Happy Tuesday, ladies. Outfits usually look most cohesive when the weight of the fabric in the separates is close or similar. Today’s post illustrates what happens when you get it wrong. I saw this mannequin last week and instantly felt the struggle.
We are between seasons plus many stores are having delivery delays. The upshot is the selections are limited at many retailers. The staff didn’t have too many options to style this mannequin so I challenged myself to do better.
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The top and bottom have a totally different vibe. The skirt is body-conscious with a modern, urban edge in fine-weight knit. The blouse is a loose-fitting, woven fabric with a sheer overlay and ruffled neckline. They show it online styled with a denim jacket which looks great, but it was not in the store.
I searched high and low for a jacket or structured top to put with this skirt. There was nothing in the store (and trust me I checked every rack) so I went with all they had, a few black pullovers.
This midi skirt is 30″ long. Since I’m just 5’4″ I decided to roll the waistband to make it a more flattering length. I shared some tips on skirt length here How To Wear A Midi Skirt.
The outfit on the left is boxy and drab. The wide crewneck widens the look of my shoulders slightly which isn’t flattering with a slim pencil shirt. The top and skirt create a 50/50 visual split and make my legs look shorter.
Style Tip – The golden mean or rule of thirds originated with the ancient Greeks who discovered that a 1/3 – 2/3 division of spaces is the most visually pleasing. This is often called the rule of thirds and applies to fashion because the visual lines of fashion divide our bodies. It is most flattering to dress using the golden mean.
The top in the middle outfit is too heavy and overwhelms the skirt. I rolled the waistband twice here which feels too short. It also creates a 50/50 visual split which is less than optimal in an outfit.
I prefer the look on the right for several reasons. I rolled the waistband just once and prefer this length with the top plus it’s more flattering on my leg. The weight and bulk of the top are a better match for the skirt and continue the body-conscious theme. The mock neck adds simplicity and sleekness to the outfit. I would not wear a necklace with this outfit because it would break up the line of the torso. The ratio is better than 50/50 but would be improved even with a slightly shorter top.
It’s not as easy to combine a woven with a knit but paying attention to the weight of the fabric is a big help.
Do you mix weights and knits with woven?
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Thanks for reading ladies and remember to wear what makes you feel confident.