*This post is sponsored by Avenue. I selected the items and theme myself and opinions are 100% my own.
Lately it seems I have been getting more and more questions regarding body shapes and body types. Not that long ago, I used to be pretty strict when dressing when it came to my short-waisted, rectangle (or as some would call banana shape) shaped body. Today I am going to be showing you a look for the upcoming fall season from Avenue that bends those rules by playing with proportion.
When I first saw the Patchwork Ruana on the Avenue website, I instantly fell in love. Why, you might ask? First of all, it is the sister to the Belted Patchwork Handkerchief Dress that I featured recently in my Western Chic with Avenue: Wear it Now, Wear it Later post. Second, it reminds me of an Native American blanket which gives a nod to my heritage (I love that!) And third, it incorporates everything I love: color, print, and texture.
As a rectangle shape, I am told I should not wear tops that go past my mid-hip. While this ruana and chambray tunic go way past my mid-hip, they elongate my upper body nicely. This blanket like wrap is incredibly soft and the navy blue, cream, and merlot red color scheme is just stunning. It is so cozy to wear and look chic all at the same time. It is sewn at the sides, so it does have large armholes.
To avoid tight fitting and loose fitting clothes is also a rule my body shape is “supposed” to do. Well, I totally missed the mark on that one with these gorgeous fitted ponte knit jeans in a coordinating merlot color + loose top. I am so happy to do this rule-breaker too because I am so incredibly happy with these jeans. They are cut like a jean, but have fantastic stretch and great weave. And because they are a ponte knit, they hold their shape! I ordered these in petite sizing (did you know Avenue carries petites?, well they do) and they fit much better than the last pair of jeans I got in both the rise and inseam.
Oh ya, I am told I should wear my belts down low, but here I am wearing it way up high. I added this belt from my own closet as the ruana does not come with one. You will for sure know I will be wearing it sans belt in the future as well. I am also not supposed to bring attention to my waist, but I am not following that rule either. The effect it gives of a skirt on the back is so cute.
Down on my feet, I am sporting the Myla Oxford Bootie. I selected them in this brown, and they come in black as well. The color is super dark and rich. I have come to really appreciate the Cloudwalkers brand that Avenue carries. Every pair I have are comfortable all day long. After having my hip surgery earlier this year, heel height has become a major factor for me, so these 2 3/4″ chunky heels are perfect.
I have worn this Rose V-Bar Necklace in several past posts because I just love it. It compliments some of my more busy outfits so well and this one is no exception. I also cannot leave out mentioning my new favorite handbag. The Ontario Hobo Handbag is from the Kenneth Cole Reaction collection. I saw Liz of With Wonder and Whimsy wear the grey color not that long ago. I went with the tan coloration to go with this look and have been toting along with it ever since. The faux suede gives a lovely texture and I almost can never have enough tassels.
I wanted to show you a look at the Princess Seam Denim Tunic without the ruana to give you an idea of fit. It is for sure a tunic style being long and flowy. I love the seaming on the front and the fact that it has pockets. I am wearing the sleeves all the way down (although I had to fold up the buttoned cuff once for it not to cover my hands, which is typical for me), but it also has button tabs so you will probably see me in a future post with them three quarter length that way. I am so very tempted to wear this as a dress, but I think it may be a bit short for me. Hmm, I will experiment.
Outfit Details all via Avenue
- Patchwork Ruana
- Princess Seam Denim Tunic
- Ponte Knit Jean
- Myla Oxford Bootie
- Ontario Hobo Handbag
- Rose V-Bar Necklace
I am so happy that I do not follow my body type rules anymore because otherwise I would have missed out on this outfit that makes me feel so good. While I do think that some silhouettes functionally fit better for specific body types, there is really no need for me to steer clear of styles that call to my inner fashionista. For me, confidence begins when you personally feel great. It just exudes from your internal spirit. Playing with proportions, I can have fun with creating a look that is uniquely mine and mine alone. There is no body type rule in the world that can do that for me!
Do you always follow rules for your body type? How do you make it work? Are you as ready for fall weather just as much as me?
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Today’s Postivity Note
Autumn shows us how beautiful it is to let things go.