One of the rules about style that I think has been ingrained in most of our heads since birth and passed down for generations is that we should dress to "accentuate the positive" (aka, cover up that stuff you don't want people looking at). So for me, I play up my legs with skirts and dresses, try to lengthen myself with heels, fake a waist with belting and cover up my lack of boobage and football player-size shoulders and upper arms. And admittedly, this rules works like a charm for me.
But what does that say about women who choose to wear pieces that they like but may not necessarily work for their body type? I had a really good gal pal in college who was pretty petite, built with a long slender torso, short stocky legs and a generous booty. She was well aware of her figure, and what she loved to wear more than anything in the world were ankle-length print dresses that hugged all her curves with sensible flats for comfort. She was never dressed inappropriately, but in one simple outfit she managed to throw out the cardinal rule of dressing I abide by - and she did it with confidence.
I am probably more of a traditionalist when it comes to dressing. I try to wear what is most flattering for my body shape, and in turn, it makes me look better and feel better about myself. But part of dressing to "accentuate the positive" parts of my body means that at the same time I am pretty much camouflaging the other areas I don't like so much.
So in a way I am in awe of those gals who may be a size 16+ but love that body-con style and wear it with pride. Or the petite 4'11" girls who live for wide cropped pants with flats. Granted, sure, some of them may just plain not know what looks good on them and their low-waist acid-washed super-flare jeans with flip flips are a silent cry for a fashion intervention. But some, some seem to be completely comfortable what what they shaped like and choose what to wear based simply on what they like.
I don't think one is exclusive of the other, but what do you think is more important - how you look in something or how you feel in something? What do you think about the people who love rockin' styles that don't necessarily fit their bodies?
Sweater: J.Crew jackie pullover (sim, cashmere)
Skirt: J.Crew pleated crepe (sim colorblock, pricey, as dress)
Necklace: J.Crew tessellate (worn here - sim)
Bracelets: Asos spike & stone (sim silver), Target (sim)
Clutch: Rebecca Minkoff (worn here - sim, flap, wallet)
Shoes: Kenneth Cole Reaction swim n fool (worn here - sim, sim, luxe)