Posts Categorized: proportion

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.

The Importance of Variety of Fit

Why you need a variety of fit types in your closet

Several commenters balked at my pant length post. Not because they disagreed with my assertions, but because the very idea of buying pants in several different hem lengths to accommodate a variety of heel heights seemed both costly and excessive.

And I hear that: Stocking up on your favorite black slacks in short, average, and tall lengths to prepare yourself for any shoe-related eventuality may sound positively ludicrous. And since quality dress pants run anywhere from $80 to $200 a pop, we’re also talking about a substantial chunk of change, here. read more

Originally posted 2009-10-05 05:58:00.

Rules Made to Be Broken

fashion rules to breakI love rules. LOVE THEM. I am a double Capricorn with Taurus rising and my world would fall apart if I didn’t stitch it together with lovely, concrete, sense-making rules. I have long considered “Goody Two-Shoes” to be my personal theme song. I don’t drink, don’t smoke, don’t speed (well, not more than 5 miles over the limit), I never cut a single class until my final year of college, and have never stolen a single thing. You think I’m kidding? Not kidding. Rules rule me. read more

Originally posted 2009-03-27 06:10:00.