Earlier this week I touched on the topic of how we look in photos versus what see in the mirror. I quickly styled the look on the left (below) for a previous post. It seemed acceptable when viewed in the mirror, but as I was editing the photos, I kept thinking, “You can do better” so I restyled the same cardigan and scarf. The images, taken less than a week apart show the difference. Now let’s discuss why one look is more flattering than the other. (Natural light is always best.)
In the photo on the right, I have used styling tricks that are more flattering for my shape. Opening up the neckline makes me look less like I am drowning in the scarf. The scarf folded on the bias into a narrow band and simply draped around my neck creates long vertical lines that keep the eye moving up and down. (I look taller and thinner.) The pop of color from the magenta Portofino shirt creates contrast so that what is beneath the gray cashmere cardigan seems smaller. Pushing up the sleeves and showing the cuff of the shirt is also a long time favorite slimming trick. The hem of the shirt ends at the top of my thighs which means no tummy is showing. That’s always a good thing!
The jeans on the right in the side by side photo are the coated Chico’s jeans from an earlier post. They are more slim fitting than the slightly bootcut jeans in the image on the left, and they show the shape of the ankle. When we cover the slender parts of our bodies, we appear wider. Extra fabric, equals extra girth. Using that same guide, the short, slim boots with a pointed toe make my legs look longer than my rounded toe Chesela boots. When I buy footwear, I think sportscar… not minivan.
On Friday, I will share tips for styling flats with dressed up Holiday looks. Happy Thanksgiving!
That beautiful gray cashmere cardigan is here. The necklace by French Kande found here was a gift. I am wearing it with a necklace extender found here. I am an affiliate for French Kande which means I will earn a small commission when you purchase from my links. My sheer lipstick is the color Currant by Beautycounter here. They are having a sale now! Get 15% off and free shipping with any order of more than $50. They do ship to Canada, France, and the USA. Click on the flag at the top left of the site here.
My short pointed toe booties are by Marc Fisher last year. Similar here. My tights are by White House|Black Market here. The bold silk scarf is from my shopping site here. The Portofino shirt was from Express last year. Current colors are here. My jeans look a bit like leather ones, but they are waxed jeans from Chico’s a few years ago. Similar here. The Dooney & Bourke crossbody bag in Bordeaux is here.
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