Monday, November 26, 2012

Pumpkin Legs and a Secret



Here are the pumpkin legs (no, really, someone actually referred to them that way):


Luxury Rebel "Yuma" - Image via 6pm.com

And here is the secret: I don’t always dress to flatter my figure.  

Okay, I guess if you’ve followed my blog for longer than a day, you’ve already noticed that figure flattery isn’t high on my list of sartorial priorities.  I would just rather be comfortable and colorful (i.e. happy) than worry about conforming to some physical ideal that I don’t naturally possess.  Magazines are full of tips on how to dress “taller and thinner” but I’m not convinced that’s the best goal to have.  At least not for me.  I am the height I am (which, granted, is pretty tall) but I’m also the build that I am and I don’t always want to have to disguise that.

Which isn’t to say that there aren’t clothes out there that make me look taller and thinner and make me happy.  I’ve found a few pieces that fit the bill.  No, all I’m saying is that if something makes me happy, like pumpkin legs, slouchy sweaters and  colorfully printed skirts, I’m still going to wear them, whether they are flattering or not. 

Unflattering?  Perhaps.  But also happy.

What about you, Reader Friends?  How high is figure flattery on your list?

Gracey

36 comments:

  1. Fun tights! I agree, it's far more important for me to feel happy in what I wear than it is to look thin/tall/whatever. I mean, if something I wore made me look 30 pounds heavier then I'd probably get rid of it, but if I wear a slouchy sweater that makes my hips look a bit bigger than they really are, well, I can live with that.

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  2. Love this! You know I love colorful tights, so in my book, you just can't go wrong with those!

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  3. It's a consideration, but only that - one consideration among various others, including colour and comfort, as you suggest, and experimentation and risk-taking and humour and textures and mixing-it-all-up and rule-breaking!
    I am sure I sometimes dress to try and look thinner, but not always, and I would hate for that to be my main goal. There is always an assumption in all that "dress to flatter your figure" stuff that there is an ideal figure which we all aim for, and areas of our imperfect bodies which we must therefore want to disguise. I dispute this. No one tells catwalk models to disguise their straight-up-and-down figures by creating the illusion of curves. Let's celebrate what we have!
    All of that said, there is nothing unflattering about this outfit on you, Gracey, you look comfortable and colourful (just how you like to be!) and stylish and effortlessly chic too. Those boots are fabulous! xxxxxx

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  4. I have tights in that exact same colour, and I love them. I'm with you, I wear something because it makes me happy, and hopefully being happy will make me look good anyway. You always look great, who needs all these hints and tips? xx

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  5. Yay, orange! Figure flattery is such a low priority for me that something has to be REALLY unflattering before I even begin to care. And, yeah, I don't read this as unflattering at all, but I adore slouchy jumpers, and think they hang beautifully from broad shoulders; all that drape!

    Nothing will annoy me faster, though, than advice directed at tall women on how to look not-so-tall, especially when it comes to high heels.

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  6. As long as your clothes keep that lovely smile on your face they're flattering enough! In addition, as long as you show off your fantastic legs, your clothes are flattering enough! If we wear clothes that don't make us smile, they're just not flattering anymore. I've been so lucky to find some amazingly comfortable dresses that also flatter my body. I can't ask for more!

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  7. Hear hear! You're right: "figure flattery", more often than not, seems like code for "there is an ideal and you are flawed." Here's to following your delightful lead into fun and happy fashionable places.

    p.s. Yep. You're gorgeous. And the pumpkin tights are the perfect surprise shout of colour in this ensemble!

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  8. I love your fashion bravery! I'm totally short, so I do think about my height...I normally would match either my tights and skirt or tights and shoes. But if you can pull it off like you do, I say more power to you, girl!

    April
    Knocked Up Fabulous

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  9. This is adorable and so comfortable looking! The bright tights were a fun touch as well. I think about shapes and how a garment looks on my body, but I agree, it isn't a big thing for me either. If it's comfortable and cute, I'll sacrifice fit. Hope you had a wonderful weekend, lady!

    Callie
    www.coffeeandcardigans.com

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  10. I LOVE the slouchy sweater look on you (and on me, it is so comfy!). I love the printed skirt and of course your fun tights. You look beautiful!

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  11. I think your look is fine! Maybe I'm like you and don't care so much about the idealized 'figure flattery'... I can't wear heels and feel uncomfortable in pencil skirts. So I stick to what makes me comfortable and happy. Sometimes it works, sometimes it might fight, but overall I want to feel good in what I'm wearing.

    I totally adore your ankle boots. A major eff u to the person who says they chop the legline - I ADORE ankle boots.

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  12. I think the most flattering clothes are the ones I feel happy/confident in, so I don't worry too much about specifically trying to camouflage my problem areas.

