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Top Tips to Dress For Your Body Type

Top Tips to Dress For Your Body TypeYou tried the dress, which looked incredible in the store window, but when you wear it for yourself, it doesn’t look very good. Does this situation seem familiar to you? What could it be? Well, for starters, it in no way means there is anything wrong with your body. What if you are just not dressing according to your ideal body shape?

Here are some useful tips that can help you dress for your body type and still look your best.

An apple-shaped body

Your body shape will fall into this category if your upper body is on the heavier side than your lower body. Usually, people with this shape have broad shoulders and a more prominent bust line, which gives the impression that the person’s entire weight has gathered around the midriff.

How to dress right?

Pick clothes which draw attention away from your waist and mid-section. The V-neck empire tops and waist dresses, A-line dresses, and wrap dresses are the best for you. Pick tops that conceal your belly area. If it covers the hips, too, it is better. Jasmine, an associate with TFTH, says “I have an apple-shaped body and I avoid double-breasted jackets which make my upper body look heavier.”

Also, avoid clingy silhouettes and bulky tops. Instead, opt for layered tops, tunics, or ruched tops.

Further, if your top is heavy, you should avoid straight-leg pants and skinny jeans. Boot cut pants and flared pants with a back pocket are just the right pick for you.

Instead of going with a belt around the waist, you should instead wear it below the bust. It will help you minimize the waist and create curves.

A pear-shaped body

This is the body type where everything is in your lower body. So your thighs and butt seem bigger than the upper body. However, this body is quite a hit, all thanks to the gorgeous Kim Kardashian. If you have achieved this body naturally by working out, you are lucky!

How to dress right?

Strive to create a balance. For this, you can highlight your shoulders to balance your figure. Try wearing pashminas, scarves, and colourful necklaces. Go with embellished dresses and tops or the patterned ones. Make your shoulders look broader with puff sleeves, cap sleeves, or a bateau neckline. “I have a pear-shaped body type and I go for flared tailored pants or A-line skirts; they suit me best,” shares Jessica, who works with TopAssignmentExperts.

Avoid pencil skirts, short skirts, capri pants, and tight pants. Always go with solid and dark colours for your lower half. As for the top, you can go with lighter, brightly hued tops.

Top Tips to Dress For Your Body Type

A rectangular body shape

This is a more well-balanced body shape. It goes well from the shoulders to your hips. But, unfortunately, you may not have a definition for the silhouette. So, yes, it may be a bit straightforward, if that is how we can put it.

How to dress right?

If you lack natural curves, you can use the accessories and clothes to create them. You can wear a belt on the narrow part of the waist to accentuate it. Choose wrap and empire-waist dresses as they will look the best on you. Accentuate your bust line and shoulders with pleated or ruffled tops and pick accessories to add more volume to your upper body.

Do choose good quality underwear, which offers fine breast support and makes the waist more defined. Peplum tops, jackets, skirts, and dresses help you create an illusion of a nice hourglass shape.

An hourglass shape

Lastly, you will just know when you have an hourglass body type and trust us, so will everyone around you. It is the most balanced and proportionate body type. In this, you have a proportionate top and an equally proportional bottom.

Further, your waistline is quite defined. So, when you go shopping for dresses, you can pick ones that flaunt your lovely figure and bring it to the forefront.

How to dress right?

The idea is to highlight your curves. It is vital to pick clothes, which grab the attention towards your midriff. Avoid baggy clothes. “I am an hourglass body type, and I pick clothes that focus more on my waist because then my bust and hips are automatically highlighted,” shares Chloe, an educator with EduWorldUSA.

Next, you need to be careful with your choice of undergarments. If you have a proportioned bosom, be cautious with the kind of bra you opt for. In general, do not go with padded or unstructured ones. The latter usually makes the cleavage look unattractive. Opt for shirts which highlight your bust. Pencil skirts and V-neck tops and dresses will look great.

Whatever your body type, and regardless of what you wear, make sure you carry your clothes with confidence for maximum eye appeal.

Meet FashionUnited’s Country Manager Niklas Gilroy

FashionUnited country manager Niklas GilroyFashionUnited is a valued Couture Fashion Week partner. Get to know FashionUnited’s country manager for the UK, US and Canada, Niklas Gilroy.

