Have you ever had that experience where you absolutely LOVE the dress on the instagram model or mannequin, but when you actually try it on, it's down right awful? And hopefully your first response IS NOT what's wrong with me? I wish I were....
Remember these wise words spoken by my mentor of all things image, Judith Rasband....
There are NO figure flaws...ONLY fitting flaws.
If the clothes don’t fit, it’s not your fault it’s the clothes fault! They may simply be the wrong shape for your shape. There are 7 main figure variations that are different from the ideal, which rarely exists. The ideal figure has shoulders symmetrical over the hips, she’s about 5’5”, bust cup size B, and she can walk into a store and most styles are going to fit her well. Instead of using the shapes of fruit to describe the different figure types, we use geometry. There just isn’t enough fruit to describe all of the different figures. So we’re going to use geometric shapes, because you may be exactly like one of these shapes, or you may be a combination. (See video for my method on how to determine your shape.)
The easiest, or beginning strategy, is to simply repeat your shape with the same shape in your clothes. Here are just 4 of the 7 main figure variations (below). Notice how the dress on the left is shaped like a triangle, which is great for the triangular figure type as it fits narrower shoulders and camouflages a fuller hip. Inverted triangle is second from the left, accommodating broader shoulders and narrower hips. Rectangular figure types (right of center), those with shoulders symmetrical over the hips and very little waist indentation, will find the rectangular shaped dress to be a quick, easy fit. And hourglass shaped women, those with fuller hips and bust will appreciate the dress shaped like she is, with more waist indentation, (far right).
The second strategy, which works for virtually every figure type, is to bring attention toward the middle. Create a longer line that draws attention in and up and around your face. Do this with any type of contrast. It’s not just about covering up. It’s about controlling where people look at you. If you have larger hips, don’t put the contrast there (with lighter colors, wide stripes, etc). If you have a tummy bulge, don’t place a circular pattern on your tummy so that it becomes the target of focus. This could include adding a third layer piece, a vest, sweater or jacket to create a contrasting line in the center front, (left). Adding a necklace to bring the focus in, (left of center). A noticeable vertical row of buttons will also create a longer visual line, (right of center). Even a short necklace will bring the focus away from a broader body silhouette and up to the face, that's right, back to the "money maker", (far right).
There are more options, but the first step is to determine your specific figure variation. To learn your version of the ideal, and gain your fabulous fit, you'll love my hybrid virtual/in person session. Check out the details HERE.
“My teenager looks like an old man!” Says my client when talking about the trend of late…baggy jeans. It’s always in fashion to mix up the fashion. After a long run of skinny jeans, the trend was bound to change directions at some time. So here we have it folks, baggy and / or mom jeans. For those of you who only remember wearing skinny jeans, this new one is going to take some serious behavior modification and maybe even counseling. You can wear a different style of pants. I believe in you!
The problem with a new trend is that it often favors the ideal figure type. Once the trend becomes more mainstream, manufacturers modify the design to work for more than just the ideal figure. This baggy trend is no exception. Ideal figure or not, here are 8+ ways to wear baggy jeans and look slim, chic, and comfortable without looking like an old man…or sloppy looking teenager.
1. Look for jeans that are fitted above the hips and loose below, instead of those that are wide from the waist down - the second option tends to bag out around the zipper creating a tummy pooch....oof.
2. Add some stretch. A bit of stretch = a bit more comfy. When in doubt look at the label, even 1% of elastane will make the difference in more comfortable movement - especially when sitting.
3. Bring on the fitted top. When one piece is loose fitting, balance it with another that is more form fitting.
4. Give yourself the illusion of a waist! Here you have many options. If you are so inclined to show some skin and have a small waist, wearing a crop top or crop top with a jacket or shirt jack will draw the eye to your narrower waist, balancing a bulkier leg.
5. Another way to draw attention to the waist without showing your belly is to simply tuck in your shirt, with or without a belt. Adding a belt will also draw attention to the waist, with the added bonus of looking more pulled together. Be sure to blouse the top slightly above the waistband.
6. Tie it up! Knotting a shirt at the waist draws attention to the waist and camouflages a tummy bulge. It's also a great way to add shape to an oversized shirt and give you the illusion of a waist.
