Is it me or the clothes? Women, notoriously blame the garment when it doesn’t flatter them or fit them, but in fact, if we look closely at the design of the garment, we will soon realise that it is not us or our body (which is perfect) but a badly designed garment.
April 24, 2009 by 28 Comments
What do I mean by this?
Well, if most women are curvier (not all I know!), then why are so many garments cut and sewn not to cater for this? I can spend hours shopping with an X or A shaped woman and we’ll never find a pair of trousers that will flatter and fit. They will either pull across the crotch, and then gape at the waistband, there will be pockets at the hips that gape or draw widening horizontal lines across the hip/thigh area which is the last thing these women want on their pants – see below for an example of a pocket to be avoided unless you’re a V or I shape.
Before I knew what I know now, whenever I would try on a pair of pants like this I tend to have a mental dialogue that tells me to ‘lay off the pies’ rather than really looking and saying to myself BAD DESIGN!
Then, for many of us who don’t have defined waists, there is the problem of the patch pocket on jackets – which just draw unflattering and widening horiztonals across the waist we wish we didn’t have. Plus the flaps just add some extra unnecessary bulk. Sure the garment may look more dull without the pockets, but it would be a lot more flattering!
And then of course there are cardigans with unflattering pockets at the thighs, and that end across the widest part of many women – again drawing unflattering horiztonal lines. The cardigan looks fine on this model as she has very slim hips and thighs, but put it on many non-models and it won’t look so hot.
Then, there is the issue of pattern, for all you lovely petite women, let’s put a large scale pattern on a petite garment, just to completely overwhelm your frame and swamp you, such as this.
Then what about jeans – why not put low or long pockets on them that make any but the leggiest woman look short legged.
Alternatively, why not ruin a perfectly good jean with some unflattering distressing?
All this distressing does is draw attention to your crotch and add extra curve to your hips.
So next time you’re in the shops trying on clothes, make sure your mental dialogue is saying “these pants aren’t made to fit over my delicious, lucious butt”.
What bothers you most about clothing design? Do you blame yourself when something doesn’t look good or the clothes?
All pics from http://www.nordstrom.com