WIW 10.21.13 - Navy & Purple

Figure flattery has become a bigger priority for me lately. I appreciate having a healthy, somewhat fit body, but my figure is not an uncomplicated clothes hanger.

I'm generally a pear with a bit of hourglass thrown in. Unfortunately recommendations for those figure types don't always work because I'm short-waisted and have a high hip. Belts and tucking tend to emphasize my short upper torso. Fit and flare outfits can be nice...or they can be a disaster depending upon where the flare starts.

Today, I'm experimenting with a longer top that doesn't emphasize the waist. Wearing a skirt shortens the appearance of my legs a little bit.

The wide angle lens on my camera makes me look even shorter, lol :) It's like a funhouse mirror!

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  • Neel replied 7 years ago

    I don't think you look short at all!  And lovely combo of unexpected colors!

    ETA - I am short waisted too.  And low rise pants seem to be the solution for tucking in!

  • Suz replied 7 years ago

    You are so lucky that you can afford leg-shortening and still have long looking gams! (She said, with jealousy eating away at her stubby-legged heart.) Fun colour combo, Amy. I think of that playfulness with colour as one of your signatures. 

  • Beth Ann replied 7 years ago

    So glad you're posting again!  You give me such a fresh eye on color combinations, and this is a great example. 

    Love this look, and even a fun house mirror can't make your legs looks short!

  • Parsley replied 7 years ago

    I think the proportions of this outfit work well on you. Your legs still look plenty long! Fun colors, too!

  • El Cee replied 7 years ago

    Nice color combo! Looks lovely with your complexion and hair color. I think that the proportions are very flattering and I rather like the longer topper and jacket over the short skirt (esp. with the boots).

  • Amy replied 7 years ago

    Thank you, ladies! I do like this color combination. :)

  • pil replied 7 years ago

    What nice colors and the proportions are really pleasing. (I still think your belt and tucking from the other day looked really good)

  • replied 7 years ago

    "My figure is not an uncomplicated clothes hanger" = my new motto!

  • annagybe replied 7 years ago

    Ok, so I visited this and went hmmm. So I left for a bit, came back and still hmmm.
    I think it'd work better if the hose were darker and with black boots. So your whole lower half would be low contrast.

  • Amy replied 7 years ago

    I can try that too, Anna. I was trying to bookend my boots with my hair :) Thanks!

  • annagybe replied 7 years ago

    Ah ok. How about just making the hose darker then. Even a dark plum would work to keep it colorful.
    This is from someone with a huge collection of black footwear so bookending my hair rarely happens.

  • Amy replied 7 years ago

    I think that's a great idea!

  • replied 7 years ago

    I love that burgundy sweater! I like Anna's suggestion with the hose too.

  • Transcona Shannon replied 7 years ago

    Great color combo and I think you nailed the proportions. I have a high waist too and really have to watch that my waist doesn't look like it's right under my armpits!

  • Amy replied 7 years ago

    Shannon, I have never noticed that about your figure. Your fab style is an inspiration to me.

  • Nicole D replied 7 years ago

    I love the colours!  You look lovely.  And nice necklace.  Is that a quilting mat on your floor?

  • Day Vies replied 7 years ago

    Love the tertiary colors you're wearing here (I see purple & green -- the navy looks black on my screen). I hear what you're saying and share your high waist frustrations (shaking fist in the air) I think you would benefit from more structured toppers because they will do all the work for you. I can't give you a specific reason other than the short waist we share but if figure flattery is what you're going for try cropped jackets with a defined waist and I think you'll be pleased. 

  • Caro in Oz replied 7 years ago

    Love these colours & I like Anna's suggestions too. I also agree with DV that in my experience a structured topper is the best cure for a short waist.

  • Joy replied 7 years ago

    I don't have any suggestions as I like this outfit very much. Those boots are gorgeous!

  • shevia replied 7 years ago

    The colors are very pretty on you, and I don't see any problem with the proportions although I do like Anna's idea for dark boots.

  • Amy replied 7 years ago

    Nicole- yes, this is my sewing room :)

    Day Vies, thank you for the suggestions. I have some cropped jackets, but they are boxy, so not flattering. I'll have to keep an eye out for something like that.

    Thanks caro & joy!

  • sarah replied 7 years ago

    I like Anna's idea, too. What an awesome sewing room! Sorry to be distracted by that...I like the colors of your outfit and the proportions up top (above the boots).

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