Belts are usually the first step to really having a handle on good, sound styling. There are tons of ways to wear them creatively, but also a ton of ways to wear them disastrously. I am always searching for fun, clever ways on how to wear belts that flatter, keep things in place, and generally help our outfits looking as awesome as we dream them to be. Consider the following list of tips and tricks as an inspiration guide to thinking outside of the belt loops!
It makes me very sad when I see a woman wearing “mom jeans” at the grocery store or running errands. You may look at these jeans and think there is nothing wrong with them, but let me begin at the top and work my way down this pant choice. The very high waist is making your hips look larger, and then the tapered leg is also adding volume to the hips. I also have issue with the length. They are just too short, so we see the foot or sock extending from the shoe, which further visually shortens the legs. In comparison, if you look at regular jeans these days, the waist is lower, and has a straight longer leg. You can see how much more flattering they are and how the legs look longer and the hips slimmer. So if you still have your “mom jeans” – please throw them out now, and cease and desist from buying more! They are frumpy and unflattering!
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I had a girlfriend ask me this week how to pull off a flattering midi skirt ensemble. She thought she had to be tall and thin to wear them, which is so not the case! Trust me, I know exactly where she was coming from. It took me several attempts in the fitting room before I finally got the guts to actually purchase my first midi skirt. Sure, this girlie and classy skirt is perfect for bridal showers, baby showers and weddings, but if you do not feel comfortable and stylish in it, then what is the point? I have found three of my favorite midi skirts currently on the market below along with a few tips on how to achieve maximum flattery when rocking them.
A key component to achieving a visually pleasing printed midi look is a simple top. Say no to closed toe heels as well. In order to balance out the extra fabric, less is more when it comes to footwear. Unless you have legs for days, I suggest opting for a heeled sandal. You will be shocked how much more slimming the whole look instantly becomes.
A full volume midi evokes the ultimate ‘70s ladylike look. When styling a solid colored skirt, try incorporating a subtle print into your top or add a pretty scarf to balance the proportions. When it comes to sleeves, I strongly suggest avoiding any top that exceeds a three quarter length sleeve for maximum flattery. Another tip for stomach conscious ladies, and this is a total game changer….If your skirt comes with a sash belt, wear the ribbon so that the bow falls in the front, instead of the back or side. The added detail will distract from any insecurities.
For those of you who love to show off your curves, a calf skimming pencil skirt is a fabulous option for you. To elongate your figure, I suggest finding a pencil skirt that sits an inch or two below your bust. Layering on a denim jacket, vest or structured blazer is a terrific way to balance a hip hugging pencil skirt and give the illusion that your waist is smaller than it is.
I have a couple of girlfriends who are pregnant this summer, and they have asked me what they should be wearing or not wearing this season. I know when you combine summertime heat with pregnancy hormones and a bunch of baby pounds that is a recipe for one hot mama. Since going naked is not an option, I suggest dress wisely in clothes that will help you look and feel cool. So here is a quick guide on what to buy, what to skip, and what might already be in your closet. My first suggestion is to purchase a couple of lightweight, flowing maternity dresses in natural fabrics and neutral colors. These will likely be your warm weather favorites, so look for styles you can dress up or down. A simple dark hued cotton shift with cap sleeves works for both the office and your neighborhood BBQ. To avoid the muumuu effect, cinch the dress above your bump with a bright scarf or skinny, shiny belt.
Empire waist maxi dresses are perfect for pregnant ladies. Non maternity dresses that are not nipped at your natural waist might have enough room to accommodate an expanding midsection. Keep in mind that your bump will hike up the hemline several inches, so it is best to save dresses that are knee length or shorter until next summer.
You might want to avoid form fitting dresses in bold patterns. A bump hugging dress in a funky, floral print might seem fun in early June, but a few weeks later, you will probably be sick of both the clingy fit and the look at me pattern.
If pants are more your speed, think cotton or linen in a capri length that lets the breeze brush your legs. Opt for styles with a narrow stretchy panel up top — the kind that rides under your belly — rather than a panel that hikes over your bump. A touch of spandex will help the pants hold their shape. Before you shop for all new pants, check your closet for skirts and shorts with stretchy or drawstring waistbands. Bottoms that used to rest closer to your waist might still be wearable if they can sit comfortably under your bump. Pair them with a tailored or fitted top to keep your outfit from looking too tent like.
Further, rather than wrestling with your non maternity tops, buy some inexpensive cotton tanks and tees in basic colors, a size or two up. Unless your office is an absolute icebox, you probably will not want to come within ten feet of a sweater this summer. However, at restaurants where the AC is bumped up or for a breezy night by the sea, a looser cardigan you already own worn over a maternity top will be welcome to cut the chill.