So you are the Country Manager for the UK, US and Canada at FashionUnited, what does this role entail?
I’m in charge of supporting our partners with Marketing and HR solutions. Together with my team, I consult fashion companies on Employer Branding or Marketing strategies and connect them with job seekers. This can happen via job postings in our career center, specific social media campaigns, newsletter features or other offers from the FashionUnited service portfolio. There is no standard approach, as every partner is different, that is why we offer tailor-made solutions. Therefore it is crucial to develop a clear understanding of what makes our partners unique and special to find suitable candidates for their specific company culture.

You also have a popular Instagram account and blog, so you have definitely been interested in fashion for a while. How come you decided to get even more involved in the industry?
I started my blog and Instagram during my business studies because I wanted to become an active part of the fashion scene. Both outlets provide me with a platform to communicate thoughts, interests and style ideas. Moreover, they are a great way to keep up-to date with current fashion events and to socialize with like-minded individuals around the world.

After my studies, I worked in the Luxury Beauty sector and then decided to join FashionUnited because I wanted to be part of a young and international team. As an Account Manager, I get to work with brands in all different segments of the fashion market which enables me to get a 360 view of the industry. Moreover, it is quite a fascinating task to assist companies with embracing Digital Media and the ever-growing importance of Employer Branding because there is still so much unused potential.

What advice do you have for others who want to break into the industry?
Get involved and try to gain work experience in the fashion industry. Internships are a great opportunity to get a first-hand impression of what the business side of fashion looks like. Moreover, I think it is essential to attend events and to be active on social media in order to build up a network. Nowadays, it is so easy to keep up to date with the latest news and become an active member of the fashion scene that it really is up to everyone to embrace those opportunities. What makes fashion so interesting is that there are many different ways of entering the industry: Whether you study a fashion-related degree or you come from a regular business/media background – you just need to be active and keep an eye out for interesting positions on websites like FashionUnited.

What do you think of the US fashion scene and what do you foresee becoming a major trend in 2017?
In my opinion, US designers are really making big moves at the moment because they are on the pulse of time when it comes to Digital Media and the current business realities of the fashion market. I think that more commercial designs like the current athleisure trend will stick around and many American designers are at the forefront of producing more affordable lines. Many US brands have been re-thinking their show schedules and started involving Social Media influencers in their design process which proves that they are willing to take on a pioneer position. Nonetheless, I believe that the Couture segment will always play an incredibly important role in the fashion world because that is where aspirational dreams and true craftsmanship are celebrated. In the end, fashion is an incredible art form and Couture designs are at the core of what makes it so special.

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FashionUnited is a One-Stop-Shop Platform

FashionUnitedFashionUnited, the independent international B2B fashion platform, is always striving for more fun and efficiency in fashion. The recently revamped FashionUnited.com is a one-stop-shop platform where visitors can find the latest fashion news, a career center, an events calendar, various trade statistics, employer branding pages and more. Globally active, the website reaches more than 1.6 million industry professionals per month.

FashionUnited believes that sharing is caring. The FashionUnited Network is where fashion professionals can connect, discuss and share ideas. The Fashion Education Network gives future fashion professionals all the information they need while taking their first steps in the fashion world.
Besides fun and efficiency, the Fashion United team likes convenience. Therefore fashion professionals can browse their local website in their native language, without getting lost in translation. Did you know that the online B2B fashion platform is already active in more than 25 countries?

Recently, FashionUnited got a new website look that has been adapted to all FashionUnited pages. Get a taste of fashion, visit FashionUnited.com and enjoy the new look.

Fashion United is a valued partner of Couture Fashion Week.

Sophisticated Menswear Designs from Catou by Berny Martin at CFW

Catou by Berny Martin Fashion Show at Couture Fashion Week NYIndianapolis-based designer Berny Martin will present the latest menswear collection for his Catou label at Couture Fashion Week New York. The fashion show will be held at 8:00 pm on Friday February 13, 2015 in the Broadway Ballroom of the Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan, 1605 Broadway.

Berny Martin is the founder and designer of Catou, an internationally recognized line of men’s and women’s professional wear launched in 2002. Mr. Martin developed an interest in fashion and clothing at a young age, and created his first collection and held his first fashion show while in college. Catou is named after the designer’s grandmother, Elizabeth Catou Loiseau, who raised him and encouraged his creative and artistic talents.

