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Monday, September 26, 2011

Sweater Weather - Don't Sweat it! [How-to Guide via @Dressbarn]

Even though it might seem like summer is not going down without a fight, it's time to start addressing the Sweater situation. Keith Fulsher, Dressbarn Chief Merchandising Officer, is giving us dolls some tips to picking the right sweater for our body types, so we don't turn ourselves into pumpkins this fall.
(Pear-Shaped) YVOS Tape Yarn Cardigan
with Crochet Yoke. $49.99.

Pear-Shaped (bottom half of your body is larger than your upper half):
o Select a sweater that ends at your waist so as not to draw attention to your lower half.
o A-line sweaters flatter this shape and will not cling to your middle.
o All-over patterns will add to the illusion of proportion.
o Opt for round- or square-necklines. This will draw more attention to your upper body
and less attention to your lower half.

Long and Lean:
o Choose a wrap-sweater or belted sweater in order to define your waist line.
(Long and Lean) Popcorn Trimmed Knit
Cardigan. $59.99.
o Go bold—a slimmer figure can handle bright colors, think textures, etc.
o Create curves by choosing a sweater with plenty of detail; think pockets, embellishment,
patterns, etc.
o This shape can handle a longer sweater/sweater dress. Pair with stylish boots and tights
to complete the look.
(Petite) Pointelle Stitch Cowl neck.

o Closer-fitting (but not skintight) styles are perfect for petites.
o Look for chunky knits to pump up the volume on your top half.
o Opt for sweaters that have standout embellishments such as pockets, ruffles or bows.
o Pair sweater dresses with heeled boots to bring your style to a whole new level.

Plus Size:
o Sweaters that are belted or cinched at the waist will best accentuate this shape.
(Plus Size) Cascade cardigan with Animal
print inset. $39.99.
o V-neck sweaters or long necklaces will draw attention up toward your face and neckline
which creates a visually slimming look; avoid turtlenecks.
o Keep it simple; opt for darker colors and patterns to accent your curves, but makes sure
it fits. Baggy will only make you look bigger.
o Be cautious of fabric; bulky will add unwanted bulge. Think lightweight and airy.

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