTION
A pocket (usually square) made of a separate piece of cloth sewn on to the outside of a garment and not embellished in any way.

CLASSIFICATION
Business, Smart to Relaxed Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Keep pockets sewn shut to stop you using them and adding unwanted bulk around your lower torso.

FLAP

DESCRIPTION
A pocket with a flap of fabric placed over the access to the pocket.

CLASSIFICATION
Business, Smart Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
The best flap pockets for you are diagonal and in same colour as the garment.

TAILORED FLAP

DESCRIPTION
A pocket flap that has a small welt edge sewn at the point where the pocket attaches to the jacket front.
This pocket can often be tucked in, whereby it will reveal a matching welt sewn at the top of the pocket mouth.
When the flap is inserted into the pocket the style changes to a jet/besom pocket, which will be more flattering over a large hipline or tummy.
Lift the pocket flap out before sending to the dry cleaners.
If pressed with the flap inside you may find the shape has been embossed onto the surface.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy, Business and Smart Casual

PERSONAL COMMENTS
The best flap pockets for you are diagonal and in same colour as the garment.

Good only if... Matches

POUCH

DESCRIPTION
A loose and slightly bulging pocket that resembles pouch.

CLASSIFICATION
Relaxed Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Good only if the pockets are not situated over your lower torso.

Avoid

SAFARI

DESCRIPTION
Large square pockets that have either a centre front inverted pleat, side pleats or both.

CLASSIFICATION
Smart and Sporty Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Horizontal Body Shape

BREAST: EMBELLISHED

DESCRIPTION
Any pocket that is placed over or near the bust line which is also in a contrasting colour or embellished in any way.

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Heavy arms

PATCH: EMBELLISHED

DESCRIPTION
Large non contrasting or embellished square pockets on the exterior of the garment in the region of the hips or thighs, usually seen on jackets, skirts and jeans.

CLASSIFICATION
Business, Smart and Relaxed Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Horizontal Body Shape

KANGAROO

DESCRIPTION
A pocket formed by sewing a piece of cloth over the garment leaving two open ends.

CLASSIFICATION
Relaxed Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Horizontal Body Shape

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Tops - Embellishments for Ellen Sims

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EPAULETS

DESCRIPTION
An ornamental shoulder piece on an item of clothing, typically on the coat or jacket of a military uniform.

CLASSIFICATION
Business, Smart and Relaxed casual.

PLACKET

DESCRIPTION
A center front flap of fabric cover the buttons.

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Wear with shoulder pads.

SHOULDER YOKE

DESCRIPTION
Yokes are panels placed in the front and/or back or shirts and jackets.
In most cases, there will be no seam at the top of the shoulder. The yoke may be shaped e.g., western style.

CLASSIFICATION
Smart and Relaxed Casual.

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Tops - Hemlines for Ellen Sims

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STRAIGHT

DESCRIPTION
A hemline that sits parallel to the ground.

CLASSIFICATION
All occasions.

Good

SCALLOPED

DESCRIPTION
A hemline that is finished with multiple rounded curves.
Scalloped hemlines tend to make a garment appear shorter.

CLASSIFICATION
Smart Casual to Dressy

PERSONAL COMMENTS
If you are more than 2 sizes larger below the waist than above add a neckline accessory and/or earrings to draw attention away from your hipline.
In addition you can wear the top with pants. shorts or a skirt in a colour of the same depth e.g., a burnt orange top with deep camel capris.

GATHERED / LOOSE / WAVY

DESCRIPTION
A hemline that falls loosley in slight folds.

CLASSIFICATION
Smart to Relaxed casual

CONVEX

DESCRIPTION
A hemline that is designed to curve up in the front.

CLASSIFICATION
Relaxed Casual

CONCAVE

DESCRIPTION
A hemline that curves downward in the front.

CLASSIFICATION
Smart to Relaxed Casual

BLOUSON / ELASTIC

DESCRIPTION
An elastic hemline over which material blouses.
A great hemline for hiding a tummy or midriff roll.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy, Smart to Relaxed Casual

ASYMMETRIC: SLIGHT

DESCRIPTION
A hemline that has a slight angle one side to the other.

CLASSIFICATION
Smart to Relaxed Casual

ASYMMETRIC: SHARP

DESCRIPTION
A hemline with a sharp angle from one side to the other.

CLASSIFICATION
Smart to Relaxed Casual

POINTED

DESCRIPTION
A hemline that hangs in two points at either side of the body.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy, Smart and Relaxed Casual.

TIED

DESCRIPTION
Where the hemline edges of a shirt have been tied together.

CLASSIFICATION
Relaxed Casual

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Best tied high

Good only if... Matches

PEPLUM

DESCRIPTION
A short flared, gathered, or pleated strip of fabric attached at the waist of a woman''s jacket, dress, or blouse and extending to the hemline.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy to Smart Casual

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Good only if you add a neckline accessory and/or earrings to draw attention away from your hipline and wear the top with pants, shorts or a skirt in a colour of the same colour or depth of colour e.g., a navy top with navy pants or, a burnt orange top with deep camel capris.

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Tops - Knitwear for Ellen Sims

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CARDIGAN

DESCRIPTION
A knitted jacket with an open front. Hand knits are inappropriate as part of a corporate wardrobe.

CLASSIFICATION
Smart Casual when machine knitted and in a fine to medium gauge, Relaxed Casual in a large/bulky knit.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Best left open and worn with a contrasting top underneath to create a slimming vertical line.
Avoid styles with wide ribbed hemlines.

TWIN SET

DESCRIPTION
A twin set or sweater-set is a matching set of a cardigan and a (usually) short-sleeved jumper, sweater or pullover.
The twin set first appeared in the 1940s, but is now considered a classic wardrobe staple.

CLASSIFICATION
Smart Casual

SOFT KNIT

DESCRIPTION
A soft knit jacket with no little construction and no ribbing at the base.

CLASSIFICATION
Smart and Relaxed Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Select in a size that is large enough, so that it does not cling to your body.

VEST

DESCRIPTION
A knitted sleeveless waistcoat.

CLASSIFICATION
Smart to Relaxed Casual, depending on bulk, texture and length.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Best worn open.

Wear open whenever possible and add a contrasting coloured top underneath to create a strong slimming vertical line.

Good

SWEATER

DESCRIPTION
A sweater, jumper, pullover, jersey or guernsey is a knit garment intended to cover the torso and arms.

CLASSIFICATION
Smart to Relaxed casual depending on the fiber, texture, bulk, pattern, collar or neckline.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
The best look will come from adding an accessory or layered garment that adds a strong vertical line down the center of your torso.

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Tops - Length for Ellen Sims

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CROTCH

DESCRIPTION
Where the hemline reached the base of the torso/top of the legs.

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Best worn as a garment that can be worn open with with a blouse, top or camisole underneath.

Good

HIGH HIP

DESCRIPTION
A hemline that sits on or near the top of your hipbone.

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
For the slimmest appearance match the colour of your jacket, top or sweater with your skirt, dress or pant or wear in a colour that is the same depth/value e.g., denim pant with a teal green top.
Best worn as a garment that can be left open e.g, a cardigan and wear a camisole or top underneath.
Best teamed with a dress or skirt.

LOW HIP

DESCRIPTION
A top, vest or jacket that sits approximately over the lowest part of your hipbone.

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
For the slimmest appearance match the colour of your jacket, top or sweater to your skirt or pant, wear in a colour that is the same depth/value.g., denim pant with a teal green top.
Best worn with a dress or skirt to ensure the best possible appearance from behind.
Also good as a garment that can be worn open with with a blouse, top or camisole underneath.

KNUCKLES

DESCRIPTION
A hemline that reaches the knuckles on your hand.
This is the most versatile jacket, over-blouse, top and sweater length, though it is not always in fashion. It has a pleasing balance with your torso to leg length.
As long as the fit and shape is correct for your needs and the fabric and colour work well together the length will work for almost any outfit combination.

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions.

1ST FINGER JOINT

DESCRIPTION
A hemline that reaches the first finger joint down your hand from your knuckles.

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Follow the recommendations in the Guidelines for Wearing Longer Jacket Lengths in the Overview area below.

2ND FINGER JOINT

DESCRIPTION
A hemline that reaches the second finger joint down your hand from your knuckles.

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Follow the recommendations in the Guidelines for Wearing Longer Jacket Lengths in the Overview tab below.

Good only if... Matches

WAIST

DESCRIPTION
A jacket that sits at your waist.

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Good only if the top and bottom pieces are the same colour or same value/depth of colour e.g. black skirt with black jacket or silver grey pant with lilac sweater.

FINGER TIP AND LONGER

DESCRIPTION
Hemline lengths from the tip of your fingers and longer.

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Good only if in a tunic jacket. A tunic jacket has two forms:
1. A jacket that sits over a dress and is almost or as long as the hem of the dress. Together the length should be considered a hem length.
2. A long commonly sleeveless jacket worn over pants - must be long enough to end below the fullest part of your calf.

Avoid

BUST

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Vertical Body Type, Weight

CROPPED

CLASSIFICATION
Relaxed Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Vertical Body Type

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Skirts - Basic Shapes for Ellen Sims

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STRAIGHT

DESCRIPTION
A skirt shape that falls straight from the hip to the hemline.

CLASSIFICATION
All occasions.

SUBTLE A-LINE

DESCRIPTION
A skirt shape that is wider at the hemline than the hipline and resembles a narrow version of the letter 'A'.
Full A-lines in soft fabrics that fall close to the body are also in this category.

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Best in medium stiff fabrics or soft, fluid fabrics when worn with a bodyshaper for a firm, smooth foundations.

Avoid

TAPERED

DESCRIPTION
A skirt shape that tapers in from the hip to the hemline. The more the tapered the skirt the fuller your hips and behind will appear.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy and Business.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Horizontal Body Shape

FULL A-LINE

DESCRIPTION
A full wide skirt shape that is wider at the hemline than the hipline, resembling the letter 'A'.
The wider the hemline, the wider and heavier you will appear.
The longer the hemline, the shorter you will appear. Wear higher heels to counteract the affect.
Short summer 'A' line skirts require delicate shoes and heels that are medium to high.
Winter 'A' lines work well with knee length boots and a mid calf skirt needs a substantial looking shoe for balance.
Accessorise with shoes which balance the overall look, i.e., the lighter the fabric and/or the colour of the skirt the lighter the shoe style needs to be for visual balance.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy, Smart and Relaxed Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Horizontal Body Shape

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Skirts - Styles for Ellen Sims

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GORED

DESCRIPTION
A gored skirt has four or more gores/ panels that start at the waistline and end at the hemline.
The style may be straight or A Lined.
A wide centre panel will add width to the centre of the body. The most slimming styles have a center front seam.
Best coordinated with shoes that have a medium heel and a tapered toe.
The lighter the fabric and/or the colour of the skirt the lighter the shoe style needs to be for visual balance.

CLASSIFICATION
Smart to Relaxed Casual.

BUTTON/ZIP FRONT

DESCRIPTION
A skirt with a center front opening.

CLASSIFICATION
Smart to Relaxed casual.

JEAN

DESCRIPTION
A skirt made of denim.
May be straight or A Line in shape.

CLASSIFICATION
Relaxed casual.

Good

MODIFIED DIRNDL/GATHERED

DESCRIPTION
A less full style that the traditional dirndl.
With less gathered fabric around the waist this style is easier to wear and look good in.
Most suited to soft, fluid fabrics.
Complete the look with shoes that have a medium to high heel, classic or Louis or kitten heel and a tapered toe.

CLASSIFICATION
Smart and Relaxed Casual.

CIRCLE

DESCRIPTION
Made from one or several pieces of circular fabric.
The skirt is very full at the hemline but hangs smoothly from the waist without darts, pleats, or gathers.
A true circle skirt will be able to be laid flat in a perfect circle.
They were popular during the rock and roll era and were accompanied by layers of petticoats.
Best accompanied by high heeled shoes that are delicate and tapered at the toe.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Wear with a waist to low thigh body shaper for a smooth, firm foundation and flatter silhouette.

INVERTED FRONT PLEAT

DESCRIPTION
A straight or A-line skirt that has a centre front inverted pleat causing the fullness of the material to be turned inwards.
A perfect style for active professionals.
Best accompanied with shoes that have a medium heel, classic or stacked heel and a tapered toe.

CLASSIFICATION
Business, Smart and Relaxed Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Best if worn in a medium-dark to dark colour and coordinated with a tucked-in top of the the same colour or colour depth/value e.g., navy skirt with navy top or navy skirt with deep red top.
Wear with a torso to low thigh body shaper for a smooth, firm foundation and flatter silhouette.

TULIP

DESCRIPTION
A skirt styled to resemble an inverted tulip.
The style has more fabric around the waistline and a close-fitting hemline
The rounded design will add fullness and femininity to the hips, stomach and thighs.
Best coordinated with tucked in tops, cropped sweaters and jackets.
These tops should be made of light material consistent with the skirt fabric.
Best accompanied by high heels. The extra height will elongate and slim the legs and offset the full hipline.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy, Smart Casual, Sexy.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Avoid overly full styles.

SARONG

DESCRIPTION
Sarongs wrap around the body, tie at the waist and taper in towards the legs.
Sarongs may be long or short.
Best paired with shoes or sandals with medium height heels, thin soles and a round to tapered toe.
Keep the visual weight of the shoe in balance with the colour and fabric of the skirt e.g., light colours and/or fabrics call for lighter looking shoes and vice versa.
Has it's origin in South East Asia.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy, Relaxed Casual.

GODET

DESCRIPTION
A skirt that has triangular inserts of fabric (godets) sewn into the skirt.
The godets give width to the base of the skirt and attract attention to the legs especially if the godets are in a different colour to the rest of the skirt.
Best in soft, fluid fabrics.
Coordinate with shoes that have a medium to high heel and a tapered toe.

CLASSIFICATION
Smart Casual to Dressy.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Best in styles that drape into a subtle A Line.
Avoid styles with godets in a different colour or pattern.
Wear with a waist to low thigh body shaper for a smooth, firm foundation and flatter silhouette.

PEPLUM

DESCRIPTION
A short flared, gathered, or pleated strip of fabric attached at the waist of the skirt.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Best if the peplum is soft and lays close to the body.
Wear with a waist to low thigh body shaper for a smooth, firm foundation and flatter silhouette.

KILT

DESCRIPTION
Typically a knee-length skirt with deep pleats.
Originally worn as part of the dress for men in the Scottish Highlands.
Made up in tartan fabric.

CLASSIFICATION
Smart Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Wear at knee length.
Select styles that fall into a subtle A line.

Good only if... Matches

HIP STITCHED

DESCRIPTION
A box pleat skirt that has pleats sewn down to the hip (or crotch).
Avoid wearing tops or jackets that end lower than the stitching line as they will make you appear heavier.
Light fabrics usually have narrow pleats while heavier fabrics have wide pleats.
For the most slimming look show off the waistband of the skirt (otherwise you can appear shapeless).
Best accompanied by shoes with a medium heel, classic or stacked heel and a tapered toe.

CLASSIFICATION
Business, Smart Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Good only if your lower half is no more than one size larger than your upper body.
Wear with a waist to low thigh body shaper for a smooth, firm foundation and flatter silhouette.

OPEN PLEATS/FOLDS

DESCRIPTION
A skirt with soft folds that originate at or very near the waist and are not stitched down causing the folds to fall open toward, but not reaching the hem.
Often results in a subtle 'A' line.

CLASSIFICATION
Smart to Relaxed Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Good only if your lower half is no more than one size larger than your upper body.
Wear with a waist to low thigh body shaper for a smooth, firm foundation and flatter silhouette

KNIFE PLEATS

DESCRIPTION
These skirts have narrow vertical pleats permanently pressed into the fabric.
Be sure the pleats fall closed and vertical.
For the most slimming look show off the waistband of the skirt (otherwise you can appear shapeless).
Best accompanied with shoes that are medium to high, thin soled and have a round to tapered toe.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Good only if your lower half is no more than one size larger than your upper body.
Wear with a waist to low thigh body shaper for a smooth, firm foundation and flatter silhouette.

WRAP

DESCRIPTION
Great in long lengths for casual summer skirts and heavy weight winter wraps.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy, Smart and Relaxed Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Good only if your lower half is no more than one size larger than your upper body.
Best in medium weight fabrics if unlined, or light to medium weight fabric if lined.
Wear with a waist to low thigh body shaper for a smooth, firm foundation and flatter silhouette.

PENCIL

DESCRIPTION
A pencil skirt is a slim-fitting skirt with a straight, narrow cut. Generally the hem falls to, or just below, the knee and is tailored for a close fit.
Do not over-fit for professional wear.
Keep the visual weight of your shoe in balance with the colour and fabric of the skirt e.g., light colours and/or fabrics call for lighter looking shoes and vice versa.

CLASSIFICATION
Dress, Business.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Good only if your lower half is no more than one size larger than your upper body.
Wear with a waist to low thigh body shaper for a smooth, firm foundation and flatter silhouette.

TRUMPET

DESCRIPTION
A full or half-length skirt that is fitted for three quarters of its length and then finished with a flare.
Also known as a mermaid or fishtail skirt.
Wear worn with a tucked-in top.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Good only if your lower half is no more than one size larger than your upper body.
Wear with a waist to low thigh body shaper for a smooth, firm foundation and flatter silhouette.

