Category Archives: Body

My Fav Swimsuits for Top Heavy Women: Elan’s Picks

Without much ado, here are my top 5 swimsuits for top heavy women

Bikinis

Women with large breasts really need proper support. Bikinis are fine once the top has the proper underwire support to keep the bust lifted. This full coverage bikini from Victoria Secret is a winner.


 

Asymmetrical one piece
If you are a busty woman with broader shoulders than your hips, you’re going to want a swimsuit  that visually narrows your top half so it balances out your lower half. This one shoulder is excellent because the asymmetrical shoulder is very supportive, the ruching at the waist is very figure enhancing and the print is very alluring. Go for it! Available at Victoria’s Secret.


 

Deep plunge one piece
With one pieces, you absolutely want to look at a deep V neck or wide U scoop necklines which enhance your bust. To avoid? Little itsy bitsy tops or stringy halters that look at odds with your proportion and provide zero support. Also any top that adds bulk to your breasts. This bathing suit, from Miracle Suit  hits all the right marks. Figure flattering to your décolletage, side ruching to enhance your waist and great support at the bustline. Available @ Bloomingdales.
 

Halter swimdress
This halter swimdress is great for a top heavy woman with wide shoulders and narrow hips. The halter top provides support for the girls while the ruffle skirt adds balance to your wider top. Plus it’s so darn cute!  Plus if you have a hint of a tummy all the ruching in the middle will cinch you in comfortably. Suit from Juicy Couture @ Bloomingdales.


 

Convertible tankini
I love this tankini for a top heavy woman with broad shoulders. The suits neckline highlights the shoulders  while the neck wrap tempers them at the same time. The top can also be wrapped in multiple ways depending on your style preferences.  It’s a two piece tankini so you have complete coverage with the flexibility of a two piece. And the print is a great camoflager (if needed).  Available @ Shape FX.


 

 

For more figure flattery tips, I highly recommend picking up a copy of my bestselling book: Frumpy to Fabulous: Flaunting It. your Ultimate Guide to Effortless Style. Full of tips, advice and motivation to look great regardless of your size and empowering you to Flaunt It.

Natalie Jobity, professional image consultant, AKA The Image Diva, Elan Image Management

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Yokini Swimwear: Sexy & Flattering Swimsuits for many figure types

Finding figure flattering swimwear is as much an art as it is a science. To rule out some of the mystery in finding the perfect swimsuit for you I am dedicating a series of blog posts to do just that! This is always a popular topic this time of year and I want to make your search as effortless as possible. For each of the main figure types I want to highlight my top 5 recommendations to best enhance that figure so you feel confident, sexy and comfortable wherever your summer jaunts may take you.

Check out the following links for past posts on bathing suits:

But I have a surprise. This first post will be dedicated to a relatively new line of swimwear that I believe can flatter almost every figure and swimwear occasion. Why? It all boils down to the proprietary fabrication and design of the swimsuit bottom. I present to you ladies, Yokini swimwear convertible bikini bottom!

 

The vision behind Yokini Swimwear came from the idea that a more mature woman  can still wear a sexy two piece swimsuit with confidence and style. The unique Yokini bottom enables a woman to adjust the fabric to fit her lower body like a glove. Any problem areas in the hips or tummy instantly disappear when multi- layers of control stretch fabric are concentrated directly on the area.

Sound too good to be true? It isn’t. I had the pleasure of sampling the line myself and I love it! I now have a bikini with a convertible bottom that I can wear so many ways depending on my mood or the occasion—all the way up so it looks like a one piece, at the waist for a retro look, as a banded bottom so it looks like your regular bikini and (really cool!) like a skirt so it also acts as an instant cover up.

Check out this HOW TO WEAR VIDEO

Regardless of how you choose to wear it, it is extremely figure flattering and comfortable because the fabric is breathable and very stretchy. If you are bottom heavy you can wear it as a skirted bikini to minimize your hips and thighs. If you have a tummy, you can wear it retro style and swim with confidence. If you are curvy, you can wear it as a low rise banded bikini for maximum sex appeal. If you have a more boyish shape, you can wear it like a sexy one piece or sportier style.

Convertible swimwear is not new. But what is new here is that the bottom really can be molded various ways on your body for a completely different look. And the idea that this can go dramatically from a one piece look to a skirted one is very innovative.

Inspired by yoga wear, the Yokini bikini is designed so every woman can start feeling sexy, confident and stylish in a bathing suit. Flaunt It on the beach, the pool or on the volley ball court!

Next up: The 5 most figure flattering designs for bottom heavy women.

