Advice in Style: Wearing What Doesn’t Look Good on You

I will admit something you probably already know.  I don’t always care whether something looks amazing on me or not.  I mean, if something looks really bad on me, I won’t wear it.  But let’s just say…if something isn’t like…the BEST on me but I love it, I’ll just go ahead and wear it anyway.  And you know how it goes, sometimes styles you love don’t always suit your shape unfortunately.  Let’s talk about this phenomenon.

My body shape is such that I don’t have, like, a ton of SHAPE.  I’ve never in my life had a defined waist.  I’ve always been more of a straight up and down body type with not a huge differentiation from my bust to my waist to my hips.  I’ve got more “curves” I guess you could say since having babies, but still, my waist is not something that I like to emphasize a lot.  I’d rather wear a short skirt than a midriff bearing top.  One of the styles that I have ALWAYS loved, is the micro pleated skirt.  Over the years I have bought them, realized they looked bad on me, gotten rid of them, then bought them all over again…repeating this endless cycle of hoping one day, I would put on a micro pleated skirt and look exactly like Heidi Klum would look wearing one.  Dang you Heidi.

Most of the time, there are solutions for these “problems”.  Sometimes, you gotta cut and run with a style, but occasionally, if you want it badly enough, you can make it happen.  Now, I can’t solve or offer advice for every single body issue out there unless it is specifically asked of me…but those of you who struggle with “finding their waist”…this is for you!

Problem Solving For The Waistless Masses (me)

-For two piece outfits, make sure the top is loose fitting.  Tight tops will only emphasize the fact that you don’t have a defined waist.  Then, instead of tucking in the top all the way around (not flattering on me), only tuck in the front and let the back hang out.  This give the illusion of a thinner waist, while still giving you the tucked in look you’re going for!  Ta Da!
-If you are going with a more fitted look, get a corseted style top or something with vertical lines that again, give the illusion of a waist.  Pair this top with a full skirt or looser pants OR make sure the dress you are buying has a full skirt.
-If you want to wear a shift dress and you just look like you could possibly be pregnant (I frickin hate that because I LOVE shift dresses), make sure you buy the dress large enough that it doesn’t hang on anything.  The right fabric is key here, and usually a non-t shirt fabric is the way to go.  Something more silk/polyester or maybe a denim that’s a slightly (or majorly) stiffer fabric will help give you that shift dress shape without proving that you have a non flat abdomen.  Because as you know, women are NOT SUPPOSED to have an abdomen UNLESS they are pregnant.  I have learned this from watching every Victoria’s Secret model in the history of mankind go from nine months pregnant to completely washboard abs in two days post partum.  And they only breastfed you guys, that’s all!!  (insert MAJOR eye roll here).
-Belts.  For those of you with no waist, that one word evokes a strong reaction.  You are either sweating, swearing, or screaming “I CAN’T WEAR THEM!!” right now.  Yep, I feel that.  And I love belts you guys!!  The absolute best belts I have ever found, are ones that are either stretchy or adjustable.  That way, I can put one on and maneuver it around until it actually looks right on me.  Yes, you can wear a belt.  But it is definitely more tricky.  So find a couple of adjustable (by adjustable, I mean like d-ring, stretchy, or tie-on) belts, and play around.  It’s always better to wear something with a little extra fabric in it because that way, the fuller dress will give the illusion of a smaller waist.
-One last tip.  Play with color blocking.  Often a dark color paired with the thing you don’t love on you (if it’s a two piece outfit) can help.  For example, see the photos below!

You guys, I couldn’t resist the allure of the metallic micro pleats this year.  I know, they’re not the most flattering on my body type.  But I love them so much, I’m gonna deal.  Here is my answer to all the bad things micro pleats do to my shape (add bulk at my hips, remind the world I am not Heidi Klum…).  I have something bulky, a sweater, on top, and this helps with the fact that this style is not flattering on my hips.  I tried on a neutral colored sweater first with this skirt and quickly realized that all it did was make me look sort of wide.  Swap it for the black, and the result was WAY better.  Wham, bam, thank you for the micro pleats, ma’am!

If you have a waist, ignore this and do all the fun things that I cannot do with clothing please!  And if you don’t have a waist, don’t cry over belts that don’t work.  You can do it!  If I can, you can!

Katy

Advice In Style: How To Dress Like A Cult Leader

At some point in my fashion journey, I have had a revelation.  I have seen the light.  And it has beckoned me towards it.  Yes, my style is often an epic mashup of lots of things, but amongst those style elements, one of them has emerged frequently.  I like to dress like a cult leader at times.  I know, I know.  I am as horrified as you are.  How can this be?  I seem so mild mannered and sweet…(well now I’m just straight up lying through my teeth, how very cult leader of me!)  But yes, I have realized this, and I wanted to do the right thing and share it with all of you.

After having this, um, spiritual-like enlightenment, I had another epiphany.  Lots of cult leader style is in high fashion.  Often.

Let’s stop for a moment.  Doesn’t high fashion sometimes just…make you LAUGH???  I mean, if I was wearing all that couture, I would NOT be wailing and acting like someone just died.  I’d be doing a happy dance with a permanent smile affixed to my face.  (How very, un-cult leader-y of me).  But this is it.  High fashion meets cult leader.  And I have signed up.  I’m drinking the Kool-Ade.

