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Winter Cream Sweater + Favorite Boot-Cut Jean

Sweater: Asos, Jeans: Banana Republic, Shoes: B. Makowsky via Nordstrom (old, similar)

Guys I think i’ve found my winter cream sweater. It’s a soft, non-itchy knit, thin enough to tuck into skirts for work, long sleeved to keep me fully warmed, and boat-necked for future fun collars to peak out of. In short, Asos, you win. And the best part about it, it has the most fun bell sleeves you can imagine. Part of me thinks: “hey the bell sleeves sort of balance out my hips!” and the other part of me thinks “be realistic, they are just awesome.”

In other news, these jeans are one of my all-time favorites. They are an old pair of boot-cut jeans from Banana Republic’s curvy line, which happens to fit us pearshapes pretty darn well. Score 1 for BR. They continue to sell these jeans in store and with the perfect, unhemmed length and ideal pocket placement on the rear end, I might have to snag another pair. Word of caution though: the particular dark wash i’m wearing tends to rub off on light colored clothing (read: this sweater), so try and stay away from whites or creams when wearing these pants.

Thanks for reading!

Blogger Confession: Dressing Well + Work Culture

Photos From Posts: Top Row (1, 2, 3) Bottom Row (1, 2)

I know I can’t be the only one that thinks about these things, but recently I have been feeling very self conscious at work about the way that I dress. As I have mentioned in previous posts, I work as a consultant for a major technology company. What the means is that I travel to clients that deploy my particular technology, and work with them for extended periods of time to configure the product to their specifications. That is a long winded way of saying that I work in a male dominated, engineering oriented workplace. It is not fashion forward nor to people respect dressing well. As a matter of fact, lately, I have felt as though I stand out because of the way that I dress.

For years I have read blogs like 9to5Chic and ExtraPetite and have admired the way they put together outfits for work. Jean has often mentioned that she works in a conservative office but neither have spoken about how they feel about dressing fashionably at work, and being taken seriously while doing so. While my outfits are not too outlandish (in my opinion), in offices where khaki’s and white button down shirts are the norm, I am lightyears away from “fitting in” clothing wise. While I am good at what I do and am confident in my abilities, I often wonder if as the only woman in the room, does my sense of style prompt others to question my intelligence?

I am genuinely curious if other bloggers or ladies face the same issue. Are you also worried that if you walk into a room of men in neutral colored clothing, wearing a polka dott dress and high heels, your ability to do your job upon first impression might be questioned?

Tips on Wearing Vests for Pearshapes: Banana Republic Faux-Fur Vest + Playing in the Fields of Minnesota

Vest + Jeans+ Boots (old, similar): Banana Republic, Sweater: Unknown, Necklace: Poshlocket

These pictures pretty much represent my ideal afternoon: wearing fun Fall clothing, running through golden fields of corn at dusk. On our drive back from Minneapolis my boyfriend and I kept seeing these beautiful, vast farms and eventually decided to stop and run around in one of them. Every 10 miles or so we would see a field like this with a small farm at one end of it, with fun tractors and pathways all around. It was one of the highlights of our trip and such a fun way to spend a bit of time.

This faux-fur vest was a piece I picked up during my shopping trip at Mall of America. Banana Republic was having a 40% off sale on outerwear and when I saw this vest on a mannequin (it was the last one in my size), I grabbed it and absolutely loved it on. I had visions of pairing it with jeans and boots like I did here, or with skirts and wedges during the warmer Spring and Fall months.

While incredibly warm, the vest doesn’t add too much bulk and offers a plethora of styling options. Here I have it open and simply tied in the front but I love the look of it zipped all the way up or completely open with the belt tied in the back. When worn with slimmer bottoms like skinny jeans or a shorter skirt, vests can work wonderfully for the pearshaped woman.

The one thing I am always sure of when buying a vest is the length. I opt for ones that, ironically, hit at the widest part of my hip. Because there are no sleeves to balance out the item, I feel like anything shorter would make me look short-torso’d and squat on top. A longer length makes my upper body look longer and slims my hips.

With its gold hardware and army green color, I am so excited to make this piece a wardrobe staple.

What do you think of vests for pearshapes? Are there any vest styles you stay away from?

Shopping the ShopBop 20% off Friends and Family Sale (For Work)

1. Parker Pleated Back Top ($198) 2. Alexander Wang Snakeskin Wallet ($295) 3. Madewell Westway Work Shirt ($88) 4. Rebecca Minkoff Embossed Bag ($395) 5. Parker Tie Neck Top ($198) 6. Nanette Lepore Peace & Soul Sweater Dress ($398) 7. Theory Classic Dress ($265) 8. Monserat de Lucca Feather Bracelet ($62) 9. Giles & Brother Wrap Bracelet ($95) 10. Ferragamo Varina Flat ($495) 11. Tibi Ponte Zip Top ($285)

ShopBop is having their Friends and Family sale (code WEAREFAMILY for 20% off at checkout) and i’m loving the shopping. Recently I have been trying to focus my purchasing more towards work appropriate pieces accessorizing with fun colors and textures. While ShopBop more often than not is above my price range, the majority of the pieces above will prove to be investment items that will last for many seasons.

Items of note that i’m heavily considering:

-Salvatorre Varina Bow Flat: I’ve been eyeing these flats for nearly a year and have yet to pull the trigger. I have heard through other buyers and bloggers that they can be difficult to break in and often run narrow, both issues for me. But in a classic color like red, I don’t know how much longer I can resist

-Parker Tie Neck Top: More expensive for a work shirt but i’m loving the print and the ties. I typically gravitate towards solid colors for work and need to expand more into prints

-Theory Classic Dress: I can see this dress being so flattering on. The zip down the front is a great touch and the slight flare at the bottom would camouflage any problem areas

Are you shopping the ShopBop sale?

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