| By Rachel Monique Maskell

Flip that Wedge Upside Down

Hi Bella, Welcome to the first day of Autumn and the beginning of Libra season. Libra is all about balance so it’s fitting (pun intended) that we explore another body shape and how best to create a more balanced look - or perhaps enhance it.  This week we’re taking a look at the triangle silhouette. It’s the reverse of the wedge which was the broad shoulders and smaller waist. The triangle is a more common feminine shape - narrow shoulders and broader hips. If you’re not sure your body shape you can always refer back to the previous Undressed email...

| By Rachel Monique Maskell

Dressing for the Wedge Silhouette

Hello Lovely, Here we are heading full steam into September. More fires in California with lots of wind have the air quality feeling very poor...Not unlike my state of mind at times. How are you feeling? The thing that perks me up and energizes my day is thinking about what can be done differently in fashion and what I can do to help shift the narrative of not knowing what to wear or how to dress. For too long the industry has dictated what we should be wearing based on trends or advertising dollars, selling a dream that is rarely...

| By Rachel Monique Maskell

How do you measure up?

Hello Bella! How are you feeling? I’ve been oscillating between hopeful and angry and sometimes dumbfounded at the state of the world. The fires and hurricanes on top of it all feel like Mother Nature is screaming out too, perhaps clearing out for what’s to come.  So much to rant on but I promised that this email will kick off the series on body shapes and how best to dress for you!  The five main silhouettes I will focus on include: wedge, triangle, hourglass, round, and rectangle.  Wedge: shoulder width is greater than hip width Triangle: hip width is greater...

| By Rachel Monique Maskell

What she said

Hello my friend, My socially distant friend. How are you holding up? I pray you are healthy and your family too. This pandemic is a game changer in so many ways.  There’s so much to say about this time and what it means for everyone. Both now and in the foreseeable future. It’s overwhelming. And yet I am grateful too. Not just for my health but for the opportunity to start anew...globally. We have a chance to make the world a better place.  Just take a look at the fashion industry. Bloated and wasteful they’re now having to look at...

| By Rachel Monique Maskell

A new virtual reality

Hello Beautiful, Trusting you’re safe and well amongst this change. I was thinking about how I would’ve been preparing to go to LA this weekend for a pop-up market. How I’d probably be feeling a bit frantic attempting to juggle too many things but wanting to do it all. And now I’m embracing a quietness and a completely different routine. It’s challenging sometimes to not get caught up in the fear loop of what will happen next. I’m meant to be doing a business plan for one of my classes and assessing current industry trends and all I can think...

| By Rachel Monique Maskell

Who’s sleeping with who?

Hello Darling! How are you? Surviving this transitional time with the time change and full moon energy?  James has been away for a few weeks, mostly in India working on collaborations and potential health care changes. It’s exciting but not without its challenges at home, especially since it’s also midterm time.  When either one of us is away Kaliana moves into our bed. Neither of us put up much of a fight. A king size bed is awfully big even with our maltipoo who likes to take up at least half the space. And this might be a bit TMI...

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