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Now & Later (don'ts)!

Hi <<First Name>>,
So I hate to be a hater, but…

And everyone is entitled to an opinion, but…

And fashion rules are now being broken, but…

OK, so let me explain. As I was recently reading my Instyle magazine, I saw a spread about fashion for now and for later. Now I love mileage out of a multi-seasonal item, but not everything works!

And even if some items can work for more than one season, I think this spread looks like a bunch of fashion don’ts. And if the models, in a professional fashion shoot look bad, you can only imagine how the woman who is not “model-like” might look.

I have already talked to you about THE OTHER 1% , who are fashionistas, purposely breaking all the old rules and are the rare few who can get away with it.

So let’s dig into this spread, so I can explain to you why I think these styling choices are not good options.

Yellow dress

This spring dress looks great with the open toe sandals. A denim or other light weight jacket could be added for a little extra warmth on a cool spring day. Cute!

What is wrong with the NOW?

The cardigan isn’t bad (I could split hairs, but won’t)  and I do love the belt for extra styling and shape definition, but the heavy black books, look just that, heavy. Since the dress is full, you don’t want a full slouch boot. Something that clings to the legs would be better to give her more shape, but then you still have the heavy dark color; so this dress is just not great with tall
dark boots.

oversized blazer
Once again the LATER outfit looks cute, but “oh my!” I think this lady got swallowed up in the NOW. This is a major proportion issue and would be especially worse if you are petite and / or fuller. You are working with an over-sized blazer, so unless you are the “one percent” you are best to stick to the rule of proportion; when one item is full the other should be slim.

Actually, we just referenced that above with the boots. You need to see some part of a women’s shape underneath or you can risk looking larger with all of the fabric.

So not only should her pants not be so full but they should not be cropped. A long pant would serve to elongate her and not truncate her. And then adding sneakers to this only serves to make it worse. Please add some kind of heel to carry all this volume of fabric.

But wait, there is more bad style advice. READ ON.


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