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Graphic Re-Stylist: Plus Size

April 1, 2006 at 9:00 am by Designer Ella

In response to a complaint, I must comply and remove the edited images that were below.

I know, it might be very wrong to take an ad from a new advertiser and “butcher” it, but I must meddle! I must tweak! I must … perfect!!!

I feel compelled to act as a stylist and edit this picture of plus size fashion:

Old Navy Natural Plus Size Ad

In the first picture, the woman’s sizable hips are accentuated with a boho belt. I labored over my Photoshop and put the belt at her waist. Her thighs are the same size, but our eyes gloss over them under a neutral, loose skirt. Meanwhile, even being a wrap, the original image’s sweater was too loose. My belt nips her in. Making it lighter defines it more (aside from showing you it’s even there :-P). Finally, a straight, hanging-vertical end to the belt helps a bit to elongate her figure, which is slimming. This works much better than, say, a bow which can add width.

(By the way, you can still reach the advertised store, Old Navy, from the image. 0:-).)

To make things perfect, I took the suggestion of commenter #3, OCD Shopper, about the necklace clashing with the now-higher belt. I made this image:

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  • 8 Responses to “Graphic Re-Stylist: Plus Size”

    Dean Says:

    Thanks for taking the time to fix this photo. I am amazed that this advertiser is not aware of what a difference a belt can make.

    Carie Says:

    You are so right about the belt! She looks so much better when it’s moved up a little.

    ocdshopper Says:

    I like the way Old Navy styled this woman. She looks totally confident, sexy and relaxed. Lifting the belt higher at the waist clashes with the long layered necklace, which i believe is essential to this laid back boho look, and leaves her looking way over accessorized.

    Designer Ella Says:

    Thanks for your compliments!

    Thanks for your opinion, ocdshopper. I think I’ll create a new image removing the necklace, and making the belt the only accessory. It will fix everything (in my opinion). I know you like the necklace, but I feel that the belt is more important with this sweater. And sure, the low belt makes her look relaxed, but I don’t necessarily like that look. We must remember her size.

    Style Editor Says:

    good call

    Agathe Says:

    It’s strange how much better she looks after moving the belt up. Gretat job! :)

    Lilly Says:

    Actually, I think the necklace is perfect the way it is, and can stay. As a jewellery maker who specialises in plus size stuff, that necklace works for me on a few levels. If it were big and chunky beads on the other hand… well, then you would have to erase them. It would be overkill for me.

    But, what I’m most freaked out about are the HUGE silk straps on the shoes that wrap around the ankles, thus cuttiing off the continuous line the bare leg has going for it to slim out the bottom of her body. It completely makes her ankles look like tree trunks. Been there, done that, so I can say that.

    All just one plus size chick’s opinion, of course. :-)

    Designer Ella Says:

    Thanks, girls!

    Lilly, fantastic points. You are a plus-size jeweler??! I need to hear more about that! E-mail me! I think I must feature your shop on the blog!

    Anyway, I’m a fan of those strapped kinds of shoes, because they are adorable, even though I know they don’t help women actually look better. You are right, but I don’t think I should change the image to erase the straps. That’s actual Old Navy merchandise I’d be hacking up. Ha ha. Am I right? Hee hee.

    What else might help that aspect of her look is to bring the skirt up higher to the knee.

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