Archives for November 2012

What I Wore to a Renaissance Festival

This past weekend my boyfriend managed to convince me to go to a Renaissance Festival. He had been dying to go for years and we were finally in the city when it was happening so I agreed to tag along. While I am still not a die-hard Renaissance fan, the gorgeous costumes, delicious food (can we say caramel apples?) and artwork were really pretty cool. I wanted to keep it casual while still being warm and comfortable and so I opted for my all-weather ensemble: Hunter boots and jeans.

Hunter “Huntress” boots, Banana Republic Jeans, Nordstrom Jacket (incredibly old, similar), Nordstrom Shirt, Repurposed necklaces

These boots really have proven to be lifesavers to me, and I am disappointed I didn’t pull the trigger sooner. They are the perfect width for my super-wide calves and I love how they look with both jeans and dresses. This jacket from Nordstrom is legitimately 5 years old (we are talking high school days) and it is still one of my favorites. I love the military-esque style and how it can be worn with anything.

There was a really hilarious strength competition that the men at the fair were really getting into. They had to hit the target 10 times in a row and make it to the top to be considered the “king of the fair.” I was amused to say the least.

The Outfit that Should Never Be: Common Fit Mistakes & Easy Fixes

LOFT Top (old, kind of similar), Macy’s Snakeskin Denim (similar), Kelsi Dagger Boots

This past weekend my best girlfriend from college came into town. We have been friends for nearly four years and her quirky style has always been a source of inspiration for me. But standing at 5’3′ tall, with a body type that couldn’t be more different than mine, things that look good on her do not always suit me. Case and point: the outfit that should never be.

I decided to dress as she would for this shoot to show that sometimes trends that look great on others, do not always work on those with curvier bodies or figures that need some flattering.

First and foremost is this top. I originally purchased this top for the sole purpose of being tucked into high-waisted skirts and pants as seen in this post. Worn here untucked it makes me look like I have more of a stomach than I do, and does nothing to create curves.

Second, I decided to “peg” my pants as my friend called it, by loosely tucking them into my short boots. I spoke a while ago about tucking jeans into boots, but clearly this example is not the same and is not nearly as flattering. These jeans are snakeskin printed and are already a little out of the box for someone with a curvier figure. Tucked into short boots in a contrasting color only makes hips look wider and legs stubbier. Finally, the length of the shirt in the back hits at my widest part creating width and adding the illusion of weight.

Now, a few Easy Alterations to make this outfit instantly more flattering:

1. Untuck pants and pull over shoes: This instantly elongates your leg as it allows the pants to continue longer towards the floor, and the boots don’t truncate the leg line.

2. Tuck the front of the shirt into pants: This elongates your leg in the front and keeps the shirt from cutting you off in your widest part. It also pulls the shirt up in the back having the same effect.

3. Pull the shirt off one shoulder: this creates some fun lines and dimension in the outfit and brings the interest back up towards your face and away from the wider part of your body.

How do you “alter” clothes to make them more flattering?

Layering for Winter + Reviewing My Favorite SPANX Shapewear

H&M Dress (old, loving this one), Vince Camuto Blouse (similar), SPANX Tights, Steve Madden Boots, Ann Taylor Bracelet (similar)

With the weather dropping in Charlotte I am doing my best to layer without the bulk. This is one of my favorite H&M finds from many years ago and I wasn’t quite ready to give up it’s flirty shape and fun button detailing for Winter. On another note, i’m the biggest fan of these tights from SPANX and always buy 2-3 pairs for the colder months. They are just opaque enough to provide the kind of coverage I need and have body shaping technology that removes the need for other shapewear when wearing a tighter-fitting dress. 

This Weekend…

There will be lots of doing this ^

And this ^

And eating of this ^

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

See the rest of my instagram adventures: @laurenhaber

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