Modcloth Fall Denim

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I am seriously in love with Modcloth’s Fall denim! They have at least one flattering pair of jeans for every body type. A lot of their denim is in plus sizes, too. (Images link to product page.)

Look:

These Skate Night Jeans would be great for a pear, an hourglass or an apple.

I would “pear” them with a boat neck top or a frilly blouse if you are trying to balance out wider hips.

What I love about these jeans for an apple shape is that the wide legs not only make your legs appear longer, but they also help to minimize your problem area by streamlining your entire look. Especially if you were to wear them with and empire waist cut top that was not tucked in.

And for an hourglass I would say be sure to keep it balanced with a fitted – but not too tight – top. Maybe a scoop neck tee!

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I would recommend these Weekend Folk Festival Jeans to a boy shape or a column shape.

The pockets add depth and dimension to your hips. That will help to balance out a larger bust for column women. It will also give you something to balance out if you’re a boy shape.

For a column I would suggest a simple crew neck tee. For boy shapes, go with something that will enhance your bust like a sweetheart neckline.

Another thing about these high-waist jeans: if you have a long torso these will help to break it up and elongate your legs.

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Personally, I want the Gotta Jet Set Jeans and the Dittos Flare Play Jeans.

These Gotta Jet Set Jeans will do absolutely nothing for my shape, but they’re so freakin’ cute! And they do have a high-waist. That will go a long way to breaking up my abnormally long torso. So, that’s reason enough to buy them.

These Flare Play Jeans by Ditto will actually break-up my torso, balance out my hips and elongate my legs! All great things. Plus they are fabulous! They would probably be my go-to jeans when I’m slumped in front of my closet complaining that I have absolutely nothing to wear

I am not affiliated with ModCloth in any way, I swear. I just got an email from them about Fall layering and fell in love. Go check out all of their new denim for fall.

Bewitched

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I don’t know if I’m the only one that loved this movie remake of the popular TV Show from the 60’s and 70’s. I love the cast. I adored the fun, light-hearted feel of the entire movie. To me, it felt like the show. However, my absolute favorite thing about the movie was Nicole Kidman’s wardrobe – costume design by Mary Zophres. (I once toyed with the idea of being a costumer for movies, but quickly realized how much responsibility I’d have after working in the costume department in college.)

Her clothes are, in one word, cute. If I had to go on I’d use words like classic, flowing, feminine, and casual.

I’m going to alter outfits from three different scenes for this post. I’m going to use her dancing in the rain skirt outfit, her perusing the coffee shop outfit and the divorce party outfit.

I want her entire wardrobe, but it wouldn’t work for my body type. Nicole has a very long, lean Pilates and yoga body. You can put her in anything. My body, despite my warrior dash training, is still pear shaped and always will be. So I’m going to start there.

Pear:

Bewitched by Pear

Column:

Bewitched by Column

Apple:

Bewitched by Apples

Boy:

Bewitched by Boy

Hourglass:

Bewitched by Hourglass

I hope you have as much fun imagining yourself in these clothes as I did!

White Party

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It’s MAY, y’all!!!! And white is back!

So I’ve decided to pick out a few dresses for every body type! And for an added challenge, I’m going to try to keep them all under $50!

White Party

Okay, I did it. One white party dress for each body type; all under $50. Plus, shoes to match! Also, all under $50!

Next will be gardening looks! Mainly because I love to garden.

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Apples in the Sun

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Apple shaped women have a particularly hard time finding swimwear. It seems as though, these days, all swimsuits are designed to expose and flaunt your stomach. I would have loved to have lived in the 50’s when swimsuits were made to accentuate curves in a modest way. Of course, I find absolutely nothing wrong with an apple wearing a more revealing swimsuit or a two-piece. You just have to find the right suit.

