“What a revelation it has been to be dressed by the Shepherd’s Body Shape and Style team,” states Shepherd’s Train Yards’ newest consultant Lisa Haley. “I never suspected that details such as sleeve or hem lengths could have such a difference in making or breaking a look! I've learned more from these ladies in a few weeks than I have in the many years of dressing myself.”
Having recently retired from a position in the Federal Government, busy bee Lisa, president of CFUW's Diplomatic Hospitality Group, recently organized and modeled in a Shepherd’s Fashion FUNraiser. Lisa enjoyed her experience so much that she decided to join the Shepherd’s team (she has been an absolute delight and we are so happy to have her!).
Although Lisa stands at 5’5”, she looks much taller. It could be her effervescence, her quick wit or her love of the stage (she’s a natural on the Shepherd’s catwalk) that make her appear taller than life!
This extrovert is a full-figured, inverted triangle shape and the keys to flattering her silhouette include: visually minimizing the width of the shoulder line, elongating the torso and lengthening the leg line. The easiest way to achieve a lengthened leg line is with a full-length pant, so the Sympli Pure Pant, as well as the Eileen Fisher washable crepe pant, count among Lisa’s new favorites.
The Eileen Fisher washable crepe pant ($225) is a perennial favorite. Easy enough for the plane, refined enough for the office, it’s made of fabric to move in. This pant rolls up in a suitcase, and has remarkable memory which means it keeps it shape. What more could a girl want? Worn here with the Sympli Go-To Tank ($92) and the Joseph Ribkoff soft knit cardigan ($150).
In the above picture, a beaming Lisa’s look is almost perfect.
What is complimentary?
- The tunic’s length, colour and open neckline
- The black necklace which effectively brings together the contrasting colours from the top and pant
- The softness of the shrug’s diagonal hem when worn over the tunic.
What is “not so good”?
The length of the sleeve! In many instances a full-length sleeve brings the eye downward, thus lengthening the arm and adding visual heaviness to the entire figure.
So how can we make this look terrific?
As you can see below, we have brought Lisa's sleeve up to a ¾ length. This length is typically the most flattering for length women. Although the garments in both pictures are different, one can easily see how, by simply pushing up the sleeve, the eye is now drawn upwards resulting in a silhouette that appears lighter.
Take a luxurious cashmere wrap, which in the first picture looks big and boxy. Then, fling one side across the shoulder and - POOF! - the magnificent Lisa has created a diagonal line that runs over the torso, producing an instantly slimmer silhouette. Notice that the fabric is kept away from the neck to elongate and frame the face.
Pure Amici Cashmere Wrap ($425)
“I don't do boring! Diagonal lines and I have become fast friends,” states Lisa, “They do wonders to slim me down. Who knew?”
Eileen Fisher silk knit tunic ($295) with shrug ($265) and stretch crepe pant ($225)
“In fact, diagonal hemlines partly account for my becoming an Eileen Fisher fan so quickly. I've noticed quite a lot of them in her collections. I may have been wary of the price points at first but I was quickly won over. You see, Eileen Fisher clothing not only fits me, but it is also really quite flattering and easy to wear. Finding clothing that fits does not need to be difficult.””
“As a plus size woman I take issue with styles that look like they are only cut for 'the big girl'. I think that full-figured women should settle for nothing less than clothing that is fun and stylish. Your wardrobe should communicate your personality!"