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Here at Dressipi we believe that fashion is a learning and inspiring conversation between you our fabulous users, and us. And when you ask we deliver. It’s all thanks to your patience and the fact that so many of you kindly took the time to give us invaluable customer feedback that we have been able to address the issue of what clothes to wear to complement a larger bust. We understand that there are so many women out there who feel the same way that some of our users do, like the lady who sent us the email below:

“I was mystified why my profile recommended that I add volume up top when I have a 38in bust.  Tops with flounces and bows just make my boobs look enormous, which is not what I want.  I understand that there is a need to balance my large hips, but there must be another way.”

As you all know we’re not simply about fruit here at Dressipi. We think body shapes are a lot more intricate than apples and pears for that matter. We are really excited by the fact that after months of careful rule writing by us stylists and beyond ingenious code writing by our tech team you are now able to add bust shapes to your Fashion Fingerprint ©. What this means is that your recommendations will now be ultra fine-tuned to show you how to use fashion to stylishly complement your larger bust. So log onto your Dressipi account, and for those of you who haven’t already done so, chose your “bust size” option in your Fashion Fingerprint ©, and enjoy some choice recommendations. In the meantime, here are a few tips to get you started… Tara and Natalie x

1. Focus on ‘fit’ rather than hiding under those big billowing shapes which will make you look bigger up top. Dress, Dorothy Perkins:

2. Invest in the key illusion necklines that we recommend to you in your Must Haves and Perfect For You recommendations. Joseph v-neck jumper:

3. Make sure that the detail around your bust is kept to a minimum so as not to accentuate the size of your bust. On this Coast dress, the ruched fabric detail across the bust creates shapely definition.

QUESTION: I’m really keen to give my wardrobe a boost. I’ve got a one-year-old baby and have got my figure back, but in the morning on my way to work, I invariably reach for: flat pumps, black trousers, long-sleeved white t-shirt and a cardigan. I’m really bored and look boring! How can I get dressed without fuss but looking a bit more special? I’m 37 and don’t want to dress like a teenager. But at the moment, I’m just dressing like my mum. Please help!

NATALIE ANSWERS: Hello and thank you for contacting us. Congratulations on your one year old – you must have your hands full! Don’t worry we’ll get you looking like a young (which you are) stylish mum with a couple of careful wardrobe solutions.

1. Whistles jersey dress £95 
The best wardrobe solution is a fabulous versatile dress. This jersey piece from Whistles will take you from work-to-weekend. A wrap v-neck will flatter your bust and a soft tulip skirt balances out your proportions. Cinch in your already defined waist with a skinny belt. Whistles has some great pieces that take classic shapes and gives them a modern twist. It’s easier and much more chic to run out of the house and throw on a dress, great flats and a cardigan. You could style this piece with your cardi and skinny belt too.

2. Zara tailored blazer £69.99 
Every wardrobe needs a great tailored blazer. This sharply tailored black single breasted piece from Zara would look great over your dress, with your black trousres and with a pair of jeans. It has a very subtle shoulder detail which gives it a cool modern touch. (pic above)

3. French Connection silk blouse £79: Add a burst of colour to your look with this silk blouse. Style it with a pair of fabulous straight leg jeans for the weekend or your trousers for work. For an evening look I have given you this black v-neck long Zara blouse. Pair it with your skinny belt to show off your defined waist.

3. Carvela snakeksin flats, £29.95: There are flats and then there are flats. Animal print is a timeless classic and this soft snakeskin print is a chic addition to your wardrobe. These (very small) kitten heel slingbacks are very Stella McCartney and complement your height.

4. Zara leather jacket £149.99: Think of adding a stylish casual jacket to your wardrobe. A leather biker jacket will give a bit of edge to any look and is great for the weekends for day and night over a little black dress or a fab jersey dress. A denim jacket would do the trick too and so would one of the myriad of gorgeous boucle jackets that the high street has gone crazy for at the moment.

It’s also a good idea to freshen up your denim wardrobe. The best way to do this is with a pair of straight leg jeans. (They work perfectly with flats and boots too). I hope that this has given you some fashion inspiration.  NATALIE x

“Capsule Wardrobe” – such a clinical name for such a magical concept! Simply put it’s how to shop wisely so that a) you can create the most outfit choices from a selection of fabulous hard-working and versatile pieces and b) you know what to snap up to update your wardrobe in a flash whether you are after a trend piece or in need of a fashion fix. In today’s emails we’ve picked three trusted fashion friends the tailored blazer in a neutral colour, a fabulous day-to-night-goes-with-anything dress and a pair of run-around-but-still-look-stylish flats. Every week we will talk you through a capsule wardrobe piece.