Avoid

FULL DIRNDL/GATHERED

DESCRIPTION
A full skirt style that has the fabric gathered into the waistband.
Then amount of fabric gathered at the waist adds bulk to the waist and hips.
Coordination Tip:
~ The fuller a skirt, the shorter a top or jacket need to be to look in proportion.
~ Wear semi to very fitted tops with full skirts.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy, Smart and Relaxed Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Horizontal Body Shape

FLOUNCED

DESCRIPTION
A skirt style that has an ornamental gathered ruffle sewn to its base.
In this category are skirts where a petticoat emerges from under the hemline.
Wear with semi to very fitted top.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy, Smart and Relaxed Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Horizontal Body Shape

TIERED

DESCRIPTION
A multiple layered skirt with the appearance that it is made up of different tiers.
The layered, ruffled appearance has an image that is feminine and dressy.
Wear with a simple top.
Best coordinated with a simple top and high heeled shoes that are delicate and tapered at the toe.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy, Smart and Relaxed Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Horizontal Body Shape

THIGH STITCHED

DESCRIPTION
A box pleat skirt which has the pleats sewn down to the thigh.
Avoid wearing tops or jackets that end lower than the stitching line, as they can make you appear heavier.
Best accompanied with shoes that have a medium to medium high heel, classic or stacked heel and a tapered toe.

CLASSIFICATION
Business, Smart Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Vertical Body Type

OPEN BOX PLEATS

DESCRIPTION
A skirt with all round double pleats where the under edges fold toward each other and are not sewn down.
Light fabrics usually have narrow pleats while heavier fabrics have wide pleats.
When the skirt fits correctly the pleats fall closed and straight.
Pleats that pull open will make you appear larger.
For the most slimming look show off the waistband of the skirt (otherwise you can appear shapeless).

CLASSIFICATION
Business, Smart Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Horizontal Body Shape

BUBBLE

DESCRIPTION
A full skirt that has a hem that is folded under and joined to lining to create an inverted, full rose bud shape.
Best worn only when in fashion, and with a hemline above the knees.
Commonly worn a knee length.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy to Smart Casual. Not business wear unless you are in fashion.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Horizontal Body Shape, Age

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Skirts - Waistband Width for Ellen Sims

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NARROW

DESCRIPTION
A waistband narrower than 1.5.cms (1/2").
CLASSIFICATION: All Occasions

CLASSIFICATION
All occasions.

MEDIUM

DESCRIPTION
A waistband between 2.5 - 5 cms (1 - 2 ").

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions.

Good

WIDE

DESCRIPTION
A waistband wider than 5cms (2").

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy

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Skirts - Waistband Style for Ellen Sims

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ELASTIC

DESCRIPTION
A waistband that has elastic tape inserted into it to allow the band to enlarge and constrict.
The waistband as a result has a gathered appearance.
Elastic waists are very comfortable and while they may have a somewhat dowdy image if needed for comfort and covered by a top they are an excellent choice.

CLASSIFICATION
Smart to Relaxed casual

BANDLESS

DESCRIPTION
A skirt with no waistband.
Extremely comfortable.
Elongating to the torso.

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Especially good when the waistband sits below the waist as in the case of a hipster style of skirt or pant.

Good

CLASSIC

DESCRIPTION
A plain waistband that comprises of a faced strip of fabric sewn onto the body of the skirt.

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions.

Good only if... Matches

YOKE

DESCRIPTION
A yoked is a shaped pattern piece which fits around the hips and attaches to the rest of the garment which may be a skirt of pants.
Yokes can be V, round or straight.

CLASSIFICATION
Smart to Relaxed Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Good only if your lower half is no more than one size larger than your upper body.
Wear with a waist to low thigh body shaper for a smooth, firm foundation and flatter silhouette.
Choose angled yokes only.

Avoid

TIE

DESCRIPTION
A waistband that has cord or tape inserted into it to allow the band to be enlarged or made smaller.
The waistband as a result may have a gathered appearance.

CLASSIFICATION
Smart to Relaxed Casual

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Horizontal Body Shape

PAPERBAG

DESCRIPTION
A waistband that is gathered and sits above the waist.
It has the appearance of the top of a gathered paper bag.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Vertical Body Type, Weight

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Skirts - Pockets for Ellen Sims

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ROUND

DESCRIPTION
A pocket whose mouth / edge has been cut in a round shape.

CLASSIFICATION
Smart to Relaxed Casual

Good

PATCH: SAME COLOUR/UNEMBELLISHED

DESCRIPTION
A pocket (usually square) made of a separate piece of cloth sewn on to the outside of a garment.

CLASSIFICATION
Business, Smart to Relaxed Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Keep pockets sewn shut to stop you using them and adding unwanted bulk around your lower torso.

Good only if... Matches

SAFARI

DESCRIPTION
Large square pockets that have either a centre front inverted pleat, side pleats or both.

CLASSIFICATION
Smart and Sporty Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Good only if jacket has two sets of pockets that are equal in size.
This will help in balancing the upper and lower halves of your body.

Avoid

PATCH: CONTRASTING/EMBELLISHED

DESCRIPTION
Large square pockets placed on the exterior of the garment in the region of the hips or thighs, usually seen on jackets, skirts and jeans.

CLASSIFICATION
Smart and Relaxed Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Horizontal Body Shape

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Skirts - Hemlines for Ellen Sims

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STRAIGHT

DESCRIPTION
A hemline that is straight (horizontal to the floor).

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions.

BELL

DESCRIPTION
A straight or tapered skirt with a slight flare at the hemline giving a bell-like appearance.
In short skirts this shape adds balance to full hips and thighs and an extra dash of femininity.

CLASSIFICATION
All occasions. Wear at knee length for business wear.

SCALLOPED

DESCRIPTION
A scalloped hemline consists of a series of a series of curved projections which create a graceful element to a skirt or dress.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy

STEP

DESCRIPTION
A hemline on a wrap dress where the top panel hangs below the underlying panel.

CLASSIFICATION
Smart Casual

Good

HANDKERCHIEF

DESCRIPTION
A hemline that falls in graceful points at the hem, resembling a scarf.
Most often seen on below-the-knee to ankle-length dresses.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy, Smart and Relaxed Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Best if coordinated with an above bust line focal point to attract attention upward.

ANGLED/ASYMMETRIC

DESCRIPTION
A angled hemline that is longer one side than the other.
The sharper the and longer the angle the more elongating and slimming the effect.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy, Smart and Relaxed Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Best when balanced with an above bust line focal point.

Good only if... Matches

RUFFLE / FLIP

DESCRIPTION
Fabric or embellishments attached to the hemline that flips up as your walk.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy, Smart and Relaxed Casual.
Subtle variations only are appropriate for Professional wear.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Good only if worn with a focal point placed above the bustline to attract attention upward.

Avoid

CONVEX

DESCRIPTION
A skirt hem that rises up in the front to expose more of the legs.
This hemline can become a focal point of the outfit attracting attention to your legs.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy to Smart Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Horizontal Body Shape

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Skirts - Length for Ellen Sims

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KNEE LENGTH

DESCRIPTION
An appropriate length for formal occasions and professional environments.

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions.

2.5 CMS BELOW KNEE

DESCRIPTION
An appropriate length for formal occasions and professional environments.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy and Smart Casual

5 CMS BELOW KNEE

PERSONAL COMMENTS
CLASSIFICATION: All Occasions.

BELOW ANKLE

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy, Relaxed Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Best accompanied by low to medium heeled shoe.

SWEEPING FLOOR

CLASSIFICATION
Formal

FLOOR LENGTH

CLASSIFICATION
Formal

Good

5 CMS ABOVE KNEE

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions.

2.5 CMS ABOVE KNEE

DESCRIPTION
An appropriate length for formal occasions and professional environments.

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Your hem should sweep the top of your knee (no higher).

10 CMS BELOW KNEE

DESCRIPTION
CLASSIFICATION: Dressy.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Wear with a medium high, to high heeled shoe for maximum leg length.

BELOW FULL CALF

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy, Smart and Relaxed Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Wear with a medium high, to high heeled shoe for maximum leg length.

Avoid

MID THIGH AND HIGHER

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy, Sexy.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Age

ANKLE LENGTH

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy, Relaxed Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Vertical Body Type

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Dresses - Basic shapes for Ellen Sims

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SHAPED

DESCRIPTION
A dress with slight waist shaping.
Flattering to all body types weights and ages.

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions.

Good

HOURGLASS

DESCRIPTION
A dress that has a definite waist and is wider above and below to reveal an hourglass-like shape.

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions.

INVERTED TRIANGLE

DESCRIPTION
A dress that is wider above the waist than below, resulting in a inverted triangle silhouette.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy.

Good only if... Matches

STRAIGHT

DESCRIPTION
A dress shape that hangs straight from the shoulders to the hemline.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy to Relaxed Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Good only if in soft, flowing fabrics (boxy and soft silhouette). Even then looking for ways to add a belt is always a good idea - after-all why hide your waist, other women would love one like yours.

TRIANGLE/ A LINE

DESCRIPTION
A dress that is shaped like a triangle, being wider at the base than the top.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy to Relaxed Casual.
Not recommended for business wear.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Good only if the dress falls as a subtle A line.
The wide hemline will attract attention downwards, diminish your apparent height and add extra visual weight.
Do not select styles that have any more than minor hemline detail.
Soft fluid fabrics only.

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Dresses - Styles for Ellen Sims

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RAISED WAIST

DESCRIPTION
A dress with a bodice seam above the natural waistline.
The dress may be straight or A-line - see your basic skirt shape and skirt style recommendations to be sure.
When not overly fitted through the mid torso it is a good style for hiding the early stages of pregnancy or midriff rolls.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy, Relaxed Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Select only styles that hang straight or in an A-line shape.

WRAP

DESCRIPTION
A a v-neck dress comprising of a slim-fitting top and a looser skirt, with extra material across the bust and stomach, giving it the "wrap" look.
It enhances the bust while accentuating and slimming the waist and flattening the stomach.
A style that can be dressed up or down easily.
For more modesty wear with a camisole or a tank top underneath, and/or a false wrap style.
First designed in 1973 by Diane von Fürstenberg and has been popular ever since.

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions.

Good

FIT N FLARE/WAISTED

DESCRIPTION
Aka Waisted.

A dress with a bodice seam at the natural waistline.
The dress may have a straight or full skirt - see your basic skirt shape and skirt style recommendations to be sure.

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
A GREAT style if the skirt is a subtle A Line.

WAISTED SHIFT

DESCRIPTION
A straight line dress that has either a waistline seam or is designed to be worn with a belt or sash.

CLASSIFICATION
Business if the style includes sleeves,

PRINCESS SHEATH

DESCRIPTION
A close-fitting dress that has a curved seam from the bust to into the hip line seam.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy, Business (with a sleeve), Smart Casual.

DOUBLE BREASTED/ COAT DRESS

DESCRIPTION
A double-breasted dress styled after a coat.
Also known as a Coat dress.

CLASSIFICATION
Business, Smart Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
For maximum slimness choose styles that have at least eight to ten buttons down the front, are made from medium weight, firm fabrics and are lined.
Wearing shape wear will further enhance the look.

SHIRT

DESCRIPTION
A dress style which has originated from men' wear (dress shirt).
The style can include a collar, a button front and/or cuffed sleeves.
Frequently constructed in similar fabrics that are used for men's shirts.
They are typically cut without a seam at the waist and have a loose fit, relying on a belt to define the waist.

CLASSIFICATION
Smart and Relaxed Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
If belted select a narrow belt or tie.

BLOUSON

DESCRIPTION
A dress that consists of a loose bloused top that is gathered and joined to the skirt at or below the waist.

CLASSIFICATION
Smart to Relaxed Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Your best styles have blousing that sits below your waist.

SUNDRESS

DESCRIPTION
A light, loose, sleeveless dress, typically with a bodice styled to expose the arms, shoulders, and back.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy, Relaxed Casual.

TENT / TRAPEZE

DESCRIPTION
Named for its strong A-line appearance, this dress flares out from the armhole edge and has no waistline seam or darts.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy, Smart and Relaxed Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Best in styles made from in soft, flowing fabrics that fall into a subtle A line.

PINAFORE

DESCRIPTION
A pinafore is a sleeveless dress that is designed to be worn over a blouse, shirt or fine gauge sweater.

CLASSIFICATION
Smart Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Your best styles are belted.

PEPLUM

DESCRIPTION
A dress which has a short flared, gathered, or pleated strip of fabric attached at the waist.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy

Good only if... Matches

LOW WAIST

DESCRIPTION
Commonly a straight dress which has the skirt attached 7.5 cms (3 inches) below the navel to mid thigh.

CLASSIFICATION
Smart and Relaxed Casual, Dressy.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Good only if you are no more than one size larger below your waist.
Select medium to firm finish fabrics for the bodice for a smooth waist to thigh line.
Lining will also improve the look.
Wear shapewear to gain the best appearance.
Do not drop lower than your wrist (where your hand attaches to your arm, when your arms are by your side).

DROPPED WAIST

DESCRIPTION
A straight dress that has the skirt attached to the bodice between mid-thigh and calf.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy, Relaxed Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Good only if you are no more than one size larger below your waist.
Select medium to firm finish fabrics for the bodice for a smooth waist to thigh line.
Lining will also improve the look.
Wear shapewear to gain the best appearance.

SHIFT / CHEMISE

DESCRIPTION
A classic unstructured dress that falls straight from the shoulder, has no darts, little or no side contouring, and is designed not to be worn with a belt.

CLASSIFICATION
Relaxed Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Good only if in soft fabrics.

SHEATH

DESCRIPTION
A dress designed to fit close to the body, is relatively unadorned and typically is knee length or longer.
Commonly the dress has darts that run from just under the full bust line to the hip line.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy, Business, Smart Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Good only if your are no more than one size larger below your waist.

PRINCESSLINE

DESCRIPTION
A dress where sections are cut in one piece from shoulder to hem, with no waistline seam.
In most cases a close body fit is achieved by cutting the pieces so that the seams create the shape and by adding darts where necessary.
The origin of the style is attributed to Charles Worth, the fashion designer who made clothing for the Empress (princess) Eugenie of France in the mid-1800s.
The style can be long or short, with or without a centre front seam.

CLASSIFICATION
Business, Smart to Relaxed Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Good only if you are no larger than one size below your waist.

Avoid

EMPIRE

DESCRIPTION
A bust-enhancing style that forms around or clings to the bustline.
Below the bust the style may be straight or A-line - see your basic skirt shape and skirt style recommendations to be sure.
A style made famous by Empress Josephine during the Napoleonic wars (1804-14).

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy, Smart Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Bra cup size

BABY DOLL

DESCRIPTION
The term "baby doll" is used to refer to two different items of clothing that utilize the same silhouette: a piece of sexy lingerie or a short day dress.
Baby doll dresses can be recognized by their tent-like silhouettes, hemmed short above the knee.

CLASSIFICATION
Sexy or Relaxed Casual depending on style.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Age

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Dresses - Pockets for Ellen Sims

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BREAST: UNEMBELLISHED

DESCRIPTION
Pockets that are little more than basics squares. They are not contrasting, embellished, have no flaps or pleats etc.

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions.

INSEAM

DESCRIPTION
Pockets that are placed within the seam line of a garment and are not visible. Ensure pockets do not pull open.

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions.

Good

PATCH: UNEMBELLISHED

DESCRIPTION
A pocket (usually square) made of a separate piece of cloth sewn on to the outside of a garment.

CLASSIFICATION
Business, Smart to Relaxed Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Keep pockets sewn shut to stop you using them and adding unwanted bulk around your lower torso.

Good only if... Matches

POUCH

DESCRIPTION
A loose and slightly bulging pocket that resembles pouch.

CLASSIFICATION
Relaxed Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Good only if the pockets are not situated over your lower torso.

Avoid

BREAST: EMBELLISHED

DESCRIPTION
Any pocket that is placed over or near the bust line.

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Heavy arms

PATCH: EMBELLISHED

DESCRIPTION
Embellished or contrasting pockets sewing on the exterior of the dress usually in the region of the hips or thighs.

CLASSIFICATION
Business, Smart and Relaxed Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Horizontal Body Shape

SAFARI

DESCRIPTION
Large square pockets that have either a centre front inverted pleat, side pleats or both.

CLASSIFICATION
Smart and Sporty Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Horizontal Body Shape

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Dresses - Hemlines for Ellen Sims

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STRAIGHT

DESCRIPTION
A hemline that is straight (horizontal to the floor).
The most appropriate for professional wear and serious occasions.

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions.

BELL

DESCRIPTION
A straight or tapered skirt with a slight flare at the hemline giving a bell-like appearance.
In short skirts this shape adds balance to full hips and thighs and an extra dash of femininity.

CLASSIFICATION
All occasions. Wear at knee length for business wear.

SCALLOPED

DESCRIPTION
A scalloped hemline consists of a series of a series of curved projections which create a graceful element to a skirt or dress.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy

STEP

DESCRIPTION
A hemline on a wrap dress where the top panel hangs below the underlying panel.

CLASSIFICATION
Smart Casual

Good

HANDKERCHIEF

DESCRIPTION
A hemline that falls in graceful points at the hem, resembling a scarf.
Most often seen on below-the-knee to ankle-length dresses.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy, Smart and Relaxed Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Best if coordinated with an above bust line focal point to attract attention upward.

