Reader Styling: Tropical Vacation

Summer Styling

Kate Spade earrings, Sigerson Morrison wedges, LOFT dress (i own last years, see it here), Prada sunglasses, Target scarf, Rebecca Minkoff bag

One of my favorite things about writing this blog is hearing from my readers. Be it through comments, tweets or emails, I really feel like ThePearShape has created a little community and I love it more than anything. But perhaps my favorite thing to do with readers is give something back, personally. Every so often a gorgeous gal will email me asking for styling tips, ways to rework her wardrobe to make it more flattering, key pieces to invest in for one event or another that are tailored to her size, and shape. Putting together these outfits and really thinking about the key pieces that will make that girl look amazing on her day brings me such joy.

With that said, every once in a while I will be featuring an outfit I have put together for a dear reader. For this first time, it is a variation of the outfit above for my sweet reader, Hayley, who asked for some basics for her upcoming Mexican vacation with her boyfriend. I focused on pattern mixing, well fitting dresses, and classic wear-with-everything wedges to give her an outfit that would serve her well not only in Mexico, but beyond.

If you ever need help with a particular garment, outfit ideas, or questions on fit, please do not hesitate to reach out. I absolutely love to do it. I promise, I will try to get to as many as possible.

As always, thank you for reading.

Transitioning Work Pants into Spring, the J.Crew Cafe Capri

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J.Crew hat, Target top (similar in grey), J.Crew cafe capri, DSW no-name wedge

I’m the biggest fan of taking one clothing item and using it different ways. You may remember my review of these J.Crew cafe capri pants for work nearly a year ago. During an unseasonably warm day this last weekend in the city, I reached for them again but decided to find a way to dress them down just a bit and make them Sunday appropriate.

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I think the key to this look is in the details. The striped hat (that i’m totally planning a tropical vacation around…) and open toed wedges give it a Spring/Summer vibe and help to¬†camouflage¬†the otherwise stuffy, office nature of these pants. I also rolled the hems messily to give an even further relaxed look.

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Finished with some coral lip color and fun sunglasses, I felt incredibly comfortable and put together for Sunday brunch with my love.

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I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and enjoyed the gorgeous weather. Thanks for reading! xo

Cashmere and Condos (or, well, apartments)

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Equipment sweater, 7 for All Mankind jeans, J.Crew flats, Gilt necklace, LV Speedy 30 bag, Prada sunglasses

This is what I like to call my apartment-hunting-all-day-walking outfit. I wore this during our apartment hunt last weekend and it was the perfect amount of warmth and comfort for the temperamental San Francisco weather. This sweater has proved to be incredibly versatile and goes with absolutely everything. I can’t wait to pair it with printed skirts and pants for cool Spring nights. On another note, I recently scooped up these jeans as my first “designer” pair, and I can’t wait to do a full review for you all.

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Also, if you follow me on instagram you know I got these epic sunglasses at an unbelievable deal (we are talking 70% off) and i’m so thrilled with them. Everywhere I go people compliment me. Score!

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Have a happy hump day and thank you so much for reading!

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?

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