Top 3 Boot Brands for Wide Calves

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J.Crew flat boot, Hunter “Huntress” rain boot, DUO Custom Wide Calf Heeled Boot

One of my most visited posts of all time surrounds wide-calf boots, and my never ending search for the perfect pairs. After many years of ordering and sending back boots that just didn’t quite work, i’ve found my staple items, and the brands that carry them. I wholeheartedly believe that every woman shouldn’t be without a basic black riding boot, a pair of rain boots, and a classic heeled leather boot. These have served me well across varying types of weather, through many states and in numerous formal and casual occasions.

My black riding boots are from J.Crew extended calf sizing, and I love them (see my full review here). I have styled them with jeans and skirts, and they are absolute workhorses in my wardrobe. In fact, they have already lasted me through two seasons.

Hunter Huntress boots were a newer discovery. Always wanting a pair, I searched long and hard before finding the Huntress, their extended calf version. While they don’t come in many colors, they fit my 16 inch calf beautifully (review here) and have been worn through countless weekends.

My DUO boots were a purchase of necessity. I spent close to 2 years searching for the perfect heeled, extended calf boot. I finally stumbled across DUO and was drawn into their custom-fit option. I took the plunge and ordered from this UK-based brand and have loved them. They have so many gorgeous, chic styles that you would never be able to tell the boot is extended calf. An absolute lifesaver and a work staple (see my last styling here).

Are there any brands you love for extended calf sizes?

The Beauty of Bodycon (UPDATE w/ Sale Info)

Friends. I had to update everyone with a sale that Anthropologie is having. A very similar dress to the one below is on sale for over 50% off. Happy shopping!
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Anthropologie dress (this year’s updated version here), SPANX tights, DUO boots, Ray Ban sunglasses

The last time this dress was worn, I mentioned that it was my first pearshape purchase. By that I mean it was the first dress I bought when I finally started to embrace my shape. The bodycon style and shorter length was a bold move, but this dress has paid for itself ten-fold. I purchased it at Anthropologie right when this style appeared in stores and is now reproduced in a new color each year.

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Interestingly enough, I feel slimmer and sexier in this body-con style than in any a-line garment I own. I know many stylists and designers recommend that curvy women opt for the a-line style, that this “suites everyone.” While I agree, I think each person needs to find what style works for them, how they feel most comfortable. For me, showing off my curves has become my comfort zone, and in a dress that does such an amazing job of camouflaging any imperfections, I feel infinitely more confident.

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Have a wonderful start to your week! And please, tell me, what style are you most comfortable in?

Winter Shoe Essentials

Winter Shoe Essentials

Rain Boots (example outfit post), Warm Boots (example outfit), Patent Flats (example outfit), Classic Leather (example outfit)

I was walking to work with a colleague the other day and she made the comment that I seem to rotate between a few pairs of shoes. Now, granted, I commute to work (we walk 2 miles each way) so my commuting shoes have to be amazingly sturdy. But aside from those pairs she was incredibly observant in noticing that in the Winter time, my shoe options are limited and I tend to stay within a few holy grail pairs. My rain boots are for cold or wet days. Patent flats are sturdy when walking to lunches in cold weather, and pair well with tights. Basic black leather acts as a workhorse for skirts or jeans tucked in. And comfy boots are for those days when I need to commute ultra warm or want a bit of added comfort.

I’d love to know, what are your Winter shoe essentials? Is there something i’m glaringly missing?

Outfit Under $150

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J.Crew Factory shell ($39 + extra 40% off with code SALE40 = $24), Sole Society necklace c/o ($39 + 20% off = around $32), BDG jeans (currently $58, though I purchased on sale for $30), Skechers Boots ($43 on sale) = $129

While I often purchase more expensive pieces in the hopes they last, I can rarely say no to a good bargain. There are quite a few bargain pieces in my wardrobe that have not only become my favorites, but have been worn more than their more expensive counterparts. I wanted to highlight here all of my favorite items in one outfit, proving that great style doesn’t always have to come with a hefty price tag. Minus my sunglasses, this entire outfit comes in well under $150!

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This J.Crew Factory shell has been a closet staple. I wore it on my last birthday and have paired it with cardigans in the Winter and over bathing suits in the Summer. It even made the cut and came with me in my tiny carry-on in China. It comes in a zillion colors and is just a great workhorse of an item. One note: if you’re a larger busted lady, size up.

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These BDG jeans have been worn countless times on this blog. They are the perfect high-rise, sitting just above my belly button and always make me feel so slim and put together. They are skinny enough to be tucked into boots yet wide enough to be folded and pegged with sandals or flats. I’m such a fan of these and often reach for them in place of my designer jeans. An absolute wardrobe must.

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This Sole Society necklace was on my wish list for. ever. So when the team gifted it to me I was so appreciative. It is an inexpensive piece that makes a huge statement with any outfit. The longer length is flattering and narrows the eye inward as an added bonus.

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Finally, my Skechers boots were purchased almost 4 years ago and are still going. I walk to work in them (almost 2 miles!) every single day and adore them for their comfort and easy style.

I hope you enjoyed this budget roundup. Please let me know if this is something you enjoyed! It was such a fun project for me.

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