Archives for February 2013

Easing into a jersey maxi dress

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Gap maxi dress, J.Crew shirt, Andrew Marc jacket, Kendra Scott necklace via Gilt, Halogen flats, Gorjana rings

This maxi dress was a purchase that was completely out of my comfort zone. Jersey knit = clings to everything. To ease into this style and also make it Winter appropriate, I layered some of my favorite items: silk shirts and leather jackets.

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I think the formfitting nature of the dress makes the less shapely top figure flattering. The silk shirt also gives a tiny bit of coverage in the back and the leather jacket has seaming that keeps it close to the body and still tailored. That jacket was still the best purchase, ever.

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Finally, a gold bib draws the eye upward to keep the attention away from the hip area. Always a good thing in my book.

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Do you wear maxi dresses? I’d love to see your style. Link me in the comments!

What I wore while finding Nemo

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Gap jean jacket, J.Crew chambray shirt, Ann Taylor curvy slim jeans, Louis Vuitton speedy 30, Chanel flats, Target belt, Tory Burch sunglasses

Saturday was a weird day. While the Northeast was finding Nemo, my boyfriend and I were enjoying a smoothie by the lake in the sun. It was kind of ridiculous and we felt a bit guilty the whole time, but thankful that we live somewhere without snow. As west-coast natives, we don’t do cold well.

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Finally found: a sweater dress that flatters (and is on mega sale)

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Pim and Larkin sweater (on super sale!), Scarf from Mom, SPANX tights, Steve Madden boots

I have always found sweater dresses cumbersome and unflattering for anyone with curves. Something about the ever present bubble hem or thick knit always made me feel bulkier and less shapely. I ordered this sweater “coat” thinking it would be a fun staple for Winter to be worn over skirts and tights, or even leggings. Upon receiving it I realized that it was big enough around the hips to button all the way, and could also double as a dress all on its own!

*In other news, I hope everyone is safe and warm after Nemo! Charlotte was surprisingly sunny and warm on that day, enough so that this outfit was perfect for the weather. My thoughts go out to everyone on the Northeast!

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I wanted to get this post out quickly because this sweater dress is on mega sale on Piperlime for only $24! While it’s final sale, it is entirely worth the money and the risk. I am wearing a M and it fits great. For reference my measurements are 36-30-43 and I typically wear a 10 in pants.

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I love the versatility of this piece (i’ve already worn it lazying around the house) and can’t wait to continue to style it through Winter!

Do you have any sweater dress recommendations that have looked flattering on you?

Review: Banana Republic ponte sheath dress

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Banana Republic ponte sheath dress, Cole Haan pumps

I have always made it a rule never to purchase sheath dresses. They are often boxy in nature and provide no shape or form to the pearshape body. However, during a recent BR sale I ordered this sheath to test my theory again. I knew from experience that the ponte material was stretchy, and on the model the dress looked more like a fit and flare than a true sheath. While I was right in my assessments, this dress is a total dud and I promptly sent it back.

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Just for starters, the top is much too curve hugging to be work appropriate. I would have to wear a cardigan or sweater over this at all times and wouldn’t feel comfortable removing it. Also, the arm holes are incredibly wide exposing just a little too much side action for the workplace. Finally, the pleats in the front make me look so much heavier than I am… not somethin’ i’m looking for.

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The one saving grace of this dress is the tush area. It is surprisingly not form fitting for those of us with some extra back there, and would be completely office appropriate.

Have you tried any BR work dresses?

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