Review: The best silk button-down for the big-chested, and it’s not J.Crew

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Ann Taylor jacket, Club Monaco blouse, Banana Republic jeans, J.Crew boots

The last time I talked about silk button-down shirts was nearly 6 months ago, so I figured I would do an update on my new favorite piece, ever. J.Crew Blythe blouses never really fit me perfectly. If I bought them the correct size for my chest the gaped everywhere else, and often never buttoned over my hips. After much trial and error, and further encouraged by a recent sale, I purchased the Club Monaco Sawyer blouse (i’m wearing a M) in this gorgeous emerald color and am hooked. The chest fits perfectly, it is just tapered enough in the waist, and the bottom button fits over my hips. Win!

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My shoulders fit perfectly in this blouse and the length on the arms is only about half an inch too long; something I can deal with. While the same price (roughly) as the J.Crew alternative, I feel like the quality here is better. The silk seems softer and I like that the pockets do not have breast flaps as well. Ringing in at $129 full price, these tops are often discounted and come in so many fun colors. This is seriously going to become a wardrobe staple.

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How to: slim the tummy in work clothes

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Brooks Brothers shirt (very similar from Theory), gifted cardigan, Banana Republic vest, Ann Taylor denim, AGL flats, Nordstrom Rack earrings

I have never been a fan of the traditional, cotton button-down work shirt. I find them boxy and unflattering and much prefer silk alternatives. However I recently popped into Brooks Brothers and found this seamed option that appears like a corset, nipping in the waist.

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While this shirt doesn’t actually slim the tummy, it sits closer to the body allowing for a more pulled together feeling. The seaming draws the eye inward and makes the shirt appear more feminine and the longer hem in the front with the upward curved sides also makes the middle portion of the body seem more narrow.

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Worn with simple accessories and a cardigan over, this shirt is very appropriate for my workplace.

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Review: LOFT curvy skinny jeans in “lava”

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LOFT jeans, Francesca’s Boutique top, Ann Taylor sweater (old) (similar in black/white), Banana Republic boots (newer version)

In the past I have chronicled my experiences with “exciting” denim. From snakeskin printed, to basic black, to eggplant colored, I have definitely been branching out of my comfort zone. Recently I pinned an image on Pinterest of a fellow blogger in a pair of red skinny pants. I loved the look of the red for both Fall and Spring and contemplated purchasing a pair. After having great luck with Ann Taylor’s “curvy slim” denim line, I decided to look into LOFT’s curvy options. Like their sister store, they have a full range of curvy-fit pants and a fairly large section of colored denim at very reasonable price points. During their most recent sale, I pulled the trigger on these “lava” colored skinny jeans.

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1. Likes: The jeans are a medium rise, which I appreciate as it adds more rear-end and tummy coverage. They have a skinny leg tapering but are not too tight making legs look like sausages. The tapering is skinny enough to tuck into boots unlike the Ann Taylor slim. While not shown in these pictures, the back pockets are very evenly placed and make the rear appear lifted (so noted my boyfriend). For a total of $22 on sale and in a number of color options, I can’t ask for much more.

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2. Dislikes: The fabric of these jeans is less stretchy than their Ann Taylor counterparts. This causes some wrinkling in the fabric and also less comfort when sitting or wearing all day. The waist is a about an inch wider than the Ann Taylor curvy slim and tends to slip just a bit in the rear.

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Overall, for $22 I would buy them again. These can be tucked into boots for Winter/Fall which is when I will majorly wear them. However, ultimately I prefer the Ann Taylor curvy slim jeans as they are less skinny and can be worn comfortably (for me) year around.

Have you branched out with your colored denim?

Fashion Trend: Short dresses, Pearshape Solution: Add length using vintage pieces

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LOFT Jacket (similar from Banana Republic), H&M dress (similar splurge-worthy), Cache belt (similar), Slips (bottom & top) gifted from Grandma

I want to start a new series on TPS that discusses popular fashion trends that pearshapes wouldn’t otherwise wear, and my solution to be able to wear them comfortably and proudly. I talk a lot about how I purchase items that work for my body type rather than fit a trend, but sometimes both of those things can be accomplished. Buying pieces and tweaking them to look great on a pearshaped body can be done, and this series: Fashion Trend, Pearshape Solution will show you how!

For many years I bought dresses and skirts because they were “on trend” rather than flattering for my figure. This light pink H&M number is a prime example of a dress that still fits fine, but is a few inches too short for my current comfort level. Rather than throwing out dresses like these, I have found a way to lengthen them and give them new life.

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About a year ago my Grandma surprised me by gifting me her vintage Dior slips. In 100% silk with true hand-stitched lace seaming, these pieces are stunning and add such character to any outfit. The slips that I am wearing in these photos are a pencil skirt slip that reaches past my knees when worn full length, and a cropped tank top slip that I layered under the dress for added coverage. I have worn this set under a number of different dresses and skirts and love that it gives added length and coverage, with a bit of vintage flare. I feel like this old H&M dress that I was ready to give away has a new life and new purpose.

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I went with black and white accessories for a mod feel. This jeweled belt I pulled off an old Cache dress was perfect to make it festive and not frumpy.

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This photo makes me realize that I need to come up with a more permanent way to get the bottom slip to stay up higher on my waist. Pinning it and tucking it under my belt doesn’t seem to be working. Though this does give you a better idea of how gorgeous these blush pieces really are. I’m so in love. Thanks Grandma!

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Slips don’t have to be vintage to do the job. This one from Topshop would be a great option, or scouring any Goodwill or thrift shop should bring some great results for these types of undergarments.

Thank you for reading!

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