I came across this blog entry on DressADay.com and found it very interesting. It quotes a paper that summarizes the US's attempts during the last 50 years at standardizing dress sizes and clothes that fit.
I think it's a big pity that it was only voluntary and obviously never caught on.
Hey guys! Here's a good article about how to wear that item that we either hate to love or love to hate.
It was useful for me. Dunno if you guys would feel the same way.
i've been away a few days; well, not away, but away... my stupid flatscreen keeps shorting out. the last one i bought was stolen a couple days after halloween last year (long story), and this one we got used without a warranty, so i'm very frustrated about it.
so anyways, i've just started a design class last week, and already i have a ton of new material. i'm not going to drop it all at once because i'm thinking i should make diagrams for some of them.
this one though, i found interesting, though somewhat predictable: the golden ratio.
in fashion, this roughly translates to 5 parts top, 8 parts bottom.
i remember first being introduced to the golden rectangle in elementary school: we were given a sheet with many different rectangles, and were told to pick the one that we liked the look of best. i remember looking at the sheet, confounded. i mean, they were just rectangles. but then the teacher explained the golden rectangle, and how it was supposedly the most aesthetically pleasing. i didn't really buy it, or get it (or care), at the time.
but in fashion it truly is extremely attractive. i guess it just brought a concrete idea to something that was more intuitive for me. generally speaking, wearing a skirt that is the same length as your shirt doesn't look as good- it seems to shorten and widen. a shorter segment on top pretty much always works better for elongating, but i think the golden ratio is especially pleasing.
in a couple of days i will post a picture or two of the costume that kept me away.
in the meantime, you know those sleeveless shirts where the neckline goes under your arm on one side, and over your shoulder on the other? diagonal-like. i don't really understand them. i've seen my sisters wear them (relatively similar body types), but when i've tried they make me feel like a football player. they somehow seem to both broaden my shoulders and thicken my waist. i'm wondering if the effect would be the same in a dress, if the neckline was more drape-y. any ideas?
I am running around frantically trying to put my Halloween costume together. i am actually making my shoes, which is perhaps a bit too ambitious.
i wanted to briefly post this link: (open in new window)
i think i'm actually going to try doing this myself- but in more detail. for example, how do subtle changes in the neckline affect the look? anyhow, that'll be a project.
I hope this is okay. . .
I saw an apron like this awhile ago, but I can't seem to find the pattern anywhere. Just in case my drawing isn't clear, there are ties around the neck and waist. There's no back to the apron and the skirt is loose-fitting. Also, the bodice is comprised of three different panels.
I would like to make this apron, or something very similar out of this fabric I bought at JoAnn's.
Any help is appreciated! Thanks! :D
a girlfriend of mine is launching a lingerie line next month, which i'm naturally very excited about. she's fun and stylish, and i think she could pull off making high-quality stuff that's fun and sexy without being trashy.
side note: i know, sometimes trashy is the effect you want! personally though, i have a hard time finding stuff that's well made, with nice fabric, without looking too old or boring, or younger stuff without having cheap fabric or a trashy vibe. and nice undergarments is one thing i'm willing to splurge on once and a while, so i'm not just shopping in the 3 pairs for $10 bin.
her line so far is fairly small, with plans for expansion in the spring. so far she's been testing out designs on her friends (it's pretty nice to have her show up with a pair of cute underwear in her purse for you!). we were talking on the phone the other night, and the thong subject came up. here's my thoughts:
i personally find a lot of thongs do that bum elongating thing (i've complained about it with no-back-pocket jeans before; i have a longer waist to hip ratio), generally the ones that have a high back with little fabric. the ones that have more fabric coming down from the waist, creating a heart shape, tend to shorten and booti-fy my bum. i find that in the latter style, if there's lacy details around the edges, in the back, it creates a heightened 3-d effect (think: fabric goes from semi-transparent to solid around the tops of the cheeks).
similarly, full-bum underwear need to be lower-cut for me, breaking up the space back there.
now: i am going to be working for her at her launch party, and i'd like to be extremely well-informed. i'd love to be able to chat up the ladies and help them find a style that makes them feel hottest. i, of course, know the most about my own body type. what about if you feel your bum is too big? what effect would a wider band all around have on the hips, vs. underwear that come to a skinny strap at the hips?
what about slips and negligees? i've heard spaghetti straps can widen shoulders (is this true?). a v shape would elongate the neck and body more than a rounded one, right?
I came across an article about aging beauty and fashion. it struck me, because it reminded me of someone i knew.
I had a boss, relatively recently, who was one of those middle-aged powerful types; i've always had a theory about that generation in business- often the female owners take on this powerful bitch persona, i'm assuming because they come from a time when women just didn't make it high up in the business world. compensating, in other words. she was 50 something, beautiful, short, nice figure; she'd had some kind of work done definitely (boobs and botox, i think). she took herself very seriously, and was terrifying for some of the employees. fortunately i'd had a boss before her, of a similar but less extreme type, so i didn't cower in her presence.
she wore trendy clothing (trendy in the mass pop culture way- ie, she was a designer handbag knockoff freak), but her look was far too youthful. she always wore a miniskirt. micro mini, sometimes.
the thing was, it was sad to watch. she wanted dignity, but it eluded her. she would set herself up so high, and then she'd accidentally showcase her underwear at the staff party, or have a tremendous fall at a large function in front of business associates, largely due to her ultra-high heels. or get too drunk and sloppy. she desperately wanted class, youth, and respect- but it was so transparent. she was scary enough that nobody would dare laugh at her embarassments, but that made it even more obvious.
while she was a drag to work for, and i didn't much care for her constant attempts at intimidation, i kind of liked her. but mainly because i could see her humanity behind the facade. i mean, the structure of the company seemed to be based around her insecurities.
anyways, back to the article.
in Clothing and Fashion for Older Women, it points out just that: dressing too youthfully is transparent. it just highlights your age. The article also quotes a British saying that i liked, "mutton dressed as lamb." a bit catty, but fair point.
i'm not saying that at 50 we have to go to high-waisted, pleated, tapered pants, but class is probably a better aspiration than 'young and sexy'. older women can look incredibly sexy (and in a way us young gals could never acheive- the sexiness that comes with experience), but it has to be dignified. there's nothing i admire more than an older women who is rock solid in who she is and where she's at- for me, the epitomy of class. it makes me look forward to getting older.