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A feminine fit

If there’s anything I’ve learned as a style-conscious adult, it’s that the arbitrary sizing system we have in the United States is crap and that buying clothes based on actual measurements IS KEY.

For years I obsessed over “my number.” I spent a better part of my college years thinking that I would be a much happier person if I wore clothes in the single digit numbers. I tried to squeeze into skirts and jeans that were a size smaller because it was more important to me to wear a certain number rather than something that fits.

I’m refreshing my wardrobe at the moment with more pieces that actually fit me based on my measurements, which in return make me feel more confident and put together. I’m glad eShakti asked me to review another one of their items (they were the first brand I worked with years ago!) because their mission is to outfit women in tailored clothes.

I picked this flirty dress and had the option to alter the sleeves and skirt length, but kept it as is. I now prefer dresses and skirts that hit at the knee or just below as opposed to the unflattering short skater skirts I used to cling to.

I paired it with burgundy pumps and a houndstooth crossbody for a look perfect for work, church or a dinner date.

When customizing your garment on eShakti, you can pick a standard size or put in your measurements for a custom size, as well as your height and sleeve and neckline preferences. If you’re like me and don’t own a cloth measuring tape but have a stiff tape measure in your toolbox, then I recommend using a long ribbon or string to wrap around yourself and measuring that instead.

It felt good to receive a garment in the mail that fit me right out of the box. I just spent the past few weeks sending back wedding dress after wedding dress because I couldn’t get the zipper past my back fat. This dress effortlessly slipped on and is wonderfully soft and thick for Fall and Winter. Here are some other eShakti pieces I have my eye on:

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Thank you to eShakti for inspiring this post! You can check out their website here, as well as their Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest!

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Smokin’ and slender in your Homecoming dress

There may not be a more wonderful compliment for young women than to hear how “slender” or “slim” they look in their homecoming dress. Alright, it’s easy to appeal to a young girls’ insecurities, but looking slender and elegant is something that can be accomplished by proper shopping and a bit of time and energy.

We recommend avoiding bridal shops, because you are in high school and not about to become a teenage bride (well, at least the majority of you are not). For starters, you should shop in a store that is dedicated to high school aged formal girls’ wear – this means a focus on Homecoming and Prom, which are two of the biggest social events in high school. The first thing to do is find a reputable prom and homecoming dress shop, such as Peaches Boutique. If you’re unable to visit their impressive store in Chicago, Illinois, shopping online is the next best thing since you can shop 24/7 and take your time without your mother or companion breathing down your neck to “finish up” or lament how they are “ready to go.” See their dress collections at: https://www.peachesboutique.com/dresses/occasion/homecoming

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In 2010, New York Times Best-Selling writer Charla Krupp, wrote “How to Never Look Fat Again” and she has some great advice that will translate perfectly well into the quest for your Homecoming dress.

• Well Shod

If you have the stamina, strong feet and experience, wear “skinny heels with pointy toes” with your prom gown. Your legs will be instantly slenderized and sexy because the “slim toe and thin heel” work to lengthen the slim shape of calves. Your legs will look bulky if you choose square-toed shoes and chunky heels.

• Exposed (But In A Good Way)

A deep V-neck (a hot trend for Prom 2017, by the way) dress makes your body look longer and slimmer. It also brings the focus of your dress to the top and will make your proportions not only look proper, but thinner. V-necks can “visually balance broad hips and thighs,” notes InStyle Magazine.

• Undercover

“Spanx” has become part of the common vernacular now, but you don’t need to buy pieces of the popular, but pricey brand. Just consider good support garments, which are now more commonly called “Shapewear.” Shapewear pieces can feature extra-firm belly control, they can lift your bottom, smooth and lift your breasts and just make you look better from “the inside out.”

• Brown-Out

Faux tans are popular in Hollywood for a reason – if a starlet isn’t laying out in the sun (protected by sun screen that allows for some tanning), she’s having it air brushed on—why? Because it makes her look more slender. Or, she may opt for a do-it-yourself kit in which you rub the self-tanner into your skin like lotion and you instantly develop a tan. If you have any kind of skin blemish on your body, your exposed arms and legs will look smooth and even.

• Mono-a-Mono

Yes, that’s a play on “mano-y-mano,” and what we mean is monochromatic coloring. Choosing a single color to wear from top to bottom (and if for Homecoming you’re wearing a short dress, this trick applies too) will create a vertical line. You’ll instantly appear thinner and taller. If you draw attention with a contrasting color to your bodice or waist area, that’s where eyes will be drawn – and it cuts you in half (or thirds…).

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• Other “Lengthening” Tips

  1. Choose a shoe color to match your skin
  2. Wear jewelry that is long or vertical, rather than horizontal
  3. Wear your hair off of your face and high up on your head
  4. Pick a simple ensemble without a lot of distractions throughout the fabric
  5. Choose “slenderizing” fabrics – this means flat. Since formals are often velvet, brocade, damask, taffeta, tulle, satin, boucle, etc., use care in deciding.

Take note of all those tips and you’re sure to look stunning on homecoming night!