“Fashion is architecture: it is a matter of proportions.”
- Coco Chanel
One factor that often derails our summertime fashion is the lack of proportion. Because modest dressers are covering more skin from neck to knee, our outfits can look heavy and dowdy. Here are 4 tips to keep you looking and feeling cool!
- Think Teeter-Totter! It’s all about balance and avoiding all-over volume that adds visual pounds and frumpiness. If you’re going voluminous on the bottom, such as a maxi skirt – pair it with a trim, fitted top. Teeter – Totter! Maybe you choose a tunic length top with fuller sleeves – stick to slim and trim on the bottom, like a denim pencil skirt, straight cut jeans or walking shorts.
- Always Chic and Shape Check! While I'm sure this sign maker was attempting to create a foreground/background image, it obviously didn't work. However, they successfully managed to portray exactly what can happen when your outfit is out of balance - you'll look much heavier than you actually are. Always take at least a quick glance in a mirror. If you can't decipher your shape for all the clothes it's time to call a do over!
- Don't assume a belt will solve it. While a belt around the waist normally does create a nice shape where there might not have been one a moment ago, if voluminous fabric is spilling out over the top of it and flowing from under it, it "ain't done ya a lick o' good, lady!"
- When in doubt - cut it out! It may be the old mantra of a surgeon but it applies to fashion as well. If you're looking in the mirror and thinking, "I might look just a bit like a bag lady in this." - Do over! Cut one of the voluminous pieces from the outfit and replace with something more trim.