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HATS OFF: how to wear a hat

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Of all the fashion trends from the 20th century, it seems like hats for women have taken a backseat to every other piece of fashion accessory. 2014 changed all of that. Baseball caps, floppy hats, panama hats, crystal-embellished knit hats, and logo beanies are all rated high on the chic radar. All manner of headgear have become in vogue again. But to style classicists, not to mention royals, hats have never really become out of style. Never underestimate the ability of hats to give your outfit some regal pomp or some street sass.

Old Hat

As far back as 3200 B.C., there is evidence that mankind wore hats. In fact it was in a Thebes tomb that a man wearing a straw hat was first seen. Early headwear was primarily for protection from the elements.Hats Through History

Milliners, otherwise known as hat makers are first recorded in 1529. They mostly catered to men’s fashion around 16th century. In the Middle Ages, the Church decreed that women should keep their head covered out of modesty and that led to the birth of hats as a fashion item.

During the 17th century, hats become ever more popular for everyday wear and women’s millinery started coming into its own. For the most part of that century till the end of the 19th century, bonnets adorned with floral trims, ribbons, and feathers were the only hat fashion for women. The 20th century was the explosion of women’s stylish headgear. From the 1920s cloche hat to the 1960s pillbox hat, that particular century saw the most trends and innovative women’s hat designs.

For most of the 20th century, hats were a relevant part of a woman’s ensemble. No woman was completely dressed, or stepped out of the house for that matter, without a crown topper. The interest in hats waned since then, and re-emerged in 2011 when scores of royal attendees donned fabulous fascinators and glamorous hats for the Kate Middleton and Prince William wedding. That brought ‘the hat’ back to the public’s attention, and now they’re back in the style spotlight; so in light of that I thought I’d write this week on how to wear a hat.

Hat in Hand

It’s just common sense to protect your noggin, right? Even our ancestors knew that. Serving as covering from the elements and protection from errant twigs or rocks, hats from our primitive forefathers (and mothers) have progressed leaps and bounds since then. During civilization, hats were considered a symbol of wealth and power. Just think of photos of royals from the Renaissance wearing some form of headgear. Even philosophers were rarely seen with their bare head.

Beyond utilitarian reasons, hats are the fashion accessory du jour for the more sartorially advanced. Why is that so? Well, when you’re wearing a hat, it is the first thing that people notice about you. Whether that’s a good or bad impression depends on how you carry yourself while wearing it. Hats are for those who are a little bit braver when it comes to dressing up. Hats are such attention-getting accessories that it can make or break your overall look. These head adornments, used to be how etiquette and femininity were expressed. Now, hats are the symbol of personal style and confidence.

Hat Style

Face Off

Like all great fashion pieces, a chic hat is all about fit and style. One way to discover how to wear a hat is to have fun trying on different hats (literally!) to discover what works best with your face shape, personal style, as well as what works best with the existing pieces in your wardrobe.

The first step in choosing the right hat for you is getting yourself measured for a hat. Your hat size is precisely the circumference of your head, measured right above the ear. Measurements of hats for women vary from every retailer or brand. When trying on hats at a store, do not hesitate to ask for assistance. You could be trying something on that isn’t the right size for you. As with everything, the right fit can make a world of a difference.

It is also worth educating yourself on the terms that milliners or haberdashers use. 


Now that you know the elementary parts of a hat, it’s time to learn some quick tips in choosing the right type for your face shape.

  • If your face is longer than it is wide (oblong and rectangle) your best hats will be those that add width to your face such as those with low crowns and wide brims.  This becomes especially important if your face is also quite narrow.
  • If you face is similar in width and length (square or round) you are best in hats that elongate such as high crowns, narrow brims and those worn on an angle.
  • Those blessed with a truly oval face (a rarity being only approx. 1 in every 75) wear almost unlimited styles.
  • Heart and Inverted triangle faces (widest across forehead with a narrow jawline) are best with irregular and narrow brims, high crowns and those worn on an angle.
  • If you have a prominent jawline and narrow forehead (triangular face shape), look for wide brims, high crowns and hats that sit back on the head.
  • As a general rule, the wider the brim, the shorter you’ll appear to be. You’ll need to be tall to wear brims wider than your shoulders and avoid being mistaken for a mushroom.
  • Downward facing brims can also make you appear shorter while upward facing brims elongate and add apparent height.
  • Consider the brim as a balancing point for your jaw. If you have a square face, it might be better to go with floppy brims to soften the angle of their jaw.

