This week was not my best for dressing diaries. Both stores I visited had low lighting which causes grainy pictures. I wasn’t going to try a third store because I figured the law of averages were against me so I decided we could talk about proportion and what flatters our shape. I’ll go first;)
My first stop was J.Jill. They have their new fall collection which is filled with herringbone, plaid, tweed and lots of pretty scarves. A reader commented last week that she thought much of J.Jill’s new silhouette is beginning to resemble Eileen Fisher, and I tend to agree.
Much of this collection is boxy and long on top which would have been more flattering on me in petite. They showed a lot of pattern mixing in similar tones.
Crew necklines predoninated in pullovers and sweaters. Not my best look but flattering on women with narrower shoulders.
These pull-on pants are super comfortable and available in several colors and prints. This is them in petite.
Here are the cuffed pants in regular length which I prefer because it gives a longer leg line. This poncho is also in petite. The regular length was overwhelming on me plus I sized down for less bulk.
I am wearing the cropped pants in regular length which again, gives a longer leg line on a petite woman. The scarves in this collection are nothing short of gorgeous.
This Ruana is very lightweight and would be a great piece to span the seasons.
After I saw how grainy these photos were I decided to give it another try and went to Loft. They had fewer plaids, more pattern, and slimmer fitted clothes.
With my broad shoulders and straight silhouette, loose clothes often make me appear larger than I am. The upside is they’re handy to hide lumps and bumps on my thickening midsection. My thin legs frequently save me from looking larger in bulky tops but not always so it’s a delicate balancing act.
These button cuff skinny jeans are curvy fit so have extra fabric in the seat on me and not my best fit. I paired them with this sleeveless pink top which is a woven fabric in front and a knit in back. I like how this pink coordinates with the Merlot color of this buttonless cardigan. I am wearing a regular length sweater but think it would be more flattering on me in the petite version.
Same jeans as above with this polka dot blouse which is a bit too sweet for my taste.
The low crew neckline would be more flattering on a woman with narrower shoulders plus the vertical line at the yoke emphasizes the width of my shoulders. I did a half tuck in front to give me some needed waist definition.
Same jeans and blouse as above, topped with this Striped knit Moto Jacket. I like the close fit and asymmetrical front zip that looks good open or closed. It would be cute over a tee shirt dress, dressier pants or the pencil skirt below.
Style Tip- Skirts look most flattering when they end at a place where your leg narrows.
I couldn’t resist this Leafed Striped Sweater which screams Autumn! I put it over this Pocket Shift Skirt in regular length. Although it is meant to be above the knee length, I no longer wear my skirts that short so the regular is better for me. I would not wear it bare legged but over opaque tights with booties or riding boots. I topped these with this classic Denim Jacket which is a size too large for me but has a fitted silhouette which keeps it from looking too boxy.
For now, J.Jill designs are less flattering on me than ones from Loft. It’s important to remember that brands can and do change direction so it’s wise to keep an eye on their proportion and judge each collection against your body.
What brands are fitting you this season?
Thanks for reading ladies and have a great day!
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