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How do you like them apples?

15 Mar

All right, are you ready?

I am about to impart all of the wisdom that I have picked up as an apple shaped girl. The best thing about carrying your weight on top is that we apple shaped girls have great racks. Call me crass, but there’s no bones about it. We are women and we carry it out front for all to see. As such we have to take care of those girls with a really well structured bra. In my experience Victoria’s Secret and the Cacique bras from Lane Bryant have been the most supportive and comfortable but you have to shop around and see what works best for you. Also, it’s absolutely essential that you get a fitting. Victoria’s Secret and all the high end department stores like Nordstrom have people who are trained to take your measurements and can point you in the right direction for a bra. If you’d feel more comfortable doing it at home click here for a link that will give you instructions for a DIY bra fitting.

So now that you’ve put the girls in their proper place it’s time to think about shirts. It’s tempting when you have a tummy to wear shirts that are loose and flowy (a temptation that I’ve succumbed to many, many times) but this can make you look bigger than you are. Instead look for shirts that either have some sort of darting (little sewn in folds or seams that create curves in a garment) or have a waist line with some gathering so the shirt pulls away from the tummy. Button up shirts can be a great option because they are often cut in such a way that they are very flattering for girls with a tummy and they’re made of a stiffer fabric so they hold their structure well. Plus, button up shirts with a slightly western or “prairie” feel are an emerging trend so if you buy one get ready to be the coolest girl on the block. Here’s an example and an outfit to go with it:

Nordstrom button up

To create even more of a waist try putting a belt over the shirt at the thinnest part of your torso.

Anthropologie Shining Double Strand Belt

You’ll also want to emphasize the thinnest part of you which is your legs. A great way to do this is with a pencil skirt. Remember, if it doesn’t fit properly you can always get it tailored. Just buy it so that it fits the largest part of you and then have the rest of it sized down.

Talbots Triomphe jacquard pencil skirt

Wearing fun socks is very trendy and looks super cute when you’re going with a more classic, preppy look.

Urban Outfitters Pointelle Sock

ModCloth Small College Town Wedge

Another thing to watch out for is shirts that make you look pregnant. You want to find shirts that have either a high natural waist or empire waist and pull away from your stomach, but aren’t so loose that you look like you bought the shirt with a growing tummy in mind. Make sure the fabric just skims your body. Here’s a great shirt that has a high, natural waist and gently gathers without looking tented.

ModCloth A Bushel and a Dress

I’ve heard a lot of people say that they don’t think bigger girls or apple shaped girls can pull off skinny jeans but I don’t think that’s right. It’s true that if you’re not careful you can end up looking like humpty dumpty but I think if you wear a long shirt (or short dress) that hits at the mid to upper thigh then you can get away with it. (Like the shirt above.) But if you’re like me then you probably have a hard time finding jeans that fit. There are companies that do custom made jeans but they can be pricey. Jeggings are a pretty good option because they have a lot of stretch. And you can always try companies like Lane Bryant and Levi’s that have different fit options. The important thing is to try stuff on and see what works for you, and again you can always get them tailored.

Also, white jeans are fun right now but can look a little bit like you’re trying too hard to be a Gossip Girl so try rolling them up a few times in a sort of messy way, not a clean cuff, so they look beachy and modern.

Levi's Slight Curve White Jeans

As far as cardigans go, in my opinion the cardigans that are made of thicker fabric or have too many folds or lots of ruffles can ad girth that you don’t have. Also, if you’re not careful they can make you look boxy. My advice is to wear thin sweaters that hit no lower than mid hip or if they’re longer they need to have a sloped hem rather than a rectangular one. For example:

J Crew Cadabra Cardigan

Urban Outfitters Aztec Print Lace Up

Jackets are the best structural pieces you can have in your wardrobe (and by now you should know that I’m all about structure!) but you need to be careful about the cut. Look for jackets that are cut for a womanly shape, rather than being menswear inspired, and preferably find jackets with a strong shoulder. Why? Because strong shoulders can trick the eye into thinking that your waist is smaller than it is. By strong I mean it has a detail that will make your shoulders look bigger and straighter, like a particularly stiff seam or some kind of gathering. Also, if you can find shirts with strong shoulders then that’s awesome too, but please avoid shoulder pads unless you want to look like a linebacker.

Urban Outfitters Sparkle & Fade Maximilian Leather Blazer

For an apple shaped girl, finding pants and jeans can be its own special kind of torture so consider wearing more skirts and dresses on an everyday basis. They’re a great way to show off your awesome legs and they can be super comfortable. The principles for finding a great dress are the same as finding a great shirt: Look for extra seams and darting or a waist that hits you at your natural waist or higher, it needs to pull away from your tummy without being too loose (so as to avoid the pregnancy look), and try to find pieces with a strong shoulder if you can.

