Modest Fashion Stylist 101: Love Your Body Shape

Your body shape is the sum of your bone or skeletal structure plus muscle mass and fat distribution.

"Bodyshapes" by en:User:Succubus MacAstaroth (original); Pbroks13 (talk) (redraw) - en:Image:Bodyshapes.jpg - a .jpg image on English Wikipedia by Succubus MacAstaroth. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Bodyshapes” by en:User:Succubus MacAstaroth (original); Pbroks13 (redraw) –  Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

There are not very many shapes, yet you may come across a variety of names for the same shape. Is an apple an oval? Is an oval a cone? It’s the same!

And then there’s the body shape beauty standard.

The Ideal Shape Isn’t So Common

You may have been socialized to believe the hourglass is the most common shape because it’s the most celebrated. Were you the girl who thought every other girl had the “perfect” hourglass figure but you? Perhaps the hourglass was more common many moons ago. Think Sophia Loren. But research has shown that women’s shapes are changing, but the fashion industry isn’t keeping up with our shifting forms. In our modern times, the most common body shape is the rectangle or banana. Surprised?

Roughly 50% of women are rectangle or banana, according to coordinated research by AlvaProducts and North Carolina State University¹. The spoon (a close relative of the pear) is the next common shape for women, followed by the inverted triangle.

Love Your Body Shape

I have read too many posts and comments by women who feel bad about their bodies because they’re not the coveted hourglass, a model industry height or possess the year’s most glorified body part.

It is important to love the skin you’re in, including your body shape. Some styling tips suggest wearing clothes to achieve an hourglass figure. We’re not going that route with Modest Fashion Stylist 101: Skirt Girl Edition.

If you’ve struggled in the fitting rooms, you’re not alone. The fashion industry fuels this frustration because many of the clothes hanging on the racks are sized and designed for the hourglass figure. In actuality, very few women are an hourglass, at the tune 8.4% of American women². For some reason, we continue to perpetuate the hourglass as the ideal shape. But the shapes of real women say it’s not the norm.

It’s okay if you don’t fall into the slim 8.4% hourglass category. Your body is beautiful — be it pear, apple, spoon or rectangle, etc. Embrace it! I want you to have a healthy body image. This isn’t about an hourglass illusion, but achieving balance to help you look your personal best and feel confident. Perhaps being armed with this knowledge will help you to shop, see clothes and dress yourself with a sense of empowerment.

Join me for the following segment, which will describe the rectangle shape with Skirt Girl Edition modest styling tips.

1. "AlvaProducts, North Carolina State University Reveals How Industry Can Tackle 
Problems of Poor Fit by Addressing More Than an Hourglass Figure". 
alvanon.warkulwiz.com. 17 November 2005.

2. "Clothing Pattern Adjustments Addressing Differences in Body Shape and Body
Deviations Affecting Fit of Clothing". 
North Carolina State University. 14 April 2014.

310 x 115 banner.jpg

Modest Fashion Stylist 101: Dress Silhouettes

The line, shape or form of a garment is called its silhouette.

The silhouette of a garment may alter the appearance of a woman’s body. It may flatter, or in some cases, be unflattering. It’s important to match the most suitable silhouette to your body, activity and event.

Dress Silhouettes

There are many dress silhouettes. The A-line dress is one of the most common silhouettes. For example, the skater dress is just a short version of the a-line dress.

Another popular dress is the maxi dress. The definitive silhouette of a maxi dress is its length. However, the length may be combined with other shapes to create a unique style, like the sundress, empire or tank dress.

Dress Silhouettes — Modest Fashion Stylist 101— Skirt Girl Edition — Model Me Girl

We’ll look at each type of silhouette as part of a series for Modest Fashion Stylist 101 – Skirt Girl Edition. We will talk about why a specific dress silhouette works well for a particular body type and suggest modest styling options.

 

Skirt Girl Edition: Building a Capsule Wardrobe

Like many of you, I’ve looked in my closet and exclaimed, “I have nothing to wear!” While  there existed what some would call an excessive amount of clothes, I felt as though I had absolutely nothing. This nothingness was a result of not having the “right” clothes for me. Too many trends; not enough classics.

