Hidden talent: when Anastajza isn’t busy being a fabulous styling assistant, she designs custom lingerie. It makes her a super expert on a necessary evil, bras. With Valentine’s Day just a few days away we thought it would be a good time to write about finding the perfect fit. Enjoy her wisdom, Foxes. xo
The process of finding the perfect bra is tedious. Mostly, because we never learned to fit ourselves correctly, yet it really is a skill worth knowing because the right bra is the foundation of a winning outfit. It can make you look perky and slim or disastrously double boobed…no one wants that, especially on Valentine’s Day!
A note before you get started. You’ll need a cloth measuring tape and a bosom buddy…measuring yourself is tricky! Make sure you’re wearing a non-padded bra (or no bra if you feel comfortable). With those tips, here’s how to measure correctly in just three easy steps.
1.Measure Your Band
Measure around the bottom of the band, directly under your bust. The measuring tape should be level and very snug around you. Round to the nearest whole number.
2. Measure Your Bust
Wrap the measuring tape around the fullest part of your chest. This is usually at nipple level. Do not “squeeze” the tape around your bust. Hold it loosely. Round to the nearest whole number.
3.Do the Math
Subtract your band size from your bust measurement and refer to chart. Example: 37 inches (bust) – 34 inches (band) = 3 inches. That’s a 34C. If you need help refer to the chart!
So… Does it fit???
Just like shirts, pants and other items of clothing, bras are not all made the same. Different companies might have tweaked the sizes just a tiny bit so ALWAYS try on a bra and test it out. To really put it through its paces, do these simple steps in the dressing room:
- Bend forward at the waist, then slip on the bra and hook it. This ensures your breasts are completely in the cups.
- Adjust the band. The back of the bra should be level with the front. If it is not, adjust the hooks
- Make sure the bra isn’t too loose. You should be able to slide only one finger underneath the band.
- Fix falling straps. First, tighten the band, then shorten the straps.
- Try a close-fitting shirt over the bra. If the cups pucker or your breasts bulge, you’re not wearing the correct size.
- Look at yourself sideways in a mirror. Your breasts should sit halfway between your shoulders and elbows. If not, you need a more supportive and better-fitting bra.
- If you need to go down a cup size for fit, go up one band size, and vice versa. For example, if a 34C is too big for you, move to a 36B.
- For the best wear over time, choose a bra that fits perfectly when secured on the outermost hook. Bras loosen as you wear them; checking this fit allows you to keep the band tight by adjusting closure toward inner hooks.
With these tips you will be perfectly perky. Use your newfound power wisely and have fun on Valentine’s!
It’s windy and rainy where I am Foxes! Power turning on-and-off kept me from getting a post up earlier today. It also served as last-minute rainy-day essentials inspiration…
I don’t know about you, but for me, the only thing worse than walking outside on a rainy day and getting soggy are the blah pieces I’m sometimes forced to wear in the name of being waterproof. So, today, problem solved. Whether your style is sporty, cozy, modern or classic, winning pairs to make sure you feel no rain. As always click to learn more and shop.
Even if football isn’t your thing, you’ve probably heard there are gonna be some great commercials and a Katy Perry concert during a game on Sunday. Superbowl Sunday is almost here, Foxes. And, if there is anything I love almost as much as fashion, it’s a good football game. Inspired by the colors of the competing teams, here’s some sporty styles to start your weekend. Click the link for more info on the top-picks.
Which look are you cheering for? Let me know in comments or on Facebook. xo
After a week full of red carpets and shopping trips, it’s time to get comfy refocus on what’s already in our wardrobes. Namely, graphic tees– you know you have at least one. Whether yours showcases a phrase or a picture or a sports team logo, doesn’t matter, it looks haute with more than jeans or leggings.
My favorite way to wear graphic tees is to mix their casual vibe with something more structured or formal. I love the comfort of a tee and blazer or tee with tailored pants and loafers when I’m working with clients. But, when I want to retain that comfort yet glam it up, I look to a fierce skirt and heels. The go-to in my own closet is a faux leather fit & flare skirt, but I love the idea of the flirty white fluted skirt in this inspiration photo. The light color and sleek silhouette add an air of sophistication to the look. Bonus, it’s easily tamed to be work appropriate. Get the look with the outfit below, as always click to shop or learn more about the individual pieces. Happy weekend, Foxes. xo
Today, our (at least my) favorite princess celebrates another year. Happy birthday, KMid! In her honor, I thought we could take a minute to appreciate Kate’s style smarts and take a look at some lessons we can apply in our own wardrobe. Happy styling (and weekend), Foxes. xo
She Calls the Tailor to Add, As Well As Take Away
We all know about altering pieces for fit. And, the style savvy know creative changes like swapping buttons or removing pockets can make an OK piece amazing. But almost no one thinks to ask their tailor to add fabric. At 5′ 9″ skirts appear short on Kate and she often lengthens pieces beyond any standard seam allowance to be sure not to show too much leg. Look closely and you can see the seam where she added six inches of fabric to this Goat coat before her visit to New York last month. The same trick also works for too-short tops. Don’t stress if you don’t have perfectly matching fabric, go for a contrast color or texture, like lace or leather instead.
