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DATE: 20/02/11
Ellen Sims
 
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Height
Medium
Weight
Slightly Overweight
Age
16-30
Bra Cup Size
A
Neck Length
Medium
Bone Structure
Medium
Heavy Arms
FALSE
Aged Arms
FALSE
Sway Back
TRUE
Large Bottom
FALSE
Flat Bottom
FALSE
Thin Legs
FALSE
 
Neck Thickness
Average
Horizontal Body Shape
Triangle
VERTICAL BODY TYPE
Balanced Body
Shoulders Type
Average Tapered
Face Shape
Oblong
Very Thin Arms
FALSE
Thick Thighs
FALSE
Heavy Lower Legs
FALSE
Bowed Legs
FALSE
Saddle Bags
FALSE
Large Midriff
FALSE
Large Stomach
FALSE
Dowagers Hump
FALSE

Tops - Collars for Ellen - Page 10 in style guide

GREAT MATCH
Mandarin

Inspired by eastern cultures, this collar rises up the neck. Other styles in this category include the Mao and Neru collar.

Mock turtleneck

This neckline is halfway in length between a crew neck and a turtleneck.

Notched collar

A collar that appears to have a notch cut out of it and has no upper button, allowing the collar to lay flat and open against the upper chest. A universally flattering collar when in a medium width.

Convertible

Named for the ability to be worn open or closed. Most convertible collars have an extra piece of fabric between the collar and the shirt called a collar stand. A stand allows the collar to sit higher in order to accommodate a neck tie. Stands visibly decrease the length of a neck.

Your best styles have collars that point toward your shoulders as these will add width to your shoulders, and balance your hipline.

Yoked shoulder

Yokes are panels placed in the front and/or back or shirts and jackets. In most cases, there will be no seam at the top of the shoulder. The yoke may be shaped e.g., western style.

Shoulder point

Collars that point in a triangle out toward the shoulder line. The larger the triangle the more width it adds to the shoulder line.

Band

A collar made in the form of a band, commonly with a back closure.

Best if the band is set low on the garment as in the photo.

Tie

A collar that is closed at the neck by ties.

Ruffle front

A collar that has a ruffle that extends around the neck and down the front of the blouse.

Shawl

A rounded turned-down collar, without lapel notches.

Hoodie

A collar that consists of a hood that when not on the head falls in a 'V' or 'U' across the upper back.

GOOD
Turtleneck

A high, close fitting collar that rises up the neck more than 5 centimetres / 2 inches. Most commonly found on knitted sweaters.

Grandpa

An open front, country style shirt that has a round neck with a narrow to medium neckband.

Crewneck

This style is most commonly seen in sweaters and tops.

Standing

Shirt collars that are raised up to create a touch of visual drama. Short hair or an up do is required to wear this collar to full effect. Standing collars make shoulders appear squarer and the wearer appears taller.

Rolled shoulder

A soft feminine style of collar rolls over to leave a bare shoulderline.

Cowl

A cowl neckline has a piece of fabric that is attached to the neck edge that drapes in soft folds onto the chest. The weight and texture of fabric used will determine the ease of wear.

Peter Pan: Small

A flat collar with rounded ends that meet at the front. Named after the fairytale character Peter Pan, this collar first became popular in the 1920s. It is a collar most appreciated by women who love all things feminine. Tends to make faces appear rounder making them not suitable for photographs. A collar stereotyped with the elderly and the very young.

Wide collar

A large collar that extends around the neck and from each shoulder. An excellent style for visually broadening the shoulders. Ensure the collar size suits your 'scale' requirements - see 'Scale' in Accessories section.

Collared halter

A halterneck that has a collar in the form of a band that circles the neck.

Bust point

Triangular collars have their widest side over or above the bustline, enlarging and highlighting the area.

Best when the collar is a medium size and in non-contrasting colour.

Tops - Lapels for Ellen - Page 14 in style guide

GREAT MATCH
Peaked lapel

A lapel that has either the top or bottom lapel larger and pointing up and outward toward the shoulders. This strong diagonal design has masculine overtones, visually broadening the shoulders, increasing apparent height and adding to the authority of the wearer.

Notched lapel

A lapel that consists of two pieces which when joined appears to have a notch cut out of it. A universally flattering lapel when in a medium width.

Rolled lapel

A feminine style of that is soft and rolls over onto the jacket front. Team only with a collarless top or a collar that climbs the neck.

Avoid long thin rolled collars unless you wear a top underneath or have long hair worn down.

Avoid extra wide styles.

GOOD
Clover Leaf lapel

Named after its resemblance to a cloverleaf. Any rounded design feature will render the garment and wearer more feminine in appearance.

Tops - Necklines for Ellen - Page 12 in style guide

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Sweetheart

A feminine neckline seen most commonly in dresses, tops and swimwear. When full and rounded it can visually enlarge the bust line.

Do not select low cut styles.

Square

A strong neckline that is in the shape of a square. The wider the square the larger the bust line and the broader the shoulders will appear.

Gathered

A neckline that consists of multiple gathers that extend outward from the neck edge. These gathers visibly enlarge the bust line.

Medium jewel

This round neckline starts just below the notch in your neck it is commonly found on female T-shirts. When you want to look your slimmest opt for a 'V' or split neckline.

Split

A round neckline broken in the front by a split opening.

Keyhole

A neckline with a tear drop or keyhole opening in the front.

Classic 'v'

A neckline that is no deeper than 13 cms under the notch of the neck, these necklines and collars suit almost everyone. The classic 'V' is never out of style.

Wrap / crossover

Any top that closes by folding one side over the other across the bust line. This style needs to be well fitted to prevent gaping.

Deep oval scoop

A deeply scooped neckline.

Select styles that are not too deeply cut (no deeper than illustrated).

Wide scoop

A neckline that is curved in shape from shoulder to shoulder, resulting in a line that increases visible bust size and makes the shoulders appear broader. This style is softer and more feminine than a boat neckline. Also known as a Sabrina neckline.

Envelop

A neckline that wraps around the body including the arms, shoulders back. A shrug belongs in this category.

Placket

A neckline where the centre front buttons are covered with a band (placket). Also within this category is any neckline with centre front design lines, e.g. Pin tucks or motifs. CLASSIFICATION: Smart Casual.

Wear with shoulder pads.

GOOD
Ruffle front

A plain round neckline with ruffles down the front. Not an effective style to wear in a professional capacity.

Deep 'v'

Necklines shaped in a 'V' that are low enough to show cleavage.

Wide 'v'

A 'V' neckline that sits wide across the shoulders and extends down into a medium to deep 'V'. This neckline adds visual width to the shoulders. Wear a camisole underneath if wearing the top to work. Exposing cleavage is not considered professional.

Wide shallow 'v'

A 'V' neckline that sits well away from the neck and is shallow in depth. Both elements combine to visually widen the upper body.

Boatneck

A horizontal neckline that extends from shoulder. This style has been popular since the early 1920's. Also known as a bateau neckline.

Draped

A neckline that falls lower than a cowl and may have a small weight inside the facing to ensure that it hangs vertically.

Off the shoulder

A neckline that spans across the body from shoulder to shoulder.

GOOD ONLY IF... MATCH
Jewel / crew

A neckline that ends high at the base of the neck. As we age this style can become difficult and sometimes, uncomfortable neckline to wear if our neck shortens and we carry a more head-forward posture. This may cause this style to feel constricting at the front and stand away from the back of the neck over time.

Good only if the style has vertical detailing or accessories e.g. pendant or oblong scarf to create a leaner look.

Halter

Halter necklines form a triangle from the neck to the armpit (bustline). This gives the illusion that the body increases in width below the neck. Halter necklines visually enlarge the breasts and shoulders. Short A-line halter neck dresses enlarge the hips while long straight, or subtle A-line halter neck dresses will elongate and slim the body. Ensure you are wearing the correct undergarments to ensure a smooth line.

Good only if the garment is a top or vest and high hip length or higher. If the garment is a dress it needs to be knee length or longer.

Strapless

A top without straps. Suitable for work only when covered by a cardigan or jacket.

Good only if the neckline edge is shaped rather than straight and you wear a padded bra.

AVOID
Grecian

This neckline covers one shoulder only and extends to under the opposite armpit. For women with scoliosis, the high side of this neckline should be on their lowest side to visually balance the shoulders.

This style does not suit you due to your: Bust Size

Tank

A combination of a medium jewel neckline in the front and a cut-in shoulderline at the back.

This style does not suit you due to your: Horizontal Type

Tops - Straps for Ellen - Page 15 in style guide

GREAT MATCH
Wide straps

Straps wider than 7cms / 2.8 ".

Team with a softly curved neckline to flatter your face shape.

GOOD
Medium straps

Straps between 2 and 6 cms (½ and 2½ ").

AVOID
Spaghetti straps

Straps less than 1.95 cm (¾") in width.

This style does not suit you due to your: Shoulder Type

Tops - Sleeve styles for Ellen - Page 18 in style guide

GREAT MATCH
Flutter

A circular sleeve that gracefully drapes over the shoulder and upper arm.

Short and angled

Short sleeves that have a hemline that is angled upward. The strong diagonal causes an inverted triangle shape to the upper body which visually widens and strengthens the shoulder-line. The greater the degree of angle the smaller the bust line and the wider the shoulders will appear to be.

Short

Short sleeves end just below or above the full bust line. Straight sleeve hemlines create a horizontal line from one side of the body to the other making the bustline appear larger. Attention is drawn to this area when the colour of the sleeve hemline is brighter, darker or lighter than the colour of your skin. For example to if a dark skinned woman did not want to draw attention to her bustline and yet wished to wear a short sleeve shirt the best colour for the shirt would be a colour in a similar depth to her skin i.e. forest green.

If you adjust the sleeve length to end at the same level as the fullest part of your bust, your bust will appear larger. Ribbed and cuffed, short sleeve styles will also increase your visible bust size.

Long and tailored

A classic medium width sleeve that is pleated or gathered at the wrist and is finished with a cuff. When rolling up a jacket sleeve turn it up at least twice to ensure a look that appears purposeful anything less can appear like you are trying to hide a sleeve that is too long for you.

Long and tapered

A sleeve that has no gathers or pleats at the wrist edge. Its shape gradually narrows as it tapers down the arm toward the wrist ending either with a split edge and button loop, or no opening at all.

3/4 tapered

A sleeve that is tapered and ends half way up the forearm. Tapered three-quarter sleeves are more slimming than a rolled-up sleeve.

Open shoulder

A style of sleeve that leaves the shoulders exposed. A good style for visually widening the shoulder line and creating a high focal point.

GOOD
Cap

A small triangular sleeve that extends just slightly over the shoulder edge giving the illusion of width.

Puffed

A short sleeve that is gathered and set into the shoulder of a garment to create a puffed effect.

Leg of mutton

A sleeve that is close-fitting from the wrist to the elbow and then balloons out from the elbow to the shoulder, where it is then gathered or pleated into the bodice of the dress or blouse.

Balloon

A half to full length sleeve that balloons out above the elbow, and ends with either a gathered hemline or banded cuff.

For the best appearance combine a medium balloon sleeve with a garment that has a semi-fitted to very fitted silhouette. As recommended in the Garment Silhouette area of the Line and Design section of this program.

Lantern

A half length sleeve that balloons out into a bellow at, or just below, the elbow and ends in a gathered hemline or narrow band.

For the best appearance combine a lantern sleeve with a garment that has a semi-fitted to very fitted silhouette. As recommended in the Garment Silhouette area of the Line and Design section of this program.

Bishop

A long sleeve that is full and gathered at the wrist.

Best in soft fabrics.

Petal

A sleeve which originates from the Philippines and is shaped like the bud of a flower.

GOOD ONLY IF... MATCH
Sleeveless

A garment without sleeves.

Good only if your lower body is no more than one size larger than your upper body. Best if worn under jackets and blouses or for summer dresses on very hot days for practicality and coolness. Garments with sleeves will be a better choice for you.

Bell

A long sleeve fitted from the shoulder to elbow and gently flared from elbow onward.

Good only in soft flowing fabrics such as cotton, rayon or silk.

Batwing / dolman

This sleeve is an extension of the bodice of a dress, blouse or jacket. It is designed without a socket for the shoulder, and creates a wide armhole that extends from the waist to a tapered wrist. The width of the sleeve and the very low armhole visibly diminishes height and widens the torso.

Good only in soft fabrics.

AVOID
Long and wide

Long sleeves that are wide throughout their length. Similar in style to the kimono.

This style does not suit you due to your: Weight

Best if the garment that has some waist shaping.

