The oversized trend continues, but the omnipresent puddling wide-leg pants do not flatter short legs. Instead, I’ve opted for a few oversized tunics since opaque leggings are the best option with coats and boots or long tunics. Thankfully, slimmer pants are coming back in 2023, along with moto jackets, bra tops, chunky metallic jewelry, platforms, and bright green. We may not embrace the bra top, but the other trends might work for us. It is not a color that looks good near my face, but a bag or shoes is a fun way to add a touch of green.
The denim shirt dress is a nod to the oversized trend. While I will never wear a mini dress or skirt as such, it can be worn as an oversized jacket or a tunic, adding variety to my usual silhouette. While I mostly ignore the trends, they allow you to add the pieces you like while they are available. Adding one or two items to reflect current trends can inject fun and modernity into classic looks. When I add playful one-season items like the green bag above, they are not investment items. Bundling for warmth in winter can become dull, but topping the thin layers with one dramatic piece or a bright color can bring fun to our style.
Pointed-toe shoes visually add two inches to your height. Platform shoes are an option if you want to add a bit of height to balance your proportions but no longer wear heels. The shoes below offer support, and the heel is not too high due to the platform in front.
This is a great time to break in new summer sandals, so wear them around the house with socks for now. These sandals will be in heavy rotation as warm weather returns since flat shoes are uncomfortable with my high arches. You asked that I share great pieces with you before they sell out, so you can find the shoes here.
The length of the dress is perfect for pairing with leggings and my oh-so-comfortable edgy combat boots. I always consider the flexibility of garments, so I think about the various ways I might style the item before I make a purchase.
The shirt dress can be worn open, layered over a cashmere sweater and black jeans, or my workout gear for a long walk. Other than summer, this dress can be worn as a jacket or tunic for much of the year here in east Tennessee. This is the primary reason for purchasing this dress, but I wanted to share some other styling options with you.
The fashion industry considers 5’4″ ( 164 cm) petite. The term refers to your height; however, if you have a short waist or short legs compared to the other parts of your body, you may find that petite sizes suit you. So, I’ll share some tips for elongating your looks. I use them often since I am 5’6″ (170 cm) with proportionally short legs. Now that oversized tops, pants, and coats are popular, many may benefit from petite tips.
Tailoring and styling to get the right proportions is a priority for all of us, but it is essential for petite ladies. If you embrace the oversized trend, add a more fitted garment for balance. When the weather allows, show your collarbones, wrist, or ankles since those are your smallest parts and will keep you from being overwhelmed in fabric. This tip will make you look taller and more slender if that is your goal. I use sleeve garters to keep my sleeves in place. I found mine here.
Wear one tone or color from top to toe. For example, it may be navy denim over black, but the goal is to continue the contrast level, so there are fewer horizontal breaks. For example, a lighter jacket with the same dark base will create a horizontal break at the hemline, and attention will be drawn there. Each horizontal break in an outfit makes us look shorter and broader.
I recently misplaced one of the keys to my car, which prompted me to buy a handy key pouch. The pouch keeps all the keys together in one place and protects my bag from the keys poking into the leather. Another excellent recent purchase is this case found here.
In recent posts, it has been very therapeutic to have a bit of fun with my style. If it has inspired you to do the same, I’m glad. If you know the styling rules but break them anyway, that’s part of the fun. When a trendy item fits your style, or you like it, by all means, try it. See you in the comments!
The summary of recent looks is here. As always, shopping links on this website may allow me to earn a small commission at no cost to you. However, I do not accept gifts to review or collaborate with companies, so what you see here are things I purchased myself.