How to Wear Snakeskin Denim for Pearshapes (Part One)

Top: Target, Pants: Macy’s (sized up to a 12), Flats: J.Crew

I can’t tell if i’ve gone nuts or had a stroke of genius with these pants. To say that I never thought i’d wear snakeskin pants is an understatement. I found these jeans while on a rare shopping trip to Macy’s a few weeks back. I was originally drawn to the subtle pattern and the cut of the pant and figured there was a slim possibility they would be flattering. After trying on the pants in the store with a bunch of different tops and shoes, and examining the fit, I am so excited to incorporate these into my Fall wardrobe.

I styled these pants two ways to show their versatility with patterned and solid tops. Stay tuned tomorrow for the second part!

The reason that I think these pants work is two-fold:

1) the snakeskin is more subtle than other pants I have seen and is in a neutral grey/black making it easy to pair with fun tops

2) the fit of these jeans works for pearshapes. As with my colored denim post, the pocket placement and less tapered bottom makes these jeans more flattering than a standard skinny, and in a print, that is all the more important.

What do you think of the snakeskin pant trend? Would you wear it as a pearshape?

(Be sure to stay tuned for part two of my styling snakeskin denim tomorrow!)

Review: H&M Forest Green Cotton Blazer

Blazer: H&M (recent) (sized up to a 12), Jeans: Levi’s, Necklace: H&M (recent)

I snapped these photos at my parent’s house while home for the weekend after spending some time shopping at our local H&M. Unlike most bloggers, I have a hard time finding items that fit and flatter my figure at H&M. I argue their cuts are not pearshape friendly, and I often have to size up one or two sizes to get things to fit right. This forest green heavy cotton blazer was a rare gem that I’m absolutely in love with.

First and foremost let me say that I did have to size up a few sizes to make this blazer work. Normally I wear an 8 in tops but here I am wearing a size 12 US. Aside from the sizing discrepancy, this blazer is a gorgeous deep forest green, is fully lined with stunning burgundy piping along the inside, and is made of a heavyweight cotton material. It has a two button closure in the front and the top button hits me perfectly just below my bust.

The sleeve length is also spot on. Though the sleeves only have an awkward two buttons instead of 3 or 4, the length is perfect and it falls nicely over my arm without being too big or pulling along my underarm. Because I am a sucker for details, I also loved the seaming along the front and back giving this blazer an even more ladylike shape. Also as you can see, the blazer falls lower in the back and curves up in the front, a unique cut that I think flatters a rear end without truncating the front leg-line.

With its open slit in the back, fully lined pockets and stunning color for Fall, I have decided to keep this blazer. Check out H&M for the other colors as well as this cut comes in 7-8 other vibrant options!

(Favorite photog/boyfriend/bestie)

Have you shopped H&M recently? Do you find their sizing and cuts difficult to make work?

Foray into the World of Colored Denim: Ann Taylor Curvy Slim

Jacket: Zara (old), Tank: Banana Republic, Belt: Target, Jeans: Ann Taylor Curvy Slim Denim (wearing a size 10)

I will be the first to admit that before this blog I was more timid to take fashion risks. I shied away from patterned pants, didn’t sport A-lined skirts, and most definitely did not wear colored denim. A few weeks ago Ann Taylor had a 40% off everything sale and I figured it would be the perfect opportunity to take a fashion risk. And risk I did, with “pomegranate” pants!

Much to my surprise, this pants are fantastic for a number of reasons. First, Ann Taylor truly caters to pearshapes in that they carry their colored denim line in “curvy fit” with a “slim” instead of a “skinny” tapering (always a plus for those with larger bottom halves). What this means is that the pants come cut with more room in the hips, thighs, and rear end, and narrow more at the waist than standard pants. This helps remove the unsightly gaping at the waist and keeps our legs from looking like sausages in jeans. The slightly wider opening at the bottom is also helpful as it balances out the fullness of the hips.

What really sold me on keeping these pants was the placement of the pockets on the back. Those with larger rear-ends have to be ultra conscientious of back pocket placement. Pockets that are put too high make our rears look bigger, too low and it looks saggy, too far apart and we look wider. These pockets are placed beautifully, covering low enough on the rear end to be perfectly flattering. Love. Thank you Ann Taylor for getting it right!

While the pants are a bit long, they run true to size (and are only available online, so this is great), I am absolutely in love with them and might have to head back for another color. I’m especially loving the “luminous yellow” and “deep verdite” for Fall.

What do you think of colored denim?

Floral: A-line Skirts for Pearshapes

Skirt: H&M (old), Tank: Ann Taylor LOFT, Belt: Shareen Vintage, Sandals: Nine West (old), Bracelet: J.Crew

I have worn this skirt maybe 3 times in the 2 years I have owned it. It is a very light cotton material and tends to blow up in the breeze making it hard to wear. But on top of the material issues, it is flouncy and A-lined, a style I tend to stay away from as a pearshaped woman. Every fashion magazine will tell you that the A-line skirt or dress looks great on every woman; I tend to disagree. A-line skirts add volume to my bottom half (these pictures are proof), and make me feel wider than I am. However, on this particular day I was moving into my new apartment in Charlotte and needed something light and airy to combat the 95F heat.

To pull out the lime in the skirt I paired it with a simple lime tank and added the contrasting blue belt with gold studs to add some interest.

Readers – what do you think of A-line bottoms for pearshapes? 

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