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Forever 21 Ruched Dress – Worn as Top

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Forever 21 dress worn as top, ASOS pants (alteration story here), Pour la Victoire wedges (this year’s linked), Target clutch

I ordered this Forever 21 dress thinking it would be a cheaper alternative to my beloved James Perse dress. As it turns out (with most things at Forever 21 these days) it was way to short for my comfort. Rather than sending it back, I styled it as a ruched top with my favorite wide-leg pants.

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I love the look of the tighter top with the wide pant to balance the look, coupled with my newly rediscovered favorite wedges. The outfit feels slightly seductive yet fully covered.

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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?

James Jeans Hunter High Rise Straight Leg

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James Jeans (wearing a size 31), Target turtleneck, Madewell belt, Michael Kors sneakers (old, but love these), Tory Burch sunnies

I snapped these pictures quickly last week after receiving these jeans in the mail after the Shopbop sale. I ordered these high rise straight leg jeans in the hopes they would be a high rise option that would allow more versatility in footwear (read: not just boots).

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I love the fit but as you can see they are not true high rise jeans on me. I’m guessing it is the extra junk in the trunk, if you catch my drift, that keeps them from rising as high as they look on the model, but I still like the placement. They hit right below my belly button and can be worn with shirts tucked in or untucked just the same.

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They are super long, so for any tall ladies, I suggest looking into these. It is on my list to get them hemmed to flats (my preferential shoe height) soon. One other note: these jeans stain. I don’t mean just stain your shoes or bags if you wear them new, but stain your skin. I wore them for a whole day right out of the package and my skin was blue in the shower that night. Lots of scrubbing was needed!

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Let me know if you try these out! I’d love to see them on you.

J.Crew Midi Skirt Alteration Story

J.Crew Midi Skirt, Altered

Everlane blouse, Gucci vintage belt (similar here), J.Crew skirt (last seen here, pre-alteration), Old shoes (similar), Prada sunglasses

You may remember this J.Crew midi skirt from a recent crop top post. It was my first “midi” skirt and loved the high waist and cheeky shoe print, but always felt slightly uncomfortable with the length. It wasn’t a true midi but also wasn’t short enough on my 5’6′ frame. After much debate I decided to have it professionally shortened by 3 inches and invest in a true midi skirt at a later date. I have pictures of both of the skirts, before and after, above and would love your opinion.

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Mixing prints but staying in the same color family with snakeskin shoes, a grey Everlane blouse and black accents.

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Here are a few other printed midi skirts that I have been admiring for wear as-is, or shortening:

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