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Wearing Clothes To Suit Your Figure

There are so many ladies out there who just want to look and feel great in clothes, feel fashionable and feel confident. In recent years people have started to discover the secret to looking fabulous – Body Shapes. If the person knows her correct body shape, then there is plenty of advice available on the types of clothes that she should wear, and the types that she should avoid.

Different women body shapesOf course, every single person looks different, and one pear-shaped person may be taller than the other or have a few more wobbly bits than the other. While finding the right shape isn’t always the exact case, but if women can find the one most similar to them, then they are already half-way to being better looking and more confident!

Apple Shape

Here is how to tell which body shape a person is: The four most common shapes are Apple, Pear, Hourglass, and Rectangle. For an Apple shape, the upper body will be bigger than the lower, so it is important to draw attention from the waist to the legs. Jeans are an excellent way to do this, especially if they have back pockets to give the bottom a slight curve. Avoid tight/skinny jeans as they will look even more prominent on top, avoid dark tops with lots of patterns, and wear A-line or short skirts 1-5inches above the knee. And wear the correct sized bra – four breasts is unattractive!

Pear Shape

Pear-shaped people (the most common) usually have a smaller upper body and a larger lower body, so it’s important to find a balance between the two. Fitted tops in bright and light colors with different prints look fantastic, and A-lined or flared skirts make the hips and legs look slimmer. With jeans, always stick to wide or straight legged types in darker colors. If anyone wants to draw attention to the smaller top half and away from the hips, necklaces and earrings is a great way to do this.


If anyone is lucky enough to have an Hourglass figure, then they will have a perfect balance as the shoulders and curvy hips are equal in size. Do not be afraid of patterns – embrace them! They will ultimately accentuate the figure and make anyone look just incredible! V-neck tops are probably the best look with some stretch denim jeans as they will emphasize the hips and narrow the waist even more than usual. Skirt lovers should wear ¾ length or full-length skirts, and the most important thing to remember is not to hide the fabulous figure in baggy clothes!

Rectangle Shape

Rectangle shaped ladies will already know that they have a great pair of legs which they should proudly show off by wearing trousers or jeans with a low-rise and back pocket to make the bottom look curvier. They can get away with wearing any type of skirt, a pencil type probably looking the most glamorous! Because the figure is straight up, avoid wearing vertical patterns unless the woman wants to look even thinner than she already is (which isn’t always a good look), but go instead for scoop neck or v-neck tops to give more of a curvy figure.

Look Good!

Hopefully, this will give everyone an idea of what they are and what they should wear, so they can go and embrace it, have fun and look great!

Fashion’s Night Out: The After-Party

I expect that quite a few of you readers know about Fashion’s Night Out, the worldwide fashion extravaganza taking place on September 10. But did anyone besides me notice that the website says (emphasis mine), “Champagne may flow; hors d’oeuvres may be passed.” That website has a fear of commitment!

I’m going to be braver than the website. I guarantee Champagne will flow at my FNO after-party at the Francis studio on September 11. I guarantee you’ll meet Christian and peek at the Spring 2010 collection. I guarantee you’ll get to try on pieces from the beautiful Fall 2009 collection. I guarantee we’ll (meaning myself and y’all, because Christian is working) go out for dinner after.

A bunch of gorgeous bloggers have already signed up for the evening.

I might be able to squeeze in a couple more, so if you want to join us, hit me up at wendy at cfrnyc dot com. (You don’t have to be a blogger to attend; civilians are welcome.) It may be the most fun you have all Fashion Week!

UPDATED TO ADD: Also attending … Nova Style, 39th and Broadway, Thrifty Fashionista and Princess Poochie! I think we’re at maximum capacity! If you’ve told me you’re attending and you’re NOT on this list please let me know.

Vintage CFR Dresses Are Not a Dime a Dozen

When I get a particularly amazing piece of clothing, I don’t like to show it to people — or even tell them about it — until I get to wear it. That can take months or, occasionally, years.