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Hats for Women: Styled Right

  • Always experiment with how to wear a hat on your head. Hats aren’t meant for placing haphazardly on top of your crown. Experiment with angling it different ways to see which suits you best.
  • Wear a hat that works with your personal scale. Big hats on small frames look weird as do small hats on large framed women.
  • Contrast is your main watchword to keep things interesting when styling hats. Wear denim jeans with a fur hat or a leather baseball cap with a dress. Lately, it’s all about breaking the fashion rules. Within reason of course. Save these sartorial adventures for casual city trekking or a dinner with your girlfriends.
  • It’s best not to black beanies with a predominantly black ensemble. Unless you’re dressing up as a cat burglar for Halloween.
  • Wear a bold lip with more casual hats like caps or knit berets. It’ll dress it up a bit more.
  • Woven or straw hats are seasonal items. Do not wear them in the fall or winter. These hats are a must-have in the summer though. Whether worn with a bikini or a sundress, these hats are impeccably warm weather chic.
  • Floppy felt hats are an all year-round timeless fashion staple. Wide brim hats always add that bit of edge to any look.
  • Hats are great accessories for menswear-inspired tailored looks.
  • Wear a more structured hat with loose clothing, and vise versa – Balance is everything.
  • Experiment with color when topping your outfit off with a hat.
  • Don’t wear your baseball cap backwards. You’re not 10 years old anymore. Always keep it sleek.
  • Consider your hair color and complexion when choosing a hat.
  • Wear a hat in the correct weight and style for the season – read more.
  • Never don a hat while your hair is damp. Not only will give you hat hair, you’ll risk stretching the core.

Hat Lineup

Hat Etiquette

Hats are pretty much unfamiliar territory to most ladies so let me end with a few hat etiquette tips:

  • Don’t wear hats with evening wear.
  • Consider other’s view – take them off if people can’t see around you.
  • Take your hat off when visiting anyone’s home.
  • When holding your hat, turn it around so the inside is not visible.
  • It’s acceptable to keep dress hats on for national anthems not casual hats such as beanies and baseball caps.


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THE MODERN MUM (Part 2) – Fashion for Pregnant Ladies

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Nine months of pregnancy doesn’t have to mean nine months of hiding your flair for fashion. Let’s take a look at more ideas for fashion for pregnant women.

Skirt the Issue

Did you know you can wear just as many different styles of skirts when pregnant as you can when you’re not? High waist full skirts (yes, even pleated ones) are adorable pieces to play up your feminine style. Add a belt over the belly (braided by day, metallic by night) to draw the eye to under your bustline.

A short curve-hugging skirt pairs well with fuller top, while a full short skirt will do better with a body-hugging top.

Long, stretchy skirts lean toward the casual side, but a bold accessory can add pre-natal razzle-dazzle.


Wrap the Bump

Swaddling a baby is said to be beneficial for him/her, but don’t forget to wrap up your figure. Wrap dresses feature a V-neckline and elegant drape which look glamorous no matter your size. In addition, you can wear a wrap dress while losing your post-pregnancy weight and still look fab.



Accentuate the positive with accessories. Draw the eyes upward with hats, statement jewellery, scarves, belts worn above the belly, and embellished necklines. Don’t forget to coordinate these items with bangles and shoes.

CAUTION! Accessories should be minimal and uncluttered because there’s a lot more of “you” to be seen, so understated is better. This is very important in terms of fashion for pregnant women.



Work It

Maintaining a professional appearance when you’re working while pregnant starts with a great support bra . . . or two, as your cup size will no doubt go up. You should also invest in conservative clothing styles (remember: there’s more of you to be seen) with tasteful accessories for polished pregnant couture. Marion of Marionberry Styleshows you how it’s done.

Don’t want to buy a new work wardrobe? Try hiring outfits - they are generally cost-effective and give you a fresh look without the financial commitment.


Do’s & Don’ts of the 9-Month Wardrobe


  • Show your personality and have fun.
  • Use color to lift and invigorate your appearance and mood.
  • Think clean, classic, and cute.
  • Use jackets and cardigans to layer, add interest, and camouflage.
  • Accessorize.
  • Wear fitted dresses.
  • Consider hiring maternity outfits.



