over50feeling40: "Seams" Like Magic!
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Oct 7, 2012

"Seams" Like Magic!

Years ago, when I was more overweight than I currently am, I wore nothing but oversized clothing....thinking it made me look thinner.
It took many episodes of WHAT NOT TO WEAR to convince me that wearing clothes designed to fit my body was the way to look thinner...not hiding myself under tents.  Stacy and Clinton also taught be about the power of well placed seams in jackets and vests.  
Seams can be magic when they create fit around a woman's body and stop the boxy, oversized look.  Feeling OO, La, La is better any day that feeling frumpy.



I think I actually squealed in Marshalls when I found this Coldwater Creek vest for $14.  The seams are perfect and do exactly what they should.  It is a great look for our first autumn-weather weekend in SA.  
My closet purge went very well.  Some items have been donated (and I had to force myself to pry my fingers off a couple of them); some retired till spring; and the rest are hung and organized.  I found  all my boots and put the flip flops away!  It is so gratifying to have it done and over with.
Now, go check out the beautiful ladies of VISIBLE MONDAY and MONDAY MINGLE!! And have a great Monday yourself!
http://notdeadyetstyle.blogspot.com/2012/10/visible-monday-67-hippie-revival-last.html
http://www.bonbonrosegirls.com/2012/10/monday-mingle-rose-rush.html


27 comments:

  1. Hi Pam, I have missed you! I know what you mean about a well placed seam, it surely makes all the difference in the fit and flattery. :-) Love you in red. xo

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  2. Wonderful new vest for Fall/Winter, Pam, and great with the silky scarf. Congrats on getting your closet organization done! And thanks as always for joining in with Visible Monday.

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  3. That vest is a keeper! Between the seaming and the bright red color, I'll bet you get LOTS of compliments on this one. Great find!

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  4. Congratulations on closet organization! It's so nice to have it DONE! Another great outfit with wonderful advice. Thank you, Pam! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

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  5. Pam, I have been away from blogging for a few weeks and have missed all of your recent posts. So, on this cool, cloudy, Fall Sunday afternoon, I spent some time catching up with you. Have to say I love all of your outfits and your mixing and matching expertise. Congrats on that special grandbaby to be. Now that I am back home and somewhat settled down, I will need to revamp my closets also. Thanks for the inspiration. Have a great week.

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    1. Hi Libby, Glad to have your back! I just wish we had more of this kind of weather...but I will enjoy it while I can. Thanks for your wonderful words of encouragment!

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  6. So true about seams and the direction adding or subtracting inches by a simple trick of the eye! Both the vest and the colour red are very flattering on you!

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  7. I did not know this about the seam placement. You look lovely as always. So pretty and put together.
    I went through a phase of hiding myself in big skirts and feeling a bit bohemian for a couple of years or so and am now feeling more comfortable in pants. I'm aiming for a more classic look like yours. Even though I'm still overweight I've come to realize some of the big clothing pieces I was wearing were really just making me look even bigger.

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    1. Hi Lisa, I found seams to be magic in fitted jackets!! I have several I wear and people always ask if I lost weight!! Keep an eye out for well placed ones when shopping!!

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  8. What a great vest! Good tip about seams, too. As a plus-sized women, myself, with several flaws I am less than thrilled about, I totally understand the temptation to hide.

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  9. Nice red. I also think it is slimming to wear the same colour top and bottom with an accent on top.

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  10. Great vest - the color enhances your vibrant looks! And I wish you would do my clothes shopping for me.

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  11. Great post !

    Love your pictures and articles!!

    A blog like this should definitely be followed so here I am :)

    Stop by mine when you have the time!!

    Love,
    Olivia

    http://mom-works.blogspot.com

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  12. I agree with you Pam. I never thought there are seams and lines that makes a woman look slender ( I used slender..thin for me is like skeleton hehe). As I always watch TLC What not to wear I started to look for clothing from what they are talking about and I did find it. Now that I also lose a bit of weight I am more confident of myself and I can experiment new trend of clothing from my own point of view. Thanks to fashion bloggers too who for me are the true fashionista/models in the real world not the thin looking girls who walk on the runway. ^_^ Like your outfit and that vest I am looking at the website you highlighted here! Thanks for the visit!

    Kim,USA

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  13. What a great find for $14!!
    Lovely in red! Have a great week!

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  14. Pam, what a great looking outfit. A fitted red vest is a great topper that can elevate an outfit to fabulous.

    I did not know that Marshalls sold Coldwater Creek items. The store that opened here is a bit of a disappointment. The TJ Maxx stores are larger and more different items. The one thing Marshalls does have is an excellent selection of shoes.

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  15. a perfect vest for fall and a beautiful color that suits you so well!

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  16. I like the vest a lot, and the flattering seam lines!

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  17. Beautiful as always PAM!! Red is just one of the many colors that look fabulous on you!

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  18. Love you in red!!! You are so right about seams!! I've learned to put them in to help fit a boxy blouse or jacket.

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  19. seaming is a wonder and i have come to appreciate more having watched Project Runway
    you are looking fierce in red by the way
    brett

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  20. That's a lovely red! You look adorable! :)

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  21. Great outfit! Red looks great on you! Following you now!

    Please follow me back if you like my style!
    mayasfashioncorner.blogspot.com

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  22. I also tend to wear oversized outfits thinking that they make me look thinner. I know it is not true but I cannot avoid it. Your blog is inspirational.

    Nora

    http://notenora.blogspot.com

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  23. You are so right about seams!! Your vest is a gorgeous example and I love the color. Great bracelet too!!

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  24. You look lovely in red too - and the seams really make a huge difference!

    The oversize trick is apparently common world wide - I've been there too! I can't believe I couldn't see it myself. It took the original British What Not To Wear duo, Trinny and Susannah, to open my eyes.

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