Start break­ing the rules our ex­perts sep­a­rate the fact from fic­tion

w&h’s team of ex­perts bust some myths and sep­a­rate fact from fic­tion – with fas­ci­nat­ing and use­ful re­sults…

Woman & Home - - In This Issue… -

MYTH: AN­KLE-STRAP SHOES SHORTEN LEGS

WE SAY yes, they can shorten the leg but they can also lengthen it. Choose a strap that’s slim and in a colour close to your skin tone. but if the strap is thicker in a con­trast­ing colour, like black, then this has the op­po­site ef­fect. If you want to wear thicker straps in a bold colour, keep your hem­line below your knees – no one will know where your knees start.

MYTH: BLACK MAKES YOU LOOK SLIM­MER

WE SAY stop the press! It can ac­tu­ally bulk you up. Dark colours are of­ten re­ferred to as heavy – so a loose black dress can make you look big­ger and heav­ier. It’s be­cause black re­cedes into the back­ground, so it’s hard to de­fine where your body width stops and the back­ground be­gins. If you love black, flash some flesh to coun­ter­act the heav­i­ness – think a V-neck top, three­quar­ter sleeves or cropped trousers.

MYTH: BLUE AND GREEN SHOULD NEVER BE SEEN

WE SAY this sar­to­rial old wives’ tale has been well and truly backed into a cor­ner. there’s never been so much avail­able on our high street. Make colours such as mid­night blue and for­est green your en­try point into this trend for the chicest colour com­bi­na­tion.

MYTH: AC­CES­SORIES ARE SIZE-LESS

WE SAY Who cares what size you are when you have the hot new Chloé bag, right? Wrong. It’s a case of pro­por­tion. a mi­cro bag may be on trend but if you’re tall or have strong curves, it will just look wrong. the same goes for heels – a point-toe shoe with a spindly heel will em­pha­sise big­ger calves, while a block or stack-heeled shoe can make slim legs look like sticks. so buy ac­ces­sories in pro­por­tion to your height and size.

MYTH: HOR­I­ZON­TAL STRIPES MAKE YOU AP­PEAR WIDER

WE SAY If this were the case, breton tops would not be in your ar­se­nal of wardrobe clas­sics. Here, it’s down to the thick­ness of stripe and the style – yes, a thick-striped jer­sey body-con dress will make you look big­ger, but a sleek striped breton top won’t.

MYTH: AN IN­VEST­MENT COAT LASTS A LIFE­TIME

WE SAY Don’t be fooled into this sales pitch. Just think about how much your coat has to go through – ex­tremes of tem­per­a­tures, rain, wind and snow… this is the work­horse of your wardrobe. that doesn’t mean you should scrimp, though – spend as much as you can af­ford and it will last longer. Just don’t ex­pect it to be­come an heir­loom.

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