  • Forget to wear make-up, exercise, and put some effort into looking good.
  • Wear miniskirts.
  • Wear shapeless garments.
  • Wear overwhelming prints and patterns.
  • Wear underbelly belts.
  • Wear floral patterns (unless you’re ok looking like a field of flowers or a sofa).
  • Wear too many horizontal design elements.
  • Experiment. There’s more of you to look foolish if a new look doesn’t work out.
  • Wear closed necklines – they’ll only increase your apparent width.
  • Wear big T shirts with quotes about your pregnancy.
  • Squeeze into pre-pregnancy clothes past the fifth month.




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THE MODERN MUM (Part 1) – Fashion for Pregnant Women

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Congratulations! You’ve got bundle of joy on the way . . . and some drastic body changes. Just because your belly can be used as a table and comfort takes precedence over appearance doesn’t mean your maternity wardrobe has to be blah. Gone are the days when maternity wear was designed to hide the body. Today’s pregnant mom can show off her bump with style. Read on for our advice on fashion for pregnant women.

Max Appeal

Maxi dresses combine comfort with trendiness. Layer one with a vest, cardigan, or blazer in a complementary or contrasting color. Don’t be afraid to wear an empire waist to accentuate your curves.


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Bold Bump

On the opposite spectrum from billowing maxi dresses, curve-hugging maternity tops, dresses, and bottoms are attractive when worn right. Solid-colors are best but prints can be worn with care (see my other blogs about color and horizontal coordination).


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Cool Undercover

Cooler weather doesn’t mean you have to cover up style. Coats with wider lapels which frame the face and draw the eye upward will help elongate your appearance. Belted coats are also a great option for creating proportion.


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Provocative & Pregnant

Pregnancy is not reason to forego sex-appealing attire to enter the ranks of frump-hood. There is available fashion for pregnant women – pregnancy is far from a hopeless situation .Just ask men what they think about a sexy pregnant woman! Bloggist Judith Marsacky shows how it’s done.

Harvesting the Crop

Take your basic dresses from plain to pow! with a crop top, cardigan, or jacket. Crop tops “cinch” in the waist and draw the eye there, creating an “hourglass” silhouette. You can crop a knit shirt by knotting the bottom at the centre of your waist.


Jean Joy

If you’re a jean lover, you’ll be happy to know there are plenty of maternity jeans out there to suit your style, not to mention they are oh-so-comfy. And if you’re hesitant to pay for something you think will be worn for fewer than 9 months, keep in mind that maternity jeans are great to have while you’re losing post-pregnancy baby weight.


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MAKING SCENTS: a perfume guide for beginners

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Scent of a Woman

Have you ever caught a whiff of scent which triggered childhood memories or a strong emotional reaction? The nose knows. Why is that? Is it because the olfactory bulb is located next to the memory-creation centre in the brain? Is it because most scents are discovered in childhood? Whatever the scientific, technical reason for the power of scent, you can use scent to enhance your presence, just as you would using clothes and accessories.

There are a wide variety of perfumes available today. From soaps to lotions to deodorants to aftershaves to high-dollar colognes and perfumes, smelling nice is . . . nice. It’s also provocative and, if used incorrectly, annoying.

Which fragrance do you prefer? Let’s take a quick look at perfume and discover what we’re missing out on and how to use fragrance to our advantage.  ag

Perfume Guide – Origins of Perfume

Along with the long-standing pyramids, Egyptians are credited with another long-lasting creation: making perfume. Perfume comes extracted oils from flowers, spices, herbs, and animals (ever heard of musk?). Moving from East to West through the spice trade, perfumes spread through Europe during the Middle Ages. Perfume was used by the wealthy during the Renaissance to mask body odor, since frequent bathing hadn’t caught on. King Louis XV of France liked perfume so much that he demanded new scents every day. From the 14th through 18th centuries, the demand for perfume continued to grow. France, Sicily, and Italy responded by growing aromatic plants to keep up with the demand. Today, France and Italy remain Europe’s home base for perfume.


