HOW FASHION TRENDS WORK ON REAL WOMEN’S BODIES
Former actress, women’s psychotherapist and now fashion solution designer, Amanda Horan Kennedy ( a beautiful woman over 45) , is better known as The Glamour Shrink. With the new Fall legging trend showing wild geometric, colored, and boldly textured leggings that tend to draw attention to a less than perfect leg, the Glamour Shrink translates how any woman at any age can benefit from this trend and stay kicky without sacrificing age appropriateness. And she stresses how important it is to do it right.
Trendy leggings – These are a no because they draw too much attention to the leg and the pattern breaks up the leg so it does not create a slim line
Trendy leggings – they are cute, but not elongating
“From the 12 years I spent in Hollywood on TV and in movies,” says the former star of NBC-TV’s “BJ and the Bear,” “I learned the optical illusions stylists use to slim, lengthen and fool the eye when needed. Bold patterns and colors draw the eye to an object. If you have skinny super model legs, then a highly patterned legging would be acceptable with a black tunic. But, if you are like most women and slimming the leg is a priority, choose black as it is always flattering. Pair this with a high heel boot to create the illusion of longer legs and slimness.” And most importantly, wear leggings with a longer tunic top or sweater. Don’t show your derriere in leggings. “Leave this to the 20 year olds,” she laughs.
Opaque1 – these are a no because hosiery type are slightly see-through, making the leg look less slim and causes the blacks to not match
Opaque2 – these are compression leggings that are opaque. They slim the leg and lengthen the body because they match the dress.
“Fashion is always the motivator for style, but functionality is the basis of looking good,” she says. Amanda suggests looking for leggings that are not sheer so that they take the place of a skinny pant. Some of the brands she suggests are the Wolford Club Leggings ($118) for a sexy night out, The Miracle Body Denim Legging ($88.00) for casual wear, or her own Sassybax “Bottoms Up!” Shapewear Legging ($68.00) with tummy control and butt shaping for everyday comfort. She notes that Denim Leggings, or “Jeggings,” are an interesting trend that combine leggings and skinny jeans. She likes the 7 For All Mankind Pull-on Denim Leggings ($139) or the HUE skinny jeanz legging ($34).
Right Shoes/wrong color legging – while this boot may match this sweater, it does not elongate the leg
Right Shoes/Right color legging – black on black makes your legs look longer because your body is not broken
The Glamour Shrink has some useful secrets that will make any woman look good in leggings. “Always consider the entire body silhouette before dressing. Match colors, textures and shapes in a way that together create one unified story. Don’t break up the body too much with too many colors. Think of clothing, accessories and your body as one palate. The idea is for the entire ensemble to move the observer’s eye from the face, down through the body to the feet. If anything you are wearing is drawing attention to the widest part of your body, don’t wear it,” she advises.
Blog Note: The Chief Blonde featured this article because she thought we could all look better in leggings with some advise. No product or compensation was provided.