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19.3 These are My Top 5 Must-Have Wardrobe Staples by Ilsa Melchiori

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There are certain items of clothing that I find myself buying on repeat, desperately trying to find the 'perfect' one however never quite managing it. This constant search for this elusive thing (at a good price) is fast becoming a huge waste of time and money.

For me, the items in question are:

The perfect high-waisted skinny jeans in black and dark blue. I have an incredibly long torso which makes this VERY challenging. Over the years I've tried jeans from Urban Outfitters, Asos, Topshop, Rollas, Nobody, Levis, Lees, Noisy May, Acne, Sass and Bide, Country Road and many more.

The perfect 100% cotton or linen Breton striped top (long, 3/4 and short-sleeved) I want a navy with white stripes combo and a white with navy stripes combo. I am open to neckline variations here.

The perfect black heeled leather ankle boot/booties. With my long torso come VERY short legs. So, for me, I like/need my ankle boots to just skim under my ankle (a very tricky style to find since sock boots came into fashion). I had a pair that were perfect, but unfortunately, they have seen their last day. They were pretty much a dupe for the Rag & Bones Harrow Boot, these might need to be a future purchase.

The perfect black blazer. This is a totally achievable task. However, I've just been a cheap-skate recently. I just need to bite the bullet and pay some cash dollars for this item. A good quality tailored blazer will never go out of style.

The perfect slightly padded black lace bra. I'm a 10-12 DD-E (it varies depending on the brand). Bras have been hard work since my boobs got bigger. I used to be a 10C, those were simpler times. Anyway, bras are very personal, unfortunately, I'm just going to have to go and try a bunch on until I find some the work for me. I've found that in regards to bras that fit me, expensive isn't always better. Simone Perele = bad on me. Lovable = fab on me.

Image by Michal Kulesza via StockSnap

10.2 Friday Favourites: Things I've Learnt about Dressing for my Body by Ilsa Melchiori

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Since last weeks Friday Favourites: Things I've learnt about make up post was so well received I've decided to do another along the same line. Things I've learnt about dressing for my body type. Firstly some context for you. I'm in my late 20's, 170cm tall, a size 12 (AUD), 32E. But more importantly to this post, I have very short legs and a very long torso. My friends never fully believe me until I prove it. I've clearly learnt to hide it over the years with the way that I dress.

So here are the things I've learnt, in case there are any other short-legged, long torso girls out there who want some tips and tricks.

1.  Skirts and dresses become your best friend. Basically if they can't see where your legs start then you can trick people into thinking they are long.

2.  High waisted skirts in particular have been kind to me. If people are focusing on your waist then they just assume you legs  aren't far away. They'll never know there's this 'extra' bit of torso hanging out.

3.  'Mini' anything probably wont work for you, unless you like showing your vagina off in public. Remember that 'extra' bit of torso, well that makes mini dresses shirts on you.

4.  Pants will be hard to find but not impossible. I totally still wear pants and jeans. Good hint, if something is labeled 'cropped' or leg 30' it will probably be the perfect length on you.

5.  Speaking of pants, I find that having a touch of exposed ankle between my jeans and my shoes makes my legs seem longer.

Most importantly though, please wear things that make you feel great!