Capsule Wardrobe

I’ve been looking into creating a capsule wardrobe. For one, I’ve donated a lot, and I do mean a lot, of clothes, and my closet is still bursting at the proverbial seams. It’s time to purge more and upgrade by taking a minimalism approach. Could it be less really does mean more? We shall see…

A capsule wardrobe (coined by Susie Faux) is a collection of a limited number of clothing items that are timeless, transitional and classic. The online dictionary, reference.com, defines a capsule wardrobe as:

a collection of clothes and accessories that includes only items considered essential

The key is to select interchangeable pieces that coordinate well to create a fashionable, minimalistic style. When I think of a capsule wardrobe, the terms base, foundation, building-blocks, key and staple come to mind.

There’s a wealth of wonderful information about the capsule wardrobe across the web. I’ve found a lot of it very helpful in getting me started. With all of the information, I didn’t find anything that catered to skirt girls.

 Skirt Girls

Who are skirt girls? These are ladies and women (girls as a term of endearment and not belittling) who wear only skirts, dresses and skorts. The wardrobe is sans pants and jeans. Leggings, for example, are worn under skirts and dresses with length. I am a skirt girl. It’s my personal style choice and it’s reflected here on Model Me Girl.

Many fashion stylists give styling tips supposing the advice translates to all women. Surprise! It doesn’t. This is where I step in as a modest fashion stylist. I am in no way alienating women and girls who are not skirt girls, but welcoming the solo skirt and dress wearers who get left out of the mainstream fashion parade.

Skirt-Girl-Edition_Building-a-Capsule-Wardrobe_Part-1_Model-Me-Girl

It’s Only the Beginning

I hope you’ll enjoy this wardrobe building exercise with me as I present to you the Skirt Girl Edition: Building a Capsule Wardrobe.

I’ll give you peek into my closet and wardrobe as I update building my own capsule wardrobe—from lists, color analyses and styles, to fabrics, coordination and organization. Stay tuned!

Items

RSVP Spencer Peep Toe Pump • $69.00
STEVE MADDEN Women’s Frennzy Dress Pump • $129.00
TABITHA SIMMONS ‘Alexa’ ballerinas •  $595.00
GUCCI White Canvas Trench Coat (different color in set)  •  $1,995.00
ARMANI Check Tweed Blazer – Black/Red • $455
EQUIPMENT Harrison Bright White Slim cut silk blouse •  $214
WHITE HOUSE BLACK MARKET Long Ponte Black Pencil Skirt (alternative selection) •  $78.00
SEASALT Eden Skirt, Midnight Wash •  £45/$72.40
MARLENE BIRGER Jeanette skirt •  £175/$281.55
LIPSY Rachael Suedette Heels •  £60/$96.53
SAINT LAURENT ‘Paris’ ballerinas •  $578.17
PAOLO IANTORNO Marion Black Tall Leather Boots • $329

Fashion Find: Anthropologie Sweet Autumn Collection

Autumn is definitely sweet over at Anthropologie. I’m loving the soft fall color palette in their collection. I picked out some of my favorites, from a sweater vest, lovely gown and maxi dresses, to darling booties and a luxe poncho. Better shared with my lovelies! Be inspired!

Moth Quinta Sweater Vest • Anthropologie • $69.95
Embroidered Glacia Gown • Anthropologie • $298.00
Anupamaa Mira Costa Maxi Dress • Anthropologie • $99.95
Tataborello Jeweled Droplet Bib Necklace • Anthropologie • $488.00
Elevenses Quilted Leather Bomber • Anthropologie • $398.00
Maeve Pluma Maxi Skirt • Anthropologie • $128.00
Pankaj & Nidhi Graciosa Pencil Dress • Anthropologie • $228.00
Sol Sana Toni Boots • Anthropologie • $180.00
HD in Paris Petaluma Skirt • Anthropologie • $148.00
Latigo Angostina Booties • Anthropologie • $160.00
Moth Westwind Poncho • Anthropologie • $148.00
Sam & Lavi Selma Midi Dress • Anthropologie • $178.00
Sam & Lavi Betony Dress • Anthropologie • $275.00

Style It! Burgundy Top with Black Pleated Skirt

Today, we’ll be styling a burgundy top and black pleated skirt.

My Process

I started with a black pleated skirt by DKNY. The skirt is faux leather, knee-length and listed at an affordable price of $195.

It’s autumn and I wanted to reflect seasonal colors. Wine or burgundy is a jewel tone color that’s perfect for fall. It is my go-to color in this set.

Next, I selected a burgundy asymmetric wool-jersey top by Isa Arfen. The soft wool top slips on and has a draped fitting. Asymmetric tops make the upper body appear narrower, elongating the torso. The asymmetric draping creates a flow similar to the black pleated skirt.

