I just received this look of the week from StyleBop and it’s an opportunity to start exploring the optical illusions that clothes create and how that works with your particular body shape. The alert is as set out below:
Fashion literate Poppy Delevigne shows her love of Gothic with this fitted long sleeve shift. We love the intricate embroidered embellishment which breaks up the simplicity of the LBD and makes it current. We say this Givenchy dress plays sophisticated sexiness perfectly. Wear with killer heels to keep the Gothic power-play from head-to-toe!
What’s Happening With This Outfit?
What do you see when you look at this picture? The two places that really stand out are that expanse of long leg and, most important of all, her face . Theres a couple of reasons this happens.
Firstly the eye is drawn where the fabric ends, particularly in the case of black fabric against pale skin with blonde hair. So here the eye is drawn to the hemline and neckline of the dress.
Ms Delevigne has very long legs and it’s a very short skirt and it could quite easily have ended all leg and no balance. The addition of shoes with ankle straps cuts off the expanse of leg and makes the legs look shorter and more in balance.
Secondly the top of this dress is both conservatively cut and the designed to draw the eye upwards. The long sleeves cover Poppy’s arms so they’re not competeing with her legs which are the main focus of this outfit.
To stop it being severe the expanse of bling is added, which handily forms a triangle pointing downwards from her face which has the twin jobs of a) focussing attention on the face and b) creating an arrow pointing to the main focus of the outfit.
So who will it work for?
If you’re petite skip the ankle straps on your shoes and choose nude heels to add height.
Avoid this outfit if…