For years I avoided wearing clothing with volume. I was so bent on making myself look smaller, that I failed to realize how one can use volume to your advantage. Volume allows you to accentuate your narrowest part with a waist cinching belt., but even without a belt, volume doesn't add size when done correctly.
The biggest tip for wearing volume is to pair it with something slim and fitted. A-line skirts with fitted tops or jackets, or voluminous tops with slim pants, shorts, or skirts. This also keeps the look from becoming dowdy.
I also prefer to keep things simple when playing with differing shapes like this. Nothing is more simple than basic black and white. To keep a stark, high contrast black and white look from going to chef, I paired the look with my great little art deco inspired heels. Everyone could use a little more yellow in their life. :)
Top: Ann Taylor, Belt: Ann Taylor, Pants: Gap, Shoes: Chinese Laundry, Earrings: Express, Wallet/Clutch: LAMB
PS: Today is the six month anniversary since we lost my Grandpa...who we lovingly called Poppy for as long as I can remember. He was a great man who loved his family, and we still miss him very much. Six months ago was a rough patch for us with the two losses, but I consider myself very fortunate to love and have been loved by my Grandpa and my little Jasper.
A year before my Poppy passed away the entire family took a cruise to Alaska. I'm so thankful that we could all go and spend that time together. I will never forget that week and the wonderful memories I have with Poppy from birth to that great trip.