Both burgundy and black are deep, rich and strong colors. I spiced things up with a brown-based leopard-print calf hair pump by Gianvito Rossi. It’s a pointed toe, 4-inch heel. Wow!

The bag is a beautiful structured burgundy satchel by Jérôme Dreyfuss. It’s part calfskin and part goatskin. It’s smooth grain texture is a complement to the pleated skirt.

I didn’t want to take away from the beauty of the asymmetric wool top, so I avoided upper body accessories, such as a necklace. Instead, I chose some sweet arm candy by Paige Novick. The black stingray cuff is elegantly layered with gold-toned chains which resonate with the leopard pumps. I grabbed more burgundy with Enamored nail glaze in “Desire Wine” by Marc Jacobs, essentially extending the arm candy right down to the finger tips.

How would you style a burgundy top with a black pleated skirt?

Style-It!-Burgundy-top-with-black-pleated-skirt---Model-Me-Girl

 

 

  1. ISA ARFEN Asymmetric wool-jersey top
  2. JÉRÔME DREYFUSS Burgundy Leather & Suede Edouard Satchel
  3. PAIGE NOVICK Black Stingray Cuff with Chain
  4. MARC JACOBS Enamored – Nail Glaze, Desire Wine
  5. DKNY Pleated skirt
  6. GIANVITO ROSSI Leopard-Print Calf Hair Pump, Brown

 

My Glossies: Fashion Magazine Inspiration

Since I was a young girl, I’ve always loved magazines. My grandmother picked up on this love affair and would save her old magazines (and catalogs) for me. Her magazines mainly consisted of home/garden, lifestyle and true fashion magazines; not the gossipy women’s glossies.

I’d visit my grandmother and she’d introduce me to the newest additions, while directing me to take all the old ones I wanted. I’d leave with bundles of glossies to flip through. I especially liked the texture of the paper. I remember running my fingers across the pages, studying the layouts.

Although we’re in a digital age, I still enjoy picking up a magazine and flipping through it. No matter how convenient, technology can’t replace the tactile experience “real” media, such as magazines, offer. I just like the real thing.

I indulged in some magazine reading today, but in the form of fashion research. Sometimes I pick one up to simply enjoy it, but today I picked a small bundle to study and find inspiration. I’m continually amazed by the harmony of art, psychology, sociology and science present in fashion.

What would the fashion industry be without magazines—both digital and traditional? How we present the elements of fashion and style is an art form of its own.

How do you stay inspired?

Magazines - Fashion Research 1-1

Magazines - Fashion Research 2-1

Lomographic Influence

There are plenty of reasons to rave over analog cameras. Some people call them toy cameras, but they were on the scene before DSLR and camera phones turned the masses into photographers. Analog cameras added “filters” and effects to photographs before Instagram.

The lomography photographic lifestyle is fueled by the Lomographic Society International and passionate artists of every kind — from the professional and hobbyist, to the friend who shows up at every event with a camera.

Photo Courtesy: Photo Vide

Photo Courtesy: Photo Vide

The results you get from lomographic film photography can be categorized as unexpected amazement. You don’t necessarily choose your effects, you’re surprised by them. Light leaks are acceptable. Blurred images are common, but the photos are colorful and unique. The principle behind lomography is there are no rules —  just shoot without being bound by photographic techniques. Picture a kid with a camera. It’s fun and creative!

If interested, Lomography.com has a beginner guide, interactive community and shop that are worth checking out.

I curated items in the Lomographic Influence set based on the striped colors of the La Sardina St. Tropez Graniers 35mm Wide-Angle Camera found in the lomograpy shop.

Lomographic-Influence-500

1.BOO AND BOO FACTORY Geometric Neon Earrings

2. MODELCO Fat Lash Mascara

3. VALENTINO Rockstud Striped Camera Bag

4. JANE COSMETICS 5-Piece Pro Artistry Brush Set

5. LA SARDINA St. Tropez Graniers 35mm Wide-Angle Camera

6. MODCLOTH Just a Jaunt Flat

7. FOREVER 21 Color Cascade Lacquered Bangle Set

8. DAVID YURMAN Exotic Essence Perfume

Styling the Nude Heel

Nude is a neutral color. Some people call it beige, tan or other variations depending on the designer, but nude is really meant to be flesh-colored. One way to add a neutral color to your outfit is with nude heels. Sometimes black, which is also a neutral color, is just too intense for what you’re wearing. Maybe white shoes just throw everything off with a particular outfit.