This style does not suit you due to your: Weight

Select in soft fabrics only.

This style does not suit you due to your: Weight

3/4 wide

A wide sleeve that ends slightly below the elbow. Its width tends to make the body appear wider in the mid-torso area.

This style does not suit you due to your: Vertical Type

't' sleeve

A modified version of the Batwing sleeve. 'T' sleeves do not have as much fabric volume as Batwing sleeves and their armhole is higher allowing for greater movement.

This style does not suit you due to your: Shoulder Type

Half

A sleeve that ends at the elbow. A good length for camouflaging heavy, thin or aged upper arms.

This style does not suit you due to your: Vertical Type

Tops - Sleeve heads for Ellen - Page 17 in style guide

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Set-in sleeve

A classic sleeve style where the sleeve shoulder seam is at the natural shoulder line.

Saddle

This sleeve shoulder seam runs horizontally across the shoulder line and then turns vertically into the armhole edge. CLASSIFICATION: Smart, Relaxed and Sporty Casual.

GOOD
Dropped

A sleeve where the shoulder sleeve seam drops well over the shoulder edge.

GOOD ONLY IF... MATCH
Raglan

Named after Lord Raglan (1788-1855) a British Commander during the Crimean War. A raglan sleeve is joined to the front and back bodice of a coat, sweater or blouse in a diagonal seam. It allows for greater mobility of the arms and body.

Good only if the raglan seam line is barely noticeable and there is no colour change/contrast between the body of the garment and the sleeves.

Tops - Cuffs for Ellen - Page 22 in style guide

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Classic

A cuff that is approximately 5.6 cms (2 1/3ins) wide.

Flared: wrist

A sleeve that is gathered at the wrist, then flares and falls over the upper hand.

GOOD
Narrow

A cuff that is narrower than 5 cms (2 in).

Large

A cuff that is over 6cms (2.3") in width.

Flip back

A large cuff that is designed to fold over on itself.

Flared: elbow

A sleeve that is gathered at or just above the elbow, then flares and falls on the upper forearm.

Best if the garment has some waist definition.

French

A shirt cuff that is folded back before fastening, creating a double-layered cuff. A cuff that adds a dressy look.

AVOID
Decorative/contrasting

Cuffs that are in a contrasting colour to the rest of the blouse or decorative and eye catching.

This style does not suit you due to your: Horizontal Type

Tops - Pockets for Ellen - Page 24 in style guide

GREAT MATCH
Breast

Any pocket that is placed over or near the bust line which is also in a contrasting colour or embellished in any way.

Hidden inseam

Pockets that are placed within the seam line of a garment and are not visible. Ensure pockets do not pull open.

Welt

Pockets that have a small to medium-sized lip and are usually placed in either a horizontal or vertical position below the waist, and horizontal or diagonal above the waist.

Choose diagonally placed welt pockets whenever possible.

Angled flap

A pocket with an angled flap that sits over the pocket opening.

Avoid a contrasting edge at the top of the flap pocket.

Pant: Straight

Pockets that are placed horizonatally the hip area in pants.

GOOD
Tailored flap

A pocket flap that has a small welt edge sewn at the point where the pocket attaches to the jacket front. This pocket can often be tucked in, whereby it will reveal a matching welt sewn at the top of the pocket mouth. When the flap is inserted into the pocket the style changes to a jet/besom pocket, which will be more flattering over a large hipline or tummy. Lift the pocket flap out before sending to the dry cleaners. If pressed with the flap inside you may find the shape has been embossed onto the surface.

Avoid a contrasting edge at the top of the flap pocket.

The best flap pockets for you are diagonal and in same colour as the garment.

Flap

A pocket with a flap of fabric placed over the access to the pocket.

The best flap pockets for you are diagonal and in same colour as the garment.

GOOD ONLY IF... MATCH
Pouch

A loose and slightly bulging pocket that resembles pouch.

Good only if the pockets are not situated over your lower torso.

Pant: Round

Pockets that are round in shape.

Good only in jeans, do not select any style that highlights the pocket shape e.g., light colours or floral fabric inside the pocket, or embroidery around the edge of the pockets.

AVOID
Safari

Large square pockets that have either a centre front inverted pleat, side pleats or both. CLASSIFICATION: Smart and Sporty Casual.

This style does not suit you due to your: Horizontal Type

Patch

Large non contrasting or embellished square pockets on the exterior of the garment in the region of the hips or thighs, usually seen on jackets, skirts and jeans.

This style does not suit you due to your: Horizontal Type

Pant: Angled

Pockets that are placed diagonally over the hip area in pants. However, unless they fit well they can pull and draw attention to the hips and thighs.

This style does not suit you due to your: Horizontal Type

Skirts - Basic Shapes for Ellen - Page 29 in style guide

GREAT MATCH
Straight

A skirt shape that falls straight from the hip to the hemline.

Subtle a-line

A skirt shape that is wider at the hemline than the hipline and resembles a narrow version of the letter 'A'. Full A-lines in soft fabrics that fall close to the body are also in this category.

Best in medium stiff fabrics or soft, fluid fabrics when worn with a bodyshaper for a firm, smooth foundations.

GOOD ONLY IF... MATCH
Tapered

A skirt shape that tapers in from the hip to the hemline. The more the tapered the skirt the fuller your hips and behind will appear.

Good only if slightly tapered. Wear with shapewear to ensure a smooth, firm foundation.

Wear shapewear to ensure a smooth, firm foundation.

AVOID
Full a-line

A full wide skirt shape that is wider at the hemline than the hipline, resembling the letter 'A'. The wider the hemline, the wider and heavier you will appear. The longer the hemline, the shorter you will appear. Wear higher heels to counteract the affect. Short summer 'A' line skirts require delicate shoes and heels that are medium to high. Winter 'A' lines work well with knee length boots and a mid calf skirt needs a substantial looking shoe for balance. Accessorise with shoes which balance the overall look, i.e., the lighter the fabric and/or the colour of the skirt the lighter the shoe style needs to be for visual balance.

This style does not suit you due to your: Horizontal Type

Skirts - Styles for Ellen - Page 31 in style guide

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Gored

A gored skirt has four or more gores/ panels that start at the waistline and end at the hemline. The style may be straight or A Lined. A wide centre panel will add width to the centre of the body. The most slimming styles have a center front seam. Best coordinated with shoes that have a medium heel and a tapered toe. The lighter the fabric and/or the colour of the skirt the lighter the shoe style needs to be for visual balance.

GOOD
Modified dirndl

A less full style that the traditional dirndl. With less gathered fabric around the waist this style is easier to wear and look good in. Most suited to soft, fluid fabrics. Complete the look with shoes that have a medium to high heel, classic or Louis or kitten heel and a tapered toe.

Circle

Made from one or several pieces of circular fabric. The skirt is very full at the hemline but hangs smoothly from the waist without darts, pleats, or gathers. A true circle skirt will be able to be laid flat in a perfect circle. They were popular during the rock and roll era and were accompanied by layers of petticoats. Best accompanied by high heeled shoes that are delicate and tapered at the toe.

Select only in fabrics that drape into a subtle A-line. Best in longer lengths.

Wear with a waist to low thigh body shaper for a smooth, firm foundation and flatter silhouette.

Inverted front pleat

A straight or A-line skirt that has a centre front inverted pleat causing the fullness of the material to be turned inwards. A perfect style for active professionals. Best accompanied with shoes that have a medium heel, classic or stacked heel and a tapered toe.

Best if worn in a medium-dark to dark colour and coordinated with a tucked-in top of the the same colour or colour depth/value e.g., navy skirt with navy top or navy skirt with deep red top. Wear with a torso to low thigh body shaper for a smooth, firm foundation and flatter silhouette.

Tulip

A skirt styled to resemble an inverted tulip. The style has more fabric around the waistline and a close-fitting hemline The rounded design will add fullness and femininity to the hips, stomach and thighs. Best coordinated with tucked in tops, cropped sweaters and jackets. These tops should be made of light material consistent with the skirt fabric. Best accompanied by high heels. The extra height will elongate and slim the legs and offset the full hipline.

Avoid overly full styles.

Add a top with some neckline or shoulder embellishments to balance the full skirt and increase the apparent size of your bust line. A carefully selected top with texture or pattern will also work for you.

Godet

A skirt that has triangular inserts of fabric (godets) sewn into the skirt. The godets give width to the base of the skirt and attract attention to the legs especially if the godets are in a different colour to the rest of the skirt. Best in soft, fluid fabrics. Coordinate with shoes that have a medium to high heel and a tapered toe.

Best when at or above the knee.

Best in styles that drape into a subtle A Line. Avoid styles with godets in a different colour or pattern. Wear with a waist to low thigh body shaper for a smooth, firm foundation and flatter silhouette.

GOOD ONLY IF... MATCH
A-line

A triangular shaped skirt. 'A' line skirts can be subtle or extreme depending on the fabric. The longer and narrower the 'A' line skirt is the more slimming their overall effect. Accessorise with shoes that balance the overall look, i.e., the lighter the fabric and/or the colour of the skirt the lighter the shoe style needs to be for visual balance. Short summer 'A' line skirts require delicate shoes with a medium to high heel, classic or Louis or kitten heel and a tapered toe. Winter 'A' line skirts work well with knee length boots and a mid calf skirt needs a substantial looking shoe for balance.

Good only as a subtle A-line and in a fluid fabric.

Hip stitched

A box pleat skirt that has pleats sewn down to the hip (or crotch). Avoid wearing tops or jackets that end lower than the stitching line as they will make you appear heavier. Light fabrics usually have narrow pleats while heavier fabrics have wide pleats. For the most slimming look show off the waistband of the skirt (otherwise you can appear shapeless). Best accompanied by shoes with a medium heel, classic or stacked heel and a tapered toe.

Good only if your lower half is no more than one size larger than your upper body. Wear with a waist to low thigh body shaper for a smooth, firm foundation and flatter silhouette.

Open pleats

A skirt with soft folds that originate at or very near the waist and are not stitched down causing the folds to fall open toward, but not reaching the hem. Often results in a subtle 'A' line.

Good only if your lower half is no more than one size larger than your upper body. Wear with a waist to low thigh body shaper for a smooth, firm foundation and flatter silhouette

Knife pleats

These skirts have narrow vertical pleats permanently pressed into the fabric. Be sure the pleats fall closed and vertical. For the most slimming look show off the waistband of the skirt (otherwise you can appear shapeless). Best accompanied with shoes that are medium to high, thin soled and have a round to tapered toe.

Good only if your lower half is no more than one size larger than your upper body. Wear with a waist to low thigh body shaper for a smooth, firm foundation and flatter silhouette.

Yoked

A yoked skirt has a shaped pattern piece which fits around the hips to provide support for a gathered, pleated or straight skirt. Yokes may be 'V', round or straight. Best accompanied with shoes that have a medium heel, and a tapered toe.

Good only if your lower half is no more than one size larger than your upper body. Wear with a waist to low thigh body shaper for a smooth, firm foundation and flatter silhouette. Choose angled yokes only.

Trumpet

A full or half-length skirt that is fitted for three quarters of its length and then finished with a flare. Also known as a mermaid or fishtail skirt. Wear worn with a tucked-in top.

Good only if your lower half is no more than one size larger than your upper body. Wear with a waist to low thigh body shaper for a smooth, firm foundation and flatter silhouette.

Straight / pencil

A pencil skirt is a slim-fitting skirt with a straight, narrow cut. Generally the hem falls to, or just below, the knee and is tailored for a close fit. Do not over-fit for professional wear. Keep the visual weight of your shoe in balance with the colour and fabric of the skirt e.g., light colours and/or fabrics call for lighter looking shoes and vice versa.

Good only if your lower half is no more than one size larger than your upper body. Wear with a waist to low thigh body shaper for a smooth, firm foundation and flatter silhouette.

Sarong

Sarongs wrap around the body, tie at the waist and taper in towards the legs. Sarongs may be long or short. Best paired with shoes or sandals with medium height heels, thin soles and a round to tapered toe. Keep the visual weight of the shoe in balance with the colour and fabric of the skirt e.g., light colours and/or fabrics call for lighter looking shoes and vice versa. Has it's origin in South East Asia.

Good only if used to cover your swimwear. A long sarong will be your best choice.

