Wearing a Jersey Maxi

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J.Crew gingham top (here in solids), Gap maxi dress (similar), J.Crew belt, Sam Edelman sandals, Prada sunglasses, YSL lipstick

This is seriously one of my favorite new outfits. A comfy jersey maxi paired with longer length button up is cinched at the waist with a thick belt. I mean, could it be any more perfect for San Francisco?

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I also love tying this maxi up in the corner. I think it creates more interest and dimension in the outfit and also breaks up the awkward ankle-length that this dress tends to hit me.

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See the other way I styled this maxi dress here!

*Photos by Luci

Styling a Chanel Scarf, Part 2

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Chanel scarf via LXR&Co, Express skirt, Calvin Klein blazer

Today is the last day to enter the Chanel scarf giveaway in honor of ThePearShape’s 1st birthday. Thank you so much to everyone that has entered so far, I am completely overwhelmed by the response and am so glad everyone loved this particular gift I picked out. I wanted to show another very different way to style this scarf for a dressier evening out, proving just how versatile this accessory is.

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Worn with all black, I draped the scarf around my neck and tucked it just inside my blazer lapels to allow the color to peak out. This gave a beautiful flush to my face and compliments red lipstick beautifully. With loose hair and basic eye makeup, this is a stunning dinner or night out look.

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Another more cheeky way to style the scarf is to tie it around the neck. This slightly Parisian style is reminiscent of flight attendants but I think is absolutely stunning and regal.

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Don’t forget to enter the giveaway! Rules of entry are as follows:

TO ENTER THIS GIVEAWAY (Closes June 18 at Midnight PST):

1. “Like” ThePearShape on Facebook, or “Follow” us on Twitter (double entry if both are done!)

2. Leave a Comment on the post linked HERE telling me how you would style this scarf

I will ship anywhere in the world, international readers are welcome to enter! A winner will be chosen at random and contacted for your shipping information.

Thank you so much for your continued support of this blog. It is absolutely my pride and joy, and true privilege to have each of you visit every day. xo

How To: Wear A Crop Top

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Forever 21 crop top, J.Crew skirt (last styled here) + flats (here in pink) + bracelet (no longer available, but loving this one), Sweet & Spark bracelet

If you had asked me a year ago if I would ever wear a crop top I would have thought you were bat crazy. The thought of showing my stomach in public still terrifies me, quite frankly. Bathingsuits are another story. The beach, for me, is an “almost anything goes” environment, but the streets of San Francisco, no ma’m. Ever since I bought this adorable high waisted skirt, i’ve been wanting to play with different ways to pair it. The cheeky print and adorable flared length lent itself perfectly to a slight Parisian pairing, of a gingham crop top.

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Not wanting to spend too much money on this trend, I stuck with Forever 21 for my first try. When choosing a crop top I intentionally shied away from clingy or spandex fabrics. I knew I would feel slightly uncomfortable so extra pulling and tightness didn’t sound appealing. I also looked for a top with a tie that hung low. This would, in my mind, provide some extra coverage in the center of the stomach. Delusional?  Maybe. But I loved this look and wore it all day through the city with no crazy stares or discomfort!

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If you can see by this close up photo, the crop top really isn’t too cropped on my short-torso frame. It only really shows about an inch of skin given how high I have the skirt placed. Perhaps one day i’ll experiment with more skin.

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Would you wear the crop top? Tell me how you would style it!

Don’t forget to enter my Chanel giveaway in honor of ThePearShape’s first birthday! Full details on this post.

Flattering Workout Clothing

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Under Armour top (similar) and pants (similar), New Balance shoes, Prada sunglasses

With the warm weather approaching, I have been doing my best to workout more. I love short skirts and arm-bearing tops during Summer months and I always feel better in both when i’ve at least been working out. I absolutely hate looking gross and disheveled at the gym, or worse, pregnant in a huge shirt, so I take some care in choosing what I wear. Most importantly, my pants have to have a few basic features to help my bottom half look as flattering as possible.

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I opt for bottoms with some detail (fun colors, etc) and tops that have a built in sports bra for extra support, and side color blocking to slim. I’m not too particular about the sleeve length but for those that are, this and this are great basics.

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However, my single important requirement is a thick waistband. Nothing bothers me more than a thin waistband digging into my love handles or making my belly pour over when doing sit ups. A thick waistband sucks everything in and also helps with the lovehandle situation.

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What are your “requirements” when looking for great workout clothing?

*Photos by Luci

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