Here’s the video I said I’d try to embed yesterday. If you don’t have time to watch the whole thing, jump to the sheath dress at 1:23.
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The model Serena doesn’t seem particularly large-breasted to me. For those of us who are curvier on top, this fascinating neckline would look better lower. On this model, it’s too high to draw attention away from the bust. I would skip the belt in favor of keeping a vertical line because the belt, while accenting the waist, also accents the bust line by running parallel to it. Of course, I guess that’s the point of this segment–not to draw attention away from the bust.
So what’s going on here? Why aren’t I “celebrating curves” with Stacy London? Here’s my issue: Most of us don’t need any help learning how to accent our curves. We need help knowing how to keep them from dominating our look. For some reason, when our curves dominate, it’s hard for other people to take us seriously. The women on this video look great, but they don’t look powerful.
I’m delighted that curves are “in” again, thanks to Christina Hendricks, but what do we wear when we don’t want to look secretarial? What do we wear to lead a meeting or talk to investors? We live in 2010, and we have 2010 aspirations.
Our bodies are not period pieces. This is why I haven’t yet made a purchase from Pinup Girl Clothing. I love that they create clothing that flatters curves, but there are only a few settings where I can wear their vintage look.
I want to celebrate my curves without going back in time, but I also accept that living in the present will sometimes require me to divert attention from them. It’s quite a challenge. I used to let this challenge defeat me, but the more I write here, the more it excites me to meet it.