Natalie Jobity, Elan Image Management, image consultant. Author: Frumpy to Fabulous: Flaunting It. Your Ultimate Guide to Effortless Style

Visit my Facebook Community page for ongoing tips, inspiration, lively discussions on what to wear and more!

 

 

Show your body some TLC: 4 Self-Care Tips

Today I finally indulged myself with a 75 minute massage from my favorite spa. As I was being massaged I felt my body breathe a collective, ‘ahhh!’ and I couldn’t help but think to myself, why don’t  I do this more often? The truth is, as women we are guilty of not refueling our ‘vitality’ tank as often as we should. I struggle with this myself. We put our well-being, health and self-care last and suffer the consequences.

This month, I officially became an elite member of my spa to give me no excuse not to enjoy the amazing perks and benefits that affords me. During my massage I remember thinking, ‘I’m giving my body love’. When you think of it this way, it really makes you want to resolve to do better. Unless we refuel ourselves we can’t give back to our loved ones, far less look and feel our best.

Your image is the entire package—the inner in harmony with the outer. To help you find ways to give some TLC back to your body, practice these four EASY tips on a regular basis. Like my body did today, it will thank you for it.


1.    Stay in touch with your essence.
Some clues? What helps you exude your essence in its infinite glory? Just as roses need sunlight and water to fully bloom, what brings out your brightest, finest most brilliant bloom? For me it’s spending time outdoors, near the water and connecting with nature. I just had a beach vacation to the Dominican Republic and my only complaint is that I was not there long enough. The ocean air, the sound of waves, the sand on my feet, the cool briskness of the water, the glimpse of fish in the shallow reef, the feel of the sun—all of these things make my spirit soar. Find out what it is for you and do it as often as you can.

 

Me getting in touch with my essence earlier this month in DR


2.    Act upon your secret indulgence.
There is a reason why chocolates are a popular gift on Valentine’s Day—a day celebrating love! Chocolates are one of the most indulgent, easily accessible, and inexpensive treats we can enjoy. So often women deny themselves simple pleasures as this. The senses are meant to be stimulated and in so doing bring us pleasure. It’s summer—a great excuse to get that pedicure you keep putting off. When last have you basked in the brilliance of the sun (with your SPF protection of course!)? Splurged on your favorite bottle of perfume? Bought yourself a bouquet of flowers? The gifts of indulgence our loved ones give to us are gifts we can give to ourselves.

 


3.    Sashay your way to fitness.
From Zumba to pole dancing there are so many fun and creative ways to get the body moving while having a ball. This can be dedicated ‘me-time’ where you step outside your comfort zone and learn something new that is good for your body. Exercise doesn’t have to be a chore when you can dance, jump and sashay the pounds away.

 

4.    Practice better self-care. Promise to dedicate time and effort over the next 6 months to pamper and take care of your best asset—YOU! Whether it is getting fit, losing weight, hitting the gym, eating healthier, getting your required ZZ’s every night, spending quality time with loved ones or just taking time to pamper and reward yourself throughout the year, make sure you offer the gift of love back to yourself. Because you cannot give what you don’t have! Make sure you replenish your love reserves.

You have a self care tip you’d like to share? I’d love to hear it!  Feel free to post on my Facebook Like Page!

 

Natalie Jobity, The Image Diva, Elan Image Management, image consulting

Event: What to wear tips, Book Signing and Fab Giveaways to help you Flaunt It

It’s been extremely busy the past few weeks with the release of my book: Frumpy to Fabulous: Flaunting It. Your Ultimate Guide to Effortless Style. Their are many style or makeover guides on the market but I believe my book is different. Sure I share tips, tricks and strategies to help you look amazing: from dressing for your figure type; to learning how to mix and match the right  colors for you so you pop; to figuring out how to pick the right jeans for your body; to dressing secrets for petites, talls and plus; to learning how to get inspiration so you continue to refine your own personal style and so much more. In fact there are so many tips in this book for ALL women that one reviewer dubbed the book, ‘the ultimate fashion accessory’. 

And here I am using it as such (smile)

Then there are the ‘stories’  I share based on my work as a professional image consultant working with hundreds of women. There is a very real personal touch and voice in these pages that women can relate to so they know they are not alone in their challenges. I help them tackle the ‘saboteurs’ that may be holding them back from their true magnificence! Oh women have many excuses for why they don’t have the time, means or know how to look and feel great. This book challenges each woman to elevate her image by blasting away the negative self talk that holds so many of us down. Finally, this book was written with a mission: to transform the life of each person who reads it. The transformation can be subtle or dramatic–just like the transformations I  see occur with my own clients. But the bottom line is that it is a book you will want to take with you when you shop so you can refer back to the advice in its pages (hello Kindle edition!). Lean more about Mission 1 Million Makeovers which the book helps support.

