Femininity doesn’t come in gratuitous ruffles or shades of pink, but in classic proportions that create a feminine shape and are easy to follow, no matter what your style.
- Long legs, created (if not inherited) by high-waisted lines or belts around the waist to give the illusion that the waist actually resides there, greatly lengthening the leg
- A tight waist, similarly created by emphasis on the actual waist (the circumference around the belly button area), using belts around the waist, high-waists, etc.
- A focused bust, a delightful side effect of the placement of the waist at the belly button. The bust is compact–no matter what your cup size–ranging only from your shoulders to your belly button, not letting the focus drag down the torso.
- The tapering of the thighs to the knees–a smooth line that follows from the hips down to the knees, making your curves pop enormously. This is achieved ideally through pencil and tapered skirts that go to the knee or right above it, however, pants can work, too, if you do it right.
The ultimate goal is complete emphasis of the hourglass feminine shape, which can be achieved even if your body mimics that of a 10-year-old boy, rather than, I don’t know, Sofia Vergara.
Here’s how I do the feminine shape. I’ve been wearing this outfit for ten years, literally, which is quite a long time when you consider that ten years make up 40% of my life. It just works. I got the skirt from Paris many moons ago, which is really the only thing I own that I can say something that awesome about. The hem is busted out of the back slit, but I safety-pinned that baby, determined to maintain my feminine oomph uninterrupted. A needle and thread would have been too.. normal.
The belt adds to the nipped-in waist–a thick belt will nearly always do this for your curves. The neckline of the top mimics lingerie and is feminine in its own right. I wore the cardigan because, well, we were going to a wedding.