Fix This Outfit: Skinny Jeans, Cardigans and Tiny Ankle Boots

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This outfit has all of the markings of a decent, everyday outfit:  skinny jeans, ankle boots, graphic tee, and a cardi.  But something is…off.  The proportions aren’t quite right, and if my hips were any wider I’d end up in that big-hips-tiny-feet situation and really:  no one wants that.

So let’s fix it.

What I Don’t Like

1.  The cardigan hits at the widest part of my hips.

Shorter cardigans are hard to pull off in general (they really have to hit in exactly the right spot), and this case, your eye is drawn down to the widest part of my hips.  Not the most flattering option.

2. The cardigan is vaguely matronly through the bust.

The high neckline of crewneck tee + the high neckline of the cardi can easily become matronly.  The graphic tee helps keep it edgy….but it’s teetering….

3. Proportions Are Off

The really short boots + the short cardi….it’s not balanced.  In general, I find that a short-short proportion is often hard to pull off.  Long-short typically looks more balanced.

 

The Fix

Step 1 – Get a Longer Cardigan

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Much better!  The long, lean lines of the cardigan allow your eye to travel up and down the body, and the cardigan cuts inches off of each hip.  And since long-short proportions are usually more flattering….I’m actually OK with the little ankle boots.  You *could* stop here.

 

Step 2 – Swap Out The Ankle Boots

Or…swap out the super short ankle booties for something more flattering and fresh:

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I seriously cannot overstate the versatility of flat, over-the-knee boots.  It’s tricky to find a flat shoe that is also flattering (I mean c’mon…heels are popular because they make us look so good…), but flat, over-the-knee boots nail it.  They are, actually, really, sincerely, flattering (and I personally like the flat version better than the heeled version).  I’ve been saving links to my current favorites into The Mom Edit’s Footwear Shop.

 

Step 3 – Slim Through The Middle With a Long Necklace (or Neckline)

One final touch to finish this outfit is a long pendant necklace.  My hands-down favorite is Stella & Dot’s rebel pendent because it’s the perfect length and shape for long, lean lines.

This trick creates the illusion of a waist (and works shockingly well even post-partum).

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The one caveat I’d make is if you are busty….skip the necklace.  Instead, swap out the crew neck tee for one with a lower neckline.  V-Necks are your best bet.

 

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wearing:

tee:  Foster LA Mother of Dragons Tee (to benefit foster kids – I’m wearing a women’s size M for reference)

cardi: old Banana Republic…but this Tinley Road Cardi looks very similar, is marked down to $36, plus an additional 60% off that.  Like seriously OMG.

jacket: Mike’s K-Way windbreaker (I’m wearing his M)

jeans:  Was wearing Levi 535s (indigo sky wash) in the studio shots, Rag and Bone skinny jeans otherwise (my current favs are these slashed knee Rag and Bones or these majorly high-waisted ones).

boots: old Nine West…but really want to upgrade to the Weitzman 50/50 boots.  Otherwise, these Eden OTK boots are also waterproof, or these gorgeous taupe OTK boots by DV are 60% the already reduced price (final sale)

hat: Sole Society c/o

bag: Kate Spade Henry duffle

 

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Thoughts?  Comments?  Anything else you’d like to see me mess around with?

xo!

S

ps. Piperlime is having a pretty epic sale:  60% off already reduced items with code BESTSALE. (Ends 1/14.)