The paperback book is available for sale at Amazon and I am so pleased with the amazing support and feedback I’ve received. Folks have been asking me about my official "launch". I think any grand affair will occur at another point.  But in the meantime, l now have officially scheduled a book signing that is meant to inspire and share some of the tips I share with readers, promote other local businesses that support women’s quest to look and feel their best, and to help all guests have fun by winning exciting door prizes!! And of course I’ll be there to give on the spot fashion tips and sign your copies of Frumpy to Fabulous: Flaunting It. Your Ultimate Guide to Effortless Style.

Where? Hotel George DC

When? Saturday September 25th from 4-6 pm

Cost? FREE!!!!!!

I will be updating my blog with updates leading up to the event but so far we have the following local businesses on board with gorg giveaways:

  • Coup de Foudre Lingerie is generously giving one lucky guest a $100 gift certificate to use in their Downtown DC lingerie store (near metro center). All I can say is ooh la la!
  • A complimentary belly dancing, pole dancing or yoga class from Jordin’s Paradise in  DC to get your body in tip top shape for MANY guests in attendance
  • A personal chef gift certificate from Joyful Creations so you can treat yourself to a scrumptious meal courtesy of chef Joy
  • 2 complimentary makeup sessions from Summark Faces so your face can take center stage for your special event
  • Evelyn Brooks Designs will be donating a necklace and earring set from her stellar collection to help you look more polished
  • A complimentary 90-minute style consultation from Elan Image Management valued at over $250 to help you get your Flaunt on!!
  • L~Shandi designs is donating one of her unique purses made out of African lace so you are well accessorized
  • Party Style will be donating a beautiful bouquet of flowers –to remind you how beautiful you are!
  • More giveaways to come!

All just for coming out and supporting and celebrating my book’s release. It’s a love fest ladies (and gents)! A thank you, a giving back and a celebration all in one.

Stay tuned for more details!! And be sure to bring your purchased copy of Frumpy to Fabulous: Flaunting It. Your Ultimate Guide to Effortless Style to get it signed by me. Or you can purchase copies at the event (cash only though).

If you are interested in donating a product or service for the event please e-mail me directly at Natalie@ElanImageManagement.com.

Here’s to Flaunting It!

Natalie Jobity,  Image Consultant & Author

What to Wear: The Conundrum of Petites, Plus and Tall Sizes

According to a New York Times online article by Stephanie Clifford last month, "As doctors and public health officials encourage Americans to slim down, the fashion industry is embracing Americans as they are. Both mass-market stores like Forever 21 and Target and expensive designers like Elie Tahari are deciding the fattening of America is a big business opportunity, and are reinvigorating a market that had faltered during the recession."

Well that’s all well and good but they have got a long way to go! The average American woman is a size 14. Most clothing designers cater to what they feel is aspirational and  trendsetting. It’s all about illusion and fantasy and not much about reality at all. Most designers don’t think about what will sell when they put pencil to sketch pad–they are thinking about a collection that will get them great PR and that will put on a great "show". The problem is that the buyers who attend fashion shows "buy into" these sterotypes and the result is a lot of unrealistic fashion trends popping up in stores every season that flatter only a minority of women.

Couple this issue with the fact that plus size clothing is very expensive to manufacture for a variety of reasons so retailers shy away from them completely. With Petites and Talls, even though they are viable markets, there is apparently not enough money in them to make designers and stores take note. Many department stores shut down their petite departments and stand alone stores that used to cater to petites including Petite Sophisticates are out of business. There was a Tall Girls store in Virginia nd that too shut down even though I know many tall women who shopped there. So what are we to do, those among us who are non-standard (and increasingly becoming the majority)?

In my work as an image consultant I see women of all shapes and sizes and I see my role an empowering them to embrace and learn to dress and flatter their size as it is NOW. We can all look great in your clothing if we learn the tricks of figure flattering. Yes their are hard to fit statures/sizes–plus, petites AND talls.  I’m 6’1" and a healthy size 6 and because I am in the business of image, fashion and wardrobe I know what looks great on me and how to wear mass market clothing that looks like it was designed for my super long frame (with the help of a tailor often).

But just like there are plus sized petites, there are plus sized talls and these are the most challenging to address because the plus size market offerings are so limited. It would be wonderful if designers catered to ALL frames but they don’t. And everyone assumes tall women have it easy but whether thin or plus or in between we have the same challenges as petite women finding clothing, often harder because you NEVER see ‘talls’ in department stores.

