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The Draped Cardigan…Dos and Don’ts For Different Body Shapes

March 4, 2011

Draped Sweater Dos and Don'ts

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If we are lucky, the draped cardigan will be here to stay.  In many ways, I love these more than a simple cardigan because more people can wear them.  That said, there are so many styles that it’s about selecting the right one.

At the end of the day, the best option will provide a balanced shape to the body while draping gracefully in the right places.

The two examples above show the same cardigan in two different colors on two different people.  Continue reading to find out which one is Fabuliss approved.


Draped Sweater: Do This

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The examples above work for different body shapes based on how they fit each body.  A few additional do’s to keep in mind:

  • A longer sweater can be more flattering on women who carry weight in the belly area.
  • Look in a 3-way mirror to ensure the back fits and is shaped to fit your curves.
  • The sweater should drape and lay well against the body and other clothing and not “stick” or wrinkle.
  • Pair with the right first layer – whether it is cotton, silk or satin – for the best drape.
  • When possible, opt for color over defaulting to black.


Draped Sweaters: Don't Do This

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The examples pictured above don’t do any of the beautiful models any favors.  Avoid these mistakes:

  • Hiding out in a piece of clothing should be reserved for inside your home on a day that important people will definitely not be stopping by.
  • While some of these looks might look appealing from a comfort standpoint, they are not made to flatter.


Draped Sweater Review

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Now that you have seen examples of what works and what does not, let’s look at these draped cardigans again.  Fabuliss approves the cardigan on the left for several reasons:

  • The high contrast vertical stripes create a slim and tall silhouette.
  • The horizontal stripe and volume around the hips appears to balance out her shoulders and ruffle-enhanced bust.
  • The color works well with the model’s dark hair.

There are SO many options so if you don’t find what you are looking for in one store, keep looking until you find THE ONE.

This post is dedicated to Twitter fan Jessica, a.k.a. @J2Milla.

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To Tuck or Not Tuck…What Looks Best on Different Body Types?

October 25, 2010


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When I was putting together a series of Fall outfits, I tested one outfit with the shirt tucked in vs. not tucked in.  While tucked in lengthens my legs, I don’t like how the front of the pant looks with a tucked shirt.

Here are considerations to determine whether a tucked or untucked look works best for you and your outfit:

  • Does tucking in the shirt make your legs look longer without making your torso look disproportionately short?  Ideally you want your body to look like it is in thirds – 1/3 between shoulders and waist, 1/3 between waist and knees, 1/3 from knees to the ground.
  • What does the front of your pant look like with the shirt tucked vs. untucked?
  • Does the untucked shirt hang below your top layer?  If yes, does it emphasize your hips and behind in a good way or a bad way?  Hint: a bright or light color WILL emphasize your hips and behind which will work if you need to add volume.  If you don’t need any help in the volume department, choose a color that matches your pants in terms of color or contrast.

And now, for a few real examples of how untucked and tucked shirts work on different body shapes, featuring me and my clients.



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Each of these untucked examples shown on Fabuliss clients with unique silhouettes work for different reasons.

  • Lori (left) is an inverted triangle shape with small hips compared with her shoulders and bust.  She is wearing a sweater top that hits at her high hip.  Paired with a long skirt, her proportions look great and the color contrast with a lighter color on the bottom helps to add volume to her hips.
  • Emily (middle) is an apple shape, carrying most of her weight in her middle.  Keeping her shirt untucked camouflages her middle.  A more fitted shirt – like a wrap top – would help to show off her waist and create more of a shape under her jacket.
  • Laura (right) is a triangle shape with narrow shoulders compared with her hips.  By keeping her shirt untucked, wearing a lighter color on top and adding a top layer, her shoulders look balanced with her hips.



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Tucking can work really well with the right skirt and pants on different body shapes.

  • Deanna (left) is a triangle shape.  A subtle a-line skirt skims her hips and balances nicely with a pretty pop of color on top.  The wide and wide-set sleeves give an appearance of a broader shoulder and the belt shows off her waist.  If the top was untucked in this case, her shoulder/hip difference would have been more visible.
  • Joell (middle) is a rectangle shape with balanced shoulders and hips and a subtle waist.  A tucked shirt helps to show off her slim waist under a chunky long sweater and ensures her long legs are not lost.
  • Me (right).  I am also a rectangle shape with short legs.  An untucked shirt with this outfit helps to lengthen the illusion of my legs and gives me a waist.

Long story short, it depends.  In some instances a tucked shirt will be more flattering and in others an untucked shirt will.

Fabuliss can help you transform or reinvent your shape with the right clothing – from color and fit analysis to closet evaluation and personal shopping.

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