Wrap

A skirt that wraps around the body and is fastened to one side. May be straight or A Line. The easiest to wear design for this style of skirt is when the wrap piece is a false wrap with the under skirt being a full skirt instead of a real wrap design. This eliminates the hassle of the skirt always falling apart when you sit. Designs where the wrap ends in a straight or angled edge are more slimming than those that are rounded in design are. Long wrap skirts make great summer casual wear. Lightweight short wrap skirts require shoes or sandals with medium to high heels and a tapered toe. Longer winter weight skirts require substantial looking shoes or boots that have a classic to stacked heel and a round, square or tapered toe.

Good only if your lower half is no more than one size larger than your upper body. Best in medium weight fabrics if unlined, or light to medium weight fabric if lined. Wear with a waist to low thigh body shaper for a smooth, firm foundation and flatter silhouette.

AVOID
Dirndl

A full skirt style that has the fabric gathered into the waistband. Then amount of fabric gathered at the waist adds bulk to the waist and hips. Coordination Tip: ~ The fuller a skirt, the shorter a top or jacket need to be to look in proportion. ~ Wear semi to very fitted tops with full skirts.

This style does not suit you due to your: Horizontal Type

Flounced

A skirt style that has an ornamental gathered ruffle sewn to its base. In this category are skirts where a petticoat emerges from under the hemline. Wear with semi to very fitted top.

This style does not suit you due to your: Horizontal Type

Tiered

A multiple layered skirt with the appearance that it is made up of different tiers. The layered, ruffled appearance has an image that is feminine and dressy. Wear with a simple top. Best coordinated with a simple top and high heeled shoes that are delicate and tapered at the toe.

This style does not suit you due to your: Horizontal Type

Thigh stitched

A box pleat skirt which has the pleats sewn down to the thigh. Avoid wearing tops or jackets that end lower than the stitching line, as they can make you appear heavier. Best accompanied with shoes that have a medium to medium high heel, classic or stacked heel and a tapered toe.

This style does not suit you due to your: Vertical Type

Open box pleats

A skirt with all round double pleats where the under edges fold toward each other and are not sewn down. Light fabrics usually have narrow pleats while heavier fabrics have wide pleats. When the skirt fits correctly the pleats fall closed and straight. Pleats that pull open will make you appear larger. For the most slimming look show off the waistband of the skirt (otherwise you can appear shapeless).

This style does not suit you due to your: Horizontal Type

Bubble

A full skirt that has a hem that is folded under and joined to lining to create an inverted, full rose bud shape. Best worn only when in fashion, and with a hemline above the knees. Commonly worn a knee length.

This style does not suit you due to your: Horizontal Type

Skirts - Hemlines for Ellen - Page 39 in style guide

GREAT MATCH
Straight

A hemline that is straight (horizontal to the floor). The most appropriate for professional wear and serious occasions.

Bell

A straight or tapered skirt with a slight flare at the hemline giving a bell-like appearance. In short skirts this shape adds balance to full hips and thighs and an extra dash of femininity.

GOOD
Handkerchief

A hemline that falls in graceful points at the hem, resembling a scarf. Most often seen on below-the-knee to ankle-length dresses.

Best if coordinated with an above bust line focal point to attract attention upward.

Angled/asymmetric

A hemline that is longer one side than the other. The sharper the and longer the angle the more elongating and slimming the effect.

Best when balanced with an above bust line focal point.

GOOD ONLY IF... MATCH
Ruffled / flip

Fabric or embellishments attached to the hemline that flips up as your walk.

Good only if worn with a focal point placed above the bustline to attract attention upward.

AVOID
Convex

An unusual skirt hem that rises up in the front to expose more of the legs. These styles in most cases will become a focal point of the outfit attracting attention to your legs.

This style does not suit you due to your: Horizontal Type

Dresses - Basic shapes for Ellen - Page 35 in style guide

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Shaped

A dress with slight waist shaping. Flattering to all body types weights and ages.

Inverted triangle

A dress that is wider above the waist than below, resulting in a inverted triangle silhouette.

Hourglass

A dress that has a definite waist and is wider above and below to reveal an hourglass-like shape.

GOOD ONLY IF... MATCH
Straight

A dress shape that hangs straight from the shoulders to the hemline.

Good only if in soft, flowing fabrics (boxy and soft silhouette). Even then looking for ways to add a belt is always a good idea - after-all why hide your waist, other women would love one like yours.

A line

A dress that is shaped like a triangle, being wider at the base than the top.

Good only if the dress falls as a subtle A line. The wide hemline will attract attention downwards, diminish your apparent height and add extra visual weight. Do not select styles that have any more than minor hemline detail. Soft fluid fabrics only.

Dresses - Styles for Ellen - Page 36 in style guide

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Raised waist

A dress with a bodice seam above the natural waistline. The dress may be straight or A-line - see your basic skirt shape and skirt style recommendations to be sure. When not overly fitted through the mid torso it is a good style for hiding the early stages of pregnancy or midriff rolls.

Double breasted

A double-breasted dress styled after a coat. Also known as a Coat dress.

Do not over fit. Your best styles will be made from medium weight, firm fabrics and will be lined. Wearing shape wear will further enhance the look.

Wrap

A a v-neck dress comprising of a slim-fitting top and a looser skirt, with extra material across the bust and stomach, giving it the "wrap" look. It enhances the bust while accentuating and slimming the waist and flattening the stomach. A style that can be dressed up or down easily. For more modesty wear with a camisole or a tank top underneath, and/or a false wrap style. First designed in 1973 by Diane von Fürstenberg and has been popular ever since.

Sundress

A light, loose, sleeveless dress, typically with a bodice styled to expose the arms, shoulders, and back.

GOOD
Waisted

Aka Waisted. A dress with a bodice seam at the natural waistline. The dress may have a straight or full skirt - see your basic skirt shape and skirt style recommendations to be sure.

A GREAT style if the skirt is a subtle A Line.

A GREAT style if the skirt is a subtle A Line.

A GREAT style if the skirt is a subtle A Line.

A GREAT style if the skirt is a subtle A Line.

A GREAT style if the skirt is a subtle A Line.

A GREAT style if the skirt is a subtle A Line.

A GREAT style if the skirt is a subtle A Line.

A GREAT style if the skirt is a subtle A Line.

A GREAT style if the skirt is a subtle A Line.

Shirtmaker

A dress style which has originated from men' wear (dress shirt). The style can include a collar, a button front and/or cuffed sleeves. Frequently constructed in similar fabrics that are used for men's shirts. They are typically cut without a seam at the waist and have a loose fit, relying on a belt to define the waist.

If belted select a narrow belt or tie.

Blouson

A dress that consists of a loose bloused top that is gathered and joined to the skirt at or below the waist.

Your best styles have blousing that sits below your waist.

Baby doll

The term "baby doll" is used to refer to two different items of clothing that utilize the same silhouette: a piece of sexy lingerie or a short day dress. Baby doll dresses can be recognized by their tent-like silhouettes, hemmed short above the knee.

Waisted shift

A straight line dress that has either a waistline seam or is designed to be worn with a belt or sash.

Tent / trapeze

Named for its strong A-line appearance, this dress flares out from the armhole edge and has no waistline seam or darts.

Best in styles made from in soft, flowing fabrics that fall into a subtle A line.

Pinafore

A pinafore is a sleeveless dress that is designed to be worn over a blouse, shirt or fine gauge sweater.

Your best styles are belted.

GOOD ONLY IF... MATCH
Low waist

Commonly a straight dress which has the skirt attached 7.5 cms (3 inches) below the navel to mid thigh.

Good only if you are no more than one size larger below your waist. Select medium to firm finish fabrics for the bodice for a smooth waist to thigh line. Lining will also improve the look. Wear shapewear to gain the best appearance. Do not drop lower than your wrist (where your hand attaches to your arm, when your arms are by your side).

Dropped waist

A straight dress that has the skirt attached to the bodice between mid-thigh and calf.

Good only if you are no more than one size larger below your waist. Select medium to firm finish fabrics for the bodice for a smooth waist to thigh line. Lining will also improve the look. Wear shapewear to gain the best appearance.

Shift / chemise

A classic unstructured dress that falls straight from the shoulder, has no darts, little or no side contouring, and is designed not to be worn with a belt.

Good only if in soft fabrics.

Princessline

A dress where sections are cut in one piece from shoulder to hem, with no waistline seam. In most cases a close body fit is achieved by cutting the pieces so that the seams create the shape and by adding darts where necessary. The origin of the style is attributed to Charles Worth, the fashion designer who made clothing for the Empress (princess) Eugenie of France in the mid-1800s. The style can be long or short, with or without a centre front seam.

Good only if you are no larger than one size below your waist.

Sheath

A dress designed to fit close to the body, is relatively unadorned and typically is knee length or longer. Commonly the dress has darts that run from just under the full bust line to the hip line.

Good only if your are no more than one size larger below your waist.

Princess sheath

A close-fitting dress that has a curved seam from the bust to into the hip line seam.

Good only if you are no larger than one size below your waist.

Your most slimming styles have either a centre front seam or centre front buttons. Best if the dress is lined and falls in a straight or subtle A line. The addition of shape wear will also improve your appearance.

AVOID
Empireline

A bust-enhancing style that forms around or clings to the bustline. Below the bust the style may be straight or A-line - see your basic skirt shape and skirt style recommendations to be sure. A style made famous by Empress Josephine during the Napoleonic wars (1804-14).

This style does not suit you due to your: Bust Size

Dresses - Length for Ellen - Page 33 in style guide

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Knee length

An appropriate length for formal occasions and professional environments.

2.5cms (1 inch) below knee

An appropriate length for formal occasions and professional environments.

5cms (2 inches) below knee

CLASSIFICATION: All Occasions.

Below ankle

Best accompanied by low to medium heeled shoe.

GOOD
2.5 cms (1 inch) above knee

An appropriate length for formal occasions and professional environments.

Your hem should sweep the top of your knee (no higher).

10 cms below knee

CLASSIFICATION: Dressy.

Wear with a medium high, to high heeled shoe for maximum leg length.

Below full calf

CLASSIFICATION: Dressy, Relaxed Casual.

Wear with a medium high, to high heeled shoe for maximum leg length.

Jackets - Length for Ellen - Page 51 in style guide

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Crotch

Where the hemline reached the base of the torso/top of the legs.

Avoid lengths that hit the widest area of your thighs. Alternatively, match the colour or depth/value of the top to your pants, skirt or dress to minimize the potentially broadening effect. Best worn as a garment that can be worn open with with a blouse, top or camisole underneath.

Best worn as a garment that can be worn open with with a blouse, top or camisole underneath.

GOOD
Waist

A jacket that sits at your waist.

This style will be most flattering when the top and bottom pieces are the same colour or same value/depth of colour e.g. black skirt with black jacket or silver grey pant with lilac sweater.

High hip

A hemline that sits on or near the top of your hipbone.

For the slimmest appearance match the colour of your jacket, top or sweater with your skirt, dress or pant or wear in a colour that is the same depth/value e.g., denim pant with a teal green top. Best worn as a garment that can be left open e.g, a cardigan and wear a camisole or top underneath. Best teamed with a dress or skirt.

Low hip

A top, vest or jacket that sits approximately over the lowest part of your hipbone.

For the slimmest appearance match the colour of your jacket, top or sweater to your skirt or pant, wear in a colour that is the same depth/value.g., denim pant with a teal green top. Best worn with a dress or skirt to ensure the best possible appearance from behind. Also good as a garment that can be worn open with with a blouse, top or camisole underneath.

Knuckles

A hemline that reaches the knuckles on your hand. This is the most versatile jacket, over-blouse, top and sweater length, though it is not always in fashion. It has a pleasing balance with your torso to leg length. As long as the fit and shape is correct for your needs and the fabric and colour work well together the length will work for almost any outfit combination.

1st finger joint

A hemline that reaches the first finger joint down your hand from your knuckles.

Follow the recommendations in the Guidelines for Wearing Longer Jacket Lengths in the Overview area below.

2nd finger joint

A hemline that reaches the second finger joint down your hand from your knuckles.

Follow the recommendations in the Guidelines for Wearing Longer Jacket Lengths in the Overview tab below.

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Finger tip and longer

Hemline lengths from the tip of your fingers and longer.

Good only if in a tunic jacket. A tunic jacket has two forms: 1. A jacket that sits over a dress and is almost or as long as the hem of the dress. Together the length should be considered a hem length. 2. A long commonly sleeveless jacket worn over pants - must be long enough to end below the fullest part of your calf.

Jackets - Double Breasted for Ellen - Page 43 in style guide

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Db - 4 buttons: high

A double breasted jacket that has four high placed buttons. Always wear closed.

Wear only if it fits perfectly. Any back vent should not pull open when the jacket is closed.

