Stylist Picks: Brendan Courtney

September 16, 2010

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Stylist Picks: Brendan Courtney

One half of RTE’s Off the Rails, presenter Brendan Courtney is a familiar face on Irish television, dishing out style advice to women of every shape and size.

The London based ex Pat has a quirky sense of style which we love and a huge personality that keeps audiences entertained and amused, as he presents the Style Show which is currently taking place around the country.

Here are Brendan’s Top 5 fashion tips for every woman.

1. Go get fitted for a bra

It’s estimated that 80% of women are wearing a wrong size bra.  By getting fitted for the right size bra, not only does this give you a new found asset, it will help you realise your body shape by creating a waist. Get fitted by a professional each time you need a new bra.

Off the Rails use “Intimate Lingerie” for viewer makeovers, which always starts with fitting women with proper underwear.  We here at have also used the wonderful bra fitting service offered by Dublin shop Intimate Lingerie, who also offer bridal underwear, corsets and custom made control underwear – Pauline gives you a one to one service and can tell what size you are even by looking at you!

2. Invest in some control underwear

No matter what your body shape or size, there is shape wear out there to make you feel more confident about how you look. Shop around.  The most expensive item doesn’t mean it’s the best one out there.

One Brendan particularly recommends is the power body shaper by Ultimo (€62 at Debenhams).  It flattens the tummy, slims the hips, smoothes the thighs and lifts the bum and looks like Spanx but has straps, (you you can still wear your own bra with it).  Brendan points out that the fact that there are straps mean that there’s no “overspill” which you get with the shorts style of control underwear.

3. Dress for your body shape

Take a look at your body and find out which shape you are. Whether it’s Apple, Pear, Ruler (also called Column= straight up and down), Hour Glass or Amazonian. Once you’ve established what you are, you will then know the areas to highlight and to hide.

Here at, we’re big fans of dressing to suit your body shape. In case you missed it, here are tips on swimwear, summer dresses, hats and jeans – all to suit your body shape.

4. Swap black for navy

This is one of the best tips I can give any lady looking for an instant style hit. Navy is great on every skin tone and really suits Irish women. It’s a richer colour than black and lends itself to other colours very easily.

5. It’s fashion, have fun with it

Remember; don’t be afraid to experiment with new trends in fashion. But remember, trends don’t need to be followed by everyone, try to make each look your own and have fun with it!

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3 Responses to “Stylist Picks: Brendan Courtney”

  1. mis jo-jo Says:

    Irelands answer to Gok !! Saw him at the Style show in Clontarf and I was quite surprised how funny he was and very good – normally the Irish Style ‘gurus’ are merely a patch on our UK or US counterparts… Maybe indeed beacuse he is London based!

    Good tips too, Would like to see what equivalent in Tips for men are to pass on!!

  2. Annemarie Says:

    yes he’s very funny alright. His tip about swapping black for navy is the best one I think, I’ve done this over the past year and it’s such a better colour on me (navy)

  3. Aoifs Says:

    Yep, navy is spot on – black can make irish skin tones look a bit drained if over done. Swap for navy and you can still achieve the same look. I agree on importance of proper underwear but I’d be a bit worried that some of the underwear contraptions out there look really uncomfortable. Gotta try them I suppose!

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