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Curvy Girl Styling Leggings for Work

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Outfit Details: Leggings (mine are Lululemon “high times” pants, but similar here), Boots (wide calf, and amazing), Vest (old, but this would work as well), Top

I’m the first one to say that as a curvy girl with an ample bottom half, constricting clothing has the potential to just ruin a day. Sitting in jeans through meetings all day long is never my idea of fun, so i’m always looking for ways to be stylish and comfortable, especially in the pants department.

Enter: opaque leggings.

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There are a few rules of thumb I try and stick to when wearing leggings, especially in a work environment:


1. Cover the tush and the crotch <-- Absolutely no one at work needs to see the contours of your tush or your camel toe. Cover that ish up.


2. Keep the top half non-constricting <-- Because the item you're wearing on the bottom is tight, keep the top half flowy and looser fitting. This will help create some balance and make it appear like you're wearing real clothing, and not coming straight from the gym.


3. Heels <-- Leggings can be frumpy. Let's be real. Heels will help make the outfit look put together, and give some class to an otherwise inappropriate workday piece.

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Tips for Choosing a Wedding Dress Silhouette for Your Body

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My dress: top and skirt

From the get go I knew that finding the dress that would most flatter my frame wouldn’t be an easy task, and I knew others would want to know the process I went through. For reference, i’m 5’6, about 190 pounds at this point, with a 36F bust and a short torso. Meaning, my body isn’t a “straight” size, and finding a dress that flattered me was more challenging than I care to admit.

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I vowed to try on dresses of every silhouette, style and shape before making my decision; and try on every dress I did. Some were really bad (above), some weren’t so horrendous (below), but there were a few key factors I considered across each style I tried.


1. Did I feel pretty? <-- Above all else, I wanted to feel beautiful on my wedding day, and if trying on a dress didn't produce that feeling, I moved on.


2. Was my chest supported? <-- I have a large chest, and I didn't want to worry about falling out all over the place on my wedding day. If I loved a dress that didn't allow for straps, I seriously thought about how difficult alterations would be to add straps of some kind. Which brings me to my next, most crucial piece of advice.


3. You don’t have to take dresses as they come. <-- With every dress I tried on I considered whether or not I could make simple alterations to it that would make me more comfortable. In my mind that was: a) could I add thin, or thick, straps? b) Could the cups be expanded to really fit my chest? Both of these alterations are relatively minimal, but in the end made a huge difference for me.

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When it came down to it these tips were crucial, but not as important as the last one, which I discovered as a result of an amazing sales associate at the Nordstrom Wedding Suite in San Francisco (highly recommend, by the way): Think outside the box.

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This woman recommended that I try on a two piece dress (!?). Can you believe it? Cue the freakout moment. My immediate response? “I am NOT wearing a crop top to my wedding…” Duh. But nope, wedding dresses these days come in two pieces that allow the bride a bit more customization.

In my case, I purchased a tulle skirt (of the fullness I desired), and a bustier top of a style I loved. This allowed me to wear the skirt at my most flattering, natural waist, instead of the pre-defined waist of a one-piece dress. Score!

This was the top and skirt I ended up with. Absolutely stunning, comfortable for the day, and one that I felt like really flattered my figure.

And now, time for some beautiful wedding photos, courtesy of Carla Boecklin Photography.

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Club Monaco Dylan Parka

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Club Monaco jacket (wearing a size L), ASOS dress, Club Monaco belt (similar), Sam Edelman sandals

Part of the fun of living in a city like San Francisco is hosting friends from out of town. A few weeks back I had the pleasure of hosting my “little sister” from my college sorority! She is quite the photog (check out her website here) so we couldn’t help but snap a few pictures. I’ve been living in some variation of this outfit (bomber jacket, maxi dress & belt) all Summer in San Francisco and loved that she documented it for me!

For those wondering, this jacket is from Club Monaco and i’m wearing a size L. It has been my most-worn item this last season and I couldn’t recommend it more.

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Fall Brights with Poshmark and RackedSF

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ASOS skirt, vintage Yigal Azrouel belt, Susana Monaco dress via GILT (here in sleeveless blue), Coach heels (similar). For more fun pieces, shop my Poshmark closet HERE!

I am so pleased to finally be able to share a fun photoshoot I did with the other Poshmark bloggers for Racked San Francisco a few weeks back! We gathered in the city with the insanely talented Erica Garlieb and had the most fun styling our own individual takes on Fall Brights and trends we are loving/hating for the season. Hop on over to Racked to see the images of all of us together (our styles are so individual and so fun!) and brace yourselves for a picture heavy post below. Thanks again to Racked, Erica and Poshmark for a wonderful afternoon and feature!

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