Okay first things first: we’re not interested in pulling down ANY woman’s appearance here. Minka Kelly is absolutely stunning and could wear a black binliner and still be a total 10/10. That being said, I’m going to scrutinise a handful of her casual outfits today and see what really worked well with her curves and what was less perfect for her figure. It’s not easy to find ‘miss’ outfits as she’s one of those rare people who seem to have learned to work with what she’s got!
None of these photos are my property by the way, they are snaps off the internet.
Hit: black tank, jeans and Ugg boots
I think this really works well on her. I’ll break down why. The black top has a scoop neckline that minimises her boobs and makes her upper body look relatively petite; the racer back cut of the straps look amazing against square mesomorph (=hourglass) shoulders. The length of the top goes down to just on her hip which works because she has relatively long legs for her height, which is typical of many hourglasses; lastly, the top is loose but not voluminous so you can still see she has a narrow waist. For the jeans, they are flattering due to the dark colour of the denim minimising volume in her legs, they’re tight so you can see her hourglass shape, and the butt pocket sits low which from behind will make your butt look minimised and lifted. It always surprises me when cutting the leg off at a 3/4 length (like Minka has done here) work on an hourglass, as I’d assume we’d need to lengthen legs with heels, not shorten them. But I often find this tucked-in-to-mid-shin-boots look works on me too. Maybe it’s because as I mentioned above, we can often have proportionally long legs because our short waist condenses the torso area down compared to the legs. Anyway, it’s totally working proportionally, and I have no idea where Ugg boots stand in the fashion world right now, but I have a feeling they’re one of those perennial items like Converse that will come out every winter, so I’m still wearing mine – they’re like heaven for feet. Lastly, I like how she’s thrown a taupe leather jacket over this combo with the cool added touch of scrunched up sleeves.
Miss: Low slung boyfriend jeans and floaty top
Okay, I really like the delicate jewellery, hair/make-up style, colours, nails and I LOVE the aviator shades, they really suit her face. I think the white top and low jeans mess up the body proportions too much for me: we lose any sign of her waist (although I feel if the jeans were tight, we could get away with the cute white tank more easily). I think if the jeans were full length instead of rolled up, or if the white tank was tight so at least the eye could figure out her legs are not super short and squat, this would’ve worked better.
Hit: baggy tie-dye trousers and fitted tank top
Whilst this look hails back to the days of All Saints when I was a kid, I still think it looks current and very laid-back-cool on Minka. The deep scoop neck and delicate straps of the tank, plus the way it sticks to her waist is really flattering, as well as that magic ‘just to the hip’ length. Her torso looks super petite here, and that stops the trousers making this outfit too widening. I love the low-slung and loose-billowy effect of the trousers, the ankle tie is cool but would work well untied also. Having volume on the lower half of an hourglass figure seems to work well as long as the waist is respected. The cut of these trousers is not too ‘hareem’ style which means the legs aren’t shortened too much. Can we just…..her nailsbagandtoesallmatch….love…. Anyway, this outfit would be fab for summer, and I’m always looking for this sort of thing because I don’t always like my legs on show, especially if they’re swollen and heavy in the heat.
Miss: tulip-skirt summer dress and Ugg boots
With all the ‘misses’ I found on the web, I had a distinct feeling they only happened because Minka didn’t give a crap about looking awesome that day. She’s like the Chuck Norris of casual hourglass style – she only looks 9.99/10 instead of 10/10 when she damn well chooses to. Anyway, this dress takes me back to a tulip skirt I used to own, and it looked about the same on me – too voluminous around the hips and belly, and over-emphasising muscular legs instead of flattering them. This skirt length is not wonderful for hourglasses for some reason, especially those of us with heavier legs. The Ugg boots also cut the legs in yet another place (so, skirt cuts them above the knee, shortening the visual effect, and Uggs cut just above the ankle) so you just have a heavy-looking section of leg in the middle. Other than that, the dainty straps of the top part of the dress and fitted waist are super cute. And there’s nothing wrong with her legs, I actually love them, but she would’ve looked better with some dainty flip-flops or strappy flat sandals here, or even better with a wedge or chunky heeled sandal. Love her hair here, and the dangly earrings.
There’s actually an abundance of awesome Minka Kelly inspo online if you just google ‘Minka Kelly casual’, but I might do a similar ‘Hits and Misses’ post with some other outfits of hers as I feel she’s such a good candidate for us to learn from. Hope this is helpful for giving you some templates for flattering summery outfits! ❤