Pegged jeans for the hip-endowed

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Forever 21 top (similar) + belt (similar), Banana Republic skinny jeans, Nordstrom Rack wedges (old but in love with these)

Call me crazy but I think this outfit makes me look taller and leaner. Something about the tight jeans with the wedges and top knot makes me look 6 feet tall in these pictures. “Pegging” my jeans, really just rolling up skinny jeans, was something I always thought was reserved for the ultra thin. The tapering at the bottom combined with the tight fit felt like it would be unflattering. But lo and behold, I tried and by following a few simple tips, this look can work for anyone.

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1. Combine the tapered bottom with a top that has some definition but also some breeziness. This mint top defined my waist but still felt etherial and not as harsh as the pegged bottom. Other tops that could work here and here.

2. Be sure the top doesn’t hit lower than your upper hip. Picking a tunic length or longer top will just shorten your legs even more than this style already does. Stick with shorter tops, or even tuck in a top to keep the legs looking as long as possible.

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3. Hike yourself up! In heels of course. Some form of heel or wedge always makes me feel taller and leaner. And when the wedge or heel is nude, double leg lengthening!

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Are you a fan of pegged jeans? I’d love to see how you style them!

Review: The best silk button-down for the big-chested, and it’s not J.Crew

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Ann Taylor jacket, Club Monaco blouse, Banana Republic jeans, J.Crew boots

The last time I talked about silk button-down shirts was nearly 6 months ago, so I figured I would do an update on my new favorite piece, ever. J.Crew Blythe blouses never really fit me perfectly. If I bought them the correct size for my chest the gaped everywhere else, and often never buttoned over my hips. After much trial and error, and further encouraged by a recent sale, I purchased the Club Monaco Sawyer blouse (i’m wearing a M) in this gorgeous emerald color and am hooked. The chest fits perfectly, it is just tapered enough in the waist, and the bottom button fits over my hips. Win!

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My shoulders fit perfectly in this blouse and the length on the arms is only about half an inch too long; something I can deal with. While the same price (roughly) as the J.Crew alternative, I feel like the quality here is better. The silk seems softer and I like that the pockets do not have breast flaps as well. Ringing in at $129 full price, these tops are often discounted and come in so many fun colors. This is seriously going to become a wardrobe staple.

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Thank you for reading! xo

How to: slim the tummy in work clothes

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Brooks Brothers shirt (very similar from Theory), gifted cardigan, Banana Republic vest, Ann Taylor denim, AGL flats, Nordstrom Rack earrings

I have never been a fan of the traditional, cotton button-down work shirt. I find them boxy and unflattering and much prefer silk alternatives. However I recently popped into Brooks Brothers and found this seamed option that appears like a corset, nipping in the waist.

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While this shirt doesn’t actually slim the tummy, it sits closer to the body allowing for a more pulled together feeling. The seaming draws the eye inward and makes the shirt appear more feminine and the longer hem in the front with the upward curved sides also makes the middle portion of the body seem more narrow.

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Worn with simple accessories and a cardigan over, this shirt is very appropriate for my workplace.

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Brunch layering, from Target & Superga sneaker review

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Andrew Marc leather jacket, Target top (similar) and sweater, Levi’s jeans, Superga shoes, Coccinelle crossbody

On the weekends my boyfriend and I love to get out and do something new. Be it taking a golf lesson, visiting a farmer’s market, or trying a new restaurant, we are always on the go. This last weekend we bought a coupon to take a couple’s archery lesson (way more fun than it sounds) and brunch in the city. I wore this outfit to be comfortable for the lesson but also still look clean and put together for our brunch date.

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These Superga sneakers were inspired by Maegan and I absolutely love them. They are a bit wider which is great for those of us with slightly wider foot beds, and have a ton of padding for all-day walking.

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What is your weekend casual look?

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