I’ve long used my instincts and eye to determine what looked best on myself and others, but over the past few years I’ve realized that there are some guidelines that can help aid my instincts and eye when I doubt myself. I still flub, the guidelines sometimes fail, and – just like everyone – I have my share of unfortunate outfits. But keeping a few of these guidelines in mind has helped me improve my batting average. The most useful guideline of the bunch has been the Golden Ratio.
Originally posted 2012-07-05 06:17:10.
Reader Kelly e-mailed me this request:
I would love to wear heels and when I was younger and without scoliosis I did; now they seem to be a thing of the past though I keep trying. Could you do a post about flats? Specifically how to make them look good with dresses ( I don’t think they do) or anything for that matter.
So I’ve written a bit about flats and have several posts in the archive with visual examples, and I sent those along to Kelly:
- This post talks about making flats work with fancy dresses
- This covers balancing shoes and shorts
But let’s talk about flats with dresses. Of the non-fancy variety. And I can hear many of you scoffing through your computer screens as I am a confirmed heels lover myself, but at least give me a shot!
Originally posted 2013-03-18 06:37:20.
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.
Originally posted 2012-09-21 06:05:21.