Everyone has their own rules for how to wear certain clothes or patterns or fabrics. Mine aren't exceptionally unique or anything, but here are just a few things I swear by that work for my body type.
Just for reference, I am around 5'2" and I weigh about 104 plus or minus a few lbs. In my opinion (and people have told me I'm totally nuts), I have a heavier upper portion. AKA... I lack them curves. I'm also not a big fan of my shoulders but that's a completely different story.
This applies to everything. If you're wearing something really loud on top, keep it stable on the bottom. Now, I'm not saying you can't wear pattern on pattern. But if you are opting to wear 2 patterns, I suggest bringing the outfit together with a solid accessory. This could be in the form of shoes, purse, clutch, necklace, ring, earrings, etc.
Of course, this reasoning goes with size of clothes as well. If you're wearing a flowy top, keep the pants streamlined. If you really want to wearing something like a flowy top and harem pants (for example), try wearing a belt and some pumps. You'll get some extra height that the harem pants took away and you'll redefine your waist line so you don't look like a giant blob. We don't want that. No one wants that.
RULE #2: Hide the boobies and booties.
What you wear is up to you. What you choose to show is also up to you.
HOWEVER... please do us a favor and cover up the things we shouldn't have to see. If you know the dress you're wearing is a little sheer but you don't want to wear tights or a tank top, wear a nude bandeau and a nude pair of boyshort-style underwear. If I can see the outline of your thong, it's not cute. If I can see the outline of your nippies, it's not cute. And really inappropriate.
If your tank top is cut low and you hate wearing bandeaus, opt for a colorful sports bra. And seriously, if you sit down and your skirt rides up to the point where I question whether or not you're wearing pants, that's just pushing it.
There are so many opinions about whether or not it's okay to wear leggings with shirts that aren't long enough to cover your butt. What do I think?
It's your choice. Fashion is about your own style. But personally, I have to wear shirts long enough to cover the bottom portion if I want to wear leggings. I can't feel comfortable knowing that my butt is just hanging out there.
Since I am on the shorter side, the clothes I buy tend to cut at certain places. For instance, I love buying crop tops because I have a short torso and crop tops hit at just the right place: right near the top of my jeans/pants. This elongates my legs. If you want to wear a longer top, I would suggest wearing some sort of heel or wedge, whichever is more comfortable for you. If you're not a heels person, go for a pair of flats that match your skin tone. You can elongate your legs this way, too.
As for skirts, I prefer them to hit about 3 inches above my knees. I like them to be a little shorter because if they were any longer, the eyes would automatically cut the body, making it look much shorter and stubbier.
I also like wearing looser tops because it conceals a LOT. just saying.
RULE #5: Do you!
Ultimately, wear what you like to wear. Anything can look good as long as you feel good in it and you like the way you look. Some people hate patterns. Some hate animal prints. Some hate color. Well, hey, if that's what works for you, do it!
And that's all the advice I have for now. I hope you guys have a wonderful day!
Until next time,