Does This Neckline Make My Butt Look Big? How to find your ideal neckline.

Your choice of neckline can affect your entire figure. Your best necklines will be in contrast to the shape of your face. I’ve illustrated a few necklines here and with the help of Wardrobe Expert, Joann Hopkins (that’s my mom), I’ve added her own notes to each.

A wide V neckline will broaden shoulders, lengthen neck and help balance wide hips.  The deeper the V the more flattering especially on larger busted women.  Older women must be aware of the decolletage as often not attractive with wrinkles and crepe paper skin.

A wide V neckline will broaden shoulders, lengthen neck and help balance wide hips. The deeper the V the more flattering especially on larger busted women. Older women must be aware of the decollate as it is not flattering when revealing time worn skin.

The turtle neck is best on long necks and can be worn straight up and scrunched or on med. necks folded down.  Not good on short necks. Will make bust look larger.  It frames face well. Will draw attention to mature necks and double chins.

The turtle neck is best on long necks and can be worn straight up and scrunched or on med. necks folded down. Not good on short necks. Will make bust look larger. It frames face well. Will draw attention to mature necks and double chins.

A sweetheart neckline lengthens neck is a romantic, feminine shape which can broaden shoulders but will add to a larger bust.

A sweetheart neckline lengthens neck is a romantic, feminine shape which can broaden shoulders but will add to a larger bust.

Strapless is very pretty and feminine but not as good for a long neck or very heavy bustline.  Be sure arms are attractive. Will broaden shoulders, lengthen neck and help balance full hips.

Strapless is very pretty and feminine but not as good for a long neck or very heavy bustline. Be sure arms are attractive. Will broaden shoulders, lengthen neck and help balance full hips.

A square neckline will lengthen neck and broaden shoulders.  Not good on broad square shoulders or a square face. Will help balance full hips.

A square neckline will lengthen neck and broaden shoulders. Not good on broad square shoulders or a square face. Will help balance full hips.

A scoop neckline is good to broaden shoulders but not good if clavical is sharp (boney).  It adds fullness to the upper body and helps balance wide hips.

A scoop neckline is good to broaden shoulders but not good if clavical is sharp (boney). It adds fullness to the upper body and helps balance wide hips.

Off the shoulder will broaden shoulders add bustline fullness and balance wide hips. It is attractive on a mature figure as it’s often better to showcase  shoulders rather than decolete'

Off the shoulder will broaden shoulders add bustline fullness and balance wide hips. It is attractive on a mature figure as it’s often better to showcase shoulders rather than decolete’

A mock turtleneck is better on med. to shorter necks.  Good alternative to full turtle.

A mock turtleneck is better on med. to shorter necks. Good alternative to full turtle.

The keyhole neckline is like wearing a necklace as it will take the eye there and keep interest high on body. It will visually slenderize the upper body and increase the hipline. Avoid on long necks.

The keyhole neckline is like wearing a necklace as it will take the eye there and keep interest high on body. It will visually slenderize the upper body and increase the hipline. Avoid on long necks.

The jewel neckline is designed to show off beautiful jewelry, thus the name. The round line adds pounds to short necks and double chins. It is also not good for long necks as it showcases it’s length.

The jewel neckline is designed to show off beautiful jewelry, thus the name. The round line adds pounds to short necks and double chins. It is also not good for long necks as it showcases it’s length.

The halter slenderizes shoulders adding fullness to bust and hips and directs the eye to the face.

The halter slenderizes shoulders adding fullness to bust and hips and directs the eye to the face.

Gathered necklines adds fullness to the bustline. Flattering to small busts.

Gathered necklines adds fullness to the bustline. Flattering to small busts.

The funnel usually is mock turtleneck high but does not hug the neck.  A fashion style which comes and goes.  Best on med to long necks.

The funnel usually is mock turtleneck high but does not hug the neck. A fashion style which comes and goes. Best on med to long necks.

A more casual neckline, like a t-shirt. Not good on long necks unless worn with collar or Turtleneck under it.

A more casual neckline, like a t-shirt. Not good on long necks unless worn with collar or Turtleneck under it.

The boat neck is a slash neck which creates a horizontal style line broadening shoulders and minimizing hips. Very good on narrow shoulders. A scarf or necklace can be worn to soften line on broader shoulders.

The boat neck is a slash neck which creates a horizontal style line broadening shoulders and minimizing hips. Very good on narrow shoulders. A scarf or necklace can be worn to soften line on broader shoulders.

Asymetrical takes the eye to shoulder to broaden and the diagonal line is usually minimizing on a fuller bust. It will elongate neck, and help balance full hips.  It adds interest and style to any garment.

Asymetrical takes the eye to shoulder to broaden and the diagonal line is usually minimizing on a fuller bust. It will elongate neck, and help balance full hips. It adds interest and style to any garment.

Posted in Body Type, Garment Lines, Necklines | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Mother and Daughter Share a Makeover Day!

If you click them at the same time it gives you JUST a GLIMPSE of what goes on in a day at reVamp!


