Clothing Moves

Your clothing and accessories will shift around throughout the day unless you hold perfectly still. This happens to everyone, and is totally normal!

Two of the most common questions I get on my outfit posts are as follows:

  1. There are no belt loops on that skirt. How do you keep your belt in place?
  2. How do you keep your scarf from shifting around?

Answer to both: I don’t. I don’t keep my belt in place and I don’t keep my scarf from shifting around. Because barring use of staples and glue,* I really can’t. I feel like these questions represent some of the myths that have been unintentionally perpetuated by style blogs: That some women hold the secret to a perfectly styled and utterly immobile scarf. That some body types can keep a belt in place without loops. It’s just not true, friends. In these photos I am standing relatively still after having adjusted my outfit to look as I wish it to. And even then I sometimes have to fuss with my belt or scarf after a photo or two! Clothing and accessories move around. Unless you work as a Live Mannequin, yours will shift, too. And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that.

I try to remain aware of which outfit elements might migrate a bit, and adjust them anytime I stand up from sitting. I realize that extracting stuck undies or repositioning your bra might be somewhat taboo, but very few people will huff if you tweak your belt or scarf or necklace placement. Pulling a sweater back into line or even scooting a skirt that is starting to rotate on your waistline can be done surreptitiously, too.

Naturally, there are limits. Clothing that needs constant readjustment may not fit properly, and besides that it’ll be a major pain in your hiney. Clothing that creeps up or sags down in an uncomfortable way will also make you miserable and is unlikely to fit or suit your specific figure. And many, MANY items that fit will stay put just where you want them all day long due to how you are shaped and how they are designed. But loads of other items will fit you perfectly and still need some slight adjustments throughout the wearing day.

Don’t let photos fool you: When you move, your clothing and accessories move. And you can find your own ways to nudge them back into place.

*Occasionally, fashion tape can be used to secure a belt or part of a scarf, but I don’t always bother. Belts can generally be taped and look natural, but scarves often look odd. Not always worth the tradeoff.

Originally posted 2013-07-29 06:21:20.

Next Post
Previous Post

14 Responses to “Clothing Moves”

  1. ParisGrrl

    When I need a scarf to stay in place, I use vintage or modern scarf clips/rings. They work best for styles that keep the weight or interest at the front, or to make sure nothing’s going to fly away.

  2. bubu

    Keeping it real and telling it like it is — this is why we love you Sal!

  3. Anna

    Such a cool color combo in the first photo: olive with magenta (looks like that on my screen, anyway). I used that same combo just a week or two ago–so I wasn’t copying you, given the time interval, but I had been inspired to freshen up my color combos from months of reading this blog. Ripple effect! Thanks, Sally!

  4. Bella Q

    What a lovely and subtle reminder that clothing, is the journey not the destination. It moves, it’s shifts because life is constantly moving us- and thank you for reminding me of this- that we don’t need to strive towards picture perfection, just honest and functional expressions of style.

  5. Catherine @ Not Dressed As Lamb

    Sal I’m so glad it’s not just me that has problems keeping belts in place when you don’t have belt loops…! =Phew= And I love your description of all the adjustments when taking photos – all too familiar. Love the leopard belt on orange with the purple btw 🙂

    Catherine x

  6. SKP

    Heh, so true. I think it’s partly a matter of personal preference too—how much you’re willing to adjust, how much stuff shifting around annoys you, and of course what kinds of movements you tend to make!

    • A.B.

      I agree with all this. I hate having to adjust my clothes, so I don’t wear things that I will have to periodically adjust.

  7. Cynthia

    This is why I don’t bother with fussy looks (like a belt over a skirt with no belt loops). Things move around, leaving me rumpled and askew at inconvenient times. I am really learning to look for natural movement, clothes that I can sit down and move around in without becoming disheveled. Now I’ve just got to find it in something that can stand in for a suit.

  8. Kathy

    I use a tiny gold safety pin (from the underside of the blouse, jacket etc.,) to keep scarves from scooting around. Works perfectly- just be careful to pin gently. You only need to secure a few threads, and find an inconspicuous place in the folds of the scarf. My scarves always stay where they belong 🙂

  9. Lynn

    That’s why I don’t wear scarves often even though I love them. They always end up in the wrong place. My shoes come untied. Like Cynthia I just try to avoid clothes that need regular adjustment.

  10. Aging fashionista

    Good reality check. I am trying to be more poised and graceful, less figety as I age, so Its better for me to wear clothes that require a minimum of fussing. But i do really like accessories like jwelry, scarves, etc that punch up an outfit. I think it helps to wear something around the house for a bit to see how it works, before taking it out on the road so to speak. Also if its new or a new kind of style to you that makes you more comfortable in it.