Shopping the ShopBop 20% off Friends and Family Sale (For Work)

1. Parker Pleated Back Top ($198) 2. Alexander Wang Snakeskin Wallet ($295) 3. Madewell Westway Work Shirt ($88) 4. Rebecca Minkoff Embossed Bag ($395) 5. Parker Tie Neck Top ($198) 6. Nanette Lepore Peace & Soul Sweater Dress ($398) 7. Theory Classic Dress ($265) 8. Monserat de Lucca Feather Bracelet ($62) 9. Giles & Brother Wrap Bracelet ($95) 10. Ferragamo Varina Flat ($495) 11. Tibi Ponte Zip Top ($285)

ShopBop is having their Friends and Family sale (code WEAREFAMILY for 20% off at checkout) and i’m loving the shopping. Recently I have been trying to focus my purchasing more towards work appropriate pieces accessorizing with fun colors and textures. While ShopBop more often than not is above my price range, the majority of the pieces above will prove to be investment items that will last for many seasons.

Items of note that i’m heavily considering:

Salvatorre Varina Bow Flat: I’ve been eyeing these flats for nearly a year and have yet to pull the trigger. I have heard through other buyers and bloggers that they can be difficult to break in and often run narrow, both issues for me. But in a classic color like red, I don’t know how much longer I can resist

Parker Tie Neck Top: More expensive for a work shirt but i’m loving the print and the ties. I typically gravitate towards solid colors for work and need to expand more into prints

Theory Classic Dress: I can see this dress being so flattering on. The zip down the front is a great touch and the slight flare at the bottom would camouflage any problem areas

Are you shopping the ShopBop sale?

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: Create a Peplum (and curves) from a Straight Shirt

Top: Zara (0ld), Belt: Target (similar), Skirt + Bracelet: J.Crew, J.Crew, Shoes: Cole Haan (similar)

As a woman with curves I am always looking for ways to accentuate them. I purchase this Zara shirt online a few months back and was disappointed by the utter boxiness and lack of shape it gave when on. I have worn it a few times tucked into high waisted pants or skirts, but on this particular day, wearing a skirt that was just slightly too fitted to tuck anything in to, I found an alternative by creating a slight peplum using a simple skinny belt.

As you can see from these pictures, without a synching belt the shirt completely eliminates my curves. I look boxy on top and much heavier than I am. By adding a contrasting skinny belt at the smallest part of my waist I emphasize my curves and draw the eye to the smallest section. The nipping in of this shirt also created some blousiness at the bottom, almost like a faux peplum. This was great in camouflaging any problem areas around the stomach, making me feel more comfortable when sitting down in this bodycon skirt.

How to you “alter” clothing items that give you no shape?

A Twist on Office Wear

Shirt: New York & Company (old), Skirt + Shoes: J.Crew, Bracelet: Ann Taylor (old)

This is an interesting take on office clothing. This shirt is typically one I reserve for casual weekends but on a recent work trip to Fargo, ND where I was required to pack for three weeks in a carry-on, I had to get creative. I paired it with my most conservative wool work skirt, layered a thick camisole underneath and kept the accessories minimal to counteract the casual feel of the top. In my desperation, i’m hoping it worked.

How have you gotten creative with work clothing?

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