Volume is something I adore. A nice puffed sleeve, a bubble skirt, harem pants, you name it, I've worn it. Volume in my hair is something I've been exploring more often since my recent haircut. Today I decided to show you a bit of smoothed out anti-volume with the hair, and double volume with the outfit. Attention to proportion is vital for the success of any look. Too much volume could be disastrous, and too little leaves you with maybe the look of excess form fitting garments, making your not-so-perfect areas up for inspection. The sleek hair was the easy part: blowdry with a paddle brush, then flat iron for that perfect glassy finish. The full cut blouse with the puffy shoulders and tons of fabric was actually a bit more tricky. Tucking in all that fabric and keeping it smooth was a piece of work! The bubble-esque skirt was the topper. I feel gigantic every time I wear it, but somehow it works. Plus pockets in a skirt = instant fave. I think this works because I didn't try too hard. On a usual day I'd pair a voluminous top with skinny jeans or a pencil skirt, or a full, ankle-grazing skirt with a fitted tank top. I think this look proves that sometimes you need to break the rules.
The blouse I bought at Jeremys in San Francisco, the skirt is from H&M, the necklace was a gift from my dad's girlfriend, and the gold faux-snakeskin flats were a hand-me-down from my mom I snagged last week. This was a look for me that shows my professional side. Yes, even pink haired, tattooed ladies can get all gussied up! I wore this all day while teaching in salons for TIGI, hence the flats since I was on my feet. I Hope this inspires your own experimentations with volume and proportion!