Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Shamelessly Shapeless

With my size (currently a 14) and build (broad shoulders and rebellious thighs) I usually try to avoid shapeless clothing as it can make me look bigger than I am which in turn encourages my thighs to make a bid to be recognized as an independent nation by the UN.  Usually.  Today, however, I am shamelessly shapeless:

And I like it.  I’m not sure if I like it because it works or because it’s so comfortable, but I think it works.  If it does, it’s because the two bottom layers (a Gap maxi dress under a thrifted Gap shift dress/tunic) are quite slim which helps keep the bulk down and allows for a thicker top layer (Jones New York sweater via Ross).  I also added over-the-knee socks (Nordstrom), blue suede booties (DV Dolce Vita “Wyatt” via Nordstrom) and an infinity scarf (Steve Madden via Macy’s). 

Today’s Takeaway?

Try OTK socks under your maxi dresses instead of tights.  I’ve found that tights under maxi dresses can be a bit clingy and frustrating, so to take your maxi dresses and skirts into fall, try OTK socks instead; I didn’t have half the problems with static cling with the socks that I usually have with tights.

Happy Wednesday, All!



  1. I burst out laughing when I read that your "make a bid to be recognized as an independent nation by the UN"! Hilarious.

    I'll definitely have to try knee high socks under a maxi dress or skirt...i've experienced the same problem with static cling.

  2. OK, that is seriously good advice about the socks. Consider that advice taken, for sure.

    I think the more closely-fitting layers, and the mixed patterns are working strongly to counter any shapeless effect of the jumper. The 3/4 sleeves are doing that as well, since your arms are very shapely, and we're seeing a bit of skin, not just more fabric, if that makes any sense!

  3. LOL! You're hilarious, Gracey.

    I love this outfit. You look absolutely fantastic! I really need to try to find some OTK socks. Those that I have always end up slinking down around my ankles, and I come off looking like a character from a bad 80's teen movie.

  4. I *love* this look on you! I don't think it's too shapeless...just flowy. And I adore that black sweater.

  5. Shapeless?!? I don't think so! It looks so comfy chic!
    ♥ laura
    the blog of worldly delights

  6. I agree with Laura and Meagan -- you aren't shapeless, just flowy and skimming the body today. Lovely!

  7. You look amazing, fashion is for everyone right?

    White Honeyr

  8. I think you look good! I have broad shoulders too and it can be a challenge. But you struck the right balance. I think you're right - it's because the layers are slim.

    I can't wait to try the sock trick!


  9. Rather than shapeless, I think you look like a tall drink of deliciousness! Slim layers definitely work.

  10. I love your skirt :)


  11. Even if the pieces might be shapeless, this outfit still makes you look long and lean!

  12. Haha, I was yammering on in my post today about shapelessness. Must be something in the air? You look amazing; the layering of textures and patterns is spot on, and I'm crazy about it.

  13. Wow, I love this look! I love the different patterns and shapes in black and white. Your blue suede booties are gorgeous!

    Also, thanks for the socks idea, I should buy some so I can try. :)


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