Figure Flattering Clothes: Yes or No?

Plus size blogger Joi @InMyJoi

I cannot count how many fashion related articles I read throughout the past year (you know, way back in 2015) that discussed the concept of dismissing the importance placed on and or value of wearing figure flattering clothing. Like a whisper constantly in my ear, the crowd said: ‘Disregard how clothing looks on your body. Focus on how the clothing makes you feel’. Everywhere I turned, the same mantra seemed to be on repeat over and over again: ‘Who cares how it makes you look? Wear it anyway’.

So, I pose the question to you: Do you care whether or not an article of clothing flatters your shape? What do you think about this shift in priorities?

Plus size blogger Joi @InMyJoi

For as far back as I can remember (I’m older than I may look), and even in my grandparents’ style eras – the goal was the same: Aim to look your personal best. Back then, that meant wearing clothes that flattered your shape and size in “traditional” ways. Now it seems that the culture of thought is shifting (or perhaps has already shifted) all the way to the other extreme: ‘Who cares what’s flattering? Wear whatever you please!

Plus size style blogger Joi @InMyJoiGranted, some items that you may initially feel will not be appealing on your particular frame can in fact turn out very well. We’ve all had those moments: You love the way an item looks on the rack in the store, but you assume that it won’t work on you. Then you hesitantly take it into the dressing room, you know, ‘just to see’. Surprise, surprise!!! It looks fantastic on you! You hurry to the sales counter to purchase the item, not caring whether it is on sale or not.
But…what happens when you try on an item and can tell right away that it makes you look bigger or wider, clashes with your skin color, or highlights features that YOU don’t care for on YOUR own body? Is the new culture of thought that regardless of how an article of clothing looks on you personally, or how it makes you feel while wearing it- just as long as you ‘like’ it, you should wear it, and proudly? This thought process gives me cause for pause…

Plus size style blogger Joi @InMyJoi

I am an advocate of stepping outside of your comfort zone, and applaud people who do. But when it comes to my own choices, I choose to exercise limits along with personal discretion. As you can see, I am a plus size woman. I am thankful for the many clothing styles that are currently available in my size. However, it is my personal choice and right to steer away from wearing certain cuts/styles of clothing. Anything that has me feeling uncomfortable in the warmth of my private dressing boudoir will not make it out to the cold harsh world.

Plus size style blogger Joi @InMyJoi

To sum it all up simply: I wear what is flattering to ME, according to my personal (See examples here, here, and here). Although I love seeing others rock various styles of clothing, particularly genres that are vastly different than my own, I know that certain styles are not in line with my personal discretion. I am intrigued by this new philosophy and quite interested to see how it plays out, but speaking for myself personally, I will always take into consideration my size, height, body type, and even skin color when it comes to clothing choices.

It’s your turn: Does wearing figure flattering clothes have any import to you?

Until next time, catch me over at InMyJoi and on social media @InMyJoi.

XO

Jacket: Michael Kors (also worn here)| Dress: Vintage| Belt: Eliza J.

Socks: Nordstrom| Shoes: Nine West

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I’m Joi and I blog my personal style via In My Joi. I’ve always enjoyed dressing up, yet notably, my personal style took on new dimensions when I hit my 30’s. You’ll find me saturated in bright colors, draped in vintage, and topped in hats. Occasionally I venture off to black and white combinations or take a playful dabble in mixed prints. It has been said that style is a way to express who you are, without having to speak. I wholeheartedly concur. Each day of life offers up a blank canvas, a fresh opportunity to use style to express different dimensions of my authentic self. Join my style adventures via Instagram, Tumblr, or Facebook!

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Gracey Wears: Flares

Although I wear flares fairly often

Gracey from Fashion for Giants in flared jeans

… I’m actually a bit on the fence about them.

Or at least about their proposed dominance in my wardrobe.  According to the fashion world, flared jeans are the silhouette for this fall.  But, I’m not sure they suit me or my lifestyle enough to replace my skinny jeans.

One, I’m not always going to want to dress like an extra on That 70s Show:

Gracey from Fashion for Giants in flared jeans, printed tunic & platform sandals

I mean, sometimes, sure, obviously.  But, not always.  And flares do definitely lend themselves to the 70s trend so it’s hard to resist the urge.

Two, from years of skinny jeans, I have a closet full of high volume tops and a propensity for layering.  I’m not convinced those same tops/layers work as well with flared jeans:

gracey the giant in gray flares, striped peplum, flame sweater & Jeffrey Campbell sandals

It doesn’t look bad, per se, but it’s a very different effect than if I were wearing skinny jeans.  And that’s taking some getting used to.

Three, tucking a slim-fitting top into high-waisted flared jeans seems like a good idea, but in practice I feel like everyone is looking at my hips:

gracey the giant in Gap flares, JNY blouse & Franco Sarto mules

Oh my goodness, you guys, is everyone looking at my hips???!!!!   Or, am I just being irrational because I’m not used to being out of the skinny jeans/riding boots that normally comprise my fall outfits.  Probably the latter… probably.

I’ll likely continue to try flared jeans this fall, but I really do prefer my skinny jeans and boots.  At least for now.

What about you, Reader Friends?  Will you be trying flared jeans this fall?

xoxo,
Gracey

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Gap True Resolution Skinny Flares (the exact pair from my 3rd look)

LOFT Dark Wash Flares (these have been very well-reviewed)

ASOS TALL Baby Kick Flare (a great light wash option)

Banana Republic Dark Wash Flares (the longest tall option with a 38″ inseam)

 

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Already Pretty outfit featuring Keith Haring graphic tee, joggers, black pumps, Rebecca Minkoff Logan

Keith Haring tee – Uniqlo (no longer available) – more Haring tees – sustainable
Pants – Hue (no longer available) – similarsustainable
Pumps – Clarks Wessex Wyvern (no longer available) – similarsustainable
Bag – Rebecca Minkoff Logan via eBay (no longer available) – similarsustainable
Bracelet – Ideelsimilarsustainable

The lovely warm weather is keeping my jackets and boots at bay for the time being, and I’ve been doing a lot of simple graphic tee and pant combos. Here are two that couldn’t be more different. First, this funky tee that shows my love for Keith Haring’s bold, graphic work paired with my very first pair of fancy sweatpants.

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Already Pretty outfit featuring que sera graphic tee, boyfriend jeans, brown ankle boots, slouchy tote

Tee – courtesy Redbubble
Jeans – courtesy Lee (no longer available) – similarsustainable
Boots – Clarks (no longer available) – similarsustainable
Bag – Rough & Tumble
Earrings – Robin Woodard
Bracelets – eBay

FINALLY a graphic tee with a Spanish phrase! And in subtle gold lettering to boot. Worn with comfy boyfriend jeans and gorgeous citrine and chain earrings from Robin Woodard.

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