Winter Cream Sweater + Favorite Boot-Cut Jean

Sweater: Asos, Jeans: Banana Republic, Shoes: B. Makowsky via Nordstrom (old, similar)

Guys I think i’ve found my winter cream sweater. It’s a soft, non-itchy knit, thin enough to tuck into skirts for work, long sleeved to keep me fully warmed, and boat-necked for future fun collars to peak out of. In short, Asos, you win. And the best part about it, it has the most fun bell sleeves you can imagine. Part of me thinks: “hey the bell sleeves sort of balance out my hips!” and the other part of me thinks “be realistic, they are just awesome.”

In other news, these jeans are one of my all-time favorites. They are an old pair of boot-cut jeans from Banana Republic’s curvy line, which happens to fit us pearshapes pretty darn well. Score 1 for BR. They continue to sell these jeans in store and with the perfect, unhemmed length and ideal pocket placement on the rear end, I might have to snag another pair. Word of caution though: the particular dark wash i’m wearing tends to rub off on light colored clothing (read: this sweater), so try and stay away from whites or creams when wearing these pants.

Thanks for reading!

Tips on Wearing Vests for Pearshapes: Banana Republic Faux-Fur Vest + Playing in the Fields of Minnesota

Vest + Jeans+ Boots (old, similar): Banana Republic, Sweater: Unknown, Necklace: Poshlocket

These pictures pretty much represent my ideal afternoon: wearing fun Fall clothing, running through golden fields of corn at dusk. On our drive back from Minneapolis my boyfriend and I kept seeing these beautiful, vast farms and eventually decided to stop and run around in one of them. Every 10 miles or so we would see a field like this with a small farm at one end of it, with fun tractors and pathways all around. It was one of the highlights of our trip and such a fun way to spend a bit of time.

This faux-fur vest was a piece I picked up during my shopping trip at Mall of America. Banana Republic was having a 40% off sale on outerwear and when I saw this vest on a mannequin (it was the last one in my size), I grabbed it and absolutely loved it on. I had visions of pairing it with jeans and boots like I did here, or with skirts and wedges during the warmer Spring and Fall months.

While incredibly warm, the vest doesn’t add too much bulk and offers a plethora of styling options. Here I have it open and simply tied in the front but I love the look of it zipped all the way up or completely open with the belt tied in the back. When worn with slimmer bottoms like skinny jeans or a shorter skirt, vests can work wonderfully for the pearshaped woman.

The one thing I am always sure of when buying a vest is the length. I opt for ones that, ironically, hit at the widest part of my hip. Because there are no sleeves to balance out the item, I feel like anything shorter would make me look short-torso’d and squat on top. A longer length makes my upper body look longer and slims my hips.

With its gold hardware and army green color, I am so excited to make this piece a wardrobe staple.

What do you think of vests for pearshapes? Are there any vest styles you stay away from?

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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