ANGLED/ASYMMETRIC

DESCRIPTION
A hemline that is longer one side than the other.
The sharper the and longer the angle the more elongating and slimming the effect.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy, Smart and Relaxed Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Best when balanced with an above bust line focal point.

Good only if... Matches

RUFFLE / FLIP

DESCRIPTION
Fabric or embellishments attached to the hemline that flips up as your walk.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy, Smart and Relaxed Casual.
Subtle variations only are appropriate for Professional wear.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Good only if worn with a focal point placed above the bustline to attract attention upward.

Avoid

CONVEX

DESCRIPTION
An unusual skirt hem that rises up in the front to expose more of the legs.
These styles in most cases will become a focal point of the outfit attracting attention to your legs.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy to Smart Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Horizontal Body Shape

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Dresses - Length for Ellen Sims

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KNEE LENGTH

DESCRIPTION
An appropriate length for formal occasions and professional environments.

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions.

2.5 CMS BELOW KNEE

DESCRIPTION
An appropriate length for formal occasions and professional environments.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy and Smart Casual

5 CMS BELOW KNEE

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
All Occasions.

BELOW ANKLE

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy, Relaxed Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Best accompanied by low to medium heeled shoe.

FLOOR LENGTH

CLASSIFICATION
Formal

SWEEPING FLOOR

CLASSIFICATION
Formal

Good

5 CMS ABOVE KNEE

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions.

2.5 CMS ABOVE KNEE

DESCRIPTION
An appropriate length for formal occasions and professional environments.

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Your hem should sweep the top of your knee (no higher).

10 CMS BELOW KNEE

DESCRIPTION
CLASSIFICATION: Dressy.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Wear with a medium high, to high heeled shoe for maximum leg length.

BELOW FULL CALF

DESCRIPTION
CLASSIFICATION: Dressy, Relaxed Casual.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy, Smart and Relaxed Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Wear with a medium high, to high heeled shoe for maximum leg length.

Avoid

MID THIGH AND HIGHER

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy, Sexy.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Age

ANKLE LENGTH

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy, Relaxed Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Vertical Body Type

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Jackets - Double Breasted for Ellen Sims

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8 BUTTONS

DESCRIPTION
A double-breasted jacket with eight buttons.
Four are purely decorative and four close through buttonholes.
The vertical placement of the buttons is very slimming.
Always wear closed.

CLASSIFICATION
Business, Smart Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Wear only if it fits perfectly.
Any vents in the back or pockets should not pull or gape.

Good

1 BUTTON: WAIST

DESCRIPTION
A double breasted jacket that closes at the waist with one internal and one external button.
Always wear closed.

CLASSIFICATION
Business, Dressy, Smart casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Must fit perfectly.
The lapels should always lay flat against your chest wall.

2 BUTTONS: HIGH

DESCRIPTION
A double breasted jacket that has two high placed buttons, and is closed via two buttons.
Always wear closed.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy to Smart Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
When doubled-breasted jackets have their buttons placed above the waist they draw the eye up, making you appear slimmer and elongating the lower half of your body.
The jacket should be worn closed to retain its shape.

2 BUTTONS: WAIST

DESCRIPTION
A double breasted jacket that closes at the waist with two external buttons.
Always wear closed.

CLASSIFICATION
Business, Dressy, Smart casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Wear only if it fits perfectly.
Any vents in the back or pockets should not pull or gape.

2 BUTTONS: LOW

DESCRIPTION
A double breasted jacket that has two low placed buttons.
Always wear closed.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy to Smart Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Good fit is essential.

The lapels should always lay flat against your chest wall and the jacket should be worn closed.

4 BUTTONS: HIGH

DESCRIPTION
A double breasted jacket that has four high placed buttons.
Always wear closed.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy to Smart Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Good fit is very important to this style.

Your best styles have the buttons close set.

Wear the jacket closed.

5+ V SHAPED BUTTONS

DESCRIPTION
A double breasted jacket that has five buttons which increase in number and width towards the top of the jacket.
A fitted jacket button construction.
Always wear closed.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy to Smart Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Good fit is very important to this style.

Your best styles have the buttons close set.

Wear the jacket closed.

6V SHAPED

DESCRIPTION
A double breasted jacket that has six buttons and the two top buttons sit wider than the lower four.
A fitted jacket button construction.
Always wear closed.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy to Smart Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Good fit is very important to this style.

Your best styles have the buttons close set.

Wear the jacket closed

8+ V SHAPED BUTTONS

DESCRIPTION
A double breasted jacket that has eight or more with the two top buttons siting wider than the lower buttons.
A fitted jacket button construction.
Always wear closed.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy to Smart Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Good fit is very important to this style.

Your best styles have the buttons close set.

Wear the jacket closed

6 BUTTONS: HIGH

DESCRIPTION
A double-breasted jacket with six high placed buttons.
Three are purely decorative and three close through buttonholes.
Always wear closed.

CLASSIFICATION
Business, Smart Casual.

6 BUTTONS: WAIST

DESCRIPTION
A double-breasted jacket with six buttons.
Three are purely decorative and three close through buttonholes.
The strong vertical button placement visually elongates and slims the torso.
The more close-set the buttons the tall and slimmer you will look.
Always wear closed.

CLASSIFICATION
Business, Smart Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Good fit is essential.

The lapels should always lay flat against your chest wall and the jacket should be worn closed.

8+ BUTTONS

DESCRIPTION
A double-breasted jacket with eight or more buttons.
The strong vertical button placement visually elongates and slims the torso.
Close-set the buttons have the power to elongate and slim.
Wide set buttons will make you appear shorter and heavier.
Always wear closed.

CLASSIFICATION
Business, Smart Casual.

Good only if... Matches

4 BUTTONS: WAIST

DESCRIPTION
A double breasted jacket that has four buttons at the waist.
Always wear closed.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy to Smart Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Wear only if it fits perfectly.
Any vents in the back or pockets should not pull or gape.

4 BUTTONS: LOW

DESCRIPTION
A double-breasted jacket with four buttons.
Two are purely decorative and two close through buttonholes.
The position of these buttons focus attention on the stomach.
Always wear closed.

CLASSIFICATION
Business, Smart Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Good only if it fits perfectly.
The lapels should always lay flat against your chest wall.

Avoid

1 BUTTON: HIGH

DESCRIPTION
A double breasted jacket that closes externally via one high placed button and has one hidden internal button on the opposite side.
Always wear closed.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy to Smart Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Heavy arms

1 BUTTON: LOW

DESCRIPTION
A double breasted jacket that closes over the lower torso by one internal and one external button.
Always wear closed.

CLASSIFICATION
Business, Dressy, Smart casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Horizontal Body Shape

6 BUTTONS: LOW

DESCRIPTION
A double-breasted jacket with six low placed buttons.
Three are purely decorative and three close through buttonholes.
Always wear closed.

CLASSIFICATION
Business, Smart Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Horizontal Body Shape

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Jackets - Single Breasted for Ellen Sims

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2 BUTTON WAIST

DESCRIPTION
A single breasted jacket with two buttons that are centered around the navel.

CLASSIFICATION
Business, Smart Casual.

3 BUTTONS: WAIST

DESCRIPTION
A single breasted jacket with three buttons that are centered around the navel.

CLASSIFICATION
Business, Smart Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Any vents in the back or pockets should not pull or gape.
If they do select a bigger size or another style/brand.

NO BUTTONS

DESCRIPTION
A single breasted jacket with no closures.

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Add a contrasting coloured garment underneath to elongate and slim your torso.

Good

1 BUTTON: WAIST

DESCRIPTION
A single breasted jacket that has one button at the waistline.

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Good fit is important - ensure the lapels lay flat against the chest.

3 BUTTON: HIGH

DESCRIPTION
A single breasted jacket that has three high placed buttons with none being below the navel.

CLASSIFICATION
Business, Smart Casual, Dressy.

4 BUTTONS

DESCRIPTION
A single breasted jacket with four buttons that are centered around the navel.

CLASSIFICATION
Business, Smart Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Best worn unbuttoned to create a strong and slimming vertical line down the body.

5+ BUTTONS

DESCRIPTION
A single breasted jacket with five or more buttons that are centered around the navel.

CLASSIFICATION
Business, Smart Casual.

2 BUTTON TOGGLE

DESCRIPTION
A jacket closure created by inserting two buttons connected by a chain into two buttonholes either side of the jacket front.
Most commonly seen in hip length and shorter jackets.

CLASSIFICATION
Smart Casual to Business and Dressy.

Good only if... Matches

1 BUTTON: HIGH

DESCRIPTION
A single breasted jacket that has one high placed button.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy to Smart Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Good only if the front closes straight.

2 BUTTONS: HIGH

DESCRIPTION
A single breasted jacket that has two high placed buttons.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy to Smart Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Good only if the jacket is hip length or longer ensure any vents in the back are not pulling open.

If they do pull open select one size larger.

Good fit is essential for a great appearance.

Add a contrasting coloured garment underneath if you wish to create a strong torso elongating and slimming effect.

Avoid

1 BUTTON: LOW

DESCRIPTION
A single breasted jacket that has one button below the navel.

CLASSIFICATION
Business, Dressy.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Horizontal Body Shape, Bra cup size

2 BUTTONS:LOW

DESCRIPTION
A single breasted jacket with two buttons that are located below the navel.

CLASSIFICATION
Business, Smart Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Horizontal Body Shape

3 BUTTON: LOW

DESCRIPTION
This lower cut allows more opportunity to wear a top or blouse that will add visual interest, or create more noticeable colour contrast, if you need to have extra visual impact.

CLASSIFICATION
Business, Smart Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Horizontal Body Shape

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Jackets - Styles for Ellen Sims

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BLAZER

DESCRIPTION
A blazer is a stand alone lightweight jacket i.e., not part of a suit.
A blazer may be single or double breasted and traditionally it is worn to the top of the thigh.
Today women wear blazers with almost everything, for most occasions and at any time of the day.

CLASSIFICATION
Business, Smart Casual, Dressy.

HOOK AND EYE / ZIPPERED FRONT

DESCRIPTION
A jacket that closes edge to edge, via the use of hooks and eyes.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy to Smart Casual.

TUXEDO

DESCRIPTION
A semi formal single or double-breasted men's style jacket that is usually black or blackish-blue in colour which often has satin or grosgrain facing on the lapels.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy

LAPEL-LESS

DESCRIPTION
A classic, the lapel-less jacket is one of the most versatile jackets. Its lapel-less style allows it to be worn with any collar or neckline.
When accompanied by some fitting e.g., darts, it is a flattering and versatile jacket for all ages and walks of life.
It is one of the most slimming jackets for women who are large busted.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy, Business, Smart Casual.

DRAPED

DESCRIPTION
A jacket with a soft draping lapel.
The longer the lapel, the longer and leaner the torso will appear.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
A contrasting colour in the drape can be especially attractive and slimming.

Good

ASYMMETRIC

DESCRIPTION
A jacket style that closes over to one side, giving the jacket an uneven appearance.
This style cannot be worn successfully open.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Best if the garment is in a soft non bulky fabric.

BELTED / TIED

DESCRIPTION
A jacket with a belt or fabric tie.

CLASSIFICATION
Smart Casual, Dressy.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Best when the belt in the same colour as the jacket.

Do not belt tightly.

BOMBER

DESCRIPTION
A short jacket, usually leather, tightly gathered at the waist and cuffs by elasticized bands and typically having a zipper front.
A jacket style designed originally for British Airforce pilots during WW11.

CLASSIFICATION
Relaxed Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Wear open whenever possible to elongate and slim your upper torso.

Keep to your best lengths.

WESTERN

DESCRIPTION
A waist to low hip length jacket that often has western detailing and shoulder yokes.

CLASSIFICATION
Smart and Relaxed Casual.

CHANEL

DESCRIPTION
A semi fitted cardigan style jacket designed by Coco Chanel. Usually waist to hip length, traditionally made in a tweed of bouclé fabric with the edges of the jacket and sleeves trimmed.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy to Business

HIGH COLLAR

DESCRIPTION
A jacket with buttons to the neckline.

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Ensure the jacket fits well over your bustline. Best when the top two buttons or equivalent length is left open.

PEPLUM

DESCRIPTION
A fitted jacket that has a short overskirt or ruffle attached at the waistline.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Do not wear an exaggerated Peplin.

SAFARI

DESCRIPTION
Designed originally as a jacket to go hunting in Africa.

CLASSIFICATION
Smart Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Best worn open.

WAIST BAND

DESCRIPTION
A jacket with a waist bodice.
Gauge the most appropriate width for you, by checking your belt width recommendations in the accessory section.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Best when the band is in the same colour and fabric as the rest of the jacket.

WRAP

DESCRIPTION
Any soft jacket that wraps across the front of the body and is secured with a sash or belt.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy, Business, Smart Casual.

WAISTED

DESCRIPTION
A jacket that has a waistline seam.

CLASSIFICATION
All Occassions

Good only if... Matches

BOLERO

DESCRIPTION
A very short cropped jacket with Spanish origins.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy to Smart Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Good only if worn over a long dress or the style is a shrug.

CAPE

DESCRIPTION
A jacket that resembles a short cape.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy to Smart Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Good only if worn at your correct length.

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Jackets - Lapels for Ellen Sims

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PEAKED

DESCRIPTION
A lapel that has either the top or bottom lapel larger and pointing up and outward toward the shoulders.
This strong diagonal design has masculine overtones, visually broadening the shoulders, increasing apparent height and adding to the authority of the wearer.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy, Business.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Angles are slimming.
Choose only in a medium sizes.

NOTCHED

DESCRIPTION
A lapel that consists of two pieces which when joined appears to have a notch cut out of it.
A universally flattering lapel when in a medium width.

CLASSIFICATION
All occasions.

ROLLED/SHAWL

DESCRIPTION
A feminine style of that is soft and rolls over onto the jacket front.
Team only with a collarless top or a collar that climbs the neck.

CLASSIFICATION
Business, Dressy.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Avoid extra wide styles.

WING

DESCRIPTION
Lapels that are shaped like triangles and point outward.

CLASSIFICATION
Business, Dressy, Smart Casual

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Best when the lapels are not in a contrasting colour.

Good

CLOVER LEAF

DESCRIPTION
Named after its resemblance to a cloverleaf.
Any rounded design feature will render the garment and wearer more feminine in appearance.

CLASSIFICATION
Business, Smart Casual.

PORTRAIT

DESCRIPTION
A portrait collar is a wide neckline supporting a fold-over collar that usually overlaps at the front of the garment.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy

INVERTED/REVERSE

DESCRIPTION
A notched lapel that is designed to be worn up.
Lapels that instead of laying flat are worn up against the chest and neck.

CLASSIFICATION
Business to Smart Casual

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Jackets - Pockets for Ellen Sims

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BREAST:UNEMBELLISHED

DESCRIPTION
Pockets that are little more than basics squares.
They are not contrasting, embellished, have no flaps or pleats etc.

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions.

INSEAM

DESCRIPTION
Pockets that are placed within the seam line of a garment and are not visible.
Ensure pockets do not pull open.

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions.

WELT

DESCRIPTION
Pockets that have a small to medium-sized lip and are usually placed in either a horizontal or vertical position below the waist, and horizontal or diagonal above the waist.

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Choose diagonally placed welt pockets whenever possible.

ANGLED FLAP

DESCRIPTION
A pocket with an angled flap that sits over the pocket opening.

CLASSIFICATION
Smart to Relaxed Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Avoid a contrasting edge at the top of the flap pocket.

Good

PATCH: UNEMBELLISHED

DESCRIPTION
An unadorned, non contrasting, pocket (usually square) made of a separate piece of cloth sewn on to the outside of a garment.

CLASSIFICATION
Business, Smart to Relaxed Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Keep pockets sewn shut to stop you using them and adding unwanted bulk around your lower torso.

FLAP

DESCRIPTION
A pocket with a flap of fabric placed over the access to the pocket.

CLASSIFICATION
Business, Smart Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
The best flap pockets for you are diagonal and in same colour as the garment.

TAILORED FLAP

DESCRIPTION
A pocket flap that has a small welt edge sewn at the point where the pocket attaches to the jacket front.
This pocket can often be tucked in, whereby it will reveal a matching welt sewn at the top of the pocket mouth.
When the flap is inserted into the pocket the style changes to a jet/besom pocket, which will be more flattering over a large hipline or tummy.
Lift the pocket flap out before sending to the dry cleaners.
If pressed with the flap inside you may find the shape has been embossed onto the surface.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy, Business and Smart Casual

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Avoid a contrasting edge at the top of the flap pocket.

Good only if... Matches

SAFARI

DESCRIPTION
Large square pockets that have either a centre front inverted pleat, side pleats or both.

CLASSIFICATION
Smart and Sporty Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Good only if jacket has two sets of pockets that are equal in size.
This will help in balancing the upper and lower halves of your body.

Avoid

BREAST: EMBELLISHED

DESCRIPTION
Any pocket that is placed over or near the bust line.

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Heavy arms

PATCH: EMBELLISHED

DESCRIPTION
Square embellished or contrasting coloured pockets on the exterior of the garment in the region of the hips or thighs..

CLASSIFICATION
Business, Smart and Relaxed Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Horizontal Body Shape

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Jackets - Hemlines for Ellen Sims

Great

STRAIGHT

DESCRIPTION
A hemline that sits parallel with the ground and where the front edges of the jacket comes together vertically.

