Jaws Drop at Neiman Marcus

 

You could hear an audible gasp as a woman and her husband walked by a group of us gathered for a luncheon at Neiman Marcus a few days ago.    She was a beautiful 30-something woman, milky white skin, jet black hair and Asian features.   She carried herself with confidence and had a perfectly coordinated outfit.

She wore an adorable black driving cap, and a short black, fitted leather jacket.   The heavy design of her black tights worked with her mid-calf boots trimmed in fur.   At this point you are probably asking yourself,  “What is so shocking about this?”  It was her fashion-forward winter shorts: surprisingly of long-hair gray and cream fur, short enough to look more like a bathing suit than shorts!

This woman and her husband returned to join our luncheon and sat at a table next to mine so I was able to get a good look at her costume.   By contrast, an attractive blonde was also in attendance wearing short black boots, black textured hose and navy, wool shorts with a white top.  The difference in visual impression of these two similar outfits was astounding.

The dark-haired woman had balance and proportion in her combination.   She used the texture of the fur and tights to visually soften and add interest to the black smooth leather.  Her personal presence was strong enough to support this dramatic, high-fashion look.  If she had been in Saks or Neiman’s in Beverly Hills, she would have been regarded with admiration.

The blonde failed to fully execute her high-fashion look.   Her shorts, tights and boots were chosen well but by selecting a white blouse, she simply disappeared from the waist up.  A white blouse says “efficient” instead of carrying a high-fashion message.  Her blouse, coupled with her blonde hair and minimal make-up, did not offer anything to balance the dark drama on the bottom half of her body.  She could have added a dramatic scarf, picking up navy and black; possibly with a pop of color and the look would have worked.   She also needed more dramatic make-up.

To carry off a dramatic look, keep in mind the following:

You have to feel at your peak to carry off drama.

Good posture is a necessity.

Match your dramatic clothing to the setting.  The dark-haired lady would have been admired in California instead of shocking in Atlanta.

Choose the degree of drama that works with your personal intensity.

 

Legs a Mile Long

 

A few days before Thanksgiving I received a call from Janet, a girl who had worked for us over twenty years ago.    She was visiting Atlanta over Thanksgiving and wanted to get together.   We had lost contact years ago so it was such a pleasure to reconnect.  She was the same delightful, beautiful girl we remembered and we got to meet her husband and her beautiful twelve-year-old daughter.

Janet looked adorable in a fashionably short mid-thigh gray dress, matching tights and boots.   What made the outfit work so well were the tights.   Proportion is thrown off by wearing bare legs with short skirts and boots.  Tights not only give a finished look but there are many practical reasons to wear them.

 

 

  • Tights add modesty to skirts that might otherwise be too revealing.
  • Tights provide warmth.
  • Having the same color extending from the skirt hem to the tip of the toe makes the leg appear to go on for miles.
  •  Rounded toes and thick platform shoes visually shorten the leg and add weight to the foot.  Matching tights help minimize this effect by adding visual length.
  •  There is no age limit on wearing tights.  However, I don’t recommend very short skirts for more mature wearers.
  • Darker colored tights can minimize larger legs.  It is important to keep a monochromatic color scheme.
  • Tights work equally well with slacks as with skirts.
  • This is one fashion item that doesn’t cost a fortune.  They also make a great, inexpensive stocking stuffer.

Notice the difference between these two examples.  The top model seems put together and her high boots blend with the tights, connecting the foot and leg to one long line.  The second example appears thrown together.  Her legs have three distinct visual breaks, making them appear much shorter.  Her boots are almost too bulky for the lightweight dress the model is wearing.

This season, following fashion trends require attention to proportion.  Shoes that project a great deal of visual weight need to be balanced with some bulk on the top such as a fluffy circular scarf .

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