Style File — The Right Silhouette

The next element to consider in my wardrobe, after fit, is silhouette. Silhouette and fit are two of the biggest reasons clothing languishes in my closet unworn. Either is doesn’t fit or it doesn’t flatter my body.

I know what works with my body. I look best in garments with a nipped in waist. This could be because of the garment’s construction or due to a belt. I have a small waist, so this is a trait I like to emphasize.

For example, this Abigail Glaum-Lathbury shirtdress that I wore last Wednesday is fitted in the bodice, especially the waist. I don’t need the Warwick Belt from Shelter Protects You to create the right silhouette, but it adds interest to the ensemble. I finished the look with my Nine West pointy-toe pumps.

I favor skirts that fall around my knee — just above, at, or below. This is a flattering length for me. Any longer and they overwhelm me; any shorter and I feel the outfit becomes a little vulgar.

Full skirts, like the one here, are flattering and comfortable. I have a number that are variations on a circle skirt. I should remember to seek out more like this.

all photos by Travis Haughton – Wasabi Photography


  1. Maggie says:

    Love that dress on you!! Perfect length.

  2. Mom says:

    Gorgeous outfit! I love it.

  3. Terri says:

    I can see why you like this profile. A very flattering dress.

  4. kc says:

    I’m really enjoying this new series! Silhouette is something I still struggle with. I think it’s hard to see oneself objectively. Like, as a shorter person (5’4″) I always shy away from knee length dress/skrit styles in fear that it will shorten me but this dress looks fabulous on you and actually makes you look taller I think. Sometime for me to consider the next time I’m skirt shopping.

    • jacqueline says:

      Yes, seeing ones body objectively is a real challenge. There was a Say Yes to the Dress episode once where a woman put a mask on her head so that she would look at how the dress fit instead of non-objectively judging her own body in the dress. I actually think she was going somewhere with that idea (even if she came off a little crazy).

      I’m not saying we should all take masks into the dressing room, but shooting a picture of ourselves with our heads cut off might help some people evaluate fit and silhouette rather than their bodies. You have to look past what your body looks like, and access the garment on the body.

  5. Jo says:

    SO cute!!!

  6. Brenna says:

    I am so tempted to fly to Chicago and pilfer your closet. You have such amazing taste and style.

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