Posted on August 14, 2014
Yes, you got it right, it is MIDI skirts!
The Formal Definition
According to the Oxford Dictionary, a tea-length dress is one whose hemline falls “above the ankle and below the knee.” Originally, the tea hem fell just above the ankle, but the modern tea-length dress is more likely to hit 3 to 4 inches above the ankle, in the mid-calf region. The tea-length hem can be contrasted with the cocktail dress, whose hem usually falls somewhere mid-thigh to just above the knee.
As always, fashion has repeated itself and the midi or the tea-length skirt is the must-have piece for 2014!
Unfortunately, these trendy skirts are not the easiest things to wear. I’m sure many of you have noticed this…. Wear one that’s too short and you look squat. Wear one that’s too long and you look like a bag lady. Fortunately, I’ve put together a few foolproof tips to help you master the midi:
- Consider your height. If you are petite (<5’3″) stick to a skirt that hits just above or below the knee. For taller ladies, any length will do so long as it doesn’t go below your ankles (otherwise you will be in maxi territory)
- Length is everything! You can totally ruin the midi look if your skirt is just 2 inches too long or too short. Ideally, you want a midi to hit mid shin, where you leg begins to thin out. If a skirt hits at the thicker part of you leg, it will make you look stocky. If need be, get it hemmed to an appropriate length. Trips to the tailor are always worth it!
- Perfect pairings. If you wear a bold color midi, temper it with a neutral blouse. As for pleated or fuller options, keep the top simple. Best to wear midis with a button down blouse, a knotted crewneck sweater, or a closer fitting top. Crop top is in trend!
- Understand your Body Proportion well. Wearing midis, would ‘cut’ your body into 3 portions (the top,skirt and your bare legs), hence ‘shorten’ your look. Nude heels (picture below) are a great shoe for the shorter ladies out there as it helps to ‘elongate’ your legs (not much, but still ok!) . Those who has attended my “Personal Image Coaching” program, would have access to this design principles and goals ..
Body Shapes. Many failed to master this. Learn your body shape and type to bring out the best of your style and look ! I would personally recommend tea length skirts, if you have an hourglass , ruler or rectangle and inverted triangle shapes…Seek style advise from your certified image consultant or a fashion stylist.
To Your Image Success!
Posted on July 24, 2014
Bila masuk bab SHOPPING RAYA, semua jadi tak keruan.. Last minute pun takpe, asalkan dapat harga diskaun paling best, betul tak ?
Yang berkemampuan, semua dah tersedia..mungkin awal 2-3 bulan yang lepas. Tak terkecuali juga, ada antara kita ni yang last minute shopping sebab lebih selesa memilih ‘marked down sale’ seminggu sebelum raya ..
Normally, kita dengar orang akan tanya..”Warna tema” apa tahun ni? Betul ??
So, keluarlah satu tema sedondon untuk satu family..like Abang Aaron Aziz kita ni.
Sebenarnya bukan ‘warna tema’ saja yang main peranan..
Ada beberapa ciri yang perlu ‘diconsider’ sebelum kita decide ..‘Yes, I need that’!!
Jom, jengok-jengok 5 Tips Untuk Shopping Baju Raya!
TIPS 1 – WARNA
Ya betul tu! Warna adalah aspek yang sangat penting dalam pemilihan pakaian. Top2ToeStyliesta cadangkan pilihlah warna untuk si suami dahulu, yang kemudian untuk diri sendiri dan anak-anak.
(Kecuali…yang dah plan awal-awal supaya satu famili memakai warna yang sama..Then, move on to TIPS no 2 ya!)
Ada pula yang tanya ‘Kenapa’ ? Cuba lihat contoh variasi tona warna ‘green turquoise’ di bawah..
Setiap tona ‘green turquoise’ di atas sesuai untuk ‘undertone’ atau ‘tona di bawah warna kulit’ berbeza mengikut individu.
Satu lagi contoh seperti tona biru di bawah.. (jika pilihan anda warna biru tahun ini!)