ModCloth Sketching Memories Dress

Urban Outfitters Over the Knee Pointelle Cuff Sock

Steve Madden Hitchike Boot

Steve Madden Hitchike Boot

Here’s a fun fact for you, did you know that during the Northern and Italian Renaissance period it was actually fashionable to look pregnant? In this portrait by Van Eyck the bride to be is holding her dress in a way that makes her look like she’s got a baby bump. Maybe someday the tides will turn and that dreaded pregnancy question will become a compliment rather than an insult.

Van Eyck the Arnolfini Marriage

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Bananarama

28 Feb

Somewhere someone was analyzing the different body types that people have and they said “Well, people with hips definitely look like pears.”

And the person they were with nodded in agreement.

Because this made so much sense the first person got caught up in the idea that people look like fruit so he continued on and said, “People who carry their weight on top kind of look like apples. You know, because pears are bottom heavy and apples are top heavy.”

The second person scratched his head and thought to himself, Some apples are just round, though. And some of them are pretty lopsided. Right? But in the end they remained silent.

The first person took this silence as encouragement and, caught up in his own brilliance exclaimed, “And if bottom heavy people are pears, and top heavy people are apples, then people who carry their weight evenly are bananas!”

And the second person said, “Now you’ve gone too far.”

But the damage was done and the first person went throughout the world spreading this idea about people as fruits. And just like the second man most people were with him at the idea of people looking like pears, and they were even willing to except the idea that top heavy people could be called apple shaped, but where most people drew the line was at bananas. Nobody really looks like a banana. We don’t curve that way. So instead they theorized that these people could be called rectangle. This is why fashion magazines are always writing stories about two fruits and a quadrilateral. So just to save anyone from future confusion, they are talking about how to dress your body type, not telling you a children’s story meant to introduce young’uns to the world of geometry.

Anywho, I would imagine that being rectangle (or straight) shaped is kind of awesome. Because this shape is in the middle you can really get away with any trend and look fine. But what I’m talking about in this series of posts is how to look awesome. So, let’s get started.

As with all body types the number one thing to remember is that if you want your body to look a certain way, you need to find garments that are structured to provide that shape. The common complaint among straight shaped women is that they can look a bit boyish so you want to look for garments that will increase the appearance of your hips and bust and be form fitting around your waist.

Jackets and blazers can be great structural pieces to add to a wardrobe but they can be cut in a highly masculine way. Try to look for something with princess seams or darts. This will give the appearance of a more womanly figure. Here’s a good example of one such jacket. It has darts in the front and princess seams in the back, and it has a ruffled yoke below the waistline which gives the appearance of hips so this one gets an A+.

And of course I’ve styled an outfit to go with it. The shirt has a gathered sleeve which gives the appearance of greater width through the shoulders and in turn a smaller waist. Any jacket or shirt with a strong shoulder is a good way to trick the eye into thinking the waist is smaller than it is.
These jeans are from Levi’s and are specially cut to fit women who have a straight shape.
Gathers and pleats are another great way to add volume to the bust and hips. Luckily we are going through a period in fashion where playing with volume is uber trendy so finding pieces to fit your needs is easy to do. Try to find pieces that hit at your natural waist. This is the spot on your torso that is thinnest and therefore the area you want to emphasize most. Luckily, this waistline is also uber trendy and easy to find and all of these outfits feature the natural waist.
This pleated skirt hits mid calf which can shorten the leg but you can turn this around by wearing tights and shoes in the same color and in the end your legs will look much longer.
ModCloth Don’t Steel My Skirt
Anthropologie Resonance Cowlneck
Anthropologie Resonance Cowlneck
Urban Outfitters diamond socks
So what are you going to do with all those baggy t-shirts and tunics that you love? Put a belt on them! No trend is easier to duplicate and no trend adds instant chic to an outfit like wearing a belt over your shirt at your natural waist. You can even put a belt on over jackets and cardigans.
Lastly, don’t make a face when you scroll down this outfit. I say this because it features a pair of tapered, pleated pants and this could give you horrible eighties flashbacks. But if you wear them lower on your hips, a little bit loose, and either rolled up or cropped then you will look ultra modern, fashion conscious, and best of all it will give you those hips you’ve been searching for. Remember, before pleated pants were all the rage in the eighties they were worn buy elegant women like Katherine Hepburn in the forties. Rectangle shaped women are really the only women who can get away with this trend so take advantage!

