How do you choose what to purchase? I consider the overall shape and length of the garment, the neckline, the color(s), the texture, and the size of any prints before making a purchase. This week, I will 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. However, 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. In addition, the bulky neckline does not flatter my face shape and adds even more volume to the bodice.
This top will look great on you if you have a rectangle shape, thin and tall with narrow shoulders and a long thin face. 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. You will love this top if you have a style personality that craves texture.
My round face and ample bust require more fitted, smooth, supple fabrics and V-necklines or low scoops. The woman with an inverted triangle 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 (even more so if you wear flat shoes). The heels I am wearing here are by BCBGeneration from 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.