A Balloon Top & Flares & Tips For Balancing Proportions


2664-5 (1 of 1)Outfit Details:

Top:  Farrow Off Shoulder Balloon Top

Bottom:  White Flare Jeans (Old); Similar here (Now On Sale)

Shoes:  Steve Madden Carrson Sandal (Sand Suede)

Bag:  Rebecca Minkoff Mini Quilted Affair (Sold Out); Similar here

Although my style is becoming more effortless and minimal, I’m often drawn to pieces that have a slight bit of flare, like the off the shoulder balloon top and wide leg jeans I’m wearing in today’s post.  When styling tops and/or bottoms that are not fully structured, it’s important to strike a balance and keep proportions in check to achieve a flattering look.

L1002669A-Line Bridesmaid DressesL1002676-1L1002681For this look, I somewhat walked the proportions line by pairing my Farrow Off Shoulder Balloon Top with my white flare jeans, but to me, the look worked because the jeans only flared at the bottom, and are mostly fitted throughout the rest of the lower body.  To accessorize this look, I added my Steve Madden Carrson Sandal, and my Rebecca Minkoff Mini Quilted Affair bag.  I love this off the shoulder top, because of the balloon style, and also because it can be worn with everything from skirts to crop pants.  When styling a top like this, the key is to keep in mind proportions to ensure that the overall fit of your look is balanced, so in today’s “Style Guide,” I’m sharing a few tips on balancing proportions.

Style Guide:  Tips For Balancing Proportions

Style Volume With Slimmer Pieces – To balance proportions of a full top, pair it with a slim or slightly fitted bottom.

Combine Short With Long – Try a shorter dress or skirt with a longer jacket, blazer or vest.

Combine Long With Short – Try a shorter waist length top or blazer with a longer maxi length skirt.

Pair A Cinch Waist Piece With A Full Or Flare Piece – For a piece with volume on the bottom like a flare skirt or dress, add a cinch waist top or jacket to create a figure flattering look.

I hope these “Style Guide” tips will help you in balancing your outfit proportions.  You can shop the items in this post by clicking the links above in “Outfit Details”, or you can visit the Shop Fashion Page here.  Also, you can shop Lulu With Grace partner sales and promotions here.  New partner sales and promotions have recently been added.

As always, thanks for reading!


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  1. Rachel
    August 23, 2016 / 10:45 am

    Can’t say enough about your style…always flawless!!!

  2. Marcie
    August 23, 2016 / 5:43 pm

    Love this top! Wearing it with the flares is perfect!

  3. Joanne
    August 24, 2016 / 10:37 am

    Great off the shoulder top!!! Really love how you balanced the proportions with the fitted flared jeans. Thanks for the style tips too, they are very helpful!!!

  4. Amber
    August 24, 2016 / 12:27 pm

    Absolutely stunning style! Great post!

  5. Sheila
    August 24, 2016 / 6:16 pm

    Gorgeous Lulu, love the top and jeans!!

  6. Donna
    August 25, 2016 / 1:04 pm

    How did I miss this one? Pretty top and outfit! I love how your outfits are so perfectly put together!

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