A vibrant true red, worn with black, always makes me feel joyful and confident. Do you have favorite outfits that make you feel taller, thinner, and happier when you wear them? I try to break down the details and explain why certain combinations are winners for me, and others may not do the trick so well. Sometimes knowing why something works or doesn’t work helps you to buy the right pieces or create more winning looks from what you already own.
The color of this IC Collection jacket had me at hello, but when I saw the triangle shape of the body and the bell sleeves, I was unsure how all that volume was going to work on me. I am happy to report it is a winning combination that is very flattering. The design secret is that the top part of the sleeve and the jacket’s shoulders fit well before flaring out. The black embroidery creates a flattering vertical line.
The uneven hemline doesn’t visually cut my body in half at the middle. The neckline doesn’t include a bulky collar or other fussy details, and the zipper with a large faux pearl allows me to create a small V by not zipping it all the way. Because I have an inverted triangle shape, plain and simple in the shoulder and neckline area are a top priority. I don’t need to add more volume or width to that area, but wearing design details that start lower on the body visually balances my shape.
The shoes are from last year by Kenneth Cole. I rarely wear heels during the day but often wear them in the evening and for special occasions. The clutch is several years old. Note that I wore statement earrings (old from Chico’s) without a necklace.
The beautiful IC Collection jacket here was a gift from my friends at My Fair Lady.