The One Piece That Will Make You Look Put Together… Even When You’re Not

I’m sure it’s hard to believe but I actually don’t spend a lot of time getting dressed. Outfit combinations like this are the reason why I’m usually out the door in less than 20 minutes. Hopefully, this look gives inspires to create a stylish out the door in a flash outfit. 

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It’s that time of year again we are officially in “store run” season. Between Thanksgiving and the holidays, I am always on the run. We can all use an outfit combination that can be put together quick, fast, and in a hurry. A sweater cape is the perfect third piece to throw over a t-shirt, light sweater, or a thermal. It gives the illusion that you tried when you really didn’t!!

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I found this cape at wait for it… Dress Barn! I feel like I’ve said this before but don’t sleep on Dress Barn they have great affordable plus options for work and for play. I highly recommend taking a second look at their selection I love when a store offers plus outside of sexy outfits for nights out. Don’t get me wrong I love a sexy look but I live a whole life after and before sexy time. My sweater is sold out but I found some cute options:

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I’m sure it’s hard to believe but I actually don’t spend a lot of time getting dressed. Outfit combinations like this are the reason why I’m usually out the door in less than 20 minutes. Hopefully, this look gives you some inspiration for you to create a stylish out the door in a flash outfit.

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Leopard Print is the New Leopard Print

I was flipping through Harper’s Bazaar Magazine and it said that leopard print was going to big for fall. I laughed out loud. When is leopard print ever not in style? I guess we can all be excited that leopard print will be available in more varieties with an extended variety of color options. Seriously, who stopped wearing leopard print? It wasn’t me!

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I was flipping through Harper’s Bazaar Magazine and it said that leopard print was going to big for fall. I laughed out loud. When is leopard print ever not in style? I guess we can all be excited that leopard print will be available in more varieties with an extended variety of color options. Seriously, who stopped wearing leopard print? It wasn’t me!

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Speaking of extended color varieties, when I found this tomato red leopard print dress at SimplyBe I didn’t have high expectations. I did not have low ones either but whatever expectation I had was exceeded because this dress is BOMB. First of all, it has pockets!! The fabric is amazing and wrinkle resistant which was perfect since I wore this dress to a function where there would be a lot of sitting and then standing up to take pictures.

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Here are few leopard print options that I love for fall!!

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Dress: SimplyBe, Belt, DSW, Jacket: Wilson Leather, Shoes: DSW, Earrings Purse: DSW

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How to Wear Fall’s “It” Plaid for Evening

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Get Wardrobe Staples That Can Do BOTH

After your early 20’s there comes a time where your wardrobe can’t be two polar opposites. If you are like me you spend 60% of your week in an office. Which means blazers, slacks, and cardigans because let’s be honest it’s cold at your desk.

I also have an active social life but the days of buying clothes designated for the club are behind me. You may also stop buying “club clothes” when you start to dive deep into developing your own personal style. When I buy a piece it needs to have diversity. I need to be able to go from the office to cocktails, to brunch. Don’t get me wrong I still have a freak-um dress but my wardrobe is now a solid 80/20.

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Plaid is Everywhere for Fall

As a girl who grew up watching the movie Clueless I love a good plaid. It can be played with in so many different ways. I especially love this plaid which is menswear-inspired. I love stealing elements from the guys and pairing them with feminine pieces like the slip dress that I am wearing. For a more casual look, I would pair this with a band t-shirt and distressed jeans. I love that you can make this plaid go from work to play by just changing it p a bit. (Notice how I gave this blazer a sexy vibe with this slip dress and the heels)

What are your thoughts on plaid for fall? Is it a yes or a no for you?

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Blazer: Target, Sold Out (Super Cute Suggestion) Slip Dress: Target, Shoes: Old, (SCS Here)

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I’m Here for Fall Fashion! (Plus a Giveaway!)

I’m back on the blog with new Fall Fashion. I recently did some shopping at Cincinnati Premium Outlets and I am letting you know where to find all the plus size deals!