I’m making an exception to my rule due to gorgeous blogger Couture Carrie, who last month wrote about money-inspired clothing. (Her post happened to include a dress by one of my new favorite designers, Jean-Charles de Castelbajac.)

After Couture Carrie added the covers to her post, I felt I might as well admit that I just scored the dollar gown on eBay for very few dollars indeed. But I’m still not going to show it to you: the dress lost its lining and I have to have a new one made (another job for Jean at Ghost Tailor). When I brought the dress to the studio to show Christian, I swear he gave it a hug. He and the dress were like old friends meeting for the first time in many years. I warned him that I plan to wear the gown to a big event one of these days and that I will probably end up on someone’s fashion disaster page again. I think the dress is too tongue-in-chic for most people to handle. He stopped hugging the dress long enough to give me a high five. The only thing better than the best-dressed list is the worst-dressed list, peeps!

It’s pretty hard to come by Christian’s vintage pieces. I only had a jacket and a skirt until now. The Metropolitan Museum of Art has a whole bunch of pieces that I covet. I’m still looking for the famous Rothola crayon dress. If you see it on eBay, don’t even bother trying. I WILL win it.

Here’s what the magazine said:

And finally, making news is designer Christian Francis Roth. “Money is so much on everyone’s mind,” Roth says, “especially in this industry.” In response to complaints that his designs were too expensive, Roth created the Dollar Bill dress (around $1,400). It’s a timely jab at the dictating force of the fashion industry.

So what is he — designer or economic commentator? Called a satirist, an artist and downright pretentious, Roth defies all labels except designer, yet claims, “Cloth is my medium. As conceptual as it can be, it’s not art. It’s not a message.” But he says such pop artists as Lichtenstein and Warhol inspire him, and the themes he favors seem, ultimately, to make a statement. Unlike other designers, Roth produces most pieces by hand himself, and the results are “priced according to labor.”

Nowadays, Christian is not sewing the Francis line himself. That would be insane. Limited-edition, handmade dresses direct from the designer’s own hands … produced in New York, no less? Pieces like that would need to sell for $14,000, not $1,400. The priciest piece in the Spring ‘09 collection was the fabulous Francis graffiti dress, which was $695. (Right now, that dress is on sale at Bloomingdale’s for $417, and that’s a damn bargain. Buy it now!) Considering the detail and quality of the dress, it should have gone for $1,400. I think Jean at Ghost, who sees a hell of a lot of dresses, will back me up on the impressive workmanship. And the reaction I get when I wear this dress? Priceless!

Greetings (and Graffiti) from Paris

I am currently in Paris. I’ve had great timing. Not only was I here for Bastille Day, but I also was able to catch the Cartier Foundation’s graffiti exhibition, Ne Dans La Rue (Born in the Streets). My second and third posts for this blog were about how graffiti inspired a whole group of pieces in Christian’s Spring ‘09 collection.

Luckily, I brought along the perfect Francis dress to wear to the exhibition.

Tag! I’m it!

If you’re in Paris between now and November 29, you should definitely check out the exhibit, which has photos of the original subway art from the ’70s and ’80s, newly commissioned pieces, Basquiats, Harings, video interviews (I loved the one in which former New York City mayor Ed Koch proposed five days in jail for repeat graffiti offenders), movie clips and music videos. And if you want to cause people to do double takes like I did, you can buy a Francis graffiti dress just like mine at, where it is currently reduced to $486.50, from $695.

If you don’t get to go, you can get a little of the vibe from the Clash’s This Is Radio Clash video, which was running along with Blondie’s Rapture video on one of the monitors.

I had totally forgotten about the graffiti element in the Clash video. Joe Strummer, forgive me!

UPDATED TO ADD: To continue the international theme, you must check out gorgeous blogger Mer’s post on an Au Revoir Simone concert in Barcelona, where band member Erika Forster wore her Francis subway map dress. And speaking of the dress, FabSugarUK has posted a “love it/hate it” poll on it. WTF? The only voting options should be “love it/love it so much I can’t live without it.”

