It’s barbecue season all year for me. I keep it under a market umbrella and cook on it all year. Everything just tastes better and cleanup is a breeze. My Style Recipe™ always includes elegant. So for a barbecue I’m looking for casual elegance combined with comfort. Here’s how I do it.
Style has the power to transform your confidence. Working from the outside in, women can boost their confidence by hitting their Style Sweet Spot. Pam Lutrell and I began this new series, Hit Your Style Sweet Spot, to help and inspire those women who are struggling with their appearance. Each week we choose a scenario from our daily lives to show why, what and how we dress to reach our style sweet spot. Your style sweet spot is when you feel confident about your appearance and know you are sending the message you want people to see.
This week Pam and I are sharing how we dress for a casual barbecue.
I started with comfort. A backyard BBQ means I’ll be standing a lot, so this means flat shoes.
I chose pants with stretch. These Traveler Crop Pants from Artful Home are fabulously comfortable. They’re made with 29% lycra so never bag and they fit like a dream. The pale pinstripe dresses them up without being formal.
I chose my Stella Carakasi Modernist tank to contrast my sweater’s hem. The sweater is hand-made and not meant to be asymmetrical. It just ended up that way 🙂 My knitting has a life of its own but I love the process.
Then I looked at my outfit critically. You do that don’t you?
I looked unbalanced and shorter than usual…never my goal. But I really wanted to wear these pants so I switched my top.
I decided a shorter top would be more flattering with the cropped pants.
The shorter top makes my legs look longer. I wore a simple white shirt from Target, tied at my waist…worn open over a simple tank. The long top is pretty but out of proportion with cropped pants…on my 5’4″ height. If I were 5’10”, the combo would look great! At my height I need to wear this top with full length pants like I did here.
Then I reconsidered my sandals.
I decided they were shortening the look of my legs. The flip-flop on the right covers less of my foot, angles forward and makes my leg appear longer.
Style Tip- A sandal or shoe that ends higher on your arch makes your feet look larger and your legs look shorter.
In the end, this is what I wore. I opted for these sandals because they were dressier. I sacrificed a bit of proportion and leg length for comfort. Always a good trade off with my feet.
I feel elegantly casual, without being under dressed. This is my Style Sweet Spot!
Now lets pop over and see how Pam hits her Style Sweet Spot..
Disclaimer: Artful Home supplied the pants but the opinions are all my own, I love them!
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