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions.

Good

NARROW INVERTED V

DESCRIPTION
A hemline with a narrow inverted V shape.

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions.

CURVED

DESCRIPTION
A jacket where the lower edges are very rounded.

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions.

CONCAVE/ROUND

DESCRIPTION
A jacket hemline that falls into a semi circular front when closed.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy and Business.

Good only if... Matches

POINTED

DESCRIPTION
A jacket with a ''V'' shaped hemline when the jacket is worn closed.
Always wear this jacket closed to maintain the intended shape.

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Good only in a style that matches your pants or skirt in colour, pattern and fabric.

Avoid

WIDE INVERTED V

DESCRIPTION
A hemline with a wide inverted V shape.
The wider the V the wider your body will appear from point to point.

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Horizontal Body Shape

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Jackets - Vests for Ellen Sims

Great

WRAP

DESCRIPTION
A vest that closes by wrapping one side across the other in front and securing with a tie, belt or button.

CLASSIFICATION
Smart to Relaxed casual

Good

CLASSIC

DESCRIPTION
A sleeveless waist length garment. Adopted by women from menswear. Also known as a waistcoats.

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Best worn open.

CROPPED

DESCRIPTION
A vest that ends between the bust and waist.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy.

Good only if... Matches

HALTERNECK

DESCRIPTION
A vest with a single strap or material which runs from the front of the garment around the back of the wearer's neck.
Also known as Halter.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy, Smart Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Good only if the colour of the vest blends, rather than contrasts with your skirt, dress or pants. Also make sure vest is high hip length or shorter.

Avoid

DOUBLE BREASTED

DESCRIPTION
A sleeveless jacket having fronts that overlap enough for two separate rows of buttons.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy, Business, Smart Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Bra cup size

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Jackets - Length for Ellen Sims

Great

CROTCH

DESCRIPTION
Where the hemline reached the base of the torso/top of the legs.

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Best worn as a garment that can be worn open with with a blouse, top or camisole underneath.

Good

HIGH HIP

DESCRIPTION
A hemline that sits on or near the top of your hipbone.

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
For the slimmest appearance match the colour of your jacket, top or sweater with your skirt, dress or pant or wear in a colour that is the same depth/value e.g., denim pant with a teal green top.
Best worn as a garment that can be left open e.g, a cardigan and wear a camisole or top underneath.
Best teamed with a dress or skirt.

LOW HIP

DESCRIPTION
A top, vest or jacket that sits approximately over the lowest part of your hipbone.

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
For the slimmest appearance match the colour of your jacket, top or sweater to your skirt or pant, wear in a colour that is the same depth/value.g., denim pant with a teal green top.
Best worn with a dress or skirt to ensure the best possible appearance from behind.
Also good as a garment that can be worn open with with a blouse, top or camisole underneath.

KNUCKLES

DESCRIPTION
A hemline that reaches the knuckles on your hand.
This is the most versatile jacket, over-blouse, top and sweater length, though it is not always in fashion.
It has a pleasing balance with your torso to leg length.
As long as the fit and shape is correct for your needs and the fabric and colour work well together the length will work for almost any outfit combination.

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions.

1ST FINGER JOINT

DESCRIPTION
A hemline that reaches the first finger joint down your hand from your knuckles.

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Follow the recommendations in the Guidelines for Wearing Longer Jacket Lengths in the Overview area below.

2ND FINGER JOINT

DESCRIPTION
A hemline that reaches the second finger joint down your hand from your knuckles.

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Follow the recommendations in the Guidelines for Wearing Longer Jacket Lengths in the Overview tab below.

Good only if... Matches

WAIST

DESCRIPTION
A jacket that sits at your waist.

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style will be most flattering when the top and bottom pieces are the same colour or same value/depth of colour e.g. black skirt with black jacket or silver grey pant with lilac sweater.

FINGER TIP AND LONGER

DESCRIPTION
Hemline lengths from the tip of your fingers and longer.

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Good only if in a tunic jacket. A tunic jacket has two forms:
1. A jacket that sits over a dress and is almost or as long as the hem of the dress. Together the length should be considered a hem length.
2. A long commonly sleeveless jacket worn over pants - must be long enough to end below the fullest part of your calf.

Avoid

BUST

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Vertical Body Type, Bra cup size, Weight

CROPPED

CLASSIFICATION
Relaxed Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Vertical Body Type

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Pants - Styles for Ellen Sims

Great

CLASSIC / DRESS

DESCRIPTION
Pants/trousers/slacks that have straight lines and a neat appearance.

An ironed crease down the center front will elongate and slim the legs.

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions.

CHINO

DESCRIPTION
Flat front semi-fitted pants made from chino fabric.

CLASSIFICATION
Smart to Relaxed casual.

PIN TUCKED CENTER LEG SEAM

DESCRIPTION
Pants with a sewn seam down the front of the leg.

CLASSIFICATION
Relaxed Casual.

BOOTLEG

DESCRIPTION
A pant that is fitted from the thigh to the calf and then flares slightly to the hem. Originally designed to be worn with a boot.

CLASSIFICATION
Smart and Relaxed Casual.

PYJAMA / DRAW STRING

DESCRIPTION
Any loose fitting, elastic waist pants.

CLASSIFICATION
Relaxed Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
For the best appearance coordinate with a semi fitted top.

PULL-ON

DESCRIPTION
Straight to tapered pants which can be pulled up the legs to the waist without the need of zippers or buttons.

Trainer pants fall into this category.

CLASSIFICATION
Smart to Relaxed Casual

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Avoid styles which full around the hips and waist, or flat in the front and gathered around the sides and back.

WRAP

DESCRIPTION
Wrap pants are simple, loose-fitting pants that tie around the waist, without using a zipper or buttons.

They can have slightly different waistband and leg styles however, most tie basically the same way.

CLASSIFICATION
Relaxed Casual

PERSONAL COMMENTS
For the best appearance coordinate with a semi fitted top.

Good

JEAN

DESCRIPTION
Jeans are characterised by denim fabric, flat-feld double stitched seams, metal zips, round front pockets, a fly front and belt loops.

Now a modern classic; jeans were first designed in America in the 1850s, however, it was not till the 1940s that Marlon Brando and James Dean made them a hot fashion item.

Recent advances in fiber technology the jean is now easy to wash, iron and wear.

Advances in fit technology has resulted in a cut or style to suit every body type.

These advances have made the jean an indispensable part of almost every woman's wardrobe.

Best worn with medium heeled shoes or boots, or slight heeled sandals.

Avoid wearing with pumps/court shoes.

CLASSIFICATION
Smart and Relaxed Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Medium to dark coloured jeans will be most slimming.

BELL BOTTOM / FLARES

DESCRIPTION
Today's bell-bottoms tend to be fitted through the thigh and flared below the knee.

Flared pants were originally worn by sailors. They were first made fashionable in the 1960's.

CLASSIFICATION
Relaxed Casual, Dressy.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Wear shapewear to gain the best possible hip and thigh silhouette.

DRAPED/HAREM

DESCRIPTION
Harem pants (also know as hammer pants) are baggy, long pants that tapered at the ankle, with either side flaps on the hip that button at the waist area or have an elastic waist. They also have a crotch that is loose and baggy.

Traditional harem pants can be extremely large and baggy, with a very wide and full fit, very roomy, loose fitting, oversized, puffy, spacious, with elastic in waist and at ankles, and with the crotch below the knee almost to the ground.

Harem pants originated in India and are like a cross between a skirt and a pair of skinny jeans with the legs, from the knees down being fitted.

CLASSIFICATION
Relaxed Casual

STIRRUP

DESCRIPTION
Stretch pants with a band of elastic at the bottom of each leg that passes under the arch of the foot. Also known as ski pants.

Originally designed for ski-wear.

Best teamed with a top, jacket or sweater in one of your longer recommended lengths.

Wear with low to flat boots and only when in fashion.

CLASSIFICATION
Relaxed Casual.

JUMPSUIT

DESCRIPTION
A garment incorporating a blouse or shirt with attached slacks or shorts.

Original designed for skydivers to insulate their body.

Team with a jacket for a slimming, sophisticated look.

CLASSIFICATION
Smart to Relaxed casual. Do not wear to work.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Team with high heels to dress up the look and elongate your legs.

Styles with sleeves will balance your hips and create an hourglass silhouette.

CAPRI

DESCRIPTION
Close fitting, calflength tapered pants

First seen in the 1950s, and named after the popular holiday resort, The Isle of Capri.

The length of Capri's can be any where between the lower calf to just above the ankle bone.

More slimming than cropped pants.

CLASSIFICATION
Relaxed Casual.

Good only if... Matches

CARGO

DESCRIPTION
Casual pants that have multiple pockets sewn on the outer leg.

CLASSIFICATION
Relaxed Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Good only if the pockets are medium in size and not bulky.

LEGGING

DESCRIPTION
Tight, form fitting, hip hugging pants that end snugly at the ankle. Also known as tights (although the word tights is often used to refer to opaque pantyhose).

The fabric and/or pattern will determine how slimming they will be.

Soft or printed fabrics are not as slimming as firm solid-coloured or firm ribbed fabrics.

When worn with a over-shirt, jacket or sweater in your longest suggested length they can make great alternatives to jeans.

Wear only when in fashion and with low to flat shoes and boots.

CLASSIFICATION
Relaxed Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Good only if worn with an over-shirt, loose sweater or jacket in your longest recommended length.

CROPPED

DESCRIPTION
A lightweight pant that is cut full through the leg and ends from just under the knee to low calf.the.

Also known as pedal pushers, beachcomber, floods, clamdiggers and high water pants.

The wider, brighter in colour or brightly patterned, the less slimming they will be.

CLASSIFICATION
Relaxed Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Good only if the style has a narrow leg and is in a dark colour or one that is similar colour depth to your skin and will as a result not visually shorten your leg length.

Avoid

SAILOR

DESCRIPTION
A pant with front buttons adopted from the style of pants worn by sailors. True sailor pants have a double set of button on the front and flared legs.

CLASSIFICATION
Smart Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Horizontal Body Shape

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Pants - Fronts for Ellen Sims

Great

FLAT

DESCRIPTION
Flat-front (pleat-less) pants, designed to lie close to the body. Being pleat-less they don't have the bulk caused by the extra fabric of pleated pants.

The term 'trouser' is used when the garment has pleats.

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions

PLEATS: FORWARD

DESCRIPTION
Pleats that point in towards the stomach.

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions.

Good

PLEATS: REVERSE

DESCRIPTION
Trouser's with pleats in the front and designed to add ease. Depending on the depth pleats add extra bulk around the stomach.

The term 'pant' is used when the garment has no pleats.

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions

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Pants - Pant Width for Ellen Sims

Great

TAPERED

DESCRIPTION
Pants or trousers that taper in width from the thigh to the ankle.

Tapering is an effective way of visually slimming and elongating the lower body. When teamed with pointed toe, high heels the effect can be amazing.

Tapered pants/trousers should not be tight at the thigh.

Styles that are lined will fall beautifully, be the most flattering and last the longest.

Styles with subtle stretch are also comfortable and long lasting.

CLASSIFICATION
Suits All Occasions.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Best worn with an open jacket, over-shirt or sweater, in a low hip or longer length.

STRAIGHT

DESCRIPTION
Straight leg pants or trousers that fall straight from the thigh to the hemline.

Styles that are lined will fall beautifully, be the most flattering and last the longest.

Best worn with medium to high heeled shoes, a thin-sole and pointed toe.

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Wear a waist to thigh body shaper to ensure the smoothest, most firm silhouette.

WIDE

DESCRIPTION
Pants with a hemline circumference approx 50 cm (19.5") .

Best worn with medium to high heels.

CLASSIFICATION
All occasions.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Team with high heels.

Good

SKINNY

DESCRIPTION
Pants that are very narrow in the leg and cling to the ankle.

Best teamed with boots.

Wear with semi-fitted to full tops.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy to Smart Casual. Not recommended for professional work places.

Avoid

VERY WIDE / PALAZZO

DESCRIPTION
Pants with a hemline circumference greater than 90 cm (35.5") .

Best worn with medium to high heels.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy to Smart Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Vertical Body Type

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Pants - Pant Rise for Ellen Sims

Great

ON OR SLIGHTLY ABOVE THE WAIST

DESCRIPTION
A waistband that sits on, or slightly above the waist.

CLASSIFICATION
All occasions.

Good only if... Matches

HIPSTER

DESCRIPTION
Pants that sit on the hips.

Hipsters have revolved around the fashion carousel since the 1960s.

CLASSIFICATION
Smart to relaxed casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Good only if the waist is covered by a top, sweater or jacket.

Avoid

ABOVE WAIST

DESCRIPTION
A waistband that sits above the waistline.

CLASSIFICATION
All occasions.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Bra cup size

LOW RISE

DESCRIPTION
Also known as low-cut and low riders. These pants sit well below the belly button.

CLASSIFICATION
Relaxed casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Horizontal Body Shape, Age

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Pants - Waistband Style for Ellen Sims

Great

CLASSIC

DESCRIPTION
A plain waistband that comprises of a faced strip of fabric sewn onto the body of the pants.

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions.

ELASTIC

DESCRIPTION
A waistband that has elastic tape inserted into it to allow the band to enlarge and constrict. The waistband as a result has a gathered appearance.

Elastic waists are very comfortable and while they may have a somewhat dowdy image if needed for comfort and covered by a top they are an excellent choice.

CLASSIFICATION
Smart to Relaxed casual

BANDLESS

DESCRIPTION
A skirt with no waistband.

Extremely comfortable.

Elongating to the torso.

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Especially good when the waistband sits below the waist as in the case of a hipster style of skirt or pant.

Good only if... Matches

YOKE

DESCRIPTION
A yoked is a shaped fabric piece which fits around the hips and attaches to the rest of the garment.

Yokes can be 'V', round or straight.

CLASSIFICATION
Smart to Relaxed Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Good only if your lower half is no more than one size larger than your upper body.

Wear with a waist to low thigh body shaper for a smooth, firm foundation and flatter silhouette.

Choose angled yokes only.

Avoid

TIE

DESCRIPTION
A waistband that has cord or tape inserted into it to allow the band to be enlarged or made smaller. The waistband as a result may have a gathered appearance.

CLASSIFICATION
Smart to Relaxed Casual

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Horizontal Body Shape

PAPERBAG

DESCRIPTION
A waistband that is gathered and sits above the waist. It has the appearance of the top of a gathered paper bag.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Vertical Body Type, Weight

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Pants - Waistband Width for Ellen Sims

Great

NARROW

DESCRIPTION
A waistband less than 2.5 cms (1") in width.

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions.

Good

MEDIUM

DESCRIPTION
A waistband between 1.5 - 4.9 cms ( 1/2" - 1 1/4").
CLASSIFICATION: All occasions.

Good only if... Matches

WIDE

DESCRIPTION
A belt wider than 5 cms (2").

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Good only if your wear the belt on your hip.

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Pants - Pockets for Ellen Sims

Great

STRAIGHT

DESCRIPTION
Pockets that are placed horizonatally the hip area in pants.

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions.

Good

ANGLED WELT

DESCRIPTION
An angled pocket, not necessarily connected to the side seam and finished with a bound edge.

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions.

Good only if... Matches

ROUND

DESCRIPTION
Pockets that are round in shape.

CLASSIFICATION
Smart and Relaxed Casual, Dressy.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Good only in jeans, do not select any style that highlights the pocket shape e.g., light colours or floral fabric inside the pocket, or embroidery around the edge of the pockets.

Avoid

ANGLED

DESCRIPTION
Pockets that are placed diagonally over the hip area in pants. However, unless they fit well they can pull and draw attention to the hips and thighs.

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Horizontal Body Shape

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Shorts - Styles for Ellen Sims

Great

JAMAICA

DESCRIPTION
Shorts extending to the middle of the thigh.

Probably the easiest of all the short lengths and styles to wear.

Can be any length from 5 cms (2 ins) to 15 cms (4 ins) above the knee.

CLASSIFICATION
Relaxed Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Your best styles do not have cuffs, as these will add a horizontal line to your thigh. Look for medium to dark colours for all your shorts and avoid bold checks, plaids and patterns.

SKORT

DESCRIPTION
Non-tailored shorts with full legs and a central flap in front which when worn resembles a skirt.

CLASSIFICATION
Relaxed Casual.

Good

RUNNING

DESCRIPTION
Shorts designed to facilitate comfort and free movement during exercise. Made from lightweight and hard-wearing with many having an inner lining that acts as underwear.

A style worn for a practical rather than aesthetic reasons.

CLASSIFICATION
Active Casual.

FLARED

DESCRIPTION
Full legged shorts that when worn are reminiscent of a short skirt.

CLASSIFICATION
Relaxed Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Make sure they are long enough to cover the fullest part of the thigh.

HAREM

DESCRIPTION
A full style short that are gathered at both the waist and hemline with ballooning legs. Modeled after the harem pant worn in middle east/east asia.

Harem pants are usually made of lightweight fabrics.

CLASSIFICATION
Relaxed casual

Good only if... Matches

TAILORED

DESCRIPTION
A short version of the classic tailored trouser.

Considered 'classic'.

Wear long enough to cover the fullest part of your thigh.

CLASSIFICATION
Smart Casual. Not acceptable for Business casual wear in some workplaces.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Good only if the short does not have a cuff.

