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 am showing 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 on my inverted triangle shape nor 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 at the bodice.
If you have a rectangle shape and you are thin and tall with narrow shoulders and a long thin face, this top would 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 of her body. A long boxy top on a busty figure creates a tent shape. If you are petite or you 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 are by BCBGeneration last year.
I am very grateful to My Fair Lady for supplying garments such as this one to help me with lessons and tips. This beautiful top is by IC Collection from ShopMyFairLady.com here. The most recent Coupon Code for My Fair Lady is (Spring18) for 15% off until the end of April.
This side by side photo shows the lessons applied to a similar look that is more appropriate for my shape.