Untuk mendapatkan tona warna yang paling tepat, anda disaran menggunakan kaedah analisis warna – di mana kami akan menganalisa ‘undertone’ atau tona di bawah kulit anda secara lebih terperinci.
Secara ringkasnya, setiap individu akan tergolong di dalam 4 musim yang berbeza mengikut ‘undertone’ mereka..
Pemilihan tona warna yang SALAH bukan saja ‘membazirkan’ waktu shopping, masa tetapi juga duit yang telah dibelanjakan ! Jadi…
Apa ciri-ciri warna yang salah untuk anda?
1. Anda kelihatan gelap, pucat , sakit, nampak lebih tua dari umur sebenar
2. Kelihatan eye bag , under eye dark circle yang sangat ketara
3. Apabila si pemakai kelihatan ‘tenggelam’ berbanding dengan warna pakaian yang terlalu menyerlah.
4. Badan kelihatan lebih berisi dari biasa
TIPS 2 – MENGENALI BENTUK BADAN
Tentukan bentuk badan anda.
Setiap bentuk badan kita (wanita) adalah unik!
Pelbagai teknik yang boleh digunakan untuk ‘cover’ atau ‘tonjolkan’ bahagian-bahagian badan tertentu.
Hourglass – Tahniah..Anda sangat bertuah! Sesuai dengan pelbagai design yang ada di pasaran.
Inverted Triangle – Anda perlukan warna yang sedikit cerah dari bahagian pinggul ke bawah. Gelap di bahagian dada. Kain seperti A cut amatlah sesuai. Hati-hati juga dengan jalur (melebar membuatkan anda berisi dan menegak pula membantu untuk kelihatan tinggi, kurus)
Rectangle – Ibarat ‘ruler’ yang lurus , anda perlukan sedikit impak pada bahagian pinggang, cuba peplum dress!
Pear – The opposite to Inverted Triangle, gunakan teknik warna baju yang lebih gelap di bahagian bawah , dan cerah di bahagian atas (dada).
Apple – Si Apple biasanya kelihatan besar di bahagian midriff (dari pinggang ke atas dada). Pemilihan warna gelap amat disarankan dan kain pula tidak melekat pada badan yang memberikan impression bentuk tubuh yang besar. Elakkan dari menggayakan peplum kebaya , corak bunga yang besar. Gunakan teknik berpakaian ilusi optik seperti di bawah sebagai salah satu alternatif untuk kelihatan lebih ‘fresh’ , langsing juga!
TIPS 3 – DESIGN PADA BAJU KURUNG/KEBAYA/JUBAH (khas untuk wanita)
Tapi sebelum tu , tanya soalan ini dahulu :-
1. Apakah yang saya cuba tonjolkan, sembunyikan ?
2. Saya nak nampak kurus, tinggi ATAU nak nampak sedikit berisi (sebab baru lepas puasa la katakan!)
Jika hendak tonjolkan bentuk badan yang langsing, nak nampak tinggi dan kurus gunakan design seperti ini..
Jawapan : Untuk nampak sedikit berisi , fokus pada jalur kain, corak bunga..
TIPS 4 : JENIS FABRIK (Muted or Shiny?)
1.Fabrik jenis lace, satin, silk – membuatkan si pemakai nampak ‘berisi’ disebabkan tekstur fabriknya (anything that is shiny like satin/silk, airy like laces, chunky fabric will add bulk to the wearer!)
2.Fabrik cotton, jersey lycra , lycra , cotton rayon, polyster, polybend atau polybend crepe pula, membantu ‘menguruskan’ badan anda!
Ringkasnya, kain yang berkilat , kain renda (lace) , kain yang berat dan tebal akan membuatkan si pemakai nampak berisi.
Manakala, kain yang ‘muted’ atau ‘mati’ secara tidak langsung memberi impak – badan yang kurus!
TIPS 5 : KUALITI vs KUANTITI vs HARGA
Secara peribadi, kami amat menitikberatkan kualiti berbanding kuantiti, tapi bijaklah berbelanja dalam shopping2 nanti ya!