She’s A Master of High-Low Mixing
Almost more than actual style, the cost of Kate’s wardrobe makes headlines. She loves a deal and the high street as much as the rest of us. Kate’s as likely to wear Topshop, Reiss or Jigsaw (where she worked) as she is luxe English designers like McQueen or Jenny Packham. Even better, she’ll mix the two and wear an inexpensive blouse with a very expensive skirt. You know, like how normal people put together outfits with pieces of different pricepoints. She knows the trick to making high street look expensive is to pick classic shapes and look for details that are well done, but not over the top, like the lacy print of this Topshop dress (paired with Ralph Lauren blazer).
She Dresses For The Occasion
One of my favorite things about watching Kate’s style is that she always dresses for the occasion, even if it means donning a cowboy hat (at a rodeo in Canada) or wearing a hoodie and a blindfold (to help lead a scout meeting in London). Some people wish she would always dress formally, but I love how she keeps it real. I mean people, including this stylist, love a good hoodie under the right (and sometimes lazy and wrong) circumstances. If it’s good enough for Kate, it’s good enough for me.
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After college, I moved from LA to DC with a closet full of sundresses and flip-flops. I held out as long as I could, but when winter set in my first year, I was desperate for warm clothes and shoes. So, I hit the shops and made a major rookie mistake: I bought the (most fashionable) warmest sweaters, sturdiest boots and heaviest coats possible. Awesome outdoors. Not so awesome indoors. Five minutes and I turned into a gross, sweaty mess. Runny make-up and dehydration, that’s how this California girl learned the lesson of lean winter layers.
Earlier this week, I shared some of our favorite layering tips for looking cool while staying warm with you. Today, I’m showing you how to pull ’em all together and serving up some of my favorite vest and belt combos (I’m obsessed with this!), layered jacket picks and hats to finish your look. Of course, click for more styling tips or to shop the look on Keaton Row. Here’s to being chic and cozy this winter, Foxes. Happy weekend. xo
Winter is brutal! The cold can make anyone want to bundle up in an over-sized parka. But you don’t have to look like Frosty the Snowman just to keep warm. As you begin to pull out the sweaters and pile on the layers, here are some tips to keep you cozy and stylish.
1. Ditch the Down and Layer Your Jackets
There’s a time and place for snowsuits, but California in winter isn’t it. Even if you aren’t in a milder climate like we are, winter weather isn’t always frigid. On milder days, layer lighter weight jackets to keep you warm, while showing off your figure. We like making the layers obvious by mixing and matching textures, colors and patterns. Bonus, this snug strategy makes it easy to lose just the right amount of layers when you go from outside in.
2. Vest Up
Cold, but not too cold? We’re obsessed with vests. Wear anything with sleeves under them: uber-chic flannel shirts, tees, jackets, sweaters, all fabulous! Check out some of our fave streetstyle looks below and then seriously leave the house and buy a vest for winter.
3. Use Your Head
It’s said people lose 70% of their body heat through their head. Lesson? Wrap that noggin in a stylish hat or beanie to fight off the chill. We’re loving chunky knits and brimmed hats this season.
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Because I’m on my feet so much, I’m always on the lookout for stylish flats. My current faves? Slip-on sneakers. I first fell in love with the look this winter. Now, with warm weather in full swing, I think they’re the perfect shoe for summer fun when sandals just won’t work, or when you’re in need of a fresh pedicure (it happens to the best of us).
Check out some of my fave kicks in the shops and get some inspiration for how to wear them with your favorite summer styles. Click through for extra styling tips or to buy your favorite pieces directly through Keaton Row.
Here’s to a sporty, stylish summer, Foxes. xoxo
Hello Foxes! My name is Anastajza and I’m the new intern here at Fawkeshunter. I’m so excited to go on a stylish adventure with all of you! A little about me, I am a recent graduate from the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM) with a life-long passion for the perfect outfit and helping others find their style! I’m also an avid music fan, traveler and fashion bargain hunter.
Recently I went to the musical festival Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas (known as EDC– see the photo to the right). I experienced a fashion shock! Bright colors mixed with glittering rhinestones and sometimes feathers, made me giggle in excitement! Not only was the fashion incredible, but so were the music and amazing performances by the carnival actors. While at the festival I found myself wishing I’d received some helpful hints on what to bring and wear to make a long night go by smoothly. So, I pulled together this list for you– keep them in mind when you’re headed to a festival, concert or performance this summer, Foxes.
Check the event list to see if you can bring your own empty water bottle or Camelbak and fill it yourself once inside the venue. It’ll save you $5-$7 a bottle of smaller than average water.
Go Hands Free
Protect Your Ears
You don’t want to blow your eardrum the first day…consider ear plugs. Seems counter productive? Trust me when I say, the music gets loud– you’ll be able to hear it through the ear plugs just fine!
Rock Your Kicks
Probably the most important thing: wear comfortable shoes. No one will be looking at your feet and the blisters you’ll earn trekking around a festival ground in open toes or heels are not worth it. Invest in a cute, inexpensive pair of shoes with closed toes you don’t mind being ruined by all of the people you dance with stepping on your toes. (I love Vans, they’re super stylish, affordable, easy to find and really durable).
Last, But Not Least
And finally, bring good a good attitude! Everyone there wants to have as much fun as you. No need to get grumpy about the security line or any other waits, just think of them as an opportunity to make friends!