Pearshape does 70’s style

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Guess blazer (Similar from Alice + Olivia), J.Crew top, Zara bib, Banana Republic jeans, Pour la Victoire heels

This outfit is about as 70’s as I get. Flare jeans, shirt cuffs peaking out from a printed blazer, and pointy heels make for a pretty eclectic outfit for me. I paired this outfit with a basic J.Crew skinny belt but am really looking to add a classic “H” Hermes Constance belt to my collection in silver hardware. I think it would really add a sophisticated touch to any outfit.

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On another note. These Pour la Victoire wedges are soooo comfortable. Seriously, go buy a pair for work. As a girl that admittedly doesn’t like heels too much (I hate being uncomfortable), these are a great alternative.

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Are you a fan of “70’s” style?

Quick alteration tip: fixing a drooping skirt

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Andrew Marc leather jacket, Ann Taylor top, GAP skirt (similar), Target belt and scarf (old), SPANX tights, J.Crew boots

Unlike some, I like to keep my clothing for years. Through life stages, experiences, and many moves, my clothing stays with me as long as it is in working condition. However, part of this habit comes some headaches, like this skirt for instance. I have had this Gap skirt for nearly 5 years and have altered it many times to my fit fluctuating weight. Darts have been put in the back, length taken off the bottom, and yet still it does not fit me perfectly. To be able to keep this piece, I have found simple ways to “alter” it, making it wearable for weekend.

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As I mentioned above, crudely sewn darts were put in the back of the skirt a few years back to accommodate a weight loss. I have (thankfully!) maintained that weight loss and have even lost a few more pounds, making it droop once again. To solve this problem I use a simple skinny belt, some layering tips, and a blouse-y top to camouflage the ill fit.

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Aside from simply belting the skirt into place, I also almost always wear high waisted SPANX underneath, and layer a tank and a shirt underneath to add extra width in the waist. A blouse-y top and jacket make this acceptable for a casual weekend outfit.

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I have also considered using a bit of fashion tape under the belt to keep it in place on the skirt. Have any of you tried this tip?

Review: J.Crew double-cloth metro coat for pearshapes

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J.Crew coat + boots, Vince Camuto blouse (similar), Banana Republic jeans, Louis Vuitton Speedy 30

I found out a few weeks ago that I will be traveling to Pittsburgh every week for work for the imminent future. I spent my first few days there last week and to say the least, it was COLD. Freezing. I am a California girl at heart and have no idea how I survived. I also quickly realized that I do not own the proper clothing to deal with such weather. Namely, a good quality wool coat. After reading Jean’s review of her J.Crew Lady Day coat with Thinsulate lining, I decided to jump on the J.Crew 40% off deal and buy this coat to keep me warm in the Pittsburgh snow. While I got it for an amazing deal, and it’s clearly great quality, there are definitely some alterations that I am going to need to have done to make this coat flattering and proportional on my frame.

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First, let me preface my review by saying that I ordered a size 12 instead of my usual 10 because I always like my coats a little looser to allow for layering. I cannot vouch for the sizing of the 10.

Likes: I like that the coat is great quality, lined in a silk-like material and the Thinsulate really does keep me very warm. The camel color is a classic and the tortoise buttons are an interesting contrast. The back paneling has curved seaming and a strip of material which creates some definition. The shoulders fit me well (I have standard shoulders), and the sleeve length is just about right. Furthermore, the bottom button closes over my widest part without any pulling! Woohoo! This is my #1 problem with coats and the main reason I ordered up a size. This simple fact makes this coat a winner as compared to many others.

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Dislikes: Because this coat fits my hips, of course, it is too wide in the waist. As you can see below, it needs to be taken in about an inch on each side to create that hourglass effect. As it is now, I look a bit like I am wearing an army uniform. The length on this coat is also an issue. It is abnormally long given that I am of standard height (for reference I am 5’6′). It needs to be taken up at least 2 inches to maintain a contemporary feel.

coat edit

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Aside from a few alterations, which I am more than happy to pay for, given the great price I got the coat, I am overall very pleased with the purchase. The Lady Day coat never fit me properly (the 12 was too big and the 10 was too small in the hips) so I am thrilled that this other very sophisticated non-belted coat fits pearshapes well. I can’t wait to use this for work trips and finally be warm!

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Have any of you tried J.Crew coats? What do you think of the Metro coat?

Revisiting: patterned pencil skirt

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J.Crew blazer + flats, J.Crew Factory skirt (similar), Ann Taylor blouse (similar), Louis Vuitton handbag

With the weather warming up the last few days in Charlotte, I decided to pull out one of my most colorful and bold work outfits. This paisley pencil skirt (last seen here) is truly a stunner piece, but had me wondering if it was perhaps too bold for my conservative office, and also if the patterned bottom made me look wider.

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I’ve discussed the issue of conservatism in corporate offices before, and this skirt throws caution to the wind with regards to that. It is slightly tighter than I normally go, and with an all-over print, it definitely says “look at me!” But aside from the work-related issue, my primary concern was whether it was flattering. After looking at these photos I think the print works quite well. When worn with neutrals the high waist fit and body-hugging silhouette actually do great things for my lower half.

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What are your thoughts on the patterned skirt for the office? For those with bigger bottom halves?

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