It Suits You

After that 2012 resolution to hit the gym much more than you have, you want to be able to show off all of your hard work. The teeny-weeny shorts are not good for everyone, despite how small you are. What you need to do is find a swimsuit that allows you to rock your new body while keeping things classy. Here are some things to keep in mind as you go shopping for suits.

For those of you that have a large chest, it is important that your swimming suit has support. People think that support is just for older women or their grandmothers, but this is not true at all! Support can make you feel so much better in a suit and you look great too. Victoria’s Secret has some suits that would be good, support wise, and would look good on you as well. Their Magicsuit line is especially fitting for a flattering look. The important thing is that you do not embellish your bust line because that will only make you look top heavy.

If you have a small chest, then you can play around with ruffles and patterns and such on your suits. Even a bikini can have a fun and funky top, but it will not make you look top heavy, only a bit more balanced as far as ratios go. Polka dots are good as far as patterns go. Target actually has some great suits for small busted women, their halter top bikinis have the perfect amount of ruching and the halter design emphasizes the shoulders and chest (something that would not be good for a person with a large chest). Halter is also good for people who are pear-shaped in body type because it makes the shoulders appear stronger and draws attention away from the hips and thighs. Also, vertical patterns are ideal because they lengthen the torso and emphasize the vertical image of your body and not the larger, horizontal view.

Plus-size women have much difficulty finding suits. Do not be discouraged! There are so many good and attractive suits out there for you, you just need to know what style is best. Wrapping around the front, even the faux kind, slims you and gives you a very powerful definition for you waist. Vertical patterns are good for you as well, anything to give you a better, longer line. For full coverage, including your bottom, go for something with a small swim skirt because that can help to hide some details down that way and across your front. Some swim skirts even go up farther on your torso which help to control the muffin-top look that everyone experiences.

Everyone else, it really is up to you now to find a suit that is good for you. Everyone is different and everyone’s body is subject to change. It really depends on what you feel best in as to what you feel comfortable in at the pool. The most attractive quality is confidence, so if you do not feel like you can rock a suit then you can’t. However, if you feel like a million dollar bill in a suit, then you will have the confidence to back up the suit and you will be much more attractive in that.

Recovering from Surgery

Undergoing a surgical procedure of any kind can be a stressful and painful experience. Thankfully, modern medical interventions are available to minimize pain both before and after surgeries but there will still be issues of pain and discomfort and these can be greatly exacerbated by improper aftercare. It is imperative that the recovering patient listens to and follows the instructions of the attending physicians and nurses that are assisting with the recovery process. Depending on the extent and severity of the surgical procedure some patients may be able to leave shortly after the surgery (this is generally referred to as an outpatient surgery) or the patient may be required to stay in the hospital for an extended period so that the medical team can closely monitor the after effects of the procedure.

Whether at home or in the hospital it is a good idea to have comforting activities and items nearby so that the recovery process can be as easy as possible.  The patient will be experiencing a wide range of physical and emotional symptoms that are brought on by the intensity of surgery and the medications that will be prescribed for dealing with pain and other such issues. One of the most commonly reported side effects of prescription pain killers, administered either orally or intravenously, is that of nausea. Because of the extent of medicines that are already being administered to the recovering patient many opt for the use of BioBands for their relief from nausea. BioaBands are adjustable bracelets that utilized acupressure methodology to bring immediate and ongoing relief from nausea without having to administer addition chemicals into the body.

Other comforting items should include calming activities to relieve boredom as sitting in a hospital room can be tedious. Of course, every patient is different and their will be a difference in each individuals reaction to the medications that will be administered following surgery. Some patients may sleep a great deal and others may stay awake despite the sedative effects of the pain killers. The best activities for patients include books and magazines for reading, crossword puzzles, word games, and any other type of written puzzles like Sudoku, jigsaw puzzles, knitting, or any other sedentary activity that the patient may enjoy. Most hospitals have televisions in patient’s rooms and they can be hooked up to portable DVD players or other devices so that DVDs can be watched as well.

The patient’s comfort is paramount for recovery; however, there is also an amount of discomfort that is necessary for proper healing. It is recommended that patient’s get out of bed after surgery, as long as the doctors attending the case give the patient the go-ahead. The patient may only be asked to walk short distances at first or they doctors and nurses may want more strenuous activity, either way it is vital to proper recovery of the body that patients follow the orders of their medical team. Moving after surgery can keep muscles from atrophying as well as keeping scar tissues from hardening to such a degree that would cause loss of motion after certain surgical procedures. Still, it is equally as important for patients to not over do their physical movements. Some movement is needed but patients should avoid lifting heavy objects, unapproved exercise routines, and any other physical activity that may stress the body. There is a delicate balance that must be maintained throughout the recovery process and the doctors and nurses involved in each individual case are best able to dictate the steps a patient should take during the recovery process.

