January 8, 2016
Over the past couple of years, I have really started to appreciate two things that can have a noticeable effect on the overall appearance of an outfit: keeping body proportions in mind and utilizing the magic of alterations to make simple (but large) differences.
This chart is a great example of both concepts:
To get a closer look, and a description of some of these styles, click here. Before and Afters
Here are a few additional photos from Putting Me Together. Even though this blogger is a couple of decades younger than I am, she offers solid fashion advice that can be helpful to any age group. If you skim through the headings at the top of the page, you will find excellent tips and advice.
Another example from another style blog. (Note: Some of the after pictures may show a style that is shorter or tighter than you prefer to wear your clothes. You can always choose a more moderate version if that suits your style better.)
From The Fashion Code.
And one more from Missus Smarty Pants
Hopefully, these photos will give you food for thought–not only as you look at your current wardrobe but the next time you go shopping, as well.
here are a few of my own photos on another subject altogether. I’m using them to show how two simple, non-noticeable pieces (brown skirt and brown shirt) can act as a great background for several different looks. I promise you that no one will notice that you’re wearing the same two pieces under the four different toppers. (I know I’ve given examples of this principle before but whenever I find a few new looks to illustrate it, I love to share what I’ve found.)
This first picture is extra fun because the topper I’m wearing came from Meagan’s mom, Sheri. Meagan brought a whole bag of things from Sheri when she arrived for Christmas and I sent a few things back with Meagan for Sheri. How great is it when your daughter-in-law has a mom who shares clothes with you? Thanks, Sheri!
I bought the green blazer five years ago and have loved wearing it with skirts, dress pants and jeans.
But I digress. Back to the brown outfit we go for one more picture.
I have just recently started experimenting with belts (as seen above), after having not worn them for many years. They really make a difference in helping to define the waistline.
I also never wore boots up until about two years ago. I always admired the way they looked on other women but didn’t really know how to incorporate them into my own wardrobe. But the beauty of thrift store shopping is if you try a new look and it doesn’t work, you have only spent a couple of dollars on the experiment instead of $75.
And so I bought one pair and loved them! Now I have about six pair which I bought for an average of $8 per pair at various thrift stores.
I just have to keep reminding myself to try new things and expand my horizons a little.
Since this is the start of the new year, is there anything in particular you can share with us that you are wanting to change or try in regards to your wardrobe? Any helpful tips in general? It’s always so much fun to hear everyone else’s stories and ideas.
Thrift stores, fuzzy socks
and conversing with my Yorkie
are all on the list of things I love.