One of the first things we do with a client — before the closet work, shopping, or outfit creation — is sit down and define their personal style. We walk through a slew of mood boards of style archetypes. Are you classic, preppy, ladylike, boho, French chic, etc.? We just want gut reactions. No negative self talk. No logic of where you are wearing this stuff. No asking yourself if your body shape can pull it off. Inevitably, the client will say, “Oh, I love this look, but that wouldn’t look good on me because <fill in body critique.>”
I ask them to set aside what they believe they can “pull off,” and what will fit their body shape. If you are drawn to a certain style and would love to wear that style, there is always a way to do it, no matter your height, shape, or size. The secret to pull any style off? Proportion. It has to be cropped, draped, boxy, fitted, etc. to your height and shape. It is why we encourage becoming best friends with your tailor.
This season there are so many fun silhouettes that shorten our leg line, make our torso disproportionately longer, and add volume…and I love them all. I want you to as well! Here’s how you do it:
I did a post in February on how to wear the cropped wide-leg in warmer and cooler seasons. It’s a denim/trouser silhouette at almost every shopping appointment, at least to try. Any height or body type can pull this off. They key is to shorten your torso and lengthen your leg line.
Long layering — either a cool, slouchy boyfriend blazer or a cardigan jacket — is a garment I have most of my clients at least try. That longer profile can have a cool borrowed-from-the-boys effect. It can also add a sophisticated touch to an uber-casual look like the one above, which is something I would wear on a field at one of my kids’ sporting events.
The key to wearing a longer layering piece — and not having it wear you — is two-fold:
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