It’s my fourth week of participating in Visible Monday and boy, am I learning lots about what does and does not look flattering on me. Over the weekend, I came to realize there are some real benefits to taking photos of myself in outfits.
Here’s a small tale about trying and trying again; about how I didn’t let a few unflattering clothing choices get the better of me. I stayed the course, just like The Little Engine that Could, until I figured out how to make my new wardrobe addition work.
Said new wardrobe addition is this vest from H & M. I bought it last month for $25.00. It’s lined, it’s fitted, and it’s simple; everything I look for in a vest.
On Friday, I decided to wear it to Sonoma to go to lunch and truck shopping with my husband, Bill. I paired it with a white button down shirt, layers of pearl and faux gold necklaces, J. Crew straight leg jeans, leather braided belt with gold buckle from Talbots, Kate Spade leopard bag, and old Cole Haan granny boots.
Prior to seeing this photo, I thought I looked pretty darn cute. But when I noticed the white triangle of fabric appearing above my waist, I knew the vest was too short for my long waist to wear a tucked in white shirt.
Back to the fashion drawing board.
Saturday, we tackled truck shopping again. All day. I went for the untucked, shirt-hanging-out look with a ruffled top (that I also wore here) and dark wash Victoria Secret jeans. I carried a Kenneth Cole studded leather bag, wore black ballet flats and lots of silver bangles.
The problem with this outfit is the untucked portion of the white blouse. Not only is it distracting, it creates a wide band around my hips and waist. Not flattering for my wide hips. I could have tucked the top in, but I would have ended up with the triangle again, just like Friday’s ensemble.
I still wasn’t ready to give up on my vest. Sunday, I wore it again, for the third time in a row. Bill and I took the new truck* for a spin to visit Bill’s dad.
I thought a black top with the vest might be the way to go after my attempts with white. I paired it with a simple black H & M long-sleeved top, Banana Republic trouser jeans, sensible black booties, military coat from ZARA, gold layered necklaces, Talbots belt, and Louis Vuitton Beverly GM.
In my opinion, this outfit is the best of the three. I am not crazy about my jeans and think they need to be donated, but the rest of the look is okay; better than the others.
Wearing the vest for three days straight and photographing each look allowed me to figure out how to wear it in the most flattering way for me.
after seeing yourself in a photo?
*Mission accomplished on the truck. We found one for Bill that he loves and I love, too. And as an added bonus, it has a bench seat so we can sit close to each other 🙂