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I like to make a statement and wear eye-catching pieces.
Pretty with detailed clothes that make me feel feminine.
Neat, organised and co-ordinated.
Relaxed and casual.
Simple and elegant.
What is your working wardrobe?
Pretty shirts and tops that I combine with a jacket.
Basic pieces, but dresses up with accessories .
Diamond Setting Questionnaire Over the following three pages and to decide your “Diamond Setting Personality”, complete the questionnaire circling as many options as you like. You can circle more than one per question. Just do it, do not take too much time, let it be instinctive, rather than what you think you would like to be. Once you have finished count how many 1’s, 2’s etc to discover your ”Diamond Personality”. If you have mainly 1’s you are termed as creative. If you have mainly 2’s you are termed dramatic. If you have mainly 3’s you are termed romantic. If you have mainly 4’s you are termed classy classic. If you have mainly 5’s you are termed natural. If you have mainly 6’s you are termed city chic.
I feel it compliments my look and give it a lot of thought.
What type of hairstyle do you have?
I change it with my moods.
I change it regularly.
Current and up to date.
Diamond Setting Questionnaire
How do you like your colour?
Whatever you feel like on the day?
Strong, contrasting and bright shades.
I like to be co-ordinated.
I go for simple colour combinations.
A tone-on-tone look.
What kind of shopper are you?
I love markets and vintage.
I buy something if I like it.
I enjoy the whole shopping experience.
I plan my shopping trips and make a list.
I buy when I need something.
I am an investment buyer.
The Charisma Diamond Setting – your Style. Your Unique Diamond Setting is multi faceted and combines your figure, your life style and the projection of how you see yourself. However in ninety percent of cases the most flattering Diamond Setting is dictated by your figure type. The importance of understanding your figure cannot be underestimated. Many women have trouble even looking in the mirror to diagnose their figure. They are not alone, it is a national consciousness. However if you can think of your body and how you dress, purely as a blank canvas, and just as the great painters did, realise that all you are doing is deciding where to put the lines. Then you are designing to the greatest and most flattering effect. The huge benefit of this is you will begin to feel better about yourself, you will have disassociated from all the grief of recrimination about your body. You will look at the overall picture objectively and gain on confidence and self esteem. All you are doing with clothing styles is deciding where to put the different line to gain the greatest and most flattering effect. The lines you are working with are: length of jacket, necklines, hem lines, shoulder lines, scarf lines, jewellery lines, crossover lines, bias cut lines, anything that crosses the body and literally makes a line. If you can begin to think of your body in this way then there are no recriminations about size of bum, size of bust, love handles, weight. You disassociate and see yourself as a whole entity. You may also begin to lose weight because you are focusing on your good points instead of concentrating on your perceived not so good points and being in a constant state of guilt and longing for what is NOT there instead of working with what IS there and is UTTERLY WONDERFUL! There are two other factors in deciding your best Diamond Setting, one is life style, and the other the projection of how you see yourself. The first needs thought as to the proportion of time spent in different occupations, even make a percentage list of your day and how much time is spent working, caring for children, entertaining, doing your sport. The second factor is how you see yourself, as Arty? Sophisticated? City chic? Country Casual? Classy Classic? So turn over, lets look at your fabulous diamond figure and discover how to really make your radiance shine and your carats glow. And please remember to concentrate on the overall picture, and stop focusing on those perceived not so good points. That’s when real change happens and you get really clever with the way you look.
