How To: Choose A Flattering Crossbody Bag

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Andrew Marc jacket, Anthropologie top (50% off!), BDG jeans, Steve Madden boots, Crossbody from Italy (similar below)

Over the last few weeks, I have received quite a few requests to do a post about crossbody bags. How I shop for them, how I wear them, and what I look for in the perfect bag. In my personal collection, the one that I use the most is a buttery leather black bag from a trip to Italy a few years back. It is the perfect size and has served me so well over the years. Here are the key components I looked for when shopping for the ideal crossbody bag:

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1). I always look for unstructured crossbody bags. The weight on the side of your hip looks better when the bag drapes around the body, versus adding bulk with structure

2). Size is key. A medium size bag is ideal. On someone of my size (for reference i’m 5’6), a super petite bag will look out of place. However a huge duffle is impractical. A medium size and shape holds everything I need without being the focal point of the outfit.

3). Play with placement. I always opt for bags that have adjustable straps. That way I can play with the length and have it sit just perfectly on my body. For me, this is square on my hip. I find that any higher and I look short, and any lower the bag pulls me down and looks sloppy

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Here are a few crossbody options in the general size range and structure I was speaking about. Any would be amazing, basic additions to a wardrobe:

Restyling a Bridesmaid Dress

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Gap jean jacket, Eliza J dress via Nordstrom (same dress in solid colors)(similar floral option), Sole Society booties

The last time I wore this dress it was for my brother’s wedding. I searched for months to find the perfect dress for that evening and when I found this one, for under $200 at Nordstrom I was thrilled. The fit of this is probably one of my favorites of any dress I own and I always feel like a princess when I wear it. Eliza J is also wonderful for both “regular” and plus sized options, so definitely check out the brand if you’re in need of a formal occasion dress.

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This dress pairs so well with so many casual items. Booties, sandals, jean jackets or even other printed jackets for winter. I absolutely love how it looks paired down for casual days.

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How have you restyled your formal occasion dresses?

How To: Quick Tips for Making an Outfit Instantly Flattering

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Piperlime sweater (similar), BDG jeans, Ray Ban sunglasses, Chanel vintage flats, necklace purchased on Hunters Alley

If we’re being totally honest, one of the reasons I started this blog was to share tips like this with the world. For years i’ve been pulling and tugging at my clothes, folding this, hemming that to make items flattering that otherwise wouldn’t be. I’ve said it before on this blog, i’m a firm believer that I can make anything flattering. A few simple tricks that i’ve learned over the years is the basic tuck, and the classic roll. See below for deets

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As you can see, this outfit above is worn with the pieces as they come. Very skinny jeans, a sweater that is too long and cuts off the leg line. The sweater gives me no shape and the jeans make my legs look like sausages.

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Now, behold the tuck. I do this with almost all of my skirts and jeans. If i’m wearing a shirt that doesn’t feel flattering but won’t suit a belt, i’ll tuck it into the waist of my pants. Regardless of the rise of the jean or the style, a little messy tuck goes a long way in creating proportion as well as giving yourself some definition. Just be sure not to tuck the whole sweater in all the way around for risk of looking frumpy.

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The second trick is one i’ve learned as skinny jeans have come into style in recent years: the peg. I’ve done a few posts (here and here) on my very specific jean rolling style, but the gist of it is to make the roll as messy as possible. We’re going for an undone vibe. This shows some ankle and in my opinion, makes your legs feel thinner as you don’t feel squeezed into pants that taper down and make your thighs appear wider.

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And there you have it! I roll up my sleeves, and if we’re feeling really desperate, throw my hair into a high bun and off we go. A swipe of lipstick doesn’t hurt either.

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What do you think of the transformation? Are there any on-the-go tricks you use that I should know about?

Macy’s Jumpsuit and Layered Tibi Peplum

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Tibi blouse (reviewed here), Macy’s jumpsuit - under $35!, Vintage Gucci belt, Prada sunglasses, Sole Society boots - over 50% off c/o

My mom would LOVE this outfit. After reviewing these pictures I immediately thought of her and had visions of her wearing this exact outfit in the 70′s or 80′s. She is much more of a pants and top lady than one for dresses and the wide leg of these trousers just scream her name.

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When I first reviewed this Tibi top, I had visions of belting it. I wanted to restyle this jumpsuit with a bit more coverage for Winter and love that this blouse looks just as amazing belted as it does free-flowing. I’m having a peplum moment lately and this black on black just kicks it up a notch in style points.

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This picture above? Probably my favorite picture of myself. Yeah, i’m gonna say I look good.

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Also, this picture above reminds me of Rachel Zoe. All that’s missing is a floppy hat and maybe even rounder sunnies.

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Ugh. Gold jewels, Gucci, black on black and a peplum, absolute win. You NEED these pieces in your wardrobe.

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