One of my favorite parts of Project Runway (no, I'??m not watching the All-Stars show'?¦and yes, I'??m sad about Heidi and Seal) is watching the designers sketch. I can'??t draw. Let me amend that. If you want a bubble headed stick figure with disproportionate torsos and one-dimensional A-line skirts, I'??m your designer gal. I'??ve always envied those people who can create those beautiful fashion sketches where the forms are almost as beautiful as the fashions.
I kind of got a little help in this department from UnitedStyles.com. This new clothing company knows even though you can'??t sketch either, you would like to try your hand at clothing design.
Truth be told, you can'??t actually sketch on the site. But on unitedstyles.com you design, create and buy your own, totally unique clothing. Ten styles await'??six dresses, four shirts'??but they'??re constantly adding and updating so I'??m sure more are on the way. I chose the wrap-style Barcelona, a flirty above-the-knee A-line silhouette with a fabric belt. Not only is it adorable and flattering but that'??s where my husband and I honeymooned.
Once you decide on the shirt, tunic or dress, you then choose your trim and sleeves. Each design has different choices for different feels. Then, like a painter wielding her brush, you can choose whatever colors you want. Just click on the palette and where on the garment you want the hue. Or go wild like I did and choose a print that you can manipulate to suit your own interest. That'??s right. You can mix and match colors within the patterns, even changing the pattern's scale. (Note: This is just like the competition on PR when they design their own prints.) Do you see a theme here? Unitedstyles.com seems to channel all the things I want to do, but can'??t.
Not sure of your design abilities? No worries because, before you order, you can preview your style on a 3D model. Edit where needed. After purchasing your perfect piece, they send you a black '??fit'? item. This is a clone (minus the colors) of the one you made. Here's where the customizing goes even further. You can email them with any changes you might have'?¦is it tight here? Loose here? Then you'll expect your personal design soon thereafter.
With all the colors, styles, and patterns, there's a flattering fit and form for everyone. Now my new wrap dress can completely hide all my shortcomings - my inability to draw and my thick waist.
United Styles clothing is available at unitedstyles.com for between $49.95 and $129.95.
Cheryl Fenton is a Boston-based freelance writer, who writes beauty, fashion and fitness for Boston Common, Stuff and Glamour magazines, as well as her own EasyPeasyBlog.com.
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