7. Try a top with should pads - broadening the look of the shoulders will often make the waist appear more narrow.
8. Give yourself a lift with heels/platforms/wedges - this elongates the visual line making you appear more tall and less wide.
All of the sources for images above can be found in my online catalog HERE. For a more customized approach to know the best fit for your figure, you'll love my Fabulous Fit session. You'll know your figure type and love the many options you'll have to create your illusion of the ideal - looking true to you gorgeous!
Are sunny skies calling your name? Are they expecting you in swimwear? Before you go through Rapunzel style mood swings about getting into a polka-dot bikini, take a deep breath, ponder your beautiful body that takes you to that sunny vacay and answer the four questions below. Find the resource catalog next, and order your peace of mind in the form of a swimsuit for sun filled memories of fabulous fun.
1. Large or small bust? Full-busted women need some extra support. Try under-wire tops or a suit designed for long torsos as you may need extra fabric. If you are smaller busted, try a halter neckline or a high boat neck style.
2. Long or short torso? One solid line of color (below left) visually elongates a shorter torso, while two pieces (below right) causes a longer torso to visually appear shorter.
3. Wider waist size? If you’re wider than you want to be in the waist, look for diagonal stripes, rouching, or color blocking with the dark panel on the outside. Design details like the grommets on the right draw the eye up and around the face while the extra fabric camouflages fullness in the waist.
4. Side thighs? There are options with this one as well. You can wear a longer swimsuit with a skirt or shorts but also bring the focus up with design contrast on the top half with darker, duller colors on the bottom.
Floating in water is calming, almost euphoric to some, it's definitely my happy place. What you put on your body should put you in the mood for the mental rest that's sure to come. When you learn how to dress for your shape, and confront those troubled areas head on, you'll be on your way to a vacation just by donning your swimsuit. Pick the right fit for you with my catalog below.
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Have you ever looked at something in your closet and wondered if it looks dated?
Does it make you appear less current and somehow communicate you are less witty and charismatic in the process? Now is a great time to declutter and streamline the wardrobe, so I thought I'd provide advice on common suggestions I give my clients when revamping their closet. After all, the key is to look like the most vibrant version of you, instead of a dusty - recently unboxed from grammy’s stuffy attic - version of you. (Unless you’re going to a Golden Girl's themed party.) When we really analyze the clothes that tend to outlast the trends and become vintage, they are often simple in style, line and shape. With this in mind, you will be smart to...
1. Look for a good fit in the shoulders and sleeves.
2. A small shoulder pad is great, but save the football sized shoulder pads for the 80's costume party.
3. Avoid oversized, 70s era gigolo sized collars. They may be spot-on for another themed costume costume party, but not your every-day current looking wardrobe. Make sure the collar is small to medium, in proportion to your body size.
4. Look for medium to small lapels on jackets instead of the oversized alternative.
5. The shabby chic ruffled edges on sweaters and jackets have transitioned to a more stream-lined edge.
6. Avoid clothes with dirty looking distressed areas on them, usually found on the thighs and back side.
Now that you have the list of "rules", know that rules were meant to be broken....it's not just what you wear but how it works for your body type, coloring and personal style. It's not just what you wear, but how you wear it. However, if you stick to the list, you will look like the most vibrant version of you, instead of someone stuck in time. (For this year anyway.)
Looking for a seasoned set of eyes to tell you what to should keep or toss? A wardrobe evaluation will help you look current and uniquely you instead of shabbily dated.
I’ve been pondering on John Lennon’s Happy Christmas song, “So this is Christmas and what have you done?” While thinking of you, my clients and friends, I wondered what I could give you that would be helpful to you this time of year. Because so many of you would rather go to the dentist than go shopping, I've decided to give you the gift of my shopping treasure map. Being in the stores as often as I am, I’ve learned which stores have the highest turn over, which have the cleanest and well lit dressing rooms, who loves to crank up the AC in the winter and oh yeah who has the best clothing options for specific pieces, body shapes and personal style types. After all, you are good at what you do, you don’t have to be great at everything…especially shopping. That’s why you have me. Your friendly neighborhood stylist. (You thought I was going to say Spiderman, didn’t you?)
