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Alia Al Monla

The best fabrics for your shape and how to wear.

Fri,Jul 01, 2016

We often consider colours and styles when choosing our clothes, but how often do we really think about the fabric?


As a personal stylist, one of the key things I am aware of is that fabric can make or break your outfit – not many of my clients are aware of this, so I am always pleased to offer my expert advice at a consultation or personal shopping trip.


The general rule is the straighter your body shape, the crisper the fabric should be. If you are curvy, the best fabrics for you are those which have some fluidity, lighter in weight and draping attributes. Another underlying rule is that smaller people suit less textured fabrics, whilst plus size and taller people will suit fabrics with more texture. Your scale, therefore, will determine the weight and texture of your clothes as well as your body shape.



If you are petite in scale
Select fabrics which have minimum texture, such as fine knits, lightweight tweeds, Chiffons, silk georgette, and taffetas are good too, although you have to think about your body line as well.

If you are grander in scale
You can wear more texture. Fringing and embellishment are for you this season. Beware of layering two lots of heavier texture at once as this will add the pounds.

Chiffon
Ciffon is very fine, are generally best for the small to average scale figures. A stylish dress or blouse in this fabric will add femininity.

Cotton
In 2016, as in other years, the cotton t-shirt is a perennial that’s great for layering in summer months. It’s always worth investing in quality cotton, in good quality pieces with added polyester to help them stand the test of everyday wear. Make sure it fits properly though;

Knits
Wool is a great staple fabric because it is so durable, doesn’t crease, and of course it keeps us warm in winter. The High Street is offering both chunky and fine cotton knits this season, so be sure to select the right volume for your body shape.

Lace
The variety of lacy looks this season will attract dramatics, classics and romantics style personalities, depending on how you wear it. With the right accessories you can create the vintage look. Lace requires very little accessories as it is decorative enough as it is.

Satin
If you’re a bit of a city chic or a romantic style personalities,  you’ll love the satin blouses in smart, neat styles. Throughout the months they will brighten up a simple outfit by reflecting more light and giving your face a little lift.

The look on the High Street shows that we can wear some of the most unlikely fabrics together, even in one garment, such as leather with satin or cotton with chiffon. However much you mix it, is up to you, but be sure you know the best fabrics for your shape and how to wear!

 


Alia Al Monla
 
Owner/ Manager Colour Me Beautiful Arabia  
* Alia provides training & image consultancy for personal, retailers & corporate clients in the Middle East
www.cmbarabia.com
alia@cmbarabia.com
Twitter: @AliaAlMonla
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