Manic Monday: Shapes & Colors

Time for another Manic Monday!  For today’s look, I went with this vibrant two-piece set from ELOQUII.  I just love the unusual color combination and cool graphic print of this set, and I worked with the colors in the set by adding a navy sweater, white mules, and an orange faux python clutch.The top has a slight trapeze fit, and it’s a little big.  I went with a 16 and probably could have worked the 14.  I plan to take it up a little in the shoulders and in the bust to get a better fit, but it’s not too bad now.  The skirt was a good fit in a 14, but I did have it hemmed.

I thought about tucking the shirt into the skirt to show off my waistline and create more of a fit-and-flare look, but I realized that I actually really liked the look of the outfit with the top left un-tucked.  It created somewhat of a drop waist effect that gave it a subtle 1920s tennis dress vibe.
The sweater was a good topper for work, but I would have preferred a shorter fit with the full skirt.  I am going to be honest…I debated this outfit a bit.  It’s not a figure-flattering look – I am not accentuating my waist, and I’m wearing more than one full piece making me look bigger than I am.  It’s a really hard “rule” to unlearn…that rule that what you wear should make you appear thinner or taller, or accentuate your curves as if these characteristics are inherently better.

I’m short. I’m fat, and whether I accentuate my curves or not, they are still there.  Fashion is about learning to break the “rules,” have fun, and to wear clothes that give you joy!
Do you focus on creating the most “flattering” fit or simply wearing what you like?

Skirt:  ELOQUII (Available here); Top:  ELOQUII (Available here); Cardigan:  NY&CO; Shoes:  ASOS (Available here); Clutch:  Amazon (gift); Earrings:  World Market

Author: Cassie

I'm the owner/publisher of Style Cassentials, a curvy and petite gal OBSESSED with fashion and strong believer in making clothes work for YOU! I love sharing advice on all things fashion, especially shopping and fit tips!

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