I’ve shared before the struggles of being a pear shaped girl. It is NOT easy! I’ll fall in love with a cute outfit in a store, try it on, then face the sad truth that my body is just not made to wear certain styles. I am NOT model thin. I’m a real woman, with real curves and aging body issues. But I’ve had to work with what the Lord gave me for a few years now, and I’ve learned a few tricks. My favorite is column dressing. So if you’re interested in a dressing technique that will help make you look long and lean, read on!
Think of the column as the blank canvas you will dress up by adding a top layer and accessories to give you a taller silhouette. Your column doesn’t have to be black, any tonal color palette works. You can even use a white tee and white jeans and achieve the same long, lean look! But for my examples I chose denim and navy for the casual looks and black for the work looks.
So here’s my denim column. As you can see, I used a novelty tee (from Old Navy last summer), and dark denim Democracy brand jeans. The top you choose for your column doesn’t necessarily have to be a solid, it just has to be the same tone and color of your bottoms.
Now look how I added jackets and sweaters to the blue column:
Next, I’m styling a black column with various pieces for work, or an evening out. Using the same rules, I started with a simple black tank and pants from Chico’s, and added jackets, sweaters and accessories to complete the look. The first look features my favorite little white ruched sleeve Hawthorn blazer I received from Stitch Fix. This is such a simple look, and can be accessorized in hundreds of ways. It’s the perfect “I overslept and have no idea what to wear to work today” look!
And here are a few examples using that same basic black column. I think the red and black combo and the camel and black combo are style classics that are never wrong!
Finally, I styled the black column with this cute sparkly sweater my best friend gave me for Christmas. This outfit would be perfect for a girls night out after work, or dinner with friends. I can just take it to work with me, and swap out the red jacket for the black sparkly one and I’m all set. I love it when I actually make things easy for myself!
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Hope you enjoyed my little tutorial on Column Dressing! Give me a shout out if you tried it, and share your picture on my facebook page! I’d love to see how great you look!
Thanks for reading!