Avoid

PLAY SUIT / ROMPER

DESCRIPTION
A one-piece casual garment consisting of a top and shorts.

CLASSIFICATION
Relaxed Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Age

HOT PANTS

DESCRIPTION
Very short tight shorts.

First made fashionable in the 1970's.

Best worn by those blessed with youth and long slim, attractive legs.

CLASSIFICATION
Relaxed Casual, Sexy.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Horizontal Body Shape, Weight, Age

BOXER

DESCRIPTION
Modeled after men's boxer briefs. Usually mid thigh or higher.

The loose leg can make it difficult to maintain some modesty in when active or siting.

Best in soft fabrics.

CLASSIFICATION
Relaxed Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Age

BERMUDA / CITY

DESCRIPTION
Tailored shorts that end at the knee. Also known as walking, dress or city shorts.

Originally designed for the British Army to wear in tropical and desert climates

CLASSIFICATION
Smart Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Vertical Body Type

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Shorts - Pockets for Ellen Sims

Great

VERTICAL WELT

DESCRIPTION
A pocket that runs vertically and has a bound edge.

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions.

STRAIGHT

DESCRIPTION
Pockets that are placed horizonatally the hip area in pants.

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions.

Good

ANGLED WELT

DESCRIPTION
An angled pocket, not necessarily connected to the side seam and finished with a bound edge.

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions.

Good only if... Matches

ROUND

DESCRIPTION
Pockets that are round in shape.

CLASSIFICATION
Smart and Relaxed Casual, Dressy.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Good only in jeans, do not select any style that highlights the pocket shape e.g., light colours or floral fabric inside the pocket, or embroidery around the edge of the pockets.

CARGO

DESCRIPTION
Large square pockets that have either a centre front inverted pleat, side pleats or both.

CLASSIFICATION
Smart and Sporty Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Good only if jacket has two sets of pockets that are equal in size.

This will help in balancing the upper and lower halves of your body.

Avoid

ANGLED

DESCRIPTION
Pockets that are placed diagonally over the hip area in pants. However, unless they fit well they can pull and draw attention to the hips and thighs.

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Horizontal Body Shape

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Shorts - Cuffs for Ellen Sims

Great

NO CUFFS

DESCRIPTION
A short leg with no turned-back hem.

CLASSIFICATION
Smart to Relaxed casual

Avoid

CUFFS

DESCRIPTION
The turned-back hem encircling the end of the leg.

CLASSIFICATION
Smart to Relaxed casual

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Horizontal Body Shape

EMBELLISHED CUFFS

DESCRIPTION
Any embellishments added to the hemline.

CLASSIFICATION
Relaxed casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Horizontal Body Shape

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Shorts - Length for Ellen Sims

Great

ABOVE KNEE

DESCRIPTION
Shorts that end just above the knee.

CLASSIFICATION
Smart to Relaxed Casual.

KNEE

DESCRIPTION
Shorts that end on the knee.

CLASSIFICATION
Smart to Relaxed Casual.

Good

BELOW KNEE

DESCRIPTION
Shorts that end just below the knee.

CLASSIFICATION
Smart to Relaxed Casual.

Avoid

ULTRA SHORT

DESCRIPTION
Shorts that finish just under the cheeks of the buttocks.

CLASSIFICATION
Relaxed Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Horizontal Body Shape, Weight, Age

MID THIGH

DESCRIPTION
Shorts that end mid thigh.

CLASSIFICATION
Relaxed Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Age

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Coats - Styles for Ellen Sims

Great

REEFER

DESCRIPTION
A classic coat that has a narrow silhouette, shaped waist, torso princess seaming and a slight flare towards the hemline.
May be double or single breast.
Best worn with skirts and dresses.

CLASSIFICATION
Business, Smart Casual, Dressy.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Single breasted styles only.

PEACOAT

DESCRIPTION
A hip to three quarter length, loose, double-brested coat originally made for seaman.

CLASSIFICATION
Smart Casual.

Good

COACHMAN

DESCRIPTION
A classic old world coat that was originally worn by coachmen and then adopted by women to wear over their clothes while horse riding.
Has full length princess seaming, is close fitting, and flares outward in an A-line. The style may be single or double-breasted.
Suitable for day or evening wear.
Best worn over dresses,
As an investment coat, choose styles that are uncomplicated without excessive embellishment or being overly flared.
The Redingote is another style of coat in this category.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy.

POLO

DESCRIPTION
A loose fitting tailored coat.
Easily the most versatile of all the overcoats.
Styles include: the box, the Ulster, the ranch and the bench warmer coat.
All are boxy and easy for most women to wear.
Single-breasted styles are considered 'classic' and give the slimmest silhouette.
Best worn with skirts, dresses or pants.

CLASSIFICATION
Business, Smart Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Single breasted styles only.

WRAP

DESCRIPTION
Any coat that has no buttons and requires wrapping across the body and belting.
Although it is one of the most versatile coats, it has a tendency to accentuate weight, a large stomach, bottom or bust line.
A classic coat and depending on the fabric will move easily from day to evening.
Can have a shawl or notched lapel.
Ensure the fabric is not to stiff and does not appear bulky when wrapped and tied.

CLASSIFICATION
Smart Casual, Dressy.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Select style that fall into a subtle A line or are straight over very full styles.

CAPE

DESCRIPTION
The original cape was used as an evening gown cover and was an evening coat most commonly seen in velvet and often with a hood.
First designed in the 1600s to cover ball gowns.
Best avoided by short and petite women as the shape will be overwhelming.
Today cape coats can be seen in all sorts of modern variations.

CLASSIFICATION
Smart Casual to Dressy.

SHEERLING

DESCRIPTION
A classic Australian coat made from sheepskin.
The wool side is worn on the inside and the seams often protrude wool.
This coat requires a great deal of care as their textured surface means they attract the dirt. Treating the surface with a rain repellent can help resist dirt.

CLASSIFICATION
Smart to Relaxed Casual.

TOGGLE / DUFFLE

DESCRIPTION
A thick woollen half-length casual coat with a hood and toggle buttons.
Named after the Belgian town 'Duffel' where it was worn by the labourers. During World War II it was adopted by the British navy, and after the war became popular as 'surplus' wear.
Best worn with pants and considered a classic coat.

CLASSIFICATION
Relaxed Casual.

ANORAK

DESCRIPTION
A waisted quilted coat or jacket.
Often rain resistant.

CLASSIFICATION
Relaxed Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Wear only when the climate conditions make it essential.

LEATHER

DESCRIPTION
A long coat made of leather.

CLASSIFICATION
Relaxed Casual.

QUILTED

DESCRIPTION
An essential coat for very cold conditions. The padded sections allow for greater warmth retention. Necessity over rides any style consideration.

CLASSIFICATION
Essential

PARKER

DESCRIPTION
A waistless quilted coat or jacket. Often rain resistant.

CLASSIFICATION
Relaxed Casual.

Good only if... Matches

SWING

DESCRIPTION
Styles in this category include the A-line and the trapeze.
Swing coats have an A-line silhouette and flare out toward the hemline.
Best worn with straight skirts and tapered pants.

CLASSIFICATION
Smart Casual, Dressy.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Good only if in styles that fall into a subtle A line.
Wear with hosiery that blends in colour with the coat and medium-to medium-high, high heeled shoes.

TRENCH

DESCRIPTION
A classic coat.
Originally the idea of Thomas Burberry, this coat was designed specifically for British army officers during World War II. It was designed to cope with the rigours of the trenches; it was lighter and easier to move in than the rubber mackintosh. After the war it became integrated into civilian life, and even today retains the image of espionage and mystery.
A trench coat contains features such as buttoned down epaulets, rain yokes, a cloth belt (designed to be worn tied not bucked), buckled cuffs (to keep the wind out) and even a detachable inner wool lining.
Best worn with pants, skirts or dresses.

CLASSIFICATION
Business, Smart Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Good only if you select styles that are not too full or flared to achieve the most flattering silhouette.

Avoid

BARREL

DESCRIPTION
A style of coat inspired by Christian Dior's spindle line designs in 1957.
Most commonly seen with double-breasted buttons.
Best worn over slimline pants.
Highly fashionable, when it is 'in', it is suitable only for the young and slender.

CLASSIFICATION
Smart Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Horizontal Body Shape

BALMACAAN

DESCRIPTION
A loose full-bodied coat that has raglan sleeves.
Named after the estate of its origin near Inverness in Scotland.
Originally made of heavy wool, the balmacaan is now also seen in poplin, camel hair and gabardine.
Short, elderly or petite women best avoid heavy wool coats.

CLASSIFICATION
Business, Smart Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Horizontal Body Shape

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Coats - Pockets for Ellen Sims

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ANGLED FLAP

DESCRIPTION
A pocket with an angled flap that sits over the pocket opening.

CLASSIFICATION
Smart to Relaxed Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Avoid a contrasting edge at the top of the flap pocket.

INSEAM

DESCRIPTION
A pocket that is created between two seams.

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions.

WELT

DESCRIPTION
Pockets that have a small to medium-sized lip and are usually placed in either a horizontal or vertical position below the waist, and horizontal or diagonal above the waist.

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Choose diagonally placed welt pockets whenever possible.

Good

PATCH: UNEMBELLISHED

DESCRIPTION
A pocket (usually square) made of a separate piece of cloth sewn on to the outside of a garment.

CLASSIFICATION
Business, Smart to Relaxed Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Keep pockets sewn shut to stop you using them and adding unwanted bulk around your lower torso.

FLAP

DESCRIPTION
A pocket with a flap of fabric placed over the access to the pocket.

CLASSIFICATION
Business, Smart Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
The best flap pockets for you are diagonal and in same colour as the garment.

TAILORED FLAP

DESCRIPTION
A pocket flap that has a small welt edge sewn at the point where the pocket attaches to the jacket front.

This pocket can often be tucked in, whereby it will reveal a matching welt sewn at the top of the pocket mouth.

When the flap is inserted into the pocket the style changes to a jet/besom pocket, which will be more flattering over a large hipline or tummy.

Lift the pocket flap out before sending to the dry cleaners.
If pressed with the flap inside you may find the shape has been embossed onto the surface.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy, Business and Smart Casual

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Avoid a contrasting edge at the top of the flap pocket.

ANGLED WELT

DESCRIPTION
An angled pocket, not necessarily connected to the side seam and finished with a bound edge.

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions.

Avoid

PATCH: EMBELLISHED

DESCRIPTION
Large square pockets placed on the exterior of the garment in the region of the hips or thighs, usually seen on jackets, skirts and jeans.

CLASSIFICATION
Business, Smart and Relaxed Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Horizontal Body Shape

SAFARI

DESCRIPTION
Large square pockets that have either a centre front inverted pleat, side pleats or both.

CLASSIFICATION
Smart and Sporty Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Horizontal Body Shape

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Swimwear - Two Piece Tops for Ellen Sims

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HALTERNECK

DESCRIPTION
A swimsuit top that features straps that fasten behind the neck.

CLASSIFICATION
Relaxed and Active Casual

TANKINI

DESCRIPTION
A swimsuit top that combines the comfort and coverage of a tank top. Teamed with a traditional bikini bottom.

First introduced in the late 1990s.

CLASSIFICATION
Relaxed and Active Casual

BANDEAU

DESCRIPTION
A strapless bikini swimsuit top. Not recommended for active swimming in as it is prone to slipping off the chest.

CLASSIFICATION
Relaxed Casual

Avoid

TRIANGLE

DESCRIPTION
A swimsuit top that consists of a tiny triangle of fabric covering the breasts.

CLASSIFICATION
Relaxed Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Age

TUBE

DESCRIPTION
A tight strapless swimwear top made from stretch and shaped in to a tube shape.

CLASSIFICATION
Relaxed Casual

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Age

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Swimwear - One Piece Styles for Ellen Sims

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V NECK

DESCRIPTION
A 'V' neckline that sits wide across the shoulders and extends down into a medium to deep 'V'.

This neckline adds visual width to the shoulders.

CLASSIFICATION
Relaxed Casual

CROSSOVER / WRAP

DESCRIPTION
A swimsuit that wraps across the bust from the shoulder to the opposite side seam.

CLASSIFICATION
Relaxed and Active Casual

Good

KEYHOLE HALTER

DESCRIPTION
A halterneck neckline that has a hole cut out of the fabric to expose breast cleavage.

CLASSIFICATION
Relaxed Casual.

RUCHED

DESCRIPTION
A swimsuit neckline where the bust area is covered by gathered fabric. This gives can give the appearance of fuller, larger breasts.

CLASSIFICATION
Relaxed Casual.

DEEP 'V'

DESCRIPTION
A swimsuit top with a neckline cut into the shape of a deep 'V'. The V ends between the base of the breasts and navel.

CLASSIFICATION
Relaxed Casual.

CUTOUT

DESCRIPTION
A one-piece swimsuit that has areas cut out of the body of the suit to expose skin.

CLASSIFICATION
Active Casual

HALTER

DESCRIPTION
A swimsuit top that features straps that fasten behind the neck and allows for a deep back.

CLASSIFICATION
Relaxed Casual

SCOOP

DESCRIPTION
A swimsuit neckline that scoops down in the front with the lowest point being around the top of your breast cleavage.

CLASSIFICATION
Relaxed Casual

HIGH NECK

DESCRIPTION
A swimsuit top with a neckline that ends high towards the neck. Great for covering thoracic surgery scars.

CLASSIFICATION
Active Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Your best styles have inbuilt shape-wear.

Avoid

STRAPLESS

DESCRIPTION
A swimsuit neckline without straps.

CLASSIFICATION
Relaxed Casual

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Horizontal Body Shape

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Swimwear - Strap Width for Ellen Sims

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MEDIUM STRAPS

DESCRIPTION
Straps between 2 and 6 cms (½ and 2½ ").

CLASSIFICATION
Relaxed Casual

Good

WIDE STRAPS

DESCRIPTION
Straps that are wider than 5cms (2 inches) CLASSIFICATION: Dressy, Smart and Relaxed Casual

Avoid

NARROW STRAPS

DESCRIPTION
Straps that are 1.95 cm (¾") or narrower.

CLASSIFICATION
Relaxed Casual

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Heavy arms

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Swimwear - Strap Position for Ellen Sims

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STANDARD WIDTH

DESCRIPTION
Straps that are set to sit midway on the shoulder between the neck and shoulder tip.

CLASSIFICATION
Relaxed Casual

WIDE SET

DESCRIPTION
Straps positioned between the halfway point and shoulder tip

CLASSIFICATION
Relaxed Casual, Active Wear

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Swimwear - Backs for Ellen Sims

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HIGH BACK

DESCRIPTION
A back that extends up to just under your shoulder blades. Can be straight or curved in shape.

CLASSIFICATION
Relaxed Casual

Good

LOW BACK

DESCRIPTION
A back that ends below your waistline.

CLASSIFICATION
Relaxed and Active Casual

SQUARE BACK

DESCRIPTION
A swimsuit back that ends in a straight line across the back.

CLASSIFICATION
Relaxed and Active Casual

CROSSOVER BACK

DESCRIPTION
A swimsuit that has straps that cross over in the back.

These are particularly useful for lap work as they secure the breasts more than most other backs and allow for greater movement.

CLASSIFICATION
Relaxed and Active Casual

RACER

DESCRIPTION
Another style that has straps that cross over in the back. Also called muscle back.

Specifically designed for lap work as they secure the breasts more than most other backs and allow for greater movement.

CLASSIFICATION
Relaxed and Active Casual

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Swimwear - Two Piece Bottoms for Ellen Sims

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SKIRT

DESCRIPTION
A swimsuit bottom that resembles a skirt.

CLASSIFICATION
Relaxed Casual

PERSONAL COMMENTS
If you are two sizes or larger below your waist one piece swimsuits are a better option for you than two piece styles.

HIPSTER

DESCRIPTION
Hipsters are pants that sit on or below the hips - approx 5 to 7.5 centimeters (2-3 inches) below the belly button.

CLASSIFICATION
Active Casual.

STRAIGHT FRONT

DESCRIPTION
A swimsuit bottom with a straight top edge.

CLASSIFICATION
Relaxed Casual

Good only if... Matches

FULL BRIEF

DESCRIPTION
A swimsuit pant that sits on the waist and has full bottom coverage and a low leg line.

CLASSIFICATION
Relaxed and Active Casual

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Good only if teamed with a tankini top.

Avoid

BOY SHORT

DESCRIPTION
A boy short is a swim suit bottom that resembles briefs worn by men. It has full to medium cut legs and lower riding waistline.

CLASSIFICATION
Relaxed Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Horizontal Body Shape

BIKINI

DESCRIPTION
Bikini Bottom

CLASSIFICATION
Relaxed Casual

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Age

TRIANGLE

DESCRIPTION
A bikini bottom that covers the public region with a tint triangle of fabric.

CLASSIFICATION
Active Casual

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Horizontal Body Shape, Weight, Age

'V' FRONT

DESCRIPTION
A swimsuit bottom with a front edge that dips into a 'V' shape, effectively elongating the torso.

CLASSIFICATION
Relaxed Casual

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Age

STRING BIKINI

DESCRIPTION
A bikini bottom that is secured to fit via side ties.

Prone to unfastening leaving female surfers red faced.