Edgy and elegant, flirty and sophisticated, Catou designs make a statement. Drawing from designer’s travel experiences as well as his studies in college and at FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology in New York), Catou provides its customers with sophisticated and ageless fashion.

“I design with a creativity that extends beyond conventional fashion to offer an unique look,” says Berny Martin. “I create pieces with the customer in mind, paying attention to detail to guarantee well-made clothing that compliments its wearer.”

Catou has been featured on BET and MTV, as well as in such publications as Source Magazine, Indianapolis Monthly, Indianapolis Star, Indianapolis Woman, Indianapolis Business Journal, Bella Magazine, Miss Universe Magazine, Power Magazine (Atlanta), Fashion Manuscript, and Focus Magazine (Louisville). Mr. Martin was recognized by the United Nations Association of Young Professionals in 2009, as well as being named Menswear Fashion Designer in the Midwest by FGI (Fashion Group International). Catou designs have been shown at Paris Fashion Week, New York Emerge Fashion Week, Brooklyn Fashion Week, Chicago Fashion Week and the African Travel Association Fashion Show.

In 2006 Berny Martin founded Midwest Fashion Week when he saw a need for a Midwestern outlet to showcase a range of gifted local and international designers, as well as the talents of stylists, photographers and models. Time Magazine recently featured Midwest Fashion Week as the leading fashion week in the Midwest. MFW has developed to include smaller private events held throughout the year including fashion seminars, trunk shows featuring local designers and runway fashion shows. Mr. Martin and his team have raised over $500,000 during the events to support nonprofits through partnerships with organizations such as the Indianapolis Colts, Indy 500, Coca Cola, Vitamin Water, and Indiana University North Hospital, just to name a few.

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Award-Winning Designer Luis Machicao Returns to Couture Fashion Week

Luis Machicao fashion show at Couture Fashion Week NYIn his fifth appearance at Couture Fashion Week New York, award-winning designer Luis Machicao will show his latest collection on the runway at 6:00 pm on Friday February 13, 2015. The highly-anticipated fashion show will be held in the Broadway Ballroom of the Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan, 1605 Broadway, at the “Crossroads of the World”.

A native of Peru, now based in Charlotte, North Carolina, Luis Machicao has shown his collections at fashion shows around the world since 1991. He was commissioned by the President and First Lady of Peru to serve as a style ambassador in view of his stellar career and impeccable taste. He has dressed Latin American presidents, celebrities and socialites, including television and theater personalities, and he has designed for 16 motion pictures worldwide. His public persona and designs have been featured in some 240 magazines including Southern Living, South Park Magazine, Society Magazine and Vanidades, the Spanish language version of Vanity Fair.

After presenting his Spring 2014 Collection at New York’s Couture Fashion Week, Mr. Machicao won the coveted “Best Designer” award in Paris at Tiffany Fashion Week, making him the most high profile designer from Charlotte, and the only one showing in the world’s fashion capital.

Mr. Machicao recently launched his own fragrance line for men and women.

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Emerging Fashion Design Star Rashad Calhoun Brings Uplifting Collection to CFW

Rashad Calhoun fashion show at Couture Fashion Week NYEmerging design star Rashad Calhoun will present his latest collection for his Dahsar by Rashad label on the Couture Fashion Week New York runway during the prestigious event’s 21st season. The fashion show will be held at 8:00 pm on Friday February 13, 2015 in the Broadway Ballroom of the Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan, 1605 Broadway in the heart of the city.

A self-taught designer, Rashad Calhound is a native of Chester, Pennsylvania who started creating his distinctive fashions at age 13. He launched his Dahsar by Rashad label in 2007, catering to women of diverse ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds, including prominent socialites and reality stars. Among his clientele are reality stars Syleena Johnson and Lil’ Mo (TV One’s hit show R & B Divas), and Diamond Strawberry (Love and Hip Hop New York), as well as Rain Pryor (daughter of legendary comedian Richard Pryor), and Mike McCluney (Day 26, formerly of MTV’s Making the Band). Mr. Calhoun has been requested to style singer Brittany Holmes for the Grammy Awards in February 2015. His designs have been featured in such publications as Vibe, 10 and Amina.