Secara logiknya, kain yang berkualiti akan tahan lebih lama. Bagi yang tak mempunyai masalah berat badan (agak mantain), membeli kain yang berkualiti sangat untung kerana boleh diguna pakai lagi untuk tahun2 yang akan datang.
Di Top2ToeStyliesta, selain kualiti , kami pastikan harga ditawarkan berpadanan dengan fabrik. Clearance sale seperti seminggu sebelum raya – satu ‘acara’ yang tak boleh dilepaskan!
Bagaimanapun tepuklah dada , tanya selera!
Selera poket dan jangan lupa tanya suami ya, he would be your best critics!
Top2ToeStyliesta Image Consulting
Posted on July 21, 2014
At an event hosted by Ann Taylor and Marie Claire, Features Editor Lea Goldman discussed the power of executive presence—a force that shows people we are capable of being leaders. The three components that make up executive presence are communication, gravitas, and appearance.
That last one is a big one. According to Goldman, executives say appearance counts for 60 percent of your executive presence. With Goldman’s tips and a couple of our own ideas, we came up with a list of fashion sins that should never make it into the office.
Ashley Olsen recently made headlines when she headed to work with long, wet locks. First of all, it’s a really great way to catch a cold. But more importantly, no matter how rushed we are in the morning, not taking the time to dry your hair shows that you don’t care enough to do so. According to Susannah Gonzalez of NaturallyCurly.com, “The bottom line is that wet hair is viewed by many as unprofessional because several people equate wet hair with unfinished hair. Going into work with wet hair might give off the impression that you are not ready for work, or that you did not have time in the morning to dry your hair. Employers, therefore, might assume that you put little effort into getting ready for work. However, most agreed that it is perfectly acceptable to go out with wet hair if you are going to class (if you’re a student) or if you are simply running errands.”
Too Much Cleavage
“The single biggest mistake women make [in work attire] is dressing too sexy,” said Goldman. According to a recent survey commissioned by Dragons’ Den entrepreneur Peter Jones, women who display too much cleavage at work could end up sabotaging their careers. The survey of 3,000 managers found that almost half of bosses had overlooked a woman for promotion if she had regularly worn low-cut tops to attract attention.
According to fashion expert Lauren Conrad, you should “never show more than one inch of cleavage or wear a skirt that skims your bum. For most offices, skirts that hit more than 3 or 4 inches above the knee are considered inappropriate. (If you want to wear shorter skirts, or even dress shorts, pair them with opaque tights to temper the higher hemline.) Also, no tank tops unless you have something layered over it to cover your shoulders.”
This also applies to any overly exposed area of skin. Maybe you don’t have cleavage, but you think showing off your breast bone will work in the office. Even with professional black tie events outside the office you have to be careful. Kat Griffin, founder of Corporette, told me, “When shopping for your dress, think ‘classic beauty,’ not sexy. To this end, avoid skin in unexpected places (see left—the keyhole above the empire waist is trouble). No side-boob, no under-boob, and no dresses with the low-low back.”
Visible Lingerie/Panty Line
Oh, the VPL. It’s considered one of the worst fashion blunders ever, and yet people just keep doing it.
Conversely, this does not mean you should go to work sans bra or underwear even if you really don’t need a bra or just don’t like to wear them.
Goldman said you absolutely have to wear makeup, even if you have the features of Snow White.
“Not wearing makeup to work says you don’t take it seriously,” she said. The trick is to look like you’re not wearing makeup. A study found that wearing makeup at work can actually help you appear more confident, but the line between confident and looking like all you do is put on makeup is a very thin one. Researchers say it “may have to do with the negative stereotypes associated with an ‘overly groomed’ woman in the workplace.” Sparkles should never come into your place of work.
High High Heels
“Context is everything [in the office]. If you are wearing the highest pair of heels in your office, then you’re wearing the wrong shoes,” says Goldman. If you work in an industry like fashion, wearing three inch heels may be the norm. If you work in accounting, a kitten heel may be all you need.
Too-tight clothing is a major problem, but so is too-loose clothing. Investing in a good tailor is part of a professional wardrobe.
