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On Skirts for the Inverted Triangle (Part 2)

In On Fashion, On Muse-of-the-Month, On Style, On Styling for the Individual on March 22, 2012 at 5:50 pm

I really love skirts – they’re such a great element of style. The same skirt can be worn to a casual lunch, to work, for shopping, or to a formal dinner, depending on the blouse, styling, accessories, shoes, and makeup. Inverted triangles often, and especially Miss Soumya Parker, have great legs. Great legs? Must wear skirts.

The first thing you should know about skirts: All types of skirts that flare from your hips, or add any visual width to your hips are best for the inverted triangle body type (Examples: Full Circle, Tulip, Peplum, Bias Cut, Tiered Skirts, snug Pencil Skirts).

Skirt Styles for the Inverted Triangle

Skirt Styles for the Inverted Triangle Body Type: Bias Cut, Peplum, Tiered, Tulip, Snug Pencil Skirt

1) As discussed in “On P for Peplum”, the peplum creates curves around your bottom. It balances your upper body and gives you great style.
2) Tulip skirts, by definition, are fuller at the hips, and narrower at the hem. They are a perfect for the petite inverted triangle, worn as a separate, or as part of a dress.
3) Maxi skirts work well for inverted triangles, but beware if you are petite. Petite girls can look like they are drowning in excessive volume in the wrong maxi or full circle skirt.
4) The length and the flounce are key here – and minimalistic is the way to go for body types like Soumya’s. When wearing a tiered or ruffled skirt, please ensure that the tiers are not too full. An interesting print or colored tulle underneath will look stylish. Also, as is commonly known, skirts that fall beyond the knee will cut you off at an awkward length and shorten you – this is something petite girls especially should stay away from. Too much fluff will also drown you.
5) For my Muse: Just make sure the flounce is controlled and a length above or just at the knee. With so many skirt options today, only go the tailored route if you must – however, if you find the absolutely perfect skirt and need to get it hemmed to make it the right length, a little tailoring never hurt anyone.
6) Basic Pencil skirts that fit snugly will make you look curvier too, especially when they are textured or patterned. Jcrew’s recent collection is full of beautiful, creative details in its pencil skirts.

Tip: Pencil Skirts with side seams that drop straight from the waist down are also a better choice – they give you curve rather than emphasizing the narrow quality of the pencil skirt. A long A-line top will also fake curvier hips.

All kinds of prints, and textures will work really well for the inverted triangle. Textures with lace, applique details, ruffles, tiers, horizontal stripes and prints, pockets, pleats, or even denim skirts will work wonders. A great trend to try wearing is the nautical trend. Kate Spade and BCBG Maxazria, both, have presented a range of styles that are perfect.

Another note for petite inverted triangles: Vertical stripes are great for the upper body. However, beware of vertical strips on the bottom half. They will make your lower half look even slimmer. While it is true that vertical stripes visually lengthen, it is better for you to lengthen by wearing a monochromatic look, or to lengthen via fit. So, definitely beware of pinstripe suiting.

Textures, Colors, and Prints for Inverted Triangles

Textures, Colors, and Prints for the Inverted Triangle Body Type

Stay tuned to learn about the bottoms, which I recognize usually come first. But I feel that skirts are a must-have investment for inverted triangles – whether they are worn with or without tights. These “rules” also apply to the dresses (their bottom halfs). Once you experiment with these “rules” and see them work for yourselves, you will intuitively start to realize what works and what doesn’t. For now, knowing about these rules will help you understand why certain pieces of clothing don’t fit as perfectly as others. And they’re a time saver.

Until next time,

AKG

On Coats a la Carrie Bradshaw

In On Coats, On Fall/Winter on November 9, 2011 at 1:11 am

There’s a kind of magic that Carrie brings to Paris. In the last two episodes of the show finale (Season 6 was the last SaTC season before the two movies), she wears a number of spectacular outfits. I cannot even attempt to pick favorites, because each of them was fabulous. There’s a different appeal that Carrie has in Paris, in her relationship with the Russian. She is classier and  more chic relative to her more daring look during the earlier seasons. The styling of Patricia Field and the “Carrie” style is still existent, but there’s a layer of sophistication.

What inspired me today is what she wears when she goes shopping into Dior. The umbrella, the boots, the coat.

Lesson 1: If you don’t want to embarrass or hurt yourself, do not wear stiletto heel leather boots out when it’s raining. The water makes any surface slippery and unsafe to walk on. Especially find alternative chic footwear to places where you know the floor has the possibility of becoming extra slippery with water, such as places with marble/granite/tiled flooring. (Doi?) I guess that was the comedic dose of reality that SaTC needed.

Regardless…

I really draw inspiration from the way Carrie balances the volume of the heavy coats. (Picture to left) She tucks her sweetheart neckline tube top into a black pencil skirt to create a fitted silhouette underneath the coat. There are many woolen skirts available now at retailers such as J.Crew and Zara, and in all department stores. It’s a great alternative that will still keep you warm.

Winter coats add a definite bulk, but another example of how Carrie balance this is in the center picture. The signature red umbrella stays. Her beautiful polka dot dress has tulle underneath. To balance this volume on the bottom, Patricia Fields draws the eye upward to the brooch/button at the neckline, and has a very fitted upper half.

 

I would like to add that my approach to these pictures is an example of the fact that not only does everyone see fashion differently, but the same person will see fashion differently over time. The last time I saw the show was over a year ago, and I distinctly remember that my focus during this episode was not on the belts or the volume. I don’t even think I necessarily noticed those things as much; I was more taken by elements such as color and tulle. As we change, so does our take on style and inspiration.

AKG

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