"And so happy Christmas…." my gift to you is to help with your shopping, now and in the future. Feel free to share with those shopping for you who may need a little assistance. Disclaimer: The following resource list does not include product links or gimmicks but instead is a comprehensive list of my tried and true shopping places for your specific needs. (Both in person/in store or online.) Feel free to copy and paste to your notes on your phone to pull up when that moment of panic strikes because you can't find what you're looking for.
If after reading this, you still feel like the dentist is a better alternative to shopping, I’m going to give you another gift. 10% off shopping and any of my packages when you purchase before December 25th with the code HAPPYCHRISTMAS
1. Tops - H&M, Marshall’s
2. Pants - Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Dillards, Loft & Athleta (joggers)
Jeans - Madewell, Dillards (NYDJ brand & Levi’s)
3. Jackets/Blazers - Zara, H&M
4. Dresses - Nordstrom Rack
5. Suits - Ann Taylor, Zara, H&M (sometimes available)
6. Shoes - Nordstrom, Nordstrom Rack, 6pm
1. Shirts - Nordstrom for dressy & athleisure, H&M for relaxed button up and polos
2. Pants - LuLu Lemon (athleisure), Banana Republic (dress & athleisure), Macy’s, Travis Mathews
Jeans - Nordstrom, Nordstrom Rack, Banana Republic
3. Jackets - H&M
4. Suits - Macy’s, H&M
5. Shoes - Nordstrom, Nordstrom Rack, 6pm
The holidays are approaching, next up is Thanksgiving. It's my favorite holiday! And I'm not about to skip over it for any amount of blingy promotion for the December holiday they may throw my way. Why would you? It's all about gratitude, being together, and food. And who doesn't love to eat Thanksgiving style comfort food? Eating comfy doesn't mean you can't dress comfy and still look put together. Besides, Thanksgiving is one of those lovely holidays where you can focus on the abundance in your life, show respect for the occasion, and those around you. So let's dress up for it! It’s also a great way to show we care about others enough to look nice for them. So how do you balance comfort with style? Is it possible to dress comfy without looking like you're headed for the gym or back to bed? Yes, yes it is.
Check out the live video from Good Things Utah (above).
1. Start with comfortable pants that stretch. Joggers or jeans are great. You may even try a faux leather jogger with the look of lux that you could wear all day long.
2. Add a shirt with a collar. I love a basic white shirt, and prefer a stiffer fabric in the collar that will stand up under a turtleneck or cowl neck sweater to create a little face framing magic. Yes, I know, very preppy. The shirt also adds angularity to the look, balancing any curviture in the face or on the bottom half of the body.
3. Add a third layer. A cardigan, jacket, or cowl neck sweater are my go-tos. This adds a little warmth and also tends to be more slimming. The cardigan and jacket break up the horizontal waist line to create the illusion of a smaller waist and the right sweater camouflages any tummy bulge.
4. Add a detail near the face to draw attention to your loveliness with a scarf or necklace.
5. Heels are a great way to dress up the stretchy pants. Nicer sneakers or ankle boots will also do the trick.
It is possible to be comfy, eat comfy and also look hip while doing it. Need some help? I'm just a click away!
the fall boot guide
Need a new pair of those oh so comfy I could wear them all day long boots? Click below for this professional stylist's top picks of the season.
With all of the social sacrifices we've made in the last year, many of my clients are dying to get back to having fun with those they love. The GNO aka Girls Night Out is alive and well whether it's girls getting out, prepping for a wedding, or reconnecting with family members, here are few of their favorite ways to reconnect:
Know Your Shape & Reshape your Ideal Figure
Style is not a number or a size, whatever the weight, we'll create your version of the ideal figure type. It's time to know your shape and reshape your ideal figure. Your Fabulous Fit Party includes: (Excellent for a bridesmaid party.)
Your Brilliant Coloring
Understand which colors emphasize the brilliance in you! In this session, you will learn how to make your hair shine, your eyes sparkle, and so much more. Your Brilliant Coloring Party includes:
Let's get back to being social, loving each other and remembering how beautiful we are! It's time my ladies. Text/call 385.229.6297 or message Dani@StyleByDani.com or click here to connect and schedule your next best lifelong learning adventure with the girls.
