Twistie here. As of today, I’ll be taking on the task of filling your weekends with super-sized superfantasticness. It is my fond hope that I’ll be able to keep up with the fabulous Francesca and the delectable Plumcake in serving the needs of the larger fashionista.
I’m short. I’m fat. My feet are shaped like cubes. I am concentrated. There’s a lot of me packed into 5’2”. I have opinions and find them to be very true. I’m curious. I’m interested in the world around me. I’m comfortable in my own skin at long last in my mid forties. The child in me has never completely grown up, and I’d hate to think she ever would. I will do my best to share with you good advice, interesting facts and trivia, my quirky humor, and the beauty that is waiting to be seen in your own mirror.
Wherever you stand on the path to superfantasticness, I hope you will find my thoughts of help to you in your journey…or at least worth a good think.
And so, with no further ado, let’s get on with the show!
If there is one fashion perennial I truly hate, it is the ‘little black dress.’ Don’t get me wrong; a really great black dress on a woman who looks superfantastic in it is a thing of beauty and a joy forever. I have every confidence that when Plumcake speaks of her ‘little black dresses,’ they are indeed fabulous and flattering pieces of clothing worn with all the awesomeness she carries into everything she says and does. What I object to so is the concept of the black dress that is ‘never inappropriate’ and is ‘slimming’ to the wearer.
Contrary to popular myth, not every woman looks her best in black. There are women who look like they should have been buried a week ago if they try to wear black. Even among those of us who look good in black, there are only a few who look exceptionally great in it. The vast majority of us actually look a great deal better in some other color.
As for slimming, cut and fit are a lot more important in minimizing what needs minimizing and making the most of what deserves to be maximized. While bright or pale colors make objects look larger than dark colors do, the right seam hitting the correct line will do a better job of drawing the eye away from a problematic figure feature. If the dress doesn’t fit properly or is cut for the wrong body type, it won’t make you look slimmer, no matter what color it is. A black sack of potatoes is no more aesthetically pleasing than a pink sack of potatoes.
And while black doesn’t make your waist look much smaller, on the wrong woman it can cause a condition that is the antithesis of superfantasticness: invisibility.
Why aim for ‘not inappropriate’ when you can reach for ‘exquisite?’ Why become invisible when you can shine? Don’t reach for black because it’s safe. Be brave and find the colors that make your skin glow and your eyes sparkle. There’s a whole rainbow out there. Try it on and see what colors make you honestly look your best.
Leave the black for funerals, goth clubs and stage hands. Those are the only reasons to wear black unless it’s the color that makes you superfantastic.