Db - 6 buttons

A double-breasted jacket with six buttons. Three are purely decorative and three close through buttonholes. The strong vertical button placement visually elongates and slims the torso. The more close-set the buttons the tall and slimmer you will look. Always wear closed.

Db - 8 buttons

A double-breasted jacket with eight buttons. Four are purely decorative and four close through buttonholes. The vertical placement of the buttons is very slimming. Always wear closed.

Your best style s will have close-set buttons.

You may have to have this jacket made for you to ensure a good fit over your bust.

Wear only if it fits perfectly. Any vents in the back or pockets should not pull or gape.

GOOD
Db - 1 button

A double breasted jacket that closes externally via one high placed button and has one hidden internal button on the opposite side. Always wear closed.

Db - 2 buttons: high

A double breasted jacket that has two high placed buttons, and is closed via two buttons. Always wear closed.

When doubled-breasted jackets have their buttons placed above the waist they draw the eye up, making you appear slimmer and elongating the lower half of your body. The jacket should be worn closed to retain its shape.

Db - 2 buttons: low

A double breasted jacket that has two low placed buttons. Always wear closed.

Your buttons should be no lower than your navel.

Db - 8+ buttons

A double-breasted jacket with eight or more buttons. The strong vertical button placement visually elongates and slims the torso. Close-set the buttons have the power to elongate and slim. Wide set buttons will make you appear shorter and heavier. Always wear closed.

GOOD ONLY IF... MATCH
Db - 4 buttons: low

A double-breasted jacket with four buttons. Two are purely decorative and two close through buttonholes. The position of these buttons focus attention on the stomach. Always wear closed.

Good only if your jacket is not over-fitted and the fabric is firm enough to fall smoothly over your torso.

Your buttons should be no lower than your navel.

Jackets - Single Breasted for Ellen - Page 45 in style guide

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Sb - 2 button

A single breasted jacket with two buttons that are centered around the navel.

Sb - 3 button: high

A single breasted jacket that has three high placed buttons with none being below the navel.

If hip length or longer ensure any back vents do not pull open when the jacket is closed. If they do select one size larger.

Sb - 4+ buttons

CLASSIFICATION: Business, Smart Casual, Dressy.

GOOD ONLY IF... MATCH
Sb - 1 button: high

A single breasted jacket that has one high placed button.

Good only if the front closes straight.

Sb - 1 button: low

A single breasted jacket that has one button below the navel.

Good only if there is no more than one size difference between your upper and lower body. Wear open whenever possible.

AVOID
Sb - 3 button: low

This lower cut allows more opportunity to wear a top or blouse that will add visual interest, or create more noticeable colour contrast, if you need to have extra visual impact.

This style does not suit you due to your: Horizontal Type

Jackets - Styles for Ellen - Page 47 in style guide

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Blazer

A blazer is a stand alone lightweight jacket i.e., not part of a suit. A blazer may be single or double breasted and traditionally it is worn to the top of the thigh. Today women wear blazers with almost everything, for most occasions and at any time of the day.

Cardigan

A knitted jacket with an open front. Hand knits are inappropriate as part of a corporate wardrobe.

Best left open and worn with a contrasting top underneath to create a slimming vertical line. Avoid styles with wide ribbed hemlines.

Draped

A jacket with a soft draping lapel. The longer the lapel, the longer and leaner the torso will appear.

A contrasting colour in the drape can be especially attractive and slimming.

Soft knit

A soft knit jacket with no little construction and no ribbing at the base.

Select in a size that is large enough, so that it does not cling to your body.

High collar

A jacket with buttons to the neckline.

Hook and eye

A jacket that closes edge to edge, via the use of hooks and eyes.

GOOD
Peplum

A fitted jacket that has a short overskirt or ruffle attached at the waistline.

Avoid large/wide peplums and those that flare out too much.

Wrap

Any soft jacket that wraps across the front of the body and is secured with a sash or belt.

Asymmetric

A jacket style that closes over to one side, giving the jacket an uneven appearance. This style cannot be worn successfully open.

Belted / tied

A jacket with a belt or fabric tie.

Best when the belt in the same colour as the jacket. Do not belt tightly.

Safari

Designed originally as a jacket to go hunting in Africa.

Best worn open with the belt either, left unbelted or tied behind your back.

Waist band

A jacket with a waist bodice. Gauge the most appropriate width for you, by checking your belt width recommendations in the accessory section.

Best when the band is in the same colour and fabric as the rest of the jacket.

Denim

A waist to low hip length jacket that often has western detailing and shoulder yokes.

Lapel-less

A classic, the lapel-less jacket is one of the most versatile jackets. Its lapel-less style allows it to be worn with any collar or neckline. When accompanied by some fitting e.g., darts, it is a flattering and versatile jacket for all ages and walks of life. It is one of the most slimming jackets for women who are large busted.

GOOD ONLY IF... MATCH
Bolero

A very short cropped jacket with Spanish origins.

Good only if worn over a long dress or the style is a shrug.

Basque / banded

A jacket that has a basque or band at the hemline.

Good only in jackets that are at least hip length.

Cape

A jacket that resembles a short cape.

Good only if worn at your correct length.

AVOID
Bomber

A short jacket, usually leather, tightly gathered at the waist and cuffs by elasticized bands and typically having a zipper front. A jacket style designed originally for British Airforce pilots during WW11.

This style does not suit you due to your: Sway Back

Jackets - Vests for Ellen - Page 54 in style guide

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Full shoulder

CLASSIFICATION: All Occasions.

Over shoulder

A sleeve head that extends just past the tip of the shoulder.

GOOD
Cut-in

CLASSIFICATION: All Occasions.

Classic

A sleeveless waist length garment. Adopted by women from menswear. Also known as a waistcoats.

Double breasted

A sleeveless jacket having fronts that overlap enough for two separate rows of buttons.

Cropped

A vest that ends between the bust and waist.

GOOD ONLY IF... MATCH
Halterneck

A vest with a single strap or material which runs from the front of the garment around the back of the wearer's neck. Also known as Halter.

Good only if the colour of the vest blends, rather than contrasts with your skirt, dress or pants. Also ensure the length is high hip or shorter.

AVOID
Raglan

CLASSIFICATION: All Occasions.

This style does not suit you due to your: Horizontal Type

Longline

Stay within your jacket length guidelines. CLASSIFICATION: Smart Casual.

This style does not suit you due to your: Horizontal Type

Pants - Fronts for Ellen - Page 56 in style guide

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Flat front

These pants are essentially the same as classic trousers except there are no pleats in the front and they do not have cuffs. Commonly seen with a zipper in the side or the back, however, front zipper styles also fall into this category. Good fit is essential to ensure that any side pockets do not pull open. It is a good style on most women when well fitted. CLASSIFICATION: All Occasions.

GOOD
Pleated front

Reverse pleats fold towards the outside of the body and attract attention away from the stomach. Pleats that fold towards the centre of the body can call attention to the stomach. CLASSIFICATION: Dressy, Business and Smart Casual

Pants - Width for Ellen - Page 57 in style guide

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Straight

Straight leg pants or trousers that fall straight from the thigh to the hemline. Styles that are lined will fall beautifully, be the most flattering and last the longest. Best worn with medium to high heeled shoes, a thin-sole and pointed toe.

Wear a waist to thigh body shaper to ensure the smoothest, most firm silhouette.

Wide

Pants with a hemline circumference approx 50 cm (19.5") . Best worn with medium to high heels.

Team with high heels.

Best in styles that have an elastic waistband.

GOOD
Skinny

Pants that are very narrow in the leg and cling to the ankle. Best teamed with boots. Wear with semi-fitted to full tops.

Wear with a over-shirt, jacket or sweater.

Tapered

Pants or trousers that taper in width from the thigh to the ankle. Tapering is an effective way of visually slimming and elongating the lower body. When teamed with pointed toe, high heels the effect can be amazing. Tapered pants/trousers should not be tight at the thigh. Styles that are lined will fall beautifully, be the most flattering and last the longest. Styles with subtle stretch are also comfortable and long lasting.

AVOID
Palazzo

Pants with a hemline circumference greater than 90 cm (35.5") . Best worn with medium to high heels.

Good only in soft fabrics that fall straight. Avoid styles with a hem circumference more than 90 cms / 35.5". Team with high heels.

Do not select pants with a hemline circumference greater than 52cms (20 1/2in).

This style does not suit you due to your: Vertical Type

Pants - Rise for Ellen - Page 57 in style guide

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On or slightly above waist

A waistband that sits on, or slightly above the waist.

GOOD ONLY IF... MATCH
Above waist

A waistband that sits above the waistline.

Good only if your lower body is one size larger than your upper body. Avoid if you are larger.

Hipster

Pants that sit on the hips. Hipsters have revolved around the fashion carousel since the 1960s.

Good only if the waist is covered by a top, sweater or jacket.

AVOID
Low rise

Also known as low-cut and low riders. These pants sit well below the belly button.

This style does not suit you due to your: Horizontal Type

Pants - Styles for Ellen - Page 47 in style guide

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Bootleg

A pant that is fitted from the thigh to the calf and then flares slightly to the hem. Originally designed to be worn with a boot.

Pyjama / draw string

Any loose fitting, elastic waist pants.

Avoid styles which full around the hips and waist, or flat in the front and gathered around the sides and back.

For the best appearance coordinate with a semi fitted top.

Pin tucked leg

Pants with a sewn seam down the front of the leg.

GOOD
Bell bottom

Today's bell-bottoms tend to be fitted through the thigh and flared below the knee. Flared pants were originally worn by sailors. They were first made fashionable in the 1960's.

Select only medium wide flares.

Wear shapewear to gain the best possible hip and thigh silhouette.

Stirrup

Stretch pants with a band of elastic at the bottom of each leg that passes under the arch of the foot. Also known as ski pants. Originally designed for ski-wear. Best teamed with a top, jacket or sweater in one of your longer recommended lengths. Wear with low to flat boots and only when in fashion.

Jean

Jeans are characterised by denim fabric, flat-feld double stitched seams, metal zips, round front pockets, a fly front and belt loops. Now a modern classic; jeans were first designed in America in the 1850s, however, it was not till the 1940s that Marlon Brando and James Dean made them a hot fashion item. Recent advances in fiber technology the jean is now easy to wash, iron and wear. Advances in fit technology has resulted in a cut or style to suit every body type. These advances have made the jean an indispensable part of almost every woman's wardrobe. Best worn with medium heeled shoes or boots, or slight heeled sandals. Avoid wearing with pumps/court shoes.

Medium to dark coloured jeans will be the most slimming. Avoid styles with acid wash styles.

Capri

Close fitting, calflength tapered pants First seen in the 1950s, and named after the popular holiday resort, The Isle of Capri. The length of Capri's can be any where between the lower calf to just above the ankle bone. More slimming than cropped pants.

GOOD ONLY IF... MATCH
Yoked

A yoked is a shaped pattern piece which fits around the hips and attaches to the rest of the garment which may be a skirt of pants. Yokes can be V, round or straight.

Good only if your lower half is no more than one size larger than your upper body. Wear with a waist to low thigh body shaper for a smooth, firm foundation and flatter silhouette. Choose angled yokes only.

Legging

Tight, form fitting, hip hugging pants that end snugly at the ankle. Also known as tights (although the word tights is often used to refer to opaque pantyhose). The fabric and/or pattern will determine how slimming they will be. Soft or printed fabrics are not as slimming as firm solid-coloured or firm ribbed fabrics. When worn with a over-shirt, jacket or sweater in your longest suggested length they can make great alternatives to jeans. Wear only when in fashion and with low to flat shoes and boots.

Good only if worn with an over-shirt, loose sweater or jacket in your longest recommended length.

Cargo

Casual pants that have multiple pockets sewn on the outer leg.

Good only if the pockets are the same colour, medium in size and not bulky.

AVOID
Wide band

A waistband wider than 5cms (1.5"). CLASSIFICATION: Relaxed Casual.

This style does not suit you due to your: Vertical Type

Sailor

A pant with front buttons adopted from the style of pants worn by sailors. True sailor pants have a double set of button on the front and flared legs.

This style does not suit you due to your: Horizontal Type

Cropped

A lightweight pant that is cut full through the leg and ends from just under the knee to low calf.the. Also known as pedal pushers, beachcomber, floods, clamdiggers and high water pants. The wider, brighter in colour or brightly patterned, the less slimming they will be.

This style does not suit you due to your: Horizontal Type

Shorts - Length for Ellen - Page 62 in style guide

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Mid thigh

Shorts that end mid thigh.

