When I wear a longer jacket or top with flat or low-heeled shoes, I need to adjust the rest of my look to keep the proportions in balance. Proportion considers the parts in comparative relation to the whole.
“Where do you start in choosing the pieces for your outfit?” I received this great question earlier in the month, so this week, I am sharing some of the things I consider while putting together unrelated separates. The proportion should always be your focus. Your legs can look much shorter, and your bust, tummy, and hips can all look larger than they are, simply by the layers you add to your base pieces.
The tank and pants are the same color as the shoes/boots, so there is one unbroken line from my shoulders to my feet. The pieces are also relatively slim-fitting, which gives me a good starting point. I can add a topper and accessories to create a look that reflects my mood and fits the occasion. Your dark base color can be any dark neutral color. Mine happens to be black. Neutral colors work well with other colors and with each other.
The next thing to consider is attitude. The red jacket was the piece I wanted to wear, so I built a harmonious look to complement it. The IC Collection topper is a bit edgy and modern, so I kept that in mind when adding the other items. The bold hammered cuff is sculptural and clean in design without adding the bulk or fussiness that some bracelets do. The handbag also has edgy, dramatic proportions that balance with the jacket and the boots. Knowing when to back off from the accessories is critical.
I wore this look on a breezy Saturday afternoon to try out a new restaurant in town. We stopped at the Mountain Home Veteran’s Administration to shoot these photos for you along the way.
The gazebo on the Mountain Home campus is an enduring landmark for many couples. Mr. Mickey’s mother and father got engaged there in the 1920s. Fifty years later, my sister and her husband got engaged there.
The strappy bodice tank top was from Express last summer. The black jeans are the straight-leg Sheri Slim style from NYDJ. The bag is from Uno Alla Volta from the previous year. The short boots are by Gianni Bini from Dillard’s a couple of years ago.