Posts Tagged: proportion

Tricks for Dressing Your Apple Figure

Tips for dressing an apple-shaped figure

Images courtesy Nordstrom

Several years ago, Sally responded to a Reader Request asking for help dressing an apple figure:¬†Help for the apple-shaped people out there! What do we do with big boobs, big waist, big butt, and relatively bird-like limbs? I’ve been dying to write a follow up and share my own tips and experiences ever since.

Like many women, I have multiple goals in mind when I get dressed: is this flattering? (For me, flattering means emphasizing and creating a silhouette that I feel comfortable in.) Is this comfortable for the occasion? Am I projecting the image that I want to on this day? Is this clothing representative of who I am or a side of myself? read more

Gracey on Belts

Little known fact*, the first belt in recorded history is attributed to Grrrog, a prehistoric hunter who got tired of his seal-fur pants falling down when he was chasing mastodons across the Siberian steppes. Littler known fact*, the first belt was actually created by Grrrog’s wife, Mrs. Grrrog, for her husband, when he complained of his pants falling down on the hunt.

I’m a big fan of Grrrog and his clever wife, because I’m a big fan of belts. I always have been, having one of those bodies where my waist is quite a bit smaller than my hips and thighs so belts are necessary for keeping my pants up. In the past several years though, I’ve also become a fan of belts as an aesthetic accessory as well as a functional accessory read more

Reader Request: Pants That Pull

how pants should fit

Highly e-mailed me this question:

I’m at a loss when it comes to fitting pants … My main problem is the horizontal pulling/creasing you get across the top of the thighs/pelvis. I have trouble finding any pants, but especially jeans, which fit sleekly across the pelvis/thighs. Often I put that down to the fact that my thighs are somewhat larger than my hips. Anyway, I assumed that that was a sign of ill-fit, but now I’m noticing that pants seem to do that on everyone.

What’s going on here, Sal? How much stress/crease is too much? Is my quest for sleek-fitting pants hopeless, not because pants are mass-produced, but because they’re supposed to do that? I get the feeling that I might have internalised one of my mother’s bizarre clothes-buying rules which no one else cares about… read more