Pear Dressing, trying Angie's Boxy Sweater Ensemble

Here, a WIMW and a WIW inspired by Angie's popular boxy shirt under a boxy sweater ensemble.

First, a What I Might Wear.  Pictures 1-3.  
Here I am using Angie's advanced pear guidelines keeping the fit fluid.  The cropped top draws the eye up as does the modern sleeve type.  I just love the focus on sleeves right now -- keeps things away from the bottom half.  The white shirt is curved and shorter, therefore drawing the eye away from the hip.  My refinement, after looking at the pictures, was to unroll the sleeves so there's not such a straight line where the cropped top ends. 

Next, the WIW.  Today.
1 -- What I actually wore.  
2 -- Almost wore

Although I preferred the cream color near my face in #5, I opted for #4 because figure flattery usually trumps color flattery with me.  I was afraid the white shirt bottom created a skirt drawing the eye right to my widest point.  It occurred to me later to try this with the white shirt in the hypothetical outfit above -- maybe that's the best solution, but I ran out of time.

Thanks for looking.  What do you think?

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  • MsMary replied 6 years ago

    These are all fab!  I think you made the right choice in picking 4 over 5.  I made a similar adjustment with my boxy-over-boxy look -- my first version had the sweatshirt hiked up pretty high to show significant shirttails, and I decided that chopped me up too much so I pulled down the sweatshirt to show only a sliver of white shirt at the bottom.

    It's all in the little tweaks and details, isn't it?

  • O replied 6 years ago

    Smashing :-)

    I love seeing the boxy fit action - it does all it says in the post. I don't have anything like this at the moment, but will chase it. You are right, sleeve 'action' is so fun and interesting.

    4 over 5 is no brainer. 5 has too many horizontal lines which make the outfit Iook unusually busy for your style. Something else bothers me a bit about it, maybe if the hem of the shirt was abit more rounded it's be more interesting. I'm thinking about Jean's recent outfit where the back side of the shirt is a good example of how rounded hemline works.

  • Neel replied 6 years ago

    Awesome!!  I love both your outfits!  4 is surely a winner and I too well remember the cutting problem with a shorter banded sweater.  Like MaryK, with the second sweater I just showed a sliver of shirt.  It worked :)  Yes, it's all in the details!

  • replied 6 years ago

    Great stylings Denise. 4 is fab. The details, the details!

  • Inge replied 6 years ago

    I think all of these work Denise. And I hope you *will* wear the first outfit soon, as I love you in that cropped cream jumper with the white shirt.
    I also have a slight preference for 4 over 5. A) because I think the grey ton-sur-ton is beautiful. B) I do love the grey jumper with the crisp white button-down, but might prefer it with the white shirt from outfit 1 because that one has a curved hem, so no horizontal line across the body.

    Thanks for sharing!

  • deb replied 6 years ago

    I like them all but #5 is my least favorite. I love #1.

  • kkards replied 6 years ago

    #1-#3 are eye opening, what a great way to use a cropped sweater and to pair it with non jeans. love them all, although  #3 is probably how i would wear it. i agree, i like both #4 and #5, but again, #4 is my preference, but #5 could be good with a lighter denim. 

  • jenanded replied 6 years ago

    Love to see the experiment and 4 is a peach for this pear! I wonder if it both shape, less figure chopping and a level of tonal action w greys and black... inspiring!

  • donnat replied 6 years ago

    I think 4 is the winner. The other looks are nice too though.

  • shevia replied 6 years ago

    Wow - the pants are perfect, slouchy with stripe, what are they? Oh, right about the boxy over boxy, I love your white sweater over white blouse. So much better than the white over white boxy thing I just posted! Agree also with the choice of #4, not that #5 is bad but #4 is better. 

  • rute replied 6 years ago

    love all of them, but the first one is FAB!!!

  • lyn67 replied 6 years ago

    First one is fashion forward for me, and looks fab on your frame. But, I like nr.5 too:-)

  • Beth Ann replied 6 years ago

    Stunning!  The first look is very modern, almost "Japanese architectural" if you know what I mean.

    Love the softness of #4 and find its drape very flattering on you.

  • Suz replied 6 years ago

    These are all wonderful looks and I find your analysis very helpful. I really like 1-3 -- that sweater is a lot of fun, and so are the pants. 

    I, too, prefer 4 to 5, but I'm almost 100% sure that it's the straight cut hem of that shirt that is creating a problem and if you wore the shirt from #1, it would work beautifully on you. 