CLASSIFICATION
Active Casual

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Age

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Swimwear - Leg Styles for Ellen Sims

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MEDIUM LEG

DESCRIPTION
A swimsuit leg cut that sits at approximately low hip.

CLASSIFICATION
Relaxed Casual

HIGH LEG

DESCRIPTION
A swimsuit leg that sits approximately at the high hip.

CLASSIFICATION
Relaxed Casual

Good

FULL LEG

DESCRIPTION
The leg sits low in the crease between leg and torso.

CLASSIFICATION
Relaxed Casual

Avoid

BOY LEG

DESCRIPTION
A swimsuit leg cut that extends down to the upper thigh.

CLASSIFICATION
Relaxed and Active Casual

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Horizontal Body Shape

FRENCH LEG

DESCRIPTION
A swimsuit leg cut that sits high on the hip and requiring frequent bikini waxing to wear attractively.

CLASSIFICATION
Relaxed Casual

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Age

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Swimwear - Line And Design for Ellen Sims

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MEDIUM PRINT

DESCRIPTION
Prints that sit between palm and finger tip size, in the repeat.

CLASSIFICATION
All occasions.

SUBTLE PRINT

DESCRIPTION
A print where the colours are all of a similar value lessening the impact of the print (even if it is large).

SOLID COLOUR

DESCRIPTION
A single colour.

CLASSIFICATION
All occasions.

PATCH: EMBELLISHED

DESCRIPTION
A swimsuit that has a dark outer silhouette and light or bright inner panels. The dark outer panels give the illusion of a more slender silhouette.

CLASSIFICATION
Relaxed and Active Casual

Good

SMALL PRINT

DESCRIPTION
A pattern that is smaller than the centre of your palm in the repeat.

STANDARD WIDTH

DESCRIPTION
A swimsuit that has a light or bright in panel and a dark outer silhouette. The dark inner panels give the illusion of more height and a slimmer silhouette. CLASSIFICATION: Relaxed and Active Casual

CLASSIFICATION
Relaxed and Active casual

Avoid

SHINY

DESCRIPTION
A swimsuit with a shiny or sparkly surface.

This type of surface reflect a lot of light and will make the body appear larger than reality.

Shiny, tight surfaces show every tiny lump and bump.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Weight

STRIPED

DESCRIPTION
Striped swimsuits often look best on the hanger, an artificial mannequin or very thin model. On the average body, the stripes can stretch out of shape and become rounded, adding extra visual weight to a body. The over effect will depend on the direction of the stripe. Vertical stripes are more slimming than horizontal stripes.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Weight

LARGE PRINT

DESCRIPTION
Prints that are larger than your palm, in the repeat.

CLASSIFICATION
All occasions.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Heavy arms, Weight

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Accessories - Shawls and scarves for Ellen Sims

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SHAWL

DESCRIPTION
A piece of fabric, knitted or crocheted material worn around the shoulders.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy, Smart and Relaxed Casual

LONG NECK TIE

DESCRIPTION
An oblong scarf that is wrapped around the neck and allowed to fall vertically.

CLASSIFICATION
Smart Casual and Relaxed Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Look for fine fabric styles that will fall into a thin, narrow shape rather than full and wide.

VERTICAL SCARF

DESCRIPTION
A long oblong scarf that is draped around the neck and allowed to fall vertically.

CLASSIFICATION
Smart Casual and Relaxed Casual.

SHORT NECK TIE

DESCRIPTION
A short oblong scarf or fur that is wrapped around the neck and falls approximately to bust length.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy, Smart Casual and Relaxed Casual.

THROAT TIE

DESCRIPTION
A short, fine, oblong or square scarf tied around the neck.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy, Smart Casual and Relaxed Casual.

Good

HORIZONTAL WRAP

DESCRIPTION
A wide, short wrap of fabric or fur that encircles the shoulders and folds in front.

CLASSIFICATION: Dressy

PONCHO

DESCRIPTION
A simple garment, made from a rectangular piece of fabric, with a slit in the middle for the head. Adapted from the Chilean poncho.

CLASSIFICATION
Smart to Relaxed Casual.

SQUARE SCARF

DESCRIPTION
A scarf in the shape of a square.

CLASSIFICATION
All occasions.

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Accessories - Necklace length for Ellen Sims

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PRINCESS

DESCRIPTION
A necklace between 43.5 and 48.5cms (17 and 19 inches) in length.

The princess length necklace is best suited for crew and high necklines. It also complements low plunging necklines.

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions.

MATINEE

DESCRIPTION
A necklace between 51 and 61 cms (20 and 24 inches) in length.

Matinee necklace is the right choice for casual or business dressing.

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Avoid wearing any necklace that tends to bounce on your chest as you walk.

Avoid wearing pendants that falls into the cleft of your bust.

Good

CHOKER

DESCRIPTION
Traditionally a necklace that fits tightly around the neck like a collar. Today it can also mean a necklace that hugs the base of the neck.

Ranges between 30 and 41cms(12-16 inches) long.

The name choker necklace implies that if it were slightly tighter, it could choke the wearer.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy and Smart Casual.

OPERA

DESCRIPTION
A necklace between 71 and 86 cms (28 and 34 inches) in length.

The opera necklace is the queen of all the lengths. When worn as a single strand, it is refined and perfect for high or crew necklines. When doubled upon itself, it serves as a versatile two strand choker.

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions.

Avoid

ROPE / LARIAT

DESCRIPTION
A necklace over 114 cms (45 inches) in length.

Dripping with elegance and sensuously sexy, the pearl rope was a favourite of Coco Chanel.

If your rope necklace has clasps placed in strategic locations around the necklace will enable you to break it down into multi-strand necklace and bracelet combinations.

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Vertical Body Type

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Accessories - Scale: all things for Ellen Sims

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SMALL

DESCRIPTION
Small scale

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy

MEDIUM

DESCRIPTION
Medium scale.

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions.

LARGE

DESCRIPTION
Large scale

CLASSIFICATION
Relaxed and Smart casual

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Accessories - Hangbag Position for Ellen Sims

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BUST

DESCRIPTION
A hand bag held on the shoulder or up under the arm level with with your bustline.

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions

WAIST

DESCRIPTION
A bag held on the shoulder and hangs level with your waistline.

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions

HAND

DESCRIPTION
A bag held in the hand.

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions

Avoid

HIP

DESCRIPTION
A bag held on the shoulder that hangs level with your hip.

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Horizontal Body Shape

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Accessories - Miscellaneous for Ellen Sims

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BAGS

DESCRIPTION
Be wary of using bags with large magnetic fastening. These can play havoc with credit cards, or any sort of plastic smart card, making them unreadable.

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
You have no limitations to the size of your hand bags. However a medium bag will always be appropriate in every situation.

Medium bags are approximately 30.5cms (12in) long, by 8cms (3.25in) wide, by 25.5cm (10in) high.

HOSIERY

DESCRIPTION
When purchasing hosiery, look for brands that contain Lycra. Lycra has wonderful retention qualities and will not sag at the ankles or knees. Lycra is also less likely to snag and ladder. Spandex is another name for Lycra. Microfibre in the mix creates hosiery that is soft, silky and smooth.

To elongate the appearance of your leg match the tone of your hose to your shoes.

For the best look, hosiery should be lighter than your shoes.

When matching hose to brightly coloured shoes opt for a flesh colour. The perfect flesh colour for you is slightly darker than you skin. Flesh (nude) coloured hose should give you the appearance of being slightly tanned, not yellow, grey or orange.

Sheer hose is dressier than opaque and should be teamed with delicate shoes. Team opaque hose with boots and sporty clothes.

Textured, patterned or shiny hose works best on skinny or shapely legs with the exception of some fine vertical patterns that may elongate the leg.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy and Business.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Whenever possible blend or harmonise the colour of your hosiery to your hemline and shoes for the longest, leanest appearance.

SHOULDER PADS

DESCRIPTION
Shoulder pads when not in fashion can be perceived ridiculous items especially when compared to the 80's when oversized pads were worn. In fact, if you have narrow or sloped shoulders or a triangular horizontal body type they can be the perfect accessory to make your body appear more perfectly proportioned.

There are literally hundreds of different kinds of shoulder pads. They vary in type according to the garment they are to be used in and the body characteristic they are assisting.

If shoulder pads are recommended for you, be open minded and try the different styles on. if you try them you will see the positive difference they make to your silhouette.

Most importantly, the correct shoulder pad is one that corrects the balance of your body while being totally invisible to any onlookers.

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Wear a shoulder pad with just enough height to eliminate any drag cause by your bustline that may occur between your shoulder and your full bust.

BROOCHES

DESCRIPTION
Best worn on your shoulder to visually broaden your shoulderline.

CLASSIFICATION
Smart Casual, Dressy

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Best worn on your shoulder to visually broaden your shoulderline.

Do not wear at centre front unless you are wearing shoulder pads.

Good

BRACELETS

DESCRIPTION
Accessories made from any material and worn either separately or in multiples any where on the arm.

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Select small to medium bracelets in simple designs in order not to call attention to your hipline.

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Accessories - Belt Style for Ellen Sims

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CLASSIC

DESCRIPTION
A medium width belt with an understated or classic buckle that sits on the waist.

Business belts are smooth and polished while those more casual will be matte, rough or plaid.

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Your best belts are between 2.5 -5 cms (1-2") in width and whenever possible matched in colour to your top or blouse.

Do not clinch your belts too tight.

SASH

DESCRIPTION
A belt made from fabric.

Usually medium to wide in width.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy, Smart Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
In soft fabrics only.

Good

CONCAVE

DESCRIPTION
A belt that curves low in the front.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy, Smart Casual.

CONVEX

DESCRIPTION
A belt that curves upward in a semi circle at the top or top and bottom.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy, Smart Casual.

Avoid

HIPSTER

DESCRIPTION
A belt worn on the hips.

CLASSIFICATION
Smart to Relaxed Casual

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Horizontal Body Shape

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Accessories - Belt Width for Ellen Sims

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NARROW

DESCRIPTION
A belt less than 2.5 cms (1") in width.

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions.

Good

MEDIUM

DESCRIPTION
A belt 2.5 - 5 cms (1-2") in width.

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions.

Avoid

WIDE

DESCRIPTION
A belt wider than 5 cms (2") !

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Vertical Body Type, Horizontal Body Shape

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Accessories - Earrings for Ellen Sims

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BALL

DESCRIPTION
Earrings with a post back that features a ball or rounded stud at one side e.g., pearl.

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Wear in a size large enough to be noticed.

Studs are only good for keeping the hole in pierced ears open.

ROUND

DESCRIPTION
Flat round earrings that are on a hook or pin.

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Wear only if your ears sit flat against your head. Avoid if your ears protrude.

SHORT DROP

DESCRIPTION
Any small to medium sized earring that drops a short way below the earlobe.
Typically they have some kind of adornment such as a gemstone, charm or bead drops directly from the base of the earring.

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Wear drops no longer than approx 1.5 cms and ensure the drop has width at the base e.g. small pearl drops.

TRIANGLE

DESCRIPTION
An earring shaped like a triangular that sits on or just below the ear.

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions.

OVAL

DESCRIPTION
Earrings shaped like an oval that sit on or under the ear.

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions.

Good

RECTANGLE

DESCRIPTION
Earrings shaped like a rectangle that sit on or below the ear.

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions.

SQUARE

DESCRIPTION
Earrings shaped like a square that sit on or under the ear.

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions.

SHORT HOOP

DESCRIPTION
A hoop earring of medium thickness and size that hangs only a little way under the earlobe.

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions.

Good only if... Matches

CHANDELIER

DESCRIPTION
Earrings that are long and often ornate that dangle from an earring base.

Chandelier earrings come in many different styles, and may be very short and only extend slightly past the earlobe, or may be much longer and extend almost to the shoulder.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Good only if the earring is wide and no longer than 2cms.

LARGE HOOP

DESCRIPTION
A large thin, round hoop.

CLASSIFICATION
Smart Casual, Dressy.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Good only if you have long hair or your ears cause the hoop to splay outwards so that the inner hoop is visible.

LONG DROP

DESCRIPTION
Any earring that falls longer 1.5 cms under the earlobe.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Good only if you have long hair and it is worn down.

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Accessories - Hats for Ellen Sims

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CRUSHER

DESCRIPTION
A hat with a crown that can be crushed or concertinaed down.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy

CLOCHE

DESCRIPTION
A close-fitting, bell-shaped hat that was invented by milliner Caroline Reboux in 1908 and became especially popular during the 1920s.

Its name is derived from cloche, the French word for "bell".

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy

BUCKET

DESCRIPTION
A soft cotton hat with a downwards sloping brim.

Usually made from heavy-duty cotton fabrics such as denim, or canvas. Two metal eyelets are commonly placed on each side of the hat so that it is cool to wear on hot days.

Also known as a Dixie or Fishing hat.

CLASSIFICATION
Relaxed Casual.

COSSAK

DESCRIPTION
A warm brimless hat of fur or sheepskin first worn by Cossack soldiers.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy

PILL BOX

DESCRIPTION
A pillbox hat is a small woman's hat with a flat crown and straight, upright sides, and no brim.

Worn on the back of the head.

Made famous by Jacqueline Kennedy.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy

TAMMY

DESCRIPTION
A Scottish cap that is usually made of wool, has an external hatband which passes around the head's circumference and traditionally has a pom-pom in the centre.

Also called Tam and Tam O'Shanter

CLASSIFICATION
Smart and Relaxed Casual

DOWN TURNED

DESCRIPTION
A hat with a down turned brim.

Can make you look shorter.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy and Smart Casual

HIGH CROWN / WIDE BRIM

DESCRIPTION
A hat with a high crown and wide brim.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy and Smart Casual

LOW CROWN / WIDE BRIM

DESCRIPTION
A hat with a high crown and wide brim.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy

FASCINATOR

DESCRIPTION
A hair decoration on a band or clip with elaborate trimmings and decoration like a formal hat and it can incorporate a base to make it a miniature hat.

An alternative for wearing a hat for formal attire.

Not accepted as acceptable head wear for some horse race events.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy

LAMPSHADE

DESCRIPTION
A hat with a brim that resembles a lampshade.

May come in a variety of sizes and materials.

The down-turned brim can give the illusion of lesser height.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy, Smart and Relaxed Casual

COWBOY

DESCRIPTION
A general term given for a variety of wide-brimmed hats worn with a variety of crowns. The name style originates from hats that became popular among cowboys in the American West.

CLASSIFICATION
Relaxed Casual

FLOPPY

DESCRIPTION
A summertime hat with a soft, wide brim.

May come in a variety of materials.

When the brim is very large it's not always easy to wear..

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy, Smart and Relaxed Casual

TURNED UP BRIM

DESCRIPTION
A hat with a turned up brim which can give the illusion that the wearer is of greater height.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy, Smart and Relaxed Casual

Good

NEWSBOY

DESCRIPTION
The style, very similar to a beret. It has the same overall shape but with a stiff peak in front. Traditional styles have a round, full top that is paneled and a button on top,

This style was popular in Europe and the United States in the late 19th and early 20th centuries among both boys and adult men. As the name suggests, it is now associated with newspaper boys, and wealthy golfers.

CLASSIFICATION
Smart and Relaxed Casual

Good only if... Matches

BERET

DESCRIPTION
A round, soft, brimless cap that fits snugly and is often worn angled to one side

Popular during the first and second world wars and still a common military cap.

CLASSIFICATION
Smart and Relaxed Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Good only in styles that are bulky and add width to the face.

BEANIE

DESCRIPTION
A small, close-fitting cap.

CLASSIFICATION
Relaxed Casual

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Good only in full/bulky styles that add fullness to the face e.g., styles that have a turned back edge.

Avoid

HIGH CROWN / SMALL BRIM

DESCRIPTION
A hat with a high crown and narrow brim.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Face Shape

FEDORA

DESCRIPTION
A fedora is a soft felt hat that is creased lengthwise down the crown and pinched in the front on both sides. The brim goes all the way around, and often there will be a hat band as well.

Fedoras were first worn by women and later became a men's wear item.

The word fedora comes from the title of an 1882 play by Victorien Sardou.

CLASSIFICATION
Smart to Relaxed Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Face Shape

IVY CAP

DESCRIPTION
A flat cap with a small stiff brim in front.

Also called a Bunnet.

CLASSIFICATION
Smart and Relaxed Casual

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Face Shape

MILITARY

DESCRIPTION
A flat-topped military cap with a visor.

Worn by the US military.

CLASSIFICATION
Relaxed Casual

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Face Shape

BASEBALL

DESCRIPTION
A close-fitting thin cap with a deep peak

Originally worn by baseball players and now worn as a general leisure hat.

CLASSIFICATION
Relaxed Casual

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Face Shape

BAKER CAP

DESCRIPTION
Related to the Newsboy cap but less bulky.

A cap resembling a peaked helmet.

CLASSIFICATION
Smart to Relaxed casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Face Shape

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Accessories - Eyewear for Ellen Sims

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OVAL

DESCRIPTION
There is no comment for this style.

SQUARE ROUND

DESCRIPTION
There is no comment for this style.

BEVEL

DESCRIPTION
There is no comment for this style.

RIMLESS

DESCRIPTION
There is no comment for this style.

DECORATIVE UPPER

DESCRIPTION
There is no comment for this style.

DECORATIVE SIDE

DESCRIPTION
There is no comment for this style.