Here are some tips:

  • Find a one-piece with a pattern or dark solid color on the stomach to camouflage any unflattering areas.
  • Use bolder patterns or brighter colors to draw attention to your bust or hips instead of your tummy.
  • Find a suit that is going to show off the smallest part of your torso(directly under your bust). It will give your torso a longer/leaner look.
  • If you’re going for a two-piece find bottoms that are going to accentuate your hipbone*. This will draw attention away from the tummy while making your hips appear curvier.

*I like the two bottoms that I found here. The cut-out bottom on the left will make straight hips look curvier while hiding a lower pooch. The second bottom has lines that pull your eyes down and out – away from the tummy. I paired the second bottom with a bright patterned top that is also going to help to pull the eye away from any tummy insecurities you might have.

Apples in the Sun
Hey Hourglass, you’re next!
If you have more specific body typing questions, I’m always willing to answer them. In fact, that’s my favorite thing. So just leave your question in the comments!

APPLES

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photo (21)If I have previously written about a staple it will be linked to that post.

T-shirts:

T-shirts must always be fitted. Otherwise, follow the rules for casual shirts.

Casual Shirts:

You need to find a casual top that emphasizes your bust and brings as little attention as possible to your belly. (However, baggy shirts with embellishments around the bust are a no-no, because they make your bust disappear into your stomach.) You need attention to be drawn to the smallest part of your torso.

Blouses:

I recommend a very structured blouse for you. Go with something that, when laid flat, is cut like an hourglass. You can also look for blouses that are cut under the bust to bring attention up. Ruffled sleeves are also good. So is ruffling along the bust. Tunics are great for your body type, because they can easily camouflage a tummy if you follow the other rules for blouses.

Sweaters:

Cowl neck sweaters distract from your belly. If they’re big enough they can also minimize the appearance of your belly. Tunic sweaters are good as long as they are pulling in at the smallest part of your torso – right under the bust.

Blazers:

Blazers that are going to de-emphasize your belly are going to have a wide-open lapel and neck line. They need to be very structure – like your blouses.

 

Skirts and Mini Skirts:

Look for skirts with very defined waists and a flared, or ruffled, skirt. You’ll need a slightly stiff fabric that will hold the shape well. (Stiff does not mean uncomfortable.) High-waisted skirts are an option as well. They will minimize a larger tummy and lengthen the look of your legs. Be wary of pencil skirts or any skirts that are cut close to the leg. They can actually put more attention on your stomach.

Skinny Jeans:

I DON’T RECOMMEND SKINNY JEANS FOR ANY BODY TYPE.

That being said… mid-rise, flat front skinny jeans are going to be best. One great thing about skinny jeans is that they look great under tunics.

Jeans:

Apples look best in wide leg jeans. Bell bottoms make your tummy look bigger. You will also look best in a mid-rise or higher waist. To avoid the “mom jeans” look, find jeans with a flat front panel. No pleats, please!

Pants:

Wide leg, flat front, mid-rise trousers are going to work best. Anything less than something that falls straight down from your hips is going to create an ice cream cone shape.

 

Little Black Dress:

The best dress for an apple is going to be an empire waist dress, because an empire waist dress is going to pull in at the smallest part of your torso. Even better would be an empire waist dress with ruching, lace or embellishments at the bust to bring the eye up. Even better than that would be an empire waist dress that draws your eye up to the bust and pulls your eye straight down from the belly with a straight skirt – minimizing the appearance of a larger stomach.

Rompers:

Look for a color-blocked romper that has darker bottom and a brighter top. Also look for rompers with a high waist and wide legs. If you can’t find one that is color-blocked like that, it’s okay. Just stick with a high waist and wide legs. It would also help if the romper had a wide neck or ruffles over the bust to bring attention to your bust.

apple shapeSwimwear:

Finding a swimsuit for women with an apple shape is harder than it is for any other body type. BUT it’s not hopeless. There are actually a lot of swimsuits that are made especially for minimizing a bigger belly. If you’re looking for a two-piece – you can wear a two-piece – you want to find a bottom that has a built-in waist minimizer or one that minimizes the appearance of the waist with darker colors or solid colors at the waist. If you’re looking for a one-piece it’s as easy as finding a suit that gives the optical illusion of an hourglass shape with a pattern or decoration in that shape. 