Sample Sale Reminder

Remember, the three-day Francis sample sale starts today. Click here for the location and times.

If you’re not in New York or just can’t make it to the studio, contact me at wbjewelry at hotmail dot com and I will hook you up with whatever is left. I can email you the full inventory list so you can pick out what you want from that. If you already know what you’re looking for, just tell me what it is. We do ship overseas.

One of the pieces on sale is this cute top, modeled here by gorgeous ex-blogger ENC. It’s only $62, and is available in extra-small, small, medium and large.

Other items on sale include the one shoulder zig zag dress, the undone bow tie dress, and the two graffiti dresses modeled here by Jen and Amanda.

Act fast! A lot of sizes are selling out. But if you’re looking for the now-famous subway map dress, we’re out of stock. You can get it from Nordstrom or Bloomingdale’s.

Also, Bloomingdale’s has 30% off a number of Francis pieces today, including the rugby wrap dress and the outstanding “tagged” Francis graffiti dress. The latter is now $486.50, down from $695. I don’t know how long this sale will last, but I do know that when you see me wearing the graffiti dress next week, you’re going to be sorry you didn’t get one for yourself!

UPDATED TO ADD: The sample sale has been extended through July 12. Get yourself down to 288 Mulberry Street and buy yourself a present. You deserve it!

The Francis Subway Map Dress Feels the Love

Thank you to subway blogger Benjamin Kabak and the Village Voice for featuring the Francis subway map dress!

Subway Map dressThe dress is based on a ’70s version of the New York City subway map. Click the photo if you want to buy the dress at It’s on sale for $249.90. People won’t be able to take their eyes off you when you wear this. Believe!

UPDATED TO ADD: It’s bad to catch a virus on the subway, but I’m totally okay with the subway dress going viral. Check out some other mentions of it:

Tennis, Anyone?

Wimbledon starts today, but what’s the point? Rafael Nadal won’t be there.

Last week, the muy caliente Spaniard — currently the top-ranked tennis player in the world and last year’s Wimbledon champ — pulled out of the tournament due to knee problems. I bet y’all were pretty upset by this. Maybe you felt like crying and throwing things. Maybe you even felt like breaking a tennis racquet. Well, there’s no need to hurt your racquet when you can express your distress more fashionably by wearing the SmacEnroe broken tennis racquet necklace, designed by Wendy Brandes for Francis.

The SmacEnroe is a big, bad-ass piece of solid sterling silver. Check out that tennis ball picture above. You can practically serve one of those balls with this thing. For some more size perspective, here’s a picture of the necklace next to my smaller-than-a-dime Teeny Genie necklace.


I have one necklace available for $375. One of you bad-girl athletes, subversive country club ladies, or provocative U.S. Open regulars needs to have this. Just make sure you are ready to get a LOT of attention, because this piece doesn’t go unnoticed. The only thing likely to draw more onlookers is a shirtless Nadal. Of course, if crazy screaming tennis teen Michelle Larcher de Brito shows up, all bets are off. No one can think straight when she’s around.

By the way, the New York Times Magazine had a great cover story on Nadal yesterday. Click here to read it.

UPDATED TO ADD: The SmacEnroe is SOLD to gorgeous blogger Denise at The Swelle Life. That’s the only one I had in stock right now, but if you want to order one, holla at me at wbjewelry at hotmail dot com and I’ll whip up another for you.

The Writing on the Dress

I’m always psyched to support a good cause, so my husband (MrB) and I gathered up a few friends and went to the Fresh Air Fund’s annual benefit on Thursday night. I’ll write more about the cause and the party soon. Right now I just want you to check out my Francis by Christian Francis Roth dress.