Above knee

Shorts that end just above the knee.

Knee

Shorts that end on the knee.

GOOD
Below knee

Shorts that end just below the knee.

AVOID
Ultra short

Shorts that finish just under the cheeks of the buttocks.

This style does not suit you due to your: Horizontal Type, Weight

Shorts - Styles for Ellen - Page 62 in style guide

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Jamaica

Shorts extending to the middle of the thigh. Probably the easiest of all the short lengths and styles to wear. Can be any length from 5 cms (2 ins) to 15 cms (4 ins) above the knee.

Look for styles without cuffs as these will add a horizontal line to your thigh and increase their apparent width. Medium to dark colours will will be the most flattering. Avoid bold checks, plaids and patterns.

Skort

Non-tailored shorts with full legs and a central flap in front which when worn resembles a skirt.

GOOD
Play suit

A one-piece casual garment consisting of a top and shorts.

Best in leg styles that are not tight. Flared legs are best.

Running

Shorts designed to facilitate comfort and free movement during exercise. Made from lightweight and hard-wearing with many having an inner lining that acts as underwear. A style worn for a practical rather than aesthetic reasons.

Boxer

Modeled after men's boxer briefs. Usually mid thigh or higher. The loose leg can make it difficult to maintain some modesty in when active or siting. Best in soft fabrics.

Flared

Full legged shorts that when worn are reminiscent of a short skirt.

Ensure the hemline is below the fullest part of your thigh.

GOOD ONLY IF... MATCH
Tailored

A short version of the classic tailored trouser. Considered 'classic'. Wear long enough to cover the fullest part of your thigh.

Good only if the short does not have a cuff.

AVOID
Hot pants

Very short tight shorts. First made fashionable in the 1970's. Best worn by those blessed with youth and long slim, attractive legs.

This style does not suit you due to your: Horizontal Type, Weight

Bermuda / city

Tailored shorts that end at the knee. Also known as walking, dress or city shorts. Originally designed for the British Army to wear in tropical and desert climates

This style does not suit you due to your: Vertical Type

Coats - Styles for Ellen - Page 63 in style guide

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Reefer

A classic coat that has a narrow silhouette, shaped waist, torso princess seaming and a slight flare towards the hemline. May be double or single breast. Best worn with skirts and dresses.

Leather

A long coat made of leather.

Belt loosely.

Peacoat

A hip to three quarter length, loose, double-brested coat originally made for seaman.

GOOD
Coachman

A classic old world coat that was originally worn by coachmen and then adopted by women to wear over their clothes while horse riding. Has full length princess seaming, is close fitting, and flares outward in an A-line. The style may be single or double-breasted. Suitable for day or evening wear. Best worn over dresses, As an investment coat, choose styles that are uncomplicated without excessive embellishment or being overly flared. The Redingote is another style of coat in this category.

Polo

A loose fitting tailored coat. Easily the most versatile of all the overcoats. Styles include: the box, the Ulster, the ranch and the bench warmer coat. All are boxy and easy for most women to wear. Single-breasted styles are considered 'classic' and give the slimmest silhouette. Best worn with skirts, dresses or pants.

Single breasted styles only.

Wrap

Any coat that has no buttons and requires wrapping across the body and belting. Although it is one of the most versatile coats, it has a tendency to accentuate weight, a large stomach, bottom or bust line. A classic coat and depending on the fabric will move easily from day to evening. Can have a shawl or notched lapel. Ensure the fabric is not to stiff and does not appear bulky when wrapped and tied.

Avoid if your lower body is more than two sizes larger than your upper body.

For the most flattering silhouette select styles that are not too bulky or flared.

Select style that fall into a subtle A line or are straight over very full styles.

Cape

The original cape was used as an evening gown cover and was an evening coat most commonly seen in velvet and often with a hood. First designed in the 1600s to cover ball gowns. Best avoided by short and petite women as the shape will be overwhelming. Today cape coats can be seen in all sorts of modern variations.

Sheerling

A classic Australian coat made from sheepskin. The wool side is worn on the inside and the seams often protrude wool. This coat requires a great deal of care as their textured surface means they attract the dirt. Treating the surface with a rain repellent can help resist dirt.

Toggle / Duffle

A thick woollen half-length casual coat with a hood and toggle buttons. Named after the Belgian town 'Duffel' where it was worn by the labourers. During World War II it was adopted by the British navy, and after the war became popular as 'surplus' wear. Best worn with pants and considered a classic coat.

Anorak

A waisted quilted coat or jacket. Often rain resistant.

Wear only when the climate conditions make it essential.

Quilted

An essential coat for very cold conditions. The padded sections allow for greater warmth retention. Necessity over rides any style consideration.

Parker

A waistless quilted coat or jacket. Often rain resistant.

GOOD ONLY IF... MATCH
Swing

Styles in this category include the A-line and the trapeze. Swing coats have an A-line silhouette and flare out toward the hemline. Best worn with straight skirts and tapered pants.

Good only if in styles that fall into a subtle A line. Wear with hosiery that blends in colour with the coat and medium-to medium-high, high heeled shoes.

Trench

A classic coat. Originally the idea of Thomas Burberry, this coat was designed specifically for British army officers during World War II. It was designed to cope with the rigours of the trenches; it was lighter and easier to move in than the rubber mackintosh. After the war it became integrated into civilian life, and even today retains the image of espionage and mystery. A trench coat contains features such as buttoned down epaulets, rain yokes, a cloth belt (designed to be worn tied not bucked), buckled cuffs (to keep the wind out) and even a detachable inner wool lining. Best worn with pants, skirts or dresses.

Good only if you select styles that are not too full or flared to achieve the most flattering silhouette.

AVOID
Barrel

A style of coat inspired by Christian Dior's spindle line designs in 1957. Most commonly seen with double-breasted buttons. Best worn over slimline pants. Highly fashionable, when it is 'in', it is suitable only for the young and slender.

This style does not suit you due to your: Horizontal Type

Balmacaan

A loose full-bodied coat that has raglan sleeves. Named after the estate of its origin near Inverness in Scotland. Originally made of heavy wool, the balmacaan is now also seen in poplin, camel hair and gabardine. Short, elderly or petite women best avoid heavy wool coats.

This style does not suit you due to your: Horizontal Type

Swimwear - Two Piece Tops for Ellen - Page 67 in style guide

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Halterneck

A swimsuit top that features straps that fasten behind the neck.

Your best styles have padded bra cups.

Triangle top

A bikini top made from 2 triangular pieces of fabric. CLASSIFICATION: Active Casual

GOOD ONLY IF... MATCH
Bandeau

A strapless bikini swimsuit top. Not recommended for active swimming in as it is prone to slipping off the chest.

Good only if the cups are mouldered to give you some shape.

AVOID
Tube

A tight strapless swimwear top made from stretch and shaped in to a tube shape.

This style does not suit you due to your: Bust Size

Swimwear - One Piece Styles for Ellen - Page 67 in style guide

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Ruched cups

A swimsuit neckline where the bust area is covered by gathered fabric. This gives can give the appearance of fuller, larger breasts.

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Tankini

A swimsuit top that combines the comfort and coverage of a tank top. Teamed with a traditional bikini bottom. First introduced in the late 1990s.

'v' neck

A swimsuit top with a neckline cut into the shape of a 'V' and extends no lower than between the breasts. CLASSIFICATION: Active Clausal.

Halter

A swimsuit top that features straps that fasten behind the neck and allows for a deep back.

Your best styles have padded bra cups.

Crossover

A swimsuit that wraps across the bust from the shoulder to the opposite side seam.

Cutout

A one-piece swimsuit that has areas cut out of the body of the suit to expose skin.

GOOD ONLY IF... MATCH
Keyhole halter

A halterneck neckline that has a hole cut out of the fabric to expose breast cleavage.

Good only if the bra area of your swimsuit is ruched or flounced.

Scoop

A swimsuit neckline that scoops down in the front with the lowest point being around the top of your breast cleavage.

Good only if the swimsuit has a padded bra.

High neck

A swimsuit top with a neckline that ends high towards the neck. Great for covering thoracic surgery scars.

Good only if the swimsuit has a padded bra.

AVOID
Deep 'v'

A swimsuit top with a neckline cut into the shape of a deep 'V'. The V ends between the base of the breasts and navel.

This style does not suit you due to your: Bust Size

Strapless

A swimsuit neckline without straps.

This style does not suit you due to your: Horizontal Type

Swimwear - Strap Width for Ellen - Page 68 in style guide

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Wide straps

Straps that are wider than 5cms (2 inches) CLASSIFICATION: Dressy, Smart and Relaxed Casual

Medium straps

Straps between 2 and 6 cms (½ and 2½ ").

GOOD ONLY IF... MATCH
Narrow straps

Straps that are 1.95 cm (¾") or narrower.

Good only if your lower body is 1 size larger than your upper body.

Swimwear - Backs for Ellen - Page 68 in style guide

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High back

A back that extends up to just under your shoulder blades. Can be straight or curved in shape.

Low back

A back that ends below your waistline.

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Square back

A swimsuit back that ends in a straight line across the back.

Crossover back

A swimsuit that has straps that cross over in the back. These are particularly useful for lap work as they secure the breasts more than most other backs and allow for greater movement.

Racer

Another style that has straps that cross over in the back. Also called muscle back. Specifically designed for lap work as they secure the breasts more than most other backs and allow for greater movement.

Swimwear - Two Piece Bottoms for Ellen - Page 69 in style guide

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Skirt

A swimsuit bottom that resembles a skirt.

If you are two sizes or larger below your waist one piece swimsuits are a better option for you than two piece styles.

Hipster

Hipsters are pants that sit on or below the hips - approx 5 to 7.5 centimeters (2-3 inches) below the belly button.

Bikini

CLASSIFICATION: Active Casual.

String bikini

A bikini bottom that is secured to fit via side ties. Prone to unfastening leaving female surfers red faced.

'v' front

A swimsuit bottom with a front edge that dips into a 'V' shape, effectively elongating the torso.

Straight front

A swimsuit bottom with a straight top edge.

Thong

A swimsuit bottom consisting of a narrow strip of fabric that covers the pubic area, passes between the thighs, and up between the cheeks of the buttocks to a narrow waistband. CLASSIFICATION: Sexy

GOOD ONLY IF... MATCH
Full brief

A swimsuit pant that sits on the waist and has full bottom coverage and a low leg line.

Good only if teamed with a tankini top.

AVOID
Boy short

A boy short is a swim suit bottom that resembles briefs worn by men. It has full to medium cut legs and lower riding waistline.

This style does not suit you due to your: Horizontal Type

Triangle

A swimsuit top that consists of a tiny triangle of fabric covering the breasts.

This style does not suit you due to your: Horizontal Type, Weight

Swimwear - Leg Styles for Ellen - Page 69 in style guide

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Medium leg

A swimsuit leg cut that sits at approximately low hip.

High leg

A swimsuit leg that sits approximately at the high hip.

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Full leg

The leg sits low in the crease between leg and torso.

French leg

A swimsuit leg cut that sits high on the hip and requiring frequent bikini waxing to wear attractively.

AVOID
Boy leg

A swimsuit leg cut that extends down to the upper thigh.

This style does not suit you due to your: Horizontal Type

Swimwear - Line And Design for Ellen - Page 70 in style guide

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Solid colour

A single colour.

Medium print

Prints that sit between palm and finger tip size, in the repeat.

Dark Outside

A swimsuit that has a dark outer silhouette and light or bright inner panels. The dark outer panels give the illusion of a more slender silhouette.

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Dark Inside

A swimsuit that has a light or bright in panel and a dark outer silhouette. The dark inner panels give the illusion of more height and a slimmer silhouette.

AVOID
Shiny

A swimsuit with a shiny or sparkly surface. This type of surface reflect a lot of light and will make the body appear larger than reality. Shiny, tight surfaces show every tiny lump and bump.

This style does not suit you due to your: Weight

Striped

Striped swimsuits often look best on the hanger, an artificial mannequin or a thin model. On the average body, stripes can stretch out of shape and add extra unwanted curves to a body. The over effect will depend on the direction of the stripe. Vertical stripes are more slimming than horizontal stripes.

This style does not suit you due to your: Weight

Large print

Prints that are larger than your palm, in the repeat.

This style does not suit you due to your: Weight

Accessories - Shawls and scarves for Ellen - Page 73 in style guide

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Shawl

A piece of fabric, knitted or crocheted material worn around the shoulders.

Long neck tie

An oblong scarf that is wrapped around the neck and allowed to fall vertically.

