DON’T SCROLL just yet! If you’ve been following along for any amount of time, you know how I like to have fun when making a style point, so I hope you’ll play along today!
Ok, now scroll and decide which picture/outfit you like more- pic 1 or pic 2?
Outfit Links: Top- Emerson Fry (no longer available) Here for similar, Skirt- Here for similar, Sandals- K. Jacques similar, Bag- Etsy for similar
Which one did you choose?
Just in case you are having a hard time discerning the difference, I’ll put them side by side….
Although I don’t mind pic 1 (it’s cute), my eye gravitates to pic 2, and I know just the reason! In pic 2, do you see how there’s a break in the middle of the outfit that allows for the top part of my body to be broken up from the bottom half of my body? That’s why my eye gravitates to pic 2! You can also see in pic 1 that there’s no definition between my shoulders and the bottom of my skirt. It just looks like a rectangle. Whereas with pic 2, there’s a break, which makes the outfit more flattering. It’s all about proportions and composition, which is exactly why this reminds me of all the lessons I learned in figure drawing class!
But maybe you’re not a huge fan of tucking your shirt in…
Here are a few other ways to break up your top half from your bottom half:
From left to right: wear a top that has a built in waistline, wear a crop top over a long shirt, wear a peplum top, belt it, wear a shirt that is flowy but hits at the waist, wear high waisted jeans with a cropped top.
And if this is not your thing all together, no worries! There’s lots of ways to achieve great composition and proportion, so stay posted! Literally. (or Subscribe)
Ona Rae L says
For me, Pic 1. At my age, approaching senior years, I try to not bring attention to the waist area.
Carly Lee says
I understand. There’s lots of different ways to achieve great proportion and composition, so stay tuned. In the meantime, check out Grace Ghanem! I think you’ll find her style at her age inspiring.