Creative. Vivienne Westwood, Helena Bonham-Carter, Sienna Miller, Kate Moss, Gwen Stefani You are good at combining all sorts of different styles and types of clothing, and can look really creative, arty and unique. However this look can become a burden when old items are never thrown away and the look can become muddled. Beware and really LOOK in the mirror and ask what you are trying to say with your clothes. Am I arty, thrifty, intellectual, or just a plain muddle? Your wardrobe is full of different articles. Shopping is an art form. You like charity, retro and vintage shops and TK Maxx. You will make interesting purchases on holiday, (beware they can look “interesting” when you get them home!) It takes a lot of skill to pull of this look and as you get older needs care so as not to look like a too old student, or a thrift shop lady. Done well it is very successful, large statement necklaces in semi precious stones and jewels, large belts, silk jackets from China, dangly earrings. Funky hair in “not natural colours”. Dramatic. Madonna, Naomi Campbell, Lisa Evangelista, Paloma Picasso, Donatella Versace. You always want to make an entrance and often use sharply contrasting colours to create effect. You mostly always look striking and this can often be due to your physical characteristics. Height, hair colour, or “just how you are”. Striking clothes that make a statement. All this can be combined with the other diamond settings. You love The Oscar Dress for evening. You love hats, big jewellery, but not too much, when in fashion big shoulder pads. High Heels. Black and white together. Red. Fur. Make up, you would NEVER be seen without eye make up and MASCARA. Red lipstick. You love a fake tan in the summer, outgoing, larger than life. Dynamic. Not for the faint hearted and sometimes needs to be dressed down for the office. You love clothes and study the magazines.
Romantic Nicole Kidman, Elizabeth Hurley, Kylie Minogue, Sarah Ferguson. You like to be feminine, feminine, feminine. Bows, lace, silks, soft ruffles and flounces, basks. Pretty underwear, bras that give a “shape”. Perfume, body products. Your sports clothes are pretty and feminine and in lovely colours, your business clothes are pretty and feminine and even in soft colours. Good franchises for you are Karen Millen, Zara, Escada, some of Per Una, Fen Wright and Mansen, Ghost, some of Phase Eight, Laura Ashley, H and M, Matalan. Applique, ribbons, luxury fabrics, angora, cashmere, silk, satin, feathers, fur. Always heels from sandals to boots to evening wear to slippers. Marilyn Munroe. Big hair softly curled and layered, even with decorations, and if put up for any reason, then soft curls “escape” and the most beautiful clips. Classy Classic Diane Keaton, Meryl Streep (especially in The Devil Wears Prada) Your look is timeless and elegant, but be careful unless it becomes unglamorous and boring. You have kept the same hair style and make-up style for years. Always co-ordinated, usually not textured, not really a follower of fashion, you love good quality co-ordinated separates, evening wear is simple. You may wear ballet pumps a lot and high heels are not a must for you. Your challenge is to make sure that you wear a stronger make up in the evening and do not be afraid to change your hair every three or four years. Keep your eye on fashion and learn from the European women who do this look extremely well. Good franchises for you are Hobbs, Phase Eight, Jaeger, some of M and S, Armani, Donna Karan and if feeling rich and adventurous then Nichole Farhi. To change your look you can add very easily an arty jacket to your wardrobe. A good red lipstick. Some whacky earrings, a fabulous long scarf in bright colours, Kenzo’ish. And do not forget to mix some good costume jewellery with the real thing.
Natural Julia Roberts, Lauren Hutton, Vanessa Redgrave, Kate Winslet, Katherine Hepburn. Comfortable, unstructured clothes, flat shoes, natural fabrics, minimal jewellery. For evening “smart/casual” sums you up. You may also put clothes together in an unstructured and rather clever and feminine way. You will not wear much make up and what you may wear are all-in-one products like tinted moisturiser. Donna Karan, 100%Lino, some M and S, some Per Una, some Hobbs, some Jigsaw are good franchises for you. Linens, cashmere, silk, often “natural jewellery” i.e made of wood, shells, beads, glass, jade, leather laces, and top all this with a good casual hair cut that is easy to blow dry. A shoulder bag, in canvas, squashy, again unstructured, casual. City Chic Catharine Deneuve, Honor Blackman, Look at any business magazine for big Solicitors firms in London. You dedicate time and though to the way you look, and enjoy your clothes although you are not fanatical. You may have a lot of clothes in the same colours. (Different shades of black!) Often very good quality, but these clothes and this look can be emulated very successfully by those on a lesser disposable income. You go for a tone on tone look, and always wear a jacket of some sort, even if it is hot you wear a shirt like a jacket to cover your arms and to look efficient in your office. Good franchises for you are Armani, anything Armani look alike, Boss, some of Karen Millen, it’s good suits with great tops underneath, leather jackets, matt foundation, neutral lipstick with a darker shade in the evening. Never dangly earrings, in fact never anything dangly. (This gives Gypsy connotations). You can really brighten up your look by wearing a strong contrasting colour under your jackets and at the weekends go for a far more relaxed and unstructured look for a change.
