Dressing against body type

Wide-leg trousers…

Is that a look I can pull off? With a big, chunky cardi?

Well, according to fashion mags, this is the look that supposedly makes you look taller and slimmer, elongating your legs (especially if you wear heels).

cashmere cardigan

Sure it does. If you’re tall and slim to begin with. 

But what if you’re short and stumpy? Is this really the miracle outfit that makes a curvy girl with a big booty and short legs look like a supermodel?

Of course not: no outfit will do that. But if I find a pair of trousers that can accommodate my big booty and my thunder thighs and fit around my waist, I will buy it. You see, most trousers that fit around my hips have a gap big enough to fit two or three of me around the waist…

Chanel bag

But I’m not fooling myself: wide-leg trousers were not designed for a body like mine, and therefore it’s not the most flattering outfit I could wear (If I wanted to dress with a wow effect, I’d wear a pencil skirt). But on a cold day I want something warmer, so trousers it is. I’ll make it work.

I’m wearing:

cashmere cardigan: Brora (old) / trousers: Marks and Spencer / t-shirt: Mango jeans (old) / 

shoes: Clarks (old) / sunglasses: Dolce & Gabbana / bag: Chanel

Do you ever dress against body type?


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  1. fashionandfoodandotherstuff
    5 November 2015 / 7:23 am

    Well, i have got slim legs and a wilde pair of trousers dos not look good on me at all. It maken me more skinier. But it is all about what you shine out!www.fashionandfoodandotherstuff.com

    • Tiina L
      5 November 2015 / 6:31 pm

      Yep, there are no rules… it may or may not look good, we just have to give it a try…

  2. Doused In Pink
    5 November 2015 / 12:09 pm

    Those trousers look great on you and I love the color of your card! This is such a chic look!JillDoused In Pink

    • Tiina L
      5 November 2015 / 6:31 pm

      Thanks, Jill!

  3. Radostin
    5 November 2015 / 12:51 pm

    You look great in this! Actually, I think the two long lines of (1) long cardigan and (2) high-waisted trousers is pretty lengthening. I think the brain adds up the two lines as if they did not overlap. At the same time, I entirely agree with you that "conventionally flattering" definitely doesn't have to be one's aim in getting dressed!

    • Tiina L
      5 November 2015 / 6:34 pm

      Thanks! but I'm a bit sceptical about the lenghtening bit… But that's OK; I'm short(ish) and I'm fine with that.

  4. Suzanne Carillo
    5 November 2015 / 1:11 pm

    I think the trousers look quite nice. LIke you I have short legs and wearing anything that is remotely long means I need to wear some kind of heel to try to balance it all out. I love your sunglasses. I think the whole look is rather chic without trying too hard.bisousSuzanne

    • Tiina L
      5 November 2015 / 6:35 pm

      Yes, and heels and me, we just don't get along. These are my 'pretend heels': the heels is maybe 3 cm ans sometimes even that feels too high.

  5. Patti
    5 November 2015 / 1:39 pm

    I really like these proportions, and think the pants suit you well. Lovely color cardigan too. xo-Pattihttp://notdeadyetstyle.com

    • Tiina L
      5 November 2015 / 6:36 pm

      Thanks, Patti! I've had the cardi for a long time, and it's super warm and comfy.

  6. Laura Yoder
    5 November 2015 / 2:23 pm

    I think you look fantastic! Love the casual tee with the dressier pieces as well!Laurawww.24-7style.com

    • Tiina L
      5 November 2015 / 6:38 pm

      Thanks, Laura. I often dress up casual pieces (or dress down dressier pieces) ,I like to mix it up a bit this way.

  7. Shybiker
    5 November 2015 / 2:36 pm

    There are guidelines for fashion and then there is our individual taste. The latter can trump the former. If we like something, that's justification enough. Rules be damned!

    • Tiina L
      5 November 2015 / 6:39 pm

      I usually try to strike some sort of a balance between what looks good and what feels comfortable. But there are days when I need some 'comfort wear'.

  8. Caroline Jones
    6 November 2015 / 2:48 am

    Everything looks really nice on you 🙂 You know how to perfect your dress and it shows formality to who you are 🙂

    • Tiina L
      6 November 2015 / 10:12 am

      Thank you, Caroline, that is so sweet of you.

    • Caroline Jones
      11 November 2015 / 9:38 am

      You're welcome, you gotta try to be classy and sexy too! 🙂

  9. Carrie
    6 November 2015 / 3:57 am

    You look great, I am in love with your sunglasses! And, the trousers look great with that cardi!Carriecurlycraftymom.com

    • Tiina L
      6 November 2015 / 10:13 am

      Thanks, Carrie. This pair of sunglasses is my current favourite.

  10. Alice Warren
    6 November 2015 / 6:03 am

    I find that when I wear wide leg pants like you are wearing, I have to wear heels and it does make me feel instantly taller and slimmer. I think these pants look perfect on you.Thank you for joining TBT Fashion link up and hope to see you next week. Have a great weekend!Alicewww.happinessatmidlife.com

    • Tiina L
      6 November 2015 / 10:16 am

      Yes, heels would look better… But I won't wear heels, no matter what, can't walk in them and they make my feet hurt. The shoes I'm wearing here have rather low heels, but I still find them uncomfortable for longer stretches of time.

  11. Nicole Mölders
    6 November 2015 / 6:21 am

    Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style. This burgundy purplish color looks great on you. It's a winner.

    • Tiina L
      6 November 2015 / 10:17 am

      Thanks Nicole. Burgundy is a new colour for me, but I like it a lot.

  12. Diana B.
    6 November 2015 / 10:12 am

    You did make it work out with that cardigan and trousers. Really intelligent 🙂 Have a great day!

    • Tiina L
      6 November 2015 / 10:17 am

      Thanks, Diana! Have a great weekend!

    • Diana B.
      10 November 2015 / 7:37 am

      You're welcome! Try to find more fashion tips and ideas 🙂

  13. Martina, Elegant 40
    6 November 2015 / 3:06 pm

    Burgundy and Chanel will always work great. Looking good! Visiting your blog via PASSION FOR FASHION Linkup!Greetings from Elegant 40!

    • Tiina L
      7 November 2015 / 3:04 pm

      I agree, burgundy and Chanel are the perfect match. But Chanel goes with anything, of course…

  14. Dawn Lucy
    8 November 2015 / 12:25 am

    I have the same figure issues, Tiina … big booty and thick thighs with a small waist. So hard to find pants that fit just right! You look great and that pink is so pretty on you. Yeah, sometimes to heck with the rules, right?! You look great!Thanks for linking up!OXOXDawn Lucyhttp://fashionshouldbefun.blogspot.com

    • Tiina L
      8 November 2015 / 5:30 pm

      Oh yes, looking for pants is awful, they're all cut for a completely different figure. When I find something that fits me, I buy it in at least 2-3 colours…

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