I would like your advice on how to dress modestly really well, as I am totally into colour and clothes but also have a strong faith.
To give you a picture:
I am a 26 year old, 5ft 3, size 8/10, bra size 34B, waist 27, hips 37. I am white with fair skin, blue eyes, long dark blonde hair with light blonde highlights.
I use COLOUR and SHAPE of clothes and focus on my assets: WAIST, ANKLES, HAIR and generally being well in proportion (albeit a bit short!)
My faith: because I am a Christian I choose to dress modestly. Being that your body is a temple for the Lord we dress in a way to honour it. In my faith we choose to wear skirts and dresses below the knee, minimum short sleeves and a neckline not showing cleavage.
But I am really into clothes and love to look good, and thought I would love to put it to you, Trinny and Susannah.
I really look forward to hearing from you!!
(I would think there are a lot of Muslim, Brethren girls, Christians and Jewish girls who would appreciate this kind of advice as modesty is something we have in common.)
We recently filmed a show on exactly this topic, featuring an Orthodox Jewish brother and sister in Israel.
From your description, it sounds like you might be a Skittle or maybe a Pear shape. Whatever your religious values might be, for us its always about flattering your figure. As you don’t have a big bust and are bottom heavy we always advise that you make the most of great, unusual shoulder-broadening sleeves (such as flute, leg-o-mutton, puff etc). They look most flattering with a round neckline and a great big necklace on top.
A huge statement necklace will be a key piece for you. It will instantly add panache to a plain, sober dress. Even though you are petite, there is no reason not wear a wonderful textured necklace. It is also a great way to cover your upper chest if you are wearing, say, an open-necked shirt or scooped neckline. Another way is to use a long, light, silk scarf wrapped around and then tied in a huge floppy bow at the front.
A crisp, white shirt often looks great if worn under a short-sleeved or sleeveless dress.
Tulip and A-line skirts are great, because they will further accentuate your tiny waist, and you can winch them in with fun-coloured stretchy belts. It can be tricky at times to find skirts and dresses below the knee. At such times a great trick is to wear a heavy lace or net petticoat that is longer than the skirt – so that it just peeks out and covers your knees.
But it sounds like you are already on the right track with your use of COLOUR and SHAPE to focus on your best assets. Thank you for your question Ellie. It will, as you say, help many women with a modest approach to dressing.LoveTrinny & Susannah xp.s. Was this photo taken on your wedding day? You look so beautiful!
p.p.s. Modest looks are very much in vogue right now! We suggest you stock up this season.
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