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I decided to take a summer vacation!

Somewhere between 3 years of blogging, nonstop events, and real life I quietly decided to take a much-needed summer vacation from blogging. When Cincinnati Premium Outlets reached out to me to preview their fall fashion selections it was perfect timing. Cincinnati Premium Outlets is the most convenient place to pick fall staples that will help you transition into the cool weather.

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Go With A Plan

Here’s the thing about outlet mall shopping when you’re updating your seasonal wardrobe, so many distractions! It can be hard to stay focused when you keep finding great deals. After you get inspiration, decide what purpose you need to serve work, evening, casual, and then create a list just like you would for your groceries. That way you don’t come home with the entire contents of the clearance rack.

My goal this year was to find a black moto jacket. It’s an essential wardrobe staple that I somehow don’t own! Now did I find lots of other items that intrigued me (soo many) on my shopping excursion, of course, but knowing “why” I was in the store helped me get the pieces I truly wanted. (Like this jacket from Wilson’s Leather for under $60!)

Leopard print, in my opinion, is a netural but seeing it come down the runway during New York Fashion Week got me inspired to add a few more animal print pieces. I found these great cropped pants from Lane Bryant for under $50!  I kept the rest of my look simple with a sweater from J Crew Mercantile. (J Crew isn’t known for their plus size options but let me know in the comments if you want me to do a post about how to shop in straight size section while plus!! There is a fine art to it!)

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Score a Deal!

If you’re a Forgetful Francessca like me you always leave you coupon behind the magnet on your refrigerator. Well, Cincinnati Premium Outlets app has made it so much easier to save by added their store coupons along with a directory so you can know where to save in store. Which I downloaded and used while shopping J Crew, Lane Bryant, and Wilson’s Leather! (Download the app here)

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GIVEAWAY!

Want a chance to update your own fall wardrobe? You can win a $250 gift card to shop at Cincinnati Premium Outlets. Be sure to go to Instagram to enter for your chance to win!

1. Be sure that you are following me on Instagram @ohwizeone 
2. like this photo here
4. comment with your fav emoji, pick me!
5. sign up for Cincinnati Premium Outlet’s Vip Club (either link in stories or in bio) – https://www.premiumoutlets.com/vip/register
Giveaway will run through the end of the week so like, follow, comment, and sign up away for all the chances to win! Good luck!

 

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Jacket: Wilson’s Leather, Sweater: J Crew Merchantile, Necklace: TJ Maxx,  Pants: Lane Bryant, Shoes: Nine West, Purse Thrifted

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This post was sponsored by Cincinnati Premium Outlets. All opinion and views are my own.

How to Wear Spring’s Coolest Color on Your Curves

Lavender, it’s not just for Easter Sunday. It’s actually the coolest color of the season and you should be plotting on ways to incorporate more of it into your wardrobe.

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Lavender, it’s not just for Easter Sunday. It’s actually the “it” color of the season and you should be plotting on ways to incorporate more of it into your wardrobe. Much like the “it” color of last season blush (which is still in!) it’s so easy to add touches of this soothing hue into your rotation because it pairs well with denim, white, black, and other pastels.

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If you’re nervous about wearing a light pastel you can always incorporate lavender accessories, nail polish, and handbags into your look. Before you opt out of wearing the color of the season I want to dispel the myth that light colors make you look bigger. There are items that legit make you look bigger than you actually are such as an ill-fitting garment, unforgiving fabrics, and misplaced volume like random ass ruffles. (Please make the random ruffles stop!!)

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If you are dying to rock head to toe lavender be conscientious of the fit of the item and the weight of the fabric. There is no quicker way to turn a good thing bad than with a fabric that “looks cheap”. I found the perfect harmony between price and quality with this dress from Old Navy

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Lavender pieces that you’ll LOVE!

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5 Plus Size Online Boutiques that Cater to Your Grown Woman Style

 As much as I love shopping at boutiques it can be challenging to find items above a size 10.  I love how the internet comes to the rescue and I can buy from online boutiques that carry plus sizes.

