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All About Proportion

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This one goes out to all the petite ladies out there who have been told they cannot wear curtain styles, like the trapeze dress. That is 100% a fashion myth. This style, also known as the tent dress, belongs to everyone. It can be worn beautifully by the tall, small, thin, and curvy. The key to this silhouette, as well as any fashion, is PROPORTION, PROPORTION, PROPORTION.

The first “P” is for proportion of length. I designed this dress for my body, which is a petite 5’2″. This means my hemlines are shorter than the industry standard, because I am shorter than the industry standard. If I had purchased this off the rack, the hemline in the front would have most likely cut me at the knee (this would have significantly shortened the look of my legs). Having the front hemline hit me several inches above the knee, while sweeping down in the back, provides the illusion of distance. And distance reads as lengthy legs.

The second “P” is for proportion of fabric. I strategically controlled the volume of fabric to serve my shape. The front of the dress is significantly less full, allowing me to carry this look. In the back of the dress I added chevroning seams, which create 3 tiers. Each tier has more volume than the next, so the dress gets exponentially fuller as the fabric cascades.

The third “P” is for proportion of design elements. The black sequin appliqué was a bold choice made on purpose. The strong look of the yoke emphasizes the shoulders, which helps me carry such a large silhouette. The yoke also extends a little beyond my natural shoulder, making my frame looking broader than it actually is. The open back is also an important design detail that helps me pull off such a full garment. The back cutout helps restore the balance between the amount of fabric used and the surface area of my body.

Do you have a style you have always wanted to wear, but struggle to find the one that looks good? I am officially open for business and taking clients! I would love to make THAT dress for you!

Love in Fashion,

Sydney

Photos by Danielle Goodman

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A Farewell to Bare Arms

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Whether you’re in the throws of back to school or back to the real world, we’ve all flipped our post Labor Day switch. However, before diving headfirst onto the Halloween anticipating, hot toddy train… I have one more look before quitting this summer cold turkey.

My last ensemble of the season boasts a modern take on a vintage silhouette. I gave the 1950s New Look a makeover by incorporating two of this summer’s hottest trends; the two piece dress and cropped top. Although I adapted this classic look to include on trend elements, the period styling is the soul of this dress. When designing my look, I wanted to convey the sentimental charm of the 1950s. Designed for the true romantic, the pink full-bodied skirt is both flirtatious and demure.

Saying goodbye to the simple elegance of summer clothes is always bittersweet. However, after bidding farewell to the light, bright, backless, and strapless, the memory of frolicking around Boston in this outfit will stay with me through the coldest days of winter.

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American Dream

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I don’t know what I’ve been anticipating more… the long weekend, or the perfect occasion to wear this vintage style dress! I found it at Tatyana, a vintage pin-up store in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee. Walking down the main drag, the city booms with the sounds of live music, it buzzes with excited tourists, and sizzles in the heat of the southern sunshine. With some good whiskey and a bit of county on my mind, this vintage red, white, and blue dress was the cherry on top of a true American adventure!

This feature however, was not shot in Nashville, but it was shot on location in Boca Raton, Florida, at the Polo Club. With the surroundings of the perfectly manicured lawns, pristine golf courses, and families toting to and from the pool, it was the perfect backdrop for this all-american shoot.  The dress is undeniably USA themed, though the vintage cut gives it a more subtle, familiar, and classic feel. I decided to pair the dress with a black leather jacket, a staple I associate with America, freedom, and the open road.

Stars or stripes? Red, white, or blue? Whatever you decide to wear this July 4th, have some fun and show some styling spirit! Cheers, and happy birthday to the USA!

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