You know those style experts who say not to wear slouchy + slouchy? Always balance an oversized top with something slim/fitted on the bottom, and vice versa? Well, clearly I’m not listening to them today.
Yes, generally I think that’s a more “flattering” way to go, but lately, I’m all about pushing the “flattering” boundaries. As I mentioned before, Une Femme wrote a great post about this subject, and recently Kim France (Girls of a Certain Age) posted a pair of DKNY “harem-style” pants on her blog (which I love, and had already “hearted” at Shopbop) and received comments that were largely negative, filled with “those aren’t flattering on ANYONE,” or “no one should wear those.” To which I replied that maybe we should wear what we love, and not necessarily only what is flattering. Also noting that style, and what is “flattering,” is very subjective.
In my old age, I’ve become at the same time, more and less tolerant with regard to personal style: I have little tolerance for women who decide not to “get dressed” before they leave the house, and more tolerance for all sorts of personal style (except maybe the hipsters here in ATX – I’m still having a hard time with them 🙂 ). I am being somewhat sarcastic, but ultimately, as long as a person owns his/her look, I have to respect it, including what is traditionally perceived as “un-flattering.” (But does not include leggings as pants, visible lingerie or wearing nike shorts WHILE NOT RUNNING…see, told you I was also less tolerant ;))
What about you? Are you comfortable pushing the “flattering” boundaries lately? or do you tend to stick with traditionally flattering looks?