Perfume Guide – You Say You Want a Revolution

Besides revolutionizing women’s fashions, Coco Chanel pioneered the modern perfume industry with none other than Chanel No. 5. Before No. 5 came along, perfume fell into two categories:

  • floral perfume with one essence of a flower, typically worn by middle or upper class women
  • musky scents or jasmine favored by courtesans and prostitutes

Chanel No. 5 broke with convention, offering “respectable” women a new, daring scent which matched Chanel’s liberating styles and the changing times.


Perfume Guide – The ABCs

This part of our perfume guide will consider the different classes of perfume. There are 5 classes of perfumes, each with their own strengths and longevity. Knowing their differences will help you choose the right fragrance for your lifestyle:

  • Splash Cologne/Aftershave: Contains 1 to 3% aromatic compound which doesn’t last long.
  • Eau de Cologne: Contains 3-5% aromatic compound in an alcohol/water base. Lasts between 1-2 hours.
  • Eau de Toilette: Contains 4-8% aromatic compound in an alcohol base. Lasts between 4-6 hours.
  • Eau de Parfum: Contains 15-18% aromatic compound in an alcohol base. Lasts between 8–12 hours.
  • Perfume: Contains 15-40% of pure perfume oil in an alcohol base. Lasts up to 24 hours. It is the most expensive per ml. Also called extract or parfum.


Perfume Guide – Notes on Perfume

Notes are the different odor elements within a perfume. A perfume is created so the top note is what you instantly smell, while the middle and base notes emerge after wearing it for a while.

  • Top: Or ‘head notes’ are the first scent when a perfume is sprayed.
  • Heart/Middle: Appear 2-60 minutes after application. Lavender and rose are popular middle notes.
  • Base: After the middle notes fade, the base or low notes rise. They are there all along but are masked by the other notes. They help make the perfume last.


Perfume Guide – Family Scents

There are four predominant scent families in women’s fragrances. A single fragrance is made up of a mix of scents from a family:


Essence: Fresh, delicate, sweet, and calming with a hint of oriental.

This is the largest of the perfume families and covers the widest range of fragrances. It can be the note of a single flower or a combination of essences enriched with amber, woods, etc.

Examples: Gardenia Elizabeth Taylor, Mac Jacob Daisy, Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue, Romance, L’Air Du Temps, 5th Avenue, Tuberose Gardenia, Anna Sui Flight of Fancy, Paul Smith Rose, Gucci Rush.


Essence: Energetic and light, often with notes of limes and lemons.
Examples: Happy by Clinique, Burberry Weekend for women, Jo Malone Grapefruit, CK One by Calvin Klein, Close for Women by The Gap.


Essence: Sandalwood, amber, vanilla, tonka bean, musk.

If you want to be seductive, you’ll warm to the rich perfumes and exotic notes of Orientals.

Examples: Youth Dew by Estee Lauder, Black Orchid by Tom Ford, Opium by Yves Saint Laurent, Angel by Thierry Mugler, The One By Dolce & Gabbana, Shalimar by Guerlain, Poeme by Lancome, Dior Addict by Dior.


Essence: Earthy, woody, with bergamot, patchouli.

These sensual, memorable scents take their name from the French chypre, which means cypress.

Example: Thierry Mugler Womanity, Tom Ford Sahara Noir, Estee Lauder Amber Mystique, Burberry Body, Givenchy Play for Her Intense, Guerlain Jicky, Yves Saint Laurent Elle Intense, and Gucci by Gucci.

Fragrance wheel

Use this simple fragrance wheel as a guide. The darker scents (oriental and woody) are usually reserved for evening. Lighter scents (floral and citrus/fresh) are more appropriate for daytime use.


Winter & Summer Fragrances

Just like your wardrobe, fragrances should be changed out with the seasons. Why is this? Just as heavier fabrics and darker colours are associated with cooler weather, so “winter” fragrances may be too “heavy” for warmer weather. “Summer” fragrances are designed to work better in hot, humid weather than in cold, dry climates.

Here are some suggestions for changing your perfume with your wardrobe:

  • Winter Fragrances: Use perfumes with deep musky notes like oriental and woody scents. Florals should be full-bodied. Layer the scent so it lasts longer in winter.
  • Summer Fragrance: Use body splashes and colognes with lighter florals, citrus, oceanic, or gourmand (food) scents. Reserve the heavier fragrances for evening parties when the air is cooler.

