Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Dressing for those Christmas parties after having a baby

I have tried to deny it but I'm afraid I can't bury my head in the sand any more. Xmas is really nearly here. For many new mums this may be the first time they have had to dress their new ‘baby bodies’ for their partners Xmas function. My advice to you is don’t even think about ‘hiding’ behind baggy, black clothes! Not only will you FEEL frumpy, you will make yourself look bigger than you are. If people can’t see your shape, they assume you are two sizes bigger!

My preferred clothing option for Xmas parties is the party dress. This outfit needs no co-ordination. As much as you want to again hide in black, it is boring, so think colour. Stick with a dress that is going to fall to just below the knee, skim over your thighs sit just under your knee with a scooped or v-neckline. Make sure it has some shape at the side but can fall comfortably over any remnants of ‘baby belly’ that might have stuck around. This can mean a clasp, knot or rouching under the bust or to the side. Team this with one of the many bolero type cardigans for an extra bit of coverage on arms and you are away!

Separates can work well too. If you want to play it safe, go out looking for a nice gradual A-line skirt but don't let it fall to that terrible frumpy mid-calf length! Instead, as with the dress, go with something a little below the knee. Team this skirt with a nice top. Don’t worry if it is sleeveless, again use a bolero's and maybe try and find a top with a little bit of sparkle in it. After all it IS Christmas.

Lastly, like the icing on the cake, the accessory is essential. Don't forget it. Especially as the dress or top I have advised is lower, so it will fill that space beautifully. Plus the pop of colour from a necklace can also help if your dress of top is black. Most importantly, enjoy yourself, look good, feel great and all the very best for the Xmas season. If you are thinking that 2015 is your year to find out what best suits your body, budget and lifestyle, then head on over to www.wardrobeflair.com and check out our FABULOUS options for gifts. We are defiantly the Christmas or birthday gift that keeps on giving!

Trudi Bennett set up her personal style consultancy www.wardrobeflair.com in 2005 after discovering a huge market of men and women unhappy with their personal and professional wardrobe and image. Her focus was to give people the tools to make wise, logical styling and shopping decisions, based on their body, budget and lifestyle.

Trudi is a motivational speaker at workshops, seminars & conferences all around NZ sharing her personal styling hints and tips in a humorous and engaging way. She dabbles in TV, is COAST FM’S Fashion & Styling contributor, and is also a fashion blogger for numerous online sites.

Trudi has offices in both Auckland and Wellington New Zealand and her main passion is to help people feel as confident as possible. She is most proud of her work when she knows her clients’ realise anyone of any shape, size or profession can look and feel fantastic.

Regards Trudi


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