My taste in fabric is neither wild nor way out there. I tend toward solids, texture, and the occasional soft print that is typically on the timeless rather than the trendy end of the spectrum which means I usually love my stash except...
... when I've bought several colors of a fabric that turns out to be a poor choice, like this rayon blend knit. A few years ago, I bought it in two shades of turquoise, a purple, and a fuchsia. It's beautifully soft only it clings to every lump and bump in a most unflattering way and turns white where it rubs against something like the button on the waistband of your jeans. I'd forgotten until I started working on the purple version.
It's mostly done. Only the hems are left to stitch. After raising the bust point on the last five t-shirts, this one probably should have been lowered but I'm not worrying about it too much because it's destined to be another pajama shirt. It's soft and pretty and looks terrible on me. Besides the cling, it's not a great neckline except...
... for the binding. I discovered a new "trick". Do you see how the left needle is sitting into a curve in the edge of the foot? By moving the needle over while using the inner edge of the foot as a guide against the binding, the left needle stitches in the groove and the right needle stitches on the binding. SO EASY. And the binding looks great. It's just the wrong neckline shape for my face. Too wide. Too round.
In Staging Your Comeback, in the section on maximizing or minimizing a bust line, Christopher writes round adds pounds - an oval, a wide scoop, or a rounded jacket collar creates a fuller upper body. He gives similar round statements about the shape of other garments, hair cuts, and accessories. I'm enjoying re-reading this book. I'm even learning some new information that will be helpful.
Like most of these books, there's a quiz to find out which fashion personality you are. I'm perhaps too literal for this particular quiz because I found the descriptions categorized me better. And - not surprising - because it happens frequently - I'm a dramatic with a touch of classic. Christopher offers descriptions not only of the fashions that suit the different personalities but also of the hair styles and the make-up that suits them. Of the Dramatic and her hair, he writes...
You like a hairstyle that makes a statement. People often compliment you on your hair because you have taken the time to learn how to do it just right. You want a cut that is "a look," avoiding trends and opting for a signature style. You're one of the rare women who will spend the time necessary to make your hairstyle great. You take your hairstyle very seriously. It is your look and you want it to make a statement.
Yes. And after waiting three months to get in with the hairstylist I saw last week, I wasn't thrilled with the cut and after a week of playing with it and getting nowhere, I called and made an appointment with my regular stylist. The new one had cut my hair into my "typical" shape and that makes sense considering the criteria I gave her only there's not enough inner detail. It's not a look. It's a blob of hair on a head. And that's not me.
One thing that keeps coming up in the book is the tendency of most women to let things go as they age. I've been doing that. With my clothes, my make-up, my hair. Not intentionally. It just slipped up on me and made sense... sort of... like with my hair. I've been letting it grow long between appointments more out of economy than a desire for long hair and I need to quit and get back to going regularly because how my hair looks has a big impact on my mood.
For most of my life, my hair has been a darker shade of blond only it's gotten darker as I've gotten older and now it's more of a dark brunette with little grey. It seems a shame to color over that and yet it's started to feel like a dark blob stuck on my head - LOL - a dark, round, blob. Christopher notes if you want to keep your hair dark, you should balance it with make-up. The key is to create brow, eye, lip, and skin colors that balance the dark hair. OH. New learning. This is an area to update because I've been using the same colors and wearing less make-up instead of new colors and more. It's so easy to do when you're mostly home all the time. This picture impacted me because of my darkening hair.
The fear with aging is that we're going to end up looking like some kind of caricature of ourselves. Not attractive. I want to look attractive and approachable like the larger photo above and not clown-ish like the inset picture. It's the same woman with an updated hairstyle and make-up. This picture impacted me because I really like make-up but I've been wearing less and letting it go and because I like a very done look that can tend toward fake. This woman's make-up is done but looks more natural.
The make-over above is so incredibly flattering. This woman has an Alluring fashion personality and all through the book there are images of her in short skirts, tight tops, and fishnet stockings that would be unflattering even on a younger woman never mind on one over forty-five. Her new look is absolutely gorgeous from hair to make-up to clothing. It's alluring without flashing. This picture impacted me because I've always been attracted to "big" hair and I love how her new style shows the lift, texture, and vitality of fuller hair in a flattering way.
It's fun reading... and I'm learning... which is fabulous. Do you enjoy make-over books? Which is your favourite? Along with Staging Your Comeback, I've really enjoyed Looking Good by Palmer/Pletsch and Nothing to Wear by Jesse Garza and Joe Lupo. I'll probably reread them in the next few weeks since it feels like time for a makeover of my own although it's more updating and refining than making over completely and - apparently - a reminder to not let things slide but - overall - I am - mostly - on the right track. How about you?
Talk soon - Myrna
Grateful - literature and learning