The graffiti goes all the way around the dress and says “Style Wars.” It’s from Christian’s Spring 2009 “Gangs of New York” collection. There are six gangs in the collection: the After- School Specials, the Lace- ups, the Downtown Locals, the Twill Seekers, the Pieces of 8th, and the Tie Breakers. The Downtown Locals gang — which includes my dress — was inspired by the wild subway graffiti Christian saw in the late ’70s and early ’80s, when he used to take the downtown local from the East 77th Street station to school. You out-of-towners can take a look at Christian’s subway map dress to get your bearings.

The train he took was the 6. That’s the same train that Jennifer Lopez name-checked in the title of her first album. And that factoid is all the excuse I need to share my all-time favorite J. Lo moment. Check out what she says when she’s asked to “defend her outfit.”

I’m sad that the camera cut away right before she whipped a razor out of her ponytail and cut the bitch who dared to challenge her fashion sense.

Getting back to the graffiti, my gorgeous friend Maggie Kneip recently invited me to the opening of a big street art exhibit called “Whole in the Wall” at the Helenbeck Gallery. Maggie was invited by HER gorgeous friend Tamara Warren, who is married to renowned graffiti artist Lee Quinones. Christian is a huge fan of Lee back from the days when he’d see big “LEE” tags on the subway cars, so we brought him along too. We went to dinner at Bianca first, and after a little lot of wine, Christian declared he was going to ask Lee to tag his ass. Backwards. So he could read it in the mirror. To my everlasting disappointment, he did not go through with this. When I asked why not, Christian pleaded poverty: “He (Lee) would have been like, sure, that’s $1500!” Cheapskate. Anyway, Lee was gracious enough to pose for a photo, free of charge.

Seconds after this picture was taken, Christian went from being totally starstruck by Lee to saying stuff like, “Yo, come down to the studio. Hit me up, man. I’ll show you my work, dawg.” He might have thrown in a few more “yo’s” and grabbed his crotch or something while handing over his business card. It was all very tough and urban. I grew up in Mahwah, N.J., so I was very impressed by all of this. I mean, if I were to meet my idol, Coco, I would lose all self-control and scream, “OHMYGOD! YOUAREMYIDOL!” Maybe that’s why I prefer my memory of how Christian looked right before coolness struck him. As Maggie said, “Witnessing the shining eyes of Mr. Christian upon meeting Lee Q. made the night complete.” Seriously, yo, it was adorable.

After tearing ourselves away from Lee and leaving Maggie and Tamara to catch up, Christian and I went off to find Christian’s friend Meres, the graffiti artist who designed prints for the “Gangs of New York” collection. We all said “Yo!” and then I took this picture.

Here’s one of the Meres dresses. It’s on sale at — only $269.50 as I’m writing this. That’s a great price for a wearable work of art! I think the only thing better than a work of art on the wall is a work of art that can be worn, don’t you agree? Look closely at the asymmetrical hem. Christian points out that borders were always important in graffiti. The art didn’t just take place in the middle of a tag. Christian applied that idea to this dress and turned a graffiti border into a hemline. Clever boy.

The graffiti on my dress was done by another artist. You can buy my dress in person at Bloomingdale’s on 59th Street in Manhattan — unfortunately, it’s not online. Those of you who can’t get to the store can call 212-705-2000. For the same graffiti vibe in a different style, check out this spectacular dress with a “Francis” tag at

One of Christian’s friends wore this one to a party and she was the center of attention all night. That’s what you want out of a dress. Trust!

If you’re going to be in New York this month, the Whole in the Wall exhibit runs through June 27. Here’s a New York Times article on it. If you want to know more about graffiti art in general, Christian says Subway Art is the book to get. He also says Style Wars is a great documentary. And, if you prefer fiction, the movie The Warriors was a major inspiration for the “Gangs of New York” collection.

Remember that if you buy one of the dresses from Bloomie’s, you need to send me a photo for the blog. And if you bump into Lee Quinones and get him to sign your ass, I need a picture of that too. Thanks, dawgs!

Sherry Baby with Your Graffiti Dress on

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