If you’re kind of confused about what on earth I mean by “cult leader style”, let me break it down for you.  It’s pretty simple.
1. Sleeves.  Cult leaders need long bell sleeves because they do a lot of hand and arm gesturing.  The flowy sleeves really help drive their point home.  I don’t think I’m very convincing at all in short sleeves.
2. Dress Shape.  You don’t see a lot of waistbands or belts on cult leaders.  I’m not sure why…but you have to wear tunic shaped dresses, no matter male or female.  No pants, no belts, just a long piece of fabric.  Keep it simple.  That way, you can focus on more important things, like naming new planets and coming up with a theme song.  (Cult leaders have those right?)
3. Demeanor.  You must always appear calm and put together.  Aw crap.  Guess I can’t be a cult leader after all guys.  Or I guess, as in the photo above, you can wail at random like a crazy person.  But I don’t recommend that in a normal setting like in, say, a coffee shop with other humans present.  Also, patting people’s heads and saying “my child” a lot is a bonus.  This will definitely give you that extra authority…mixed with those long sleeves…that you need to gain followers.

Here’s my look that definitely says: “come follow me, my child” (see how I did that?) and I know you want to go and do the same.  Okay.  Gotta go finish up my theme song now…
Katy

DIY Styling: Gucci Style Part Two

Aaaaaand we are back!  How many parts of this DIY styling will be Gucci, you may ask?  How many stars in the sky are there…how many grains of sand…just kidding.  This installment of DIY Styling is fairly simple one.  Remember, most of these aren’t as much “do it yourself” as they are “wear it yourself”…this is DIY styling first and foremost!  Because there’s nothing I love more than styling!

One of the greatest things about the Gucci line right now is that it’s incredibly eclectic.  There’s a glorious “mash up” of styles happening that makes this an incredibly fun style to recreate.  Also, pretty easy…because mixing things to create a style is much easier than needing one exact piece to make it happen!

I absolutely love this look in the September issue of Vogue.  I love the baroque mod mash up…because what a strange and unusual combo!  Baroque conjures up images of lots and lots of excessive ruffles, lace, jewels, velvet, and fur.  And then mod makes me think of simple shapes like sheath dresses and clean lines.  But put em both together?  Why not?!

See what I mean?  It’s such a strange and interesting combo that it just might work!

Here’s how you can recreate this look.  You can really do this your own way…all you really need is a mod style dress.  Think a 1960’s style dress (it doesn’t have to be striped or chevron, any 60’s simple sheath will do!) and then add some baroque styling elements.  Baroque is an easy style to add accessories in.  Think large blingy gold statement jewelry, fur scarves, collar necklaces, and the like.  Those are usually an easy find from almost anywhere you go.  Then marry the two (ceremony not necessary) and bam.  Instant “Gucci Style”.

For this look I used a vintage 60’s dress (I stuck with the color theme of the photo for visual simplicity) and I added a vintage fur collar to the dress.  These are often found in the costume section of the thrift stores or sold at vintage shops.  Even Free People sells them!  Then I added this antiqued gold collar necklace (these pearls would do nicely too!) to give that baroque bling.  I have no idea what her footwear is in this image, but hey, that means we get more room for creativity with this look right?  I chose loafers, because, well, nothing says “Gucci” like a great pair of vintage loafers!

Hope this inspires you to go do a little baroque mod mash up of your own!  If you do, please tag me on Instagram so I can see!
Katy

 

Real World Style: Military Shirts

Isn’t it funny how while some things in fashion come and go, certain things never seem to really ever go out of style?  I mean, I’m pretty sure that leopard print, while it is inordinately hot at the moment, never really goes “out” of style.  And how about florals and plaids?  There’s another example.  Those prints may have their big moments on the runway or in magazines, but they never really go away.  Military tops and jackets are some of those items that I find seem to always, ALWAYS, be around.  I think the way people wear them varies from season to season, but let’s be quite honest…I don’t think I’ve ever seen a fashion report that said they were a no-no.  Not that I ever really listen to those reports anyway…because if I love it, it’s “in style” in my closet and in my life!  End of story!

I always feel a little, how do I say this…poser-y wearing military stuff because, I am a wuss.  I complain when I get like, less than nine hours of sleep and when my coffee is not the exact brand I love, so being a part of something as intense as the military is just not the right fit for me.  Clearly.  So my rules for military inspired wear for myself is that it must look “fake” enough so that no one thanks me for my service or thinks I just went on a shopping spree at the army surplus store.  The other trick to pulling off this trend is also to mix it with other styles.  When you put an army jacket with, say, a floral maxi dress or boyfriend jeans and a graphic tee, no one will think you just got off active duty.  Although, once I did get asked if I was a den mother…but being asked if I’m part of the Girl Scouts, while still quite laughable given my feelings about nature, is a different story altogether!

The bottom line is this: military tops and jackets can add a lot of structure and interest to a normal outfit!  They give girly dresses an edge, and frame a tee shirt and jeans quite nicely.  Just remember, if someone salutes you as you walk by, you may need to rethink your combo.

This top is vintage, and when I found it on Poshmark, I knew I had to have it.  It looks to me like a military commander’s shirt (if you’re gonna wear military, may as well wear something that says you’re in charge right?) and I couldn’t pass it up.  And of course, I had to send it to my friend Arwyn (@township31) who at some point, will probably have fringed, embroidered, and painted on my entire closet.  Let’s just get real here.  She added the gold dipped (her genius idea) leather fringe on the front, thereby taking it from strict military into the blurry realm of…cowboy military?  Not sure there’s a category for that, but I’ll just go ahead and start one.  I will definitely wear this as a regular button down with my jeans, but for starters I wanted to play with it a little more.  I threw it over a green slip dress to kind of pay homage to the army green part of the military trend and then put the short combat boots with it to tie it all together.  It’s a little 90’s, a little 80’s, and a little crazy…just how I like it.

If you love military style, I salute you.  And if you’re part of the ACTUAL military, I really really salute you.  Because the store has been out of my favorite coffee for a month now and I am NOT a happy camper.

Happy Monday!
Katy