Double Peplum and Monochrome Hot Pink

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Ted Baker peplum (review), Old Navy dress (here in stripe) (review), Prada sunglasses, Coach sandals (similar)

Admittedly, i’ve been in an outfit funk for a few weeks. Every outfit I document for you guys has just felt off. Either i’ve felt gross in it or i’m just not happy with the styling. So the other day when i was getting ready, I sat in front of my closet for a good 15 minutes and allowed myself the time to pull options. I layered pieces i’ve never layered, pulled items that weren’t seasonally appropriate and just gave myself the freedom to do whatever came naturally. This outfit was the result and I love it.

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It never donned on me to go monochromatic. I consider myself an expert pattern mixer and that is a comfortable area for me, but mixing items within the same color family, not so much. Each of these pieces are ones that I adore individually, and ironically are the only hot pink items in my wardrobe.

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When I put them together and the slight peplum of the dress paired with the extreme peplum of the top came together, magic happened. I felt so chic, so well styled and best of all, felt amazing in what I was wearing.

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While I know the majority of the world is in a polar vortex right now, San Francisco has been pretty mild and we can typically get away with bare legs. Just let this outfit pull you into warmer weather!

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I hope you enjoyed and thanks so much for experimenting with me!

Belt and Dress Pairings 101

Dress and Belt Pairings 101

One of the most popular questions I get via email or on social media surrounds belts and dresses. People always ask how I choose the width and type of belt I pair with each style of dress. So I thought I would put together this simple roundup explaining my rationale for the belts I choose to wear with each dress silhouette. Please let me know if you enjoy these roundups as it was definitely fun to look back in time and put it together!

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James Perse Dress (similar) + Target Belt

Sheath/Bodycon: If we are being totally honest, I typically don’t like wearing belts with tighter dresses. In my mind my body has enough curves that simply pairing a statement necklace with a dress like this (to draw the eye upward) would be enough. However, in the event that I do want a bit more definition I always go for a thinner belt so as not to add bulk to the already slimming outfit. Furthermore, I like to tie a not in the belt to add a bit of interest so it doesn’t simply look like one stripe of color across a solid canvas.

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ASOS Dress (similar) + Gap Belt (similar)

Fit and Flare/Skater: This is, hands down, my go-to dress style. It is just so darn flattering on most body types and I love how it drapes over my hips and accentuates my waist. With these styles I typically like to choose a belt with a lot of interest right in the center. The width is of little importance (I would easily pair this dress with this belt), but having a bow or a wide buckle right in the center of the belt draws the eye inward even further.

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Club Monaco Maxi (similar) + Yigal Azrouel vintage belt (cheaper wide belt option)

Maxi Dress: Maxi dresses, for me, scream for some definition. A body can easily get lost in all that fabric, especially if the neckline is higher and there is already little definition up top. To combat looking like i’m a big blob I always opt for big, thick belts when wearing a maxi. Regardless of the shape, flare or material, a big thick belt is always my go-to. It cinches the waist and makes you look tiny all around, showing the world that there is in fact a beautiful body hidden beneath!

I hope you enjoyed this roundup. Please let me know what you would like to see next! I love hearing your feedback and suggestions.

On The Hunt: Extended Calf Heeled Boots

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Madewell “The Watchtower” (old, but does anyone know where I can find them, or anyone tried them?), UGG “Dreaux”

If you’re a ThePearShape veteran, you know i’ve been on the hunt for a pair of wide-calf heeled boots for ever. I have ordered and tried countless pairs, either not happy with the heel height, material or comfort. At this point, I am willing to take a look at a great brown/cognac pair or a sleek black option in a variation of heel heights. My only requirements are that they are leather and comfortable enough to walk in. I am definitely not in the business of teetering on these babies through work. Anyone have any specific recommendations? Anywhere i’m not looking? I have considered Duo but don’t want to go custom unless I have to. Help!

Finally Found: Jumpsuit for Pearshaped Women

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Macy’s Jumpsuit (wearing an XL), Cole Haan heels, Andrew Marc leather jacket (this year’s), Prada sunglasses, Kendra Scott necklace (similar)

A jumpsuit is one of those items I always envied on other women. Tall, thin women being able to pull off these adorable silk onesies with their sky high heels and no worries of rippling thigh issues underneath (harsh pearshape reality, yall). But about a week ago I was determined to find a jumpsuit that would fit me, and look flattering. I scoured ASOS to no avail, Nordstrom, etc., only finding options in silk that would surely not fit my thigh area, or would emphasize areas I didn’t necessarily wan’t emphasized with their slight sheen.

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I stumbled across this jersey jumpsuit at Macy’s for $35 after discount, and pounced. Yes, it was jersey (not ideal) but I didn’t know what other fabric other than an uncomfortable poly-blend would look better, so I bought it. To my pleasure and surprise, it looks amazing and I feel so wonderful in it. For reference, I’m wearing a size XL and probably could have gotten away with a L but ordered big for safety.

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I styled it here with a leather jacket which is how I plan to wear it most often in colder months, and with a different belt as the tie belt it comes with is removable. In reference to the garment itself, it is a wide-leg jumpsuit with a faux wrap top and snap closure at the bust for added discretion.

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The suit does have pockets which create a bit of rippling, but I am thinking of getting them removed and/or sewn shut. I love that the jumpsuit has a full back and covered shoulders so us fuller-busted ladies are free to wear a supportive bra. And likewise, appreciate the higher waist for an even more flattering silhouette.

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After seeing these pictures i’m more assured that next time I wear it I will slip on my SPANX Assets underneath just for some more support under the jersey fabric, but other than that, i’m so in love with this unique piece!

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