I’m not going to lie. I was a little afraid of tackling this topic. I mean, this is about as controversial as it gets around here. And I know that capris are considered as commonplace as flip flops and sunblock in the summertime.
I’m not sure if this is quite as controversial as the time I took a stand against pantyhose (somebody had to, because Kate Middleton is still one of the only women who should wear them, in my opinion!) or one of my many rants about shoes, but it’s pretty close.
Anyway, I have strong feelings about capris, too. As you will soon see. And so do you, apparently, based on my last post on the subject a few years ago.
In today’s video, I share my thoughts on capris, and offer some stylish options.
I’ve changed by mind about a lot of things in the last four years, but capris are not one of them. And here’s why:
Capris Make You Look Shorter
Seriously. You’re cutting off the line of your pants before they have a chance to make your legs look longer and lovelier. Why. Also, most capris end at an awkward and unflattering spot on your leg, which is the widest spot on your calf. And then they give your calf a hug for extra un-flattery.
If you’re determined to find a flattering length for a capri, then your best bet is to get your Fashion Fit Formula so you know exactly where they should hit.
Capris Make You Look Heavier
Their shape is uniquely suited to no one, and they make your legs look wider. Special shout out to the calf-hugging kind. They are not your friend.
Capris Make You Look Older
And that’s why, even if the first two weren’t true, I’d still be vehemently anti-capri. Most stylish women in their 40s, 50s, 60s, and up don’t wear capris. Honestly, you just don’t see them on women like Jennifer Aniston or Helen Mirren or, well, almost anyone in the public eye.
And that’s because, at the time of this video/post, they are not in style. And wearing clothes that are dated can make you look older than you are.
Don’t believe me? Let me show you today’s makeover on beautiful Ageless Style Program member Margie.
Fortunately, there are so many cute options that are so much more flattering, and I’ve put them all right here.
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Question of the Week
My most challenging fashion issues are age, a forever changing body, and the desire to dress appropriately, yet stylishly as I continue on my journey. After being in isolation along with most everyone else, I have gained weight and now find that clothes just are not fitting the way they used to – that said, losing weight might not be as easy at this point in my life.Theresa, 76
Here are my suggestions for Theresa:
- Consider size flexible clothing in knits. Fitted, tailored clothing needs to be perfectly tailored to your body to look chic, but relaxed fits and knit fabrics are more flexible when it comes to fit. Smocked and elastic waist pants, skirts and dresses are trendy right now and make sizing so much more manageable.
- Look for inventive brands like NYDJ, which features new Spanspring technology that allows your pants to fit you over a 3-size range. Amazing! Universal Standard offers Fit Liberty, which means that if you lose or gain weight, they allow you get a credit on a duplicate item in another size.
- Clothes with a relaxed fit that can be belted or tied when you lose weight and worn loose when you gain weight are essential when there are frequent weight fluctuations.
- Create a capsule wardrobe of go-to pieces (15-20 is a good number to shoot for) and add accessories and fun shoes to give your outfits more interest. It’s much easier to stay on top of a smaller wardrobe.
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