Every closet I've seen has included something in denim blue, with no exceptions. And for good reason. Blue is a great color for everyone. It complements your and everyone else's skin. Denim is usually more rugged and only gets better with time, like a lovely European cheese. Denim also holds up to the wash. Hallelujah! And when it's combined with spandex, denim is more comfortable than ever. So why not wear denim-on-denim? Whether you're Canadian or not, (ever heard of the Canadian uniform?) we've all got denim, why not learn how to pair it together? Here's how...
1. Match the wash exactly
Pretty basic. You can do this one. See tip number 4 below for what other colors to pair it with. Why should you try? Because matching your top and bottom is one way of elongating your figure and may help you appear taller, slimmer and leaner. Taking a cue from the style icons below, who learned how to work the denim on denim long ago.
2. Match the darker or lighter value of blue with your corresponding piece
This one is slightly more advanced. You can do this one. Look for a wash that changes from darker to lighter. You normally see the difference around pockets, cuffs, and near the stitching. Choose the second color that matches the dark or light values there.
3. Work with similar tones - the amount of grey or lack of it should be the same
This is more advanced but you can still do it! Ever put a denim jacket with denim pants and suddenly one of them looks blueish purple and the other more grey? That's because one has more grey mixed with the blue dye than the other. When the two blues are equally dull (more greyed) or bright (less grey) the blues will be friends. Take it from Elvis, below, who knew how to ... you know ... play the blues.
4. Work with the buttons and stitching
This one is oh so simple! Bronze buttons and stitching? Wear with a deep caramel colored top and shoes. Gold stitching and/or buttons is glorious with gold or mustard. And red is always an Americana classic, especially when there is a red Levi's tag (like on Gigi Hadid's short jacket below.)
Pairing denim with denim is a classic style that has been around forever and ever and adapts beautifully to the trends. Feel free to tune into to your inner Steve McQueen, Marilyn, or Gigi Hadid when giving it a go for yourself.
Looking for more ways to style what you already own? You'll love a wardrobe evaluation!
Did you care about what you wore the first day of school? I may be a little odd, but I can remember what I wore the first day of school for many, many first days of school. That is how much I thought about my first day look, my first impression on the potentially coolest kids in school. How about you? The problem is that the coolest kids in school will quickly dismiss you if the following days don’t live up to the first day hype. As adults, are we and our teachers really that much different than the kids who want to put their best shoe forward and keep it there? The advantage we have is that we don’t outgrow our new clothes every year or two. (At least we hope not.) So we can afford to be strategic, to invest our money wisely in clothes that will be more versatile, that combine well together, and help us keep the attention of those we wish to influence. The clothes don’t need to be expensive, they just need to be smart. Curating a smart first day and beyond wardrobe is as simple as remembering your ABC’s. (Is there are pun there? I’m nor exactly sure but it seems to fit all the same.)
Be sure to catch the style segment video at the end.
A for All Season Fabrics
Fabrics that are light to medium weight, the ones you can wear at least three seasons or about nine months of the year will wear longer, and can easily be layered in cooler weather. Add a few light to heavier weight pieces for seasonal comfort, Some all season fabrics include: gingham, pique, denim, broadcloth, chambray, twill, pinwale corduroy, jersey/knit, cool wool, crepe, cashmere, charmeuse, challis, and suedecloth.
B for Basic / Classic Styles
Clothes with design lines and shapes that are simple or plain, not extreme, and look good on most people are more versatile as you can combine them easily to create many different outfit combinations. Add a trendy or decorated piece to show a little personality. Basic styles include what is shown below in addition to many other styles that are simple such as a camp shirt, straight skirt, sheath dress, pleat-front pants, turtlenecks and more.
C for Colors that are Neutral
Colors that are dulled or muted tones of every hue, as well as black, white, and gray look good on most people, especially if those colors include your personal coloring, your hair, eye, skin, and blush colors. Then add some bright or contrasting accent colors for interest. Some wardrobe neutral colors are black, ivory, hunter green, camel, plum, and those shown below.
Whether you’re a teacher or a different type of influencer, looking amazing on a teacher’s salary is simple when you apply the ABCs of smart dressing. Check out the video from Dani's Good Things Utah segment below.
