TREND: Playing With Proportions

When it comes to putting together an outfit, proportion is something that must be paid attention to. You don’t want your body to be swallowed by a shirt that is too big, and you don’t want to feel like your chunky necklace is dominating the upper half of your body. Many people feel as though there are rules in fashion, just as in life, which should always be adhered to, such as not wearing white after Labor Day and the rule of proportion. However, what are rules for, if not to be broken?

The featured Fashionista in an expert at the game of proportions, choosing an unusually long cardigan to complete her outfit. While most people wouldn’t dare wear a sweater that goes longer than their hip area, in this case, the length was perfect. Not only did it add a casual touch to the whole outfit, but it also seemed to have a lengthening effect on her legs. While this same sweater may have swamped a shorter person, this Fashionista’s natural height and use of heels led to the exact opposite effect.

None of us are strangers to the magic acts that clothes can perform, instantly altering the shape and appearance of our bodies. Sometimes, as in this Fashionista’s case, certain clothing items can amaze you with their ability to transform you. So, next time you think the proportions of a look might be off, give it a second chance because you may be pleasantly surprised.

Along with her magical gray cardigan, she wore a pastel colored button-down, khaki tailored shorts with a brown belt and strappy heels.

This gray cardigan could lend itself to several other outfits. The Fashionista could swap out her top and shorts and replace it with a floral dress instead. Also, she could try pairing it with a maxi skirt and a simple tank top. A pair of skinny jeans, a plain T-shirt and a slouchy knit hat would also fit nicely with the cardigan. However, heels similar in height to the ones worn in the picture should be worn in all of these outfits.

Hint: What is flattering on one person can look quite terrible on another. While you may want to take inspiration from someone else’s past outfit successes, be sure to always keep your own body and shape in mind when styling a look for the best outcome.

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TREND: Playing With Proportions

The spirit of Fashion Week was alive and well on the campus of Indiana University this week. And, in true Fashionista form, this student arrived on campus in style. It’s not every day that I get to witness a figure riding a bicycle in heels, so, I jumped at the opportunity to capture her photo. It’s my opinion that heels make everything better, bike riding included. If you look closely, you’ll notice that these heels are a spin on the classic oxford—just one more way to get your oxford fix this season.

Another stand-out feature of this Fashionista’s ensemble is her use of proportions. Notice the bracelet sleeves of her cardigan and the hint of ankle peeking above her heels. This is a great way to transition into your fall wardrobe without covering up completely. Additionally, cuffing your jeans is not only practical for riding a bike, but it’s a great way to show a little skin. This look works best with skinny jeans and the hem of the pant should hit right above the ankle—any higher and they will look like capris, and nobody wants that.

One last thing: I love the color palette here—white, grey, black, and a pop of a primary color. Love it.

Hint: Bracelet sleeves are the perfect opportunity to show off a great watch or a set of bracelets. I like these evil eye bracelets by Jennifer Miller.
 

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