Posts Categorized: proportion

Figure Flattery as a Limiting Factor

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Jennine left a fantastically thought-provoking comment on this post:

i really like the sentiment of this, however i don’t know if i agree whole heartedly. just because i hear so many women who use the word ‘flattering’ as an excuse to not try new things with clothing which is a shame because there are so many great designers who make garments beyond our conception of ‘flattering’ which are a lot more expressive, and pushes fashion into an art form rather than a function. read more

Originally posted 2009-08-26 06:02:00.

Reader Request: Mastering Slouchy and Relaxed Clothing Silhouettes

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Reader Mollie popped this one into the suggestion box:

I love the relaxed look but as someone with hips and thighs I’m not sure how to pull it off. I’d love some advice on this specific trend, and perhaps more generally how to wear relaxed, unstructured garments when one is not model thin.

I carry a lot of my weight in my hips and thighs, and ADORE the slouchy look. Here are my tips for making it work:

Show a little ankle (or wrist)

Your wrists, knees, and ankles all curve in a little and if you obscure those curves – with big cuff bracelets, midi skirts, or columnar boots – the observing eye believes there is body volume where there is none. This is especially relevant when you’re dealing with voluminous, drapey, unstructured garments. Slouchy pants often look less overwhelming when they show a little ankle. Just that little peek can help demonstrate how you’re actually shaped under there. Occasionally, showing a little wrist from inside an oversized sweater or blouse can have the same effect. But not as often, because you’ll mainly want to … read more

Originally posted 2015-06-08 06:09:15.

Reader Request: How Does Petite Sizing Work?

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Reader Wendy emailed me this question:

I was wondering if, at some point, you could discuss the particulars of petites. I’ve never understood whether it just applies to the length of the clothes or whether it affects the overall garment in some way. Does that make sense? I am short, but not necessarily “petite” in my frame, so sometimes petites work, but sometimes they don’t. I’d certainly appreciate it.

Great question, and one that isn’t often addressed directly. We associate the word “petite” with height, and that’s certainly a factor. But clothing that is designed for petite frames isn’t just shorter, it’s designed for a set of proportions that diverges from standard sizing in several ways: read more

Originally posted 2015-03-25 06:27:51.