So I’m short. Like really short. As in, a couple inches shy of 5 feet. And apparently there aren’t enough of us super shorties out there because stores just don’t cater to us. I used to shop the kiddo section, but once I had babies, wearing kid’s clothes was no longer an option, because with mommy-hood came mommy-hips. And incidentally they don’t account for mommy-hips in little girl jeans. Hmpf, go figure. (Side note: I actually once altered a pair of size 12 little girl jeans into maternity pants. I don’t think that was their intended purpose…) To make a long story short, when I decided a few years ago that I was ready to take on the challenge of learning how to dress my body, in clothes that fit, and that I felt comfortable in, that fit my personal style and made me feel good in my own skin, I knew it would be a challenge because while I’m small, I’m also cheap. I like sales, and I flat-out refuse to pay full price for anything. Thanks mom.
Second, accessories are your friend. Start out with good, basic, well fit wardrobe staples and then stock up on accessories. Scarves, shoes, statement necklaces, and belts are all a great way to remix an outfit and take it from “half-baked” to “holy-heck she looks good.” Keep in mind that there are many ways to wear a scarf, necklace, belt, or brooch. Don’t be afraid to make your accessories pull a double duty. But make sure you don’t go into over-kill land either. My mom used to tell me, you should never have more than ten points of interest on an outfit. And I try to remember that when I get dressed.
Third, don’t be afraid of colors. Repeat after me: colors are your friend. Things don’t always have to be too matchy-matchy to work. My best outfits are the ones were I throw in a splash of color here or there, something unexpected. Don’t be afraid to experiment with color pairings that you’ve never tried or even considered in the past. You might discover something fabulous. Be aware though, there should be an underlying structure. Make sure the colors complement each other, and don’t get too busy with the colors either. Remember the ten points. We don’t want to look like Rainbow Brite threw-up on us. Keep in mind also, that going monochromatic is a great option as well. When done right, it creates a long lean line which make you look taller, and ahem, slimmer. You can always add a splash of color with an accessory.
Don’t forget the NEW STYLE LINK UP this weekend!