Friday, July 23, 2010

Unbalanced

The colors are a bit off in these photos. This top is actually a very soft peachy pink, but here it looks very bright and salmon-y. If you take a look way back in the archives at this post, you'll see a better representation of the top's actual shade.

That old post might in fact be the last time I wore this top. I've actually tried it a few times but just never found quite the right combination. As I stated in that previous post, I'm in general not a fan of strapless garments on anyone when they're worn alone; I think all the bare skin up top does weird things to a body's proportions, mine in particular. I'm small through the shoulders and bust anyway, and strapless things always make me look disproportionately smaller. I frankly don't get why the look is so popular, especially for long dresses, where all that bare skin up top is outweighed by the huge expanse of fabric below. To my eye it just looks unbalanced.

I've managed not to wash these black jeans yet, so they're still nice and dark. I'm actually extra careful not to get them dirty, knowing if I have to wash them and they fade, that I won't love them as much. Thanks for all the suggestions on caring for them, by the way -- if and when I do need to wash them, I'll definitely refer back to all your great advice.

Have a great weekend, everyone! Mark and I are in the final stages of getting our new vacation rental furnished and ready for guests. I'm hoping to post some photos of the place next week if we can get everything done. We have a lot of work ahead of us for the weekend, but it's exciting too.

Top: Weston Wear
Jacket, belt: thrifted
Jeans: Diesel
Shoes: John Fluevog

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

I am so happy to hear you say that about strapless dresses. I think that they are profoundly unflattering on most body types. I don't understand why they are so popular for wedding gowns and other formal wear.

angeline said...

I am with you on the strapless...I find them eternally uncomfortable. I love the way you did it here; this is probably my favorite way to style a strapless top (with something over it!).

WendyB said...

Strapless dresses really need to fit perfectly to look good. I used to hate them too, then I discovered a great tailor.

Anonymous said...

I can't remember how I found your blog, but I am fascinated with your layering.

The humidity in Kansas & my hormones don't allow me to layer except when it is cold.

I didn't realize SF was so cold.

Emma at Daily Clothes Fix said...

Personally I like strapless dresses but only when they are knee length. For me, they make my top half look wider by giving a horizontal line to focus on.

But they definitely aren't for everyone and if you are bigger on top they make finding the right underwear a challenge.

And I definitely have to add that I love the colour of your strapless top here. Nice to see things from the archive making a reappearance.

Cynthia said...

Strapless has never been for me. I have big wide shoulders and a fairly long distance from base of neck to bustline, and I think strapless or spaghetti strap dresses just emphasize the linebacker aspect of my physique. Let alone the underwear issues.

tinyjunco said...

i lurve me some strapless. Wendy's right, fit is everything (like with most clothes...). i find a top line with some shape to it (vee, curves, etc.) to be a lot more flattering than the too-popular straight-across chop.

i wear a 34D, and a properly fitting strapless corset/bustier gives amazing bust support with complete freedom of the arms and shoulders. it's a great feeling. here's a snazzy strapless look:

http://tinyurl.com/64npnu