Jewyll Pearce

Jewyll Pearce

Fall is finally here, and with every new season, comes change. Especially within "the wardrobe." You may find yourself peeping into your closet, hoping that the overflow of options gives just enough inspiration to pull through for all your fashion moods this season. 

It's almost time to transition into a new fall season, which means wardrobe changes are also on the horizon. If you love the summer season like me, we're dreading the thought of letting go those flowing sundresses, flip flops, and warm sunny days, and replacing them with sweaters, boots and cooler grey days.

Wednesday, 23 August 2017 14:25

"Aha Moments": Embrace the Breakthroughs

A few years ago, I experienced a shift in life. It was a change that I knew only time would be able to heal. I had no idea how long it would take.

 

Keeping up with the ever-so-changing trends can often be a struggle. It's not only costly but can sometimes be a little discouraging. For example, you finally save up and decide to splurge on those new shoes that everyone has been raving about...only to realize two weeks later, that shoe style is no longer trending and everyone is on to the next hottest style. Now you're left wondering if you made the best decision, if you should return those shoes for another pair, or just live without them. I'll be honest, I have done this plenty of times!

The one thing I look forward to during the change of seasons are what fabulous colors will be trending on the Pantone's color report. It's a great color guide to follow for color inspiration, but no matter how beautiful the colors are, I always tend to fall right back into that color rut...yes the color "black"! How many can relate to this?

Wednesday, 26 July 2017 09:41

Becoming a Phenomenal Woman

Growing up, I was often criticized by others for the way I looked. Whether it was for the way my ears stood off from my head, the shape of my legs, or the clothing I wore, thoughts of not being accepted is what I often struggled with during my younger years. Sadly, because of what others seemed to think of me, I felt unworthy and less than beautiful.

Body confidence does not come from trying to achieve the perfect body. It comes from embracing the one you have!

There are four basic common body shapes; the Pear, Apple, Rectangle and Hour Glass. Which one are you?

Pear Shape is the most common — if you have large hips and a tiny bust you are considered pear shaped. Also, your shoulders may be narrow in comparison to your hips. The objective is to create balance on the upper-half, enhancing the chest/bust area.

What to Wear:

A-line dresses, wide-leg trousers, textured fabrics, scoop-neck or embellished-neck tops. Keep in mind also that statement necklaces and scarves also create volume upward.

A-line skirts, flared jeans or trousers, preferably medium/dark denim, because it creates the allusion that everything is seemingly proportioned. The key is to keep the bottom at a minimum.

What Not to Wear:

Avoid tight skirts, cargo pants, stripes, funky pockets and clothing that hits right at the hip area.

Inverted Triangle/Apple Shape — this shape has more of an undefined waist, and the bust is considered larger than the hip section, with slimmer arms and legs. The objective is to draw attention away from the mid-section.

What to Wear:

Ruched tops, tunics, V-necks, scoop tops, flowy dresses, or maybe even a shift dress, depending on the occasion. You can even try a low-waist trouser, sometimes that helps hide any stomach bulges. And because your legs are usually your best asset, show off your legs!

What Not to Wear:

Clingy and loose, shapeless clothing.

Rectangle Shape — this is more of an athletic build but particularly curvy. Your shoulders and hip measurements are nearly the same. Showing off your arms, shoulders and back will more than likely be your best body feature!

What to Wear:

Halter styled tops, crew neckline shirts, belted tops, dusters, strapless dresses, jumpsuits, high-waist trousers.

What Not to Wear:

Shapeless or boxy clothing.

Hour Glass — this shape is equally proportioned with your shoulders and hips, being approximately the same width. And the waistline is significantly smaller.

What to Wear:

Tailored or form fitting clothing...notice the word "fitted," not tight.

Waist defined tops and jackets, crop tops, V-neck tops, wrap dresses, A-line dresses, sheath dresses, pencil skirts, wide leg pants.

What Not to Wear:

Low-rise pants or skirts, horizontal detailing, patterns or prints. These can make you appear wider. Remember the goal is to highlight your curves, while allowing your waist to be the focal point.

 

Trends and fashion are forever changing, and so are we as women. Our body shapes often change over time, and that is okay!  Learning to mix and match what works best and somedays, what may not work best, only leaves room for other ways and opportunities to truly embrace who we are. So, there you have it, the starting point of understanding the basic guidelines of flattering your body shape.

Fashion is what you buy, while style is what you do with it. That seems to be a simple solution, right? Well maybe, but for some, shopping off the runway or buying the latest trends may appear to be a breeze, but it's not always a perfect outcome.

There are many times that we may be complimented on how well or how great the clothes we have on look, and our typical reply may be “oh how I wish I felt as good.” All too often has this been the case. What we wear says a lot about who we are. However, how we feel about ourselves says even more.

It’s not always about the the brands or latest trends that give us the pass of feeling good about ourselves. Having confidence comes from within, knowing your role and purpose, and feeling comfortable about being in that moment. Confidence reflects your attitude, daily activities and personal style. That is what is most admired by others.

Although that is easier said than done, sometimes it takes hitting that metaphorical reset button, clearing your mind, and refreshing your body as well as your closet. New clothes, new attitude  — it just works!

I have come a long way in terms of my style and confidence. My most confident moments were not just when my look was pleasantly pulled together, but when I actually felt good about knowing who I was as a person. That prepared me for my purpose and I embraced just that. From there on, my attitude as well as personal style always reflected my inner confidence!

No matter how you may feel about your body shape, the size of your waistline, the color of your hair, remember those are the unique things that often sweeten the deal, and helps shape you into who you are to be.

It may not always be as easy, but in the meantime, learn to let your confidence speak louder than selfdoubt. Take the time for self evaluation. Be comfortable knowing who you are, adjust your mindset, fall in love with your imperfections, and simplify your personal style.

 

Discovering what works best for not just your wardrobe and personal style, but your attitude, emotion and well being is key. When we feel good, we look good!