I recently shared my favorite non-black winter coats for those of you who love color. Today I share more inspirational looks – check out these examples and vote below on your favorite!
This post is for those of you who love flats but need some variety. Maybe you find yourself reaching for the same ballet flats over and over? Even worse, the same black flats? Maybe it’s time to spice things up and look at alternative closed-toe flat shoes. Here are some ideas and in-store options to get you out of your style rut!
1. Athletic flats – These are a combination of ballet flat and sneakers. Puma, Nike, and other athletic shoe companies will have options. They create a more sleek look than running/athletic shoes and can be incredibly comfortable.
2. Oxfords – Oxfords have been in for a couple of years now and they’ll be around for years to come. Very practical, comfortable. Can be worn casually or formally depending on the style. Wear oxfords with a feminine pieces, such as a blouse or skirt, and you have a nice juxtaposition of masculine and feminine – very modern. You’ll find oxfords everywhere and in an assortment of colors.
3. Loafers – Loafers can be tricky to style because they are associated with a mature, older look. Consider a bright color loafer and wear with trendy pieces so as not to date yourself or look older than you are!
4. Fashion sneakers – Think Toms/Keds/Converse. Iconic casual sneakers, not clunky, heavy sneakers. Pair them with unexpected pieces: blazers, skirts, feminine blouses and you’ll create a sophisticated look.
Utility vests can be a surprisingly versatile item. Wear in the Summer over dresses, tees, and tanks and also in the Fall and Winter by layering. You can belt them, wear them open, cropped, oversized. Here are 4 utility vest looks to give you outfit inspiration, vote for your favorite!
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Check out previous posts in the Dressing your Body Series: Intro to Body Types, Intro to Body Proportions, Neck Length and Bust Size. You’ll learn how to assess your body’s specific proportions and choose figure flattering clothes.
Torso length is one of the most critical aspects to learn about your body’s proportions because it affects the fit of outfit fundamentals: tops, bottoms, and dresses. Read on to learn more about why this matters. You may figure out why you gravitated towards certain types of clothing without knowing why!
Classifying Torso Length: Short, regular, long
To determine your torso length classification, you compare your torso length to your leg length. Here are 3 methods:
(1) Head-Hip-Floor Method: May need help from a friend for this one! While standing, first measure from the top of your head to the widest part of your hips. Second measurement, measure from the widest part of your hips to the floor. If the 2 measurements are roughly equal (within 1 inch), you have a regular length torso,. If the first measurement (head to hip) is longer than the hip to floor measurement, you have a long torso, vice versa, and you have a short torso. Check out these visuals for help
(2) Hand Method: While standing up straight, see if you can fit two hand widths under your bust to your natural waist (narrowest point, not your hips). If you can fit more than two hand widths you have a long waist, less than two, a short waist.
(3) Sitting Method: You’ll need a friend to help out for this. Sit against a wall with your back touching the wall, legs straight out, and eyes looking straight ahead. Measure from the top of your head to the floor. This is your torso length measurement. To determine your leg measurement, subtract your torso length measurement from your total height. Determine what percentage your torso length is of your total height and also the percentage of your leg length. If your leg length is less than 45% of your total height, you have a long torso, 45 – 48% is regular, and greater than 48% means you are short-waisted.
Women with short waists can find that their waistline is easily lost in too much bulk. Belted waists can help with this, but watch out for wide belts as they can make your torso look even shorter. Low-waisted pants and jeans look spectacular on short-waisted women because they balance out proportions and visually lengthen your torso. In fact, if you want to tuck in your tops, go with low-waisted skirts and pants so that your waist isn’t shortened. Below you’ll see the singer, Brandy Norwood, who has a short waist and long legs. The high-waisted shorts on the left and the wide belt on the right further shorten her waist, while the low-rise jeans in the middle outfit elongate her torso.
See below examples of Ashlee Simpson in a belted look, low-waisted jeans, and high-waisted jeans. She can pull of all looks without her proportions looking too extreme or losing her waistline.
Keira Knightley is the poster child of long torsoed women. You’ll notice that she often wears high-waisted pants and dresses (like the 2 outfits on the right). This makes her legs look longer by creating an illusion that her waist is higher than it actually is. In low waisted jeans, it’s more noticeable that her legs are short in comparison to her torso. Which outfit do you prefer below?
Cropped tops are everywhere this Summer. While it may seem like a trend reserved only for thin teenagers or college students, there is a way to wear them that doesn’t require six-pack abs. I know it’s hard to believe, but you don’t have to expose your stomach and it can even be worn in a professional environment if styled appropriately. I’ll start off describing the trend that teenagers/younger crowd is wearing and then move into how to translate this into professional setting.
Cropped Top Background
Short, cropped tops were trendy in the 80s and 90s but this time around the vibe is slightly different, arguably more sophisticated, and it’s a variation on cut-out styles being seen on tops/dresses. For those of you who are comfortable baring skin, it’s less about exposing the belly button and more about showing a hint of skin right below your bust and above your natural waist. This is the smallest part of a women and when emphasized, makes you look thinner – In fact it’s the whole idea behind the popular Fatkini (below on right).
But in order to make this a work-appropriate, everyday look, we’ll clearly need to avoid exposing any skin. The beauty of this trend is that it greatly extends the leg line by visually lifting your waist. You’ll can look taller and leaner. Below I’ll explain how to wear this trend in a sophisticated, office-appropriate way.
