Modcloth Fall Denim



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.)


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!


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.

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.

Shannon Writes In…


“I have big boobs, decent enough sized hips but awesome legs. So my trouble is finding tops that don’t have an over pour of cleavage but are still attractive and don’t produce the uni-boob look. Where can I shop and what styles in particular should I look for?”

As a former fit expert, I have to lead with:

Make sure that it’s not your bra causing the uni-boob look.

However, if you are absolutely certain you are wearing the right bra, I have found some tops that will balance out your larger breasts by accentuating your hips and complement your cleavage. These tops also allow for wider bra straps.

Shallow scoop neck or v-neck blouses, like the ones below, will look best if you don’t want a lot of spillage.


Structured shirts can cause a uni-boob look if they’re too tight. So, I would recommend going with loosely structured or even flowy shirts that would allow for a belt around the waist. (Like the shirts above in the middle.)

This drape-front shirt is in style right now, and I think it’s a perfect fit for you. See how Erica Bunker styled it on her blog:

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Also, have you ever tried a sweetheart neckline? If you find just the right one it could visually separate your girls without too much spillage.

As with anything else, the more you try on, the more you learn about what works for your body specifically.

As for where to shop, I say, everywhere. And I’m not even kidding. It’s completely worth it once you find the clothes that work for you. You will never regret finding that one top that always makes you feel fabulous.

(And just in case you are in the mood for a new bra or two I highly recommend Chantelle’s Full Support Bras or Wacoal’s. Women with bigger busts just rave about them. When I used to work in Lingerie I wished I had bigger boobs just so that I could fit into Chantelle’s full bust bras…)

On This Fall’s Coats and Embracing Femininity


The Best Fall Jackets and Coats

Really, Elle?

These shapeless potato sacks that are supposed to be this seasons best options are some of the most unflattering coats that I’ve seen in a long time – with the exception of the always stylish trench, but even they are a tad boring this season.

The only silhouette that wasn’t something that you were trying to hide in was Prabal Garung’s military-style Parka(slide 39).

Even that, wasn’t the best jacket I could have imagined.

This Fall I advise you to sack the trending fashion for a more flattering look. 

Okay, you don’t have to sack the trends altogether. Pink is good, but not in the shapes offered. And over-sized? Can’t you put a belt on it to cinch in the waist or something? Can the military jacket have a bit of lace? Can a trench have some frills on the lapel?


I think a lot of our power, as women, lies in our ability to be feminine while also being smart and quick and ballsy. I’m tired of the days(I mean, the 80’s and 90’s) when women had to wear shoulder pads and men’s clothing to get ahead in the corporate world. We don’t have to do that. I think there is something incredibly cool about being able to outwit and command attention in a room full of men whilst wearing ruffles and bows. (Honestly, I don’t think we’re going to make the progress towards equal pay and being the only ones to have any say over our own uteri if we don’t fully accept ourselves as femininity and all the we have to offer as women. Like Aunt Jet says in Practical Magic, “I mean you can’t practice witchcraft while you look down your nose at it.” It’s pretty much the same thing.)

My vote goes more towards jackets like these (all linked to source):

I sort of kept “on trend” with the trench, the pink, the toggle. But I also stuck with ultra-flattering lines. And seriously, I would buy that pattern and make myself a coat if $75 wasn’t way out of my price range for a pattern that I would still have to buy fabric and notions for.

I hope this post helps you to make sense of this seasons coat trends without having to sacrifice your figure.

And soon I’ll start answering all of your Dressing For Your Body Type Questions!


Perfect Stripes for Body Types


I haven’t done one of these in a while!

Stripes by Body Type

All shoes are Valentino… for reasons.

Pear: The horizontal stripes over your bust pull the eye up. The black skirt helps to camouflage a wider hip.

Hourglass: This dress keeps you in balance while accentuating your figure.

Boy: This dress pulls in at the waist, draws attention toward your bust with vertical stripes and adds width to your hips with horizontal stripes – giving you more of an hourglass shape.

Apple: I paired this dress with a wide black belt to help camouflage a bigger belly. This pulls the waist in while letting the dress pull the eye to the bust and hips.

Column: The direction of the stripes on the bust literally point down to your hips. This will balance out your figure. I love that this particular dress also pulls in at the waist.



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.


Bewitched by Pear


Bewitched by Column


Bewitched by Apples


Bewitched by Boy


Bewitched by Hourglass

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

White Party


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.

Follow my How To Wear board on Pinterest!!!

Columns at the Pier


Here are my tips for picking swimsuits when you’re a little bigger on the top:

  • Make sure you have enough support, but don’t overdo the coverage. I’m not telling you to wear the skimpiest bikini around; I’m telling you that too much material will pull more attention to the girls and make it a little harder to balance them out. 
  • Solid tops with patterned bottoms will help to bring the eye down. Another trick on the same level is a darker pattern on top and a brighter pattern on the bottom.
  • Horizontal stripes, ruffles around the hips, and symmetrical cut-outs are all things to look for on the bottom piece with picking your swimsuit.
  • Tankinis are a good pick for bustier gals. See the tankini with the shorts that I found? It’ll give you an extra bit of help balancing out your shape with that scarf tied around the hips. (And though I said you should do solid colors on top and patterns on bottom, this swimsuit – with pattern on top – actually helps to camouflage a larger bust. That’s why not all rules work for every situation or every body type!)
Columns at the Pier

Stay tuned for Apple and Hourglass swimwear tips!

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!

Swimwear for Pear!


When picking a swimsuit for a pear-shaped body follow these tips:

  • Avoid tankinis – tankinis are bad for pears because the put a line directly across the hips. It pulls the attention to your hips and makes them look wider.
  • Avoid V-necks. Deep v-necks literally point down bringing your eye down to your hips.
  • If you’re going with patterns make sure the pattern on top is bolder or brighter than the pattern on the bottom. That way you’re bringing the eye up top.
  • You can also put a pattern on top with a solid color on bottom.
  • If you want to stick with solid colors you can use two tones. The darker goes on the bottom. If you’re going to stick with one solid color you can add ruffles or embellishments to the top.
  • All of these also apply to a one piece! But if you’re just looking at the shape – straps that are farther apart than normal can help to balance out larger hips.
  • The same goes for if your top covers more skin than your bottom. Eyes will be drawn to where there is more material.
Swimwear for Pear

We’ll cover the rest of summer wear for pear in another post after we cover swimwear for all the other body types.

Other body types, expect swimwear for you to be posted soon!

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!



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


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.


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.


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 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:


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.


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!


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.


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.