Rebel Wilson Rocks LBD

Which LBD does Rebel Wilson rock?

The dress on the right is of course the most flattering. Why? Because any woman who is not model thin looks best in a V-neck; it creates a flattering hourglass figure, vs. a boxy, blocky shape (left photo).

Also, wearing clothing that is too tight (left photo) grabs areas you’re trying to hide and actually makes you look heavier, instead slim and sleek (right photo).

Finally, if your knees aren’t you best asset, bring dress lengths down to the mid knee- it still gives you a sexy look, while camouflaging a problem area.

Rebel shows us that women in Hollywood (and everywhere!)  can look sexy at any shape or size if they simply know the secrets of dressing slim.

xoxo  Ruth

Model Vs. Average Woman - The Fashion Code


Did you know the average American woman is a size 14 and 5’4” tall?

Yes, you heard that right, size 14.
So it’s no surprise the clothes we see on models never quite look the same on us regular sized gals. On the left, we see a fashion model (size 2) in a $230 designer shirt.
On the right, we see the exact same shirt on a plus size model, who is the approximate size of the “average” American woman, size 14.

Extra fabric equals extra girth

The wafer-thin model appears effortlessly chic in this blouse and ready for an elegant pool party, while our average sized gal looks like she’s wrapped in a down comforter and ready for a marathon night of Netflix binge-watching. The model on the left is so skinny, that the extra swaths of fabric in this shirt help give her a few well-needed curves, but on Miss Average American Gal all that extra material makes her look twice her size -not to mention decidedly less stylish than her slender neighbor.

Why does the woman on the right look larger and less stylish in the exact same shirt? It’s because very few of us have the same proportions as the Average fashion model, who is 5’10” and a size 2. Therefore, most of us aren’t going to look the same in clothing as the uber thin and super tall. So we need to ask ourselves… why do we base our clothing purchases on someone who looks nothing like us???

And it’s not just about being thin. If you’re vertically challenged the fashion curve (pun intended) gets exponentially more difficult. For instance, a size 6 may have won the skinny lottery but if she’s not as tall as an NBA player, good luck wearing so many of today’s trendy designs, like the one above. Now before you throw your favorite Nordstrom’s Anniversary sale purchase back in the bag and go into hiding with a pint of Ben & Jerry’s, read on…

…the solution is actually quite easy once you know The Fashion Code Secrets on how to dress for your proportions. The first Secret- and this works on EVERYONE is… oversized clothing makes you look just that, oversized.

Even fashion models look better in more tailored, form-fitting clothing, as you can see below. More importantly, the “Average American Woman” (below right) looks sizes smaller and vastly more stylish in fitted (but NOT tight) clothing.

Oversized clothing is the average gal’s style kryptonite. (And by average we mean anyone who isn’t a supermodel.) It’s almost impossible to look good in voluminous garb -unless you’re rail thin.

Dress Slimmer

The easiest way to look slimmer is to dress slimmer. Put your clothes on a diet, not you. As stylists we have seen this time and time again – by trimming off the extra fabric that so many of us like to hide under – you can instantly appear sizes smaller. This is true for ALL women, sizes 8-18 and beyond. Get ready for compliments. You’re welcome.

Btw, the average plus size model is 5’8” tall and size 8-14. Yes. We said Plus Size. Sigh.
Alright, maybe it is time to break out the Ben & Jerry’s.

But seriously, isn’t it time we give ourselves a break and stop trying to squeeze ourselves into clothing that isn’t made for us? It’s not about diets and or being able to wear single digit sizes, it’s simply about knowing The Secrets to what makes us look great – whatever our shape or size.



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Many of the stars were on their best behavior at the Academy Awards this year, wearing the outfits that their sensible mothers laid out for them. For the most part it was challenging to find stuff to pick on, but you know us…
Allison Janney kills it in this knockout gown.

We give her a 100 on the Tomato-Meter.

…as opposed to a Rotten Tomato.

Emily Blunt’s gown was a tribute to the flu season -in a dress sponsored by Kleenex. The drab, mucus inspired color palette gave us the chills.

Jennifer Garner also made our best dressed list…

…but Nicole Kidman’s pouffy gown left us feeling blue. On the plus side, those designer pouches will have the kangaroos down under green with envy. But…

…it ain’t easy being green.

Black was another popular color this year, as you can see from the next 3 outfits. By the way, if you’re wondering what that thing is on St. Vincent’s shoulder, it’s actually her date hiding from the Fashion Police.

Lindsey Vonn looked like a downhill dominatrix. Sorry Lindsey, no gold for this outfit.

Something is missing from Taraji’s outfit…oh yeah, fabric. All she needs now is a pole.

These two look like the morning after Prom- and that’s before the ceremony even started.

And for our grand finale… the worst-dressed… Selma Hayek looks like she got her gown from the Disney gift shop and snatched a chandelier for her accessories from the enchanted castle on her way out of the theme park. Hoping she’ll shop at the big girl’s store next year.

It’s been great walking the red carpet with you. We’ll see you next time. Until then fellow fashionistas . . . please dress responsibly.