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IMG_3029.JPGThis first picture was taken in the event (thank you so much, Stacy, for sending this to me!), but after I got home I realized, to my dismay, that the outfit wasn’t great. It was fine, but could be improved. Too lazy to actually change clothes, I pulled out my stylus and played with it (see below).

Buy: I definitely need a different top, one that blends in with the suit, doesn’t show at the neck, and is just kind of like underwear.

Alter: I think I should taper the skirt a little bit, and maybe shorten it. I’m on the fence about the sleeves; at the very least, the gathering and cuffs at the bottom have to go. I’m still trying to decide between a three-quarter sleeve and a half sleeve. Oh, and the brighter, lighter buttons are a definite improvement!

Styling: I had expected to have a jewelry professional give input, but, course, when I was getting dressed so was she. 😉

  1. When I first got dressed, I tried the “haircolor” scrunch boots and decided they might be too heavy or textured or something for the outfit. Now, I think they would have been better.
  2. I think I should just forget about those bracelets.
  3. One problem with the trio of pins is that I don’t like one of them. Otherwise, what do you think about that look? I may prefer a chunky-ish necklace that sort of balances the boots (as illustrated on the right).
  4. One last technical comment: in the center photo, with the headband, the entire look is eight headlengths, because I have shortened the head length with the headband. without the headband, it is more like seven headlengths. To be honest, I still think a look on the far right is relatively balanced.

I suppose experimenting is how people with time, money, and interest organically come to the point of expressing themselves artistically with their look. Having always had the interest, I am now investing the time to practice (and, of course, I have invested in professional stylist training, which magnifies the efficiency of the practicing process).

Enjoy the journey!


  8 Responses to “WIW: Training Premier Designs Jewelers”

  1. A little harder to tell with drawn on accessories 😀 but I think I prefer the last picture and I don’t mind the sleeve length and shape, either. Not sure I like the altered sleeves in the middle pic. But I also don’t think the original outfit was flawed as you felt it was.

    • I think I am with you on that; as in, the things I didn’t like we’re relatively minor. I will probably taper the skirt and change the buttons and call it macaroni 😉

      The suit reminds me of something you said about a suit worn as a dress. That helps me not feel “dress for success” when wearing it. undoubtedly, next time I wear the outfit, I will be more comfortable in it! 🙂

  2. I can’t see the buttons clearly but I often opt for matte finish same color buttons. The contrasting lighter ones can look awfully perky. 😀 Depending on the fabric, if you take in some on the skirt, you might
    consider dressmaker covered buttons. I don’t know why but I always think they’re an ultra discreet sensual touch, though maybe only in darker colors.

  3. I have a question about shoe color. The “old” rule was that shoes should not be lighter than your hemline. I am aware of the nude shoe look which is now very popular. I still think that a look is more “together”. What is your “professional” take on this??

    • Kathie – do you mean that you don’t care for the nude shoe look? I have run into other ladies who don’t; typically they are not ladies with shorter legs 😉

      When I was in a beauty pageant, many years ago, we were all required to buy nude shoes. It made sense to me as an alternative to having shoes that coordinate with the outfit. The shoes blend with the leg, but it does create a sort of barefoot look. I don’t think that a nude pump is any less appropriate than a black one.

      OTOH, your question has gotten me thinking about how this variable could intersect with various style personality types. For me, I think youthfulness is inherent. That would include barefoot looks and flats, things a little girl would wear.

      I don’t mind looking barefoot, but I ALWAYS wear shoes or risk feeling like I am dressed for bed 😉

      • Hello again,

        I was talking about the current trend to wear lighter shoes than the hemline. I personally think that it looks more elegant for shoes to be the same depth of color or darker than the hemline. For example white shoes with a navy skirt draw unnecessary attention to the feet. I also like a youthful look but the style can be more youthful regardless of color.

        • Hi Kathie! I see what you mean, I think; certainly the example that you mentioned sounds bad (navy skirt, white shoes). There probably is somebody who could do that artistically, though. My mentor Carla (Mathis, one the world’s true image masters) would say it was a woman with stark white hair, but even then attention must be paid to other elements of how the outfit is put together.

          I am presently experimenting with using lighter shoes, because my hair is light, but I am thinking about how I can give the theory a good test from a compositional standpoint. I would also say I am not a fan of the shoes I am pictured in here, at least with the outfit, because they are a touch too light to blend with my legs. They also have a strap that is a little chunky for me to wear with a skirt. But I think they would be just as bad or worse in a darker color, all else the same.

          Thanks for your question! It gives me lots to think about 🙂

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