Are you weary of wardrobe worries? Do you stand catatonic before your closet? Does the fashion rulebook ruffle your feathers? Never fear — Megan is here!
In the July edition of our fashion advice column “Ask Megan,” Style Coach Megan LaRussa Chenoweth of Megan LaRussa tackles reader questions about how to hide a muffin top, how to find the perfect sunglasses and much more!
Can petite ladies wear wide leg pants?
Excellent question! I have a handful of true petite clients, and when we first begin our work together they firmly believe that as a petite woman they are limited in what they can wear and that there are zero stylish options for them in stores. They soon see when we hit the stores together that there are actually options for them that are both stylish and figure flattering. And this includes the right wide leg pant.
Wide leg pants are not a one-size-fits-all pant style, and thus you must select the cut and brand that best fits your body type. As a petite woman, your best bet for a wide leg pant is opting for the more on-trend version — a cropped kick flare. This style pant typically hits right above the anklebone and has a slight flare at the hemline. The key to ensuring it’s flattering on a petite frame is keeping the thigh to knee area of the pant more tailored.
If this kick flare-style pant is not your favorite, then I’d encourage you to skip the wide leg pant altogether. Anything too flowy or palazzo-like will wear you. Instead enjoy the plethora of other pant styles out there that do work beautifully on a petite woman!
How do I style a jean jacket?
Funny you should ask as I just did a video on Instagram on this exact topic!
While a seemingly classic item, jean jackets have gone in and out of style and, like most strong classics, it has come back in a new, reimagined way. When worn the right way, this third piece can look fresh and modern. The key word here is wearing the jean jacket the right way, so let’s delve into the keys to pulling off this look.
It’s important to select a jean jacket that’s tailored, not boxy. If you love a more on-trend vibe, then opt for patches, distressing and the like. If you prefer a more classic look, then go for your tried and true classic indigo look.
From there, wear your jean jacket just as you would a cardigan or casual jacket. Throw it on over a sundress or over a tee with white or black jeans. Make sure to always roll up the sleeves to show a little skin for a more flattering and effortless look.
How do I hide a muffin top?
Ah, the dreaded muffin top. I’ve been there; it’s never a pleasant experience! But it can be prevented and hidden with the right clothes and undergarments.
You need to first make sure you have on the right undergarments. Underwear that is smoothing, versus squeezing, is essential in eliminating the muffin top at your waist. This also includes your bra, so make sure it’s not digging into you and thus creating “rolls” along your midsection.
If you don’t have the proper undergarments, don’t worry! I have a fantastic complimentary guide, where you can shop all of my favorite underpinnings and more.
Once you have the right foundational pieces, it’s all a matter of fabric, drape and rise of pants. Look for non-clingy fabrics that don’t look boxy on you. You want your tops to nip in at the waist without clinging to your midsection, which can show off a muffin top. Fabrics with drape, such as certain blends of cotton, linen and wool, have enough substance to them to skim over your midsection.
The last piece of the puzzle is selecting the right pant or jean that smoothes and hits at the right place on your torso. We are all built differently, so every woman needs a different rise and fit. So don’t be afraid to try on multiple pant options until you find just the right pair. Typically you want the pant to hit above where you carry any extra around the middle so that it acts as a control top.
The trifecta of smoothing undergarments, a flattering draped top and the perfect rise in pants will ensure your muffin top is a thing of the past!
What sunglasses look best on a small face?
Sunglasses look best when you take into consideration your coloring and face shape first. The golden rule with sunnies is selecting the opposite shape sunglass as your face. For example, if you have a round face, avoid round sunglasses and instead opt for a pair that’s more squared off. As for color, you want a hue that best complements your skin tone and hair color. If you have blond hair and fair skin, then wearing a pair of black sunglasses will look too harsh on you. Instead try a tortoiseshell pair or a soft color to avoid too much contrast.
Once you’ve assessed the shape and color, then think about the size of the frames. Honestly, it’s all about your personal style. If you love a statement-making frame (a la Rachel Zoe or Iris Apfel), by all means rock it with confidence, no matter what size face you have! If you prefer a more classic look and don’t want sunnies that are a focal point, then select a pair that’s in proportion to your face. For a smaller size face, go for a smaller frame that looks balanced on your face and doesn’t hide your eyebrows.
For more tips and tricks on selecting the perfect pair of sunglasses, watch my “Style Secrets with Megan” video on this exact subject!
Is there a way to make boyfriend jeans girly?
Absolutely! It’s all about how you style your outfit and the fit of the boyfriend jeans. If you prefer a more feminine vibe, but want the ease and comfort of a pair of boyfriend jeans, then pair them with an obviously feminine top. This can look like a feminine color, a delicate fabric or a girly print or cut. By pairing together this seemingly unrelated combo you are creating an effortless and modern look. In today’s world of style, it’s all about contrasts!
Last but not least, fit is vital when making your boyfriend jeans more girly. When deciding on a pair of jeans, you want to find some that are more tailored and less slouchy but still maintain that boyfriend look with a cuffed hem and perhaps some distressing. By going for a more tailored jean, you are keeping the look more feminine and less borrowed from the boys.
Are maxi skirts still in for the summer?
Maxi skirts as we know them from the early 2000s are not currently in style. The ones we wore in an ironically peasant way with fitted tees and tanks may seem like a classic summer staple but are actually now a dated item.
The more modern way to rock a longer length skirt is the midi length. The midi length can hit you anywhere between the top of your ankle bone to right below your calf muscle. This silhouette is not flattering on all body types and heights, so this trend may or may not be your friend.
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