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Shopping at smaller boutiques always adds interesting pieces to your wardrobe. If you hate to see someone else in your outfit I highly recommend shopping at boutiques. Smaller inventory means you are less likely to see someone else rocking the same slay as you. As much as I love shopping at boutiques it can be challenging to find items above a size 10.  I love how the internet comes to the rescue and I can buy from online boutiques that carry plus sizes.

In the past, I had preconceived notions about online boutiques. The problem with an online boutique is, unlike a Target or Lane Bryant., you can’t try the item on prior to purchasing them. My other issue with online boutiques is the same thing with large retailers, there is usually a limited selection and maybe one or two skintight dresses made of what I like to call “stretch and fit” material that appears thin and unflattering.

I eventually challenged myself on my preconceived notions because I really wanted to add some more “unique” styles to my wardrobe. I looked for shops that offered extended selections beyond just club wear. I love having sexy options for evening but I was really looking to add some unexpected, fun, and sophisticated options into my spring/summer wardrobe.  Plus, you miss 100% of all the shots you don’t shoot so I decided to take a shot and shop a few boutiques and I was pleasantly surprised.

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5 Plus Size Online Boutiques that Cater to Your Grown Woman Style

1. Feed-n-Clothe-Me 

Can we talk about this top I have on? When my blogger boo @Feednclothme went from blogger to online boutique I was so excited. I knew her transition meant that the selection would be curated by someone with amazing personal style. She has a nice selection of feminine tops, maxi dresses, and coordinating sets that will give all the fly vibes.

2.ChicandCurvy.com

Now there are some sexy looks perfect for a night out on the town. ChicandCurvy.com always carries items with a lot of sophisticated details. Be sure to check the size chart and know your measurements anything I have ordered from them has run very true to size.

3. Jibri

Ok, I haven’t personally shopped here but several of my friends and clients have. I love everything on Jibri! Jibri’s innovative, well made, colorful, and of the moment pieces will be items you will keep in your wardrobe forever. Also if you’re a plus size bride in search of something different for your special day I would check out their bridal selection.   There are definitely some gems to be found. I see your reception dress and you look fabulous!

4. Zellie For She

If you’re about to vacation check Zellie for She, this is not a drill! Zellie For She always has something perfect for casually just slaying on the beach. The slayage will be so real! Long flowing maxi dresses that scream take me to the beach. If you love prints you will adore the selection of separates. This line is grown, sexy, with lots of frequent flyer miles.

5. KenBri Boutique

I love the selection and the versatility that a lot of the items at KenBri Boutique. The selection will not disappoint you. Everyone will ask you, “where did you get that from?” This would be a great place to start looking for items to wear to summer concerts.  I have a few items on my wishlist and will be sharing in some upcoming looks on the blog!! #staytuned

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Here are a few tips on online boutique shopping

  1. Don’t Waste Your Money. Look for Reviews!! All of the sites I mentioned above share and repost pictures from their customers. If you only see written reviews that are at best mixed and no interaction with customers on social media don’t shop with them. When I am shopping I type in the name of the boutique in google and see if you can find any reviews from other bloggers. A blogger will give you a more in-depth review on the product and have more pictures of the merchandise. You can get a closer look. If it seems to be too good to be true it probably is.

2. Know Your Measurements and Read the Return Policy! If you don’t have measuring tape please go to the dollar store now and buy one. Return policy’s matter.  You don’t want to be stuck with a very expensive garment that didn’t meet your expectations. You will be double mad!

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How to Look Successful

In a perfect world, no one should judge you based on your appearance. Unfortunately, we don’t live in a perfect world. Making a good first impression is the gateway to creating more interest in who you are as a person.  People like to pass off style as superficial but how you dress is nonverbal communication. What does your style say about you when you interact with people for the first time?

