Posts Tagged: proportion

Reader Request: Dressing the Slender Frame

style advice for skinny

Reader Nicole wrote an e-mail asking for some posts that discuss style for very thin women. Specifically:

Advice for dressing thinner frames, both petite and lanky – like what flatters the parts to flaunt and enhances any curves. (It took me about three unfortunate years to realize clothes that “drape” are better than skin-tight fabrics that show everything you’ve got.)

Slender frames come in as many shapes and sizes and configurations as curvy ones, so this is a tough question to tackle! Also, as you may have noticed, I’m on the curvier end of the spectrum myself, and therefore have no personal experience with flattering a very thin body. So I will outline a few suggestions that have worked for my slender clients, and send you to the comments section for more input. read more

Originally posted 2012-08-08 06:50:28.

How Shoes and Shorts Interact

how to pick shoes to wear with shorts

But before I dig into how shorts and shoes play off one another and affect body proportions, one quick note:

Yes, you can wear shorts. I don’t care how old you are or how much you weigh or what your legs look like. If it’s hot and you want to, you can throw on a pair of shorts and wear them to your heart’s content. Whoever said that certain body types and age groups should avoid shorts is a Clothing Tyrant and should be overthrown in a bloodless coup. If you like shorts and feel comfortable in ‘em, wear ‘em.* Find a style that suits you, and sport them all summer long. The end. read more

Originally posted 2012-07-19 06:13:56.

Reader Request: Balancing a Short Torso

how to dress short waisted

Reader Ilujna e-mailed me this request:

You’ve done balancing a long torso and downplaying hips but I was wondering if you could do something on short torsos? I’ve got “great” hips (ie they’re quite large), long legs, no torso and broad shoulders. I seriously look like a Sailor Moon character when I wear pants (because my navel is just that high and due to my hips I can’t wear pants lower than they’re designed) so I just don’t wear pants. Since my torso is so squat and I have those annoying internal organs jammed into a small space, there’s no definition to my waist. If it weren’t for the hips, I’d have no curves at all. I also have trouble wearing wide belts because my lack of a torso means if I wear a belt with anything that has a waistband the belt ends up squashed, unpleasantly, between the waistband and my breasts. read more

Originally posted 2012-05-21 06:12:53.