Before & Afters

Bridgette Raes Makeover

Photo Credit: Lori Berkowitz

Black Pants Pizzazz

Spice up your black pants and boring tops with exciting accents! Ditch the predictable, boring shoes, toss out the blah handbag and string something more colorful around your neck.  Don’t forget to add some novelty, like a cool cardigan.

 

Bridgette Raes Makeover

Photo Credit: Lori Berkowitz, from the book Style Rx: Dressing the Body You Have to Create the Body You Want

Tummy Wrap    

Ruching, or small gathers, over the tummy is a great way to make people wonder if it is you or the shirt that is causing the lumps and bumps. Grab a top with some fitted gathering and let them wonder.

 

Bridgette Raes Makeover

Photo Credit: Lori Berkowitz, from the book Style Rx: Dressing the Body You Have to Create the Body You Want

Thigh Control  

 Getting control of the thigh area is a common plea among many women. Ditch the halter-tops for wider necklines, instead, and choose tops with stronger shoulder lines. Wear darker colors on the bottom and lighter colors on the top, and pitch the pegged bottom pants.

 

Bridgette Raes Makeover

Photo Credit: Lori Berkowitz, from the book Style Rx: Dressing the Body You Have to Create the Body You Want

Ta Ta Tamer

Do you think you’re hiding your large chest under that bulky shirt I don’t think so! Women with large chests usually have defined waists. The more shape in the waist, the more balanced your body will look. Additionally, deeper necklines minimize the size of a large bust line better than a higher neckline will.

Bridgette Raes Makeover

Photo Credit: Lori Berkowitz, from the book Style Rx: Dressing the Body You Have to Create the Body You Want

Calf Minimizer      

The simplest way to minimize large calves and ankles is to get rid of the ankle straps! Another way to reduce the size of your thighs is to always hem your knee-length skirts to the narrowest part of the calf, not the widest.

 

Bridgette Raes Makeover

Photo Credit: Lori Berkowitz

Tee & Jeans Fabulous  

Sick of the tee-shirt and jeans look, but love the comfort of it?  Well, keep your tee-and-jeans base and add some flavor! Get rid of the ho-hum shoe, grab an exciting bag, throw on a necklace and find a pop-piece to throw over the outfit to make it more visually appealing.

 

Bridgette Raes Makeover

Photo Credit: Lori Berkowitz, from the book Style Rx: Dressing the Body You Have to Create the Body You Want

Tummy Wrap  

Do you hide your tummy under pup-tent looking tops?  My advice to you: If you wear big, shapeless tops you will look big and shapeless. Instead, get some tops with some structure to create more shape and less bulk.

 

Bridgette Raes Makeover

Photo Credit: Lori Berkowitz, from the book Style Rx: Dressing the Body You Have to Create the Body You Want

Fully Armed    

Have your big arms got you down?  Sometimes, all it takes is looking at things differently. Instead of going left to right with your stripes, try a vertical approach to create the illusion of less.

 

Bridgette Raes Makeover

Photo Credit: Lori Berkowitz, from the book Style Rx: Dressing the Body You Have to Create the Body You Want

Whittled Middle

Don’t have much of a waist? Well, don’t waste any more time, grab a belt or an outfit that has some shape!  Creating shape where we don’t have it can easily be done by choosing clothing that does.