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In a perfect world, no one should judge you based on your appearance. Unfortunately, we don’t live in a perfect world. Making a good first impression is the gateway to creating more interest in who you are as a person.  People like to pass off style as superficial but how you dress is nonverbal communication. What does your style say about you when you interact with people for the first time?

Few things surprise me as much meeting a woman whose success is inconspicuous based on her attire.  In no way do I want to discredit a woman because of how she dresses but I’m fully aware of the reality that if a woman is dressed less than a BOSS, she may be treated as such, at least upon the first impression. I never want anyone to mistake her for anything other than what she is! I feel what you wear should exude who you are and what you do. So, today I wanted to give tips on how to “look successful”. (The good news is I’m not breaking the bank either!)

Shop my look:

I’d Rather You MIstake Me For The Boss

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As the old saying goes sometimes you have to fake it until you make it. If you are just starting out in corporate America, have an important meeting, or giving a presentation you need to look like you’re in charge. This even applies to entrepreneurs.  When you’re out and about you never know who you will run into.  Looking successful can help turn a casual run-in into an impromptu meeting. This is just one more way of contributing to your environment because if you look accomplished you will, in turn, believe it. That will give you the confidence to actually be successful.

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Boss on a Budget Essentials

You’re not the boss yet? If you want to look successful and not break the bank here are my top tips:
  1. Thrift- I know that is not what you want to hear but I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gotten lucky shopping second hand. Just keep your eyes open and do not thrift when you’re in a rush. You can find a great blazer or even business accessories like briefcases/messenger bags perfect for toting around your laptop in at a great price
  2. A Power Suit- When you find one that fits you’ll understand why they call it a POWER suit. The power suit is huge for spring. An affordable power suit isn’t impossible to find.  The one I’m wearing is from TARGET (Available up to a 3X)!! Now is not the time to look stuffy. Just think of your suit as a coordinating set. Don’t be afraid to mix it up and wear a fun print under your blazer. Get the best cost per wear and split up your suit jacket and pants by restyling them with other items in your wardrobe.
  3. Nude Pumps- They go with everything… black, blue and brown!! You name it, they work!
  4. Go monochromatic for the win- If you’re in an ultra-professional atmosphere you will want to stay in a basic color (black, white, navy, gray, olive). If you work in a creative atmosphere you can venture out to more colorful pastures. Wearing a head to toe color looks extremely expensive and chic. Bonus is it also makes you look taller if you’re petite! Nothing says boss like expensive. Looking like money will attract money that’s. That’s universal law. Ok, I made that up but it sounds good!
  5. Alterations- If you are lazy like me waiting for alterations feels daunting but just remember nothing ruins a look faster than an ill-fitting garment. Tailored clothes gives a polished look that says rich. Waiting a few days to get the perfect fit it will set you apart in a room full of ready to wear suits off the rack.

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It’s More Than Just a Look

If you have the goods it’s imperative to have a look of authority because it’s a natural instinct to believe what your eyes are seeing. You can apply these tips to fit your work atmosphere. Walking into a room and looking like a success sets the tone and everyone knows how to address you from the start. Good luck boss lady!

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How a Great Outfit Can Make Networking Easy

There are so many variations of business meet-ups there is the networking happy hour, professional development talks, lunch and learns, and full day professional conferences From my own experience all of these events have a relaxed professional feel. Just because you can wear jeans to something doesn’t always mean that you should.

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Meeting new people makes me feel really anxious.

I am always here for an empowering #girlboss gathering. I am always searching my newsfeed trying to find my next opportunity mix, mingle, and exchange business cards with cool women in business like myself. The problem is that networking is essentially talking to people you don’t know and striking up a conversation with a stranger has never been my strong suit. If you are gun shy like me showing up and looking like you belong can actually start conversations you would have never started on your own.

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Dress: Target, Bodysuit: Boohoo, Boots: JustFab, Purse: Nanette Lapore (similar)

What Do You Wear to These Things Anyway?

