Making the best of what you have

Making the best of what you have

NYDJ slim fit jeans
$114 – nordstrom.com

Nine West wedge heels
$60 – dsw.com

Choker necklace
$104 – stelladot.com

So many women with curves come to me and have absolutely no idea how to dress their bodies.  They are often hiding behind shapeless garments that are doing nothing for them other than making them appear larger and shapeless.  My motto in styling is “accent what you got”! I can’t count how many times I pulled out a pair of Not Your Daughters “Skinny” Jeans for a curvy girl and heard “there is no way I am even trying those on!”  But guess what?  After a lot of coaxing I will get my way! Once she has those curve hugging jeans on,  the sour look has turned into a reluctant smile (as not wanting to admit they were wrong and I was right)!
 So let’s talk about my choices above and why they work…
The fabulous orange/peach colored NYDJ are curve enhancing and create a longer, leaner line especially when paired with a wedge heel (I’ll talk about the shoes in a minute). Pieces that fit well and sit CLOSER to the body are ideal for plus sizes. Too much volume will add bulk.
The chambray blouse works in this instance as it is tied at the waist (this is a huge look for Spring! You will find every designer doing a tie waist shirt this season in some form or another).  instinctively a curvy girl would want to wear a loose oversized shirt with these jeans. But by tying this shirt at the waist you are creating a line of demarcation and defining the waistline, ultimately, once again accentuating curves!
The Nine West wedge heels in this nude/tan color are ideal…there is nothing better for a larger girl then a chunky wedge.  It’s proportional to her frame rather than a thin stiletto and once again due to its height and color creates a longer line.  If we would have chosen a bright shoe it would have broken up the line of her leg.
I chose the Stella & Dot necklace for 2 reasons. One, it’s a statement piece that will be sure to draw the eye up towards the face. I worked in the jewelry business for a while and was always told “if you want to look like you just lost 10 lbs. then wear a great shorter statement piece”.  Also, it’s a necklace that’s in proportion to the models stature.
So there you have it…there truly is an art and science behind dressing, I hope this helps.

Brighten Up a Rainy Day

Brighten Up a Rainy Day

Old Navy sheer shirt
$15 – oldnavy.gap.com

Old Navy double breasted trench coat
$50 – oldnavy.gap.com

Old navy jeans
amazon.com

Old navy shoes
oldnavy.gap.com

Old Navy tote handbag
$18 – oldnavy.gap.com

Old Navy enamel jewelry
$11 – oldnavy.gap.com

Barneys New York folding umbrella
$130 – barneys.com

What I love about this seasons trends is color!!! Adding a pop, or two, of color (P.O.C.-Pop of Color) to anything you might already have in your closet is a great way to update your wardrobe. A “trend” is something that typically will not stay in fashion for too long. So my advice is to try to incorporate affordable “trend” items from stores like H&M, Old Navy, Forever 21, etc. The pieces I chose for this look are all extremely affordable from Old Navy, minus the $130 umbrella from Barneys.
A fabulous trench coat like the one here is something I recommend for every women for many reasons…first, and foremost a trench coat should be a staple in your wardrobe due to its versatility. A trench coat is also the perfect item to transform something simple like a pair of jeans and t-shirt into something fabulous. Additionally, it is the perfect item to camouflage areas on our bodies that we may not love so much.

Why “when you look good, you feel good”?

Some might find this statement shallow, but taken at face value there is a lot to be said about “when you look good, you feel good”. We always assume how we feel is based solely on our psyche, but the reality for many of us is how we feel is controlled by how we look.  I am not a psychiatrist or anyone else who would claim to have an expertise in one’s mindset.  But I am someone, a woman, who has spent way too many years dealing with self-image and self-esteem issues. What I have learned is an invaluable lesson,that when you are able to look at yourself in the mirror and feel good it will change your world. My blog is dedicated to helping women realize their own beauty, and teach them how to feel good, by looking good! xo