Review: Banana Republic Skinny Jeans & New-to-Me Trend of Boot Tucking for Pearshapes

Blazer: Guess (old, similar), Top: Madewell (on sale!), Necklaces: Repurposed purse straps, Jeans: Banana Republic Skinny, Boots: Steve Madden

This outfit breaks nearly every fashion rule I thought I had for myself. I’m wearing a looser fitting top, skinny jeans, and, get this, they are tucked into boots. Mind, blown. For years I only wore boots with tights and skirts or dresses because I had this notion that skinny jeans weren’t attractive on pearshaped women. And in all reality, they can go wrong in many ways. Unfortunate fading around the thighs, a lighter wash, or even ill-placed pockets can just add to width. But these dark wash skinnies from Banana Republic are near perfection for boot-tucking.

These jeans win for a number of reasons. They have a 6 inch rise, concealing any tummy issues and the front pockets are small decreasing the emphasis on the hips. They are high rise enough to tuck tops into, but low rise enough to be comfortable for every day wear. The wash is a perfect dark wash with no fading and the tapering at the bottom is just enough to be perfectly tucked into your favorite boot.

My only hesitation with these jeans was the pocket placement on the rear. As I have mentioned in past jean reviews, rear pocket placement is key. Too far apart and your bum looks wider, too close together and it looks like you’re wearing pants that are too small. These are a bit far apart for my taste but I think they actually do pretty great things for the bum.

I can’t wait to style these jeans with my new Hunter boots for colder months and explore this new-to-me trend!

Wearing the Animal Sweater Trend: Foxy Friend

Sweater: Frenchi “Fox Tole” Sweater via Nordstrom, Blouse: Vince Camuto (not online but loving this one), Jeans: Ann Taylor Curvy Slim, Shoes: Sperry Top Sider

Apparently animal sweaters are all the rage. They are popping up all over magazine pages and on bloggers with prints from dogs and cats to more intricate ones like this fox sweater I wore this past Sunday. I gotta tell ya, I didn’t think I would jump on the animal sweater trend but this particular one, with its stole-like fox print made it slightly less whimsical than others i’ve seen. Paired with a patterned blouse and my new favorite glitter shoes…clearly I wanted to make a statement.

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?

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