Surprisingly flattering Zara draped knit sweater

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Zara cardigan (recent), Madewell dress (similar), SPANX tights, J.Crew boots, Chanel WOC handbag

Anything that can be described as “drape-y” is typically something I stay away from as a pearshape. As a woman with some serious curves, fabrics and garments that simply hang tend to make me look like a big rectangle, and eliminate the curves I have and love. However, as I mentioned last week I have been deliberately trying to step outside of my wardrobe comfort zone and experiment with new styles. This draped wrap cardigan from Zara is a prime example. While the other two pieces from that order didn’t work out, this piece is a new treasured favorite in my closet.

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One thing that sold me about this cardigan was the high back. I tend to stay away from items that are long enough that they cut at the widest part of my body but instead are either shorter or longer than that point. This cardigan was shorter and thus more flattering.

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I also really love the versatility of the piece. Worn over dresses and tights in the Winter, or over denim mini skirts in summer (my plan!) I love that this cardigan can work for many occasions. I also plan to turn it into a wrap piece and add a belt for an even more interesting look. Fun fact: I rolled the “sleeves” of this cardigan over to create a different drape and my laugh is a result of my boyfriend ever so lovingly calling me a Rabbi! Ha!

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And of course, we must goof off during shoots: Ninja chop!

Thanks 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?

Review: J.Crew silk pants

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Andrew Marc leather jacket, Nordstrom top, J.Crew pant, Cole Haan heels

Lately I have seen silk pants everywhere (namely Pinterest). They were all over the runways, and every brand seems to have their own version. Because I had a giftcard to J.Crew I decided to try their version and to say the least, the style doesn’t flatter my figure.

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For starters the front bunches. The thigh area wasn’t too tight but when I walked the fabric pulled in the crotch and made me appear like I had a substantial tummy. Furthermore, the rise was an odd length. Not quite low rise but also not high rise, I ended up folding over the band to force a low rise fit and make them a bit more flattering.

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From the back these pants are doing even less for me. My boyfriend described them as “unflattering workout pants” and said that from the back it looked like my rear was saggy. Those comments alone were enough to return.

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In short, while I love the idea of silk pants I realize that as a woman with thighs that slightly rub together, and a rear that needs support, this is a trend i’m going to just have to pass on.

Have any of you tried silk pants? If so, where from? Did you like the fit?

Review: Banana Republic ponte sheath dress

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Banana Republic ponte sheath dress, Cole Haan pumps

I have always made it a rule never to purchase sheath dresses. They are often boxy in nature and provide no shape or form to the pearshape body. However, during a recent BR sale I ordered this sheath to test my theory again. I knew from experience that the ponte material was stretchy, and on the model the dress looked more like a fit and flare than a true sheath. While I was right in my assessments, this dress is a total dud and I promptly sent it back.

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Just for starters, the top is much too curve hugging to be work appropriate. I would have to wear a cardigan or sweater over this at all times and wouldn’t feel comfortable removing it. Also, the arm holes are incredibly wide exposing just a little too much side action for the workplace. Finally, the pleats in the front make me look so much heavier than I am… not somethin’ i’m looking for.

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The one saving grace of this dress is the tush area. It is surprisingly not form fitting for those of us with some extra back there, and would be completely office appropriate.

Have you tried any BR work dresses?

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