Forever 21 belted shirt

Anthropologie Pleaste Galore Crops

Also, I know this sounds weird but if you hop on the Oxford trend you’re better off not wearing socks if you wear them with pants or a long skirt. Somehow it just looks more feminine.

Deena and Ozzy Perimeter Oxford Shoe

M. Night Shamalamadingdong

10 Jul

So I’ve heard from pretty much everyone that the Last Airbender is an absolute suck fest except for the fight scenes. Poo. At first I was like, No! You must be wrong! How could anyone fail with such amazing material? As it turns out M. Night Shymadoo can. Apparently he completely failed to bring over the brilliant comedy (secret, Secret, SecRET, SECRET TUNNEL!) and endearing characters right down to pronouncing all of their names wrong. (okay, so in China they pronounce Aang as ung or whatever but guess what? Avatar is not based in China. It is a fictional anime world and his name can be pronounced Aaaang if people want to. And guess what else? We want to!) So yeah, I’m sad. But I’m glad I waited to go and now I won’t waste eight fifty on disappointment.

In other news I finally took my car to get serviced and while it was being serviced I went for a walk and while I was on a walk I got caught in a summer drizzle and while it was drizzling it was glorious! Summer rains always remind me of being in Europe. I need to make more money so I can go back lots more times and see lots more stuff and be lots more cultured and maybe that way I will never say lots again. Also, maybe I will quit thinking that run on sentences and using poor grammar is funny and stop writing this way so much. Probably not though.

Obviously I don’t really have anything to say today as evidenced by my rambling but I lovey love love the outfit I’ve been styling and couldn’t wait for good inspiration to strike. I wish I could photoshop it all together. Stinking expensive programs that think they’re too good for poor people. I wonder if my library has it. Probably not. The Orem library is lame.

Yeah – like I said. Rambling.

Outfit total cost = $117

Anthropologie Keeping Tabs Tee

Lee Women's Panama Bermuda

Urban Outfitters Suspender

I know what you’re thinking. Wiggi-wah? These are men’s suspenders! Sadly people don’t really make suspenders for girls too much but I’m sure these will fit adequately. They’re not actually meant to keep your shorts up. Your hips should do that just fine. Unless you’re like me and have no hips in which case even suspenders that fit like a boa constrictor won’t keep your shorts up.

Forever 21 fern woven peep toe flats

Free People Charlie Hat

I don’t usually do accessories but this outfit needs this hat the way that chocolate needs peanut butter or Ethan Hawke needs scruffy facial hair.

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growing up isn’t moving on

26 Jun

Yes, I am a grown up. Yes I have chosen writing as my vocation but does that really mean that I’m committing some cardinal sin against adulthood if I sometimes fantasize about what I would be doing if I had decided to go ahead and be a fashion designer? I don’t think so. I hope not anyway. I can’t help it if sometimes I see things that make me think “Oooh, if I were in high fashion I would so use that as inspiration in a collection.” I also can’t help it if I actually imagine entire outfits and then put models in them, maybe even have them walking down the catwalk to a certain song, and end it all with which celebrities would want my clothes and maybe even be my best friend. (Cat Deeley anyone? I would have So You Think You Can Dance tickets for life yo!) Anywho, as a special little treat for you I am going to fully submerse you in my fashion fantasy mind with pictures of the things that lately have made me waste minutes (okay, hours, but not many!) imagining what I would make a collection out of. They’re all from movies I’ve seen which shouldn’t surprise you if you’ve been reading this here bloggy thing.

First is textiles. I’ve admired this leather jacket for many, many years but only recently did I think that it would be an awesome starting point for a collection. I love the color and how distressed it is and how it makes Toby Maguire’s eyes look so blue and dreamy. The things I could do with Toby Maguire- I mean this leather…

Seabiscuit Toby Maguire's leather jacket

The next thing is the gun harnesses from the Untouchables. Sadly I couldn’t get a picture of them but luckily I’m not the only person in the world who thinks that harnesses are a cool accessory. Unfortunately I am one of the few who is inspired by military and police harnesses used for gun holsters rather than the bondage/s&m stuff but that’s a subject for another post. And maybe another blog. 😐 Here’s a harness that one designer did that I think is super rad.

Another accessory I think is super cool is spats. I’ve loved them ever since I saw the movie Oscar. Most recently, though, I saw Saving Private Ryan and part of the World War II army uniform was something called leg spats. These struck me as being something that could work in modern fashion.

Lastly, as a way to get me even more excited for the upcoming live action version of The Last Air Bender, I’ve been re-watching the cartoon series. Anime clothing has always been a source of fascination for me, particularly the characters in the Final Fantasy games, so it seems natural that I should become slightly obsessed with some of the costumes in this awesome show. Specifically Aang’s outfit with the capelet and the tunic that actually ties under the knee is oh so rad.

