I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but I’m a small-scale person. My mom always called me a “sample.” And because of my scale, wearing oversized clothing and accessories can sometimes be a challenge. Perhaps you’ve experienced similar challenges. We all have natural characteristics that we have to take into account when getting dressed.
Outfits also have a scale, ranging from skintight to very voluminous, and the key to flattery is to make sure your shoes are close in scale to your outfits. Sounds simple? It is, but it’s a detail that’s often overlooked and it plays such a key role in putting together flattering outfits.
Now that we’ve done an overview of this concept, let’s see these principles illustrated.
Whether you’re wearing something skintight or merely fitted, stay close to the scale of the outfit when choosing shoes. That means classic streamlined pumps and ballet flats, delicate sandals, streamlined boots, etc. You can also go more medium in scale with cowboy or riding boots, a block heeled pump or sandal, or a loafer.
These are the easiest and most flattering outfits to wear at any age, but especially over 40. These outfits are tailored and slightly fitted, but not skin-tight and definitely not oversized. Because they fall in the middle, they are the most versatile when it comes to shoes, and can work equally well with sleek or chunky shoes, depending on the details of the particular outfit.
Oversized is in, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t come with challenges. An oversized outfit calls for shoes that can support it in visual weight, so choose shoes that are medium to chunky for best results. Delicate shoes can get drowned out and look out of place. Choose chunky boots like lug soled styles, platform shoes, and chunky sneakers and loafers.
So what do you think of this concept? Is it something you’ve thought about before or is it brand new? Let me know in the comments!