Friends and acquaintances always say (or joke) that they wish I could shop for them or be their personal shopper. I would love to have that career – dress people for life and give solicited fashion advice. But, I don’t know how realistic that is; so, for now, you get this blog (and my Instagram).
Growing up, my mom would always tell me to not dress in trends, but to dress for my body. This was hard for me when I was younger, because “I wanted to wear what all the cool kids were wearing.” Fast forward to me as a 28-year-old corporate attorney, and I never, ever stray from that rule (except when I had to have those Jeffrey Campbell’s everyone was wearing).
I am 5’2(and a half)” and I generally wear anything from a size 0 to 4, XS to M (yes, brand sizing varies this much, and my weight fluctuates too). If I had to, I’d describe myself as bottom-heavy, so I can appear a bit stocky. We all want what we can’t have, so my goal every time I shop or dress myself, is to appear as slender and tall as possible. (This is my own personal preference. I truly believe all shapes and sizes of humans are what make each of us beautiful, but those details are for your frame of reference.)
Here are some of my top tips. No matter your body type, I really think these work all across the board.
- Black jeans: I’ve been rocking black skinny jeans (and black yoga pants) for as long as I can remember. We’ve heard it since we were little. Black is slimming, and because I feel heavier on bottom, I usually like to draw attention away from my thighs. If you’re not a black jean girl, try some dark wash, dark seam jeans, instead of your light wash blue jeans. If you’re top-heavy, try a black or dark top with a lighter skirt or pants. You will see a difference immediately.
- Distribute the weight: If you’re wearing a thick, chunky sweater, go for a sleek bottom. If you’re wearing a crop top, go for a baggy, textured skirt or girlfriend/boyfriend jeans. This always looks more chic, no matter what your style is.
- Accessorize, minus 1: I put my outfit together, choose my purse, then pick my jewelry. At the end, when I have all of it on, I almost always take one thing off. I tend to reach for matchy matchy accessories – the necklace that goes with the bracelet that goes with the belt. But it’s too much.
- Vary the fanciness: My personal style is very much girly with an edge, or grungy sprinkled with some corporate. So, my go-to outfits tend to be (a) skirt and a leather jacket, (b) slacks and a crop top/band tee, (c) black skinny jeans, heels, and a cutoff tee, or (d) black skinny jeans, vans, and a frilly blouse.
Hope that was helpful!