    I have some turquoise tights that have been called toothpaste legs, but I think they are fun, so I don't really care!

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  13. I think if you project an air of confidence and feel comfortable then any outfit is flattering! Love your cozy sweater and orange tights:)

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  14. You look fantastic- those pumpkins are more like sweet potatoes cuz they are gorgious yams, I mean gams! Slouchy works because you're good with proportion- I think this outfit looks chic and fresh.

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  15. I think you should call the tights Candied Gams.

    I don't think your dress style is unflattering to your figure at all and your bright colors and love of patterns sets off your smile, which is brilliant.

    Then again, I'm 5'2" and stocky and I once read a nice list of rules for looking taller/longer and was entertained to find that I regularly break every one of them, and sometimes all of them in one outfit. If one wishes to look more elongated, power to her! If I love my height and build, power to me too!

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  16. I totally agree with your way of thinking Gracey!

    Love the colour of these on you

    xo

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  17. This is a very interesting question, actually. I do consider how things look on me, but the look I´m after is the "strong" look. I want to look healthy, broad-shouldered (which I´m not naturally), like I could lift a car if I had to. In a feminine sort of way, of course. Comfort and moveability is a big part of that.

    And personally, I think your clothes are very flattering. Whatever the proportions, just showing that you care is a form of self-flattery, which communicates confidence. Which is what style is all about.

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  18. That looks so neat. Love the pattern of your skirt and how you paired it with those colored tights.

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  19. I love your skirt. It's so aztec. That's style is in trend nowadays. Pumpkin legs? lol You're funny. girly.
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  20. Oh girl, I am ALL about figure flattery or I do not want to leave my house. I love the pumpkin legs myself and you really do have the cutest smile around. It makes me smile just seeing it. Thanks for brightening my day! Adrienne and I are focusing on plaid for December's "How I Wear My" post. Do you own any plaid? If you feel like joining us, send me a picture my dear! XO, Jill

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  21. I try to dress to make myself feel more ME, not more socially pretty. Sometimes the two coincide, sometimes not. This outfit looks very Gracey, so I think it's fantastic!

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  22. You always look fabulous--comfortable and HAPPY!!!
    I dress to make me happy and not show anything that might get me arrested.

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  23. Oh hear, hear! I think most of the time I try not to accentuate the negative, but I'm not sure I'm really highlighting the positive either. It's just nice to dress in a way that makes me feel good inside.

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  24. The thing is, Gracey, with your height and your great figure, everything looks really good on you, including slouchy sweaters and cool colored tights.

    As far as figure flattering, lately my goal has just been clothes that fit well and are comfortable. I'm getting out the sewing machine and altering things to fit.

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  25. love those boots, G! i have definitely worn things that i know aren't flattering...but i wear them anyways if they are comfortable!

    [oomph.]

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  26. Awesome, Gracey! I think that any time we can engage with something by choice rather than experiencing it as an imperative only increases opportunities for happiness. As Lynne said, everything looks fantastic on you!

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  27. I really like this slouchy sweater on you and that pop of color.

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  28. This is super cute on you Gracey, I love the dimensions and the rich colors on you. Well done!

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  29. I firmly believe in wearing the clothes you like and feel confident wearing. I have clothes that I love that don't flatter me, and I have clothes that make me hugely uncomfortable that are technically "slimming" or whatever. I pick the clothes I love over and over. It's how clothes make me feel as much or more than how they make me look.

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  30. Aw I was hoping the secret was a little more tantalizing! hehe

    Pumpkin legs... oh how nice. I like the look! I don't always dress to flatter my figure either but I like to think it's because its making a fashion statement ;) but honestly it's because sometimes I just want to wear a trend. I like the "paperbag" waist pant look but everyone says it makes me look like I have diaper butt. Still have a pair of pants that I love!

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  31. Maybe not so much figure flattery so much as...hide the bits you hatery! Nothing wrong with being comfy and feeling pretty and who cares what anyone else thinks ;)

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  32. figure flattery is not the No.1 on my list, but it certainly has some importance. First comes - fit! With a tall body it's not too easy. You have to look out or you look like the dryer was turned on too hot. Then I try to work with my figure. I do have a pear shape and want to show it off in a nice way, not a unflattering way. Since I have found my Mr.Right though, I don't care as much what others think anymore as long as he loves it on me. I dress for myself and for him, not for the world and I hope that it works out most of the time!

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  33. I'm a new reader here (only 5'8", but consider myself to be fairly tall) and love your blog. And yes, I've noticed that while you look fabulous in everything, you don't choose flattering your figure as your first goal. I appreciate that. You have fun wearing what you want to wear. And, your smile says it all.

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