Posts Categorized: proportion

How to Downplay Your Hips

clothes to downplay hips

My body has shifted and changed a lot over the years, but my hips have remained constant. No matter how much or little I’ve weighed, I’ve always had full thighs and hips. And I’m not afraid to show them off on occasion, but I generally dress to downplay them a bit. As always, each woman determines her own figure flattery priorities and many of you may not care to minimize your hips. But in case you’re looking for the basics of hip minimization, here are some illustrated examples: read more

Originally posted 2012-02-07 06:19:07.

How to Make Peace with Maxi Skirts

How to wear maxi skirts

What? What’s that you say? You are already at peace with maxis? Or, wait. You hate this silhouette with every fiber of your being and have no intention of reconciling? Well, as always, you are the author of your own stylistic destiny. But in case you’re curious about my thoughts on diplomatic overtures to floor-sweeping skirts, read on.

I was born in 1977, so I have no preconceptions of maxis. I believe I thrifted one for myself back in middle school while I was neck-deep in my Arthurian legend phase and wore it despite its incongruity among the low-slung jeans and prep-wear of my peers. It felt good on my legs, I liked how it moved, and I didn’t much care if it was stylish or not. I saw plenty of my college cohorts in patchwork maxis and long, tiered, crushed velvet skirts in the mid-90s, too, and thought nothing of it. Wasn’t my speed at the time, but I still understood the appeal. It wasn’t until I began consuming fashion-related magazines, blogs, and other media that I became aware that this piece of clothing is incredibly polarizing. And, even now, the comment I get most when I wear my own maxis is, essentially, “That looks great on you, but I could never pull it off.” read more

Originally posted 2012-03-15 06:12:34.

Reader Request: Considering Coats

How to decide which style of coat will work best for your outfit

Reader Leah e-mailed me this request:

I was hoping you’d consider writing a post on what kinds of outerwear work with various types of skirts.  Much like you, I spend a LOT of time in full skirts, and this time of year always has me kind of baffled as to what kind of coat I can wear and not look really silly. Jackets that look great with jeans always seem to be an awkward length or shape when paired with a skirt.

As I told Leah, hers was probably the fifth coat-related question I’d received in as many weeks. More coat info to come, but this post should cover the basics of matching a coat to an outfit, with an eye toward accommodating various styles of skirts. read more

Originally posted 2011-11-17 06:12:47.