Tipps for going loose-fit.
As we grow older, comfort becomes an essential factor for everything in our lives – and especially our clothing. 10 years ago, I would wear high-heels pretty much everywhere. Tight dresses that meant sitting upright and sucking in my belly all day? No problem. Today, I much prefer a loose-fit dress with sneakers.
Last week, my one colleague looked at my pointy 85mm heels in our office kitchen and said: “now, you know how you can tell that a woman is over 30? She still wears high-heels. The younger ones don’t even wear them to go out anymore”. Okay, point taken. I guess it’s only the growing-older part, but fashion has become a whole lot more relaxed in recent years.
I, for one, don’t mind. I still like to dress up “properly” on occasion, but I definitely enjoy keeping it comfy – even at parties or at the office. There are some tricks to keep in mind though when playing with proportions and oversized clothing:
- Dress for your body type and proportions. The easiest way to start with oversized clothing is pick top or bottom – either the oversized blouse with skinny jeans, or the wide-legged palazzo pants with a crop top, for instance. Pick the one that makes you look your best – if you have a long torso and short legs, rather try the high-waist pants, and vice versa.
- Elongate your silhouette with the right shoes, e.g. in nude and with a small heel, to avoid looking like your clothes are swallowing you.
- Ensure that your oversized pieces are just that – oversized but not obviously too large for you. Blazers should still fit at the shoulders, pants should still cinch the waist ever so slightly, to give an overall polished and deliberate look.
- Stick to one color family. Color-blocking in oversized looks rarely works to give a flattering ensemble. When in doubt – an all-neutral look always looks elegant.
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