A t-shirt is just a t-shirt, right? You might think that until you put on one that ‘just doesn’t look right’. Keep reading to see which t-shirt will look best on each body shape and my favorite picks at every price level.
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Pear-shaped women are smaller through the chest and shoulders, have a defined waist, and are wider through the hips and booty area. (Not sure what shape you are? Take the Quiz!)
Look for t-shirts that…
It’s not always easy getting dressed for work, especially since dress codes are starting to trend more towards casual than professional. You used to wake up, put on a suit or dress (and stockings of course!), and head out the door.
Now, it’s much more complicated.
What does business casual mean? How can I wear jeans without looking sloppy?
The answers to these questions aren’t simple and can’t be contained in just one blog post. However, I hope to provide you some ideas and insight that will make your morning ‘getting ready for work’ routine a little bit better.
Ps. All outfit pictures are from Pinterest and can be found here.
Keeping your work wardrobe to just neutral colors with one or two signature colors makes dressing easy AND it looks sophisticated. I call that a win-win.
From the runway to stores like Target, the long cardigan is everywhere.
And for a good reason.
It's comfortable, stylish, and easy to wear. The perfect layering piece, a long cardigan can go with anything from a pair of jeans to a ball gown.
And...the best part is that the long cardigan can be worn by any body type and shape! Here's how:
Pssst. Not sure what body shape you are? Click here to take the quiz!
Apple shaped women are wider throughout the waist than the hips and chest (here's everything you need to know about dressing Apple body shapes).
Apples will look best with their long cardigan unbelted and open. Resist the urge to close up the cardigan as it will actually make you look taller and skinnier when you can see the rest of your outfit under the cardigan.
See more apple outfit ideas on this Pinterest board.
Why is it that we feel style and comfort are mutually exclusive?
When I put on ‘comfy clothes’ they usually consist of cashmere sweatpants and an oversized sweatshirt. Meanwhile, stylish clothes may involve heels and a dress.
That’s probably what a lot of people think…and they wouldn’t be wrong.
But what happened to all the middle ground?
Is it possible to have your cake and eat it too? Of course. Here’s how:
Stop thinking of comfy and stylish as opposite ends of the same spectrum.
Instead, think of them as two overlapping spectra. Some clothes may be a little comfortable and a lot stylish and others may be really comfortable and really stylish. It’s like diet food tasting terrible. Sure, some diet food isn’t good, but not all diet food tastes terrible. Once you grasp that, you will have an easier time with your diet. Likewise, once you understand that...
It feels like only a few months ago that I was writing a blog post on how to dress in hot weather.
I live in Northeast Georgia where the humidity combines with high temperatures in the summer to create a sort of permanent outdoor steam room. In the winter, though, we may dip down to freezing a few times and scatter some snowflakes every three years for the fun of it.
I feel incredibly lucky that I don’t live somewhere cold currently, but seen that side of the weather spectrum too.
Surviving in negative 40-degree weather in Upstate New York is one thing. Looking fashionable in said icebox is a whole other thing.
I’ve had the privilege of living everywhere from New York to Arizona and quite a few places in between (helloooo Iowa!) Most of these places were cold as an iceberg during the winter and, much against my will, this Georgia girl learned how to dress for the winter- and dress well.
Here are the top tips I learned from...
White boots: arguably the most popular and terrifying trend to try this Fall/Winter/Next Spring and Summer.
The popular part you get; white boots are all over blogs, style mavens, and *gasp* even some brave 'average' people. Terrifying might need a bit more of an explanation.
Some trends are easy to pick up and run with. One such example of this is plaid. (In fact, I did a whole post on plaid outfits for every age- from Target!) White boots, on the other hand, are a bit more daunting. What should you wear them with? What should you NOT wear them with? How does this work with the whole 'don't wear white after labor day' rule? (Hint: that's a rule you buck in this case)
There are questions, I know. But I'm here to give you my top tips on wearing white boots and maybe even give you enough inspiration to go out and try your hand (foot?) at this season's biggest footwear fetish.
It's not every season...
Layering clothes– it’s what makes an okay outfit an amazing outfit. It’s where personality and creativity take off.
But it isn’t always easy.
If basic outfits are simple 1+1=2 arithmetic, then the art of layering is algebra. There are formulas and ways to solve for x and make a great outfit, but you have to know them (by instinct or learning). With that said, I would argue layering is considerably more fun than algebra.
Here’s your general formula for layering clothes:
Your base garment is the simplest version of your outfit and basically whatever is needed to keep you decent. In the below example, the base garment is jeans and a t-shirt. Nothing fancy, just a top and bottom so you don’t get in trouble for public indecency. There are 20 pieces of clothing that I consider base (aka the basics) garments and are the...
The most common woe clients come to me with goes like this: “I don’t want to look frumpy because I feel young, but I also don’t want to look like my 16-year-old daughter.”
These middle-aged women are often vibrant, active, and far from looking like how their mothers did at the same age. But, it’s one thing to feel young and another thing to dress young.
Here are four easy ways to strike a balance between frumptastic and teenager.
This one sounds easy, but it can be challenging. Have you ever wandered into the juniors department thinking, “oh, that’s cute” without even realizing where you were? This happens all the time to me at Target. (Speaking of Target, did you read about what happened when I picked out plaid outfits for every age there?) One minute...
Careers have stabilized, nests are emptied, and the body is doing whatever it feels like (goodbye, eyesight). Welcome to your 50’s.
If you didn’t take time to yourself in your 40’s, then you might find yourself in a style rut, looking frumpy and out of date. Not to worry- it’s never too late to show yourself some love. Start with choosing wardrobe basics that look great on your body type. Set time aside to improve your health and your appearance (this could include anything from walking with friends to doing hair masks). You’ve spent most of your adult life taking care of someone or something else- now it’s time for you.
If you were nice to yourself in your 40’s (good for you!) then you are well set up to confront the many changes your lifestyle and body has in store for you during this decade.
Here are my top 3 tips for dressing in your 50’s: