A Shirt That Encapsulates the Theme of This Blog

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Not Photoshopped shirt, Francesca’s Boutique skirt (so old, similar here), SPANX tights, Seychelles boots (new version: obsessed), Sole Society hat, Prada sunglasses

You can’t see it, but this shirt reads: “Not Photo Shopped,” and I love it. I’ve worn it once before on this blog, but i’m pulling it out again just because I feel like if there is one clothing item that encapsulates the theme of what i’m trying to get across when writing ThePearShape, it’s this shirt.

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I started this blog with the intention of showing women how I dress myself. Simple as that. Perhaps provide a bit of fashion inspiration, tips, tricks, and pieces that I felt flattered a pearshaped or curvy figure along the way. I’m elated with where this blog has gone and sincerely can say that i’m proud to have kept it in its original state.

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Every outfit you see is rawly shot by Cesar, sometimes on the roof of our building, or in our front entryway. I edit in Lightroom and don’t even blur out pimples if they come, because I feel like it truly allows you to see me, who I am on a day to day basis.

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I love that my readers have grown with me, created their own community and help each other. I receive countless emails a day from women thanking me for being an inspiration, and while I wouldn’t call myself just that, I so sincerely appreciate every kind word. Women explain to me how while they “wouldn’t dream” of discussing their own body issues on social media or the internet in general, they read my blog for inspiration in the morning, and I couldn’t thank them enough for being silent soldiers on this adventure with me.

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There are going to be a few changes coming to the blog in the next few weeks. Nothing major at all, but I want to keep you guys in the loop as they come. Please know that this blog will not change it’s goal, or message, or content for that matter, but some fun opportunities have arisen that I think will only serve to help the audience of ThePearShape, and I couldn’t be more excited. So thank you for being on this journey with me, and stay tuned!

Review: Topshop Giraffe Skirt

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very old top (similar), Topshop giraffe print skirt, SPANX Assets tights, Steve Madden boots, vintage Gucci belt (very similar), Prada sunnies, Joan Hornig earrings (gifted)

I ordered this pencil skirt on a whim. I realized that I didn’t own many skirts appropriate for work and wanted something a bit different. Black and white is always a safe bet and I knew I would be able to find a million things in my closet to pair it with. As it turned out, the skirt fits perfectly off the rack and sits snugly around my hips and waist.

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While the skirt does hug my rear-end a little tighter than I would have liked, I plan to always wear tights with it at work and keep things more demure everywhere else. Likewise, I work in a more casual office so this is more appropriate.

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The skirt sits at the smallest part of my waist making it perfect to pair with high waist belts and tucked in shirts. I love the styling options with it and that the black/white combo goes well with black tights and boots. I’m already envisioning wedge ankle booties once I find the perfect pair.

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Finally, the rise of the garment is about 3 inches above my knee and is a total of 20 inches in length, though shorter in the back to accommodate for my rear end. It also has some stretch to it, making it more comfortable for all-day wear.

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I love this skirt and am thrilled with the surprising fit and find!

J.Crew Fluted Skirt Review

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Ann Taylor blazer (old, similar), J.Crew skirt, Cole Haan heels, Revlon lipstick, Prada sunnies

Let’s start off by saying that this skirt is mini. Like, definitely shorter than most things I would wear, but i’m in love with it. You saw in my Fall haul that I ordered it during J.Crew’s 25% off sale and couldn’t be happier with the fit. For reference, I ended up ordering a size 12 instead of my usual 10 because I knew the shape would sit lower on my hips and I wanted to avoid any tightness. I’m wearing it here with bare legs and a blazer (can we talk about how warm it has been in the bay area? Crazytown) but can’t wait to pair it with leggings and boots for cooler months.

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Also, i’m entirely obsessed with dark lips and this Revlon lip color that was on mega sale at Walgreens.

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I wanted to get some photos without the jacket so you could see the true fit. For starters, the skirt fits off the rack with no alterations (miracle). It makes my tummy area feel so slim and I love the seaming around the skirt that feels like it really holds you in. The skirt is a crepe, thick material with a hook and zip back.

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The fluted seam hits right above my hip’s widest part and then flares, which, I thought would be unflattering but I actually am loving. It is a mini length and does tend to ride up a tad when walking because of the silk-like lining. Because I will be wearing this with tights I personally don’t see this as an issue, but should be noted.

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Overall, I love the skirt and when it’s on sale, it’s even better. I envision wearing this with longer length sweaters, belted for definition, creating a faux-drop waist look.

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And, have a great week!

J.Crew Midi Skirt Alteration Story

J.Crew Midi Skirt, Altered

Everlane blouse, Gucci vintage belt (similar here), J.Crew skirt (last seen here, pre-alteration), Old shoes (similar), Prada sunglasses

You may remember this J.Crew midi skirt from a recent crop top post. It was my first “midi” skirt and loved the high waist and cheeky shoe print, but always felt slightly uncomfortable with the length. It wasn’t a true midi but also wasn’t short enough on my 5’6′ frame. After much debate I decided to have it professionally shortened by 3 inches and invest in a true midi skirt at a later date. I have pictures of both of the skirts, before and after, above and would love your opinion.

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Mixing prints but staying in the same color family with snakeskin shoes, a grey Everlane blouse and black accents.

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Here are a few other printed midi skirts that I have been admiring for wear as-is, or shortening:

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