Like many, I love Project Runway. The beginning of season 10 brought whoops of joy here. I don’t analyze it too much. This is a show that focuses on fashion, but especially on the work it takes, and I just love it. I don’t always love what gets shown, and Mitch gets a nice little critique from me as things come down the runway. He is a better man for it!
So I have lots of thoughts in general and specific that I’m going to share. This week:
Satin needs to be worn with care.
Heidi Klum is to be admired. I don’t always love her outfits, but I get what her role and look are. She bombed big time in that green satin dress. All I could see was the belly-button dimple and her very small belly swell. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not being critical of her body, but she fell into the same trap many women do. We love shiny pretty things, and forget that satin is a strict taskmaster. If you have even a minor flaw, it is like circling it with neon and magnifying it many times. Most of us can’t hold a rigid pose long enough to keep a satin dress from showing off just what we probably most want to hide. So here are my tips:
Buy it larger or choose a style with a little forgiveness (usually in the belly/hips/butt areas).
Wear a slip or make sure there is a lining.
Buy heavier weights to get better camouflage.
This is just as true for pants and skirts–and for cotton versions of satin. More on those topics to come. And lest I forget, I’ll also be talking about cropped pants and hem lengths.