WIW: Dressing my Apple tendancies (Challenge Inspired)

April's Challenge to Deb was to look to Style Evolution for inspiration.  When I visited the book, I clicked "surprise me" to preview a random page, and the first page up was on noticing your body type.  The second page up was bra-fitting.

I'm a rectangle with apple tendencies, so I decided to take inspiration from Angie's post. 

In keeping with both, I started with my best fitting bra.  It's one I made myself, and I don't wear it very often because it has seamed cups, and I prefer the smooth contour of my tee-shirt bra.  But I wore it anyway.  

Then I chose slim fitting pants, similar-toned shoes to further elongate my leg line, and a flowy sweater over it.  

(Please excuse the bits of my undershirt peeking out from my sleeves - I switched to a shorter-sleeved undershirt after I saw these pics).

Overall, I think the silhouette of this outfit works, but it's just a little chilly for today, so I'm probably going to change tops to something warmer.

What do you think?  Fun challenge!

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  • Suz replied 6 years ago

    I think it totally works to flatter your shape! You look long and lean hear. The ombre top helps because the bottom is toned in to your trousers. And the lighter top brings attention to your face. Cool idea, Amy! 

  • replied 6 years ago

    It looks really good! I like how your hair is coming along too. I think the ombre is a great choice also.

  • E replied 6 years ago

    You look great! Definitely a successful experiment. Your hair's looking very nice as well: a flapper-esque bob. :)

  • Aquamarine replied 6 years ago

    Well done!

  • Thistle replied 6 years ago

    Very well down!  I love the ombre top on you. It really elongates, and the cowl top focuses attention upward. YLF!

  • April replied 6 years ago

    Wait -- you MADE a bra?  Good grief.  I feel like bra construction must be about as challenging as building a suspension bridge (wasn't it a bridge engineer who originally invented the brassiere?) so I'm blown away by this.

    And you look great!  I love that you're playing alongside Deb's challenge.  :)

  • amiable replied 6 years ago

    Ooh - April - interesting history!  I have to go look that up!  (And yes, I did make it - but it's nothing that special - I bought a pattern, tweaked it a tad to a shape I liked, and just followed the step-by-step instructions.  Even with that, it took four bras to get a wearable one.  I'm almost done with another, and hoping that will be really terrific.)

    Thanks for all the ombre top love - it's been an orphan this winter, because it's really a spring/fall item - definitely not warm enough for any real chill.

  • rabbit replied 6 years ago

    love it!  The colors, the shape, everything!

  • EveningMood replied 6 years ago

    Great job and fab sweater!

  • Sara L. replied 6 years ago

    You look very long and lean in this outfit.  Hopefully the sweater will get some love when the weather warms up.  Wow - I'm so impressed you made a bra.  

  • carambola replied 6 years ago

    Great look! Love the ombre top and how the bottom blends with the pants. Also, color me impressed that your best fitting bra is self-made!

  • Beth Ann replied 6 years ago

    This is one of your simplest and best, Amy.  Wear it often!  The scrunch in the sleeve is great, too (on warmer days, anyway).

    And kudos to keeping at a pattern until it works.  I'm preparing to sew again and am thinking about doing the same --- choosing a spring skirt pattern and working with it until I've made a template I can duplicate.

  • Neel replied 6 years ago

    You stitched your own bra?? I am right there with April in a trance!!

    I love how the ombre effect of the top darkens and then the effect is carried on by your pants!! Beautiful indeed!

  • Debra replied 6 years ago

    Fantastic !!!!!! I love this outfit :)

  • goldenpig replied 6 years ago

    Love the ombré top! I am wearing my ombré blardigan too! I am impressed that you made your own bras. Great apple outfit!

  • Ornella replied 6 years ago

    Wow! It must be one of my favourite on you. YLF.

  • Gigi replied 6 years ago

    I'm in Ornella's camp--this has to be one of my favorite outfits that I've seen you post here. Great job!

  • rachylou replied 6 years ago

    Heh. I have to confess, it's hard for me to tell what I think. I don't know that I actually like this sweater for you. It feels a little big to me...

  • shevia replied 6 years ago

    This is an excellent silhouette for you Amiable! Made a bra in your free time huh?

  • Joy replied 6 years ago

    This is one of my favorite outfits ever on you, Amy. Could you wear a long sleeved thin sweater under the ombré top for warmth? Making your own bra is so impressive! I've wondered how hard it would be to make a band tighter on an existing bra to get more life out of it. Is that possible?

  • SarahTheWhite replied 6 years ago

    OK, I am crazy impressed that you made your own bra... Especially given how hard it is to find a great fitting bra made by companies that SPECIALIZE in bras! The combination of your awesome bra with the great placement of the darker color in the top nip your waist in perfectly. There are NO apple tendencies in sight in this outfit. Wow.

    And since we are taking bras... On a side note, am I the only one here who purposefully leaves my bra on, changes into Jammie's or comfy clothes, and then does the whole Houdini act of taking the bra off and pulling it out of the neck hole just because I feel like I am doing a fabulous magic act? I can't help myself. And then I giggle. Because I am a spectacular magician.

  • Deborah replied 6 years ago

    Totally works.  I love this silhouette on you and that sweater is just lovely.  It's quite fab how it camouflages the tummy area.  (not that I actually think you have a tummy:)  I think this is an outfit very much worth repeating. 

  • donnat replied 6 years ago

    That sweater looks terrific with the pants, very nice

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