Hmm. After my shenanigans at my fabulous work Christmas party I have decided a more casual low key Friday this week. I’m wearing pants because last week I banged up my knees pretty bad. Stay tuned for my top 10 wines for under $20 for TGIF.
This entire outfit was made on polyvore with designer clothing but the good thing is all of it can be bought at everyday stores.
Turtle necks – forever21 or Old Navy , Jeans- from Le Chateau, Camel Booties- Zara Women
Wool Coat- Aritzia or Zara
I am a woman of heels. I love all heels but the bigger the better. Unfortunately I live in a city where my 5.25 Inch heel will leave me crippled in the snow. So I have put together a list of boots that are chic and won’t have you ass over tea kettle on the sidewalk. I know they say beauty is pain but sprained wrists/ ankles aren’t cute; so buckle down some of the season’s best winter boots. BE SURE TO PROTECT YOUR INVESTMENTS. Protective spray is a must... I do 2-4 coats on my boots when I purchase them. Also be sure to buy a size that will allow you to wear thick socks! I especially love to pair the Hunter fur socks with the boots for extra warmth. Please see my top picks on this snowy day I have included prices and where to purchase them.
Stay warm my friends XoXo
The Little Black Dress; done according to you as an individual. This is as per requested from one of my beautiful and outstanding friends. I find it funny when I see the top dresses for the LBD on most websites. Okay yes if I was 5’10 and 135 pounds that would look gorgeous on me but I’m not. I’m not skinny and I’m not over weight I’m slightly stuck in that awkward size of women. I’m 5’3 and 140 pounds… oh lord please don’t ever make me have to relive typing that out again. So when I see a long black silk camisole as a LBD I would love to imagine an altered version of myself in that dress but I’ll probably never leave my head wearing it. I think it is important when finding the right dress you factor in all your faults but most importantly all of your best attributes. There are parts of my body I absolutely love and others well…. I wish vacuums worked for lipo.
The worst mistake you can make is finding a dress that is just too damn short or too tight or too big. Yes we love those beautiful legs but if you go let the length of the dress hit too far up we’ll all think you’re wearing a shirt. We love the curves but the point of the LBD is to show the world of how beautiful your body is while leaving something to the imagination. So play out all your best attributes correctly and appropriately.
First rule to the little black dress: never try to “fit” into the size smaller: unless you plan on not breathing while you wear it save yourself the agony. You will end up looking bigger and the dress will create creases in your body regardless if you have rolls or not. It is well worth your money to buy the dress that fits bigger and have it altered. I have been guilty of breaking this rule one to many times.
Second rule is flatter your breast and remember the second most important thing to a LBD is the right “little black bra”. There is nothing worse than a bad bra. If you have small or large breasts and want a modest look always go with an effortless high neckline that can be dazzled up with a statement necklace. If you want a sexier look go with a plunging V neckline but make sure if your boobs are large the upper part of the dress is tighter. Something has to keep those girls in. Surprisingly women with smaller breast feel “bigger” when wearing a circle cut neck line especially with the right Victoria’s secret bra of course. For medium sized breasts you can never go wrong with sweetheart cut or tube top. TIP: Those creepy sick on silicone bras don’t work unless you are A cup otherwise save your money and dignity… I once had one fall off on the dance floor…humiliation at its peak.
Rule three: always embrace your insecurities and work with them. I HATE my arms. They are my problem area and I am very insecure about them when I wear sleeveless outfits. It will never matter how many times I’m told I don’t have fat arms; I just don’t feel my sexiest while they are out flubbing around. I almost always wear full or quarter length sleeved dresses. If I wear a sleeveless dress I will always have a blazer, cardigan, or jacket depending on the occasion. I know some women are self-conscious of their knees; where a knee length or below dress. If you are insecure of your weight keep in mind the bigger the dress the frumpier you will look. I know you try to avoid tight or close fighting clothes. This can be your enemy when it comes to finding the perfect LBD. Black naturally slims us out so if you seek a dress that will fit tight in some areas while loosely in other. I find if I am feeling bloated or fat that day I usually go for an A line skirted dress. That way it only focuses on the smallest part of my waist. Another style of dress to consider is peplum. It is form fitting but has a fringed part of material around the lower part of the waist, and again creating an illusion of a smaller waist.
The fourth and final rule is to never limit yourself. Sometimes we get an idea in our head something will look terrible without trying it on. I have had this war with my mother. I’ll pick her out an outfit and the whole time she will cringe because she is CERTAIN that it won’t look good. Yet when she puts it on she becomes pleasantly surprised that it compliments her in all areas. I hate to do the “I told you so” but yeah I told you so. So never limit yourself until you’ve tried it on.
Please see that attached photos of LBD's for women of all shapes and sizes...
Slim Fitted- Slender build to average build. This style of dress fits tight all over and usually displays a lot of cleavage. Best worn with a strapless bra (huge pet peeve: bra straps showing!) Also do yourself a huge favor and wear the smallest underwear you own... no one likes pantie lines either.
Strapless- All body types depending on personal comfort. Although I do not suggest this style if you have overly large breasts ( size dd+). No one wants to watch you pull up your dress all night nor will you want to experience a nip slip. If you venture off to this regardless of boob size... tape those girls down for extra hold. Again a strapless bra is a MUST. Also if you are tall I would suggest to stray from small strapless dresses because they are naturally made short these can really elongate your body.. And not in a good way.
A-line- All body types but best for curve/plus size. This style of dress draws attention to the smallest area of your mid-section. Focusing on the smallest part and falling outwards in a A shape creates an hour glass look while staying comfortable. This dress also allows you to show off just enough cleavage.
High Neck Line- Slender to average body types. This dress is perfect for formal occasions because it is sexy without showing to much skin. Be very careful with bra selection to avoid having a double boob from happening. This style does tend to fit tight on the chest and waist. To break this dress up you can pair it with a belt as well.
Sleeved- Fits all body types. If you are a larger build opt for the dresses with ruching or scrunched material as seen on the wrap dress below. This dress is best for women who have insecurities with their arms (such as myself). If you feel as if you are too covered find a sleeved style with a V dropped neckline for sultry cleavage.
Stay tuned for my shoes & bra entries to go with your perfect LBD.
Sometimes I feel as if I am a champagne girl living on a root beer diet…. Everything in this photo is from the Paris designer Pierre Balmain. These pieces are timeless and completely unaffordable even for the hardest working woman; unless you’re Kim K status. Hopefully in my successful future I will be able to feel that Balmain leather skirt against my legs… until than I can’t sit here and admire their beauty.
This morning was a struggle... both me and my snuggler are sick. So last night was full of sniffles and snoaring not so much sleeping. Today I needed to be professional but I also needed comfort aswell. I wore an outfit almost identical to the one above. Only I got much better deals. My skirt is from Simons; on sale for $9. I am wearing my boyfriends grey cardigan so it is the perfect amount of baggy; free obviously haha. Lastly I am wearing nude Aldo heels. As much as I love this oufit... there is a pair of sweat pants at home calling my name. Cheers to making it through another Monday!