Slacked off a bit on this series didn’t I? The holidays always get a little crazy.
This week, we’re taking a peak at Naomi’s closet, so pay attention skinny girls. This one’s for you. And all you LA girls, because there are no seasons.
Item 1// Trina Turk embellished cardigan
Styling concerns: This is really feminine and loud, but also non-functional piece. I frankly don’t even know what to call. Jacket? cardigan?
- Yes, it’s not really going to keep you warm, ever, in any weather. Treat these pieces as you would an accessory. With all that hardware, you can definitely skip the jewelry and let this be your bling.
- It’s busy. Navy crochet lace and rows of large studs call a lot of attention. Keep your outfit neutral and avoid patterns. They will inevitably clash with the lace design.
- The swingy shape can flatter or drown your figure. Wear sleeker, more form fitting outfits with this cardigan to avoid looking like grandma.
- Don’t forget what I taught you about necklines! This square neckline will definitely show off your collarbones so make sure the top you wear underneath doesn’t cover them. A fitted turtleneck can work here as well; the low neckline creates length.
- scoop neck black cardigan
- We used a buttoned up cardigan here, but any thin sweater with a low neckline works here. The fitted nature of the sweater is key here, anything too loose around the sleeves would look sloppy.
- The beautiful dark navy goes well with just about any neutral color, we picked black here, but white, gray, cream or even another navy would all work here. Just avoid a blue that’s too close to it in color.
- skinny jeans/Pac Sun
- Keeping things streamlined, we went with a LA staple—the skinny jeans. Again, pick a blue that’s different than the cardigan; a darker jean works well here. White jeans are another option great for the summer (white jeans also makes skinny girl gams look fuller).
- black ballet flats/H&M
- Anything can look younger, edgier, and sexier with the right perspective. This has a wonderful, fresh pattern and a flashy sheen to it. Treat it like your going-out skirts.
- To balance the conservative length, wear something a little more revealing on top. Seduction is all about balance, hiding some parts while showing off others, creating a sense of mystery. What’s the fun in having it all hang out?
- COLOR. Yes it’s wild. Yes, you can just wear black I guess, but that’s boring. You know what’s so great about that jeweled tone trend? It’s always a trend (I think it’s pretty much timeless now) and they really compliment each other. Go crazy with the jewels, just stay in the same tones. Here, we’re sticking with cool tones—dark purples and blues.
Look// jeweled out.
- sheer raspberry sleeveless top/Forever 21
- This type of top is a small-chested woman’s best friend. Ruffles and ties near the bust create fullness where it’s needed most. Tucked into this waisted dress and it works double duty, making the waist look smaller and giving you that hourglass figure you thought you could never get.
- The sheer fabric is what makes this look work. Wear your prettiest lace bra underneath and you’ll have eyes on you all night.
- Showing off some arms here is what really balances out the look. Anything longer than a 3/4 sleeve might start looking like office attire.
- sapphire peep toe sandals/Steve Madden
- To elevate this look to a night out, you have to have some sky high heels. Again, showing off some skin around your feet makes the skirt feel less stuffy and more sexy. Plus, what better way to show off your legs then wearing 5 inch heels?
Item 3// Twelve by Twelve sheer beaded kimono
Styling concerns: Yet another non-functional piece that really only serves as embellishment, how do I pull this one off?
- Like Item 1, this is really another accessory. It definitely doesn’t provide any warmth. The beadwork here makes this piece ultra feminine and dressy, so treat it like delicate jewelry.
This shape, unlike Item 1, is flowy and soft, but the same rules apply. You have to keep things slim underneath, but with there’s more room for romantic layers, patterns and textures here since the sheer mesh material is a beautiful muted blush.Look// fairy flapper.
- layered shift dress/H&M
- This is a thin-strapped swingy number. Really simple and pretty asymmetrical layers move beautifully. Pieces like this with a lot of movement is perfect for thinner girls, complementing a small frame without emphasizing the lack of curves. The rippling layers also meshes well the loose waves of the kimono, keeping everything light and airy.
- With the pretty blush kimono, look for soft colors with a bit more depth. This periwinkle blue is just deep enough to keep the look grounded and not like you just stepped out of a princess movie. light grays, whites, muted metallics can work here as well.
- suede lace up peep toe booties/Steve Madden
- Keeping with the soft colors, these baby gray heels keep the look fresh with laces and some toe cleavage. These are an especially great pair because the laces and the hidden platform creates the illusion of height while the heel isn’t actually that high (about 2.5 inches!).
- gold metal leaf headband/Urban Outfitters
- With all the beading around the upper body, add some sparkle to your hair with an adorned headband. It dresses up the modern flapper look.
Item 4// H&M denim bustier
Styling concerns: Bustiers are always hard to wear casually. Especially a denim one.
- Bustier’s can be slutty. Pair this with low rise anything and risk being called a streetwalker. Oops.
- Same with bottoms shorter than mid-thigh range. Harlot.
- Stiletto heels? Tramp. BALANCE LADIES.
It is absolutely possible to wear denim on denim. Unless you can match the colors perfectly, go for a completely different wash—white, super pale blue, or super dark. Keep the waistline high…at the WAIST.Look// american sweetheart.
- red cutout patterned skirt/Cope
- A high waisted skirt seriously brings out the best in a woman’s figure. Always emphasize your best assets, in Naomi’s case, her long legs and tiny waist. The high waist also makes the bustier look almost demure.
- This skirt is a bit on the longer side, but all the better to balance out the skin-baring top.
- The sweetheart neckline is also a good thing to keep in mind if you have a smaller chest.
- black ballet flats/H&M
- Flats keep this look PG. But if you wanted a little more height, espadrille wedges or wooden platform sandals would make this look a little less sweet and little more summer on the French Riviera.
Skinny girls, or what Lucky Magazine calls “flute shaped” bodies, have just as much trouble finding clothes that work as the next girl. With a body like Naomi’s, it’s all about playing up mile long legs and carving out curves. Now, dig out some of those pieces in the back of the closet and use your imagination!