The Anatomy of an Outfit- Which Body Shape Does This Flatter?

It’s no secret that women love to discuss fashion and I love that our would you wear it posts allow us to dissect an outfit without hurting another woman’s feelings. I enjoy reading your styling ideas and know I’m not alone. They help other women visualize options and inspire us to try new things.

Yesterday’s mannequin garnered some interesting comments. I keep my ideas to myself on Saturday because I want to hear what you think. Today I’m sharing my thoughts and if I would wear it.Victoria Beard denim and tweed jacket from Nordstrom on A Well Styled Life

Here’s what I see:


The length of the jacket is one third the length of the jeans which follows 1/3 – 2/3 Golden Ratio and makes the outfit visually pleasing. Do you know the rule of thirds? I have a post coming soon which explains how to apply it to make your outfits pop. The cropped jacket makes the legs look longer and the mannequin look taller…although I’m pretty sure that worry never entered her head:)

The nipped-in waist causes the jacket to flare which creates an hourglass shape. This jacket would give the illusion of curves on a straight figure. The flap pockets draw attention to the hip so it may be less than flattering on a pear shape.

Cropped Blazers


The jacket isn’t hanging straight on the mannequin which makes the top buttons appear uneven. Since the jacket is close to $700, I assume they’re sewed on symmetrically;)

The lapels point outwards which makes the shoulders appear wider.

The jacket buttons are at an unfortunate place for a large busted woman. Double-breasted garments are often a challenge for the well-endowed because the double layer of fabric adds bulk and the buttons are at nipple height.

The button fly of the jeans seems like a misfire because there are so many buttons on the jacket. The outfit would be improved with a front zip jean or pant.

The pointed boot elongates the leg.

Flare Jeans

Would I wear this look?

Absolutely! With some modifications.

  • Because I’m short, I’d switch to a darker denim flare without the fabric insert, been there done that and not revisiting this trend;)
  • My shoulders are wide and I don’t like to wear things that make them look even wider so I’d choose this tweed jacket which has softer lapels.
  • I love the pointed toe to make my legs look longer and my feet demand comfort so I would choose a comfort boot like this.

Did you notice these things about this outfit?

Thanks for reading ladies and remember to wear what makes you feel confident.


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  1. Anon
    January 23, 2020 / 11:50 am

    This outfit is perfect for a tallish pear like me. The pockets are fine because they’re high enough — at the waist. The flare pants balance the hips. This is similar to how I dress, but Iike monochrome for the illusion of even more height. It works.

  2. Penny L. Luckenbaugh
    January 20, 2020 / 3:42 pm

    I love the colors, and the fabric in the jacket-but- you nailed it about double breasted jackets not flattering a large bust. A simple blazer or even Chanel style would be more appealing to me. I do not like the jeans, with the inserts, at all. I think only a very tall, very slim person could wear them well, and she would have to wear them with high heels to look right. Most of the women I know feel our stiletto heel days are past( a broken ankle waiting to happen).
    Thank you for the explanation of why styles do or don’t work.

  3. Donna
    January 20, 2020 / 2:34 pm

    I would never have worn this outfit, but after you tweeted it, I have to say yes. I loved the dark jeans and tweed jacket and the boots. Thank you for showing us what to look for. I’m just loving this blog.

  4. NanaK
    January 19, 2020 / 6:26 pm

    If you can address these complexities of proportion … my situation is heavy thighs and legs, narrower shoulders in proportion — kind of a pear shape, but skirts and leggings are not for me. I can’t seem to come up with the right balance of length of top to bottom — long enough to cover bulges, but not tunic length. Shopping is NOT my favorite activity, but I do enjoy the way you look at putting clothes together.

  5. Lorrie
    January 19, 2020 / 5:25 pm

    This is a great follow-up post to the Would You Wear This? post. I never thought about the pointed lapels adding width to shoulders/upper chest. I do like the nipped in waist, and shape of the jacket.

  6. Lori
    January 19, 2020 / 2:51 pm

    I love your analysis. I said no yesterday, but would absolutely wear it with the tweaks that you made. What a difference a few minor changes make!

  7. Elaine @ Following Augustine
    January 19, 2020 / 12:49 pm

    Your attention to detail is very helpful! I noticed some of the things you mentioned, but I definitely need to work on developing a more discerning eye. I love the tweed jacket that you chose over the one on the mannequin, especially the crossover back.

  8. Eileen Ternullo
    January 19, 2020 / 12:40 pm

    Great break down, I will learn so much , the details can seem overwhelming, this helps alot.

  9. beth byrd
    January 19, 2020 / 12:21 pm

    This is such a great post and I do hope you continue to do these follow-ups to the ‘would you wear it’ posts.

    I’m surprised that the stylist didn’t make sure the buttons were straight for a jacket at this price-point. However, I’m sure it’s possible that a customer touched the jacket and moved it. But I’m glad you pointed this out.

    Your tips on how to tailor this look are very helpful! Many thanks.

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