Monday, September 24, 2012

Are you an Emerald Shape Diamond?

Emerald shape diamonds are straight up and down, much in the way models are - mostly everything looks good! Emerald Diamonds are wide and full from the shoulders and arms through the hips, thighs, and legs, and have no significant indentation at the waist.

Plus size Emerald Diamonds want to avoid styles that emphasize the natural waist and should instead opt for styles with empire waists. Choose embellishments that create interest and depth. Keep tops long and choose dresses with what I like to call "hot spots."


I'm crazy about Ulla's Crocheted Lace-trim Tunic, 25425! It's an empire plus size tunic in a richly elegant print finished with a paisley border. Beautiful scalloped crocheted lace edges the surplice V-neckline. Ulla's Waterfall Sharkbite Knit Tunic, 24560 comes in gorgeous colors, Poppy, Emerald, Bayberry, Lagoon and Black. What a soft knit! The face-framing draped waterfall neckline softens the 'squareness' of the torso and lengthens the overall silhouette.

Twin Sets:
Ulla's Entwined Floral Burnout Duster Set, 25350, turns heads. Love the longer 34 inch length, the matching scoop-neck tank and the overall dramatically beautiful floral motif and color palette. Above, when I suggested interest and depth - the burnout sheer print technique makes this set a great example of added dimension and stature.

Continuing the theme of the waterfall neckline is Ulla's Waterfall Beaded Knit Dress, 25225. The 'hot spot' on this dress is embellished beading at the shoulders. Very pretty - very smart. Ulla's Intricately Beaded Empire Dress, 25228, is a graceful chiffon tank dress richly embellished with a deep band of beading that defines the empire waist.

The Emerald Diamond has no disproportionate areas. Choose Ulla's Stretch Button Zip Tab Pant, 14821, stretchy, soft, with a silky surface texture that allows tunics to drape and not grab. This plus size pant is available in Espresso and Black.

Please share your tips for Emerald Shape Diamonds!


Ulla Popken Blogger & Stylist

Feel good in what you wear.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Are you a marquise shape diamond?

The marquise shape diamond is thinner through the arms, shoulders, hips, and legs, but has a larger, fuller tummy and/or tush.


We are going to keep the attention up and on the face, shoulders, cleavage and neckline of an item. We're going to minimize attention at the waist and avoid a defined waist. Bottoms will be solid and in deep tones, flattering the tummy and tush.

Ulla's Wildly Wonderful Swirl Tunic, 25429, has beautiful stand-out accents that suggest Venetian glass in a graceful V-neckline and the tones deepen through the middle! Right where the marquise diamond wants it!

Ulla's Tonal Embroidered Tunic, 25427, has subtly shaded contrasting embroidery on the front yoke and half placket giving this soft plus size tunic a special richness in warm colors of Merlot and Autumn focusing the attention on the shoulders.

For playful, casual occasions, Ulla's Color Collage Knit Tunic, 25563, the rich palette and design scheme actually distract from puffiness through the tummy. The vibrant print takes over in a strategic way. For special occasions, Ulla's Chevron Sequin Front Tunic, 25439, is gorgeous with distinctive sequin chevron beading at the V-neckline, cuffs and right down through the center front, creating an elongating effect. Yes!

Ulla's Dimensional Jacquard Knit Jacket, 25560,  has an abstract animal design in a textured jacquard knit. Large black buttons draw a vertical line right through the middle, minimizing attention at the waist.

Ulla's Allover Beaded Vest, 25330, has an open front of semi-sheer georgette with beading and sequins which will layer beautifully over many plus size tops. This is a knock-out piece!

Ulla's Crepe Wide-leg Pants, 92820, have an adjustable drawstring waist, and slash pockets for a soft, graceful look. Easy to wear!
Ulla's Silver Moon Beaded Jacket Dress, 25226, is an elegant two-piece jacket dress that glitters with metallic silvertone embellishments and beading. The A-line empire waist tank dress has camisole straps and a sweetheart neckline which will emphasize some of the marquise diamond's best features.

Ulla's Sequin Banded Chiffon Dress, 15220, will also turn heads, it's a stunner and keeps the focus right where you want it, especially if you have legs you want to flaunt!

Please share your own tips for marquise shape diamonds!


Ulla Popken Stylist & Blogger

Feel good in what you wear.