Later in the day, on Saturday, during our weekend away, we visited another couple of vineyards and wineries. Here are a few more photos from our mini-vacation, but today, I want to share some style tips with you.
My ideal shoe choice includes heels, but on this day, I knew we would be walking and standing a lot, so I wore flats. There are several things I take into consideration when I wear flats. There is so much more to it than just changing shoes.
If you took a tape measure to my body (I have!), you would find that my legs are proportionally short compared to my torso. Anything I wear to make my torso look longer makes my legs look even shorter. My legs would look much shorter if I wore a long tunic or jacket with trousers and flats. So now you know why I almost always wear slim-fitting pants and heels with a tunic or a long jacket worn open with a shorter top. (Heels are also much more comfortable for me physically and psychologically.) The other body truth I had to make peace with long ago is that my waistline is thick. I will never have an hourglass figure, no matter how much I work out or lose weight. It isn’t possible because that isn’t my body shape. To make my waistline look slimmer and my legs look longer than they are, I needed to learn some little dressing tricks to visually balance my body.
When I wear a longer top, I typically wear slim-fitting pants and heels in the same color. I often wear strappy gladiator style sandals (as shown above) or short boots because I find them to be very comfortable. The pump style court shoes are not suitable for me, and I find that I tend to walk out of them since all of the weight gets forced into the toe box area. Whereas if you are wearing short boots or strappy sandals that lace up over the foot and the ankle, your weight is then evenly distributed over your whole foot.
When I wear a short jacket or top, more of the length of my legs show, so I can get away with wearing a flat shoe. I look for slim shaped shoes with a pointed toe to elongate and lengthen.
Later in the day on Saturday, as the temps rose, I took off the scarf and the jacket I wore earlier in the day.
When we had breakfast at the hotel earlier in the day, I wore a short red keyhole detail top with the same shoes and pants.
I hope that sharing the little tricks I use to get dressed helps you discover what works best for your shape.
The white moto-style jacket shown above is years old from Stein Mart. The shoes are from last year by Halogen via Nordstrom.
The Clara Sunwoo tops and Lior Paris pants I am wearing in these photos are from ShopMyFairLady.com.