Perfume Guide – Odor Etiquette

We’ve all experienced it: someone walks into a room and you’re overpowered by the scent of their cologne or perfume. Thankfully, your nose goes into overload after 15 minutes and the scent isn’t noticed, but until then, you’re distracted by this invisible accessory they’re wearing. Just like an odd or inappropriate garment or piece of jewellery, you wonder What are they trying to prove?

As nice as fragrance can be, it’s not always welcome. A little goes a long way, so make sure your fragrance doesn’t invade anyone’s personal space but your own (i.e. an arm’s length away). No one should be aware of your fragrance unless he/she steps into that space. Remember: fragrance should be a subtle, personal message.

Fragrances can also cause allergic reactions. Rashes and dermatitis are two allergic reactions to perfume which can range from mild to severe. Even worse are asthma attacks, migraines, or anaphylactic shock. If you feel nauseous or get a headache after applying perfume, it’s a good chance you’re allergic to it. A lesser strength version of the perfume may alleviate any reaction.

When travelling in confined spaces such as aircraft and cars, go perfume-less. The person sitting next to you may be allergic to perfume.


Perfume Guide – Choosing the Right Perfume

Is there a certain fragrance you associate with someone? Would you like your own “signature scent” which makes you more memorable?

Here’s how to select a signature perfume:

  1. Decide beforehand which scent families you like best so you can ask the perfume counter for only those (this saves time).
  2. Spray it on a piece of cardboard or paper. This allows you to differentiate the individual notes or scent families within the scent. Smelling a perfume’s unaltered scent (i.e. unaffected by your skin’s chemistry) is important.
  3. Smell the paper after a couple of minutes. If you like it, test it on your skin.
  4. Walk around to give the scent time to evaporate. Let it seep into your skin and take a whiff of the final note. It’s the one which lasts the longest, so it’s important that you really love the final note.
  5. Take into consideration your skin type. Oily skin absorbs perfume better, so you can purchase an Eau de Parfum or Eau de Toilette (lasts 4-12 hours). Dry skin makes scents evaporate faster, so a Perfume is a better choice though more expensive (lasts 24 hours).
  6. Ask yourself if the fragrance and its strength express your personality.
  7. Ask yourself if it’s pleasing to you.


 Shopping Tips

  • Shop in the afternoon. The sense of smell is more powerful later in the day.
  • Give your nose a break and take multiple trips to other departments, testing only a couple scents at a time. Make use of the coffee beans found at the fragrance counter. They neutralize and cleanse your sense of smell.
  • If you find a scent you absolutely fall in love with, purchase the same scent for toiletries. This way, different scent notes won’t clash, plus layering similar scents makes your perfume last longer.

Perfume Guide – How to Apply Fragrance

  • Apply scents after showering. Your pores will be open, which allows deeper scent absorption.
  • Apply a little petroleum jelly to the areas where you’ll apply the perfume. This helps the scent last longer.
  • Do not spray perfume on your clothes. It might cause stains.
  • Fragrances rise, so apply fragrance from feet to shoulders. A fragrance applied to the neck rises and disappears. Spray stronger perfumes at the ankles for the fragrance to radiate upward.
  • Less concentrated fragrances should be applied to pulse points, which is where blood vessels give off more heat and act like fragrance pumps.


Perfume Guide – Fragrance Facts

  1. Diet, skin chemistry, medication, and skin pigment alter the way a fragrance smells on a person, so never choose a fragrance just because it smells good on someone else.
  2. Protect fragrances from extreme hot/cold; otherwise, the scent changes. If a fragrance turns dark yellow, it’s usually a sign the scent has changed.
  3. It takes over 2,000 pounds of rose petals to extract 1 pound of rose oil! This can cost $3-4k to process and is why more concentrated Perfumes are expensive.
  4. The brain stops registering a smell after 15 minutes, so just because you can’t smell it after a while doesn’t mean it’s gone away.
  5. Fragrance as a confidence booster? Studies show regular fragrance wearers have a more positive outlook on life and are more skilled socially. How is this possible? Well, if others think you smell nice, it gives you more confidence, so think of perfume as an investment in your self-esteem.







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MY SEXY STYLE – How to Reveal Your Sexy Side!

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Looking appropriate for an occasion means following a few fashion guidelines. The same goes for looking sexy. There are differences between classy and trashy. Do you know what they are? Here are a few hints for achieving sexy sophistication and determine your own ‘my sexy style’.

