Since I’ve been squirrelled way inside in my sweats for the past couple of days completing my Christmas projects, yesterday I decided to dress up a wee bit and wear a skirt. It was Sunday, after all!
Though I’ve had this skirt for months and had been lusting after a grey midi for ages, I find the skirt very hard to style for my body shape (same skirt in black — it’s all elastic!). The only thing I can wear with it is a narrow top tucked inside the skirt, preferrably with a belt on top (example with a cool leather skirt from Mango here). This is not an ideal outfit for a Norwegian winter, though.
Yesterday morning, I decided to try a few other outfit combinations. I found that if I wear something bulk on top like an oversized black sweater, which I thought would look effortless and cool, I look chubby. Somehow other people manage to look cool in this, though, for instance this woman wearing a grey Astraet skirt. Come to think of it, the boxy sweater probably works on her because it’s slightly cropped so it still shows off her waist. Lesson learned.
Then I tried an easier option with a slightly fitted and normal length sweater on top, but I looked like a bean pole. Or a boy. My point is, I looked hipless, which must not be confused with hipster, which is a positive.
After some careful deliberation (read: Quick thinking) I went with the fitted sweater and solved my pole problem by adding a belt at the waist. Though the belt doesn’t really cinch in anything, it creates a focus point that makes it seem like I have a waist and an hourglass shape. Mission accomplished!
Isn’t it great when you can fix an outfit problem by simply adding an accessory?
PS // Can you tell that it was really windy when I shot this outfit? Fixing that hair was a complete waste of time…
Zaig & Voltaire grey cashmere sweater // Ralph Lauren red plaid shirt // Lindex grey midi skirt (in black) // H&M black tights // Salvatore Ferragamo black shoes // Unknown brand black leather belt and silver bangles // Sparkly silver earrings are souvenirs from Bali