Reptile Rings Are Rarely Right

Women’s hands tell a lot about their age – in some cases, much more than faces or figures. The hands are far too often neglected when it comes to sunscreen, and veins and a crepe-like texture, along with wrinkles, mark the march of time.  Even the smoothest, loveliest hands have little collections of wrinkles at the mid-finger knuckles. This is just a normal part of human physiology.

Perhaps then rings that mimic the texture of reptile skin and that extend all the way up to that little mid-finger collection of wrinkles should be viewed as a celebration of human design. Sadly, it’s mostly a reminder of one’s wrinkles.

How surprising, then, that the February 2013 issue of Vogue highlights a set of three reptile-inspired rings by a certain London designer. Vogue poses the three rings in front of a taxidermy lizard to further emphasize the markings on the textured rings, but photographing any of the rings on a human hand would have created almost the same effect.

Unless your skin is as smooth as silk, or unless you get a kick out of highlighting your wrinkles, let these reptile rings slither on by.

Proportions and the Visually Saggy Bustline

One of the best ways to assess how a particular style may work for you is to see it on someone with similar proportions. My post today concerns the portion of your body from the top of your head to your waist.

Classic proportions are based upon the length, top to bottom, of your head. From the bottom of your head to your waist should measure two head-lengths for perfect classic proportions. If that length is shorter, you are “high-waisted” or “short-waisted”; if that length is longer, you are “long-waisted.”

The lovely model pictured in these photographs from the February 2013 issue of Lucky magazine is younger than my typical reader, to be sure, but she is a great example of a long-waisted figure. It appears that she is about two and one-half head lengths from the bottom of her chin to her waist. She looks great in printed pants with a scoop neck top and a jeans jacket, as she is tall and her entire frame is elongated. The long proportions of her legs balance her long-waisted figure.

But put the model in a strapless bustier, and she looks as though her breasts are sagging, much too low and close to her waist. Moreover, it appears the bustier is about to create a wardrobe malfunction of the most embarrassing kind. What further detracts from the look is that the bustier has a bit of a peplum which in this case extends the visual length of the model’s waist down even lower than it is. The look is thoroughly unflattering.

Here’s the same model wearing a garment designed with what is a high waist relative to her long-waisted figure, balancing out her proportions for an eye-pleasing effect. The multiple sheer layers of her ensemble provide horizontal lines that visually cut across the portions of her body that are proportionately long, making the entire ensemble harmonious.

If you are long-waisted, choose garments that do not visually lengthen your torso, and be mindful that a low-cut or strapless garment may make your bosom appear low on your body. Add interesting detail above your bustline to break up that proportionately long space. A statement necklace or double-wrapped scarf is a great accessory for you. It goes without saying that a good bra is essential. A saggy bustline is never a flattering look.