August 5, 2016
I have a couple more Florida stories to share but since I haven’t done a Style Post in a while, I wanted to feature one of those today. We’ll return to Florida (figuratively, not literally) next week.
I’ll start today’s style blog with a follow-up on a post I did last year when I featured this skirt.
I wasn’t real thrilled with the light-colored cardigan (several readers agreed) but it was all I had at the moment I have been keeping my eyes open for something (thrifted) to wear with the skirt instead and I finally found this yellow blouse at Goodwill. I think it does a lot better.
This outfit is more comfortable than you can possibly imagine; in fact, it feels very much like wearing a pair of pajamas, which is a good thing since I always take naps on long trips, like our recent Florida sojourn.
I also wore it on the day we left Florida while posing with the “other grandma” (and my dear friend), Sheri.
Hooray for comfy, colorful clothes!
I know I’ve written about proportions before but I have a few more photos to further illustrate this point. If all you do is just start paying attention to this one thing when getting dressed, it will make such a difference!
To review: The general rule is this that If something is roomy on the bottom, wear something closer fitting on the top. If it’s roomy on the top, wear something closer fitting on the bottom.
Here are some examples:
This is one of my favorite shirts. (Everything else in this post is thrifted but I bought this shirt on sale at Stein Mart which is my favorite “new” store.)
I was trying to experiment with different bottoms and quickly found out that wide legged, shorter cropped pants were not the ticket.
And even though I knew before trying it on that this look wouldn’t work, I did it anyway so that I could share the picture with you. (Isn’t nice to have a blogger friend who takes photos of herself in unattractive outfits just so you can see how bad they look?)
As you can see, the colors blend beautifully but the flowiness (is that a word?) in both the top and the bottom is not so great.
Compare the picture above with the picture below. Does it look to you like I just lost 15 pounds? That’s the magic of proportional dressing! No diets needed!
Here are a couple of examples of how to make the swirly skirt work using more fitted tops.
This is another example of proportions being off.
The capris are too short and too wide for this shirt. Ideally, capris shouldn’t end at the widest part of your calf because that is where the eye stops. (Compare these pants with the length of the teal pants in the picture where I “lost 15 pounds.” Quite a difference.)
Even though the length is not ideal, they are a pretty color and would work fairly well with a different shirt.
And from the back? NOT a good look. Note: ALWAYS look at your back view, especially when creating a new outfit. It can be very . . . um . . .insightful. I call it “Looking in my rear view mirror” and I do it every time I leave the house.
And another look. Even though the colors work, there is still too much flowiness going on.
And one more example of colors being great but proportions being a little flow-y.
(Note: After I got a comment from my sister, Debbie, saying that she would wear this, I took another look at it and realized the double flowiness wasn’t half bad with these particular garments. I am hereby revising and retracting my too-flowy decree!)
I experimented with wearing a flowy blouse over a straight denim skirt and that seemed to work pretty well.
Two shoe choices here. The yellow shoes (above) are fun but the nude colored shoes (below) elongate and slimify. (Another new word?)
I guess I could always wear one yellow show and one nude shoe so that I could be fun AND elongated!
Since I talked about capris quite a bit in this post, I wanted to point you to a great article about them here
In closing, here is just a little reminder that shirts can often be worn more than one way to change up a look a little.
And that’s it for today; I hope this has been helpful for you. I love to read your fashion comments and insights.
Thrift stores, fuzzy socks
and conversing with my Yorkie
are all on the list of things I love.