Inverted Heart Your hips are broader than your shoulders, which are often softly rounded like the tops of your arms. The top half can appear small, with a defined waist. The top of the thigh is often a bigger measurement than the hip, so A line skirts or bias cut look lovely and feminine. The big thing to remember is that the shoulder MUST fit, DO not get huge tops because they fit the bottom half. This will make you look square and we will lose the lovely shape of your curves. It does not matter if you have to leave a button undone in order to get the shoulders to fit. Jackets and tops must finish below or above the widest part on your hips and bottom. Wear tops that draw the eye upwards and jewellery that draws the eye upwards. Trousers MUST be plain and flat fronted with a side zip. Bootleg or flares. Separates will work better because of the fitting of your top and bottom. Avoid jeans ( too many pockets), straight skirts, details on skirts and trousers, halter-necks and raglan sleeves. The aim is to bring balance so for the bottom half wear fabrics that are soft and fluid and drape easily, wool crepe, jersey, bias cut fabrics and silk. For the top half cotton, linen, some texture and all types of woollen fabrics. Good franchises, Phase Eight, M and S, Per Una, Jaeger, Country Casuals. Tips for Self Confidence Clothes are all about how YOU feel in them, so watch out and if an article does not make you feel good, DO NOT ON ANY ACCOUNT WEAR IT. THIS IS THE GOLDEN RULE WRITTEN IN STONE . Never ever wear anything that has got tight for what ever reason, ever. By the end of the day you will feel wretched and your self esteem will be at rock bottom. Never ever wear clothes “to use them up” if they do not give you a good feeling about yourself. If you really want to “use them up” polish the floor with them. In terms of cost they are not worth the deficit on self confidence. When purchasing clothes remember to divide the cost of the garment with the times it will be worn, to give its real value. A great handbag used every day for five years, even though it was more than you wanted to pay does not owe you anything. BUT the CHEAPO BARGAIN that you could not resist, that lies unworn for the rest of time, or only worn once, is a FAR GREATER MISTAKE FINANCIALLY. If you doubt me go to your wardrobe with a calculator now and do the sums…. Lastly remember clothes are meant to be worn and enjoyed, not kept for that special occasion, till they are long out of date, still unworn and unused. ENJOY FEELING GOOD ABOUT YOURSELF
Rectangle What defines your figure is very little waist definition. You have a straight shoulder line, straight hips and bottom and rib cage. You can have a fuller bust that gives a softer edge than the Lean straight. It is often a very sexy figure. Sometimes some people will have to avoid frills and all the rules opposite apply, however if the bust is a “good bust” then cross over dresses, ruched diagonal tops. The very best trousers for you are the “grown on waist band type” with a side zip, so there is no waist band to attract attention. In the main keep it simple, but as I say if there is a good bust there often seems to be more chance to choose some curvy little jackets or tops. It is difficult for a Straight or Lean straight to be a very romantic style because of the lack of curves, they are usually more City Chic, Natural, Dramatic, or a very Classy Classic. Lean Straight Narrow shoulders, lean limbs, modest bust, non defined waist, narrow hips and bottom. Wear clothes that are straight, not curvy, your bust can look good with some detail on it, and good bras perhaps containing “fillets” can add just that bit of shape. Avoid at all costs gathered skirts, in fact gathers will look very odd even on a sleeve: frills, belted jackets, pleated skirts, even in some cases pleated trousers. You look good in “below natural waist” trousers and belts. Belts MUST be curved. Go for straight, A line and gored skirts. Dresses that are Princess line, never try and be a curvy person, you will look extraordinary. Sadly for the straight figure any dress can look extremely odd. Not for you those super sexy ruched dresses for evening, rather go for silk satin hanging straight, or a pair of sexy trousers and little neat top. Or a fabulous skirt to show off those lovely legs. Princess Di was a Lean straight at the end of her life. Straight and Lean Straight often look good in halter necklines, bolero jackets and shrugs.
