Flattering Workout Clothing

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Under Armour top (similar) and pants (similar), New Balance shoes, Prada sunglasses

With the warm weather approaching, I have been doing my best to workout more. I love short skirts and arm-bearing tops during Summer months and I always feel better in both when i’ve at least been working out. I absolutely hate looking gross and disheveled at the gym, or worse, pregnant in a huge shirt, so I take some care in choosing what I wear. Most importantly, my pants have to have a few basic features to help my bottom half look as flattering as possible.

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I opt for bottoms with some detail (fun colors, etc) and tops that have a built in sports bra for extra support, and side color blocking to slim. I’m not too particular about the sleeve length but for those that are, this and this are great basics.

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However, my single important requirement is a thick waistband. Nothing bothers me more than a thin waistband digging into my love handles or making my belly pour over when doing sit ups. A thick waistband sucks everything in and also helps with the lovehandle situation.

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What are your “requirements” when looking for great workout clothing?

*Photos by Luci

Transforming an Old Dress: Layering a Shirt

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Brooks Brothers shirt, ASOS dress (very similar), Madewell flats, Prada sunglasses, Target clutch, J.Crew bracelets, YSL lipstick

Recently i’ve been trying really hard to rework items in my closet from past seasons, or wear them in new ways. Last week I talked about a beloved knit vest from Zara that I have since worn as a scarf and as a layering piece during cooler evenings this Spring. One of the items that is the easiest to rework is the dress. This particular one is a skater skirt and the nipped waist lends it beautifully to layering.

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I absolutely love the look of oxblood and white together and found it oddly appropriate for Spring when worn with casual flats and nude sunglasses. Paired with a hot pink lip and loose waves, it was the perfect outfit for dinner and drinks with friends.

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One of the things I did to keep it more casual and not stuffy, was tie the end of the shirt and leave it somewhat messy rather than adding a belt or hiding the looseness. This made the outfit feel more effortless and gave me the easy option of removing the outer layer if I got too warm. I could easily see doing this with a slouchy printed t-shirt or sweater for an even more casual-chic look.

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Thanks so much for reading and have a great weekend!

Dressing the Pearshape Boyfriend, with Hugh & Crye

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Hugh & Crye Larsen Shirt (here in Tall/Broad), J.Crew jeans, Hugo Boss watch

Chances are, if you’re a voluptuous pearshaped woman, your man also has some issues with dressing. I’m not talking about a lack of ability to color coordinate, but with regards to fit, it can be difficult sometimes. That is most definitely the case with my boyfriend, Cesar. World, meet “boyfriend” Cesar! Standing at a cool 6’0′ and a torso as long as my hips are wide, finding shirts that fit his frame is more difficult than you would think.

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Cesar’s main issue is often the length of a shirt, and also the width in which it closes around his midsection.

Thankfully, we were recently introduced to Hugh & Crye, a company that thinks about dressing men like I love to think about dressing women: that not all men are “standard” sized, and clothing should be sized accordingly. They have a detailed fit finder that allows men to determine what length/size will work for them, and then pick from a wide range of shirts and blazers. After a few quick measurements Cesar came out to be a Tall/Broad.

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The length was perfect on him, and the width was just what he likes. So, ladies, if the man in your life wants a little more options when it comes to dressing his frame, hope on over to Hugh & Crye. They rock, seriously.

Oh, and can we talk about how Cesar hates, and I mean hates, ironing? He firmly believes that even after a full day’s wear, this is “so not wrinkled!” Cutie pie.

Fit & Flare Made Casual by Jessica Simpson

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Prada sunglasses, Jessica Simpson dress, Superga sneakers, Nars lip pencil

A few things: 1) I’m obsessed with this dress. 2) Can we talk about how my legs blend in with my shoes… and the concrete? Someone needs a tan! 3) Sneaks and tennis shoes are the best.

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I think I was originally inspired to wear sneakers with flirty dresses from Maegan. This is something she does often and I just love the contrast of casual and sophisticated. My recommendation when doing this would be to wear a dress with a more casual material (read: cotton) but a flirty shape (read: not pencil skirt).

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This particular dress is amazing. The shoulders are padded balancing the hips, and the skirt is a full skater but is still long enough to be comfortable. The v-neck is so flattering and the paneled seaming is superb. My only recommendation with this one: don’t eat a huge meal beforehand. My little bump is the result of some yummy home made Chinese!

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Thanks so much for reading!

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