With the Golden Globes being last night with all its luxuriousness and glamour, I decided to answer an often asked question… Whats up under that dress?! Not in a “wink wink” kind of way, but in a “what’s holding you together” kind of way. One of the things we love about award shows is the beautiful gowns and the shapely figures underneath them. But some are so “minimalistic” that the question begs to be answered, again WHAT’S UP UNDER THAT DRESS!” Well nine times out of ten no matter the size or frame, there’s something there and we are going to explore what that may be.
Need to show a little leg? No worries! A minimizing brief bodysuit will do the trick. I imagine @jlo is wearing something very similar under the beautiful yellow gown she wore to the Golden Globes.
Wearing something where a little thigh jiggle isn’t a problem and will go unnoticed like the look @zendaya is wearing? You can still can achieve an hourglass figure and enhance your feminine figure under a less form fitting gown with a waist cincher.
A bodysuit isn’t your only option for foundation wear. A thigh shaper is also an excellent alternative. For a dress like @uzoaduba is wearing no need to adjust your shaper all night, simply hook it to your bra with detachable straps and your problem solved.
Regardless of the style of dress there is foundation wear for it. A deep plunge bodysuit would be appropriate for this beautiful emerald dress @jaimiealexander is wearing.
Foundation wear creates a seamless silhouette for form fitting looks like the dresses @nicolerichie wore to the Golden Globes tonight. A backless spanx allows you to wear backless looks while simultaneously smoothing out the front. A thigh length suspender spanx allows you to wear the appropriate bra for your dress while controlling your midsection and thighs.
As women, what size clothing we wear dominates more of our time than it should, but do you know where it comes from? The origin may surprise you. Here are some interesting facts about standardized sizing that may have you laughing instead of crying the next time something does fit.
1. True sizing standards didn’t develop until the 1940’s
2. Originally sizes for young ladies and children were all based on age — so a size 16 would be for a 16-year-old
3. Women’s clothing sizes were originally based on their bust size
4. Sizing in the past assumed that the women in the house would know how to sew,and that they would adjust the dress accordingly.
5. In 1939 an article titled “No Boondoggling,”TIME explored the Department of Agriculture’s effort to standardize women’s clothes, an effort that had been inspired by the fact that U.S. manufacturers guessed it was costing them $10 million a year not to have set sizes.
6. Original sizing assumed all women had an hour glass figure.
7. Somewhere along the way standard sizing underwent a change. But not a perfect one. Although they changed the sizing they used the measurements of women who had served in the air force, some of the most fit people in the country.
8. “Sizes” were originally created by the government.
9. The average model size was a size 16’ in the 40’s to a 12 in the 60’s.
10. Sizing as we know it is called vanity sizing, manufacturers create sizing based on their own preferences.
We already gave a big you know what to sizing and all of its implied meanings, now are you convinced fit is what matters?
Admittedly, tailoring wasn’t an option for me when it came to altering my wardrobe for a very long time. Many times we decide not to tailor because we either don’t know a tailor, or chalk it up to being too expensive. One of the great things about tailoring is that it can make a $50 dress look like a $500 ensemble.Tailoring can be used to add to the look of an item and make it worth the price tag, which for the most part is quite affordable. Today we are going to discuss what options we have when it comes to tailoring, who’s a great candidate and where to find a great tailor.
Options to considering when deciding that your garment needs a little boost:
- Changing buttons
- Adding contrasting panels
- Extending the length
- Cutting the length
- Changing the silhouette
Who should consider tailoring?
- Thrifters: So you found a priceless gem at your local thrift store, but it needs a little work. To make it a staple in your wardrobe tailoring is the way to go. Spending $20 on a nice dress and adding $50 – $75 worth of tailoring could really make the difference. This especially beneficial when you find a rare, vintage or hard to find garment.
- If you are ultra slim, petite or tall: Being really tall or really short can be tough when it comes to purchasing clothing. In this case tailoring will be your best friend. You don’t have to drown in that blouse or invest in trousers socks because all of your slacks look like crop pants; tailoring will allow you to comfortably wear any garment.
- Plus Size: Dress doesn’t quite fit? No problem. Certain body categories can really benefit from tailoring. Apple, Pear, and Triangle shapes are great candidates for alterations. If you are creative you can create one of a kind looks for yourself with a little creativity.
How to find a tailor: Tailors are not that hard to find, but if you haven’t come across one in your community try these tips below.
- Local cleaners: If there is not a tailor on duty at your local cleaners someone there may be able to point you in the direction of one.
- Google: Try looking for a local tailor in your area.
- Men’s department store: Where there is a suit there is a tailor near buy
- Fashion or design school: If you have a local fashion or design school in your area, local students may jump at the chance to work with you and it could be good practice for them. Make sure you take a look at their skills before you hand over your garment you to don’t want your vintage dress to be destroyed because this was there first time altering a garment.
- Learn to tailor yourself: If you are tailoring more than just basic items it may be beneficial to grab a used sewing machine and take a crack at it yourself and save a few bucks.
Clothing is mass-produced, we’re not. It’s them not you. Don’t feel inadequate because off the rack or ready to wear clothing does not fit you ideally. Have you tailored an item before? If you have, how often to you do it? Let’s discuss the pros and cons of tailoring below we’d love to get your feedback.
I know what you’re thinking, what’s with all this body category jive that everyone is talking about? The body positivity movement and refocusing on body categories has been all over the internet and beyond; but what does it really mean? Much like the system for categorizing your hair texture for naturals, the body category system is here to educate and make our lives easier.
Here’s why it’s important to know what category you fit in, it makes what us girls love to do a whole lot easier! SHOPPING.
This is one of the few times feeding into the hype is in order. Here are three practical reasons you can appreciate knowing your body category:
1. It eliminates the time you spend in the dressing room: You alleviate the guess work and there is no need to try everything on. This literally saves time oh a girl’s life doesn’t it? You know what style is going to flatter your body most, and until your shape changes you roll with it.
2. It allows for optimum fit: We all know that we let sizing get the best of us some times, but as we have learned fit is what matters most important. When you understand the characteristics of certain body shapes you don’t get hung up on sizing. For example, with the triangle body category you have a larger bust and smaller lower half; you won’t care that you can’t fit a size 8 like you use to. You are ok with grabbing a halter dress in a larger size because you understand that although you are an 8 on the bottom you are more like a 10/12 on top and you need to allow room for that.
3. You automatically know what works for your body with no guess work. You are no longer trying to fit in to a sheath dress and loathing yourself after you hate the way it looks. Realizing you fit into the apple body category will make you opt for an empire waist dress instead of a body con dress and increase your style confidence by the minute.
As women we are all different shapes, figures, and sizes. Body categorizing is not eclusive to “plus size” women, we all fit into one. Nothing about us fits into the cookie cutout mold and body categorizing is no different. Find what category fits you best and shop accordingly. No need to go searching for each category, Take a look at our fit guide and learn where you fit in.