ARM AT MIDDLE

DESCRIPTION
There is no comment for this style.

ARM AT TOP

DESCRIPTION
There is no comment for this style.

LIGHT FRAME

DESCRIPTION
There is no comment for this style.

Good

NARROW RECTANGLE

DESCRIPTION
There is no comment for this style.

DEEP RECTANGLE

DESCRIPTION
There is no comment for this style.

SQUARE

DESCRIPTION
There is no comment for this style.

AVIATOR

DESCRIPTION
There is no comment for this style.

WING

DESCRIPTION
There is no comment for this style.

FOXY

DESCRIPTION
There is no comment for this style.

Good only if... Matches

CURVED TOP

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Good only if your eyebrows are curved, not straight.

FLAT TOP

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Good only if your eyebrows are straight not curved.

DARK / HEAVY FRAME

DESCRIPTION
Dark coloured or heavy looking frames.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Good only if you have black or dark brown hair.

Avoid

NARROW OVAL

DESCRIPTION
There is no comment for this style.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Face Shape

ROUND

DESCRIPTION
There is no comment for this style.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Face Shape

DECORATIVE LOWER

DESCRIPTION
There is no comment for this style.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Face Shape

ARM AT BASE

DESCRIPTION
There is no comment for this style.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Face Shape

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Accessories - Shoe: vamp for Ellen Sims

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LOW / OPEN

DESCRIPTION
The vamp is the part of a shoe or boot upper that covers the forepart of the foot. Also known as the 'mouth' of a shoe.

A low / opened vamp is where the vamp exposed most of the top of the foot.

The lower a vamp, the more leg and foot is seen and will result in a longer and/or slimmer looking leg, especially when wearing skirts and dresses.

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions.

Good

HIGH / CLOSED

DESCRIPTION
The vamp is the part of a shoe or boot upper that covers the forepart of the foot. Also known as the 'mouth' of a shoe.

A high / closed vamp is where the vamp covers most of the top of the foot.

The higher a vamp, the less leg and foot is seen and can result in a shorter and/or heavier looking leg.

CLASSIFICATION
Business, Smart Casual, Relaxed Casual, Dressy.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Best when worn with pants or long skirts and dresses.

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Accessories - Shoe: sole for Ellen Sims

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THIN SOLE

DESCRIPTION
The sole is the underside of a shoe or boot, often excluding the heel.

Thins soles makes the foot and shoe appear lighter and more formal.

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions.

MEDIUM SOLE

DESCRIPTION
The sole is the underside of a shoe or boot, often excluding the heel.

A medium width sole has little to no affect on the appearance or image of a shoe.

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions.

Good

THICK SOLE

DESCRIPTION
The sole is the underside of a shoe or boot, often excluding the heel.

Thick soles are either fashionable i.e. platforms, or made of rubber to afford the wearer a greater degree of comfort.

CLASSIFICATION
Business Casual, Smart Casual, Relaxed Casual depending on which sole is worn.

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Accessories - Shoe: heel height for Ellen Sims

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HIGH HEEL

DESCRIPTION
A heel approximately 10 cms / 4 inches.

High-heel shoes place a lot of weight on the ball of your foot so you should wear them for only a short time, or when the benefit of a long lean, shapely looking leg out weights the discomfort.

CLASSIFICATION
Business, Dressy.

MEDIUM HEEL

DESCRIPTION
A heel approximately 7.5 cms / 3 inches.

A good all purpose height.

CLASSIFICATION
Business, Smart Casual, Relaxed Casual, Dressy.

Good

LOW HEEL

DESCRIPTION
A heel approximately 5.5 cms / 2 inches.

CLASSIFICATION
Business, Smart Casual, Relaxed Casual.

FLAT HEEL

DESCRIPTION
A heel 3 cms / 1 inch and lower.

CLASSIFICATION
Relaxed Casual.

Avoid

ULTRA HIGH HEEL

DESCRIPTION
A heel higher than 13 cms / 5 inches or higher.

A heel height of this height causes the pad under the toes to burn after approx 45 min of wear. The pressure on this area of the foot is equal to 7 times your body weight.

CLASSIFICATION
Sexy, Dressy.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Bra cup size

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Accessories - Shoe: heel style for Ellen Sims

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STILETTO

DESCRIPTION
A narrow, long thin heel.

Named after the stiletto dagger.

Stilettos can vary in length from 2.5 cms / 1 inch to 25 cm / 10 inches, or more if a platform sole is used.

Often defined as having a diameter at the ground of less than 1 cm (slightly less than half an inch).

Stiletto-style heels 5 cm or shorter are called kitten heels.

While flattering to most legs stilettos have little purchase on the ground and causes ankle strain - notice how women's ankles wobble when walking in stilettos.

A heel suitable for wearing for short periods of time.

CLASSIFICATION
Sexy, Dressy

CLASSIC

DESCRIPTION
A tapered heel that is classic, stable and comfortable.

CLASSIFICATION
Business, Smart Casual.

KITTEN

DESCRIPTION
A kitten heel is a stiletto style heel that is 5 cm 2 inches or shorter.

CLASSIFICATION
Business, Smart Casual, Dressy.

CONE

DESCRIPTION
A high fashion heel that resembles an inverted cone and dates quickly.

CLASSIFICATION
High Fashion, Dressy.

WEDGE

DESCRIPTION
A heel that is an extension of the sole of the shoe.

Can be low to high heel height.

CLASSIFICATION
Smart Casual, Relaxed Casual.

Good

STACKED

DESCRIPTION
Usually brown or beige, stacked heels are designed to give the illusion of thin layers of wood that have been stacked up to create a flat, wedge or high heel.

A very comfortable and supportive style of heel.

The most flattering stacked heel is one where the heel has width when viewed from the back and narrow when viewed from the side.

A heel of approx 5cms often works best.

CLASSIFICATION
Business, Smart Casual.

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Accessories - Shoe: toe shape for Ellen Sims

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POINTED

DESCRIPTION
A toe shape at ends in a sharp point.

A shape that also returns regularly to the fashion scene.

The shape is strong; it slims and elongates the leg but can make big feet look much larger (longer).

CLASSIFICATION
Business, Dressy, Sexy when combined with a Stiletto heel.

ALMOND

DESCRIPTION
A toe shape that resembles the end of an almond.

A classic shape that is always flattering and appropriate.

CLASSIFICATION
Business, Smart Casual.

TAPERED

DESCRIPTION
A toe shape that narrows as it gets to the tip of the shoe. May end in a rounded or square edge.

A great toe shape; comfortable yet sharp looking. Great for professional wear.

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions.

SQUARE ROUND

DESCRIPTION
A toe shape that is neither square nor round but a combination of both shapes.

Its shape has a serious yet elegant appearance.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy, Business and Smart Casual.

Good

SQUARE

DESCRIPTION
A toe shape where the front of the upper is closed and has a squared appearance when viewed from the top

A shape that frequently returns into the fashion scene.

Its squareness affords the shoe and wearer a serious, less feminine appearance.

CLASSIFICATION
Smart and Relaxed Casual.

ROUND

DESCRIPTION
A toe shape that is round when viewed from the top.

This shapes shortens the leg, has the potential to look mature in appearance.

Is the most comfortable of all toe shapes..

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions.

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Accessories - Shoe styles for Ellen Sims

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HIGH STRAP

DESCRIPTION
A shoe with a strap that crosses the foot where the foot and ankle crease.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy Also good for Professional wear, however a close toe may also be required.

T BAR

DESCRIPTION
A shoe with a strap that extends up the front of the foot from the center of the vamp and joins with a strap that crosses the upper part of the instep, forming a T.

CLASSIFICATION
Smart Casual, Dressy.

PUMP / COURT

DESCRIPTION
The most classic of all shoe styles when accompanied by a 3-4 cm heel.

Complements most dress, skirt and trouser styles.

CLASSIFICATION
Business, Smart Casual, Dressy.

OPEN TOE

DESCRIPTION
A shoe which has a hole cut of the toe. When in a high heel shoe the toes may be pushed down through the peep toe causing discomfort after a short period of time standing.

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions.

LACE UP

DESCRIPTION
A style that is closed by laces running down the front and centre of the foot.

Inspired from men's shoes.

CLASSIFICATION
Business, Smart Casual.

SLING BACK

DESCRIPTION
A shoe with a strap that wraps around the back of the heel, exposing the heel.

Slingbacks look best when they have an open or pointed toe and a sexy heel e.g., kitten.

Avoid slingbacks if you have cracked or unattractive heels.

Since slingbacks draw attention the heel it's important to keep the heels of this shoe in perfect condition - it's the little things that show how good you are with life's finer details.

CLASSIFICATION
Smart Casual, Dressy.

SANDAL

DESCRIPTION
A light shoe with either an openwork upper or straps attaching the sole to the foot.

Sandals can be flat or high heels.

CLASSIFICATION
Relaxed Casual.

ESPADRILLE

DESCRIPTION
Traditionally a light canvas shoe with a plaited fiber sole.

Though always a wedge, today espadrille soles can be seen as part of a shoe or sandal and found in all heights.

CLASSIFICATION
Relaxed to Smart Casual.

LOAFER

DESCRIPTION
A shoe resembling a moccasin, with a low flat heel.

Dressy loafers have smooth edges were the upper meets the sole. Casual loafers are slightly gathered where the upper meets the sole.

Best worn with pants.

CLASSIFICATION
Smart Casual.

MOCCASIN

DESCRIPTION
A flat shoe inspired by shoes worn by Native Americans and often decorated with beads..

CLASSIFICATION
Smart Casual when the leather at the sides is not gathered,
Relaxed Casual when the leather is gathered.

BALLET

DESCRIPTION
A low slip-on shoe, inspired from a Ballerina's slipper.

Combines a very thin heel or the appearance of no heel at all with embellishments such as a ribbon-like binding around the low tops of the slipper and /or slight gathering at the top-front of the vamp and a tiny, decorative string tie.

Has little to no internal foot support.

CLASSIFICATION
Smart to Relaxed Casual.

FLAT / SLIP ON

DESCRIPTION
A flat to low heeled slip-on shoe.

CLASSIFICATION
Smart Casual, Relaxed Casual.

FLAT SANDAL

DESCRIPTION
Flat heeled, open shoes.

CLASSIFICATION
Relaxed to Smart Casual.

TOE POST / THONG

DESCRIPTION
An open-toed sandal that consists of a flat sole held loosely on the foot by a Y-shaped strap that passes between the first and second toes and around either side of the foot.

Also known as Flip-flops, zōri or jandals.

CLASSIFICATION
Smart to Relaxed Casual.

TOE RING

DESCRIPTION
A sandal where the big toe is held in place by a toe ring in the shoe.

CLASSIFICATION
Relaxed Casual.

SNEAKER

DESCRIPTION
A soft shoe with a rubber sole.

Also known as a Plimsoll.

CLASSIFICATION
Active and Relaxed Casual.

TRAINER

DESCRIPTION
An athletic shoe designed for sports or other forms of physical exercise but in recent years has come to be used for casual everyday activities.

Also known as kicks, trabs, daps, sandshoes, joggers, runners or gutties.

CLASSIFICATION
Active and Relaxed Casual.

Good

ANKLE STRAP

DESCRIPTION
A shoe with has a strap that circles the ankle.

The horizontal strap will draw attention to the ankle and make the ankle appear wider and the leg shorter.

The higher the heel and more pointed the toe the sexier the shoe's image will be.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy and Sexy

BAR / MARY JANE

DESCRIPTION
A closed, low-cut shoe with one or more straps that run horizontal across the instep.

CLASSIFICATION
Business and Smart Casual in a medium to high heel, Relaxed Casual in low to flat heels.

CROSS OVER

DESCRIPTION
A style with straps that cross over the front of the foot.

CLASSIFICATION
Smart Casual, Business Casual, Dressy.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Flesh colour styles will be great for you. If the shoe is dark try blending it with hosiery of a similar depth.

SLIDE

DESCRIPTION
A slip on shoe where only the front of the foot is covered. May have any height heel. Also known as a Mule.

The higher the heel the easier it will be to keep the shoe on while walking, especially when you are wearing hosiery. Non-slip inserts can also be purchased.

CLASSIFICATION
Smart Casual, Dressy.

GLADIATOR

DESCRIPTION
An open-toed sandal with multiple straps running across the foot in a style designed to resemble that of the footwear of ancient Roman gladiators.

CLASSIFICATION
Relaxed Casual.

Avoid

CLOG

DESCRIPTION
A slip-on, chunky shoe with a thick wooden sole, where only the front of the foot is covered.

Originally a shoe worn by the Dutch.

CLASSIFICATION
Relaxed Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Vertical Body Type

GYM BOOT

DESCRIPTION
A lightweight canvas shoe with a rubber sole and an upper that extends to the ankle.

Also known as basketball boots and ankle breakers.

CLASSIFICATION
Sporty Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Age

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Accessories - Boots for Ellen Sims

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KNEE BOOT

DESCRIPTION
A boot that ends just above or below the knee.

CLASSIFICATION
Business under pants, Smart Casual with skirts and pants, Relaxed Casual (with low heels).

Good

ANKLE BOOT

DESCRIPTION
A boot style that ends just above the ankle bone.

For your leg to look as long slender as possible the opening needs to hug your ankle..

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy, Smart Casual (worn with pants) or Relaxed Casual (with a low stacked heel).

VICTORIAN

DESCRIPTION
A lace or button-up boot with it's origins in Victorian fashion.

Adds 'old world' charm to an outfit.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy. lace-up in last program

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Best if worn under a long skirt, dress or pants, or with opaque hosiery that is in the same or similar value (degree of lightness/darkness) as the boot.

Good only if... Matches

CALF BOOT

DESCRIPTION
A boot that ends at mid calf.

Boots which are loose around the calf have the potential to look like gumboots.

The most flattering boots are tapered at the ankle and fit well through the calf to the top of the boot.

CLASSIFICATION
Business under pants, Smart Casual with skirts and dresses.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Good only if worn under long skirts or pants, or with opaque hosiery in a similar colour and/or depth/value to the boot.

Avoid flat heeled boots with skirts and dresses.

Avoid

OVER THE KNEE BOOT

DESCRIPTION
A boot that extends over the knee.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy, Sexy.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Horizontal Body Shape, Age

Page 84 In style guide

Lingerie - Bras for Ellen Sims

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FULL CUP (UNDERWIRE)

DESCRIPTION
Bras that have a special wire used for supporting the cups of a bra along the bottom curve of the breast and to frame from centre front to side seam. Some are made of stamped sheet metal, some of heavy gauge wire, some of plastic. Underwire bras provide better shape, lift and support and are especially good for the fuller figure. Most women love underwire bras and others find them very uncomfortable. The only way to determine if this is a style of bra that will work for you is to give one a try.

MINIMIZER

DESCRIPTION
These bras help to deemphasize the larger bust. A minimizer bra shapes the breasts outward to reduce projection, while maintaining support.

SPORTS

DESCRIPTION
- Sports bras that are used 3 - 4 times a week tend to wear out within 6 and 12 months. Hand washing will help extend the life of your bra. When your sport bra starts to loose it's fit, throw it out.

Good

PLUNGE

DESCRIPTION
Reveals more of the bust for a sexy look and to cater for low front tops.

BUSTIER / LONGLINE

DESCRIPTION
A bra with fitted sides that extend down to the waist or hips - providing more support than only a bra. Boning is often inserted to maximize support given by this seductive garment. A bustier is normally decorated with lace, ribbons and even beading. They have attached suspender belts (sometimes removable), and look best when worn with stockings and matching panties. A Bustier is used most commonly to accompany an evening or wedding gown.

STRAPLESS

DESCRIPTION
Sometimes called a bandeau or convertible bra. Strapless bras have no shoulder straps. Designed to be worn with strapless gowns this bra is the most difficult to fit and wear. It should be worn straight around the body and should not be cut too low in the front. A long line strapless bra is the best choice if dancing is on the agenda. To ensure you have the right fit, reach up while the bra is on. The bra should remain in place and not ride up in the back. If it does, you may need a smaller size, e.g. A 14B instead of a 16B. Clear straps are often available to attach to this bra for easy of mind and movement.

Avoid

BRALETTE

DESCRIPTION
An unlined, wireless, soft cup bra that offers little support. Primarily used as a teen bra or for those with small bust lines. Typically designed to be pulled over the head or clasped in the back.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Bra cup size

STRETCH

DESCRIPTION
These bras use elastic under the cups for support, as opposed to wire.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Bra cup size

BALCONNET

DESCRIPTION
Same comments as used for Demi but add - Has wide-set straps, leaving a little front coverage, the balconette is a good choice for young women with firm breasts. This bra gives the breasts an uplift and fullness.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Bra cup size

PUSH-UP

DESCRIPTION
These bras were first designed by the Gossard company, it uses a mixture of wires and padding to push the breasts up and inward to give better shape and the impression of greater size. It is a great alternative to breast implants.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Bra cup size

DEMI

DESCRIPTION
Bras that are half-cup to just cover the nipples, have wide-set cups and shallower underwires than full cup styles. They offer good support with maximum exposure. The design causes the breast to be pushed up toward the centre and lie slightly in from the side seams, allowing not only for more cleavage, but for less tissue near the underarm. Try a demi bra when wearing a plunging or revealing neckline.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Bra cup size

SEAMLESS

DESCRIPTION
A bra cup made of one piece (no internal seams) and may be in a soft fabric or moulded cup. This bra is most suitable under revealing and tight fitting tops especially when in a nude/fresh colour.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Bra cup size

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Lingerie - Panties Waist for Ellen Sims

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BELOW

DESCRIPTION
Panties that end just below the waist.

