Friday, May 15, 2009

Plus Style

I finished reading Plus Style, The Plus-Size Guide to Looking Great by Suzan Nanfeldt. What a great book! I am all inspired. This book is very comprehensive and stresses fit, something that has been overlooked in the other books that I have read.

What I learned from this book:
1. People make a number of value judgments within 7 seconds of meeting a new person based on their appearance.
  • Economic Level
  • Trustworthiness
  • Level of Sophistication
  • Economic Heritage
  • Educational Heritage
  • Educational Level
  • Social Position
  • Level of Success
  • Social Heritage
  • Moral Character
2. Using prints in clothing needs to be carefully thought out.
  • A regular pattern that fills the available space will make one appear smaller than a widely spaced pattern.
  • Use pattern to balance proportions.
  • Match the "personality" of the print to the style of the garment.
  • The smaller, more subtle and muted the print, the more sophisticated and enduring it will be. (Think of the wild prints of the 1970's).
3. A skirt must be longer than it is wide to be properly proportioned, so a shorter skirt needs to be tapered at the hem.
4. Rules for a capsule wardrobe:
  • Use 4 or 5 colors maximum, 2 neutrals and 2 accent colors.
  • All colors should work together.
  • The patterns should coordinate.
  • The styles and scale should be compatible. Can the blouse be worn under the jacket.
  • Each piece should be appropriate for the same lifestyle function.
5. Catalog your clothes by clothing type, garment, season/fabric, color, what else it works with, and any accessories that will work with it.

1 comment:

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