Keeping Proportions in Perspective

It's hump day, y'all! You're halfway through the workweek, and I bet you can already taste the fun this weekend is gonna bring. Perhaps it'll include a bit of thrifting? {wink wink}

Well, as much fun as it was to share our "Mad Men" cast party experience last Wednesday, I am really excited to get back to talking about what's in your closet! And today we have our very first reader question! Here's what Shannon wrote:

When I look in my closet, I see a bunch of loose-fitting clothes that make me look super dumpy, but I feel more comfortable in clothes that aren't clingy. I've seen looks where girls are wearing slouchy outfits, but can't seem to make it work for me. What can I do?

Shannon, I have totally been there. I see looks in Gap ads or other stores where the model is wearing somewhat baggy "boyfriend" pants, and a semi-loose T, and they look so comfortable yet still stylish. However, what we have to keep in mind is the concept of proportions: both of our bodies and the clothes we put on them.

Those models usually have a shape that resembles parallel lines, so they can get away with a bit of bag on the top and bottom because it stays true to their natural proportions. Based on the fact that you're saying that look doesn't work for you, I'm going to assume you're like a lot of us ladies out there, who are either bigger on top or the bottom, which means we're limited with where we can be loosey-goosey.

If you're bigger on the bottom (like myself, and I say that proudly!), wearing baggy pants is only going to make you look bigger. Why? Because to get the baggy look on the biggest part of your bottom half, you're going to absolutely drown the corresponding parts in fabric, making you look bigger than you are and shapeless (I know...I've tried it).

So, make use of the curves that God gave you and wear a pant or jean that's a bit more fitted (but not skin-tight) and leave your T-shirt or blouse on the slouchy side. If you're feeling a little more bold, the leggings + over-sized T + boots look is also a good way to go, and you can add a more fitted cardigan or blazer to that style to keep some of your shape on top.

If you're bigger on top and small on the bottom, again, you gotta find a way to balance the proportions. Wearing a huge shirt on top is a bust for your bust. It'll only make the ladies look larger, and you'll be cutting off any kind of curve you have along the waistline. Instead, bring in a pair of "boyfriend" jeans or more slouchy pants and keep things trim up-top (again, not skin-tight), and you've found a way to marry your two halves into a pleasing proportion.

Hope this helps!

As for you other readers out there, I know you've got some questions brewing in those beautiful brains, so send 'em over!

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