How to wear cropped tops in the office:
My verdict: I love this trend when worn in a sophisticated way but it can be really hard to get right. The details matter and you may need to buy a skirt or pants specifically to match your top. The exact length is so important. Whether or not I try this trend really depends on whether the pieces come together nicely! What do you think?
I’ll be shopping the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale tomorrow and reporting back on my favorite finds but don’t forget to check out non-sale items if you’re shopping the sale! If you’re in need of a dress to wear to a wedding, check out Nordstrom’s selection. They currently have almost 2,000 dresses under Wedding Guest Dress category!
I’ve looked through all the dresses and here are my 18 favorites. There’s something for everyone – short & flirty, lace, form-fitting, bright colors or classic black, take a look:
|(L) Adrianna Papell Fit and Flare
Fit and flare dresses are perfect for pear-shaped and inverted triangle-shaped women. These 2 dresses are fun and colorful.
| (L) Adrianna Papell Scalloped Lace
(R) Donna Rico Lace
Lace is in! Here are 2 beautiful colorful options. Can also be worn to work – Throw on a blazer and you’re good to go.
| (L) Classiques Entier Ponte
These bright sheath dresses are perfect for a Summer wedding AND the office. You can get a lot of wear by adding a cardigan/blazer for work and wearing tights in the winter. Coral and pink are also universally flattering!
| (R) Alex Evenings Lace
These are playful black full skirts. Excellent choice for those of you with large bustline or wide hips.
| (L) Devline Strapless
Modern prints for a young, fresh look. These ares truly Summer dresses that you can wear to picnics, bbqs, any outdoor event.
| (L) Keepsake the Label Fit and Flare
2 more fun Summer options with prints. Again, perfect for Summer outings.
| (L) Donna Morgan Silk Strapless
Grecian style dresses. Very ladylike and elegant. The Max and Cleo High Low is very modern and on-trend!
| (L) Taylor Dresses Shift
Classic dresses that will stand the test of time. Simple, sleek silhouettes, great for rectangle shaped women.
| (L) Label Wedding Guest Dress
Gorgeous, sophisticated prints for those of you who love the ladylike look!
Check out previous posts in the Dressing your Body Series: Intro to Body Types, Intro to Body Proportions and Neck Length. You’ll learn how to assess your body’s specific proportions and choose figure flattering clothes.
Bust size is a tricky topic for a number of reasons but there’s no doubt that it is a factor in how to dress your body. Some women want to enhance their size, some women want to minimize their size, and for some it’s not much of an issue. It really depends how you want to present yourself. Let’s dive into why this matters and how to dress your body specifically.
Most women know whether their bust sizes is large, regular, or small but there may be factors you hadn’t considered. Remember, I’m talking about bust size in relation to your body. It’s all about proportions. It’s possible to have a large band and cup size, say 40DDD, but still have a regular sized bust if it looks proportionate on your body. Here are the proportions to factor in:
|Wrap dresses||Wrap dresses can make small busts look even smaller. Choose a form-fitting wrap dress so your shape isn’t lost.||Just like small-sized women, you’ll want to wear wrap dresses that skim your figure.||Great for women looking to minimize their bust size. Stock up!|
|Form fitting tops||Form fitting turtlenecks and sheath dresses can be a great look for smaller bust sizes – Will make bust size look larger.||Excellent look – just make sure not to go too tight in formal settings.||May need to be careful that your bust size isn’t over-accentuated.|
|Cleavage||Women with small breasts can wear very low necklines without looking scandalous – Definitely not work appropriate but in casual environments this works.||You’re in the same boat as large busted women, be careful not to expose too much!||This is personal preference, but may need to be careful with cleavage exposure, especially in the work place.|
|Necklaces||Long, short, statement – All necklaces will work on your body type.||In general, all necklace lengths will work!||You’ll want to avoid having necklaces caught at the bust. Collar length necklaces will draw attention up to your face, while longer necklaces will emphasize your curves.|
Women who fall into the large category generally have a top-heavy silhouette, or a small rib cage, small waist or small shoulders in comparison to their breast size. Some may seek to minimize their large bustline while others may prefer the top-heavy look – It’s a personal preference.
To minimize, wrap dresses and tops are perfect and there are bras designed to reduce appearance of larger breasts. Jessica Simpson has a large bustline and her small arms, waist and shoulders make it look even larger. You’ll see that in a wrap dress, her bust size is minimized while the form fitted top accentuates it.
For the most part, if you’re a woman with regularly sized breasts, you don’t need to dress around them. Depending on the context, you may borrow from the other classification guidelines. Jennifer Aniston is an example of this – She can wear strapless, form fitting, low cut dresses with ease.
Women with small bust lines may simply have a small cup size or have competing body proportions that make breasts look smaller (large hips, large waist, large shoulders). Wearing form-fitted tops becomes important in this case so that your figure is not lost. See below, Nicole Kidman in a loose wrap dress vs. a form-fitting dress.
Do you need to dress around your bust line? What have you learned works for you?
White can be intimidating – so easy to stain, sometimes see-through, and then there’s the myth that only slender women can wear them (not true! see previous post: light colored jeans)
Depending on how they’re styled, white jeans can look sophisticated, cool, classic, urban, edgy, bohemian. It’s a blank slate that can be worn with any color. Here are 6 examples of white jeans worn with style to give you inspiration – Vote below on your favorite!
What do you think? Will you be keeping a lookout for white jeans? Which style do you like the best?