    In my boxy-over-button down look the other day I opted not to show the shirttails at all because the proportions didn't look right to my eye. But today I am trying one with a shirttail out. Will try to snap photos later. It really does seem to matter what shape the shirt has, and how long it is in relation to the sweater, not to mention all the other proportion issues. 

  • Angie replied 6 years ago

    You nailed it. I love all renditions, Denise. Do have a soft spot for #1. You had me with the white. xo

  • annagybe replied 6 years ago

    I love #1.

  • AviaMariah replied 6 years ago

    I looked at your pictures before reading and liked #4 best.  

  • karymk replied 6 years ago

    I like the monochromatic versions best. I think you have good instincts about number 5 drawing attention to your hipline.

  • April replied 6 years ago

    What hipline? :)

  • Lisa replied 6 years ago

    I like 1 and 4 best.  5 has too much contrast from the white shirt, I prefer the low contrast version.  Great boxy looks here, nice job!

  • CocoLion replied 6 years ago

    Thanks ladies, I'm glad you like this one.

    April, I do have hips!  They are the widest part on me by a few inches.  My boyfriend calls them breeder hips.  

  • In My Joi replied 6 years ago

    Both looks are so cool, but my fav is "What I Might Wear" , pictures 1-3!
    I simply adore it! The cut, the color contrast, the curve, even with the sleeves rolled up- ROUND OF APPLAUSE!!! As for the "widest point", I still don't see it - you nailed this look! :)

  • rachylou replied 6 years ago

    Looking very avant garde in #1-3. I very much like.

    Interesting about #4 and 5. #4 to me is the epitome of style. It has that *It* factor, and dang if I don't wish I had a grey top and grey sweatshirt. But now that you mention it, the cream is very flattering to your complexion...but it really doesn't have the *It* factor. Maybe it's the straight across hem. Maybe because a white button down is the universal default and just too conventional...

  • Caro in Oz replied 6 years ago

    I like them all too - love the cream top.  How would a lighter bottom & bootie work with the tops in #1? They would create a column of colour which may feel more flattering to you.

  • LoriLynn replied 6 years ago

    I would like to see this!  So I am posting this reply so I can become an Active Member.  I took a "What I Wore" photo today to put on Facebook just for fun, so maybe I'll even post that as my profile photo.

  • LoriLynn replied 6 years ago

    Saw the pics!  - I like #4.  I'm new to some of this, but I am loving 3/4 length sleeves (#4) for balancing out my pear shape.  I got some cardigans from Nordstrom last year that are ruched and then this winter I got another very similar one of the same soft fabric so you can push it up easily - so I wear the sleeves down until I get too warm.

    Oops, Sorry if I took over the thread with my own topic.

  • Inge replied 6 years ago

    Welcome to the forum, LoriLynn. Don't hesitate to start posting your own threads, we're looking forward to getting to know you and your style better.

  • April replied 6 years ago

    CL, I've gotten in the habit of believing that you actually resemble the young David Bowie (no hips whatsoever).   ;)

  • Lyn D. replied 6 years ago

    I am thinking that IRL 1-3 would look smashing, especially with the white stripe on your pant which is hardly visible in the pics.
    #5 would be my fav. with the curved shirt swap.

  • Mia replied 6 years ago

    You're a pear!??  Keep doing what you are doing as you always look so perfectly proportioned.   These are all fab, especially #4.

  • shiny replied 6 years ago

    1-3 is KILLER. 

    As for 4 vs 5, as April said "what hips?" I do not think #5 is an unflattering shape on you AT ALL. So #5 gets the edge for me, because of color flattery. 

  • Parsley replied 6 years ago

    I agree with Mia: I never have thought of you as a pear- you seem very well balanced. I think of you as a slender hourglass.
    I like every single one of these outfits. That white top in the first pictures looks so on trend and modern. I love it! What is it?
    The outfit you actually wore works really well with its tone on tone look. But really, it's all just fine tuning- they're all good.

  • Sveta replied 6 years ago

    Love #1! As for the last outfit #4 does look more streamlined with a low contrast between the sweater and shirt. However I agree with Suz: it is the shirt straight hem which throws #5 a bit off. Hide the hem completely or use a shirt with the rounded hem and this will be a winner.

  • replied 4 years ago

    J'aime toute les photos superbe style avec la chemise j'ai une petite préférence pour la blanche

  • replied 4 years ago

    surtout la 2 avec le col fermé c'est plus chic.

  • Cerinda replied 4 years ago

    Your maybe is absolutely a home run! Brilliant tweaks. I prefer the tonal look, but maybe because I'm not used to seeing you in cream yet.

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