Pairing the Fall Staple: Black Jeans (From Casual Sunday to Friday Night Out)

If there is one item I always invest in at the beginning of Fall it is the black jean. It’s versatility is unmatched and I have so much fun pairing it with everything from casual sweaters for a Sunday brunch to sleek tops and heels for a Friday night out. My choice for jeans this year was a no brainer after ordering these gorgeous ones from Ann Taylor a few weeks back. The fit was amazing and I was eager to order another color. The slimness of the leg and the versatility of the height of the inseam pulled me in for a second pair, this time in stunning black denim.

Outfit 1 Details: Top: LOFT (old), Necklace: J.Crew, Jeans: Ann Taylor Curvy Slim, Shoes: J.Crew

When thinking of easy ways to pair a neutral bottom, my mind immediately goes to another neutral top accessorized with bright jewels or shoes. I am still desperately trying to get every last wear out of this peach J.Crew necklace and it provided the perfect pop of color to this otherwise very neutral outfit. Matched with my trusty gold J.Crew flats, and it was  perfect weekend look.

Outfit 2 Details: Top: Ann Taylor (old), Heels: Cole Haan, Necklaces: Gilt + Vintage

A weekend night out requires a dramatic look. I love the subtle sexiness of this top coupled with the more demure jean bottom. Chunky jewels (which are really repurposed vintage belts), comfortable black pumps and a dramatic look were perfect for this evening of dinner and dancing.

Stay tuned tomorrow for two more pairings for this Fall staple!

Exploring in Sequins

Top: LOFT (old), Skirt: Francesca’s Boutique, Shoes: Sam Edelman, Necklace: Anthropologie (old)(similar)

I tend to get obsessed with certain clothing items. Case in point: this skirt, and these shoes. I love the flowyness of the skirt and the versatility of tops I can pair it with, and these shoes are just the most comfortable things ever.

This sequin top has been in my closet for nearly five years and I have worn it only a handful of times. The fit is a little baggy and I always felt that the sequins on the front made me look bigger. But when tucked into this fun skirt which beautifully defines my waist, I couldn’t help but love it.

My boyfriend and I have been exploring our new home city of Charlotte and recently stumbled upon Independence Park in the heart of Elizabeth, NC. It had the most beautiful view of the Charlotte skyline and charming waterfalls in every nook and cranny.

Quick “Alteration”: Making Tunics Flattering for Pearshapes

Top: Nordstrom Rack, Pants: Levi’s Supreme Curve, Belt: Target (old), Shoes: Sam Edelman, Chains: Mom’s, Clutch: Gifted from Grandma

Tunic’s are hard for women of any body type to wear. They elongate our torso’s, truncate our legs, and often cut across the widest part of our lower half. As a pearshape woman, this becomes increasingly unflattering. A few weeks ago I came across this gorgeous sheer number at Nordstrom rack. It is shorter in the front than the back, had fun black/white detailing, and I figured it would be a perfect piece to add to my collection for Summer or Fall. The only downside was the tunic-like length in the back. Immediately I began thinking of ways to rework this piece to fit my style.

To give myself back some leg length and define a waist, I simply took the lightweight material and tucked it into my favorite pair of Levi Curve ID jeans. The material was thin enough that it didn’t create extra bulk on my bottom half and stayed tucked throughout the day. I added a belt to further define my waist and fun chains to bring out the toughness of the black and white contrast. My final touch was this gorgeous vintage Dolce and Gabbana snakeskin clutch passed down from my grandmother. It is easily one of my most prized possessions and does such an amazing job of adding a little extra edge to any outfit.

While I love the look of the top tucked into jeans, I am so excited to truly experiment with the tunic style and pair it with a short, black mini skirt and a black lace cami underneath for nights out.

This was my simple fix for wearing tunics as a pearshape, how do you wear tunics to fit your body type?

A Neon Collar for Work

Shirt: Gap, Skirt: Ann Taylor, Shoes: Sam Edelman, Collar: Zara (similar)

Generally speaking my office is a pretty conservative place. I work for a technology company as a consultant and rarely get to play around with my workweek clothing. On this particular day I decided to pull out one of my new, favorite additions to my wardrobe to add some interest to an otherwise basic ensemble. This collar from Zara is so fun and bright, and is a great punch of color to any outfit.

The greatest part about this collar is the versatility. I even changed out of this pencil skirt into a shorter, black number, keeping the same top and accessory for a fun night out.

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