So, you may have already seen this picture of Melissa McCarthy in my ‘Golden Globes Worst Dressed’ post, but i had to include it in this week’s #TrainwreckTuesday.
This is not to completely dog on the star, but more so as constructive criticism for people to dress for their bodies. It is literally my worst pet peeve in the entire fashion world when people don’t dress well for their shapes. Firstly, I have nothing against bigger people, skinnier people, taller people, smaller people, anyone – BUT no matter if you are bigger/smaller than normal, or even if you are textbook perfection, you need to dress for what you’ve got, something which is the opposite of what Melissa is doing here.
Let’s begin with the general silhouette. Melissa is stout and short yet she decided to wear an outfit which covered her from her neck to her toes – this is not a good idea. The button up paired with the floor-length skirt only cuts off her proportions. The combination drowns her. Then she decided to wear a full sleeved shirt which only added to the sea of fabric, especially because of the fact that it was baggy. I know that it is cuffed at the wrists, but it’s just a case of too little too late. In addition to the baggy shirt a big, black piece of fabric was added onto the front. Now I know that this was to add to oomph and embellishment to the garb, but all it does is continue to add more weight to her.
After this entire fiasco we go to the lower half of the look. Here, not only does she have the floor-length skirt, but on top of that, it is shapeless and has ruffles! Ruffles are rarely a good idea on bigger women as they add layers, texture and thickness, but paired with a baggy shirt and a baggy skirt which reaches the floor, they are a fashion hazard. In fact (I wouldn’t like the look either way), but maybe if the skirt was a mid-calf pencil skirt it might have looked better. It would have given her legs a sexy shape and that would have balanced with the baggy upper half.
Now, I know that she wore a brighter colour on top, but it still does not make up for the rest of the look (Sidenote: the lighter colour draws attention to her face and the dark neck-piece as opposed to parts of her body which she might find unflattering).Overall, this is just a prime example of how not to dress for your shape. I just think that it’s silly because everyone should make the most of what they’ve got!
Finally, just to show a little diversity, I want to add in a picture of Laura Prepon from Orange Is the New Black. Laura is known for her role as a sexy, dark-haired lover on the show and we all know that she is a striking woman. In her Christian Siriano gown, however, I do not think that she is making the most of her body. Yes, she looks fine, but when you look at her mid-section you see that this silhouette gives her a very straight up and down physique. I know that this may just be how her body looks, but there are ways to counterbalance that to enhance your body on the red carpet. Perhaps an a-line skirt, a belt, a corset or fabric which drapes diagonally into the waist (see Anna Kendrick’s look below). All of these things could have given her a sexier, slightly more curvaceous shape which would have made her look even better on the night.
Sorry guys for the super long post, I just really needed to get it off of my chest. I might continue to do this every now and again if you’d like me to because I honestly believe that dressing for your body is such an important part of fashion.
For more #TrainwreckTuesday click here and make sure to follow me on facebook and instagram!
Photos are from: huffingtonpost.com.
Author: Pádraig Power.