#1 Attitude

Attitude is your number one accessory for showing sex appeal. It’s all about attitude. A confident, sensual woman is appealing no matter how much skin she shows. You don’t have to be drop-dead gorgeous, either. You just need to believe in yourself.

#2 Sensual Style

What kind of sexy are you? Sexy is defined in so many different ways. Sexy can be soft and feminine or strong and daring. As with all your wardrobe, a sexy look matches your personality, so wear it well.


#3 Fit to be Sexy

I know that a huge factor of my sexy style depends on an outfit’s fit. Garments should hug your curves, not constrict them. If it’s too tight, too revealing, or too anything which makes you uncomfortable or unsure, it’s not the right choice. Constantly attending to a garment is not sexy. It’s distracting and a confidence crusher.


#4 Lady in Red

Want to make an impression? Wear red. Not only is it noticeable, red conveys power and passion and is memorable. Red garments, lipstick, and nails will give you that va-va-voom! touch.
Best red lips (link)

#5 The Eyes Have It

If the eyes are the widow of the soul, make sure your eyes show your passionate inner being. Smoky eyes are a sure, intense way of standing out. Eyeliner, especially a line that flicks upwards, is another way to create sexy eyes. Dramatic eyes look best with mascara, minimal blush, and nude or red glossy lips.

Learn how to apply a smoky eye (link)

Learn more about eye liner (https://www.paulaschoice.com/expert-advice/eyes/_/apply-eyeliner-like-a-pro )


#6 Dynamic ‘Do

Mmm . . . tousled hair. It makes men want to reach out and touch it. The full, tumbled-out-of-bed beauty is achieved by spraying damp hair with a styling product (such as Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray) and then air dry. All you have to do is scrunch and go. You can also braid your hair while damp so when you undo the braids, you have full, sexy waves.

For a strong, sexy appearance, sleek and straight is the way to go. There are a multitude of shine and straightening products to help you achieve this look. And don’t forget the leave-in conditioner to tame those split ends!

One final note: where you part your hair can change your sexy appearance. A centre part is more natural, giving a girl-next door vibe, while a part to the side (especially way off-side) is more sophisticated.


#7 Under-Tones

There’s nothing like sexy lingerie to make you feel, well, sexy! Black, red, white, pink . . . pick what matches your personality. And don’t forget the corset! There’s nothing like it for making you feel strong, not to mention the hourglass shape and support it provides.

For ladies who are not quite comfortable with their rolls and bulges to wear sexy lingerie, you can always wear shapewear. And yes, it can be sexy! There’s shapewear for every kind of garment (including swimwear) to tone your assets and improve your own ‘my sexy style’.


#8 Accessorise to Sizzle

The right accessory can take your look from fizzle to sizzle. Start with large hoop earrings. They say “wild” like nothing else.
History of Hoops

A glamorous yet practical accessory is oversized sunglasses. They convey a sense of sexy strength and status.

Show off your legs with fishnet stockings. Because of their historical association with French can-can dancers and ladies of the night, they make a powerful statement, so wear with care knowing you will get noticed!

Speaking of legs, you can make them look even longer with stilettos. Nothing says sexy like a pair of sky-high heels. Keep in mind if they don’t fit properly in the heel, it detracts from the look and will make it harder to walk.


#9 Animal Magnetism

Animals are untamed, even dangerous. No wonder an animal print conveys that same wild style! Unleash your sex appeal with snakeskin, leopard print, tiger stripes, etc. Animal prints are especially attractive in smaller amounts or worn one garment/accessory at a time, so stock up on animal print handbags, shoes, scarves, and jewellery to make your appearance roar.


#10 Show Some Skin

When you want to show off your assets, remember this rule: less is more. Revealing just a bit is much more enticing and sexy than letting it all hang out. Leave a little to the imagination. It’s also better to coordinate a low neckline with a modest hem, or a mini-skirt/dress with a higher neckline. This balancing act between low/high makes a more attractive overall appearance.

By the way, the tighter the garment, the less you should show. Curve-hugging garments reveal your silhouette; plunging necklines or short hemlines reveal what creates that silhouette. Sexy dressing shows one or the other, but not both.

When wearing revealing cleavage, also remember: skin tape is your best friend – peek-a-boo nipples are not.