HIPSTER

DESCRIPTION
Hipsters are panties that sit on or below the hips - approx 5 to 7.5 centimetres (2-3 inches) below the belly button.

Good

HIGH

DESCRIPTION
Panties that end on the waist.

BIKINI

DESCRIPTION
Designed after the swim wear, the bikini is small and cute. Be careful to buy a size large enough not to show panty lines.

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Lingerie - Panties Leg for Ellen Sims

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BOY LEG

DESCRIPTION
A leg that sits below the buttocks and horizontally across the top of the legs.

FULL CUT

DESCRIPTION
A leg that sits slightly higher than a boy leg.

FRENCH CUT

DESCRIPTION
A leg that sits low on the hip as well as being cut-in at the front of the body.

BRAZILIAN

DESCRIPTION
A leg that sits high on the hip as well as being very cut-in at the front of the body.

Good

HIGH CUT

DESCRIPTION
Great for visually elongating the leg. Firm outer thighs are needed as the high side cut exposes where most women carry extra weight.

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Lingerie - Panties Style for Ellen Sims

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BRIEF

DESCRIPTION
Pants that come to the waist and go down to the top of the thigh. They are the best choice for women who battle with ugly underwear lines showing through their clothes.

Good

BIKINI

DESCRIPTION
Designed after the swim wear, the bikini is small and cute. Be careful to buy a size large enough not to show panty lines.

Avoid

BOY SHORT

DESCRIPTION
A boy short is a panty bottom that resembles a short. It has a full to medium cut leg holes and lower riding waistline. The design covers the bottom in a very flattering way, while being comfortable and sexy at the same time.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Horizontal Body Shape

TANGA

DESCRIPTION
These pants are triangles of fabric attached to a waistband. They may fully cover the bottom or a have G-string.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Age

THONG

DESCRIPTION
The smallest of all the underwear styles, it originated from costumes worn by strippers and is often called a G-string. Although it is invisible under clothes, it takes a firm bottom to wear it well. Be aware that under a soft, fluid skirt the G-string may allow the dress to fall between your buttocks.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Age

G-STRING

DESCRIPTION
The smallest of all lingerie panties. The back is little wider than string.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Age

Page 87 In style guide

Design & colour - Garment silhouette for Ellen Sims

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SEMI FITTED

DESCRIPTION
A dress, jacket, coat, shirt or top that is gently shaped to the body.
Easy to wear and always appropriate.

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions

Good

BOXY AND SOFT

DESCRIPTION
A dress, jacket, coat, shirt or top that falls straight and is made in soft fluid fabric.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy, Smart and Relaxed Casual.

VERY FITTED

DESCRIPTION
A dress, jacket, shirt or top that is very fitted and sits tightly to the body.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy, Sexy and Smart Casual

Avoid

BOXY AND STIFF

DESCRIPTION
A dress, jacket, coat, shirt or top that falls straight and stiff from the shoulder.

CLASSIFICATION
Business, Smart and Relaxed Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Horizontal Body Shape

Page 88 In style guide

Design & colour - Garment Surface: tops for Ellen Sims

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MATTE

DESCRIPTION
A surface that reflects no light.

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions.

SHEEN

DESCRIPTION
A surface that is slight reflective.
Slight sheen increases the dressiness of the garment without greatly increasing the apparent size of the area which it is worn over.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy and Smart Casual

Good

SHINE

DESCRIPTION
A surface that reflects a lot of light.
Dressy and enlarging to any area it is worn over.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy to Sexy

Page 88 In style guide

Design & colour - Garment Surface: bottoms for Ellen Sims

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MATTE

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions.

SHEEN

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy and Smart Casual

Avoid

SHINY

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy to Sexy

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Horizontal Body Shape

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Design & colour - Garment Surface: dresses for Ellen Sims

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MATTE

DESCRIPTION
A fabric surface that reflects no light e.g., cotton, linen, wool etc. Matt fabrics are the most slimming.

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions.

Good

SHEEN

DESCRIPTION
A fabric surface that reflects a light e.g., silk, jersey, Lycra etc..
Fabrics with sheen add a little perceived weight to the body and this increases as garments are more closely fitted to the body.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy and Smart Casual

Avoid

SHINY

DESCRIPTION
A fabric surface that reflects a lot of light e.g., satin, lame, sequins etc.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy to Sexy

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Bra cup size, Weight

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Design & colour - Garment Bulk: tops for Ellen Sims

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FINE

DESCRIPTION
Fabrics that are thin e.g. fine wool, cotton, chiffon etc.

CLASSIFICATION
All occasions.

MEDIUM

DESCRIPTION
Fabrics that are medium in thickness or bulk.

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions.

Good

THICK / BULKY

DESCRIPTION
Fabrics that are thick or bulky.

CLASSIFICATION
Smart and Relaxed Casual.

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Design & colour - Garment Bulk: bottoms for Ellen Sims

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FINE

DESCRIPTION
Fabrics that are thin e.g. fine wool, cotton, chiffon etc.

CLASSIFICATION
All occasions.

MEDIUM

DESCRIPTION
Fabrics that are medium in thickness.

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions.

Good

BULKY/THICK

DESCRIPTION
Fabrics that are thick.

CLASSIFICATION
Smart and Relaxed Casual.

Page 90 In style guide

Design & colour - Garment Bulk: dresses for Ellen Sims

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FINE / MINIMAL TEXTURE

DESCRIPTION
Fabrics that are thin e.g. fine wool, cotton, chiffon etc.

CLASSIFICATION
All occasions.

MEDIUM

DESCRIPTION
Fabrics that are medium in thickness.

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions.

Good

BULKY / THICK

DESCRIPTION
Fabrics that are thick.

CLASSIFICATION
Smart and Relaxed Casual.

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Design & colour - Colour Value: tops for Ellen Sims

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MEDIUM

DESCRIPTION
A colour depth/value between medium-light an medium-dark.
Medium colours neither advance or recede and make no perceived difference to the apparent size or bulk of an area. Medium colours also have a perceived medium weight.
Medium value colours are appropriate for many occasions however, the psychological effect of any hue and value needs to be evaluated before being worn for an occasion.
Investing in a personal colour analysis is invaluable as style and colour go hand-in-hand.
After all a great style in a bad colour is just as bad a purchase as a great colour in an unflattering style.

CLASSIFICATION
All occasions.

MED LIGHT

DESCRIPTION
A colour depth/value between light and medium.
Investing in a personal colour analysis is invaluable as style and colour go hand-in-hand.
After all a great style in a bad colour is just as bad a purchase as a great colour in an unflattering style.

CLASSIFICATION
All occasions.

LIGHT

DESCRIPTION
Light colours advance and make the area to which they have been applied appear larger.
Light colours require accessories that are/or appear to be lightweight i.e., delicate jewellry, a large clear crystal necklace, patent leather shoes etc.
Investing in a personal colour analysis is invaluable as style and colour go hand-in-hand.
After all a great style in a bad colour is just as bad a purchase as a great colour in an unflattering style.

CLASSIFICATION
All occasions.

Good

DARK

DESCRIPTION
A colour depth/value close to black.
Dark colours recede, and diminish the apparent size and/or bulk of the area to which they have been applied.
Dark colours appear to be heavier than light colours and as such often look best when worn as either a full garment e.g, a dress or coat, or worn below the waist e.g., pants, skirt or shorts.
Dark colours are perceived as formal and authoritative.
Always consider your personal colouring needs when selecting clothing colours.
Investing in a personal colour analysis is invaluable as style and colour go hand-in-hand.
After all a great style in a bad colour is just as bad a purchase as a great colour in an unflattering style.

CLASSIFICATION
All occasions.

MED DARK

DESCRIPTION
A depth/value between medium and dark.
Investing in a personal colour analysis is invaluable as style and colour go hand-in-hand.
After all a great style in a bad colour is just as bad a purchase as a great colour in an unflattering style.

CLASSIFICATION
All occasions.

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Design & colour - Colour Value: bottoms for Ellen Sims

Great

MED DARK

DESCRIPTION
A depth/value between medium and dark.
Investing in a personal colour analysis is invaluable as style and colour go hand-in-hand.
After all a great style in a bad colour is just as bad a purchase as a great colour in an unflattering style.

CLASSIFICATION
All occasions.

DARK

DESCRIPTION
A colour depth/value close to black.
Dark colours recede, and diminish the apparent size and/or bulk of the area to which they have been applied.
Dark colours appear to be heavier than light colours and as such often look best when worn as either a full garment e.g, a dress or coat, or worn below the waist e.g., pants, skirt or shorts.
Dark colours are perceived as formal and authoritative.
Always consider your personal colouring needs when selecting clothing colours.
Investing in a personal colour analysis is invaluable as style and colour go hand-in-hand.
After all a great style in a bad colour is just as bad a purchase as a great colour in an unflattering style.

CLASSIFICATION
All occasions.

Good

MED LIGHT

DESCRIPTION
A colour depth/value between light and medium.
Investing in a personal colour analysis is invaluable as style and colour go hand-in-hand.
After all a great style in a bad colour is just as bad a purchase as a great colour in an unflattering style.

CLASSIFICATION
All occasions.

MEDIUM

DESCRIPTION
A colour depth/value between medium-light an medium-dark.
Medium colours neither advance or recede and make no perceived difference to the apparent size or bulk of an area. Medium colours also have a perceived medium weight.
Medium value colours are appropriate for many occasions however, the psychological effect of any hue and value needs to be evaluated before being worn for an occasion.
Investing in a personal colour analysis is invaluable as style and colour go hand-in-hand.
After all a great style in a bad colour is just as bad a purchase as a great colour in an unflattering style.

CLASSIFICATION
All occasions.

Avoid

LIGHT

DESCRIPTION
Light colours advance and make the area to which they have been applied appear larger.
Light colours require accessories that are/or appear to be lightweight i.e., delicate jewellery, a large clear crystal necklace, patent leather shoes etc.
Investing in a personal colour analysis is invaluable as style and colour go hand-in-hand.
After all a great style in a bad colour is just as bad a purchase as a great colour in an unflattering style.

CLASSIFICATION
All occasions.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Horizontal Body Shape

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Design & colour - Colour Value: dresses for Ellen Sims

Great

MED LIGHT

DESCRIPTION
A colour depth/value between light and medium.
Investing in a personal colour analysis is invaluable as style and colour go hand-in-hand.
After all a great style in a bad colour is just as bad a purchase as a great colour in an unflattering style.

CLASSIFICATION
All occasions.

MEDIUM

DESCRIPTION
A colour depth/value between medium-light an medium-dark.
Medium colours neither advance or recede and make no perceived difference to the apparent size or bulk of an area. Medium colours also have a perceived medium weight.
Medium value colours are appropriate for many occasions however, the psychological effect of any hue and value needs to be evaluated before being worn for an occasion.
Investing in a personal colour analysis is invaluable as style and colour go hand-in-hand.
After all a great style in a bad colour is just as bad a purchase as a great colour in an unflattering style.

CLASSIFICATION
All occasions.

MED DARK

DESCRIPTION
A depth/value between medium and dark.
Investing in a personal colour analysis is invaluable as style and colour go hand-in-hand.
After all a great style in a bad colour is just as bad a purchase as a great colour in an unflattering style.

CLASSIFICATION
All occasions.

DARK

DESCRIPTION
A colour depth/value close to black.
Dark colours recede, and diminish the apparent size and/or bulk of the area to which they have been applied.
Dark colours appear to be heavier than light colours and as such often look best when worn as either a full garment e.g, a dress or coat, or worn below the waist e.g., pants, skirt or shorts.
Dark colours are perceived as formal and authoritative.
Always consider your personal colouring needs when selecting clothing colours.
Investing in a personal colour analysis is invaluable as style and colour go hand-in-hand.
After all a great style in a bad colour is just as bad a purchase as a great colour in an unflattering style.

CLASSIFICATION
All occasions.

Good

LIGHT

DESCRIPTION
Light colours advance and make the area to which they have been applied appear larger.
Light colours require accessories that are/or appear to be lightweight i.e., delicate jewelry, a large clear crystal necklace, patent leather shoes etc.
Investing in a personal colour analysis is invaluable as style and colour go hand-in-hand.
After all a great style in a bad colour is just as bad a purchase as a great colour in an unflattering style.

CLASSIFICATION
All occasions.

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Design & colour - Focal Points for Ellen Sims

Great

NECK TO BUST

DESCRIPTION
A focal point between the bust and shoulders.
Attracts attention high on the body and can make the wearer appear taller and/or slimmer.

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions.

BALANCED THROUGHOUT

DESCRIPTION
Multiple focal points throughout the garment with each attracting equal attention and leading the eye in both directions.
Neither makes a body appear taller or shorter.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy, Smart and Relaxed Casual.

Good

WAIST / TORSO

DESCRIPTION
A focal point between the bust line and crotch.
Attracts attention to the mid torso.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy, Smart and Relaxed Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Best if the focal point is small so as not to over crowd your short torso.

Avoid

THIGH TO HEMLINE

DESCRIPTION
A focal point between the crotch and hemline.
Attracts attention downward.
Can make the body appear shorter and/or heavier.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy, Smart and Relaxed Casual.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Vertical Body Type, Horizontal Body Shape

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Design & colour - Colour Flow for Ellen Sims

Great

SOLID ALL THROUGH

DESCRIPTION
The most slimming way to dress, especially if the colour is medium dark to dark. Add texture and accessories for interest. CLASSIFICATION: All occasions.

UP OUTSIDE

DESCRIPTION
Flowing one colour up the outside of the silhouette e.g. a dark skirt and dark jacket (left open) and teamed with a light top. CLASSIFICATION: All occasions.

UP INSIDE

DESCRIPTION
Flowing one colour up the inside of the silhouette e.g. a dark skirt and dark top teamed with a light sweater (left open). CLASSIFICATION: Dressy, Smart and Relaxed Casual.

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Design & colour - Pattern Scale for Ellen Sims

Great

MEDIUM

DESCRIPTION
A pattern that is between the size of your palm and your fingertips in the repeat.

CLASSIFICATION
Smart and Relaxed Casual depending on the fabric.

SMALL

DESCRIPTION
A pattern that is smaller than the centre of your palm in the repeat.

CLASSIFICATION
Dressy, Business and Smart Casual

Avoid

LARGE

PERSONAL COMMENTS
This style doesn't suit you due to your Vertical Body Type, Weight, Bone Structure

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Design & colour - Pattern Type for Ellen Sims

Great

SUBTLE

DESCRIPTION
A pattern of any size that has a low colour contrast between the colours i.e, little light and dark value.

CLASSIFICATION
Business to Smart Casual depending on the fabric.

COMPLEX

DESCRIPTION
Intricate or complex patterns that on first glance appear medium in size but, when the pattern repeat is measured it is large.
These patterns are excellent for plus sized women and are more slimming than most garments in a solid colour.
Their intricate/complex design confuses the eye and does not allow it to rest on any one spot.
Angular/abstract complex patterns are better than curved designs.

CLASSIFICATION
All Occasions, depending on the fabric.

Good

OBVIOUS REPEAT

DESCRIPTION
A pattern that has an obvious repeat in the pattern.
Usually seen on a solid or simple patterned background.
These prints can act as a gauge and exaggerator of size making large women look wider and small women looking smaller.
Best worn by tall slender women.

CLASSIFICATION
Relaxed Casual when large, Business and Smart Casual when medium to small.

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Design & colour - Pattern Placement for Ellen Sims

Great

ABOVE WAIST

DESCRIPTION
Patterns or prints worn above the waist draw attention upward making the overall body appear taller.
The apparent size of the upper body will depend on the size and contrast of the pattern and the fabric's surface.

CLASSIFICATION
Business, Smart Casual and Relaxed Casual depending on the fabric.

ABOVE AND BELOW WAIST

DESCRIPTION
Patterned garments worn both above and below waist such as a skirt and top or, a one piece garment such as a dress.
Ensure the pattern suits all your needs -see Pattern Size and Type.

CLASSIFICATION
Depends on the type of pattern e.g. vertical stripes are great for Business wear.

Good only if... Matches

BELOW WAIST

DESCRIPTION
Pattern below the waist draw attention downward making you appear a little shorter and possibly heavier.
The apparent size of the lower body will depend on the size and colour contrast in the pattern, the fabric's surface and the shape of the garment.

CLASSIFICATION
Business, Smart Casual and Relaxed Casual depending on the fabric.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
Good only if the pattern is subtle, in a scale that suits your needs*, and a colour from the pattern is used for the garment worn above the waist.
* See Pattern Type and Size section

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Face Shape - Hairstyles for Ellen Sims

Great

DARK INSIDE

DESCRIPTION
Your face shape is just one element in determining the hair styles that will suit you. The type of hair you have (thickness and texture) as well as your personality, lifestyle and the time you have to style your hair each morning will all need to be taken into consideration if the end result is to be successful. Be sure to discuss your lifestyle and time constraints with your stylist before making a decision.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
- Apply a small amount of blush to the centre of the chin and blend.