Does My Tummy Look Big in This?

Are you pregnant? No, that’s just my expanding tummy.

Oh dear! Where did that trim figure of your younger days go? Probably hidden under layers of the good life – chocolate, good food, alcohol, working too hard, stress, age and anything else you can come up with.

Yes, exercise, strength training and less food will all decrease your tummy or size. In the meantime, here are some smart modern dressing tips for business women over 40 to minimise or flatten your tummy and look slimmer.

Go Diagonal or Uneven
While vertical lines are slimming, diagonal lines are your smartest dressing tip. Diagonals – either in the pattern or the design shape – go across your body at an angle so your tummy appears less noticeable. Skinny or medium-sized diagonal patterned fabrics are best. Softly merging diagonal colours give the effect without being obvious. Crossover tops, jackets and dresses are a very modern way to add slimming diagonal lines.

Ruching across the tummy, gathers at the side seams, lots of vertical pintucks or angled or uneven hems at the bottom of tops or jackets all break up the horizontal line across your tummy. All of these features give the impression that your tummy looks smaller than it is.

Wear Flat-front Pants and Skirts 
This style of pants or skirt means that the eyes have nothing to stop and focus on. Flat-front pants with no pockets encourage people to look down the line of your body rather than across it. Add a centre back zip rather than a front or side zip and you have another smart dressing tip to disguise your tummy.

Look for a flat front skirt with a bit of stretch in it for comfort and no centre or front seams or pockets. Other people do not notice your tummy as much when you wear styles like this. If you like pleats, have them start from the hips not the waist.

Both these styles are more effective in darker colours or subtle pin stripes.

Leave Only a Small Space in Your Middle for People to Look At
Your tummy cannot look big if people cannot see all of it. Wear a cardigan with the buttons undone below your waist. This creates a small A shape that draws attention upward away from your tummy. Undo the top button or two if you like, to draw attention even further upward.

Wear a soft top or jacket that has no buttons or if it has buttons, undo them so only a small vertical section of your dress, blouse or cami shows down the middle of your body. Viola! Tummy shrunk. Add a belt under a cardigan or jacket and people will see only the belt or the whole outfit not your tummy. Belts are a sign of confidence and women usually assume that a woman wearing a belt has a small waist and a flat tummy, even if they cannot see the entire belt.

If all else fails, wear shapewear especially shapewear that go higher than your waist and cover your midriff. A slim midriff makes your bust look larger and your tummy look smaller.

Remember that most business women over 40 are too busy thinking about their own body faults to actually notice the size of your tummy. These hints are only to help you feel good about yourself.

Margaret Sims is an Image Consultant and Fashion Translator. Margaret helps women discover their true personality and how to shine as a modern woman over 40. If this interests you, visit Blog for more fashion tips. At both the Blog and Margaret’s website – you can sign up to get the free twice-monthly newsletter and receive your free eBook and Audio – ‘Look Fabulous, Feel Confident Every Day’.

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The New Slimmer Me

You have made the decision, stopped the excuses and faced your embarrassment. You have dropped weight and are well on your way to your target goal weight.

Suddenly you are scared. Who is this new woman who is emerging from under the protective layers of weight? There is less of you weight-wise but more of you emotional-wise that is being exposed. With less weight, people notice and compliment you more. How is the new you going to dress?

Dropping weight means changing your mindset and your dressing habits. Here are three smart dressing tips to help you dress for the new confident you.

Your Covering Changes not Your Basic Body Shape

Many women believe that when they drop weight, they change from a large, rounded apple shape to an hourglass shape. That is not true.

Your basic body shape is determined by your bones and the width of your shoulders. These do not change. Only your covering over them is changing. As you drop weight, your true body shape will become obvious and more defined. Now is the time to become excited about who you really are.

Look at your shoulder, waist and hip width in the mirror. If all three are the same width, you are rectangular. If your shoulders are the widest, you are inverted triangle. If your hips are the widest, you are pear-shaped. If your shoulders and hips are virtually equal and your waist is smaller, you are hour-glass. If your waist is the widest, you are an apple shape.

Read articles and books on body shapes and how to dress for yours or book a consultation with an Image Consultant.

Styles that Work for all Body Shapes

Crossover tops and jackets are great for changing body shapes. Choose ones with ties so that you can wrap them tighter as you drop dress sizes. Retailers, pattern books and some party plan clothing companies have wrap jackets that can be worn many different ways. This is a money-saving option to expand your wardrobe and look fashionable while continuing to lose weight.

