Sunday, 30 March 2014

Silhouettes

Fashion offers a variety of silhouettes and often we can associate a particular silhouette with a certain decade or era.  More than at any time in the previous decades of my life,  I notice a great deal of variety in what is offered in hemlines and trouser shapes for women.  I am newly fascinated with the perspective of the top heavy or bottom heavy silhouette, and what can convey and I really enjoyed  this article which I found when Sally McGraw of Already Pretty added it to her Lovely Links post for this past Friday.

Do you have a preference for a top heavy or a bottom heavy silhouette?  Do you prefer top and bottom to be equal?  According to fashion illustrator Danielle Medor, the top heavy silhouette includes shoulder pads, structured jackets, big hair and large hats.  The bottom heavy includes voluminous skirts, bell bottomed jeans and platform shoes.  Although I experimented with the top heavy look in the eighties, (did I have much choice?) I think I tend to prefer the bottom heavy look although I won't be wearing any crinolines anytime soon.  I like to feel grounded and I am not particularly interested in looking like a leader or in standing out; I want to go my own way and be left to my own devices.  That's what makes me feel strong.

A case can be made for various silhouettes being either restrictive or empowering but  different individuals interpret those in different ways.  What makes me feel empowered might make you feel restricted and vice versa.  I can never feel comfortable in a blazer no matter how much it might flatter me or make me look like I'm in charge.  The closest I seem to get to the top heavy silhouette is my favourite casual look, the bulky sweater with a skirt and tights.  I balance it out a bit if I wear boots or a skirt with some pattern or ruffles. 

 The outfit below consists of skirt, sweater and boots all thrifted, the tights are a trial run of Target's Merona brand and the belt is also Target.  The necklace is made from sea glass and was bought at a market in Halifax ten years ago.  I am linking up to The Citizen Rosebud Second Hand First Link Up Project

Not only am I showing off my smashing thrift shop outfit, in which I am trying out a low slung belt for the first time and am not sure of it, I am modelling some new poses for you today.

This one is called The Half Angelina, named for her controversial Oscar's pose some years back. ( I look a bit cross-eyed here.  Not sure why )

And this one is called Red Carpet Ingenue. 




17 comments:

  1. LOL ... love your poses. Your low slung belt is definitely working for you. Those boots are fabulous ... love them ... I'm such a sucker for boots.
    xx

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  2. Thanks for the feedback about the belt. Sometimes you just can't quite tell on your own if it works or not. Pictures are more helpful than mirrors but feedback from a real live person is even better! I love boots too. Crazy about them. I was so excited to find these ones as they had never been worn or at least if they had it was maybe once or twice inside only.

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  3. I don't really pay much attention to silhouette as I find it all a bit restricting. If it feels good I wear it! You look fab! x

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    1. Thank you dahlink! You have a well balanced figure so perhaps you don't have a draw to any particular silhouette if you aren't waking up every morning and thinking oh I must tone down my butt or my boobs.
      xo

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  4. Whoa, this outfit rocks! *_* Love the cool laid back sweater, combined with the belt and boho skirt ^_^
    I think I might be into more boxy fits, perhaps heavy on the lower part of the body and light on the top. Sometimes I try wearing slouchy fits on top and bottom, but it rarely turns out any good :D

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    1. Oh thank you. I like it when I rock. Or at least when my clothes do. I fear my body is already boxy so I shun the boxy silhouette. Boobs are damned annoying actually. They just make your clothes stick out and look bulky. I love the look of slouchy but I don't think it works on me. I think it works best on tall and slender. I've got the tall part but not the slender. You've got the slender but not the tall.

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  5. yes!!!! you look fab! the kind and position of the belt are perfect for your "proportions"!
    and the colors let your eyes and hair pop - you know this already i guess :-)
    love you posing experiments. and your smile!
    myself - i´m top heavy already, not only ample bosom, but broad shoulders and back too, combined with slim hips. without boobs (and waist training) i would look like a man ;-)
    to balance it out i like me a bottom heavy styling. ether with volume or color or texture. or all. pencil skirts have to be "eyecatching" to distract, tops should not have extra volume around bosom. but in the sleeves should be some, tight sleeves make bad proportions.

    p.s.: feel free to hang the food photos :-)

