Definition – looking as good coming as you do going.
I have always been aware of the need to check the rear view before leaving the house but I never had a clever word for it until my style training in San Diego a couple of weeks ago. So today I want to talk about why “leave appeal” is important and show you some fun ideas on how to have style from the back that may be even cuter than the front.
First of all, I want you to think about what you see when you look in the mirror. Your eyes are set in the front of your face and you are unaware of what others can actually see. As said by Nicolas Bourriaud, a French curator, writer, art critic and author, “I see from one point of view with my two eyes (the human gaze) but I am looked at from all sides.” I know you are rushed when heading out the door in the morning, but if you would just have a hand mirror ready by your full length mirror it will save you from innocent mistakes and perhaps embarrassment later.
So, just to get my point across, this is what I see when I am out and about, and I have a feeling you are too.
I have just a few things to say about this…leggings are NOT pants and thin dresses require one of three things; A. a full coverage boy short, B. a slip, or C. Spanx. PERIOD.
Okay, enough said, on we go with how we can make your backside just as cute as your front and the key is all in the details.
Example #1 is about the lace:
Regular sweater in front with a surprise lace detail in back. Cabi Sophia Sweater, current 2016 | Cabi Mesh M’leggings, current 2016 | Cabi Helios Necklaces, current 2016
Example #2 is about buttons:
A fun cropped sweater from the front with surprise button closure in the back. Sweater vest and button down blouse, Anthropologie, fall season 2015. See also my Winter Capsule 2016.
Example #3 is about the hem:
A cute cropped jacket from the front with a fun inverted pleat and “swing” circular hem. Cabi Resort Jacket, current 2016 | Cabi Arabesque Cami, Fall 2015 | Cabi Destructed Curvy Skinny, current 2016.
My hope is that you feel so good about your backside you want to wear your clothes backwards!
#leaveappeal #leggingsarenotpants #handmirrorsareyourfriend