How do you choose what to purchase? I consider the overall shape and length of the garment, the neckline, the color(s), texture, and the size of any prints before making a purchase. This week, I show you pieces that may be beautiful on the hanger but not so much on me. I will also tell you why so that you can apply the same lessons to your next purchase.
This top has a dramatic, edgy design, and the lightweight layers would be comfortable on a hot, humid summer evening. The texture, the bold, warm undertone print, and the long boxy shape are not flattering my inverted triangle shape or my cool coloring. The length is also overwhelming my frame. The bulky neckline is not flattering my face shape, and it is adding even more volume to the bodice.
If you have a rectangle shape, thin and tall with narrow shoulders and a long thin face, this top will look great on you. It would also flatter a woman with warm undertones in her skin more so than a woman with cool undertones. The texture is bulky, open-weave, and dramatic. If you have the style personality that craves texture, you will love this top.
My roundish face and ample bust require more fitted, smooth, supple fabrics and V-necklines or low scoops. The woman who has an inverted triangle shape figure never wants to add more visual bulk to the top half. A long boxy top on a busty figure creates a tent shape. If you are petite or have short legs, a long tunic will overwhelm you and make your legs look shorter than they are (even more so if you are wearing flat shoes). The heels I am wearing here were by BCBGeneration last year.
I am very grateful to My Fair Lady for supplying garments such as this to help me with lessons and tips. This beautiful top is by IC Collection from ShopMyFairLady.com.
This side by side photo shows the lessons applied to a similar look that is more appropriate for my shape.