One of the most valuable fashion lessons I’ve learned as an adult is that not everything needs to be form fitting to be flattering. Bandage dresses and body con skirts paired with slinky crop tops have had their moment in fashion, but they lack a level of interest and certainly lose any element of mystery.
Well made and well styled ensembles have a much greater impact than strained threads.
Who could be a better fashion role model than Posh herself?
Victoria Beckham’s signature refined style radiates sexiness without being overt. She has mastered the art of proportion and often wears oversized or boxy pieces I never would have guessed compliment a petite frame. Proportions are what distinguishes a dress from chic to a boxy potato sack.
Hiding heels under your pants adds several inches to your gams. Though this chic camel vest strikes below the knee, she looks long and lean with the added height. Boxy, it may seem, but over head to toe slimming black, we still get glimpses of her silhouette. Imagine if she’d paired the vest with a pair of flats; it would swallow her tiny frame.
Here we see a similar look with a different vest. Draped open, the white panels at her sides color block her outfit and create a slimming effect, which train the eye to move lengthwise down her body. This lengthening visual creates height.
While flares and wide legs may go in and out of vogue frequently, VB kept them in her fashion rolodex. We’ve seen her rock flares since the days of Posh and here’s why; they give you legs for days. Seriously, could her legs look any longer with the high waist and hidden shoe combo?
She stuns in this soft ensemble. The loose flowy top is particularly flattering tucked into a high waisted trouser. Selecting a high or mid rise pant usually puts the waistband at a smaller area of the waist (for most body types). Tucking the shirt at the smaller part of the waist shows off your shape.
Sometimes she breaks away from all the rules and tricks I use and she still looks fabulous. It’s important to break the rules.
I’ll be honest with you, I love culottes, but I’m intimidated by them. It’s not easy to style them when you’re 5’1,” like myself. Pairing the same fabric on top, but turned sideways brings interest, while not visually separating her top from her bottoms. Finishing the look with a nude shoe gives her a little extra length. Well done VB.
Culottes again. This time paired with a neutral top and a shoe with a very low vamp. Notice where the toe box on her shoe meets her foot; it’s very low to the ground, which adds height.
Who inspires your style?