Light Colored Denim (Review: Banana Republic Skinny Ankle Jean)

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Banana Republic Skinny Ankle Jean (wearing a size 30), Anthropologie top, LV Speedy 30 bag, Havainas Sandals

Since we decided a few weeks ago that my boyfriend jeans needed to be retired, I have been craving a light colored pair of jeans for Spring/Summer. Encouraged by the cuffed jeans experience I had with another Banana Republic pair, I scooped these jeans up in a hurry during a recent 40% off sale. Without even trying them on, I figured that with the added stretch, high rise and tapered leg, it couldn’t be so bad. Wrong. I, of course, hastily ripped off the tag after putting these babies on without proper analysis and totally regret it.

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For starters: these jeans do weird things to my knees. Maybe it’s that they show through the fabric too much? Have weird fading in that area? I don’t know but I reaaaally don’t like it especially after seeing these photos.

Second thing I hate is that the leg isn’t tapered enough. It is sort of half wide half skinny and is difficult to cuff.

Finally, these jeans have way to much stretch to be flattering. Normally i’m a fan of a good amount of stretch especially on the bottom half for us pears, but these pants felt like leggings and I felt like I was jiggling down the street all day.

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Needless to say, these are a “to donate” item. Man, what a waste. Have any of you tried on any BR skinny jeans you like? Please do share!

Cashmere and Condos (or, well, apartments)

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Equipment sweater, 7 for All Mankind jeans, J.Crew flats, Gilt necklace, LV Speedy 30 bag, Prada sunglasses

This is what I like to call my apartment-hunting-all-day-walking outfit. I wore this during our apartment hunt last weekend and it was the perfect amount of warmth and comfort for the temperamental San Francisco weather. This sweater has proved to be incredibly versatile and goes with absolutely everything. I can’t wait to pair it with printed skirts and pants for cool Spring nights. On another note, I recently scooped up these jeans as my first “designer” pair, and I can’t wait to do a full review for you all.

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Also, if you follow me on instagram you know I got these epic sunglasses at an unbelievable deal (we are talking 70% off) and i’m so thrilled with them. Everywhere I go people compliment me. Score!

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Have a happy hump day and thank you so much for reading!

Trend/Pearshape Solution: Wearing Leopard for Spring

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Kohl’s sweater (years old but love this one), H&M Skirt (old, similar), Target belt, Sam Edelman shoes

We are back with another Trend/Pearshape Solution post! This time: Leopard! I thought this series would be more fun and informative by partnering with other fabulous bloggers with different body types, and showing how they style the same fashion trend. A little contrast and different inspiration is fun right? For this post i’m partnering with Amy of Leopard & Lillies to showcase how her super tall, lean figure styles leopard versus how I choose to wear the print. Read on for some pearshape inspiration and be sure to pop over to Amy’s blog to see her take on the trend.

*In other news, thank you so much for your kind words about our move! We found an apartment this weekend and will be sharing pictures later this week.

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If i’m being completely honest, i’ve never been comfortable in leopard print. Either I never knew how to style it to be office appropriate, or I felt it was too flashy for everyday wear, especially in warmer weather. A few weeks ago I branched out and wore this cardigan to work and got so many compliments, I thought I would take a stab at styling it for warmer weather.

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For me the key here was to pair two complimentary prints, and keep one print larger than the other: in this case the leopard is larger than the floral. The browns in the cardigan pick up the colors in the skirt, and when paired with neutral heels and basic accessories it becomes a very cohesive outfit. For pearshapes, wearing leopard can be tricky in many clothing styles. Leopard pants? Not so much. Leopard coat? May make us appear larger. Opting for a fitted cardigan with a plunging neckline brings an already flattering silhouette to a print otherwise untapped.

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Other leopard pieces i’m loving: Leopard flats (I’m still looking for the perfect pointy toe pair to add to my collection), scarf, and if you’re really daring: leopard skirt

Alteration story: creating “boyfriend” jeans

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Equipment sweater, LOFT jeans (very old), Sam Edelman heels, Gilt + vintage necklaces

You may remember these jeans from this post. I blogged about styling boyfriend jeans and what accessories I used to make them flattering. I still love a good boyfriend jean but these particular jeans became about 2 sizes too big after some recent weight loss, and were beyond “boyfriend” style. My actual boyfriend went so far as to call them my “saggy butt jeans”… Time to get them altered I say!

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Fun fact about these jeans is that they aren’t actually boyfriend jeans. I bought them nearly 4 years ago at LOFT and at the time they fit me snugly. Over time I have lost some weight and they became looser (like the last time I posted about them) and now just unwearable. I took them to my trusty tailor to have a few inches taken in on each side. I didn’t want to lose the slouchy nature of the jean, but wanted them to sit on my hips without falling.

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As you can see above, the tailor did a fine job of making them fit my waist but now I am left with some funny fit/bunching in the croch area. The fly is a button fly and therefore inherently creates bulkiness, but by taking in the waist and not the front area, the entire pant fits fine except for the area around the front pockets. I look like a kangaroo with a pouch of sorts.

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If I wear a long enough top (like this Equipment sweater which was a total splurge but I loooove it), I can kind of make these jeans work. But honestly, after 4-5 years of owning them, $10 bucks in alterations, I think its time to give them up and look for actual boyfriend jeans.

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Lesson learned: try as I might, not everything can be altered to fit.

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