Look for fine fabric styles that will fall into a thin, narrow shape rather than full and wide.

Short neck tie

A short oblong scarf or fur that is wrapped around the neck and falls approximately to bust length.

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Poncho

A simple garment, made from a rectangular piece of fabric, with a slit in the middle for the head. Adapted from the Chilean poncho.

Vertical scarf

A long oblong scarf that is draped around the neck and allowed to fall vertically.

Throat tie

A short, fine, oblong or square scarf tied around the neck.

Accessories - Necklace length for Ellen - Page 73 in style guide

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Princess

A necklace between 43.5 and 48.5cms (17 and 19 inches) in length. The princess length necklace is best suited for crew and high necklines. It also complements low plunging necklines.

Matinee

A necklace between 51 and 61 cms (20 and 24 inches) in length. Matinee necklace is the right choice for casual or business dressing.

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Choker

Traditionally a necklace that fits tightly around the neck like a collar. Today it can also mean a necklace that hugs the base of the neck. Ranges between 30 and 41cms(12-16 inches) long. The name choker necklace implies that if it were slightly tighter, it could choke the wearer.

Opera

A necklace between 71 and 86 cms (28 and 34 inches) in length. The opera necklace is the queen of all the lengths. When worn as a single strand, it is refined and perfect for high or crew necklines. When doubled upon itself, it serves as a versatile two strand choker.

AVOID
Rope / lariat

A necklace over 114 cms (45 inches) in length. Dripping with elegance and sensuously sexy, the pearl rope was a favourite of Coco Chanel. If your rope necklace has clasps placed in strategic locations around the necklace will enable you to break it down into multi-strand necklace and bracelet combinations.

This style does not suit you due to your: Vertical Type

Accessories - Scale for Ellen - Page 74 in style guide

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Small

A necklace over 114 cms (45 inches) in length. Dripping with elegance and sensuously sexy, the pearl rope was a favourite of Coco Chanel. If your rope necklace has clasps placed in strategic locations around the necklace will enable you to break it down into multi-strand necklace and bracelet combinations.

Medium

CLASSIFICATION: All Occasions.

Large

CLASSIFICATION: Smart and Relaxed Casual.

Accessories - Hangbag position for Ellen - Page 74 in style guide

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Bust

CLASSIFICATION: All Occasions.

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Waist

CLASSIFICATION: All Occasions.

Hand

CLASSIFICATION: All Occasions.

AVOID
Hip

CLASSIFICATION: All Occasions.

This style does not suit you due to your: Horizontal Type

Accessories - Miscellaneous for Ellen - Page 74 in style guide

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Bags

Be wary of using bags with large magnetic fastening. These can play havoc with credit cards, or any sort of plastic smart card, making them unreadable.

Due to your triangular horizontal body shape avoid all bags that fall to your hipline. Your best bags will be either clutch bags that you hold in your hand or those with shoulder straps that fall either to your waistline or thigh.

You have no limitations to the size of your hand bags. However a medium bag will always be appropriate in every situation. Medium bags are approximately 30.5cms (12in) long, by 8cms (3.25in) wide, by 25.5cm (10in) high.

Hosiery

When purchasing hosiery, look for brands that contain Lycra. Lycra has wonderful retention qualities and will not sag at the ankles or knees. Lycra is also less likely to snag and ladder. Spandex is another name for Lycra. Microfibre in the mix creates hosiery that is soft, silky and smooth. To elongate the appearance of your leg match the tone of your hose to your shoes. Your hose should always be lighter than your shoes. When matching hose to brightly coloured shoes opt for a flesh colour. The perfect flesh colour for you is slightly darker than you skin. Flesh (nude) coloured hose should give you the appearance of being slightly tanned, not yellow, grey or orange. Sheer hose is dressier than opaque and should be teamed with delicate shoes. Team opaque hose with boots and sporty clothes. Textured, patterned or shiny hose works best on skinny or shapely legs with the exception of some fine vertical patterns that may elongate the leg. CLASSIFICATION: Dressy and Business.

Avoid all patterned and textured hosiery. Whenever possible match the colour of your hosiery to your hemline and shoes to elongate and visually slim your silhouette.

Shoulder pads

Shoulder pads when not in fashion can be perceived ridiculous items especially when compared to any stage of history when oversized pads were worn. In fact, if you have narrow or sloped shoulders or a triangular horizontal body type they can be the perfect accessory to make your body appear more perfectly proportioned. There are literally hundreds of different kinds of shoulder pads. They vary in type according to the garment they are to be used in and the body characteristic they are assisting. If shoulder pads are recommended for you, be open minded and try the different styles on. I promise you will see the positive difference they make. Most importantly, the correct shoulder pad is one that corrects the balance of your body while being totally invisible to the public. CLASSIFICATION: All Occasions.

Shoulder pads are a necessity for you to balance your hipline and square off your sloping shoulderline. Wear small shoulder pads in garments that have no collar, and medium shoulder pads in collared garments.

Brooches

Best worn on your shoulder to visually broaden your shoulderline. Do not wear at centre front unless you are wearing shoulder pads.

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Bracelets

Accessories made from any material and worn either separately or in multiples any where on the arm. CLASSIFICATION: All Occasions.

Select small to medium bracelets in simple designs in order not to call attention to your hipline.

Accessories - Belts for Ellen - Page 74 in style guide

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Classic belt

A medium width belt with an understated or classic buckle that sits on the waist. Business belts are smooth and polished while those more casual will be matte, rough or plaid.

Your best belts are between 2.5 -5 cms (1-2") in width and whenever possible matched in colour to your top or blouse. Do not clinch your belts too tight.

Sash belt

A belt made from fabric. Usually medium to wide in width.

In soft fabrics only.

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Concave belt

A belt that curves low in the front.

Convex belt

A belt that curves upward in a semi circle at the top or top and bottom.

AVOID
Hipster belt

A belt worn on the hips.

This style does not suit you due to your: Horizontal Type

Accessories - Belt width for Ellen - Page 74 in style guide

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Narrow Width

A belt less than 2.5 cms (1") in width.

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Medium Width

A belt 2.5 - 5 cms (1-2") in width.

AVOID
Wide Width

A belt wider than 5 cms (2") !

This style does not suit you due to your: Vertical Type, Horizontal Type

This style does not suit you due to your Horizontal Type

This style does not suit you due to your: Vertical Type, Horizontal Type

Accessories - Earrings for Ellen - Page 78 in style guide

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Ball

Earrings with a post back that features a ball or rounded stud at one side e.g., pearl.

Wear in a size large enough to be noticed. Studs are only good for keeping the hole in pierced ears open.

Round

Flat round earrings that are on a hook or pin.

Wear only if your ears sit flat against your head. Avoid if your ears protrude.

Short drop

Any small to medium sized earring that drops a short way below the earlobe. Typically they have some kind of adornment such as a gemstone, charm or bead drops directly from the base of the earring.

Wear drops no longer than approx 1.5 cms and ensure the drop has width at the base e.g. small pearl drops.

Triangle

An earring shaped like a triangular that sits on or just below the ear.

Oval

Earrings shaped like an oval that sit on or under the ear.

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Rectangle

Earrings shaped like a rectangle that sit on or below the ear.

Square

Earrings shaped like a square that sit on or under the ear.

Short hoop

A hoop earring of medium thickness and size that hangs only a little way under the earlobe.

GOOD ONLY IF... MATCH
Chandelier

Earrings that are long and often ornate that dangle from an earring base. Chandelier earrings come in many different styles, and may be very short and only extend slightly past the earlobe, or may be much longer and extend almost to the shoulder.

Good only if the earring is wide and no longer than 2cms.

Large hoop

A large thin, round hoop.

Good only if you have long hair or your ears cause the hoop to splay outwards so that the inner hoop is visible.

Long drop

Any earring that falls longer 1.5 cms under the earlobe.

Good only if you have long hair and it is worn down.

Accessories - Hats for Ellen - Page 79 in style guide

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Crusher

A hat with a crown that can be crushed or concertinaed down.

Cloche

A close-fitting, bell-shaped hat that was invented by milliner Caroline Reboux in 1908 and became especially popular during the 1920s. Its name is derived from cloche, the French word for "bell".

Bucket

A soft cotton hat with a downwards sloping brim. Usually made from heavy-duty cotton fabrics such as denim, or canvas. Two metal eyelets are commonly placed on each side of the hat so that it is cool to wear on hot days. Also known as a Dixie or Fishing hat.

Cossak

A warm brimless hat of fur or sheepskin first worn by Cossack soldiers.

Pill box

A pillbox hat is a small woman's hat with a flat crown and straight, upright sides, and no brim. Worn on the back of the head. Made famous by Jacqueline Kennedy.

Tammy

A Scottish cap that is usually made of wool, has an external hatband which passes around the head's circumference and traditionally has a pom-pom in the centre. Also called Tam and Tam O'Shanter

Cowboy

A general term given for a variety of wide-brimmed hats worn with a variety of crowns. The name style originates from hats that became popular among cowboys in the American West.

Down turned

A hat with a down turned brim. Can make you look shorter.

High crown / wide brim

A hat with a high crown and wide brim.

Lampshade

A hat with a brim that resembles a lampshade. May come in a variety of sizes and materials. The down-turned brim can give the illusion of lesser height.

Floppy

A summertime hat with a soft, wide brim. May come in a variety of materials. When the brim is very large it's not always easy to wear..

Turned up brim

A hat with a turned up brim which can give the illusion that the wearer is of greater height.

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Newsboy

The style, very similar to a beret. It has the same overall shape but with a stiff peak in front. Traditional styles have a round, full top that is paneled and a button on top, This style was popular in Europe and the United States in the late 19th and early 20th centuries among both boys and adult men. As the name suggests, it is now associated with newspaper boys, and wealthy golfers.

GOOD ONLY IF... MATCH
Beanie

A small, close-fitting cap.

Good only in full/bulky styles that add fullness to the face e.g., styles that have a turned back edge.

AVOID
High crown

A hat with a high crown and narrow brim.

This style does not suit you due to your: Face Shape

Fedora

A fedora is a soft felt hat that is creased lengthwise down the crown and pinched in the front on both sides. The brim goes all the way around, and often there will be a hat band as well. Fedoras were first worn by women and later became a men's wear item. The word fedora comes from the title of an 1882 play by Victorien Sardou.

This style does not suit you due to your: Face Shape

Beret

A round, soft, brimless cap that fits snugly and is often worn angled to one side Popular during the first and second world wars and still a common military cap.

This style does not suit you due to your: Age

Ivy cap

A flat cap with a small stiff brim in front. Also called a Bunnet.

This style does not suit you due to your: Face Shape

Military

A flat-topped military cap with a visor. Worn by the US military.

This style does not suit you due to your: Face Shape

Baseball

A close-fitting thin cap with a deep peak Originally worn by baseball players and now worn as a general leisure hat.

This style does not suit you due to your: Face Shape

Accessories - Eyewear for Ellen - Page 80 in style guide

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Oval

There is no comment for this style.

Square round

There is no comment for this style.

Bevel

There is no comment for this style.

Rimless

There is no comment for this style.

Decorative upper

There is no comment for this style.

Decorative side

There is no comment for this style.

Arm at middle

There is no comment for this style.

Arm at top

There is no comment for this style.

Light frame

There is no comment for this style.

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Narrow rectangle

There is no comment for this style.

Deep rectangle

There is no comment for this style.

Diamond

There is no comment for this style.

Aviator

There is no comment for this style.

Wing

There is no comment for this style.

Foxy

There is no comment for this style.

GOOD ONLY IF... MATCH
Curved top

Good only if your eyebrows are curved, not straight.

Flat top

Good only if your eyebrows are straight not curved.

Heavy / dark frame

Good only if you have black or dark brown hair.

AVOID
Narrow oval

There is no comment for this style.

This style does not suit you due to your: Face Shape

Round

There is no comment for this style.

This style does not suit you due to your: Face Shape

Decorative lower

There is no comment for this style.

This style does not suit you due to your: Face Shape

Arm at base

There is no comment for this style.

This style does not suit you due to your: Face Shape

Accessories - Shoe fundamentals for Ellen - Page 81 in style guide

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Low vamp

The vamp is the part of a shoe or boot upper that covers the forepart of the foot. Also known as the 'mouth' of a shoe. A low / opened vamp is where the vamp exposed most of the top of the foot. The lower a vamp, the more leg and foot is seen and will result in a longer and/or slimmer looking leg, especially when wearing skirts and dresses.

