How did you find your style formula?
That is a question I get often so I will try to share that formula with you here today.
Knowing your body proportions and details are key in deciding what looks best on you. My shoulders are wider than my hips and my lower legs are short and wide in proportion to my thighs. I have a thick tummy and a roundish face. That's what I have to work with so I dress to emphasize what I like and downplay my least favorite parts.
The open jacket over the scoop neckline of the slim-fitting tank allow my face to appear to be less round and the tank adds no bulky material which would add pounds visually.
The way I part my hair and the length of it as well as the angle of the cut make my face look less round. The French Kande necklace creates a flattering V and the size and scale of the necklace fills in the neckline with a jacket and draws the eye up to my face.
The strong shoulders and slimming waist details of this jacket from White House Black Market give the illusion that I have a slimmer waistline than I do. If it were a warmer day, I would have pushed up the sleeves to visually lose another five pounds. The slim fitting straight leg ankle jeans are from J.Jill. They create a sleek line and balance for my legs without pooling on the tops of my shoes.
The Steve Madden suede fringe sandals are high enough to almost balance my short calves with my thighs.
The top handle satchel bag is a good choice for me because it visually creates balance. If this were a shoulder bag resting at the middle of my body it would add width to an area I do not want to focus on. The gray Saks tank top and bag by Zac Posen and the sunglasses by Balmain are from Saks Off 5th.
The points above explain why these pieces work to balance my body visually. I love wearing this combination of a jacket, tank and slim fitting straight leg ankle jeans (not skinny). This look works well with my lifestyle. I can add accessories to these basic classic pieces that show my personality and finish off the look in many different ways.
I hope that my blog posts help you to find your own style formula that allows you to get dressed with confidence and ease each day.
Thank you for joining us on this journey through midlife and beyond. The second fifty years are truly the best!
All words, styling, and creative direction are my own.