One of Those Days

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We’ve all had them, those days where we’re feeling a little “blobish” and everything we put on, makes us look like we just ate a 12-course dinner BUT we still have to show up. What’s a girl to do? Well, here’s a great way to not feel exposed while looking totally put together.

Let’s start with my body type. I’m not only short, but I’m also very short waisted and curvy. My goal is to create length (without having to wear heals), a waist, and not draw too much attention to my hips.

My vintage black knit sheath dress, St. John Knits, is a perfect base piece. I’m using a camel trench, H&M, as a layering piece and will keep it on for the rest of the day, think of it as part of my dress.




I’ve swapped out the coat’s belt with a large black leather belt to create a waist and have strategically shaped the coat into two V’s, one on the upper half and an upside-down one on the lover half of my body. This little trick gives me proportion by making my shoulders look broad, my waist look small and it covers my hips. I’m also maximizing the usage of my coat.

You can also achieve this look by using a wrap-dress or a shirtdress, a long cardigan worn opened over a sheath or leggings (just be sure your base pieces are a solid color.) Please treat your wardrobe well. many people worked very hard to get it to you.

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  • Felicia Arlin’s work as a stylist and costume designer has been featured in print, tv, film and on the red carpet. As a 20+ year veteran designer/merchandiser in the LA/NY garment industry her work has graced the racks of every major department store and specialty chain in the country. She is passionate about helping women look and feel confident no matter their age, shape or socioeconomic status. Her hope is to empower other women by sharing some of the things she’s learned along the way to better cultivate and express their own individual and ageless style.

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