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
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.