Reader Request: Flattering the Petite, Curvy Figure

How to dress petite curvy or petite plus size figures

LynnieBee had this plea:

I was wondering if you could blog about some dressing tips for short curvy girls? Tips on how to elongate the line of your body, emphasize curves without looking lumpy, you know, that kind of thing. That would be awesome!

I had a few folks seconding the motion, so I could hardly refuse!

Monochrome outfits

A petite woman looks even smaller when she divides her body into chunks, which happens when tops and bottoms are in drastically different color families. Nothing creates a nice, unbroken line like a broad wash of a single shade. Now, don’t go thinking this can only mean “head-to-toe black.” Monochrome means one color, but it can be ANY color. Create an ensemble that is all shades of blue, or red, or gray, right down to the shoes. Mix in a few textures and multiple tonal values so you don’t look like you’ve been dunked in a tank of RIT dye. read more

Originally posted 2010-01-27 06:47:00.

Building Your Style Through Basics

Why you should build your wardrobe using classic and basic pieces.

Once upon a time, an online makeover client came to me feeling a bit lost. She’d been an adventurous dresser in college, experimenting with punky/alternative looks and really embracing her quirkier side, but had fallen into a self-described Ann Taylor rut in recent years. She was bored of looking in the mirror and feeling bored with her clothes.

So we corresponded a bit, and she sent me links to tons of TOTALLY FANTASTIC dresses from Modcloth and Trashy Diva that were inspiring her at the time. Stuff with fun silhouettes and retro flair, gorgeous prints and fantastic detailing. I drooled over these dresses and skirts myself, and was excited for her to try ’em all. read more

Originally posted 2010-01-20 06:41:00.

Reader Request: The Tall Boot Dilemma

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Every time knee-high boots come up – ESPECIALLY when they’re mentioned as a potential wardrobe staple – the hackles rise. So, so, so many of you have trouble finding tall boots that fit your calves correctly. And even if you love the look, you eventually give up the quest out of sheer frustration.

And honestly? I don’t have a solution. Because some of you have narrow calves and some of you have wide calves. Some of you aren’t proportioned for mass-produced tall boots and some of you are concerned about disguising your slender ankles. And even though there are a few minor workarounds for some of these issues, the bald fact is that some women may never find a pairs gorgeous, perfectly-fitting tall boots that flatter their frames. At least, not without getting them custom-made. read more

Originally posted 2010-01-14 06:25:00.