Archive for August 17, 2012

OOTD August 17, 2012

It’s Friday, and the first day of student move-in weekend, so Jeans were the order of the day.

This outfit is simple, light-weight and comfortable.  It consists of:

Black jeans from Avenue Jeans from their old Denim Lite collection.  Boot cut.  (Skinny jeans are next on my “Trends that should end” hitlist.)

Red print top is from last fall, Lane Bryant.  One thing to note is that there is a seem around the bottom that USED to contain a band of elastic.  I removed it in order to fix the shape.  If you’re not sure what I mean, check out this post.

The necklace was made by an artist friend of mine.  You can see it more clearly in this picture:

The stone is actually a fossil, which is then wire-wrapped.  You’ll see a lot of her jewelry over time, since one of the advantages of having an artisan friend is that you end up with a lot of their art!

 

Have a nice weekend!

 

 

Trends that should End – Bottom-banded tops

(This is the start of a series on Trends that are taking over plus fashion, especially those that are generally unattractive or unflattering.  I know that there are people who will LOVE each of these trends, and on whom they will look terrific.  But they will end up in this column when there are few other options or the trend is nearly impossible to avoid.)

One of the trends for the past few seasons has been tops that have a band around the bottom, usually that hits at the hip and brings the top in tight.  This needs to end.  The look doesn’t flatter most women’s figures, and more often detracts from her great curves.  Here’s an example.
MICHAEL Michael Kors Plus - Plus Size Mission Tie Dye Crinkle Peasant Top (Vine) - ApparelThis Michael Kors top from Zappos is quite lovely, but take a close look at what it is doing for the model’s figure.  She has lost her waist, has almost no chest (despite the site saying she is a 38D and looks kind of like a blob.  In contrast, here she is in a top without the bottom band puffing out her shirt:

MICHAEL Michael Kors Plus - Plus Size Abstract Camo Cap Sleeve Top (Rich Olive) - ApparelNow she has a waist, smaller hips and more curves.  The overall result is more flattering.

This difference is made worse on those of us who don’t have model figures and stylists to make sure everything is laying correctly.

For those of us with a pear shape, the band hits at our widest part and the blouse-y middle covers up our best features.  For those who are apples, this type of shirt can allow some breathing room around the middle but can also make you look even rounder.

I have tried these types of tops on, and the only ones that made it out of the store had an actual elastic band at the bottom that I could remove.  Otherwise they have NEVER looked attractive.  Designers should move on from this trend sooner rather than later.