En Vogue event March 12

En Vogue event March 12

Next week is a local fundraiser for Friendship House in Mount Vernon.   The theme is Roaring 20’s. You may or may not know that I chose a vintage beaded flapper dress for my wedding dress because even 30 years ago I was all about reuse. I was super excited about wearing it again to this event because to date I have only worn it once besides the wedding. But then I started researching ideas for others to wear and I got excited about the thought of a new take on it.  Especially since I am really in love with (and realize I have been since middle school) menswear on women. Loved Jo’s look in Little Women. Get a ticket to the show here and see what I am wearing and see if I managed to inspire anyone else to embrace the theme.

You can see my Pintrest board of ideas  to get your own original outfit from today’s clothing. Tomorrow I am going to my favorite consignment store and perhaps a thrift store or two to give you some sustainable ideas for your En Vogue outfit.

Have some fun with this. How often do you get to play with your look? Should I go original flapper or menswear? Any thoughts?

What’s Wrong with this outfit?

What’s Wrong with this outfit?

I always love those what not to wear shows and now it is fun to figure out why my outfits don’t always work. I made these great flannel pants from a Sew Chic Pattern Co. pattern. I put the cozy side inside and they feel like pajamas. With the shirt on the left they also look like pajamas. Whoops! This shirt’s v-neck also makes my torso look too short since these pants are high waisted. 

When I switched to the white shirt and blue sweater, it drew the eye up and elongated the torso. The navy sweater lowered the visual waist a little bit and it all balanced out. My favorite outfit on a chilly day. 

The effect of high waisted pants is to make your legs look longer and as a result your torso is automatically shortened. These pants would not work as well on someone with long legs and a shorter torso unless there was another balancing trick – Perhaps a collar that stood up on the neckline to make the upper half of the body taller as well. 

If you try something on and at first it doesn’t look quite right, play around with the proportions and see if you can fool the eye till you get it right. What problems have you had with proportion?