Versatile Style by Tracey


Posted on: October 1, 2012

I am 5’3” and I confess I love boots.  I also love tunics and this is a silhouette I have worn quite often.  After taking photos for my blog, I was horrified by the results.  Wearing a tunic and boot doesn’t allow for any strong vertical lines and accentuates horizontal lines, meaning my hips.  I can’t even begin to describe my horror at the thought of what I must have looked like in this silhouette last year when I was 25lbs heavier…

Here is my humiliating truth:                                                                                                                                             This is the way I planned to wear this outfit and even went out to a movie and took location shots for today’s blog.  As soon as I saw the photos, I stopped the shoot and was horrified.  I didn’t like it at all and felt like I had been making this mistake for a long time of long tunics and boots. This was the best of the worst look, sorry I stopped the shoot before I got a fully standing photo, but you can imagine.   So, the next day in an effort to look for other options, the following photos show my attempts to fix the problem.

Here I changed just the boots to see if creating a long line had the effect I was hoping it would.  I think this is a definite improvement.  So here is my next attempt to strive for greatness…

In this attempt I tucked in the shirt and put the boots back on to see if wearing a shorter top would solve my dilemma

This is better than my initial outfit, but I can see from looking at this one, that my future weight loss will help my view on  this tremendously.   And now for my final attempt:

In this one I imagined that having the bottoms the same color as the boot, might alleviate the dreaded cutting my legs short look the first one had.  I think this definitely helped.  In fact, this is probably my favorite of all the looks. I do like the one without the boots best, but since the point was to wear the boots, this is the way I will do it from now on.

So, has anyone else ever realized that their mirror didn’t show them the real truth? Can you imagine me asking my husband to take photos so I can get a real view of what I look like before we go out from now on?  I am so grateful for the photos and this journey of trying to find a better look.  Of course from my husband’s point of view, the problem will all be solved if I switched from flats to heels.  That probably has some merit, but I am a stay at home mom and have to figure out how to style my flats in a way I find flattering.   That is what this blog is for, finding a style that works for my real life and my body.  I survived my first humiliation and have opened myself up to the thoughts, of you my readers.

Outfit Details:

Jacket: black corduroy jean jacket style I purchased years ago and love!

Top: Recent purchase from QVC- Liz Claiborne New York

Jeggings:  HSN by DG2 (Diane Gillman) purchased last year

Purse:  Olivia & Joy– thrifted – didn’t know this brand but looked it up and wasn’t surprised that it was something special

Boots: Chadwicks– purchased last year and wore a lot!

Necklace- Samuel B (Silver and Saphire) purchased from QVC

So your turn, Any opinions on what look works best.  Any other advice for petites to look longer and leaner?  Please chime in!              



This is a great posts, that says it like it is! Talking about these things is one things, but showing how these things really work like this is brilliant!

Charlotta, thank you, I am so grateful for having the support of my family and my 16 year old son who patiently took photos as I changed into each look.

When you wear the boots you have a lot of lines cutting your shape. Best look is without boots.

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