Tips on Wearing Vests for Pearshapes: Banana Republic Faux-Fur Vest + Playing in the Fields of Minnesota

Vest + Jeans+ Boots (old, similar): Banana Republic, Sweater: Unknown, Necklace: Poshlocket

These pictures pretty much represent my ideal afternoon: wearing fun Fall clothing, running through golden fields of corn at dusk. On our drive back from Minneapolis my boyfriend and I kept seeing these beautiful, vast farms and eventually decided to stop and run around in one of them. Every 10 miles or so we would see a field like this with a small farm at one end of it, with fun tractors and pathways all around. It was one of the highlights of our trip and such a fun way to spend a bit of time.

This faux-fur vest was a piece I picked up during my shopping trip at Mall of America. Banana Republic was having a 40% off sale on outerwear and when I saw this vest on a mannequin (it was the last one in my size), I grabbed it and absolutely loved it on. I had visions of pairing it with jeans and boots like I did here, or with skirts and wedges during the warmer Spring and Fall months.

While incredibly warm, the vest doesn’t add too much bulk and offers a plethora of styling options. Here I have it open and simply tied in the front but I love the look of it zipped all the way up or completely open with the belt tied in the back. When worn with slimmer bottoms like skinny jeans or a shorter skirt, vests can work wonderfully for the pearshaped woman.

The one thing I am always sure of when buying a vest is the length. I opt for ones that, ironically, hit at the widest part of my hip. Because there are no sleeves to balance out the item, I feel like anything shorter would make me look short-torso’d and squat on top. A longer length makes my upper body look longer and slims my hips.

With its gold hardware and army green color, I am so excited to make this piece a wardrobe staple.

What do you think of vests for pearshapes? Are there any vest styles you stay away from?

Finally Found: Leggings for Those with a Curvy Bottom & Review

Sweater + Shirt + Leggings (purchased in a size 10R): J.Crew, Boots: Banana Republic (old), Earrings: Nordstrom Rack

When you’re a little bigger on the bottom, skin tight anything is nerve wracking. Enter fashion fad nightmare: the legging. When the leggings trend really hit, I was very cautious about what I wore, never wearing anything too tight that would show as unflattering.  But recently I was sent on a work trip to Fargo, ND for 4 weeks, and realized that I needed something ultra warm to be worn tucked into leather boots that would shield me from the extreme cold. Enter the absolute perfect solution, and the solution to leggings for pearshapes: the J.Crew Pixie “Pant”

While J.Crew likes to call these their Pixie “pant”, I like to think of them more as leggings. They are much tighter than anything I would wear as a regular pant, they taper at the bottom, and are extremely stretchy with no pockets and little seaming. However, my favorite feature of these pants is the thicker material. The woven ponte knit material is thick enough to be worn on the coldest of days with no fear of showing underwear through thin material. And, the best part: these leggings act almost as shape wear  When purchased a size down (i’m wearing a 10, and am usually a 12 at J.Crew), they hug in all the right places and allow me to feel tight and pulled together, with no jiggling or movement.

The leggings have two seams down the back of each leg that create a nice, slimming silhouette and even a zipper up the back that keeps them firmly in place. While you can’t see it in these pictures, the waistband on these pants is extremely high (almost at the smallest point of my waist) which acts as a tummy and back shaper under thinner tops and is much more comfortable for those with smaller mid sections but thicker bottom halves.

Halloween Costumes for Pearshapes: How to Dress Your Figure

Unabashedly Halloween is my favorite holiday. If it was socially acceptable I would still put on a costume and trick or treat, eat copious amounts of candy, and watch the ABC Family classic movie “Halloweentown” every day for two weeks straight. But since that isn’t exactly in the cards for me anymore (besides the candy part), I love to focus on putting together the perfect Halloween costume that is the ideal mix of fun, figure flattering, and ideally one that can be recreated with items already in my closet.

1) Pumpkin Princess: I love the idea of being a “princess” on Halloween and this pumpkin version would be a fun twist on a classic. While the dress in this picture is a little too short for my liking, I could see wearing a basic orange dress, sewing on a few pieces of felt for the pumpkin face, and throwing on some polka dot tights to keep covered and warm.

2) Hockey Star: This dress would be so cute for anyone with a larger bottom half. The shortness of the dress (worn with leggings or tights underneath) shows the perfect amount of leg while remaining tight in all of the right areas. The sleeves add a bit of warmth and I love the idea of wearing tube socks and tennis shoes to be comfortable all night.

3) Chic Sailor: Pants! Yes! As someone that already owns blue and white pants, this outfit wouldn’t be too hard to recreate. I’d love to invest in a pair of fantastic red pumps to really round out the ensemble.

4) Native American Diva: Fringe is a bit harder to make on my own. But this costume is so cute I would almost consider buying it. With my favorite Winter boots worn on my feet, patterned tights and a camisole underneath, i’d be so happy to wear this adorable costume.

5) Raccoon Fairy: I love the idea of a hood for Halloween. It always makes me feel moody and mysterious and with fun patterned knee high socks to keep covered and some fun feathers added to a black dress, the costume is kept from feeling too creepy.

A few more i’m loving:

Regardless of the outfit I end up choosing, there are a few key tips I always keep in mind when dressing for the occasion:

-Can the outfit be worn with tights/leggings? Tights always make me feel pulled together and not like i’m flopping around all night. Plus they add a bit of extra coverage and warmth if you will be outside at all.

-Does the outfit require a high heel? While heels are fun for certain occassions, my Halloweens always involve a lot of walking. So I tend to look for costumes that can be worn with a boot or fun wedge to keep spirits up and my feet from dying throughout the night

-Is the costume figure flattering? While some women see Halloween as an excuse to dress outlandishly, I don’t see it as a reason not to look your best. I like my costumes to show off my best assets, be fitted in the right places and looser in my problem areas. For me personally, a costume that is tighter around my midsection but looser in the bottom half makes me feel the most comfortable.

*all images via Spirit Halloween

The Last Mention of the Work Pant for Pearshapes: Another Find

Top: J.Crew, Pants: Rafaella via Dillards (similar), Belt: Target (similar), Bracelet: J.Crew, Shoes: Halogen via Nordstrom (similar)

I promise this is the last you will hear me talking about work pants for a while, but I had to share my most recent (and near perfect!) find. On a recent shopping trip to Dillard’s I stumbled across a rack of work pants labeled “curvy.” Not curvy in the traditional plus-size sense of the word but literally intended and cut for women with larger bottom halves. I tried on three pairs and left with the most figure flattering work pant I have found to date.

For those of you that might want to find it in store, the tag looked like this and described the pearshaped woman to a tee. The pants are cut with a higher back rise for a smaller waist, and fuller rear and hips. With a flare leg to balance out the hips and machine washable fabric, I was completely sold!

The fit in the waist was high, the thighs were not too tight, and the pockets in the back are well placed. Worn with just about anything, these are the closest I have come to my ideal pant for work. Success!

Do you have any recent work pant finds to share?

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