Monochrome for a sleeker body line

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J.Crew sweater, shell & skirt, Cole Haan pumps, Andrew Marc leather jacket (similar), Nordstrom Rack earrings

When it comes to dressing for a more formal work event, I try and stay as simple and sophisticated as possible, without sacrificing fit. A little trick I have always used is maintaining a monochromatic palette on top and bottom. Not only does this streamline each half of the body but it makes getting dressed that much more simple!

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I tucked the top of my shirt into a high waisted skirt to further define my waist and make my legs appear longer.

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While I try and maintain conservatism in the office, this is about as loose as I could get this skirt. I had it custom altered down from a larger size and even still it hugs my rear end. Oh, the problems of a pear.

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Plus, a little leather for good measure!

What do you think of the monochromatic look?

Experimentation

new silhouettesSweater, Top, Skirt

Part of the beauty of clothing for me is experimentation. I am constantly looking for new styles and silhouettes that will flatter my body, to further expand my wardrobe. Draped knits, off-the-shoulder tops, and pleated midi skirts are items I typically wouldn’t gravitate towards, but in the name of experimentation these three beauties are on their way to me for a true pearshaped fit review. I will be sure to let you all know the result!

Tips for working with chunky knits

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H&M sweater (recent), Ann Taylor curvy skinny jeans, Superga sneakers, gifted scarf from mom, J.Crew bracelet, LV Speedy 30 bag

Chunky sweaters are a cold-weather staple for most women. Thick knits and loose fits look great on many women, but as a pearshape with an already large bottom half, camouflaging my curves up top never sounded too appealing. However, this last weekend my boyfriend and I took a spontaneous trip to San Francisco, where of course I grossly under packed. In desperation I popped into H&M and picked up this gorgeous gold sweater that is now one of my favorite pieces. To make it most flattering to my frame, I followed a few simple steps that I think made this a winning Winter look.

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1. Dark colors on bottom: Because the knit is so thick and bulky, I tried to streamline the bottom half as much as possible. I opted for black skinny jeans and basic colored sneakers to de-emphasize the bottom half and slim it ever so slightly.

2. Draw the eye upward: I paired the gorgeous sweater with a bright red, thick scarf my mother gifted me many years ago. The color and texture draws the eye upward, again pulling the focus away from the bottom half and up towards my face. This was also accomplished with these awesome cheapy boutique sunglasses I picked up!

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3. Buy a size down: Typically I wear a size 10 or M in tops/sweaters. Because this particular piece was so thick I opted for a size 8 and am much happier with the fit. Sizing down kept the sweater from being too long and falling below my hips (further cutting off the leg line), and gave me some shape up top.

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Do you wear chunky knits? How do you keep balance and proportion?

Easing into a jersey maxi dress

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Gap maxi dress, J.Crew shirt, Andrew Marc jacket, Kendra Scott necklace via Gilt, Halogen flats, Gorjana rings

This maxi dress was a purchase that was completely out of my comfort zone. Jersey knit = clings to everything. To ease into this style and also make it Winter appropriate, I layered some of my favorite items: silk shirts and leather jackets.

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I think the formfitting nature of the dress makes the less shapely top figure flattering. The silk shirt also gives a tiny bit of coverage in the back and the leather jacket has seaming that keeps it close to the body and still tailored. That jacket was still the best purchase, ever.

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Finally, a gold bib draws the eye upward to keep the attention away from the hip area. Always a good thing in my book.

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Do you wear maxi dresses? I’d love to see your style. Link me in the comments!

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