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- Winter White Sweater/Jacket Thing: vintage Piazza Sempione, mommed
- Purple Layering Tee: Gap
- Dark Wash Skinnies: Kut from the Kloth, via Nordstrom
- Brown Riding Boots: Franco Sarto, via Zappos
- Necklace: gifted
Happy Rule Breaking Monday! Sadly, I’m spending the last Monday before the start of term home sick and trying to design a survey instrument…. But, pity party aside, it gives me a great chance to explore one of my hardest-to-break styling rules: “surrendering” my waist in beltless looks and boxy, or oversized garments on my upper half.
Why hardest to break, you ask? Warning, dear readers: this is one of those stories that keeps threatening to start with youth soccer, but I’ll try to stick to the Cliff’s Notes version. (Query: do people even use Cliff’s Notes anymore?) For as long as I can remember, I’ve been one of those people who has bordered between being an hourglass and a straight-up pear shape. I’m neither the first nor the last woman to feel this way, but I have to admit it: it has taken me a long time to get to “like” with my thighs, and I am still a decent ways from “love.” As a result, most of my sacred cows of styling rules have to do with trying to optically balance out my proportions, and with highlighting those parts of my body I’m more excited about. In 99.999999% of cases, this includes calling attention to my waist in some way: a sheath dress with nipped-in detailing, a belt (wide or, lately, narrow), a high-waisted skirt or pant. Consequently, I’ve always struggled with how to wear this cozy, thoughtfully-detailed knit jacket my mother passed along to me. It doesn’t seem to work very well with skinny pants and low heels, nor with flowy or a-line skirts, and while I suspect it may make friends with boot cut jeans and sky high heels, I wasn’t quite up for it today! So, here, I’ve paired it with my trusty skinnies and boots, hoping that the shorter length and the weight of the boots will balance it out. While I’ve stuck with soft neutrals here, I could easily see this paired with a colored heel or, perhaps, a brightly-colored skirt to play off the winter white.
How would you style this piece, and save yet another white elephant of my closet? How have you tackled this particular styling rule and convinced yourself to surrender your waist from time to time?
I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! I’ll be back tomorrow with what I wore to the beautiful winter wedding of one of my closest law school friends on Saturday….
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