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    1. Thank you. I am still learning to accept such compliments without insisting it must be good lighting or just a particularly flattering photo. :-)
      I used to have a waist but I've kind of lost it with age :( so I'm more rectangle with boobs now than hourglass. I'm never sure whether to emphasise my waist or hide it. Basically I don't want to emphasise any part of my body.
      With your pretty and very feminine face you will never be mistaken for a man!
      When you come to visit me you will sign the photos, right?
      xo

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  6. I think the slouchy sweater and low-slung belt look good on you, Shawna, and the colours are very soft and flattering. I'm not sure I agree with your assessment of yourself in a comment above as tall but not slender - I DO think you look slender actually, and you have fabulous long legs.
    I am a fairly classic hourglass shape, and I usually dress to show that off. Boxy, slouchy, loose, non-fitted things tend to make me look frumpy and dumpy, I think. However, I reserve the right to look all of those things sometimes, it's not the end of the world! I am a committed dress and skirt fan because they are so much more flattering to my sturdy thighs than trousers could ever be. My choice, for me - no problem with anyone else wearing whatever the hell they like! xxx

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    1. Thanks for your always uplifting comments! I have an almost hourglass. My waist has thickened with age-I look thinner from side view than straight on- I look hourglassy in something really tight but more rectangular in looser clothes. What I have trouble with is that my bust is big enough that clothes hang from it and hang away from my body making me look bigger/thicker than I really am. I suppose this is a problem because I like soft drapey things more than structured things. Spell check seems to have a problem with 'hourglassy' and 'drapey'. I think they are perfectly good words. My mother is the same height that I am but we have slightly different body shapes. She is all legs with a very short waist and I am more evenly distributed, so I guess that's why I don't think of myself as having long legs. They are longer than average because of my height, but not long for my height, if that makes sense. I do okay with jeans but not so much trousers, and dresses are never the right proportions for me, with the waist band usually hitting me too high and empire waist hitting mid bust. So it's usually jeans or skirts for me. Beyonce has very sturdy thighs. I think you should show off your Beyonce thighs! With go-go boots of course. You certainly always look great in the dresses and skirts you wear.
      xo

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  7. I like your sassy new poses! And I think this boho look works on you very well. I prefer a slight top heavy look, sans the shoulder pads and big hair.

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    1. Thank you for your vote of confidence! I definitely do have a boho sort of style, only it irks me to use that term so I pretend I've never heard of it. ;-) I'm sure shoulder pads and big hair will be coming back in any day now! And over-sized shirts and stirrup pants. You could definitely rock that look!

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  8. Shawna, don't hide anything - show it all off! I think you have a beautiful hourglass figure, very proportional. I remember your photos in a more or less tight dress - you look gorgeous!

    Though this free style suits your personality! I can tell from these pics that you feel very comfortable wearing this, and it makes you very attractive indeed! I love your face and hair here too! And you pose just like a true Russian supermodel! :)

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    1. I've never been good at flaunting it-lol. It's still a steep learning curve for me. If I have a uniform it is a sweater and skirt with boots. It's my most comfortable outfit and I can vary it a bit for the seasons, with tights for cooler weather or switching to a tee shirt and sandals in summer. Thanks for loving my face-lol. It has makeup on. I usually don't bother but I put on a bit of eye shadow and tinted lip balm. It was also a good hair day-unlike today. I've been learning so much from my cousin. Soon I will be stomping down runways myself. ;-)

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  9. I think this outfit is great! the low slung belt looks fab and the colours are beautiful on you, you have a wonderful shape and I like your poses! you can definitely tell you like this look as you look so relaxed and comfortable.
    I don't think I dress myself according to my shape, I suppose I 'should' wear lots of 'v' necks but I don't want to, I want pouffey skirts, hair accessories and capes! when I hit 40 I had a few confidence wobbles and found if I wore what I 'should' wear according to my shape I was utterly miserable, so I take no notice and wear what I want now! x x x

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    1. Thank you, yes it is a very me outfit! I have a lot of variations on the skirt and boots theme. It looks like the low slung belt has gotten favourable reviews so I will have to try it again! I'm glad you dress yourself in the way that makes you happy. I know what you mean about the confidence wobbles! I found that I thought certain clothes made me feel good until I saw a photo of myself in them. I had to do a bit of exploring to figure out why that was and so I've refined my style a bit.
      Your clothes have character, style and pizzaz, which I think more than makes up for not following any shape rules.

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