DRESS FOR SUCCESS

WORDS BY PORTIA LARGE 

Gold Coast Bulletin 50 Best Dressed Evening Wear – Manning Cartell


When you look good you feel good. Am I right? At Pacific Fair’s Vogue stylist luncheon, I learnt some styling tips from Queensland’s top stylists and fashion it-girls, the general consensus being, to have confidence when shopping and to own your own style. See my tips on how to dress for your body type below to:

  • embrace the body YOU are in;
  • look and feel fabulous everyday – without breaking the bank;
  • create YOUR most flattering silhouette;
  • ditch the overwhelm;
  • shop less – wear more; and
  • dress for the life YOU want….

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How to dress for your body type:

1. HOUR GLASS body shape: Big Bust x Small Waist x Short Waist x Generous Hips & Thighs

Dress: Wrap, empire line or classic 1950’s style dresses.

Skirts: Straight pencil skirts, A-line & fluted styles.

Shirts: Scoop or V-neck; empire line & wrap style.

Jackets: Tailored, single breasted jacket which cinches waist; hip length.

Pants: Straight leg or bootcut in a darker colour; mid-rise.

Dress: Wrap, empire line or classic 1950’s style dresses.x Double breasted jackets.

x Tops with frills & ruffles

x Turtleneck & polo neck tops

x Wide Belts

x Ankle straps & ankle boots

x Chunky knits

2. PEAR body shape: Small Bust x Long Waist x Saddlebags x Heavy Legs

Dress: Strappless, maxi, halter neck or classic 1950s style dresses.

Skirts: A-line, maxi or fluted style; knee or ankle lenth.

Shirts: Wide, slashed or cowl necklines; embellished; bright colours; puffed & ruched sleeves; horizontal stripes.

Jackets: Tailored, hip length jackets with shoulder pads or lapels.

Pants: Dark coloured bootcut or wide legged pants & jeans.

Tapered trousers

Skinny Jeans

Short, pencil or tapered skirts

x Ankle straps, kitten heals & thin healed stilettos

Pants with side pockets

Light coloured pants & faded denim

Pants with embellished detail & pleats

3. RECTABLE body shape: Shoulders & Hips Same Width x Average Tummy x No Waist x Flat Bottom

Dress: Empire line or wrap style dresses.

Skirts: A-line, tulip or fluted styles.

Shirts: Wrap or cross over style; empire scoop or V-neckline; 3/4 sleeves.

Jackets: Tailored, single breasted jackets that cinch or tie at the waist.  

Pants: Bootcut or flared pants or jeans; mid-rise. 

Shapeless garments

Boxy jackets

Double breasted coats & jackets

Straight dresses

4. APPLE body shape: Average Bust x Large Waist x Tummy Bigger Than Bust x Good Legs

Dress: Empire line which cinches under bust and slims tummy.

Skirts: Side fastening & flat fronted; pleats start below belly.

Shirts: Scoop, empire or V-neckline tops that cinch under bust & slim tummy; patterns or darker colours.

Jackets: A tailored single-breasted jacket worn open.

Pants: Wide or straight legged pants; side fastening and flat fronted.

Shapeless garments

Tight clingy t-shirts

Light coloured tops & peasant blouses

Pleated waists

Large prints

Puffa jackets & chunky knits

High necklines

5. PEAR body shape: Broad Shoulders x Large Bust x Slight Waist x Slim Thighs & Hips

Dress: Wrap style, cross over & empire line dresses; scoop, V-neck or sweetheart neck lines.

Skirts: A-line, tulip or fluted styles.

Shirts: Wrap or cross over style; scoop & V-neckline; peplum; darker colours.

Jackets: Tailored, single breasted jackets that cinch the waist.

Pants: Mid-rise straight or bootleg pants & jeans.

Double breasted coats & jackets

Shoulder pads

x Slashed necklines

Straight dresses

Chunky knits

Horizontal lines on top

Oversized collars & lapels

Tapered skirts


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Portia Large interviewed by Sally Coates for Gold Coast Bulletin 50 Best Dressed


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Tell us about your evening wear outfit, and why you’ve put it together?

This striking matrix piece by Manning Cartell stands out amongst my wardrobe staples. Here I’ve offset the beautiful black and white, with an edgy choker and neutral jacket. With a pop of red lippy and minimal effort, I am good to go!


How would you describe your style?  

Uncomplicated. Equipped with the right wardrobe essentials, I am always ready to fuse everyday basics and recreate polished off-duty looks.


What is it you love about fashion?

I love that fashion fosters creativity and that you can communicate, without a word. When I dress well & feel well, I am unstoppable.


Tell us something interesting about your wardrobe?  

Staples account for at least 60% of my wardrobe – which I mix and match; the remaining 40% are statement pieces. For wardrobe longevity, staples should be high in quality, versatile and well fitted.


What do you think about the fashion/style on the Gold Coast?

The beach lifestyle is reflected in our fashion and as our shopping malls grow, so too does our desire to style it up!


Favourite label or designer?

I go out of my way to support luxury Australian labels like Manning Cartell and Megan Park. For shoes? Wittner Shoes.


Where do you find your fashion inspiration?

Pinterest is a great source for outfit inspo. Pinning is highly addictive and now you can shop the styles you collate thanks to the buyable pins feature.


Your favourite item of clothing?

The clothing you don’t get to see!


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