When I’m working on a shoot or with a private client, there’s always that moment when I’m asked for feedback on how the outfit looks. The model, or my client, will come out of the dressing room, glance at herself in the mirror, fidget with the hem of a skirt or the neckline, and then wait to hear what I say. And after doing this for over a decade, I’ve come to rely on a few factors in determining whether these clothes are flattering her or not.
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To determine if your outfit looks good, there are some important elements that come into play. When I’m working, and hired to help someone make their outfit look amazing, I always ask the following to help put it all into place.
1. Does she look comfortable?
It’s natural to fidget a bit when trying something on, but if she looks like she is physically uncomfortable then that reads in how she holds herself. It could affect her facial expression if she is tensing up. It can also affect her posture if it’s not fitting her well. When something is not quite right on a comfort level, it shows immediately, and most often I don’t have to be the one to tell her this.
2. Is there any weirdness in the size?
Are the shoulders of the garment falling where they need to be? Is the bust line right? Is the butt area too baggy? Sometimes a tailoring job can help, and I always recommending having your clothes fit for you. But if a garment has any weird bunching or sits weirdly, it doesn’t look good.
3. Do the colors flatter your skin tone?
Certain colors, as beautiful as they are – like blush pink – don’t flatter a lot of skin tones. I’ve struggled with this myself because I’ll find a top in that pretty pale pink and want to wear it, but it washes me out. When a color suits your complexion it takes your entire outfit to the next level.
5. Does it look like you?
Similar to the first question, this refers more to the vibe of the outfit, and whether it’s appropriate for the person you are today. It’s fun to play and push boundaries in style, but going too far outside of yourself will keep you from fully expressing who you.