Dressing Too Casually
Casual Fridays sound great. Friday is the day where you don’t have to don the suit or conservative dress and heels. But dressing casually and still conveying power can be tough for women.
“Casual Fridays were designed by men, for men,” says Goldman. According to Christina Binkley of The Wall Street Journal, women can’t convey as much power as men when they dress casually. It seems that dressing casually, in certain industries, may be even trickier than dressing professionally. But unfortunately, your clothes are the first things people see when they meet you, and they can send very strong messages. Binkley writes:
“Clearly, clothes and accessories are powerful symbols in the workplace. They are seen before our words are heard in a board meeting, and they are remembered long after, like perfume that hangs in a room.
Collars on a shirt or jacket convey authority. Flat shoes can suggest a girlish lack of authority; if you wear them, choose flats with some hardware and avoid the ballet look. As for stockings, the debate rages on, but if your primary audience is over 50, they may feel more comfortable with them.”
Posted on July 8, 2014
It was such a thrilled and with great honour to be invited by the famous Malaysian Fashion Stylist, Calvin Cheong to create 5 hijab styling and Muslimah looks for Kenanga Wholesale City Fashion Mall (the biggest and first fashion wholesale mall in Kuala Lumpur) commercial photo shoots last Monday.
The concepts was basically to have our model in 5 different Muslimah looks while ‘shopping’ at the mall.
Pre-shopping were made the day before (with Calvin himself) and gosh! it took us almost 6 hours to complete the 5-7 looks ( we took extras in case last min changes). Our main challenge was to source out for the dresses and props in such a HUGE place ! phewww… :D
The tasks given to Top2ToeStyliesta as #hijabstylist covered everything from choosing the best fashion & styles, matched with the right color shawls, props with handbags and shoes, plus accessories too!
Since we are required to come out with 5 different Muslimah looks, eventually we had the most ‘dramatic’ and bold modern jubah as the main ‘character’, ‘urban and chic’ shopper, lady in ‘working attire’, stylish turbanista in kebaya , sweet and modest muslimah in tunic chiffon blouse and mermaid skirt.
Meet Moniki from Brazil..
Our model for the day…
Which then, i turned her look into ..
Okay, well…yeah, she’s tall (obviously!) haha..
We had so much fun at the photo shoots, trying to get the best shots ..
The principles or elements to create the styles for Monik was simply focused on
1. Her 5 characters and fashion/styles to fit in
2. Her body figure and height (since she’s not a Malaysian, we figure out she needs an outfit that is long enough)
3. Style story – what’s her style story and how to create a good combination for both dress and her shawls. The color plays a major role here.
4. The dress /outfit must be simple and not too cluttered as she needs to be ‘seen’ shopping at the malls with lots of stuff around.
5. Props – with shoes, handbags , and simple accessories to add to the ‘scene’.
Monik had been so supportive and professional … #thegirlinhijab
Then i changed her into a turbanista in modern kebaya ..
The last look we had for the day… yeayy, finally!!!
Me, as the Stylist and Image Consultant
For any Hijab Styling & Personal Image Consultation , contact us directly at
[M] +00 6012 9023625
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Posted on July 4, 2014
Setting The Global Standard for Professional Image and Etiquette
Top2ToeStyliesta Image Consulting is proudly to introduce the Institute Image Training and Testing International – (IITTI pronounced as “ET“) to our Business Image & Etiquette programs in Malaysia!
IITTI – a non-profit, open-source, educational organization formed by seasoned, certified image and etiquette consultants from the Association of Image Consultants International (AICI); the world’s largest professional body of personal and corporate image consultants and was formed due to a recognized need for standardized business etiquette guidelines.
IITTI offers a standardized testing and certification structure that image, etiquette and civility trainers can use as an independent assessment tool with their clients. Employers today can utilize this examination as a measure to determine knowledge and understanding of business etiquette standards, and the personal grooming practices of their personnel or job applicants.
IITTI certification systems enhance your personal & professional branding!
