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February 29, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 129

Frills come in and out of fashion. Some call them ruffles (different words - same meaning). Frills can be feminine or sexy, fattening or slimming, comfortable or annoying or modern or dated. They are a fashion disaster just waiting for the wrong body shape and personality.

Frills create a 3D dimension that adds interest and texture to what you wear. So if your wardrobe is full of flat-textured tops, adding a frilled item may be the boost you need to combat your - I've got nothing to wear - complaint.

Here are my dressing tips on frills for the modern professional and business woman over 40.

Horizontal Frills Women with a feminine personality tend to prefer horizontal frills.

Horizontal frills can add width and weight. Frills as neckline collars widen your shoulders and bust line depending on the frill length, the material colour, the pattern and how gathered the frill is. If you are very slim, this is fine. Lightly gathered single or double frills that drape gently on plain, solid colours are less fattening.

Patterned fabrics make frills more obvious and your body appears bigger. Beware of rows of whole upper-body horizontal frills as they add weight to almost everyone. Watercolour patterns where the colours merge into each other are less fattening as the pattern on the frills is less obvious. Consider wearing a totally horizontally frilled top under a jacket or not at all.

Frills on skirts can be either tiered or a hemline feature only. Hemline frills appeal to feminine women and are usually seen on casual clothes or evening wear. Be wary of soft-material black tiered frills on a classic straight skirt. This is not a timeless dressing style for the modern professional or business woman over 40. It will only look modern for the season when it appears.

Vertical Frills Women with a sensual personality tend to prefer vertical or diagonal frills as these move with your body.

Vertical frills are more slimming-friendly. Centre front frills will slim or widen depending on how wide the frill is, where it ends and how much you notice it. Some centre frills can flop around as you bend and move which is very annoying for the unfussy woman.

Princess line vertical frills (on one or two sides of your body) are a very modern, slimming look. These often extend a little beyond the hemline and being sewn down, are less annoying when you move. Diagonal frills are crossovers represented in a modern trend.

Also around are soft jackets with frilled front edges. Small, very gathered frill edges can easily look dated. Longer draped frills look more modern.

Good and Bad Ways of Wearing Frills Horizontal frills on both your skirt and your top add up to double the weight gain. Wear only if you are very slim. The best way to wear frills is to wear them on one half of your body only. Team a frilled top with plain streamlined pants, skirt, jeans or shorts or wear a frilled skirt with a plain smooth top and accessories to draw attention to your face. Small frills or gathers as a stand-up or flat collar or small frills down the centre front of a button-up blouse are both old standbys but they do not look modern.

Not a Fan of Frills: Go for gentle draping like cowl necklines or ruching. Both of these have a similar effect to a frill without too much fuss. Fishtail inserts on the back of straight skirts are bias-cut pieces that create a sensual frill effect and they are a good alternative to the revealing back skirt split. This is a good style for professional and business women as fishtail inserts are modest, modern and stylish.

When it comes to choosing the best frill for you, always use the dressing room mirror to check from every angle and every distance from the mirror. Do lots of bending and moving. If it feels, comfortable, buy it. If it feels annoying in any way, put it back on the rack.

Margaret Sims is an Image Consultant and Fashion Translator. Margaret helps women discover their true personality and how to shine as a modern woman over 40. If this interests you, visit Blog for more fashion tips. At both the Blog and Margaret's website - you can sign up to get the free twice-monthly newsletter and receive your free eBook and Audio - 'Look Fabulous, Feel Confident Every Day'.

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