Posts Tagged ‘dresses’

Boots for Fall/Winter – Do This, Not That

October 4, 2010

Reader Emily asked about what the latest boot trends are.  I say forget about the trends and focus on what works for you.

Your first priority with your choices of boots should be to elongate, balance and slim your figure. Secondly, your feet should be comfortable.  And lastly, don’t let a trend wear you.  It’s exhausting to look at.

I know the over-the-knee boot is being pumped into e-tailers, magazines and blogs.  But honestly, it’s only going to work on a tall woman with long legs.  In other words, not me or most of my friends.

So let’s get down to business with basic ideas for how to wear boots.

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From booties to mid-calf to knee-high, these examples all elongate and slim.

  • A – A black bootie paired with a subtly printed black tight and above-the-knee dress works great.  Also, note that the tight is a medium-sheer weight which goes well with a lighter-weight fabric on the dress.
  • B – A sweater dress pairs great with a knee-high suede boot.  The belt accents the waist and makes this woman look like she’s all leg.
  • C – A tailored slim knee-high boot pairs great with a medium-knit dress.  Matching the boot to the color closest to the boot is a great strategy for lengthening the leg.  Note that this is also a nice balance of bared skin from top to bottom to ensure the boots and dress don’t look like they’re from two different seasons
  • D – A lightweight printed skirt pairs great with a simple suede boot with a heel in a dark shade
  • E – A mid-calf boot paired with a pair of tights the same color creates a long, lean look.

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And now, a few examples of how boots can go terribly wrong…

  • A – These booties create an odd silhouette to the ankle and foot.  They break up the line of the leg and distract from the slim ankles.
  • B – While the boot is a good choice to match the casual dress, it looks clunky and is way too strong of a focal point…unless you really want everyone looking at your legs.
  • C – The shaft of your boot should fit you and not look too loose or too tight, with or without legwear.
  • D – This boot choice – a dressy, stiletto boot – is an odd combination for a chunky, casual sweater dress.  Aside from the fact that I think this dress is too short (can you imagine sitting down in this?), I would much rather see a more casual boot like E paired with this.
  • E – This boot choice could be good for someone who has tiny hips compared to shoulders/bust and needs all attention on the lower half of the body.  That said, I think it’s a poor choice for the flowy fabric of the skirt it’s pictured with.

Are you left with more questions than answers?  Do you need more guidance about what works for you and your body type?  Fabuliss can help!

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Summer Pick List…24 Items for 44 Outfits

July 8, 2010

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There are so many great summer items out there that it’s nearly impossible to narrow my picks down.  But alas, it had to be done!

Here are some of my favorites, built around a few summer themes, to mix and match with fits that flatter.

For each group, the items are interchangeable.  You can mix the top layers with any of the bottoms and add the jackets and sweaters with the dresses.

It’s amazing how a few new items can help you quickly expand the number of outfits you can make.

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The outfits above, made up of items in size 14W and up, are based on the theme of watercolors which are so soft and feminine, as well as perfect for summer days.

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Middle row:

Bottom row:

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The pieces above were initially inspired by the shirt in the bottom row.  I saw it in the store over the weekend and about died.  With these hot days of summer, a little blush in lightweight fabrics will go a long way.

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Middle row:

Bottom row:

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There are so many gorgeous shades of blue this summer, I just had to feature them, in combination with crisp, tailored items.

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Bottom row:

Go to my Wishpot list for the full, unedited version of summer picks.

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Fabuliss Helps Lori Edit Her Closet…and Create a “Donate” Pile

July 7, 2010

Meet Lori, a marketing executive who wanted help with specific items in terms of what to keep and throw, including the dress above, which is a perfect dress for vacations – colorful, cool and full of personality.

As she went through her closet, a couple of themes emerged:

  • She has a lot of black and white outfits
  • She has a lot of brown and white outfits
  • Her pants, which fit her on the waist, have too much volume in the legs
  • Her Bernese Mountain Dogs – Griffin and Mika – are not camera shy

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The first outfit Lori tried on is the brown ensemble above, left.  I like the top – it’s fitted, has a good neckline for Lori and is a good length on her petite frame.

She was also wondering about the skirt length.  I approve, because it’s at the slim part of her ankle.  If it were any longer or shorter, it would not work.  We can see that she indeed has feet and legs and the skirt isn’t emphasizing her legs at the widest part of her calves.

I had her try on a colored top (above, right) with the skirt to show her that the tan skirt could be paired with just about any color – not just brown.  Mika approved!

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Lori tried on several pants outfits – all of which were cute – but I couldn’t get over the pants.  She has *tiny* legs but you’d never know it with the full cut of these pants.

She will need to look for pants with much less fabric – like a slim, skinny or straight cut – to show off her legs.

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While pants are tough, the right skirts and dresses can be extremely flattering.  The outfits above are a few of my favorites that we snapped photos of:

  • Left: While this is an all-brown dress, the pattern keeps it interesting.  She could pair this with a set of gold necklaces or colored beads.  It’s a great fit that shows off her great figure is a perfect length.
  • Center: One of the reasons I like this dress is because it’s not black or brown.  It’s a cute print – a little vintage – with a contemporary shape/cut.  Oh, and that’s Griffin posing with Lori.
  • Right: This jacket and skirt outfit is definitely my favorite.  I got so excited about this because the wrap top with a tie at the waist is so flattering on her shape and overall, it’s a sophisticated look for an executive.

Thanks to this closet review, I took a full armload of gently and barely worn items to Dress for Success Twin Cities, knowing they will find a good home.

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