Thursday, May 24, 2012

Wardrobe Solutions - Two ways to create shape

Here's two pretty ordinary work outfits I've worn recently, that have something cool in common.

Let's work left to right...

 On the left I have layered some grey pants and a long sleeved t-shirt top, both from target, with a red pashmina. (Similar one here). The pashmina has added a needed layer of warmth and as a bonus adds some colour and interest to the outfit. It's a cool way to wear your scarves and wraps without looking all "bundled up", and they can give your outfits extra mileage - by using scarves this way it's like you have some extra tops in your wardrobe.

Over the top to tie the whole thing together is a faux snakeskin belt from City Chic.

Top layer is my black ASOS coat. (Similar one on sale here)

On the right, an all black ensemble with a vintage dress regular readers will have seen before, with leggings from target underneath and a ruffled-shoulder jacket from City Chic over the tip. My Collette necklace and knee high boots complete the monochromatic theme. I know it's very popular for stylists today to be drinking the haterade when it comes to black, but some days you just have to do the Melbourne thing and dress all in black.. the goth in me will never stop loving black for it's beauty and drama. I'd never, ever tell anyone to throw out all their black clothes - unless they really hated black and were only wearing it because of a lack of encouragement to choose things they loved instead!

What both of these outfits have in common is an emphasis on the waist. I have an hourglass figure, as such my waist is a good ten inches or more smaller than my bust and hips that are about the same size. I like to emphasise my waist and show off my shape, so I love jackets like the one on the right that nip in at the waist, and dresses that do the same.. and when I wear something more voluminous like the layers on the left, I often cinch with a belt.

Now using a belt to emphasise your waist is hardly rocket science, but often the most common techniques are popular for a reason.  It's a really good idea to look at where the seams are on a garment when you're trying it on, and be quite critical about how it sits. Sizing is messed up, we all know that, but one advantage of different garments being differently sized in unpredictable ways is that we can keep trying different things until we find something that sits just how we like it to.  I find even within the same brand different garments are based on a different presumed torso length, so I pick and choose the ones where the waist of the garment hits me right on the narrowest point.

Have a think about your favourite things and have a good look at them and where their seams fall - if you can get an idea of the dimensions of your favourite things it will be easier for you to find new favourites.

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