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Solving Pearshape Problems: Wearing a Tight Dress as a Shirt

Top (really a dress): Alex & Alex via Gilt, Skirt: Nordstrom, Shoes: Sam Edelman, Necklace: H&M (recent), Belt: Shareen Vintage

As a woman with a curvy figure, shopping online can either be wonderful or a total disaster. Measurements provided online are great when you know your size, but then every once in a while you order a dress from an online retailer (in this case, Gilt), get the dress and are horrified by the result. I ordered this blue dress (worn here as a top) a few weeks ago in a size larger than my usual thinking it would be a fun piece for Fall. Much to my disappointment the dress was incredibly snug around the hips when it arrived and the measurements provided were completely off. The worst part? I bought it as a Final Sale item. So, it was time to get thrifty.

I ordered this skirt from Nordstrom thinking that it would be the perfect piece to hide the tightness of the dress yet still “go” with the color. When pulling the whole outfit together I remembered that I had this royal blue belt from Shareen’s that was almost a perfect match to the color. Metallic fun heels and big, bold jewels tie it together.

Oh, and how amazing are these train tracks I found near my apartment. I am definitely learning to love the South!

A Shirt Dress That Fits!

Dress: Madewell, Shoes: J.Crew

Anyone with fuller hips knows how hard it is to find a shirt dress that fits. They are either too tight in the hips if they fit the waist, or end up too loose in the waist if they fit the hips. I took a chance and tried on this adorable polka dot shirt dress at Madewell last week and was flabbergasted when it fit perfectly all over (i’m wearing a Large). The area around my hips doesn’t have too much material that it creates bulk and the area around my waist and chest fits with no gaping or pulling. The tie in the front cinches my waist and I love that the buttons are covered with a flap of material.

This dress is also so work appropriate between its demure length and fun, cuffed sleeves. This was an instant keeper. I paired the dress with these fun royal blue shoes I found on major discount at J.Crew.

After looking at these pictures i’m noticing that the bow in the front adds a bit of bulk to the belly, though i’m thinking that can be fixed by tying the bow in the back. But my all-time favorite part of the dress are the slim pockets that don’t add volume to the hips!

Where have you found shirt-dresses that fit your figure?

How to Wear Snakeskin Denim (Part Two)

Pants: Macys, Sweater: J.Crew (old), Bag: Michael Kors (mom’s), Bangle: Ann Taylor (old), Flats: J.Crew

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I was drawn to these pants because they act as a fun pseudo neutral. While I’ve paired them the last two wears with other neutral colors, I love that they will work well with every Fall color I can imagine and every metallic under the sun.

This bangle was a gift from my mother and I love it paired with these pants. It just proves that forest greens (and even vibrant pinks like my nail color) will work with these pants.

How would you wear snakeskin pants?

How to Wear Snakeskin Denim for Pearshapes (Part One)

Top: Target, Pants: Macy’s (sized up to a 12), Flats: J.Crew

I can’t tell if i’ve gone nuts or had a stroke of genius with these pants. To say that I never thought i’d wear snakeskin pants is an understatement. I found these jeans while on a rare shopping trip to Macy’s a few weeks back. I was originally drawn to the subtle pattern and the cut of the pant and figured there was a slim possibility they would be flattering. After trying on the pants in the store with a bunch of different tops and shoes, and examining the fit, I am so excited to incorporate these into my Fall wardrobe.

I styled these pants two ways to show their versatility with patterned and solid tops. Stay tuned tomorrow for the second part!

The reason that I think these pants work is two-fold:

1) the snakeskin is more subtle than other pants I have seen and is in a neutral grey/black making it easy to pair with fun tops

2) the fit of these jeans works for pearshapes. As with my colored denim post, the pocket placement and less tapered bottom makes these jeans more flattering than a standard skinny, and in a print, that is all the more important.

What do you think of the snakeskin pant trend? Would you wear it as a pearshape?

(Be sure to stay tuned for part two of my styling snakeskin denim tomorrow!)

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