Posted in Makeover, Makeovers, Podcast, podcasts, Video | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Curve: The loveliest distance between two points

QOTD West

Posted in Motivation and Self Improvement | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Styles, like everything else, change. Style doesn’t.

I’m often reminded how wrapped up we can get with fashion. In my earlier days media was always asking for a moniker. Fashion Guru, Celebrity Hairstylist, Beauty Expert. I never liked the word fashion. Even “the latest fashion” is something I’d rather know about, but not necessarily report about. I like finding out what gives someone their own style, and providing the tools to accomplish that goal. That’s how I finally grabbed onto “The Makeover Guy®“.  It allows me to talk about what that which I have a passion.

That’s why I like this quote from Linda Ellerbee. I think it’s much more attractive to have a style rather than be driven by trends or fads. You can see them everywhere. A gaggle of girls in leggings, boots, long hair, and some sort of top of the moment. Be stylish. Not trendy. It’s much sexier, and much classier. Remember a trend is only as good as it is on you. Consider body type, age and quality rather than “it fits, it’s cheap, I’m comfortable.”

QOTD Ellerbee

Posted in Power of Pretty, Quotes, Your Best Self | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.

QOTD West II

Posted in Motivation and Self Improvement | Tagged , | Leave a comment

My Once Full Lush Hair is Now Thin and Lifeless

 

Christopher1Stacey in Tennessee writes:

“I’m getting ready to turn 50. I grew up with thick curly hair that often times was more like a lions mane. Ive done a lot to it over the past few decades. But thanks to a metabolic disorder my once full lush hair is now humiliating thin and lifeless. I fight to hide the thinness and often find myself just crying for there seems no escape. Ive watched many of your videos on youtube and have become utterly fascinated. Could I ever look as pretty as many of those women?..could I ever feel pretty again?..better yet could you help me?”

Of COURSE you can! You’re not even 50 yet!! Many of those women are in their 60’s with next to NO hair and they look fab afterwards. It’s difficult when you’ve never had to work with the hair type you now have when you are used to something else. Likely, with the right products and tools and scalp concealer (Dermatch is good), you’ll be stunning. It is difficult to make exact recommendations without actually feeling and seeing your hair, but I do know the less shampoo you use the better. There’s a great book called Curly Girl by Loraine Massey that can help you with your less than lush curly hair. 

If you haven’t read my book, it’s called “Staging Your Comeback” a complete beauty revival for women over 45. It will tell you everything I know without you actually sitting in my chair! Time for a beauty revival! (Me too).

Cheers reclaiming your beauty!

Christopher

Posted in Curly Hair, Hair Loss | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Being Strong Means Rejoicing in Who You Are

QOTD Woodhouse

 

Strength is power. Feeling attractive makes us all feel more powerful. Sure, we all have imperfections. And as much as I’ve spent my life trying to figure out what “perfect” is and trying to live up to it, I’ve come to realize we are all perfectly fine. But you are your own craft and perfecting any craft is ongoing. Only you can continue to uplift it, or allow it to fall apart. We are all becoming. But giving up on the process removes a big source of strength.

Accept what you cannot change but improve what you can. That is power.

Posted in Aging Gracefully, Motivation and Self Improvement | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Power of Pretty ® and The Lost Art of Loveliness

Loveliness, that irresistible and illusive essence of charm. Ah loveliness. That rare and unique essence that speaks to the emotions as well as the eye. Where has it gone? Does it still exist? Let me take you on a little road trip through time to help you understand what it is, all this lost loveliness I talk about.

Mid-century America, from about 1946 until 1964, placed great value on the fantasy of the feminine ideal. The lady. Elegance, grace, and restrained sensual allure were highly valued traits. Rules of conduct and social graces were taught in school. Whether you were from the city or the country, you were taught how to conduct yourself, and if you didn’t, you were corrected. Even if you were a young girl with no chance of attending a finishing school or modeling college, all you had to do was pick up a magazine, watch a movie, or stare at the television to study the refinement and poise presented on camera.

Not long before that, however, things were different. During the Second World War, American women were asked to rise to the challenge. The nurturing wife and mother of the 1930’s was asked to “toughen up, buckle down and carry on.” And by filling hundreds of thousands of vacant jobs previously done by men, carry on they did. As a consequence, fashion took a complete one-eighty. Women donated their coveted nylon stockings to the war effort and drew faux seams down the back of their legs instead. The soft and willowy bias cut silhouettes of ‘30’s morphed to broad padded shouldered suits, clunky shoes, and tight pompadour hairdos. Women took over where the men left off and many enjoyed the challenge.

But, when the war was over, many ended up back at home in a more traditional role. So much so it created one of the largest baby booms in recent history. With the return to family, fashion returned to the feminine. Waists were cinched; breasts took focus, full skirts supported by starched crinolines heralded our nations’ return to a more Victorian expression of femininity. A lady was to be a lady, and a gentleman was to be a gentleman. Movies idealized the American dream. Magazines and finishing schools taught us how to walk, speak and conduct ourselves respectfully in public.

But like all trends, the generation that creates it is replaced by a generation who hates it. Blame it on the boomers. Blame it on the women’s movement. Blame it on the pendulum of progress. But those lady like rituals, once seen as privilege were now viewed as repressive. Over the course of the next three decades the art of loveliness would all but completely fade away, and the art of chivalry, from the men who once knew how to treat a lady along with it.