Thin sole

The sole is the underside of a shoe or boot, often excluding the heel. Thins soles makes the foot and shoe appear lighter and more formal.

Medium sole

The sole is the underside of a shoe or boot, often excluding the heel. A medium width sole has little to no affect on the appearance or image of a shoe.

High heel

A heel approximately 10 cms / 4 inches. High-heel shoes place a lot of weight on the ball of your foot so you should wear them for only a short time, or when the benefit of a long lean, shapely looking leg out weights the discomfort.

Medium heel

A heel approximately 7.5 cms / 3 inches. A good all purpose height.

Stiletto heel

A narrow, long thin heel. Named after the stiletto dagger. Stilettos can vary in length from 2.5 cms / 1 inch to 25 cm / 10 inches, or more if a platform sole is used. Often defined as having a diameter at the ground of less than 1 cm (slightly less than half an inch). Stiletto-style heels 5 cm or shorter are called kitten heels. While flattering to most legs stilettos have little purchase on the ground and causes ankle strain - notice how women's ankles wobble when walking in stilettos. A heel suitable for wearing for short periods of time.

Classic heel

A tapered heel that is classic, stable and comfortable.

Kitten heel

A kitten heel is a stiletto style heel that is 5 cm 2 inches or shorter.

Cone heel

A high fashion heel that resembles an inverted cone and dates quickly.

Wedge heel

A heel that is an extension of the sole of the shoe. Can be low to high heel height.

Pointed toe

A toe shape at ends in a sharp point. A shape that also returns regularly to the fashion scene. The shape is strong; it slims and elongates the leg but can make big feet look much larger (longer).

Almond toe

A toe shape that resembles the end of an almond. A classic shape that is always flattering and appropriate.

Tapered toe

A toe shape that narrows as it gets to the tip of the shoe. May end in a rounded or square edge. A great toe shape; comfortable yet sharp looking. Great for professional wear.

Square toe

A toe shape where the front of the upper is closed and has a squared appearance when viewed from the top A shape that frequently returns into the fashion scene. Its squareness affords the shoe and wearer a serious, less feminine appearance.

Sq Round toe

A toe shape that is neither square nor round but a combination of both shapes. Its shape has a serious yet elegant appearance.

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High vamp

The vamp is the part of a shoe or boot upper that covers the forepart of the foot. Also known as the 'mouth' of a shoe. A high / closed vamp is where the vamp covers most of the top of the foot. The higher a vamp, the less leg and foot is seen and can result in a shorter and/or heavier looking leg.

Best when worn with pants or long skirts and dresses.

Thick sole

The sole is the underside of a shoe or boot, often excluding the heel. Thick soles are either fashionable i.e. platforms, or made of rubber to afford the wearer a greater degree of comfort.

Ultra high heel

A heel higher than 13 cms / 5 inches or higher. A heel height of this height causes the pad under the toes to burn after approx 45 min of wear. The pressure on this area of the foot is equal to 7 times your body weight.

Low heel

A heel approximately 5.5 cms / 2 inches.

Flat heel

A heel 3 cms / 1 inch and lower.

Stacked heel

Usually brown or beige, stacked heels are designed to give the illusion of thin layers of wood that have been stacked up to create a flat, wedge or high heel. A very comfortable and supportive style of heel. The most flattering stacked heel is one where the heel has width when viewed from the back and narrow when viewed from the side. A heel of approx 5cms often works best.

Round toe

A toe shape that is round when viewed from the top. This shapes shortens the leg, has the potential to look mature in appearance. Is the most comfortable of all toe shapes..

Accessories - Shoe styles for Ellen - Page 82 in style guide

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High strap

A shoe with a strap that crosses the foot where the foot and ankle crease.

't' bar

A shoe with a strap that extends up the front of the foot from the center of the vamp and joins with a strap that crosses the upper part of the instep, forming a T.

Pump / court

The most classic of all shoe styles when accompanied by a 3-4 cm heel. Complements most dress, skirt and trouser styles.

Open toe

A shoe which has a hole cut of the toe. When in a high heel shoe the toes may be pushed down through the peep toe causing discomfort after a short period of time standing.

Lace up

A style that is closed by laces running down the front and centre of the foot. Inspired from men's shoes.

Sling back

A shoe with a strap that wraps around the back of the heel, exposing the heel. Slingbacks look best when they have an open or pointed toe and a sexy heel e.g., kitten. Avoid slingbacks if you have cracked or unattractive heels. Since slingbacks draw attention the heel it's important to keep the heels of this shoe in perfect condition - it's the little things that show how good you are with life's finer details.

Sandal

A light shoe with either an openwork upper or straps attaching the sole to the foot. Sandals can be flat or high heels.

Espadrille

Traditionally a light canvas shoe with a plaited fiber sole. Though always a wedge, today espadrille soles can be seen as part of a shoe or sandal and found in all heights.

Driving loafer

A shoe resembling a moccasin, with a low flat heel and a sole specifically designed to be safe and comfortable when driving.

Loafer

A shoe resembling a moccasin, with a low flat heel. Dressy loafers have smooth edges were the upper meets the sole. Casual loafers are slightly gathered where the upper meets the sole. Best worn with pants.

Moccasin

A flat shoe inspired by shoes worn by Native Americans and often decorated with beads..

Ballet

A low slip-on shoe, inspired from a Ballerina's slipper. Combines a very thin heel or the appearance of no heel at all with embellishments such as a ribbon-like binding around the low tops of the slipper and /or slight gathering at the top-front of the vamp and a tiny, decorative string tie. Has little to no internal foot support.

Flat / slip on

A flat to low heeled slip-on shoe.

Flat sandal

Flat heeled, open shoes.

Toe post / thong

An open-toed sandal that consists of a flat sole held loosely on the foot by a Y-shaped strap that passes between the first and second toes and around either side of the foot. Also known as Flip-flops, zōri or jandals.

Toe ring

A sandal where the big toe is held in place by a toe ring in the shoe.

Sneaker

A soft shoe with a rubber sole. Also known as a Plimsoll.

Trainer

An athletic shoe designed for sports or other forms of physical exercise but in recent years has come to be used for casual everyday activities. Also known as kicks, trabs, daps, sandshoes, joggers, runners or gutties.

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Ankle strap

A shoe with has a strap that circles the ankle. The horizontal strap will draw attention to the ankle and make the ankle appear wider and the leg shorter. The higher the heel and more pointed the toe the sexier the shoe's image will be.

Bar / mary jane

A closed, low-cut shoe with one or more straps that run horizontal across the instep.

Cross over

Flesh colour styles will be great for you. If the shoe is dark try blending it with hosiery of a similar depth.

Slide

A slip on shoe where only the front of the foot is covered. May have any height heel. Also known as a Mule. The higher the heel the easier it will be to keep the shoe on while walking, especially when you are wearing hosiery. Non-slip inserts can also be purchased.

Gladiator

An open-toed sandal with multiple straps running across the foot in a style designed to resemble that of the footwear of ancient Roman gladiators.

Gym boot

A lightweight canvas shoe with a rubber sole and an upper that extends to the ankle. Also known as basketball boots and ankle breakers.

AVOID
Clog

A slip-on, chunky shoe with a thick wooden sole, where only the front of the foot is covered. Originally a shoe worn by the Dutch.

This style does not suit you due to your: Vertical Type

Accessories - Boots for Ellen - Page 83 in style guide

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Knee boot

A boot that ends to just below the knee.

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Ankle boot

A boot style that ends just above the ankle bone. For your leg to look as long slender as possible the opening needs to hug your ankle..

Victorian

A lace or button-up boot with it's origins in Victorian fashion. Adds 'old world' charm to an outfit.

Best if worn under a long skirt, dress or pants, or with opaque hosiery that is in the same or similar value (degree of lightness/darkness) as the boot.

GOOD ONLY IF... MATCH
Calf boot

A boot that ends at mid calf. Boots which are loose around the calf have the potential to look like gumboots. The most flattering boots are tapered at the ankle and fit well through the calf to the top of the boot.

Good only if worn under long skirts or pants, or with opaque hosiery in a similar colour and/or depth/value to the boot. Avoid flat heeled boots with skirts and dresses.

AVOID
Over the knee boot

A boot that extends over the knee.

This style does not suit you due to your: Horizontal Type

Lingerie - Bras for Ellen - Page 85 in style guide

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Bralette

An unlined, wireless, soft cup bra that offers little support. Primarily used as a teen bra or for those with small bust lines. Typically designed to be pulled over the head or clasped in the back.

Stretch

These bras use elastic under the cups for support, as opposed to wire.

Balconnet

Same comments as used for Demi but add - Has wide-set straps, leaving a little front coverage, the balconette is a good choice for young women with firm breasts. This bra gives the breasts an uplift and fullness.

Push-up

These bras were first designed by the Gossard company, it uses a mixture of wires and padding to push the breasts up and inward to give better shape and the impression of greater size. It is a great alternative to breast implants.

Demi

Bras that are half-cup to just cover the nipples, have wide-set cups and shallower underwires than full cup styles. They offer good support with maximum exposure. The design causes the breast to be pushed up toward the centre and lie slightly in from the side seams, allowing not only for more cleavage, but for less tissue near the underarm. Try a demi bra when wearing a plunging or revealing neckline.

Seamless

A bra cup made of one piece (no internal seams) and may be in a soft fabric or moulded cup. This bra is most suitable under revealing and tight fitting tops especially when in a nude/fresh colour.

Full cup (underwire)

Bras that have a special wire used for supporting the cups of a bra along the bottom curve of the breast and to frame from centre front to side seam. Some are made of stamped sheet metal, some of heavy gauge wire, some of plastic. Underwire bras provide better shape, lift and support and are especially good for the fuller figure. Most women love underwire bras and others find them very uncomfortable. The only way to determine if this is a style of bra that will work for you is to give one a try.

Sports

A lightweight specialized bra designed to provide extra support and hold for the active woman. Designed to breathe and eliminate bounce and rubbing (as much as possible) for activities that involve a lot of movement. The cotton-lined cups are high at the front and sides for support, and they have a comfort underband with non-curl elastic to stop it from riding up. They may also have a non-slip Velcro fastening strap. Many sports bras are described as having no hardware at all and being slip-on, step-in, or pullover rather than having to use any sort of closure. Some offer non-chafe seams, which means extra care has supposedly been used in manufacturing a soft feeling to the seams in some way. Most sports bra makers will indicate the activity level that their bras are best suited for The Sport Top is a similar idea.

GOOD
Plunge

Reveals more of the bust for a sexy look and to cater for low front tops.

Bustier / longline

A bra with fitted sides that extend down to the waist or hips - providing more support than only a bra. Boning is often inserted to maximize support given by this seductive garment. A bustier is normally decorated with lace, ribbons and even beading. They have attached suspender belts (sometimes removable), and look best when worn with stockings and matching panties. A Bustier is used most commonly to accompany an evening or wedding gown.

AVOID
Minimizer

These bras help to deemphasize the larger bust. A minimizer bra shapes the breasts outward to reduce projection, while maintaining support.

This style does not suit you due to your: Bust Size

Strapless

Sometimes called a bandeau or convertible bra. Strapless bras have no shoulder straps. Designed to be worn with strapless gowns this bra is the most difficult to fit and wear. It should be worn straight around the body and should not be cut too low in the front. A long line strapless bra is the best choice if dancing is on the agenda. To ensure you have the right fit, reach up while the bra is on. The bra should remain in place and not ride up in the back. If it does, you may need a smaller size, e.g. A 14B instead of a 16B. Clear straps are often available to attach to this bra for easy of mind and movement.

This style does not suit you due to your: Bust Size

Lingerie - Panties Waist for Ellen - Page 86 in style guide

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Below waist

Panties that end just below the waist.

Hipster

Hipsters are panties that sit on or below the hips - approx 5 to 7.5 centimetres (2-3 inches) below the belly button.

Bikini waist

Designed after the swim wear, the bikini is small and cute. Be careful to buy a size large enough not to show panty lines.

GOOD
High waist

Panties that end on the waist.

Lingerie - Panties Leg for Ellen - Page 86 in style guide

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Boy leg

A leg that sits below the buttocks and horizontally across the top of the legs.

Full cut

A leg that sits slightly higher than a boy leg.

French cut

A leg that sits low on the hip as well as being cut-in at the front of the body.

Brazilian

A leg that sits high on the hip as well as being very cut-in at the front of the body.

GOOD
High cut

Great for visually elongating the leg. Firm outer thighs are needed as the high side cut exposes where most women carry extra weight.

