Capri Pants & You
(This is one of my favorite summer uniforms.)
Due to the fact that my friend's mother is out of town, I have been invited to attend a "Bring Your Mom to MOPS" event (you got that right -- I am the stand-in grandma, but I'm okay with that). But, what to wear? For me, this event is purely social. The weather should be great. Complicating matters, however, is the fact that my friend is shorter than me (I never like to look conspicuously tall).
Working from the ground up, here's what I am thinking:
- Chaco's. (pssst ... REI is having a sale, now through Mother's Day.) Too bad I didn't have time for a fresh coat of paint. Oh well.
- Khaki capris. Either the ones in the picture or the ones I didn't like the picture of.
- Silk floral blouse.
What I want to show you about the capris is how, even though the length is not special, I look normal. That is because of silhouette. Unfortunately, I have not been able to think of a way to codify the types of capris and crops available into body shapes and make it easy for you to shop. You will have to try them on. Here's what to look for in the fitting room:
- hourglass ~ Something, either at the hip or at the hem, should be at least equal to the shoulders in width. The waist is defined.
- rectangle ~ Pant-legs fall from the hip in straight, parallel, vertical lines. Waist may be slightly defined or straight.
- oval ~ Pants may taper slightly, being roughly shoulder-width at the hem. Waist appears to be filled in.
- figure-eight ~ That's me. Note the appearance of an oval, but from the waist down.
- triangle ~ Pants should be wider at the hem. Absolutely no pleated tummies!
- wedge ~ Choose a narrow-at-the-hem capri or walk on the wild side: you can wear gauchos (they balance your wider shoulders).
Ugh! Whenever a post takes me this long to write, I fear the comments. (But at least that means somebody's reading!) Can you identify your silhouette?