Hourglass Feminine with lovely full curves, a good bust, small waist, rounded bottom, rounded hips. Wear clothes that are fluid and shaped, avoid like the plague stiff heavy materials and anything bulky. Go for clothes that have a shape and are not straight. Not for you straight skirts unless they contain Lycra, you need A line skirts and side zip trousers. Remember not to buy trousers with a front zip which necessitates up to six layers of fabric over the tummy. Beware trousers and jeans with lots of pockets and the dreaded cargo trousers, ( who do they suit?) You look good and sexy in cross over tops and shaped, wrap or bias cut clothes. Often these people go for the romantic, Liz Taylor, Marilyn Munroe, the most famous of all Sophia Loren. Please avoid absolutely straight tunics, crisp fabrics, baggy sweaters and sportswear, too much layering. Remember USE those curves and revel in them, those that haven’t got that full bust often wish they had! Neat Hourglass A defined bust and waist, and neat bottom, your top and bottom are the same size. You have a defined waist. Avoid clothes that do not define your body, they will make you look fatter, you need to have figure fitting clothes that do NOT hide your body. So do not wear boxy jackets, straight tunics, men’s shirts unless that is all you are wearing…baggy sweaters and sportswear. You can wear most patterns, and look good in knits and medium weight fabrics, gabardine to wool crepe. For the evening you look good in basques as do the hourglass, and the Oscar Dress. You need some shaping in the waist bands of your clothes, either darted or with some gathering at the back. Like the Hourglass whose waist bands may gape unless there is good shaping. Tops will look good shaped, crossover and wraps, and jackets should be fitted with waist definition. Where swimwear is concerned you are very lucky as you can more or less wear any style that makes you feel good. Franchises that are good for you are Per Una, Jaeger, Karen Millen, Jigsaw, Phase Eight, Planet, in fact most makes. However do watch the length of back.
Heart shaped Defined by soft rounded shoulders, a very good bust and narrowing to a smaller hip. The most important thing to remember is to buy tops that fit the SHOULDERS even if the jacket does not meet in the middle. It is important to keep the shape of the top half as it can put on pounds if the shoulders are too wide. A little shoulder pad to add HEIGHT NOT WIDTH does often help, indeed I have clients that will never be seen with out their little pads. You work best in separates. The Heart shaped figure is very specific to clothe and needs thought and understanding. As a general rule your best skirt shapes are gored, straight, and A line. Trousers need a side zip and flat front so as to show off the slim bottom half. Little neat jackets look good. As a general rule steer away from long straight jackets that hang from the shoulder. Oval Your problem area is your middle so anything that draws the eye away from your waist is great. You have rounded shoulders and the top of your arm is also round. Make sure your clothes hang from your shoulders, even if they are smaller than your middle. Avoid stiff fabrics, gathered waist lines, too big patterns as there is an awful lot of them. You have the ability to look very dramatic within the confines of cardigan jackets, simple lines, and for work there are some good suits that add shape and authority. Try and always wear a little heel with trousers as well as skirts. Add drama with dramatic colour contrasts, and jewellery. Soft fluidity is the watch word of the day. This figure type is liable to diabetes so do have tests and if constantly thirsty go to your doctor. Elvi, Planet, Marina Ripaldi, Chesca, Debenhams, Spirito (on the web) Elegance, Artigiano, Paul Costello, all have lovely clothes. M and S incorporate a size 20, and the others mentioned incorporate to size 30.
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