In 2013 Mr. Calhoun gained national recognition in the fashion world for his trending designs when he was invited to be part of New York Fashion Week’s “The Black Collection”. He went on to show his designs during Paris Fashion Week in 2014, and he will again show in Paris in 2015.

Through his designs, Rashad Calhoun aims to inspire his contemporaries and future generations to be themselves, celebrate their uniqueness, and not conform to the masses. In February 2015 Mr. Calhoun is embarking on his “Blood on The Runway” tour starting during Couture Fashion Week in New York, and set to travel throughout various cities in the United States. “Blood on The Runway” means blood, sweat and tears, which is meant to inspire the younger generation to be fearless and express themselves as individuals.

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NIAPA Returns to Couture Fashion Week with Latest “MOI” Label Designs

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As an official brand for the Northeast India Academy of Performing Arts (NIAPA),MOI marked its debut launch at the ASIAN/ASEAN Fashion Week, Surabaya, Indonesia, with its Spring/Summer Collection, which was held from August 15-18, 2014. MOI will be presenting its latest and exclusive collection this season at Couture Fashion Week, New York. The fashion show, marking NIAPA’s second appearance  at CFW, will be held  at 4:00 pm on Saturday September 6, 2014 at the Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan.

The latest MOI collection, “Ara Kezievi – the beauties of my land,” is inspired by the idyllic modern-day versatile woman, a woman who is elegant yet intriguing, fun yet sophisticated. The fashion label offers couture collections that incorporate traditional elegance with contemporary styles. Read more…

Atelier Sorelle Iuliucci To Debut at Couture Fashion Week New York

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Italy-based designers Alessia and Simona Iuliucci will present the latest S/S 2015 collection for their Atelier Sorelle Iuliucci label at Couture Fashion Week New York. The fashion show will be held at 6:00 P.M. on Friday, September 5, 2014 in the Broadway Ballroom of the Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan, 1605 Broadway, in the heart of the Big Apple.

Atelier Sorelle Iuliucci was launched in 2012 from the passion and creative spirit of two sisters following their dream to transform the finest fabrics into a spirit of life through couture designs. Their stunning creations are always a tribute to femininity and elegance. Over the past two years, Atelier Sorelle Iulucci has shown on the runway in Milan, Bologna and Benevento. Read more…

Designer Patuna Bushyhead Returns to CFW with Sumptuous Collection

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Designer Patuna Bushyhead will return to Couture Fashion Week New York with a highly- anticipated presentation of her latest collection at 4:00 pm on Sunday September 7, 2014. The fashion show will be held at the Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan, 1605 Broadway, at the “Crossroads of the World.” The show will be opened by a performance from singer Nini DeRossi, a regular favorite at Couture Fashion Week.

Patuna creates a range of pret-a-porter and haute couture designs. Frequent use of beads, crystals, Swarovski and precious stones can be seen in her “signature” items. The designer is often inspired by the age of elegance, reflecting 1950’s tailoring and silhouettes. She believes in creating designs that complement and enhance the feminine form, and likes to use sumptuous, flowing fabrics combined with a sophisticated approach to draping. Read more…

Atlanta-Based Couturier Nina Gleyzer Blends ’50s Chic Simplicity with French Opulence for Spring 2015

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Award-winning veteran couturier Nina Gleyzer will make her fourth appearance at Couture Fashion Week New York with the presentation of her latest collection “Nostalgie: Le Fin Mot”. The collection will be accessorized with head pieces by Natalya Bythewood. The fashion show will be held at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday September 6, 2014 at the Crowne Plaza Times Square.

As this is Nina Gleyzer’s final runway appearance, she designed a couture farewell collection inspired by her two loves: France, and ’50s fashion. Capturing an era-gone-by, this collection reflects a time when women sat in front of perfume-filled vanities to paint their faces and powder their noses, before dressing up in beautifully tailored dresses for coffee with friends.  “That’s how I envision women: chic, elegant… simplistic,” says Nina. “Nostaligie: Le Fin Mot” pays homage to the ’50s woman with a nod to French grandeur through the use of rich fabrication and exquisite pattern making. Read more…