I (Don’t) Want What She’s Having: Legs that look stumpy from poor fashion choices
Pippa Middleton, the every-girl style icon is looking decidedly edgy for herself. While the particular wash of her fuchsia jeans is not our favorite with its strange dye markings down the side, we appreciate her effort to spunk up a classic dark blazer with a burst of color paired with her go-to Aruna Seth Romina bag.
But, here’s where Pippa went wrong…
Her calf-high black boots completely cut her body off into thirds! It’s a color blocking disaster gone short and dumpy, while over-emphasizing muscular legs.
Stylist Advice: When you wear color, make sure that it visually creates the illusion of a balanced figure. Once you break your body up with a burst of color, it immediately shrinks that area to the eye. To create a longer line, opt for tonal colors or color block strategically to draw the eye where you want it to rest.
MORE: The Color Blocked Trend
When you do add a burst of color, like Pippa’s fuchsia jeans, then have that color go all the way down your leg to elongate. By wearing a dark boot that almost reaches her calf, her leg looks truncated.
A more flattering option, and there are many, would be to wear a shorter ankle boot or bootie, by adding a bit of a platform, like the Aldo Elks, pictured, her legs would look even longer.
A gray bootie would be less harsh of a break with her fuchsia jeans, and wearing her jeans cropped to right above the ankle to show a break of skin with black pumps would be a very French Chic option.
As far as her jeans go, this rose colored option from Urban Outfitters has a much more pleasant wash.
Better luck next time, Pippa.
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Flattering shoe options to create the look of a longer leg:
Photo: Aruna Seth
Romina bag available at ArunaSeth.comPublished on January 13, 2012