The whole point of your blazer is that it will work a dream with jeans, style up a day/work dress, sculpt a gorgeous evening gown ….get the idea…? Which is why we’ve recommended you go for a neutral shade and pick one of your must-have figure-flattering styles. Here’s Sarah in her Dressipi purchase: A Mango blazer of which Sarah says, “I bought this because the Dressipi stylists told me it was one of the key items from my wardrobe I was missing. The black blazer I already had in my wardrobe for ages was not the most flattering shape on me and my cool Zara grey cropped jacket was not versatile enough.”

“I never thought I could wear a black blazer outside of work – but you told me to roll up the sleeves to give a bit of a cool edge, so it looks perfect with jeans at the weekend.” Sarah’s other Dressipi purchases Mint Velvet top, Paul & Joe sister skirt from last season, Aldo courts. Keep checking back for our Capsule Wardrobe updates. Natalie x

The Hunger Games’ and ‘What to expect when you are expecting’ actress, Elizabeth Banks, sported a picture perfect Matthew Williamson autumn/winter 2012 dress in plum to the Lucky Magazine FABB Bloggers event in LA. It’s actually available to buy now at the London store (£825). The dress has a fabulously seductive name – “The Liquid Python Slit Mini Dress”. It very cleverly sculpts and defines a shapely looking waist thanks to its peek-a-boo cut-away effect that flashes a bit of flesh. The contrast of a fitted bodice with fuller side peplums on the skirt give a shapely double whammy. What this does is amplify Banks’ fabulous figure, but it’s also a great technique for those who have a straight up-and-down silhouette and after a bit of curve.

We’ve found two pieces on the Dressipi site that create a lovely optical illusion giving the effect of a more defined waist. When going for shape-by-optical-illusion, the key is to think of things that clash on the eye. This dress from Sportmax clashes the direction of the same pattern to sculpt definition. You sort of feel like you have to do a double take to settle your eyes …

Whilst this Helmut Lang dress is less structured it has the same effect. It’s the contrast of the fitted black side panel with the softly draped white fabric that pencils in a waist for those who don’t have one, and accentuates it on those who do…

There’s been a lot of DHL action in the Dressipi office lately. It’s hard not to when you’re editing and styling gorgeous product all day. Here we love nothing more than a good shoe. Today there’s going to be a lot of Choo action as we style up our looks for the newly launched Choo24/7 website (more of that next week).

But spare a thought for those of you with tiny feet like our fabulous stylist Selina. With a shoe size 2 it’s more a “no” to Louboutins and a “yes” to ‘Suri Cruise may I have your high heel left overs?’.

That is unless you know how to shop wisely – which Selina does.

On Friday afternoon a magic box arrived from Zara housing these on-trend rose gold metallic lace-ups. “Oh those are great where did you manage to find them in your size?” Selina had snapped these up from the kids’ department of Zara. Thankfully the future generations of this world are being kept very much up-to-date in the style stakes…which is a great thing…because now you can have small, but happy, feet.

We’ll keep you posted with pics of the shoes in ‘style action’.

Metallic lace-ups £19.99 Zara.com

QUESTION: I am going to the Royal Enclosure at Ascot on Ladies Day , I haven’t a clue what to wear and I loathe being cold if the weather is bad, please advice on a suitable outfit and accessorises that would work in all conditions. I am always very conscious of my legs and am on a limited high street budget.

ANSWER:  Ascot Ladies Day is a fabulous excuse to get dressed up. Please note, there are a lot of new rules of attire (see below) in the Royal Enclosure this season. If you don’t follow them you will not be let in!

RULES (as taken from ascot.co.uk
Ladies are kindly reminded that formal day wear is a requirement in the Royal Enclosure, defined as follows:

• Dresses and skirts should be of modest length defined as falling just above the knee or longer
• Dresses and tops should have straps of one inch or greater
• Jackets and pashminas may be worn but dresses and tops underneath should still comply with the Royal Enclosure dress code
• Trouser suits are welcome. They should be of full length and of matching material and colour
• Hats should be worn; a headpiece which has a base of 4 inches (10cm) or more in diameter is acceptable as an alternative to a hat.

Ladies are kindly asked to note the following:

• Strapless, off the shoulder, halter neck, spaghetti straps and dresses with a strap of less than one inch (2.5cm) are not permitted
• Midriffs must be covered
• Fascinators are no longer permitted in the Royal Enclosure; neither are headpieces which do not have a base covering a sufficient area of the head (4 inches / 10cm).

Whew!! It’s not as complicated as it sounds. With that in mind, and taking into account your Dressipi Must Haves, here are some ideas we hope that you will like. PLEASE note, I know you are on a high street budget, but luckily for us most stores will be going on summer sale sooner, rather than later, so give yourself another week or so before you buy anything, also a lot of shops have instore discounts.

