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Modest but not frumpy. That’s the goal here on Downtown Demure. If you feel like you’re queen of the frump but hate the idea of shopping for clothing that isn’t frumpy, don’t fret. You may not need to buy a whole new wardrobe; you just have to make adjustments to clothes you already own.
In this post, I will continue my discussion on the importance of mastering fit because when you master fit, you conquer the frump. Here’s one principle that will be repeated throughout this post: If you’re clothes don’t fit properly, they will look frumpy. Period. Thankfully, it doesn’t take much to fix most of the fit issues discussed in this post. You just need to a) be aware of these mistakes, and/or b) know (or know a good tailor) who can help you can help you correct them.
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1) Your shirt is too long.
Unless you are tall and skinny (which, honestly, means you can break a few style rules and still look put together), the hem of your shirt should hit mid-hip and not too far below the crotch of your jeans. This helps elongate your natural leg line (long shirts cut off your natural leg line and make you look stumpy). And no, you can’t throw a belt over a too long top and call it a day. Trust me, you’re better off finding a shorter top or hemming it.
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2) Your shirt is gaping.
This is a simple one. Your bra should not be playing peek-a-boo through your shirts. If the buttons of your shirt can’t close properly, that means the shirt is too small. You may not like the idea of going one size up, but the larger sized shirt will actually make you look smaller and sleeker because it will fit better.
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3) The seams of your tops & jackets don’t match your shoulder.
The shoulder seams of your tops should fall along the natural shape of your shoulder. If you were paying attention in biology, the shoulder seam should fall along with acromion. If the shoulder seam falls too far below your shoulder, your top will look droopy and obviously large on you. Drop shoulder shirts, in my humble opinion, don’t look right on most women for that very reason (but, hey, I’m sure if you’re confident enough, you can pull it off).
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4) Your sleeves are too long.
You shouldn’t look like a 12 year old who went shopping for the first time without momma. Make sure your sleeves stop at or JUST below your wrists to prevent from looking like your drowning in them. If your sleeves are too long, you can always resort to the fashionable sleeve roll-up method to hide this issue.
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5) You’re not tucking in your shirt.
This one simple move can transform your outfit from drab to fab instantly. If you’re wearing a knee-length or maxi-length skirt with a banded waist, I highly recommend tucking in your shirt. Why? This trick will accentuate your waist and look incredibly pulled together (provided your shirt isn’t baggy and spilling over the band of the skirt. If you have a large behind and are worried that it will be on display if you tuck in your shirt, do what I normally do: half tuck it!
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6) Your pants are too long.
Proper length is important for achieving proper fit. If you’re wearing a skinnier style of jean, the hem of your jeans should hit right above or juuuust below your ankle. If you’re wearing jeans with a wider lower leg style (e.g. boot cut , flared, or straight leg jeans) the hem should fall a little lower. The sweet spot is midway between the top of the shoe and the floor. What you’re trying to avoid is your pants leg bunching up because there is too much fabric around your legs. Not only do your pants look baggy but you’re also destroying your jeans by allowing the hem to drag on the ground.
7) You’re wearing bras that don’t fit.
If you’re still rocking a bra you’ve had for over a decade, it’s time to let it go. The sad truth is bras stretch over time, and that process is accelerated greatly when you put your bras in a machine washer and dryer. Wearing a loose bra that no longer provides proper support makes your upper half look sloppy. The same goes for too tight bras that create noticeable body roles through your clothing. You’ll look sleeker if you avoid poorly fitting bras.
8) You’re wearing a muumuu.
I know none of my darling readers own one of these, but if you just so happen to have one in your closet, just…don’t. Ever.
If you commonly experience any of these issues, I have one piece of advice for you: FIND A GOOD TAILOR. I can’t stress enough how crucial it is to find someone who is capable of doing both the less extensive alterations and the custom tailoring jobs. Most people think $$$ when I mention tailoring, but I haven’t paid more than $12 a pop for my alterations.
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I hope these quick tips were helpful for you! What are some of your go-to techniques for beating the frump? Share with me in the comments below!
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