If you like pinstripes even a little bit, take note that Banana Republic has some good ones right now. My favorite is this short vest (I had it slimmed just a tad for more shape), but I also love this blazer and pair of slim pants. If you like dresses, there’s one of those too. Oh, and a midi skirt. May this embarrassment of riches never end!
The scientist in me likes rules. I like standard operating procedures and repeating patterns. Experimentation might be fun, but its end goal is to find a working repeatable solution to a problem. When it comes to fashion, I’m no different. I enjoy discovering fashion formulas, and I’ve studied “the rules” like research papers.
For instance, being petite, I know I should avoid baggy clothing, cutting my leg-line, and keep proportions balanced for my height. I also know this outfit does not follow the rules.
The boyfriend jeans swallow my figure and the rolled cuff cuts my leg-line, making my legs look short. The blouse is oversized and long for my proportions, and especially when left untucked, drags me down visually. I know all this, and yet I broke the rules willingly.
The thing is, if you know the rules going in, then you can break them in a smart way. Same thing with proper fit. I like to explore how an item should fit, so that I can make the educated decision to go with it, or against it. I know these jeans are going to make my legs look stumpy, so I’ll roll the hem a little higher to show presence and pair them with low profile high heels. I know wearing an untucked blouse shortens me visually, so I’ll make sure it’s in a soft drapey texture, and I’ll push the sleeves up to my elbows. Two oversized, shortening clothing items paired together in one outfit? Throw on a structured, cropped, top layer to help wrangle the proportions. It’s not the most flattering look I’ve ever put together, but it’s one of my current favorites and I felt great wearing it.
The key to fashion rules is not to follow them, but to have command of them. It’s the difference between dressing for a purpose and dressing with a purpose. And when you dress with purpose, you can stay true to yourself and wear what you love and makes you happy. =)
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Vest Banana Republic
Shirt Equipment thanks to Shopbop (Fit Review) (also here & here)
Shoes Manolo Blahnik (similar here & here)
Handbag Sophie Hulme (this season’s collection)
Pin/Brooch Kathleen Whitaker (on sale!)
Watch Daniel Wellington (on sale!)
Jewelry Downtown LA & vintage
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Vest has been slimmed