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Restyling a Bridesmaid Dress

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Gap jean jacket, Eliza J dress via Nordstrom (same dress in solid colors)(similar floral option), Sole Society booties

The last time I wore this dress it was for my brother’s wedding. I searched for months to find the perfect dress for that evening and when I found this one, for under $200 at Nordstrom I was thrilled. The fit of this is probably one of my favorites of any dress I own and I always feel like a princess when I wear it. Eliza J is also wonderful for both “regular” and plus sized options, so definitely check out the brand if you’re in need of a formal occasion dress.

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This dress pairs so well with so many casual items. Booties, sandals, jean jackets or even other printed jackets for winter. I absolutely love how it looks paired down for casual days.

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How have you restyled your formal occasion dresses?

Must Have: Express Best Loved Bra Cami

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For years i’ve loved Banana Republic tank tops. I wore them under most sweaters and tops, and loved the extra coverage and ability to wear them on their own. Until recently. Express (not a site I normally visit), was having a sale and I decided to test out these camis. They come with a built in shelf bra and are a thick cotton material. Guys, they are absolute perfection. They suck everything in and perk up the tatas in a way that is just divine. Get on this!

Top 3 Boot Brands for Wide Calves

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J.Crew flat boot, Hunter “Huntress” rain boot, DUO Custom Wide Calf Heeled Boot

One of my most visited posts of all time surrounds wide-calf boots, and my never ending search for the perfect pairs. After many years of ordering and sending back boots that just didn’t quite work, i’ve found my staple items, and the brands that carry them. I wholeheartedly believe that every woman shouldn’t be without a basic black riding boot, a pair of rain boots, and a classic heeled leather boot. These have served me well across varying types of weather, through many states and in numerous formal and casual occasions.

My black riding boots are from J.Crew extended calf sizing, and I love them (see my full review here). I have styled them with jeans and skirts, and they are absolute workhorses in my wardrobe. In fact, they have already lasted me through two seasons.

Hunter Huntress boots were a newer discovery. Always wanting a pair, I searched long and hard before finding the Huntress, their extended calf version. While they don’t come in many colors, they fit my 16 inch calf beautifully (review here) and have been worn through countless weekends.

My DUO boots were a purchase of necessity. I spent close to 2 years searching for the perfect heeled, extended calf boot. I finally stumbled across DUO and was drawn into their custom-fit option. I took the plunge and ordered from this UK-based brand and have loved them. They have so many gorgeous, chic styles that you would never be able to tell the boot is extended calf. An absolute lifesaver and a work staple (see my last styling here).

Are there any brands you love for extended calf sizes?

How To: Quick Tips for Making an Outfit Instantly Flattering

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Piperlime sweater (similar), BDG jeans, Ray Ban sunglasses, Chanel vintage flats, necklace purchased on Hunters Alley

If we’re being totally honest, one of the reasons I started this blog was to share tips like this with the world. For years i’ve been pulling and tugging at my clothes, folding this, hemming that to make items flattering that otherwise wouldn’t be. I’ve said it before on this blog, i’m a firm believer that I can make anything flattering. A few simple tricks that i’ve learned over the years is the basic tuck, and the classic roll. See below for deets

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As you can see, this outfit above is worn with the pieces as they come. Very skinny jeans, a sweater that is too long and cuts off the leg line. The sweater gives me no shape and the jeans make my legs look like sausages.

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Now, behold the tuck. I do this with almost all of my skirts and jeans. If i’m wearing a shirt that doesn’t feel flattering but won’t suit a belt, i’ll tuck it into the waist of my pants. Regardless of the rise of the jean or the style, a little messy tuck goes a long way in creating proportion as well as giving yourself some definition. Just be sure not to tuck the whole sweater in all the way around for risk of looking frumpy.

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The second trick is one i’ve learned as skinny jeans have come into style in recent years: the peg. I’ve done a few posts (here and here) on my very specific jean rolling style, but the gist of it is to make the roll as messy as possible. We’re going for an undone vibe. This shows some ankle and in my opinion, makes your legs feel thinner as you don’t feel squeezed into pants that taper down and make your thighs appear wider.

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And there you have it! I roll up my sleeves, and if we’re feeling really desperate, throw my hair into a high bun and off we go. A swipe of lipstick doesn’t hurt either.

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What do you think of the transformation? Are there any on-the-go tricks you use that I should know about?

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