Creating curves & a narrow waist with contrasting patterns + stripes

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Lipp Boutique blouse (similar), Nordstrom skirt (semi similar), SPANX tights, J.Crew “Harper” boots, Tiffany bracelet

I am always looking for ways to create proportion on my body. Be it with a full skirt, flouncy skirt, or lower neckline, narrowing my waist and camouflaging my hips is my business. In this particular outfit I mixed two contrasting patterns for interest, a full skirt to graze over my hips, and a lower cut shirt to elongate my neck. I also added a Snookie-esque poof for added height. Solid black tights and boots keep the bottom half more streamlined and simple accessories don’t overpower. The end result was a balancing of my top and bottom half, with some cinching in the middle, just what I love!

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After looking at these pictures I realized that from a stylistic perspective, patterned tights or more interesting shoes would have been more “fashionable.” However if there is one thing that blogging and dressing this figure on a daily basis has taught me, it is that trends and what might be considered more in fashion are not always appropriate for my body type. I always opt for flattery over trend any day.

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Christmas morning style: Hot pink bow skirt + cashmere turtleneck

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Mom’s old sweater, KTR Style skirt, J.Crew skirt and bracelet, SPANX tights, Nordstrom Rack earrings, MAC “asian flower” lipstick

I have been a longtime fan of KT and have read her blog religiously for a while. So when I saw her double bow skirt on a recent blog post, I knew it would be the perfect piece to wear for Holiday parties and festivities. I immediately emailed her asking if she could make one to my size, but asked if she could add a bit of length to the bottom to conceal my biggest problem area (my thighs). She kindly agreed and within a week I had this beautiful, custom made skirt at my door!

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I have had the greatest time styling this skirt for multiple occasions.  I have worn it to Christmas parties and most recently, on Christmas morning to festively run around with my boyfriend picking up Chinese food and to the movies. I felt so girly and pretty in it and can’t wait to wear it for an upcoming New Years party with friends.  The length is exactly what I wanted and I don’t find that the bow or the pleats overwhelm my frame or make me look too wide. When paired with slimmer tops, as I have done in the past, this skirt is a true stunner piece. IMG_3016

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On this Christmas morning I opted for comfy flat boots and my mom’s 1980’s vintage cashmere turtleneck that she so kindly gifted me a few years back. I added gold baubles and my newest obsession: MAC’s Asian Flower lipstick. For anyone with green or hazel eyes, buy this! It really brings out the color of our eyes beautifully.

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I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season!

Colorblocking & oversized sweaters for pearshapes

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J.Crew sweater, Ann Taylor jeans, Rebecca Minkoff bag (similar), Halogen flats via Nordstrom, Kendra Scott bib via Gilt (similar)

I was immediately drawn to this sweater because of the colorblocking. I immediately thought that the back panel (which extends slightly into the front) would provide some slight slimming, and if anything, would go well with these fun Ann Taylor eggplant pants and other colors such as camel, greens or even leopard for Spring. I ordered the top a few sizes larger than usual for a cozy, casual vibe and initially loved the fit with the wide waistband.

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Though after looking at these photos I realize the top gives me a bit of a “pooch” and might be better worn with high-waisted skirts and pants. We shall see.

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And, hello hair!^

Review: The perfect holiday dress for pearshapes, from Asos

Asos dress, Gap belt (similar), H&M necklace (similar holiday option), Urban Outfitters clutch (similar), SPANX tights, Cole Haan pumps

I have never felt prettier, or more comfortable than in this dress. It goes against most rules I have always had for my body type, but feels so right when on. It has a puffy A-line shape, pleating, and came with tulle attached inside to give it extra puff on the hip area. Normally I go with sleek, body hugging styles, but there is something about a looser bottom that allows breathability and mobility. After a few minor alterations and adding some simple accessories, this is my official Holiday dress for this year!

Originally the dress looked like it did above (minus the bow belt). It came with 3 layers of tulle crudely sewn on each hip area making the dress dramatically puffy. When I tried it on my boyfriend immediately said I looked like a cupcake (and not in a good way). I chose to take out the tulle and absolutely love the shape now. There is still a subtle poof to give it that skater dress shape, but not so much to exaggerate my hips.

I added simple accessories like this waist synching bow belt from gap and large bauble from H&M to draw emphasis upward and to my smallest point. Clean black tights and pumps elongate my legs for an even sleeker look. Though, i’m thinking of purchasing a pair of polka dot tights to add some more fun to this already feminine, exciting outfit.

This weekend my boyfriend and I will be traveling to Reno, NV and San Francisco, CA to see some of his family for the holidays. On the agenda is the annual Nevada “Santa Crawl” which we participate in every year. I can’t wait to sport this perfectly girly and festive frock for the occasion.

Thank you for reading!

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