Posts Categorized: proportion

How to Layer

how to layer outfits

Layering is a BIIIIIG concept. Group of concepts even. And there’s certainly no right or wrong way to do it. But I wanted to talk about some layering fundamentals because for absolute ages I feared layering. Truly. It was one of those dressing techniques that others appeared to execute effortlessly and I could never seem to nail.

Growing up, I envied the girls who could throw on long-sleeved thermal shirts and then layer their cute little graphic tees on top. Because when I tried this, I looked like an outhouse with legs. It wasn’t until much later that I realized I was doing two things wrong: Trying a layered look that fought with my natural figure AND utilizing pieces that weren’t meant to be layered. read more

How Sleeve Length Impacts Figure-flattery

flattering sleeve length

Just when I feel like I’ve got the basics of flattering a variety of figures committed to memory, I read, hear about, or experience something that proves that the world of dressing is wide and deep and ever-expanding. My most recent discovery? Sleeve length can totally transform how a woman’s silhouette appears to the observing eye. I KNOW. Sleeve length. Who’d have thunk it?

Ages ago, I talked about a counter-intuitive sleeve-related tip: Sleeveless garments often work better on full arms than cap and short sleeves. So as we dive into the topic of how sleeve length can impact figure-flattery, let’s start there, shall we? read more

Reader Request: Guidelines for Tucking

when should i tuck my shirt

Reader Elizabeth sent me this question via e-mail:

… lots of curvier women tuck in their tops, which feels totally daring and, frankly, scary to me, but they look fantastic. While I know it can be frumpy, I usually leave tails out in an effort to get some flowyness (is that a word?) going and gloss over my belly. Could you talk about the way tucking in tops or leaving them out affects proportion, and what it helps to emphasize (or not)?

When it comes to tucking, I believe the three main factors are proportion, desired aesthetic, and comfort. read more

Originally posted 2012-09-21 06:05:21.