1. WHISTLES 100% silk print dress £165: This is a no-fuss easy-to-wear chiffon dress that will not only flatter your slender frame and balance out your proportions, but also it meets all the Royal Enclosure Rules. It should fall a little below your knees so you don’t have to feel too conscious about them. The other great thing about this dress is that you can wear it on a number of different occasions and not just to Ascot. If it is freezing wear flesh coloured tights.

2. COAST blue dress £95 :  Here’s another dress option. This is a very striking piece, and again ticks all the Ascot boxes as well as yours. The ruching detail will accentuate your waist and the folded neckline and sleeve draws the eye up balancing out proportions. When the sun eventually starts to shine you can style this with a summery wedge.

3. MANGO bouclé jacket £79: There are a lot of beautiful bouclé jackets on the high street at the moment, and they offer the perfect cover up to any dress for an occassion as well as looking fabulous with a pair of jeans. You will find similar styles to this Mango jacket at Zara and H&M. This particular one is a firm favourite as it is very understated. This would go with either of the two dresses.

4. J BY JASPER CONRAN at Debenhams hat, £80: It’s worth popping into Debenhams as they have some gorgeous hats around and this is really very much a personal thing as to your preferences. So long as you remember you cannot wear a fascinator. I have also given you a link to another piece – a saucer hat – just to show you that you can wear that too.

5. SHOES and BAGS : You’ll want somewhere to house your winnings! Accessorise with a chic bag like this shoulder bag from Mango £29.99. With regards to your shoes, if you don’t like the cold it’s best to go for a closed court shoe. Aldo has a fabulous range of neutral courts with different heel heights so you have the option to select what is most comfortable to you as well as keeping ultra stylish.

All of the above accessories will work perfectly with either of the two dresses, as well as with any other outfits in your wardrobe. It’s always important to look for multi-tasking pieces when you are going to any occasion. You’ll want to get a lot out of any great item that you buy. The good thing about Ascot outfits is that they will double up for a wedding or a chic night out with a clever switch of accessories.

Keep checking back with our blog as we will be giving you more updates on what to wear to Ascot as it approaches.

I hope that this has given you some fashion inspiration. Have a great day at the Races. Natalie x

A Dressipi Stylist’s job is never done until she has a “fashion first”.  By that we mean when a “I would never wear or buy that” becomes a “gosh who would have thought – I love it!”. And thanks to modern technology and your Fashion Fingerprint ™ we have been having a lot of “fashion firsts” of late. As Tara and I sat at our desks one afternoon this week helping our techies decipher and turn our fashion brains into algorithms for a very exciting Dressipi project, “fashion firsts” came flying out of the blue like shooting stars on a balmy night. It all started the evening before as I settled in to watch Gossip Girl. My phone pinged with a picture hot off the Selfridge’s shoe department shop floor. The message read “which shoe left or right?”. It was Donna and Sarah. Shoe shopping for Sarah’s wedding. On her feet? Silver strappy Jimmy Choos. Gossip Girl could wait this was a Dressipi two-in-one fashion first moment: 1 –  Silver strappy high heels; 2 – Jimmy Choos. “Which ones do you love?” I pinged back. “One on the left foot” came pinging back at me. “Then those are the ones you must get. They’re most you”  And so she did. And Tara and I nodded our heads as Sarah sashayed around the office modelling her silver strappy sandals with her skinny jeans and polka dot blouse (great combo). Marvelling at how perfect they would look with a cheeky cocktail dress. And the gorgeous wedding dress. And, and, and … “I think I should get a pair…” said Donna…

As Tara and I tried to get back to being techie (what reads wrong with that statement?), the lovely DHL man arrived. Parcel from Monsoon. For Donna and Sarah. Two gold box weave clutch bags as recommended on Dressipi’s weekly email. “I’ve never had a clutch before,” said Donna, “it actually fits quite a bit in.” And it’s the prefect way to update any outfit in a simple fashion flash with a touch of colour or a new catwalk trend (think prints).

And Tara and I nodded our heads as we marvelled at Donna’s brand new floral print Equipment blouse that she had recently bought off The Outnet – at a high street price. Canny outlet shopping and the Fashion Fingerprint ™ go hand-in-hand. Perfect for dabbling in a trend. This is the person who refused to wear florals, but when she did styled them with a cool hooded parka to give all that girliness a bit of edge.”They are on trend and I kept getting them in my recommendations pages. So I thought I should finally give it a try. And I love it!” And Tara and I nodded our heads and got back to the business of techie stuff and exciting projects…Fashion firsts indeed. Natalie x