Design Opinion: Comments Appreciated…

A new magazine arrived in the mail yesterday and these 2 pictures hit this Grandma over the head regarding design.  For what it’s worth…here is my opinion regarding appropriate prints in garments…..


If you ask yourself the questions I state above, my answers would be:

Left Photo:  I ONLY see the dress.  I feel one should dress to flatter the person – NOT to show off the dress.  Which, after all, is most important if you ultimately value the PERSON and not the THING??? Personally, I could see the print of the dress on the left on a bed, but that’s about all.  My opinion…

Right Photo:  I see the little girl IN the dress.  The scale of the print is appropriate for the little girl.  In much the same way, I wouldn’t put this great polka dot or popular fret print fabric (both of which my daughter would LOVE) on my sweet little granddaughter.

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Like that slick way I showed off my grand baby???  Doll is her first – along with quilt that Nana here lovingly made for her.

Express YOUR opinions in the Comments below.


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3 Responses

  1. Thanks for this design guidance Londa! Can always use some help in that direction. I just finished a Tee and made it with a plain navy bottom and some stripes at the top and sleeves and you know what? It looks fabulous but it’s taken me how long to get to this point? I hate to confess 🙂 Now I find myself hungrily searching for design advice.

  2. Rayna says:

    Personally, I think that what color or size of print that a person wears should be always a matter of personal preference, sometimes chosen by body shape, and mostly reflect one’s personality, with some appropriateness shown to the occasion and the culture we find ourselves in.

    But making sure that your clothes are always so average, plain, and muted that they aren’t noticed, seems like a boring way to dress, and to live one’s life.

    Of course, not everyone has a vibrant, outgoing personality nor a personal style that can carry off a dramatic look. But that’s no reason for all people to be taught that clothes must always be so subtle and understated that they aren’t even noticed.

    The little girl on the left at first impression seems like a modern, fun loving, vibrant person, dressed so as to please herself and have fun.

    The little girl on the right might be the same sort of person (of course, it is the same little girl), but you’d probably not be able to guess anything about her personality from only a quick glance at her clothes, they are that understated and plain.

    And at that age, one wouldn’t be trying to wear a print size, color, or style to hide any figure “flaws” or age-related sagginess, etc so I don’t think there’s a reason for her to wear anything other than what makes her happy and expresses her own personality.

    Maybe that’s the dress on the right, but that doesn’t mean it can’t, or shouldn’t, be the dress on the left.

    The concept of the little black dress was for a woman to have a classic, plain piece of clothing, that was versatile enough to accessorize to her own taste, personality, and a variety of occasions. But it would be a pretty boring world if that were all every woman ever wore, even with accessories.

    Many people will continue to make room for color, boldness, attitude, and a spirit of playfulness in their clothing. Maybe that’s not your style, but let’s why not allow for personality and choice in clothing, rather than discourage it in favor of fashion being invisible.

  3. Barbara says:

    I love the plan of clothes that compliment rather than dominate. The one on the left gives me a reason to think the person inside the dress is hiding themselves from the world. Hiding behind the oversized flowers rather than showing their funky nature.

    It’s my opinion that the personality of a person can shine best when their presence is aligned with all of who they are.

    Thanks for sharing, Londa!

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