Here’s the thing about figuring out your body shape…it’s confusing! And the reason it’s confusing is that wait for it…drum roll…most of us are a combination of different body shapes! So I’m sure that cleared things right up for you (lol.) Let me explain. I’ll use myself as an example. I have wide shoulders and a wider than average torso. My bust is actually pretty small. (Thank goodness for push up bras!) But my back is wide. I figured the torso thing out by trial and error, not a tape measure and not a body shape calculator. I figured out [..] read more
The fashion world deems you “petite: if you’re 5’4” or under. Keep in mind, “petite” only refers to length or height. Petite clothes come in all sizes! And petite women come in all shapes! But to get your clothes to fit, flatter and make you feel amazing, there’s another aspect to consider, your vertical balance. Vertical balance! What’s that? (You may be asking…) Vertical balance refers to whether you’re short waisted (or you have a short torso,) long waisted (your torso is long,) or your torso and legs are balanced. If you’re not sure, check out this post to determine [..] read more
I’ll just say it—black pants are boring! Don’t get me wrong…I have black pants! I wear black pants. But it’s easy to get in a style rut and just throw them on with any old thing and be out the door, especially on those blah mornings. Or mornings where you’ve already tried on a few outfits that didn’t work, and finally you just have get dressed and get to work. I’m not a wardrobe consultant who will ever tell you to get rid of black pants. (Remember? I have them.) And they’re way too versatile to kick out of your [..] read more
If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know that along with these shopping tips you probably know, I am militant about only buying clothes you love. In fact, I staunchly believe in holding out for the perfect item, i.e. denying immediate satisfaction. And often I believe holding out for a certain price or quality.
As much as I love color, lately I’ve been wearing a lot of neutrals. You know how much I believe in basics and I’ve recently found an outfit formula that’s easy, elegant and fresh. Up Top The outfit formula is basically a solid colored neutral top with the same hued jacket. Essentially it’s an “unmatched twin set.” As you can see below I’m wearing a white blouse with a white jacket and jeans. A guideline for wearing a monochromatic color scheme is to vary the textures. I don’t wear much texture…unless it’s flat. I’m just not a fan of nubby [..] read more