I am, and have always been a believer that the use of loveliness and charm gives you the ultimate advantage. The advantage of appreciation, respect and admiration. Perhaps it’s time we rediscover and reclaim that power and use it to full advantage. With the Power of Pretty® more opportunities are presented. And more respect and admiration are given without having to speak a word.

Posted in Power of Pretty, Your Best Self | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

MAKEOVER! Turning 50 and a New Job

Helen drove all the way from the Pittsburg area for her makeover at reVamp! salonspa in Minneapolis. Brittany Wenzel created a sunkissed ombre effect with her color, Kami Kleven gave some anti aging makeup tips and I brought her hair up to shoulder length and created internal layers for extra volume.

Here’s the Transcript:
Helen: Helen
Christopher: Helen, where did you come in from today?
Helen: From the Pittsburgh area. I was doing some searches and I was really impressed with your website and all the transformational pictures.
Brittany: We are kind of doing kind of an ombre kind of feel but it’s going to be very sun kissed. We’re going to darken her top a little bit but it’s going to be very beautiful. It’s going to fit her personality. Looks great. We’re just about to tone her.
Christopher: Oh.
Kami: You can use a darker color around the outer edges, this will make you look really younger having more color. This is called Latte, it’s so pretty.
Helen: I really appreciate the that you took women my age, just ordinary women and make them look so extraordinary. I’m looking to be changing jobs here in the very near future and I’ll be turning fifty in April.
I think it’s wonderful, I’m so happy. Thank you so much.
I don’t like super short hair but other than that I’m really open to to listen to everyone’s suggestions.
I thought it would be a a lot shorter and I love the color.
I just want to bring everyone I know here. I definitely want to come back for more too.

Posted in Makeovers | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

The Power of Pretty® and The Feminine Mystique, A Fun Bit Of History

Elizabeth Taylor as CleopatraDid you know that in over 4,000 years of Chinese history only one woman has ever become Emperor? In a country where female babies are aborted, killed or thrown into a dumpster because you only are allowed one, and it better be a boy, well, you can see the significance here. Her name was Wu Tse-Tien. She rose to the thrown of China just as Queen Esther rose to the thrown of Persia. She used the Power of Pretty®.

Wu was not only beautiful, but bright. Ok, maybe she could also be a little ruthless, bitchy and manipulative but that’s not the point. With her beauty, charm and wit she maneuvered behind the scenes so that when the Emperor suffered a crippling stroke – boom! She was made Empress. And here you think you can’t even get your boss to give you a raise.

A couple thousand years earlier in 1520 B.C. a pretty girl named Esther worked her way from a poor orphaned minority to become the Queen of Persia. You see, King Xerxes was irritated with his wife for not dancing naked in front of his friends, so he got rid of her. Then, to find a new one, he gathered all the virgins in the land for auditions. He was not looking for a female genius, or a great athlete, or a hard worker with brains. He was looking for beauty. His demand was so great his “contestants” spent twelve months in beautification just to “spend a night” with him.

In the morning off she’d trot, waiting to see if he called her back for another go. But, out of all the beautiful Persian girls collected for tryouts, Esther was the favorite of Hegai, the girls’ castrated keeper. That guy just had no balls. Anyway, she was also voted Miss Congeniality by the other virgins prepping for their night with the King. So the girls, the boys and the boys-sans-boy-bits were all enamored by her.

Even with her natural beauty, had she not spent a year learning the Power of Pretty® she may have become, instead of a book of the Bible, just another one night stand.

And, remember Cleopatra? When Julius Caesar marched into Egypt in 48 B.C. there was a vicious dispute as to who should become the next ruler. Cleopatra wanted the job but knew if she even tried to text him on her ancient i-parchment the guy who held the coveted position would be very irritated and have her killed, even though it was her little brother.

This 19-year old Egyptian hottie knew that nobody would dare interfere with a gift for Caesar, so a beautiful oriental carpet was sent from her palace to his. When the carpet was unrolled, out popped captivating Cleo, eyeliner perfectly intact, to announce she was the rightful Queen of Egypt. Caesar, who was 54 at the time, fell in love with her beauty, and, thanks to her womanly wiles, become the Queen of Egypt making arm bracelets and eyeliner a fashion statement for centuries to come.

Though great intellect and ability got these women to the door it was their hypnotic appeal that opened it. And that is my dramatically illustrated point. There is great power in the feminine. Women know it. Men know it. Though some women seem to have “it” and some don’t I am here to tell you “it” can be learned, at any age and any stage.

I am not just talking about superficial applied beauty that truly is only skin deep, I’m talking about something more. Something deeper. Something beyond the lip color, mascara and push-up bra. It’s an essence known as charm, and at it’s finest it is called loveliness. We will explore in greater detail that quality of loveliness, so please subscribe to me here, on Facebook, Youtube or Twitter! 

And as always, please share! The more friends and fans the more power I have to bring you more.

Posted in Your Best Self | 2 Comments