Nude heels also make your legs appear longer. That’s going back to that flesh color. It’s like an instant leg extension.

Consider nude heels when you want to lighten up an outfit or focus on the top part of your look, such as a trendy top or statement accessory.

Styling Nude Heels

What colors do nude heels complement? Nude heels tend to match well with pastels, monochromatic colors, color-blocking, a black dress/skirt or bright colors, such as the hot pink in Model Me Girl’s logo.

Styling-the-Nude-Heel-Model-Me-Girl

 

Nude Heels for Every Skin Tone

Depending on your preferences, you can match nude heels with your skin tone. If in your budget, Christian Louboutin has The Nudes Collection with shades of nude to match skin tones from light to dark. Ultra light nudes for everyone is a thing of the past.

Christian-Louboutin---The-Nudes-Collection

 

What’s Your Style?

In addition to Christian Louboutin’s Nudes Collection, I featured other nude pumps below that may suit your style. Peep toe, strappy, slingback or the classic pump—there’s a nude heel just for you. Happy shoe shopping!

Style It! Floral Bomber Jacket & Denim Skirt

Let’s style a floral bomber jacket and denim skirt. First a little style history.

Fashion/Style History of the Bomber Jacket

The bomber jacket is also called a flight jacket. Birthed in the 1900s, the bomber jacket was initially designed for military pilots who needed something heavy-duty to wear in-flight. Bomber jackets provided much needed warmth during a time when cockpits were not enclosed. The temperature got pretty frigid in high altitudes. The jackets were traditionally lined with fur or wool, and featured high wrap-around collars.

Today, you can find bomber jackets of different materials, with or without lining. Many designers have crafted bomber jackets of lighter fabrics so we can enjoy them when it’s not as cold.  Although initially designed for a very important function, bomber jackets make a bold style statement. It has a sense of cool, edginess and don’t take yourself too seriously symbolism. The style and shape of the bomber jacket is very forgiving and looks great on many body types.

Style It!

This set includes the Wonder Anatomie ‘Revolt’ floral bomber jacket. The graphic print flowers add a feminine touch to a very edgy piece. The fabric is polyester, so it’s definitely not a heavy-duty jacket. I mirrored the white collar and cuffs of the jacket by adding a basic white back-message t-shirt by Mango. I didn’t want the set too dressy, so I opted for a distressed denim pencil skirt. Pencil skirts smooth out the thighs and are great for curvy or hourglass and pear figures. The pencil skirt hints at office style, but the denim tones it down.

I felt like this set needed a jolt of cobalt blue, which you can see a small amount of in the floral bomber jacket. Cobalt blue is a great color and flatters many skin tones. I searched and couldn’t resist the geometric-inspired blue ‘Moneymaker’ peep toe pumps by Nine West and cobalt blue suede clutch bag by Tom Ford. I like how the textures of the peep toe pumps and clutch work with the smooth-textured tee.

Accessories include:

LINDA FARROW For Dries Van Noten Cat-Eye Acetate Sunglasses

MAYA BRENNER Straight as an Arrow Necklace

Floral Bomber Jacket & Denim Skirt

¦ 1 ¦ 2 ¦ 3 ¦ 4 ¦ 5 ¦ 6 ¦ 7 ¦

How to Wear Suede + Tulle in Candy Colors

How would you wear suede and tulle? Candy colors would be delightful, and Burberry makes it easy with their purple cropped suede  jacket with patent trim. We’ll stay with Burberry and fall in awe with the Prorsum collection tiered cobweb tulle skirt.

The nude leather pumps are by Gianvito Rossi. I wasn’t able to find the candy-colored Vivienne Westwood New Chancery 6605 Rucksack bag for sell anywhere online. Don’t fret. There are other variations of the Chancery available.

This Suede + Tulle in Candy Colors set is light and feminine. I mean, who doesn’t feel like a princess or ballerina in tulle? (Have I said this before?)

Many styles of tops will work well with the suede jacket and tulle skirt, but I opted for a batwing sleeved graphic tee of a darling deer.  I wanted to give it a little edginess, but keep it soft. I’d knot the tee in the front as a nod to street style chic and toss that Vivienne Westwood bag over my shoulder…and we are walking.

Suede + Tulle in Candy Colors

Beauty additions: makeup in candy colors

1. TOO FACED Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick — Melted Peony; a subdued hue for the lady who wants a hint of color without drawing too much attention to her lips.
2. TARTE Deluxe Cheek Stain — Energy
3. L’ORÉAL Voluminous Miss Manga Mascara