News and Opinion from Anne Barone to Keep You Chic & Slim

|| 12 July 2015

Ruffles On Her Posterior. Oh, dear!

Anne sees a shocking sight while out shopping.

You know that I believe everyone should develop their own unique personal style. And I know not everyone chooses to be a classic dresser in the chic French style. Still, when I think I have seen just about everything in the realm of unflattering to the wearer, I see something worse.

Today on a quick excursion to buy cat food, I found myself walking behind a woman of ample proportions (say about 240 pounds) encased in form-fitting pale pink knit bermuda shorts. These shorts were embellished with row upon row of fluttering ruffled white lace around her hips and legs. With these pink lace-trimmed shorts she had paired a pale green tank top that left much of her shoulders bare. Consequently, one got full view of her black bra straps.

For some odd reason, her attire brought to my mind the nursery rhyme Banbury Cross.

You might remember the rhyme:

Ride a cock-horse to Banbury Cross,

To see a fine lady upon a white horse;

Rings on her fingers and bells on her toes,

And she shall have music wherever she goes.

An alternative version goes:

A ring on her finger,

A bonnet of straw,

The strangest old woman

That ever you saw.

In my case, I was thinking:

Ruffles on her hips,

Her bra straps showing,

She will cause gasps

Wherever she’s going.

If you have wide hips, horizontal rows across them are not flattering. And if your bra straps have to show, it would be better to have as little contrast as possible between the color of the top you are wearing and the color of your bra. On the other hand, a black tank top with those ruffled pink shorts might have been de trop.

I was so shocked by this woman’s outfit that I forgot that I had my cellphone in my handbag and that, while pretending to check my email, I could have snapped a photo to show you. Then, again, I would not want to shock you.

be chic, stay slim — Anne Barone