Unfortunately, the ‘boot look’ that most women have embraced is wearing a long tunic or oversized sweater, paired with leggings or skinny jeans. If you take a look at yourself in the mirror with this outfit on, you will see the distinctive ‘inverted triangle’ shape, which sadly, is not flattering on the majority of the population. Unless you are one of the few modelesque chica’s out there with a tall stature that can rock a belt on any style top, this most likely is not the best look for you. Trendy does not always mean pretty, or flattering. When dressing your body to project the ‘hottest you’, consideration of the shapes you are putting together is key. Ultimately, we are trying to create an hourglass.
Ideas for rocking your boots and creating a flattering shape for your body; go ahead and put on your tunic but add a belt and a jacket that has a great shape. If you are short waisted, try to find a belt that is no wider than 3” or it could overtake your frame. The jacket does not have to be long. Find one that tapers or hits you at the waist or, even a short, fitted denim jacket can help you create a more alluring style. What should you do with all of your oversized sweaters? Wear a belt over or under the sweater, paired with a fitted top if you can. When shopping for these cozy, functional and sometimes unattractive pieces, search out the sweaters that aren’t overly bulky and have a tie that can be pulled in at the waist in the front or back, or find one that is cut in at the waist and doesn’t resemble a potato sack. I always tell women that if you feel good in something you will project confidence and ultimately it won’t matter what you are wearing, however, if we have the knowledge of how to make our bodies look attractive, let’s experiment and really find our image.
Jody Maki has been involved in and captivated by the fashion/beauty industry for over twelve years. She is a Beauty and Style Expert, Makeup Artist, and author of a beauty book and mobile application, which will be launched in 2010/2011. Jody has worked for exclusive women’s boutiques, and large designers. She has conducted seminars on fashion, beauty, and confidence-building techniques for real-world women. You can ask her your questions here: Ask Beauty Guru