Bloggers often do a review of their favorite ensembles for the past year. Today I want to share my least favorite looks for 2018 and explain why the way I combined those perfectly lovely pieces did nothing for my shape. As a reader pointed out, “I also learn from your mistakes.” Not everything looks good on my inverted triangle busty shape, as I am about to show you.
On the right is a top that a busty woman should never wear. The same top would look great on a tall woman with an apple shape. Our busts create a tent effect when we wear a top that is boxy and long. Instead, we need to wear looks more like the one on the left. A slim-fitting column of one color with a contrasting jacket, cardigan or vest creates a much more flattering silhouette for us busty gals.
A hairstyle that is long enough to pull down those puffs of hair around the sides of my face is infinitely more flattering for my roundish face. Bright sunlight on the left was filtered through silk window shades, making it much more flattering. Natural light can be very harsh outside at noon.
These similar summer looks show examples of some things I need to avoid. A neckline that that is open too wide exposes too much of my aging neck and décolletage. The look on the left is much more appropriate. A smaller and repeating geometric print such as dots or stripes is more versatile and flattering. The pants on the right are much too tight on my wide calves. Both shoes are good options for me. Women with large calves and thick ankles should avoid delicate-looking shoes with totally flat soles.
Long shapeless garments layered and worn together, as in the center photo, are not flattering to the female form. The garments on their own are lovely, but when I wore them together, I created a large rectangle. My shape looks better when I create the illusion of a waistline with a short fitted jacket or with slim-fitting pants. A belt peeking out from an open jacket is also flattering.
I hope this exercise has helped you see how making small changes in the way we style our hair and clothing can help us look our best. Thank you, to blog reader Cheryl, for the suggestion to do this post.