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The Beautiful Pear

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

Thank you for reading one more Style with Esther!

Today we will talk about some tips and guidelines that could help a lot the pear shaped women. But keep in mind that these guidelines are not the ultimate truth, nor should they limit your fashion creativity. The body type guidelines serve as an invisible friend, they can help you in those moments you feel fashionably lost or overwhelmed.

I must confess that if you need to buy a new garment or are rushing to dress up for a party, using these guidelines can be very handy. Yet, as I said above, they’re not written in stone. So, it’s OK if you want to be adventurous and try something that is actually listed for another body type. After all, most women are a combination of two body types, so why not have fun with it and try something new? If what you’re wearing makes you feel empowered and happy, you’re probably making the right choice—but a small dose of good sense also helps.

THE BEAUTIFUL PEAR

If your hip measurement is larger than your bustline, you’re probably a pear shaped woman.

Since the attention on your figure is concentrated in your hipline, it will be a step toward harmony to distribute that attention to your upper bodice. The basic idea is to dress up your upper bodice and go simple with the lower. Easy, right?

How to bring the attention up?

By the use of pockets on your shirt, details on lapels, collars (have you seen some wonderful fake collars lately that work as a necklace?), shoulder pads, embroideries, studs, yokes, draped tops, exquisite brooches, ruffles— the list of embellishments goes on and on. If you’re in a rush and have no time for all these details, just choose a top with a stronger color or one with beautiful prints. They’re the fastest ways to bring the attention upwards.

If you like jewelry, that’s another good reason to wear big pendants or necklaces made of beautiful stones.

Also, knit tops will help you define your waistline, especially if they have a V-shaped neckline, because it will elongate your neck and bring the attention up to your face and to your tiny waist. U-shaped necklines work just as well.

What about sleeves? Give preference to sleeves with details. It could just be a knit top with small pleats on the sleeves, created with the help of an elastic, ¾ length bell sleeves or sleeves with cuffs that will bring the attention upwards and balance your look.

When wearing jackets, give preference to tailored ones, since they will define your waistline. The jacket length should reach at least 1 inch below your hipbone. If a jacket ends exactly at your hipbone, it will make your hipline look larger than it really is. Wearing cropped jackets is also OK, since they end exactly at your waistline. Just keep in mind that cropped jackets are not the rule for all pear shaped women. They could look great for some but give too much of a boxy look to others. You just have to ask yourself how you feel about that cropped jacket when facing the mirror. Listen to your heart.

When wearing dresses, give preference to wraps or fake wraps that have an A-line, semi-flared, or flared skirt. Besides the comfort, they will enhance your waistline.

A-ha! We have finally arrived to the skirt identity crisis! Many beautiful Pears have asked me about the logic of wearing A-line and flared skirts.

The answer lies not only on the skirt shape but also in the fabric being used. A flared skirt made of a lightweight, soft fabric that falls naturally, such as knits, silks and many other types of light weight fabrics, will create a really beautiful look!

On the other hand, an A-line made of a tough denim or any other heavyweight fabric will need some time for reflection upon its usage. It will look good for some and not so great for others. Keeping that in mind, go for A-lines, flared and semi-flared skirts made of lightweight fabric with confidence, as they will dress you well and look great. Another great reason for you to wear these styles is that they will fit your waistline perfectly without interfering with your hip measurement.

Wearing Colors Can Really Change our Lives

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

I love wearing black! There, I said it! It’s practical, fast and it matches everything.

In fact, my wardrobe was once a paradise for the color black. It even got to the point that I didn’t notice it anymore since buying black garments and accessories became as natural an act as walking or drinking water.

I didn’t even have to think of what to wear, as I already knew it would be “a black look.”

The heavy influence of the color black was partly dictated by the big city I lived in. Large and busy urban environments are tough places and everyone is always on the go, so in wearing a black outfit we sort of blend into the urban landscape.

Then, one day, my mother brought to my attention what had become of my wardrobe and that was really the very first time I started to think about the power and characteristics of colors. I also noticed that many characteristics of the color black were infused in my life.

What exactly are those characteristics?

Actually, that deserves a whole blog posting of its own. The wonderful black color which Western society loves so much has a long and interesting history and so makes it one of the most powerful colors in the palette. If you’re more interested in knowing all about our favorite color, I encourage you to read the book, Black: The History of a Color, by Michel Pastoureau – Princeton University Press.”

