Increasingly, on my days off, I've been wearing a pair of jeggings and an old t-shirt I stole from my boyfriend (The tee features an artistic rendering of a gun with the word "Detroit" scrawled inside. Hmm.). When Melissa brought me these tops at Louisa Ellis, I was dumbstruck. Several questions floated through my head, including: Who am I? How did I lose weight in the last two minutes? Why have I been wearing that ratty gun t-shirt?! Here are four looks I'd gladly trade the t-shirt for:
Top: Eva Franco, Jeans: Red Engine, Shoes: Earthies
When Melissa handed me this top she explained that many full busted women are hesitant to try high necklines, but that this top works well with a large chest. Instead of a traditional v-neck to "break up" the look of the top, the eye is caught by the details of my collarbone. Without being tight or restricting, it brings out my shape through the tie waist and almost off-the-shoulder effect. The batwing sleeve detail and the striped fabric combine to minimize the GGs.
Looking through these photos again, I'm struck by how my "forgotten" features (arms, collarbone, neck) are highlighted by these tops. While the fabric was soft and the vibe definitely leaned towards the Francophile, my favorite element of this shirt was its' understated sex appeal.
Top: Beyond Vintage
This blouse was the first top I tried and I gasped when I saw it on. When I asked Melissa why it worked, she explained that the seams and stripe details in the middle are ultra-slimming. If you look closely, you'll see the stripes move in two different directions. The ones on the torso move toward the streamlining middle column and reinforce it, while the sleeve stripes mirror my arms. Just like the first top, the extra volume above aids in a successful "concealing" mission.
As a fan of "What Not To Wear", I've heard that dark boot cut or slightly flared jeans are flattering on hourglass figures. I did not realize that, combined with a great pump, they make you look as if you've lost 10 lbs. Dear Stacy and Clinton, you were right all along.
Jacket: Christopher Collins, Tank: A'nue Ligne
Dress: Bailey 44, Shoes: my own
My shabby pictures of this dress do not do it justice! It's almost impossible to see, but there's a gathered knot near my waist which clenches everything in. Again, the draping is divine. In my dress series, I wrote that I love sheath styles for curvy girls and this dress brings the va-va-voom effect, without being too revealing. My favorite? The ruching on the back (just like the Freya Beau bikini!):
Although this isn't everyone's idea of a casual dress, I thought it'd be great for my boyfriend's gigs or grabbing drinks with friends. I'd like to look more pulled together on my down time (and less like I support violence in Michigan!).