Who wants to lug around a heavy bag while on vacation? Or pay extra for baggage. Packing efficiently is all about great planning. Using the cluster system will ensure enough pieces for dressy or casual occasions, warm days, cool nights and a dozen different outfit options all in one itty bitty carry-on bag. That's right. Dust off that small bag...you know, the one that fits in the overhead. This system will give you more looks, with more style, and less weight so you won’t have to wait and wait for your bag after you get to your destination. Which means you can start exploring and snapping pictures that much sooner!
7 Pieces for 7 Days - the system
1. Find a source of inspiration–a pattern of colors in a print, stripe or plaid–to inspire the color scheme of your cluster.
2. Plan for 6 easy pieces of clothing, at least 3-4 tops and 2-3 bottom pieces. It's often nice to have one of the tops be a third layer piece.
3. Select pieces that are basic/classics–simple in style lines and shape.
4. Select pieces that go together–will work with at least three, four or more other pieces. Every piece in this group can be worn together.
5. Select pieces that are distinctly different from one another (no two pieces alike) for maximum versatility.
6. Select accessories to go with the clothes, beginning with essential basic accessories first. Comfortable shoes are a must on vacation.
7. Finally, throw in a swimsuit, pjs, underwear, essential grooming items, a couple of books, sunscreen and you’re ready for piña coladas!
1. We start with the button-up blue, red and white shirt as the inspiration piece.
2. Then we added three more tops, with the denim jacket as our third layer piece. Also a dress which can double as a skirt. 2 pants are also added, the white and blue jeans. The blue jeans are a lighter weight, wide leg, denim and therefore cooler for warm weather. The colors of these pieces all coordinate with the original blue, red, and white inspiration piece.
3. Clothing shapes are classic and flatter this owner's figure.
4. They are also simple enough that they can all mix and match to be worn together. (See coordinated outfits below.)
5. The pieces are definitely distinct from one another. We have a dress, button up shirt, wrap style top, and henley style shirt that all create a different mood and message when worn. You will not look like you are wearing the same uniform every day!
6. Accessories include a hat for sun protection, gold and red earrings, blue/red necklace, scarf, brown belt, navy sneakers, and brown sandals. (See individual outfits for all of the accessories.) Jewelry and scarves don't take up much space and can completely change the look. Feel free to add more of these. Be choosy about your shoes. It's smart to have comfortable shoes that are in different styles. Nothing is worse than getting a blister the first day of vacation and having to wear a shoe that continues to rub that blister for the rest of the trip. Be sure the styles of shoes are different enough that they contact/rub your feet in different places. (I will often throw in a pair of flip flops in case the horizontal strap of the other shoe rubs on my foot.)
7. Add a red swimsuit and maybe cut-offs to go over them and you ready for a water day.
1. We start with the Hawaiian print blue, red and white shirt as the inspiration piece.
2. Then we added three more tops, with the light-weight utility jacket as our third layer piece. 2 pants and 1 pair of shorts are also added, the shorts and blue pants can be for warmer weather and the red denim will come in handy if the it gets cool. The blue tech pants are a lighter weight, no iron, lovely fabric and therefore cooler for warm weather. The colors of these pieces all coordinate with the original blue, red, and white inspiration piece.
3. Clothing shapes are classic and work well with this owner's body build.
4. They are also simple enough that they can all mix and match to be worn together. (See coordinated outfits below.)
5. The pieces are definitely distinct from one another. Although they all have collars, which is a great way to frame the face, we have a polo, short sleeve button-up, long sleeve button-up, and light weight jacket. Roll up the sleeves on the long sleeve shirt if it gets warm. Wear the jacket on the flight when the air conditioning is turned up. Each piece creates a different mood and message - these combinations are far from boring. How can red pants be boring??
6. Accessories include a hat for sun protection, navy sneakers, and grey sandals. Be choosy about your shoes. It's smart to have comfortable shoes that are in different styles. Nothing is worse than getting a blister the first day of vacation and having to wear a shoe that continues to rub that blister for the rest of the trip. Be sure the styles of shoes are different enough to contact/rub your feet in different places.
7. Add a swimsuit (in blue, red or grey) and maybe t-shirt to go over it and you ready for a water day.
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