Posts Categorized: proportion

How to Make Your Legs Look a Mile Long

elongate flatter legs

Even when my winter weight is clinging to my bootay and tender midsection, I can generally count on my legs to remain lean. So, on days when it’s above zero, I do my best to accentuate those gams. Nothing makes me feel quite as powerful and strong as an outfit that makes my legs look a mile long. Especially because my legs are NOT a mile long and I get such a charge out of the optical illusion. I am fake-tall! Check me OUT.

Here are some of the tricks I use for artificial leg-elongation. Take a peek and see which ones might work for you. read more

Originally posted 2010-02-08 06:49:00.

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.