Monday, May 30, 2011

Elements of Good Design

“One should either be a work of art, or wear a work of art.” Oscar Wilde

You can count the elements of good design on one hand. Look for items that provide these five features and you’ll be a discerning shopper who has left the days of feeling like a desperate buyer in the dust!

  1. Frame your face. Choose tops with beautiful, open necklines that frame your expressive face.
  1. Shape your torso. Define your shoulders, select shaping cuts and sleek fabrics that enhance your curves.
  1. Elongate your silhouette. Use details like a linear row of buttons, vertical seaming as well as color, monochromatic and tonal palettes, to draw your longest line, head to toe.

  1. Fade, camouflage, areas you feel are less attractive. Use deep toned, matte fabrics and gently grazing cuts to fade.
  1. Focus, bring attention to areas which you love! Select rich, wonderful embellishments that reflect what’s fun and exciting for the season.

More often than not, selecting well-designed, flattering outfits is really about recognizing and renewing our most flattering “uniforms” with contemporary trends, colors, fabrics and embellishments that resonate with our sensuous side.


Ulla Popken Stylist & Blogger

Feel good in what you wear.

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