The Look: Shape Shifter

bustier style
 In the world of trousers, it's time for the skinny and the slim leg to step aside: the palazzo is here in all its voluminous glory.  Such an niche shape may seem daunting for some, but rocking the palazzo is all about playing with juxtaposing volumes. Today I'm playing the shape-shifter in a skinny-meets peplum bustier and over-sized pants.

Want to experiment playing with volume in your wardrobe? You know I got you covered! Read on for my 5 top tips...
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 Bustier: Finders Keepers (Similar Here)
White tee: Mink Pink (Similar Here)
Palazzo Culottes: Ginger And Smart (Similar Here)
Clutch: Tony Bianco (Similar Here)
Heels: New Look (Similar Here)
Necklace: Lovisa (Similar Here)

When I first unraveled my lush new 'Ginger and Smart' culottes, I was met by a confused glance from the boyf. 'They look like artist pants', he said. And THAT, ladies, is further evidence that men will never understand fashion. 

These pants are one of the only designer items that I have in my wardrobe, and, as a thrifty fashionista, I'm not gonna lie: I totally nabbed them second hand at an unbelievable price.

I teamed the over-sized pants with an oxymoronically tight bustier from Aussie label 'Finder's Keepers', which features an ultra-flattering peplum. Forget sit-ups; peplum tops are seriously like a 3 month diet and a trillion crunches in one!

Although getting quirky with volumes used to intimidate me, I think that, in light of this look, mixing volumes can actually be used to my advantage. Exhibit A: The peplum top enhances my slimmest part; my waist. Exhibit B: The over-sized palazzo pants skim over my bottom-heavy half. 

5 Tips For Playing With Volume

1. Keep prints minimal
Only one printed look per outfit. The reason? Prints themselves actually change the perceived volume of the garment through optical allusion. So if you wanna rock this seasons hottest floral palazzo pants, make sure you team them with a plain top.
2. Juxtapose!
This one is as obvious as the plot line of a cheesy rom com: you must wear items with contrasting volumes. Volume from head to toe will leave you looking like a bin bag: not flattering!
3. Layer
A boxy, over-sized jacket will add a voluminous dimension to a plain tee and jeans combo. 

4. Get Clever With Your Print
If you want to rock a striped piece, keep in mind that vertical stripes are typically slimming, whereas horizontal stripes add volume. Play with this fact by going for baggy or boxy pieces in horizontal stripes.

5. Use Accessories To Enhance Size
Play on sizes as well as shapes with jewellery, bags and accessories. A tiny clutch will make a voluminous dress look waay bigger. Similarly, a tight fitting top and a statement necklace make a great pairing. 
How do you like to incorporate volume into your look?

Rachel
xoxo


60 comments:

  1. What a nice bustier! I like how you styled it. Thanks for the tips! Have a nice week!

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  2. Lovely look, dear!
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  3. Great tips Rachel! Loved the plaid top!
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  4. You look beautiful! I really love the necklace, so cool!
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  5. WOW you look just fabulous, I really adore palazzo pants and shouldn't let being short stop me from wearing them. I love how you've styled this, very original but beautiful xxx

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  6. That's a different style however you look beautiful!

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  7. Great tips, I love your necklace too.
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  8. The palazzo pants look great on you though I don't think I could get away with them!

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  9. I looooooooove the layering on this outfit! The culottes are gorgeous, I really want a pair!

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  10. In love with this look! Gorgeous!

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  11. what a great matching, babe, I love how you rock the volumes and wow the layering part....
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  12. This outfit is gorgeous, love how you have accessorised it !!! :)

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  13. I really like this pants! The outfit looks really cute, love the necklace!

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  14. Nice outfit. Love the necklace.

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  15. Rachel, I've missed you <3 haha I've been disappearing! I adore this outfit & the tartan and the necklace, everything is Killlller about this outfit! <3 Have an amazing rest of the week, lots of loveeeee <3 :D

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  16. Rachel, I've missed you <3 haha I've been disappearing! I adore this outfit & the tartan and the necklace, everything is Killlller about this outfit! <3 Have an amazing rest of the week, lots of loveeeee <3 :D

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  17. I am very hesitant to wear pants like that, but maybe I can incorporate them with your helpful tips.

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  18. Wow, such an inspiring outfit Rachel! You look gorgeous <3
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  19. un look genial,besos.
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  20. Your style is perfect!! I love how you have combined the top! The pictures are verty beautiful, you look amazing!!! Great post!
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  21. Ohhhhh, this look...... so stylish!!!!!
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  22. you look very chic
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  23. Great and so glamour look!
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  24. Love this look! The necklace is really beautiful!

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  25. I love the clinched in waist in this outfit, it gives such a feminine silhouette. Gorgeous day-to-night outfit, beautifully styled.

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  26. This is so beautifully styled, you look amazing, girl.
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  27. This looks is so cool, LOVE the white under the peplum top!

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  28. Your culottes are so cool! :) xx

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  29. Nice necklace :)
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  30. You look amazing! I'm loving the mix of the pants and the bustier! The necklace looks fantastic with it

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  31. This look is gorgeous! I love how you styled it!

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  32. Killer outfit! xx

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  33. Great tip! Thanks
    The outfit came out pretty cool. I love
    That neckpiece is gorgeous.

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  34. you look so fab

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  35. love the culottes!!

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  36. I used to wear skinny jeans all the time when I was young, however, now I feel like this type of Palazzo or Culottes are better for me :) They are so comfortable! Love the tips suggested by you too! Layering is my fav!

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  37. Amazing photos dear!

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  38. Hopefully you have many space for palazzo pants in your closet as you look perfect in them! I really like how you have styled them and it was a pleasure for me to read and watch this post especially that you show another kind of trousers than skinnys :)
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  39. Oh, I love the pattern of this bustier. Lovely pictures btw ! (:
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  40. These are great tips! I love how you're not afraid to experiment with your style and are always willing to try on a new look. This turned out great!

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  41. So beautiful! Love this! Your pictures are stunning!

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  42. Love this look ♥♥

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  43. I am obsessed with this look , the plaid top looks amazing over the tee ! Love the edgy vibe !
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  44. This has a very classic look with a modern influence. I always get inspired by your lovely chic posts very cool. xx http://www.bauchlefashion.com

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  45. I'm not too fond of palazzo pants in general being vertically challenged as I am. I am, however, exceedingly fond of your bustier top!!! Delicious :)

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  46. You look incredible!!!! Loving your statement necklace girl!!! Have a fabulous weekend darling!
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  48. Amazing outfit! love the corset top and white tshirt mix!

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  50. Wow, great!!

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