High Rise Skinny Jeans

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H&M has a pair of high rise skinny jeans on their website!

 

I know there are a lot of ladies out there that really like to wear skinny jeans, but also have problems with muffin top.

These will fix that problem for you.

If you don’t know how to style skinny jeans for your body type then you should check out this article: How To Wear Skinny Jeans.

There’s No Place Like Home!

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And no better way to get there than in adorable shoes!

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I am in no way an expert on shoes. I know what I like and I know what looks good to m. So, you can take my advice to heart or you can take it with a grain of salt.

I’m going to start with a problem that I have: small calf muscles. The bottom of my legs are very thin. These are some tricks that I’ve picked up to help my calves look bigger.

The way skinny jeans bunch up around the knees can make your calves look bigger, but you can also just go with a bootcut and the illusion of calves is there. If you wear skinny jeans heels give your calf muscles long definition where as flats just make the calves appear bigger about halfway down. Flex your foot right now. You’ll see the difference. (I’ll come back to skinny jeans later.)

Another thing you can do is wear skirts that hit right at the knee – not above. Especially straight or pencil skirts.

The only people who should ever wear shoes with ankle straps are women that have very small ankles! Ankle straps do not give your ankles definition. They make ankles appear larger and legs appear shorter. Shoes with ankle straps can also bring more attention to your calves, especially if worn with a straight skirt. Another thing you can do is wear skirts that hit right at the knee – not above. Especially straight or pencil skirts. Mini-skirts will NOT make your calves look wider.

So, let’s move on to “cankles”. What an ugly word. If you don’t have much definition in that area of your leg the best shoe is a pointed heel. Pointed toe shoes make your legs appear longer. Add a heel and they look even longer still!

Heels are always going to make your butt look more pert than flats do. Heels and flats work different muscles in your legs. Of course, I’m not even going to pretend to know what those muscles are.

I’m going to jump back to skinny jeans to say that any body can wear them. Again the shirt is important. I did write an article on How To Wear Skinny Jeans, but I didn’t add much information about shoes. A problem that I have with skinny jeans, other than the ones mentioned in the article, is that they sit right at the ankle. This isn’t a problem with other types of jeans, because most other jeans aren’t tight around the ankle. When something is tight at the ankle and cuts right across the ankle it can make your ankle look wider and your legs look shorter.  There are three ways to balance this out: pointed toe shoes, heels, or knee-high boots. If you want the skinny jeans/boots combo and you’re a pear or an apple you need to go with knee-high boots that are really going to bring the attention down to your calves to balance out wide hips or saddle bags(that fat that sits under your butt). Side note: knee-high boots are also good for making your calf muscles appear larger.

Let’s talk work pants. Straight leg pants look best with flats(like Audrey Hepburn in funny face) or high heels. Wide leg trousers look best with kitten heels or flats(if tailored correctly), because they already elongate your legs so much that heels aren’t really necessary. Boots are also great with wide leg trousers, but no one will see them.

Skirts… with a mini skirt I would avoid heels, but I would also avoid ankle straps. I love boots with mini-skirts, but not thigh high boots. Calf boots, ankle boots or knee-high boots are best for a mini skirt. I love the look of mini skirts in winter because of the boot options alone (that might make its own post shortly).

I think pencil skirts and ankle booties can be very sexy. Pencil skirts and flats with a t-shirt can be sexy and casual. Pencil skirts with heels are great for the office(especially kitten heels) or a nice dinner out. Pencil skirts with boots can be very cool if they are sleek boots or ankle boots.

I think that’s all I have.

How To Wear: 40’s Femme Fatale

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This post was inspired by this post.

