This Looked Better In My Head!

Hey everyone! So, I’m sure I’m not the only one this has happened to: you are thinking about what to wear and two items in your mind look perfect together. Then you try them on and the reality is oh, so, the opposite!

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This top I tried on at the store wearing my white jeans. It looked cute but the material of the top is more office-appropriate (i.e. polyester) and the jeans were casual cotton. I thought in my head the top would look perfect with these wide-legged, tan pants. Nope! The top was too flowy and the pants were even more flowy. Plus, the soft tan was too washed out for the crisper colors in the top. Also, the pant material, which is a soft cotton, just didn’t seem to go with the polyester fabric of the top. Now what?

I pulled out my wide-legged, cropped pants. These worked better than the tan pants because the fabrics work better together since the pants are rayon viscose/spandex/nylon fabric and the crisp black pairs well with the colors of the top. However, all of a sudden, there is a heavy black line right in the middle of my body!

This looked better in my head! |

I hadn’t even noticed the black line until I saw these pictures. It hits below my natural waist, so I didn’t think anything was wrong with it. But, when it’s paired with these pants that are cropped, so look shorter, it cuts my body right in half. A universally unflattering proportion!  Supposedly, the proportions you want are 1/3. You want your body to be cut up into thirds (think long tunic over ankle length pants or long skirt with cropped top) and this black line cuts me right in the middle. Blergh! So, not going to be wearing these two together.

This looked better in my head! |

Oh well! I live and learn! I don’t think I would have noticed this if I hadn’t taken these pictures. If I had just walked out of the door, I would have thought this outfit was fine. I’ve heard advice from others to take pictures of yourself in outfits so you can look at them a bit more objectively and I have to say I can see the value in that for sure!

Hope you have a nice weekend. I have a fun wedding on Saturday so I’ll be showing you my summer wedding outfit on Monday. See you then!

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  1. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve done this, Julia!!
    The thing is, why can’t I see it when I’m looking at it in person?? I know many times for Nancy’s outfits (the 60+ model), we get her dressed and I think it looks fine. But then the photos have that same proportion problem. I think I need to start looking for it and thinking about it more!!??

  2. I have to say, while I understand the proportion theory, this outfit doesn’t strike me as troublesome. It doesn’t “feel” disproportionate to me. I think it looks great!

    And yeah, I don’t have a full-length mirror anywhere in my current apartment, so I take full-length cell phone selfies to check out outfits before going out in them, and find that’s a better visual.

    Yay, Friday 🙂

  3. Well I think you look very Devine even if you are not 1/3 ×3. Your white pants likely would look great too. .Take a picture and see. I’m a Californian and we think and do things out of the ordinary. Have a blessed weekend.

  4. Thanks for that tip about thirds. Most of my current wardrobe cuts me in half, which might be why I’ve been unsatisfied with my “look” for a while. There’s a nice chart floating around on Pinterest that has a before-and-after version of outfits changing up the proportions and you know, the better looks are the ones that divide the body in thirds.

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