Today, however, we will analyze the influences and messages we send out when surrounding ourselves with other colors.

So, how is any of this knowledge important? The answer is very simple: we choose colors based on emotions, whether consciously or unconsciously (most of the time though unconsciously).

And so, by raising the awareness of our color selections, we automatically come in touch with our inner feelings and thus it becomes easier to identify with what we’re emotionally linked to at that specific time.

Amazingly, by wearing colorful clothing, or even just visualizing a specific color, we can shift our emotions and even create new ones which can be very beneficial to our lives.

We have reviewed already the influences brought by the colors blue, yellow, green and pink. This week we will review the colors orange, red, burgundy and purple.

ORANGE

A mixture of red and yellow which is a combination of motivation and alertness.

The result? Orange is a great anti-depressant.

This marvelous color fills our eyes with enthusiasm, courage, joy and a desire to start the day on the right foot. This color also cuts through all the boredom.

Taking on the characteristics of focus and awareness from the color yellow, orange help us to find out where we are in life.

Do you need some extra motivation? Optimism? Energy?

Then start by using those orange garments hidden in your wardrobe, or go purchase some house décor in this lively color, or even simply add some orange foods to your diet. You’ll receive and distribute lots of encouragement.

RED

This color is very much linked to our entire existence and life energy.

Red expresses our very human nature. It is a color that transmits strength, power, determination and courage. And when I say courage, I mean it in the deepest sense of the word.

Red brings immediate interest, as it is a color related to the human heart, which is the root of our humanity. It’s a color related to life, motivation and audacity. It encourages us to fight for what we believe in as a ferocious lion.

By adding red elements to our environment we’re welcoming its amazing energy to our lives.

In fact, when you’re feeling distracted or tired, try wearing something red or just eat some red fruits. It will help in bringing your attention back down to earth and induce you to take action once again.

BURGUNDY

L’Chaim!

Burgundy is the color of dark wine which is typically associated with nobility, valuable items, luxury and riches.

Wine tasting is an experience not to be missed, and so, tasting the pleasures of life help us to focus on the present time.

How many of us have been so distracted at a moment of joy that we actually ended up missing part of it? It’s like living only half a life.

If You Knew your Body Type, You’d Be a Happy Dresser

Monday, May 13th, 2013

Having received more than 7400 views in less than two weeks for a single topic on the popular internet blog imamother.com (connecting frum women everywhere – tell them we sent you!), two very important facts came to light that should be explored and discussed within the Orthodox Jewish world:

1. Many of our wonderful ladies would like to receive more information about their body types and how to better balance their figure with the clothes they wear.

2. Many women never had the chance to discuss styling issues with anyone, and, as a result, they carry a negative image of themselves which affects their self-esteem.

Is looking good a superficial aspiration? Is being fashionable a stumbling block in our spiritual path?

You are Beautiful. Stop hiding who you are.

Beauty is a state of mind. In other words, the most impressive garment ever made would lose all its beauty if the person wearing it did so with a sad face.

The same can be said about uncomfortable clothes. Yet, what if being uncomfortable doesn’t really have anything to do with the garment itself? For example, a flared skirt is one of the most comfortable pieces of clothing, however… what if a woman doesn’t feel good about it and ends up feeling uncomfortable in her inner self… is it really because of the skirt?

In other words, she could be wearing the most beautiful flared skirt and yet it wouldn’t mean anything to her if she is not feeling good about herself.

At the same time, the most intriguing aspect of this situation is that she might have no idea why she is not feeling good, she just knows something is not right. The same experience can be felt with other garments, and a repetition of frustration over clothing choices may eventually lead this woman to wrongly believe that there might be something wrong with her, instead of the skirt.

Experienced and professional Fashion Styling is the art that could help.

I say it’s an art because a vast knowledge required in mixing colors, shapes, lengths and widths, thereby unleashing a garment’s power to touch the human spirit. Isn’t that what art is all about, bringing feelings to another level?

Fashion Styling, if done in the right way, has the power to reveal our hidden beauty, increase our confidence, and guide us on how to combine what we already have, helping us to feel good, empowered and happy with ourselves and with the world.

Does it sound superficial to you? Perhaps an exaggeration?

