A mod look

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ASOS sweater (similar), Zara dress (similar), boutique old sunglasses, SPANX tights, J.Crew boots, Chanel WOC bag

I wore this outfit last Sunday to brunch with some friends. In the spirit of continuing to be risky with my dressing, I decided to layer clothing items I typically wouldn’t. This full sweater from ASOS and skater dress from Zara are adorable alone but even cuter together. While this outfit somewhat hides my body shape, I felt sexy and flirty with the short length of the skirt and fun outfit details.

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These are the first sunglasses my boyfriend has EVER loved. He loves how they compliment my face and the interesting color. Who would have thought with a cheap $10 pair from a SF boutique?!

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Would you wear this outfit? Do you think this way of layering is flattering enough?

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!

Review: Alice & Olivia floral fitted dress for wedding season

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Alice & Olivia dress, Coach heels (similar and gorge!), Gorjana and Griffin rings

So i’ll just start with a fair warning: this is a booty heavy post. I mean, look at this dress and tell me you wouldn’t flaunt it too! This Alice & Olivia number couldn’t fit my body any better, and i’m in love. A few weeks back I did a post about dresses I was eying for upcoming weddings/rehearsal dinners/etc. This is one of the ones I actually ordered and think it would be wonderful for a bridal shower I have coming up. My only hesitation is the heftier price tag for a cotton dress.

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This particular body hugging style always works well for pears. Because of our narrow waist, dresses like these give an even fuller hourglass effect and really show off our best assets. On this particular dress, the high waist line helps to elongate the leg, and the ruching and bunching up top balances out the top half of our body.

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The gathered pleats on the side help to camouflage any problem areas and the longer hem with tapering at the bottom really narrows the leg line and covers any insecurities we may have with our bottom half.

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Needless to say, with a nude shoe and big glamorous curls, this dress would be perfect for any upcoming summer event!

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What do you think of this dress? Would you keep it at its nearly $300 price tag?

Monochrome for a sleeker body line

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J.Crew sweater, shell & skirt, Cole Haan pumps, Andrew Marc leather jacket (similar), Nordstrom Rack earrings

When it comes to dressing for a more formal work event, I try and stay as simple and sophisticated as possible, without sacrificing fit. A little trick I have always used is maintaining a monochromatic palette on top and bottom. Not only does this streamline each half of the body but it makes getting dressed that much more simple!

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I tucked the top of my shirt into a high waisted skirt to further define my waist and make my legs appear longer.

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While I try and maintain conservatism in the office, this is about as loose as I could get this skirt. I had it custom altered down from a larger size and even still it hugs my rear end. Oh, the problems of a pear.

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Plus, a little leather for good measure!

What do you think of the monochromatic look?

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