According to a recent study (here), the average American woman wears between a Misses size 16–18, which corresponds to a Women’s Plus size 20W. The required size of a female fit model is 5’9″ and taller with a 34″ chest, 24″ waist, and 34″ hips. Professional stylists on every shoot know how to pair the right style personality with the correct model. Makeup artists spend more than an hour on each model before the shoot. Let’s not forget all the editing and photoshop work before we ever see the images. When you consider all the work and expertise that goes into fashion photography, it is easy to understand why the clothing we loved on the model looks nothing like that on us. These facts also make shopping very frustrating for the rest of us.
When you know what looks good on your shape and you only have those items in your wardrobe, it makes getting dressed successfully a little easier. By successfully dressed, I mean that I have managed to put together an outfit that doesn’t make me look two sizes larger than I am and appropriate for the occasion. For these reasons, you will see me in similar items and silhouettes because that’s what works. When I stopped wearing heels last year, I had to relearn some essential styling hacks. Those three or four inches made a big difference in how clothing looks on my short legs, and I have spent a small fortune getting all my pants hemmed. This week, I share a few of the tips that I have learned to use to keep my style personality intact while wearing mostly low heeled shoes.
My shoes are by Marc Fisher from last year. Mr. Mickey’s shoes are by Calvin Klein. My tights are by White House|Black Market.
My updated shoe styling hacks include wearing pointed or almond toe shoes with at least a low block heel. The shoe or boot should always have a visible arch, not a fully flat sole. The shoe’s color should be close to the color of my skin when wearing summer pants and black tights with black shoes and boots in the colder months. Getting my photo taken so often shows me what works and what most certainly does not. Try taking a selfie of new looks before you buy them or decide to keep them. Mirrors lie!
The vest was a gift from Mr. Mickey on our first Christmas together. I got tears in my eyes when I opened it. It had been many years since I had been with a man who gave me gifts. Similar vest here. The Portofino shirt was from Express last year. My jeans look a little like leather ones, but they are waxed jeans from Chico’s a few years ago. The Dooney & Bourke crossbody bag in Bordeaux is old.
We enjoyed a beautiful Saturday afternoon on the Biltmore Estate and also visited downtown Asheville.
The Harvest Succotash was delicious!
The Christmas decorations are already in place at the Biltmore.