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?

Pearshape does 70’s style

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Guess blazer (Similar from Alice + Olivia), J.Crew top, Zara bib, Banana Republic jeans, Pour la Victoire heels

This outfit is about as 70’s as I get. Flare jeans, shirt cuffs peaking out from a printed blazer, and pointy heels make for a pretty eclectic outfit for me. I paired this outfit with a basic J.Crew skinny belt but am really looking to add a classic “H” Hermes Constance belt to my collection in silver hardware. I think it would really add a sophisticated touch to any outfit.

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On another note. These Pour la Victoire wedges are soooo comfortable. Seriously, go buy a pair for work. As a girl that admittedly doesn’t like heels too much (I hate being uncomfortable), these are a great alternative.

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Are you a fan of “70’s” style?

TPS Got a Makeover

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You may have noticed that my beloved little blog got a facelift over the weekend! This has been a longtime coming as TPS continues to grow, and I could not be happier with the result. My boyfriend did the majority of the customizations with amazing banner work done by Victoria. Thanks so much Victoria for being such a pleasure to work with!

I wanted to make everyone aware of a few major new features here that I am really excited about:

1. Pearshape Resources page: This is something that has been in the works since the inception of this blog. It is a broken down list of some of the major features: Alteration tips + stories, Styling tips, Reviews, and Trends/Pearshape solutions. Check out the page as a one-stop reference shop for all things pearshape fashion and fit.

2. Popular posts: On the right sidebar is a list of popular posts. Look here for some of the best of TPS!

3. New and improved comment form: Comments are something I highly encourage and love reading. Getting feedback from you guys is so important to me so I added a brand new comment form to make things even easier to participate in the discussion. Feel free to leave me a note. I’d love to hear from you!

Aside from these main functions you’ll also see a snazzy new About Me page as well as Contact Me form. I hope you like the new layout! And as always, thank you so much for reading. xo

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Not looking matronly in a turtleneck

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Target top (similar), LOFT curvy skinny jeans, J.Crew bracelet and flats, Gorjana rings

I’m not much of a turtleneck girl. I typically opt for the shirt + scarf combo so as not to look like my grandmother. Plus, when you have a big chest, turtlenecks do nothing to help minimize in that area. However, after a particularly frigid day in Pittsburgh I scooped up this cheetah/leopard print piece at Target in a moment of panic. Aside from keeping me warm, it has become one of my favorite pieces for cold weather temperatures. And as long as it’s styled properly, i’ve found I can avoid looking too matronly.

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Step 1: I always pair this top with something bright. Be it a purple pencil skirt or red skinnies like I have here, bright colored bottoms make the print look bold and intentional.

Step 2: Make sure the bottom has a tight fit. Loose fitting bottoms plus a high neckline will give off too conservative of a vibe. Slightly fitted bottoms make the look appear modern and young.

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Step 3: Wear your hair down! The first time I wore this top it was a day 2 hair day and I wore my hair in a bun. I swear people were making fun of my outfit and saying I looked like Betty Crocker. Hair tight and up just gives this too much of a “buttoned up” vibe.

Step 4: Finally, pile on the jewelry. Lots of gold baubles or bracelets pull in another modern trend, keeping the outfit young.

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Are you a fan of turtlenecks? How do you style them to keep it young and fresh?

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