As you can see, I've got my leopard print clutch to add some pattern, and some shiny iridescent loafers with very colorful embroidery. But even the black blazer is a little bit different. It has shorter sleeves and is intentionally oversized and boxy. This might seem like the opposite if what you should do as a petite person, but I know that my body doesn't have curves, and instead of working against it, I am working WITH it today. I can ROCK a masculine-cut menswear-inspired piece like nobody's business! And the longer length? Well, it hits about mid-thigh, which although not normally an ideal length for my body type, that longer length is what gives it that "menswear" aesthetic that I love. (If you want to wear something like this but don't want your legs to look too short, you can fix it easily by throwing on a pair of statement heels instead of loafers/flats).
I think wearing a white tee with a blazer is a wonderful contradiction of sorts, but to keep it from looking schleppy, I do a half-tuck with my t-shirt... as I in tuck in just one part of the front. That keeps a nice defined line where my waist is, so I still maintain a bit of my own small shape underneath the blazer. It keeps that feminine touch there with the very masculine cut of the jacket. And it helps to keep my legs a little more "long" looking, by visually allowing for the entire length of my pants to be visible. An easy little trick for us short women (or any woman).
I kept the jewelry minimal. Just my boring basic stud earrings that you can't even see, no necklace (I LOVE a bare neckline), and a very basic silver bracelet with zero embellishment. I finished off the look with a haphazard unkempt ponytail, and zero make-up.
My look is both casual and yet not, minimalist and without embellishment, and yet very thoughtfully accessorized. It looks like I don't care how I look, but am clearly fashionable also.
Here's what I'm wearing:
- Blazer: Elizabeth & James
- Shirt: Unstainable tee by Elizabeth & Clarke
- Pants: 7 For All Mankind Cigarette Skinny jeans
- Jewelry: Ashley Bridget Co. bracelet
- Shoes: found on Zulily
- Clutch: Kate Spade
As I am in the process of prepping my wardrobe for #NoBuy365 (you can read about the challenge I'll be starting in February in this blog post) which, no, does not mean I'm doing a whole bunch of last-minute shopping before the shopping ban begins, but rather the opposite, DOWNSIZING my wardrobe, I decided to record a video on my process and what steps helped me to really pare things down to what I actually wear and really love. It's a bit of a longer video at 20 mins in length, but I'll be posting that either tomorrow or Friday, so stay tuned!
Have a great day, and as always, I'll see you back here tomorrow!