Fashion Week Inspired: Fall Wish List

1. Chloe Mammoth Keychain 2. Vintage Chanel Caviar Leather Shoulder Bag 3. Preen Saloon Skirt 4. Phillip Lim Peplum 5. Burberry Umbrella 6. L.A.M.B Suede Pumps 7. Diane von Furstenberg Belt 8. Erickson Beamon Bracelet 9. Losselliani Crystal Earrings 10. Alexander Wang Jacket  11. Phillip Lim Pashli Handbag

Every year around Fashion Week I find myself gravitating towards more luxurious fabrics, designer pieces, and classic items to add to my closet wish list. I work in a fairly conservative corporate environment and my evening lifestyle is fairly relaxed, so most of these items are simply impractical for my everyday life. But in a perfect, fashion world I would own each one and would create a gorgeous Fall wardrobe of neutral colors, expensive fabrics, and accessories that add pops of color.

Boyfriend Jeans and Pearshaped Bodies

Top: Brooks Brothers, Tank: Banana Republic (one of my Pearshape Essentials), Belt: Madewell, Jeans: Ann Taylor LOFT (old), Wedges: Steve Madden (old)

I have to confess that this is my one and only pair of boyfriend jeans, and they are untintentionally that style. I have owned these jeans for almost five years and have lost some weight since purchasing them, making them fit looser. Completely determined to get my wear out of them, I delved into the daunting task of making slouchy, loose fitting pants look good on a pearshaped body, and discovered it can be done by following a few simply steps.

The length of these pants was unfortunate and incredibly tapered (never a good look), so I rolled them up to give an even slouchier, relaxed vibe. To give a little femininity to this somewhat masculine outfit, and to make myself feel more put together, I added metallic wedges, big silver hoops and a little lip color.

Most importantly, however, is the styling of the top of the outfit when sporting slouchy jeans. I kept the top minimalistic so as not to clash with the rips and dye of the jeans, but fitted to show off my figure. I originally planned to tuck in the button down shirt and pull it together with this black belt but found that it all looked too masculine when brought together. I decided to leave the shirt open to reveal a little more of my curve and instead wear it as a faux cardigan. I kept the black belt to define my waist and added a red hair tie and high, loose ponytail for some added interest.

I honestly hadn’t put on these jeans in at least two or three years but on this hot, muggy day they were perfect! I think i’m officially a boyfriend jean convert.

Reworking Vintage Dresses

Dress: Vintage (purchased from Sleepy Poet), Shoes: Coach, Bracelets: J.Crew, Ralph Lauren (belt worn as bracelet), Odette

Vintage shopping has always treated me well. Dresses and skirts from the 50’s through the 80’s fit pearshape bodies much better than modern clothing. Women of the time were seen as more desirable with fuller, hourglass figures so the clothing is roomier and narrower in the areas to fit the pearshaped woman.

This dress was an amazing find from one of my favorite new vintage shops in Charlotte, the Sleepy Poet. I was rummaging through the racks and saw this vibrant pattern and knew something could be done. Off the rack this dress was a sheath (a style that never fits me in today’s modern clothing), though it fit my hips perfectly. Unfortunately I forgot to take a before picture but just imagine the fabric going straight down my sides rather than nipping in at the waist. Some quick, cheap alterations resulted in this fun Summer dress.

Along with slimming the sides I took the hem up a few inches to make it even more contemporary, and to balance out the length of the sleeves. I knew this was too flashy to wear to work so I decided to have some fun with it. I heavily debated chopping off the sleeves entirely, and even removing the collar to make it more modern but I’m happy I decided to keep them and retain its true vintage vibe.

For a total of $24 including alterations, I couldn’t be happier with this piece. I picked up another dress during this haul and can’t wait to review that one soon.

Do you shop for vintage clothing? Do you find that it fits you better?

My Little Pink Dress + Pearshape Friendly Dress Brands

Dress: Karen Millen, Shoes: Coach (old), Bangles: J.Crew

This is my favorite dress. I’ve never been a dark color kind of gal and so i’ve never owned a little black dress. Every time I have an occasion to shop for I find myself drawn to vibrant, bright colors, this dress is clearly no exception. Originally purchased for my college graduation, I am drawn to it every time a formal event comes around. Paired with either nude strappy sandals for Summer and Spring, or darker patterns for Fall and Winter, this dress has never let me down.

The peter pan collar and impecable seaming throughout or only an added bonus, and a testament to the true workmanship of a more expensive garment. Karen Millen is also one of my favorite pearshape-friendly brands. All of her dresses are roomier in the hips and fit me perfectly.

What brands do you shop for formal dresses?

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