IITTI is a business etiquette certification exam system and it conforms to the highest international standards of business image and business/social etiquette in North America and Europe. The corporate image certification is designed specifically for business use.
The certification system consists of three exam levels which include a written and/or practicum component. For each level, exam candidates must pass all its components in order to earn an IITTI certificate for that level.
The IITTI exam is designed by a group of world-renowned image and etiquette consulting authorities, and education experts specializing in curriculum development and assessment design. The test is designed for corporate application and focuses on corporate etiquette. As such, it would be suitable for any corporate environment where the employer is eager to improve the quality of their organization’s brand and professional image, internationally.
Who Benefits Most from this Certification?
Anyone who works in an organization that requires strong interpersonal skills and is needed to deal with people in a professional manner. For example, marketing managers, PR representatives, accountants, engineers, architects, lawyers, systems analysts, company board of directors, CEOs, VPs, executive assistants, secretaries, receptionists, special events coordinators, corporate trainers, hotel managers, etc.
Any organization whose staff members interact with clients, vendors or the public. For example, telcos, banks, hotels, government, insurance companies, trading companies, travel agencies, tour companies, IT companies, advertising agencies, etc.
POST GRADUATE STUDENTS / JOB SEEKERS
It was reported in late 2013, that a huge number of 434, 100 graduates or 3.3% of total Malaysian labour that are JOBLESS. Should the post graduate students or job seekers equipped themselves with the knowledge in Image Management & Etiquette prior to entering the workforce , the numbers could have been reduced – today!
Remember : Don’t believe that you can just pick up an etiquette book to learn and pass the IITTI test. Good manners and personal grooming require practice over a long period of time. You should find a reputable image consulting school who has training classes specifically for the IITTI test. They can help you practice in an appropriate environment and reinforce many of the concepts for good decorum.
How Could We , the Image Consultants Contribute To You?
As an internationally certified and accredited Professional Image & Color Consultant by the world renowned London Image Institute, cum the Associate member to IITTI ; who aspires to educate every individual and organization by creating an awareness on the importance of your total image and business etiquette, we realised that currently in Malaysia there are no standards for companies or higher learning institutes to effectively measure soft skills in the area of personal appearance, social etiquette and civil communication for admitting new hires, student applicants or even the employees.
With the standardise tests and certification structure developed by IITTI , it brings to a whole new level in recognising the right candidates for your organisations and reward the employees accordingly!
Visit IITTI at www.iitti.org for detailed info.
Contact Top2ToeStyliesta Image Consulting’s Founding Director , Ms Emi Idura Che Hashim for enquiries on IITTI exams , certification structure and fees at :
[M] +00 6012 9023625
Posted on June 26, 2014
Greetings from Top2ToeStyliesta Image Consulting!
We are the Image Consultant Professionals who provides services for individuals and organisations through personal coaching, In-House Training Program, Seminar, Workshops, Conferences and Muslimah Fashion Week Stylist and speaker.
We are the Image Experts in :
 Corporate Image Excellence
 Business Etiquette & Protocol Program
 Personal Color Analysis
 Style Personality Analysis
 Personal Shopping
 Wardrobe Analysis
 Hijab Styling & Accessorizing
 Image Branding (for new muslimah fashion startups)
Contact us today for your Image Consultation appointment!
[M] 012 9023625 (whatsapp/viber/skype)
Posted on May 5, 2014
Ever lost in mixing and match your shirt / dress every day?
Here’s to a basic guidelines on how to match your shirt / dress according to the color wheel.
Primary color : RED, YELLOW and BLUE
Complimentary color : The color opposite on the wheel
Triad color : The color that equally spaced on the wheel
Neutrals : White , Black, Brown , Grey, Ivory, Beige, Taupe
These basic guidelines wouldn’t do you wrong when combining colors in your wardrobe!
Posted on April 30, 2014
We were glad to be selected as the mentee for the “Mentoring Women in Business Program” May 2014 intake, organised by Cherie Blair Foundation for Women.
Can’t wait to meet our mentor next week!
Wish us luck!