Let’s explore this from another angle: how many times have women all over the world chosen to stay home instead of enjoying a night out on the town because of lack of confidence in their wardrobe?

How much money has been spent in vain on clothes that get pushed to the back of our closets, never to be seen again?

How many times has a woman been invited to a simcha only to regret her choice of clothing once she sees the photographs?

How many women have simply given up trying to look good?

How many women have naturally changed their body types over the years only to become depressed about it because their clothes don’t fit their new body shapes any longer?

How many women have cried after realizing that what they were told to wear actually made them look so very different from what they had expected?

There are a lot of feelings regarding the styling business, coupled with many doubts and misunderstanding. Although it’s easy talking about the doubts, it is the misunderstanding which really compels me to write this article.

I once had a client who was so frustrated about dressing up that she decided to wear clothes bigger than her actual body size. In the beginning, she was happy about it, because larger clothes do feel comfortable. But over time this idea of wearing larger sizes started to affect her self-esteem and painfully distorted the image she had of herself.

On our very first meeting, I explained to her that she was a beautiful woman and had no need to wear larger garments which didn’t accurately reflect who she was. I further indicated that what she needed to do was simply wear different size clothing for the upper and lower halves of her body. Her response was an expected anger.

Basically, this young lady was so brainwashed regarding the false outer image which she had been imposing on herself, that she could not accept the notion of looking, in her words, “normal, like everybody else.” Her misunderstood external self had taken control of her inner self. As a result, she was depressed, angry, could not let go of old traumas, and simply refused to accept the new opportunity presented to her.

It took a lot of talking and some good laughs to bring back her good mood. Slowly, she learned about her body type and which fashion choices were in harmony with her figure. After a few weeks she confessed to me that, for the very first time in her life, she was actually accepting party invitations with a big smile and a desire to go.

Another woman explained to me that she was wearing the same clothes for the past 20 years. I asked her why, and she answered: “Because nothing else is good and I hate shopping.” I asked her if she was happy with this choice and she said, Yes. Before leaving, I asked her, “Don’t you miss going out and shopping for something new?”

She sighed heavily and said she would love to do it. “So why don’t you?” I asked.

“Because there’s nothing for me out there besides frustration. I’m good the way I am.”

HUSBANDS, FEAR NOT!

Before proceeding, I would like to reassure the husbands, fathers and boyfriends who are worried that I’m sending their lovely ladies to go wild in the mall and shop as never before: you can calm down, it’s not like that. What I’m saying is this: get to know how and what to shop. This will actually saves a lot of money and improve everyone’s mood.

Also, thinking on a larger scale, the garment industry would benefit from this new approach of customers shopping for their body type, since our lovely ladies who were until now frustrated about their shopping experiences would most likely patronize those stores.

A FRAGMENT OF HAPPINESS?

Happiness is a state of mind and I would define it as being in harmony with our inner and outer self. When talking about how clothes fit into the picture and help improve our self-esteem, I’m presenting just one, single fragment among many others in our journey towards happiness. Dressing well in itself does not bring happiness, like anything else in the physical world. However, knowledge brings power, and by feeling empowered, we overcome fear.

Yes… fashion and life insights have a lot in common. Why? Because the way we dress is an essential part of our lives.

Do you feel happy when you open your closet and select something to wear?

I’m talking about feeling empowered. Feeling confident. Feeling happy. Having a voice.

Do you?

Clothes talk. Oh, indeed, they do. And their voice is powerful. Do you think your clothes and your body are talking the same language? I would love to hear from you about that.

Getting practical.

Although there is much to say on the subject, we also need some (as my mother says) substance to the conversation.

Basically, there are 5 main body types, and most women are a mix of two of them. They are: the Apple, the Inverted Triangle, the Rectangular, the Pear and the Hourglass.

On our quest to shop wisely, we should always take into consideration which of these 5 body types relates best to ourselves. It will make the shopping experience easier, faster and way more economical.

Yes, economical. Because by knowing what we should wear we also get to know what we should not wear. Much like keeping kashrut: we know what we should have and so we don’t waste any time or money thinking on what we shouldn’t have. It’s as easy as that.

Thank you for reading and please let me know if this article interests you. If it does, we’ll start an interesting journey talking about the importance of feeling harmonious with our inside and outside worlds.

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