Lingerie - Panties Style for Ellen - Page 86 in style guide

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Brief

Pants that come to the waist and go down to the top of the thigh. They are the best choice for women who battle with ugly underwear lines showing through their clothes.

GOOD
Bikini

Designed after the swim wear, the bikini is small and cute. Be careful to buy a size large enough not to show panty lines.

Tanga

These pants are triangles of fabric attached to a waistband. They may fully cover the bottom or a have G-string.

Thong

The smallest of all the underwear styles, it originated from costumes worn by strippers and is often called a G-string. Although it is invisible under clothes, it takes a firm bottom to wear it well. Be aware that under a soft, fluid skirt the G-string may allow the dress to fall between your buttocks.

G-string

The smallest of all lingerie panties. The back is little wider than string.

AVOID
Boy short

A boy short is a panty bottom that resembles a short. It has a full to medium cut leg holes and lower riding waistline. The design covers the bottom in a very flattering way, while being comfortable and sexy at the same time.

This style does not suit you due to your: Horizontal Type

Design & colour - Garment silhouette for Ellen - Page 87 in style guide

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Semi fitted

A dress, jacket, coat, shirt or top that is gently shaped to the body. Easy to wear and always appropriate.

GOOD
Boxy and soft

A dress, jacket, coat, shirt or top that falls straight and is made in soft fluid fabric.

Very fitted

A dress, jacket, shirt or top that is very fitted and sits tightly to the body.

Do not overfit, as this will cause your sway back to over emphasise the size of your behind.

AVOID
Boxy and stiff

A dress, jacket, coat, shirt or top that falls straight and stiff from the shoulder.

This style does not suit you due to your: Horizontal Type

Design & colour - Garment Surface for Ellen - Page 87 in style guide

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Dresses - matte

A fabric surface that reflects no light e.g., cotton, linen, wool etc. Matt fabrics are the most slimming.

Dresses - sheen

A fabric surface that reflects a light e.g., silk, jersey, Lycra etc.. Fabrics with sheen add a little perceived weight to the body and this increases as garments are more closely fitted to the body.

Tops/jackets - sheen

A surface that is slight reflective. Slight sheen increases the dressiness of the garment without greatly increasing the apparent size of the area which it is worn over.

GOOD
Tops/jackets - matte

A surface that reflects no light.

Your best matt tops and jackets are either medium to light in colour and/or have some degree of texture or pattern.

Tops/jackets - shine

A surface that reflects a lot of light. Dressy and enlarging to any area it is worn over.

AVOID
Dresses - shine

A fabric surface that reflects a lot of light e.g., satin, lame, sequins etc.

This style does not suit you due to your: Weight

Design & colour - Garment Bulk for Ellen - Page 89 in style guide

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Tops/sweaters - medium

Fabrics that are medium in thickness or bulk.

Tops/sweaters - thick

Fabrics that are thick or bulky.

Pants/skirts - fine

Fabrics that are thin e.g. fine wool, cotton, chiffon etc.

Pants/skirts - medium

Fabrics that are medium in thickness.

Dresses - fine

Fabrics that are thin e.g. fine wool, cotton, chiffon etc.

Dresses - medium

Fabrics that are medium in thickness.

GOOD
Tops/sweaters - fine

Fabrics that are thin e.g. fine wool, cotton, chiffon etc.

Pants/skirts - thick

Fabrics that are thick.

Dresses - thick

Fabrics that are thick.

Design & colour - Focal points for Ellen - Page 90 in style guide

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High

A focal point between the bust and shoulders. Attracts attention high on the body and can make the wearer appear taller and/or slimmer.

Balanced

Multiple focal points throughout the garment with each attracting equal attention and leading the eye in both directions. Neither makes a body appear taller or shorter.

GOOD
Torso/waist

A focal point between the bust line and crotch. Attracts attention to the mid torso.

Best if the focal point is small so as not to over crowd your short torso.

AVOID
Low

A focal point between the crotch and hemline. Attracts attention downward. Can make the body appear shorter and/or heavier.

This style does not suit you due to your: Vertical Type, Horizontal Type

Design & colour - Colour value for Ellen - Page 91 in style guide

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Tops - light

Light colours advance and make the area to which they have been applied appear larger. Light colours require accessories that are/or appear to be lightweight i.e., delicate jewellry, a large clear crystal necklace, patent leather shoes etc. Investing in a personal colour analysis is invaluable as style and colour go hand-in-hand. After all a great style in a bad colour is just as bad a purchase as a great colour in an unflattering style.

Tops - med light

A colour depth/value between light and medium. Investing in a personal colour analysis is invaluable as style and colour go hand-in-hand. After all a great style in a bad colour is just as bad a purchase as a great colour in an unflattering style.

Tops - medium

A colour depth/value between medium-light an medium-dark. Medium colours neither advance or recede and make no perceived difference to the apparent size or bulk of an area. Medium colours also have a perceived medium weight. Medium value colours are appropriate for many occasions however, the psychological effect of any hue and value needs to be evaluated before being worn for an occasion. Investing in a personal colour analysis is invaluable as style and colour go hand-in-hand. After all a great style in a bad colour is just as bad a purchase as a great colour in an unflattering style.

Pants/skirts - med dark

A depth/value between medium and dark. Investing in a personal colour analysis is invaluable as style and colour go hand-in-hand. After all a great style in a bad colour is just as bad a purchase as a great colour in an unflattering style.

Pants/skirts - dark

A colour depth/value close to black. Dark colours recede, and diminish the apparent size and/or bulk of the area to which they have been applied. Dark colours appear to be heavier than light colours and as such often look best when worn as either a full garment e.g, a dress or coat, or worn below the waist e.g., pants, skirt or shorts. Dark colours are perceived as formal and authoritative. Always consider your personal colouring needs when selecting clothing colours. Investing in a personal colour analysis is invaluable as style and colour go hand-in-hand. After all a great style in a bad colour is just as bad a purchase as a great colour in an unflattering style.

Dresses - med light

A colour depth/value between light and medium. Investing in a personal colour analysis is invaluable as style and colour go hand-in-hand. After all a great style in a bad colour is just as bad a purchase as a great colour in an unflattering style.

Dresses - medium

A colour depth/value between medium-light an medium-dark. Medium colours neither advance or recede and make no perceived difference to the apparent size or bulk of an area. Medium colours also have a perceived medium weight. Medium value colours are appropriate for many occasions however, the psychological effect of any hue and value needs to be evaluated before being worn for an occasion. Investing in a personal colour analysis is invaluable as style and colour go hand-in-hand. After all a great style in a bad colour is just as bad a purchase as a great colour in an unflattering style.

Dresses - med dark

A depth/value between medium and dark. Investing in a personal colour analysis is invaluable as style and colour go hand-in-hand. After all a great style in a bad colour is just as bad a purchase as a great colour in an unflattering style.

Dresses - dark

A colour depth/value close to black. Dark colours recede, and diminish the apparent size and/or bulk of the area to which they have been applied. Dark colours appear to be heavier than light colours and as such often look best when worn as either a full garment e.g, a dress or coat, or worn below the waist e.g., pants, skirt or shorts. Dark colours are perceived as formal and authoritative. Always consider your personal colouring needs when selecting clothing colours. Investing in a personal colour analysis is invaluable as style and colour go hand-in-hand. After all a great style in a bad colour is just as bad a purchase as a great colour in an unflattering style.

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Tops - med dark

A depth/value between medium and dark. Investing in a personal colour analysis is invaluable as style and colour go hand-in-hand. After all a great style in a bad colour is just as bad a purchase as a great colour in an unflattering style.

Tops - dark

A colour depth/value close to black. Dark colours recede, and diminish the apparent size and/or bulk of the area to which they have been applied. Dark colours appear to be heavier than light colours and as such often look best when worn as either a full garment e.g, a dress or coat, or worn below the waist e.g., pants, skirt or shorts. Dark colours are perceived as formal and authoritative. Always consider your personal colouring needs when selecting clothing colours. Investing in a personal colour analysis is invaluable as style and colour go hand-in-hand. After all a great style in a bad colour is just as bad a purchase as a great colour in an unflattering style.

Pants/skirts - med light

A colour depth/value between light and medium. Investing in a personal colour analysis is invaluable as style and colour go hand-in-hand. After all a great style in a bad colour is just as bad a purchase as a great colour in an unflattering style.

Pants/skirts - medium

A colour depth/value between medium-light an medium-dark. Medium colours neither advance or recede and make no perceived difference to the apparent size or bulk of an area. Medium colours also have a perceived medium weight. Medium value colours are appropriate for many occasions however, the psychological effect of any hue and value needs to be evaluated before being worn for an occasion. Investing in a personal colour analysis is invaluable as style and colour go hand-in-hand. After all a great style in a bad colour is just as bad a purchase as a great colour in an unflattering style.

Dresses - light

Light colours advance and make the area to which they have been applied appear larger. Light colours require accessories that are/or appear to be lightweight i.e., delicate jewelry, a large clear crystal necklace, patent leather shoes etc. Investing in a personal colour analysis is invaluable as style and colour go hand-in-hand. After all a great style in a bad colour is just as bad a purchase as a great colour in an unflattering style.

AVOID
Pants/skirts - light

Light colours advance and make the area to which they have been applied appear larger. Light colours require accessories that are/or appear to be lightweight i.e., delicate jewellery, a large clear crystal necklace, patent leather shoes etc. Investing in a personal colour analysis is invaluable as style and colour go hand-in-hand. After all a great style in a bad colour is just as bad a purchase as a great colour in an unflattering style.

This style does not suit you due to your: Horizontal Type

Design & colour - Colour flow for Ellen - Page 92 in style guide

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Solid all through

The most slimming way to dress, especially if the colour is medium dark to dark. Add texture and accessories for interest. CLASSIFICATION: All occasions.

Up outside

Flowing one colour up the outside of the silhouette e.g. a dark skirt and dark jacket (left open) and teamed with a light top. CLASSIFICATION: All occasions.

Up inside

Flowing one colour up the inside of the silhouette e.g. a dark skirt and dark top teamed with a light sweater (left open). CLASSIFICATION: Dressy, Smart and Relaxed Casual.

Design & colour - Pattern for Ellen - Page 93 in style guide

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Medium

A pattern that is between the size of your palm and your fingertips in the repeat.

Small

A pattern that is smaller than the centre of your palm in the repeat.

Subtle

A pattern of any size that has a low colour contrast between the colours i.e, little light and dark value.

Complex

Intricate or complex patterns that on first glance appear medium in size but, when the pattern repeat is measured it is large. These patterns are excellent for plus sized women and are more slimming than most garments in a solid colour. Their intricate/complex design confuses the eye and does not allow it to rest on any one spot. Angular/abstract complex patterns are better than curved designs.

Above waist

Patterns or prints worn above the waist draw attention upward making the overall body appear taller. The apparent size of the upper body will depend on the size and contrast of the pattern and the fabric's surface.

GOOD
Obvious repeat

A pattern that has an obvious repeat in the pattern. Usually seen on a solid or simple patterned background. These prints can act as a gauge and exaggerator of size making large women look wider and small women looking smaller. Best worn by tall slender women.

GOOD ONLY IF... MATCH
Below waist

Pattern below the waist draw attention downward making you appear a little shorter and possibly heavier. The apparent size of the lower body will depend on the size and colour contrast in the pattern, the fabric's surface and the shape of the garment.

Good only if the pattern is subtle, in a scale that suits your needs*, and a colour from the pattern is used for the garment worn above the waist. * See Pattern Type and Size section

AVOID
Large

This style does not suit you due to your Vertical Type, Bone Structure and Weight.

This style does not suit you due to your: Vertical Type, Weight, Bone Structure

Hairstyles - Face shape for Ellen - Page 77 in style guide

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Face Shape

[h]OBLONG FACE[/h]

The aim is to visually shorten the face and add width.

[h]Hairstyles:[/h]

- Styles need to have volume at the top of the head and width at the sides, (in the area of the cheekbones).

- The width should taper in, from the cheek line to the nape of the neck.

- The sides should be off your face.

- Styles need to have softness and be natural looking. This may be created by curls or layers.

- Hair is best at mid-length.

- Long hair needs to be full at the neck or shoulderline.

- Avoid; height only, long straight hair, centre parts, very short styles and hair that flicks around from the back of your neck.

[h]Make-up:[/h]

- Apply a dark shade of foundation at the hairline around the forehead and just under and over the chin.

- Apply blush high on the cheekbones at the outer third of the eye and blend toward the temples.

- Apply a small amount of blush to the centre of the chin and blend.