Personal profile for Sue A.   


Outfits, September 2015

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Style keywords

  • Funky

  • Effortless

  • Age appropriate

  • Stylish


Inverted triangle- Your shoulders are wider than your hips. 

Celebrities with your body type: Teri Hatcher, Demi Moore, Cameron Diaz

Style approach

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Play up the bottom to balance the body. We’re going for visual balance/symmetry.  




  • Sleeveless, asymmetrical necklines

  • V-necks, scoop necks, rounded collars

  • Raglan sleeves (where the seem runs to the collar instead of to the shoulder)

  • Dark colors, vertical stripes

  • Flowy tops with asymmetrical hemlines

  • A peplum band

  • 3/4 sleeves

  • Tops with mid sized straps

  • Drop tops (drawstring at the hips), trapeze, empire waist

  • Higher cut arm holes

  • Knits that keep a close line to the body

  • Wrap designs as long as the neck is not too wide

To minimize your stomach:

  • Seams should hit at the outside edge of your shoulder

  • Draping across the belly

  • Wear a cami or long tank top

  • Ruching on the sides

  • Prints

  • Empire waist or tunics

  • Avoid tight garments over your belly, opt for flowy tops

  • Avoid tops with belts at your widest point.

  • Opt for longer tops that draw the eye down and away from your stomach

To maximize the bust line:

bright and light tops, horizontal stripes and prints, asymmetrical tops, ruffled and pleated blouses, details at the bust, boat, crew, high and low cut necklines. 

To minimize the bust line: 

  • Vertical or diagonal stripes or details

  • Solid tops in neutral or deep colors

  • Wrap styles and tailored options with darts

  • Deep shawl collars

Avoid: Wide V-Necks, square necklines, spaghetti straps, light colors, horizontal stripes, halter, strapless, off the shoulder, big collars. Cap, puffy, ruffled, pleated or any sleeve with lot of detail near the shoulder. Tops with built-in volume, big shawl collars.


  • Any style that will accentuate your bottom and leg line, such as:

    • Patterns and prints

    • Straight, boot cut, boyfriend or baggy trousers or jeans

    • Combat, palazzo, flares, wide legs

    • Embellishment on the back pockets

    • Wide belt loops, side pocket details

    • Slim-fitted waist with gradual flare to create width and balance broad shoulders

    • Cuffed or ankle length pants that create curves

    • Shorts that show off your legs

    • Shorts with embellishment, bright colors and/or texture

    • Ankle length pants and/or rolling your pants at the ankle

To minimize your stomach:

  • High waisted pants or shorts

  • Jeans with a higher rise, wide band and higher in the back.

  • Jeans with double buttons

  • Leggings with spandex to provide shape

  • Wide leg pants or culottes

Avoid: Skinny jeans with no wow factor don't make you look your best, but you can offset them with bold shoes.


  • A peplum band

  • Detail at the hips, side pockets

  • Horizontal striped skirts

  • Soft a-line with inverted pleats

  • Shorter length to show off your legs

  • Prints or bright colors

  • Straight skirts that just about cover the knee

  • Full skirts

  • Trumpet and flared styles

  • Tiered designs

To minimize your stomach:

  • Skirts that are belted at above your stomach, rather than across it.

  • Draping across the belly

  • Darker colors, less contrast

  • Shapers, bike shorts or tights

  • Peplum styles

  • Wear your skirts higher

  • Wear a full length cami

  • A line styles

  • Flowy, trapeze options that do not cling to your stomach

  • Maxi skirts without belts and that slightly flare or are aline

  • Avoid straight skirts that emphasize your stomach

Avoid: Longer pencil skirts. 


  • Sleeveless

  • Minimal and clean at the top

  • Full skirted

  • Drop waist

  • Draped/loose-fitting, asymmetrical

  • Empire seam

  • Wrap dresses

  • Lower necklines

  • Peplum dresses

  • Prints, bold colors, embellishment, etc. below the waistline

  • Body con dresses with patterns or elements that create curves

  • Maxi dresses with slight a line and/or fuller skirt

To minimize your stomach:

  • A line dresses

  • Maxi dresses without belts and with a slight flare or aline

  • Avoid straight cut skirts that emphasize your stomach as a focal point

  • Trapeze dresses

  • Avoid drop waist dresses with seams or drawstrings that hit at your stomach, drawing attention to it

  • Seams should hit at the outside edge of your shoulder

  • Draping or ruching across the belly

  • At the knee or below will elongate your frame

  • Shapers, bike shorts or tights

  • Peplum

  • Prints that confuse the eye

  • Opt for jumpsuits or dresses without belts or with belts that hit at your smallest point, not your stomach.

To minimize the bust line: 

  • Solid top portion of the dress in neutral or deep colors

  • Vertical or diagonal stripes or details

  • Wrap styles and tailored options with darts

  • Deep shawl collars

Avoid: Off-the-shoulder necklines


  • Hems that end at the hips rather than the waist elongate and draw the eye down

  • Asymmetrical hemlines

  • Waterfall cardigans or jackets

  • Longer cardigans that hit at the waist

  • Deep (not wide) V neck jackets

  • Jackets that include a low slung belt

  • A peplum band

  • Clean lines and minimal hardware/ embellishments

To minimize your stomach:

  • Seams should hit at the outside edge of your shoulder

  • Draping across the belly or draping at the neck and loose fitting at the waist

  • Peplum style

  • Waterfall styles

  • Asymmetrical hemlines that cover your stomach

To minimize the bust line: 

  • Solid jackets in neutral or deep colors

  • Vertical or diagonal stripes or details

  • Wrap styles and tailored jackets with darts

  • Deep shawl collars

Avoid: jackets with hems that are shorter than hip level. bolero jackets, shoulder pads, jackets that are especially bulky on top- shawl collars. Masculine styles. Jackets with excess hardware/ zippers/ detail. Bold colors or prints. 


  • High heels, nude shoes elongate

  • Ankle straps, booties or other statement shoes

  • Knee-high boots

  • Heavier or rounder shoes

  • Kitten or wedge heels

  • Colorful or print shoes

  • Calf high boots that are angled at the top are elongating

  • Shoes with interesting texture or unusual design elements

Avoid: pointed or dainty shoes, blending your shoes with your pants, skirt or dress. 


  • Low slung belts that do not contrast dramatically with your outfit

  • Opt for earrings instead of necklaces

  • Statement shoes, bold pedicure

  • Bold handbag that sits at the hips

  • Bracelets, watches, rings drawing attention to your hands

Avoid: Statement necklaces and bold scarves unless you balance them with visual interest on the bottom half of your body. 

Recommended retailers




Endless Knot tell them I sent you for extra love

Velouria (especially accessories) tell them I sent you for extra love

Show Pony


Nordstrom Rack



White House Black Market

Ann Taylor


Banana Republic

The Limited

re-souL (Ballard Shoe store), tell them I sent you for extra love



Whistles UK

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Cabi party, September, 2015