Monday, September 19, 2011

2 Items that Cover 4 Sizes

Reluctant to buy clothing when your weight is in flux? That's understandable, clothing is an investment. Still, it's important to look good, feel good and be your personal best all the times.

Two Ulla items strike me as good examples of investment pieces when you don't want to commit to one size:

the Stretch Knit Wedge Dress, #15230 and the Animal Print Boyfriend Sweater Cardigan, #15550. Why?


* have a well-defined, shapely silhouette
* start out fitted in the shoulder and begin to widen at the tummy and hips
* give extra room where it's traditionally needed
* narrow just below the hip

In fact, the wedge dress, well-edited at the knee, is very flattering because it has more length with which to extend the narrowing effect. Look for a cocoon or wedge shape. This will allow you room while you are larger and still look shapely when you are smaller.

Buy the smaller size and add a 1/4 inch Dolman shoulder pad - it will sharpen the shoulder line creating a prettier drape. Ulla's sizing is 12/14, 16/18 and 20/22... While I usually wear the 20/22, for these two items, I would go down a size. The cut already gives me extra room where I need it. I don't need more fabric or bulk, where I don't.

I'd love to hear tips for shopping when you are between two sizes.


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Laurie said...

I like the Animal Print Boyfriend Sweater & love your suggestion of adding the shoulder pad for a sharper line & prettier drape! Usually I like wearing things that have less fabric, because I think more fabric makes me look bigger, but I will try this.
I also like seeing you dressed in "Babes Picks", it gives me a much clearer picture of what I will look like in these clothes. THANK YOU!!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Laurie,
Please let me know how the shoulder pad works out. I like to use one with a straight edge which I can align with the shoulder seam of the garment.

And...Thanks for "liking" Babe's Picks!!