Boy: Both the dress and the trench really pull in at the waist and accentuate your bust and curves.

40's Femme Fatale - Boy Shape

Pear: The fur collar on this trench is going to help to bring the eye up. The wide neckline on the dress is going to help balance out your hips.

40's Femme Fatale - Pear Shape

Apple: The black of the dress will help to camouflage your tummy, while the orange brings all the attention up top. The wide shoulders will help to minimize a larger stomach. The wide, short lapel of the trench also help to bring attention away from your stomach area.

40's Femme Fatale - Apple Shape

Hourglass: This trench can hide your curvaceous bod if you don’t tighten the belt. But if you want to accentuate those curves of yours you can either tighten the trench or take it off altogether. This almost faux-wrap dress is really going to flatter your figure.

40's Femme Fatale - Hourglass Shape

Column: The full skirt on both the trench and the dress will easily balance out a heavier top. Also, both items pull in at your waist – making sure that it shows.

40's Femme Fatale - Column Shape

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90’s Summer Concert

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There is a tour going on that I couldn’t be more excited about – The Summerland Tour featuring Everclear, Sugar Ray, Lit, Gin Blossoms and Marcy Playground. (Okay, Marcy Playground doesn’t make me excited, but the rest I love.)
So, these bands aren’t completely 90’s. They’re more like late 90’s early 00’s, but when I was listening to them I was in Nevada, Missouri and they’re about 5 years behind when it comes to style and fashion. So.. we were still dead-set in flannel, graphic tees, boyfriend jeans and doc martens/vans/keds.

Let’s celebrate the decade who’s fashion motto might as well have been “anything goes!”

(Side note: I just put on my husband’s jeans for nostalgia reasons. Why did we ever wear men’s jeans? They look horrible!)

Column: This ruffled, tiered skirt will easily balance out a larger top. The blazer, that matches both outfits by the way, hits at the hips making them appear wider to balance out you bust. The strapped blouse does the same thing – falls at your hips to make them appear wider. The wide belt and the bell bottom jeans hug your hips. The dress has a wide skirt that flares out. The dress will give you a pulled in waist and the halter top pulls in the look at the shoulders. Both of those attributes will push the attention down to your hips.

90's fashion - column
Boy: These looks are going to divide up the torso and give you some curves. The dress pulls in at the waist, brings emphasis to your bust and the ruffled skirt brings shape to your booty. The jeans in the second look really hug any curves you might already have. The red tank divides up your torso and gives the illusion of a smaller waist while the horizontal stripes bring some attention to your bust. The miniskirt in the third look is going to make your legs appear extra long while hugging your bottom half and giving the illusion of curves with the print. The tank ties in at the waist, again dividing up the torso, and brings attention to your bust.
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Pear: This wide neck, open sleeve dress doesn’t have a 90’s cut, but that print is definitely 90’s. It also pulls in at your waist and balances out a bigger bottom half. The wide leg pants really help to bring the line of your hips down, minimizing their appearance. The white cropped top help to balance out those hips, too. For the third look, I went with competing patterns to balance out your booty.
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Apple: The pleasant blouse minimizes the appearance of your stomach with the wide sleeves and embroidery around the bust. It also cinches in at the smallest part of your torso – directly under the bust. The second look pulls all of the attention up to your bust or down to your hips with the fringe on the bottom of the shirt. The flat front panel on the straight leg trousers helps to minimize the appearance of your stomach as well. The dress in third look pulls in at the smallest part of your torso like the other two, but also completely camouflages your larger tummy with a pattern.
90's fashion - apple
Hourglass: This first look really accentuates your curves while keeping them in balance. The second look helps to minimize your curves with a mid-rise boot cut jean and a slightly over-sized flannel shirt. The third look can either emphasize or minimize depending on whether or not you wear the loose blazer.
90's fashion - hourglass
The following are just random pieces that reminded me of the 90’s. I feel like I have to put them somewhere – just for fun.
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