Modern wrap dresses and classic shift dresses suit every woman. Wear one with a self-tie or belt and you can bring it in a few sizes as you slim down. Tops, shirts and dresses with a princess line from the shoulder flatter all body shapes. Take the side seams in as you get smaller. Do not safety-pin side seams. That is sending a negative message to your mind and body.

Clothes that skim your body make you feel good about yourself.

Quality or Cheap & Cheerful

It is your call. Both do the job. You can go to shops that sell classic styles in good quality fabrics at a reasonable price. If necessary, have them altered to fit. Alternatively go to a discount store, outlet centre or boutique stores that have cheaper, fashionable clothes. Try the second-chance or charity shops. It is not about the price. It is how you wear it.

Do buy new clothes and new underwear. Waiting until you reach your magic goal weight is denying yourself the pleasure of the journey. Tell yourself you are worth the effort and the cost of looking nice whatever your weight and size.

Magic Tip:

Raise your skirts and show some leg. Best skirt length is just below the knee. Second best is just below the widest part of your calf. Add nice shoes. People will love the new you because you are doing what many women over 40 are scared to do. You are showing your legs.

Discover the new you as you make dropping weight an exciting journey not a punishing chore.

Margaret Sims is an Image Consultant and Fashion Translator. Margaret helps quiet achieving business women over 40 shine confidently in a world of noisy experts. If this is you, visit Blog for more fashion tips. At both the Blog and Margaret’s website – you can sign up to get the free twice-monthly newsletter and receive your free eBook and Audio – ‘Look Fabulous, Feel Confident Every Day’.

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Plunging Necklines

Rules are meant to be broken – especially by the young for whom most fashion is created.

Today many young women, and I am including those up to the age of 40, seem to be happy wearing plunging necklines for everyday wear. What happens if you want to look smart but for whatever reason, you do not feel comfortable wearing a plunging neckline? What do you do?

Here are three modern dressing tips for business and professional women over 40 so that you do not have to miss out on wearing some lovely modern fashions. These dressing tips can also apply to girls and women of any age who feel that the plunge is not for you.

Wear a Cami or Singlet Top Underneath

If you find a dress or top that plunges past your comfort point, consider buying or wearing a smooth-fitting cami or singlet top underneath. Both of these look smart and you can match, blend or contrast with the colour or pattern to your dress, skirt, pants or jeans. A fitted cami gives you the modesty you want. Make sure that the cami or singlet covers just the top of your bust. One that ends close to your collarbone looks old-fashioned.

If you prefer a cami to a singlet top, ignore those that have stretch straps as these do not hold the cami firmly in place. The cami can slip over time and you are back to revealing more of the plunge than you may prefer. This can attract unwanted comments from some men, especially if you are short like me. Yes, I learnt that lesson from experience. Stretch camis with built-in bras are a better alternative. If you want good support, wear a proper bra under these camis. As long as no one will see your bra straps, it does not matter.

I am not a fan of lace-top camis for a professional or business look as I believe they come across as either too casual or too sexual for a professional situation.

Be careful of beige and skin-toned camis or singlet tops as your neckline will still look plunging from a distance. Beige and skin-toned camis are great to wear under normal white tops, blouses or shirts when you do not want your bra to be visible.

Wear a Strapless Cami or Boob Tube Underneath

Some women wear boob tubes or strapless camis under revealing V necklines and low sleeveless underarms. You see the cami at your bustline, under your arms and across your back. Try them to see if you feel comfortable wearing them. If you have to keep hitching them up, do not buy them.

Ignore Plunging Necklines

Sometimes you just have to say – it is lovely but not for me. Even when you were young you rejected some fashion styles as not you. Be prepared to reject some plunging neckline styles and go look for something else.

Modest flattering swimwear can often be hard to find. One-piece swimwear and bikinis plunge a lot. Check out one-shouldered designs or swimwear with sheer front inserts that give a veiled glimpse of a plunge rather than an obvious view.

Bonus Tip

Try a classy back neckline plunge for one outfit only. The depth of the plunge is your choice, depending on whether you are wearing the top or dress in a professional, casual or night-time situation. A plunging back is unusual enough to be stylish, individual and timeless.

Rules are meant to be broken with style by smart women. Good quality camis and singlet tops can be very versatile fashion items. Let your personality shine as you turn plunging necklines into modern business dressing.

Margaret Sims is an Image Consultant and Fashion Translator. Margaret helps women discover their true personality and how to shine as a modern woman over 40. If this interests you, visit Blog for more fashion tips. At both the Blog and Margaret’s website – you can sign up to get the free twice-monthly newsletter and receive your free eBook and Audio – ‘Look Fabulous, Feel Confident Every Day’.

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