If you ask me this whole military/anime vibe is something you could build an entire brand around. All I need now is an awesome name…

Here’s this week’s outfit. It is neither military or anime inspired. In fact, it’s very girly and sweet, which just goes to show how open minded and cool I am 😉

Outfit total cost = $126.50

Anthropologie zipped rosettes jacket

DownEast Sweet and Scallop Skirt

Charlotte Russe Butterfly weave crinkle flat

Ann Taylor’s website is lame so sorry for the tiny thumb nail! Click on it if you want to see a full glorious picture on their website. And to be clear I like it in Moon Grey.

Ann Taylor Loft beaded tuxedo tank

Pastel perfection

12 Nov

Another outfit for my beautiful sister and this one actually includes an anthropologie piece for a wicked steal. I tried photoshopping everything together but the stupid models were all bendy in weird ways and it just didn’t work so… you all will just have to use your imaginations. The jeans will of course be tucked into the booties and I think a crocheted tam hat in navy would be grand. If you decide you want this outfit, Ali, I would be happy to crochet you a hat for your birthday.

The jeans are a great deal at just ten bucks from old navy so the outfit, despite its many layers, only adds up to $109.91.

http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/catalog/productdetail.jsp?subCategoryId=&id=913450&catId=SHOPSALE-TOPS&pushId=SHOPSALE-TOPS&popId=SHOPSALE&sortProperties=price&navCount=135&navAction=top&fromCategoryPage=true&selectedProductSize=&selectedProductSize1=&color=024&colorName=BEIGE&isSubcategory=&isProduct=true&isBigImage=&templateType=E

http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/catalog/productdetail.jsp?isProduct=true&color=04&navAction=jump&parentid=W_APP_SWEATERS&id=16674319

http://www.target.com/Merona-Ultimate-Long-Sleeve-Tee/dp/B002GVWD6K/ref=br_1_18?ie=UTF8&frombrowse=1&searchView=grid5&searchNodeID=362544011&node=362544011&searchRank=salesrank&searchPage=3&searchSize=30&id=Merona%20Ultimate%20Long%20Sleeve%20Tee

http://www.layersclothing.com/morgan.php

http://oldnavy.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=51176&vid=1&pid=480941&scid=480941012

http://www.target.com/Xhilaration-Kandace-Ankle-Boots-Grey/dp/B001VSCHVA/ref=br_1_1?ie=UTF8&frombrowse=1&searchView=grid5&searchNodeID=193178011&node=193178011&searchRank=pmrank&searchPage=1&searchSize=30&id=Xhilaration%20Kandace%20Ankle%20Boots%20Grey

outfit #1

4 Nov

I came up with this outfit for my sister who has decided that it is time to cast off the hoodies and jeans and go for a more grown-up look. Ironic that I am six years younger than her and giving her advice about how to dress more womanly, but also very flattering. She’s got great taste, FYI. She just wanted to see my take on the idea. She particularly likes anthropologie so I did some serious searching for sales items that had just that flavor. Love you Ali!

Layer shirt from jcrew.com, dress and belt Urban Outfitters.com, skirt target.com, tights barenecessities.com, shoes payless.com.

Outfit total price = $115.45

Here are the links:

http://www.payless.com/store/product/detail.jsp?skuId=071052065&productId=65440&subCatId=cat10276&catId=cat10088&lotId=071052&category=&catdisplayName=Womens+

http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/catalog/productdetail.jsp?isProduct=true&color=40&navAction=jump&parentid=W_APP_DRESSES&id=16612772

http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/catalog/productdetail.jsp?isProduct=true&color=001&navAction=jump&parentid=W_ACC_BELTS&id=16893422

http://www.jcrew.com/AST/Catalogs/2009/FALLANDHOLIDAY/FALL/October/OctoberBig880/AllProducts/PRDOVR~18110/99101836411/ENE~1+2+3+22+4294967294+20~15~P_saleprice|0~20+17+4294967167~15~~~~~~~/18110.jsp

http://www.target.com/Merona-Sweater-Skirt-Grey/dp/B002MBC4LI/ref=br_1_25?ie=UTF8&frombrowse=1&searchView=grid5&searchNodeID=13161001&node=13161001&searchRank=salesrank&searchPage=1&searchSize=30&id=Merona%20Sweater%20Skirt%20Grey

http://www.barenecessities.com/HUE-Diamond-Control-Top-Tights_product_HUE10983_,search,.htm