I really love those loose, baggy and ultimately shapeless styles that Courtney Trop of Always Judging and Leandra Medine of the Man Repeller took off the runway to the streets and made famous. They hover the line of chic and flowing, yet beg the question, “did you just roll out of bed? Oh wait no, your shirt is actually silk.”
However, unfortunately for me, every time I try to wear those styles instead of looking “chic”, I just look homeless. Due to the fact that I have a moderately sized chest and a (thanks to SoulCycle) butt, these styles cling to those areas and just make me look short and shapeless. Anyone else? Fear not you guys, there’s a way to still wear these styles that accentuate the best of you. It’s called: find an article of clothing you love and tie that baby around your waist. Except a bra. Don’t tie a bra around your waist and tell people that you read on some blog that this creates waist shape.
Every body is different, which means finding a dress that tailors in at the waist can be hard, as they sometimes hit in weird places. Know your body and what you need. Do you have a long torso? You probably look gorgeous in super slim, tight in every area dresses that accentuate your curves. When creating a waist on a style, your “waist” will probably need to hit right in the middle of your waist or higher than others to elongate your legs. Do you have a short torso and long legs like me? Skinny jeans and a top that hits right at the top of your jeans is a great option. When creating a waist shape, I belt everything a bit lower, right above my hips to lengthen my torso.
For this look, I used my denim jacket as a “belt”, even though my dress already had a pulled in waist to create even more shape. Belts are an amazing option, thick or thin, as are flannel shirts, as well as tucking in just the front of your shirt to your jeans. If I’m wearing a really baggy tee, I also love tying a little knot on the side to add a little character as well.
Photography by Ashley Streff
Jacket: AG Jeans
Bag: Mansur Gavriel