I haven’t worn this blouse in what seems like forever! I think it’s because it has this annoying elastic along the bottom waistband: one of my biggest pet peeves as a stylist. I am not certain who exactly is made for the elastic waistband that many otherwise adorable shirts possess, but they can be a dealbreaker when I am selecting pieces for my clients. I mean, they either hit at the wrong part of the torso, ride up and down along a too-high stretch of skin, or feel bulky. This all results in either a day-long tug session or a neglected shirt! I hate both of those things passionately!
What do you do when you happen to acquire an otherwise adorable shirt with an elastic waistband? Before you give up completely, try:
- Tucking. If it’s not too bulky and your waistband is high enough, try tucking the top in. The elastic will actually keep the top in place under your skirt or pants.
- Put a belt on it. A wide belt will hide any signs of elastic and keep it from shifting up and down too much.
- Wear it over a dress. If your shirt shimmies all over the place or if it’s a little on the too-short to tuck or belt side of things, try wearing it over a simple dress. This way if it moves you wont be exposing any midriff and the bottom layer of fabric might make the waistband less slippery.
As you can see, I have opted for the tucking option with this elastic-banded top, and felt pretty alright in this masculine/feminine mix. I don’t think anyone noticed my elastic, either!
January 17, 2012