All sizes and statures can be beautiful –we just need more options period! I hope other designers start to cater more to the plus size market in particular and that stores like J Crew, J Jill, Victoria’s Secret , Talbots and Eddie Bauer etc. continue to serve all sectors of the woman’s market. 

The Image Diva, Elan Image Management, image consulting

Swimsuit Giveaway: Look Fabulous at the beach in a figure flattering Tankini

Hi there ladies. Summer is officially here and to celebrate I am doing a swimsuit giveaway courtesy of Swankini. Swankini is a newly launched line of swimwear  designed by Lois McCourt. Her goal was to create swimsuits that were totally flattering and totally fabulous. After a lot of hard work,  she created a variety of beautiful swimsuits designed for all kinds of body types.

I am thrilled to be able to giveaway a beautiful Amethyst halter Swankini two-piece from the La Ruche line valued at over $100. This design is built with a bust enhancer and side ruching for extra tummy and waist slimming effect.

 Here is a photo of this hot "suddenly slimming" swimsuit–La Ruche Amethyst Swankini

 

To enter here’s what you need to do:

1.    Become of fan of Elan Image Management and Swankini on Facebook

2.    Tell us why you want to ‘get your swank on’ at the beach this summer by commenting to this blog or on our Facebook fan page discussion forum

3.    Get your comments in by June 12th!! One lucky lady will win her very own Swankini swimsuit!! Winner announced on June 15th!

Good luck!

 

The Image Diva, Elan Image Management, image consultants

What to wear to the beach? Your knowledgeable Image Consultant weighs in on TV

There are so many styles of swimsuits to flatter various figure types, tastes, and personalities. This TV segment which aired on May 27th on DC’s  News Channel 8 ‘Let’s Talk Live, featuring Elan Image Management, highlights a few trends, suggestions for a flattering fit, and what your swimsuit style conveys about you. 

We showcase the Swankini! This is a swimwear line developed by Lois McCort out of Ohio that is all about figure flattery! The suits are two piece tankinis geared at the over 35 crowd who typically want more coverage around the middle and who also want the slimming effects of a suit. The suit fabrication is made with quality spandex, and there are features like ruching, tummy tuck panels, pintucking at the busts for augmentation and more all catering to help you to ‘get your swank on’! Check her line out at Swankini.com

We reveal the  Monokini– definitely for the confident woman who is not shy about flaunting her body’s assets. The hallmark of a monokini is that it is a one piece but it shows so much skin especially around the waist it is almost a bikini. Personally I think it can be sexier for many shapes than a bikini. If you want curves, curves, curves then this style is perfect for you. It is also a great style for more boyish shapes that want to create the illusion of more curves. Monokinis because they reveal so much skin and contour the body’s curves, convey a strong sense of allure. Perfect if you are in great shape and want to get lots of attention from the guys!

The clip also shows other swimwear options, including tankini options, bikinis and one pieces.

 

View the TV clip here

 

For more on swimsuit figure flattery advice and tips with great photos, read my posts last year on the topic: Swimsuits for all bods part 1 and part 2

A special thanks to the Let’s Talk Live team for letting me share with their viewers and Lois Mc Cort for her generous swimsuit donation of  a Swankini suit which I will be giving away to 1 lucky follower on my facebook fan page. Not a fan? Get all the latest updates, tips and trends on our Facebook business page. Stay tuned!

 

The Image Diva, Elan Image Management, image consulting

Why Attend Elan’s Spring Wardrobe Bootcamp? Winter Recap

February 27th was a lucky day for 11 ladies as they participated in Elan Image Management’s Winter wardrobe bootcamp at Hotel George. Natalie Jobity, image and fashion consultant and personal shopper, President of Elan Image Management facilitated the wardrobe bootcamp seminar. ‘Bootcamp’ really makes it sound a whole lot more serious than it was because we had lots of fun and laughs in addition to great education, empowerment and ‘aha’ moments for those in attendance.

Each woman got figure typed so each left with a clear sense of ways to flatter and enhance her figure and what to wear for greatest impact. Each also had a brief personal style assessment to help guide her in the ways she could express her personal style. Everyone wanted to know where to find the perfect pair of jeans and I shared sources and resources for jeans, shapewwear and more. We discussed the importance of leaving a great first impression, the essentials every closet should own, ways to accessorize and the importance of knowing your ‘wow’ colors.

This group of ladies asked some great questions and were wonderful sharing their personal stories and insights to share with other women in the group. We all had a blast with the accessory swap activity where each woman got at least two new acessories to take home with her to add to her collection. It was a delight to share with the group and lead another successful workshop!

