Review: Banana Republic Skinny Jeans & New-to-Me Trend of Boot Tucking for Pearshapes

Blazer: Guess (old, similar), Top: Madewell (on sale!), Necklaces: Repurposed purse straps, Jeans: Banana Republic Skinny, Boots: Steve Madden

This outfit breaks nearly every fashion rule I thought I had for myself. I’m wearing a looser fitting top, skinny jeans, and, get this, they are tucked into boots. Mind, blown. For years I only wore boots with tights and skirts or dresses because I had this notion that skinny jeans weren’t attractive on pearshaped women. And in all reality, they can go wrong in many ways. Unfortunate fading around the thighs, a lighter wash, or even ill-placed pockets can just add to width. But these dark wash skinnies from Banana Republic are near perfection for boot-tucking.

These jeans win for a number of reasons. They have a 6 inch rise, concealing any tummy issues and the front pockets are small decreasing the emphasis on the hips. They are high rise enough to tuck tops into, but low rise enough to be comfortable for every day wear. The wash is a perfect dark wash with no fading and the tapering at the bottom is just enough to be perfectly tucked into your favorite boot.

My only hesitation with these jeans was the pocket placement on the rear. As I have mentioned in past jean reviews, rear pocket placement is key. Too far apart and your bum looks wider, too close together and it looks like you’re wearing pants that are too small. These are a bit far apart for my taste but I think they actually do pretty great things for the bum.

I can’t wait to style these jeans with my new Hunter boots for colder months and explore this new-to-me trend!

Finally Found: Leggings for Those with a Curvy Bottom & Review

Sweater + Shirt + Leggings (purchased in a size 10R): J.Crew, Boots: Banana Republic (old), Earrings: Nordstrom Rack

When you’re a little bigger on the bottom, skin tight anything is nerve wracking. Enter fashion fad nightmare: the legging. When the leggings trend really hit, I was very cautious about what I wore, never wearing anything too tight that would show as unflattering.  But recently I was sent on a work trip to Fargo, ND for 4 weeks, and realized that I needed something ultra warm to be worn tucked into leather boots that would shield me from the extreme cold. Enter the absolute perfect solution, and the solution to leggings for pearshapes: the J.Crew Pixie “Pant”

While J.Crew likes to call these their Pixie “pant”, I like to think of them more as leggings. They are much tighter than anything I would wear as a regular pant, they taper at the bottom, and are extremely stretchy with no pockets and little seaming. However, my favorite feature of these pants is the thicker material. The woven ponte knit material is thick enough to be worn on the coldest of days with no fear of showing underwear through thin material. And, the best part: these leggings act almost as shape wear  When purchased a size down (i’m wearing a 10, and am usually a 12 at J.Crew), they hug in all the right places and allow me to feel tight and pulled together, with no jiggling or movement.

The leggings have two seams down the back of each leg that create a nice, slimming silhouette and even a zipper up the back that keeps them firmly in place. While you can’t see it in these pictures, the waistband on these pants is extremely high (almost at the smallest point of my waist) which acts as a tummy and back shaper under thinner tops and is much more comfortable for those with smaller mid sections but thicker bottom halves.

The Last Mention of the Work Pant for Pearshapes: Another Find

Top: J.Crew, Pants: Rafaella via Dillards (similar), Belt: Target (similar), Bracelet: J.Crew, Shoes: Halogen via Nordstrom (similar)

I promise this is the last you will hear me talking about work pants for a while, but I had to share my most recent (and near perfect!) find. On a recent shopping trip to Dillard’s I stumbled across a rack of work pants labeled “curvy.” Not curvy in the traditional plus-size sense of the word but literally intended and cut for women with larger bottom halves. I tried on three pairs and left with the most figure flattering work pant I have found to date.

For those of you that might want to find it in store, the tag looked like this and described the pearshaped woman to a tee. The pants are cut with a higher back rise for a smaller waist, and fuller rear and hips. With a flare leg to balance out the hips and machine washable fabric, I was completely sold!

The fit in the waist was high, the thighs were not too tight, and the pockets in the back are well placed. Worn with just about anything, these are the closest I have come to my ideal pant for work. Success!

Do you have any recent work pant finds to share?

How to Balance out a Hippy Figure

Top: Zara, Pants: Banana Republic, Shoes: Kelsi Dagger via Gilt, Bag: Dooney and Burke (moms), Earrings: Nordstrom Rack

This is one of my favorite outfits. The jeans are flattering, the wedges are so comfortable, and this new top with its bejeweled shoulders is becoming an instant favorite. But aside from the fun aspects of this outfit, it instantly proportions my body which is something I always appreciate in clothing.

This outfit helps me out in a number of ways:

1) The wider leg opening in these jeans helps to draw attention away from my hips and balance out my bottom half.

2) The dark wash also helps in camouflaging any body bumps.

3) This white top with its ruffled shoulder adds some interest and volume to my top half, helping to draw the eye upward and balance out my fuller bottom.

4) Finally, the low neckline helps elongate my neck and make me look taller overall.

I tied a fun scarf to this green carryall for some added interest. I thought it brought a nice punch of color to an otherwise neutral outfit.

How do you make clothing work for your body?

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