Experimentation

new silhouettesSweater, Top, Skirt

Part of the beauty of clothing for me is experimentation. I am constantly looking for new styles and silhouettes that will flatter my body, to further expand my wardrobe. Draped knits, off-the-shoulder tops, and pleated midi skirts are items I typically wouldn’t gravitate towards, but in the name of experimentation these three beauties are on their way to me for a true pearshaped fit review. I will be sure to let you all know the result!

Tips for working with chunky knits

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H&M sweater (recent), Ann Taylor curvy skinny jeans, Superga sneakers, gifted scarf from mom, J.Crew bracelet, LV Speedy 30 bag

Chunky sweaters are a cold-weather staple for most women. Thick knits and loose fits look great on many women, but as a pearshape with an already large bottom half, camouflaging my curves up top never sounded too appealing. However, this last weekend my boyfriend and I took a spontaneous trip to San Francisco, where of course I grossly under packed. In desperation I popped into H&M and picked up this gorgeous gold sweater that is now one of my favorite pieces. To make it most flattering to my frame, I followed a few simple steps that I think made this a winning Winter look.

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1. Dark colors on bottom: Because the knit is so thick and bulky, I tried to streamline the bottom half as much as possible. I opted for black skinny jeans and basic colored sneakers to de-emphasize the bottom half and slim it ever so slightly.

2. Draw the eye upward: I paired the gorgeous sweater with a bright red, thick scarf my mother gifted me many years ago. The color and texture draws the eye upward, again pulling the focus away from the bottom half and up towards my face. This was also accomplished with these awesome cheapy boutique sunglasses I picked up!

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3. Buy a size down: Typically I wear a size 10 or M in tops/sweaters. Because this particular piece was so thick I opted for a size 8 and am much happier with the fit. Sizing down kept the sweater from being too long and falling below my hips (further cutting off the leg line), and gave me some shape up top.

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Do you wear chunky knits? How do you keep balance and proportion?

When in San Francisco, layer.

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J.Crew chambray + gingham shirts, Banana Republic jeans, J.Crew boots, LV Speedy 30 bag

After a few particularly grueling work weeks about a month ago, the boyfriend and I decided to book a spontaneous trip to San Francisco. We have tons of friends in the area and love nothing more than walking the streets, eating our favorite foods, and taking in the spectacular views. Last weekend was our trip, and of course I packed improperly, so I layered as best as I could to keep warm without the bulk.

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No San Francisco trip is complete without some Swensen’s ice cream!

My dream purchase, come true

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Banana Republic vest, “Feel More Better” campaign shirt, Ann Taylor curvy slim jeans, Steve Madden boots, Chanel Wallet On Chain purse

I don’t even know where to begin with regards to this purse. Anyone who knows me well knows that Chanel has been an obsession of mine for many, many years. I have dreamed of owning a 2.55 double flap bag for as long as I can remember and it was only until recently, in my current work position that I could even dream of owning Chanel at all. I realized very quickly that my budget would not allow for a double-flap purse even vintage and discounted. Plus, with my on-the-go lifestyle I wanted something that was cross body. And so, I settled on the Wallet on Chain (WOC) pictured here.

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As a side note, I plan on doing a few posts related to my experience in shopping Chanel but I just couldn’t hold back debuting my new beauty. I wear her everywhere (ask my boyfriend…) and miss her when i’m away on work trips. It’s a weird relationship, I know.

In short, I ended up buying this particular bag from a Chanel boutique at Nordstrom. After many many years of researching and patiently waiting for the right bag to come along on the pre-owned market, I realized that the “discount” I would see buying used didn’t justify the waiting or the secondhand nature. Nordstrom has always been my go-to for amazing customer service, so I put myself on a few wait lists and lo and behold, in just a few short weeks she was mine.

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A few follow-up posts to come including: pre-owned vs. new, shopping the vintage market (where to, how, etc), caring for Chanel, and ways to wear the WOC. Please let me know if there is anything else you’d like to see with regards to Chanel, and, link me your Chanel beauties below if applicable!

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