Thanks to Monifa Smart for assisting me in faciliatining this transformational workshop.

Pictures speak a 1000 words so here are a few of my favorities from the day:

 

Group shot at end of Bootcamp!

Helping participant with personal style assessment

Participant demonstrating age appropriate creative chic!

Accessory swap activity: earrings were awesome on her!

Participant asking a question

Accessory swap table: All items were donated by participants to swap with each other. Great stuff!

Front of room shot with participant sharing her story

She swapped for that lovely necklace. Doesn’t she look great?

Join the fun at the next wardrobe bootcamp on Saturday April 17th at Hotel George. All details and registration at: Spring Wardrobe Bootcamp

The Image Diva, Elan Image Management

Figure Flattery secrets from a fashion consultant

Yes ladies you CAN work with your body and enhance your assets and mitigate your challenging areas. It just takes a little insider secrets. Continuing my last post, here are a few more insider fashion consultant secrets to help minimize those more challenging body parts.

  • Most flattering dress on all figures: An A line knee length dress with an inset waistband, V neckline and ¾ length sleeves. But generally. wear a dress that enhances your assets. If you have a narrow waist, show it off! Great shoulders, go strapless, A toned back, and small to average bust, go backless.
  • Plus Size: It depends on her figure but generally this woman wants to avoid a dress with too much detailing or bulk which just makes her look bigger than she has to. She really wants a dress that contours gracefully over her body to enhance it. Round scoop necks and V necks are most flattering to her décolletage .
  • Small busts: Look for details like ruching or ruffles near bustline. Look for dresses with padding in the busts. Wear a padded push up bra! Do not try to pull of the turtleneck look—it emphasizes your lack in that area. Also strapless styles aren’t flattering because they flatten out your chest.
  • Petites: Dresses: mononchromatic (one color) dress will be most elongating. Also a dress with not too much fullness in the skirt is most flattering. Too much fullness will overwhelm a petite woman and make her look shorter. An empire waisted style can be very enhancing if the woman is average size. If a woman is very petite I would avoid a strapless design. A one shoulder deign can be very elegant however, and very appropriate. So would a higher neck line (boat neck/or jewel neck) which really would heighten a woman of shorter stature.

The Image Diva, Elan Image Management, image consultant

Image Consultant’s Insider Secrets

One of my goals when I work with women as an image consultant, is to help them embrace their body and learn how to work with it rather than fight with it. As my yoga teacher says, if you treat your own body like you did your best friend, you’d be much kinder to it. Think of it; would you call your best friend names? Treat her badly? Not show her compassion? Not love her for who she is? Help her work out her problems? It is the same with your body. Treat it kindly and compassionately and lovingly–even the parts you wished were different. And for the latter, here are a few insider stylist’s secrets to help minimize those more challenging body parts.

  • Minimizing a tummy bulge– A dress or top with strategic ruching is great if the ruching is diagonal and near the tummy area. A surplice wrap top with a V neck is very flattering for women with tummy issues. Also embrace shapewear! Patterns can also distract from the tummy area if they are well spaced and placed
  • Heavy thighs/full hips- A full leg trouser style pant WITHOUT side pockets is most flattering pant. If it has a vertical seam detail that is even better. A line skirts and dresses with vertical seaming also ‘break up’ the width and make her thighs disappear. A great secret to really disguise thighs is wearing a long topper jacket open –this essentially hides the whole hip/thigh area and makes the woman look taller and leaner. She can combine a topper in a bright fun col0r and print and go monochromatic inside for a really slimming, chic look.
  • Wide shoulder—Avoid any details or accents near shoulders. Avoid boatneck or off shoulder styles. Do not embrace the shoulder pad trend whatsoever! Do try one shoulder designs or halters with wide straps that cut into the shoulder line making them appear narrower.
  • Look taller and leaner by:
    • Wearing a bra that lifts and supports. Takes off 10 pounds and 10 years. You essentially open up the torso area so the woman looks more elongated, and more poised.
    • Stand up straight! Pretty basic but you’ll be surprised how many women slouch and add pounds to their mid section by so doing
    • Monochromatic looks will always be elongating. This does not mean black but any dark color will have this effect—brown, charcoal grey, navy.
    • Look for vertical details—like pinstripes, vertical seams, patterns that run vertically. Avoid any design element that chops your body up—this includes cropped or Capri pants, horizontal lines or prints in pants skirts, or overly wide belts at the waist

 

More tips to come in an upcoming post.

The Image Diva, Elan Image Management