Posts Tagged: vest

How to Define Your Waist Without Wearing a Belt

How to define your waist without wearing a belt.

I’ve begun updating some of my greatest hits posts so they’re more current. This is one of them!

I don’t belt as much nowadays, but I’m a big believer in the power of belts to transform a silhouette. Before I discovered the wonderful world of belting, my waist was seldom seen by anyone besides my husband.

But belts are not for everyone. Depending on your proportions, belting may feel strange or look strange. Depending on your personal style, belting may have very limited appeal. Depending on your preferences, belting may feel incredibly uncomfortable. But if any of those things are true AND you still wish to define your waistline, you might want to give one of these alternatives a try: read more

This Week I Love …

… Ellen DeGeneres.

I love Ellen for a whole host of reasons. I love her marvelously goofy, playful, insightful humor. I love her great big heart. I love her fearlessness about her career in the comedy boys’ club and her marriage to Portia De Rossi. And, obviously, I love her because she brought Dory to life. But I also love Ellen for her stellar personal style and her commitment to it.

Ellen wears makeup (she’s even a spokeswoman for Cover Girl), she’s worn her hair in some relatively feminine styles, and she’ll do high heels on occasion. But although I have stumbled across a photo or two of her showing a bit of cleavage, I’ve never seen her in a dress. Or a skirt. Or a smoky eye or big earrings or red lips. Ellen is dedicated to clean, classic, androgynous looks, and she makes every vest, blazer, and perfectly tailored pair of pants she wears absolutely SING. Her wardrobe is simple, elegant, and impeccably curated and she wears it with marvelous relish. In virtually every photo I’ve ever seen of her, she looks happy, relaxed, and comfortable. I sincerely hope that’s because she has chosen to dress as herself, in clothes that she loves and that reflect her personal style choices. The more I experiment with androgynous looks myself, the more I adore Ellen’s signature look. read more