There are so many variations of business meet-ups there is the networking happy hour, professional development talks, lunch and learns, and full day professional conferences. From my own experience, all of these events have a relaxed professional feel. Just because you can wear jeans to something doesn’t always mean that you should.

A look that speaks to others always makes you stand out without being overly ostentatious. Do use this opportunity to incorporate pieces of your wardrobe that show off your personality because that will turn into a talking point when you and others are struggling to segway small talk into asking about your business endeavors.

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Top Ten Tips to Make Your Outfit Speak

  1. Plan ahead. I feel like I am always saying this but it helps. You don’t want to find out at the last minute that your go-to outfit has a broken zipper or doesn’t fit the way you remember. If you are shopping your own closet be sure to make time to have your items dry cleaned or professionally pressed. Low on cash? Ironing in advance will save you a few pennies but who wants to iron at the last minute?
  2. Start your search for the perfect separates now. Invest in a blazer I know it’s hard finding the perfect fit and to make it easy for yourself shop where they have in-store alterations.  (Nordstrom Rack, K&G, Nordstrom all have on-site alterations)
  3. A great pair of non-denim pants, and stay away from khakis without any lycra content because who wants to iron? I know pants are hard for many body types as a plus size tulip shape here are some of my favorite pants: Eloquii Kady Pant (Gena Fit) Pant, New York & Co. Wide Leg pant size 18, Target Ava & Viv Slacks. A shell,. in non-old lady terms, a shell is an undershirt made of woven fabric that can be worn under a blazer. Having a few will help you mix and match separates and stretch out your semi-professional looks so you’re not constantly searching for new things to wear to an event.
  4. Spice up a dress. I love the trench coat inspired dress pictured above. I am wearing a patterned bodysuit underneath for additional coverage of my arms. Also, what are the chances I will run into another woman wearing the same bodysuit under my dress? Pretty slim. Finding a great dress is so easy but when your buying clothes from major retailers someone else may have also found that same great dress adding additional interest to a look also helps you stand apart.
  5. Crisp, is the word I associate with all business functions. Look for pieces that have suiting elements but aren’t actual suiting. Look for suiting patterns like tweed, pinstripe, and plaids that look inspired by menswear. The menswear-inspired pattern will give an item with more of relaxed silhouette a business feel so it feels relaxed but still looks professional.
  6. Great flats, I know I have on heels in this post but do as I say and not as I do, LOL. After going to several conferences last year I learned the hard way your shoes need to be comfortable. There can be a lot of walking and standing at these events. I love these flats for spring: here, here
  7. Be comfortable. You’ve been warned this is not the day for your good girdle, shoes that hurt your feet, or dresses with buttons that are in distress.
  8. Keep it young and fresh. It’s ok to bring relaxed elements to your office staples. That’s what this networking look is all about. Wear a date night blouse with slacks or if you want to rock a t-shirt and jeans to a happy hour mixer pair that combination with your suit blazer. Even better pair low top sneakers with your suit for a fun twist.
  9. Have fun with accessories. A pop of color, a cool pin on your lapel, or unique jewelry are all awesome pieces that will draw attention to your look in a good way. Just remember to keep wear these pieces in moderation. Remeber this should be an accent to your look and not overkill.
  10. My biggest attention-grabbing secret.  A power bag. You’ve heard of a power suit. Well, what about a power bag. Sometimes it’s designer and sometime’s it’s not. It’s usually in a standout color or has ornate hardware but it always grabs attention. I can’t tell you how many networking contacts I started conversations with after getting a compliment on my bag. This convertible tote is perfect because you can wear it all together or unzip the front pouch and wear it as a clutch.

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What to Wear to a Conference

Your outfit can only say so much

Keep in mind that your outfit may start the conversation but you will have to close the deal. Smile, try not to look deeply uncomfortable (hardest part) and be confident you deserve to be in the room. This is your chance to extend your circle and make some new contacts. I always find that people are often just as nervous as I am. Making your outfit work is just you getting into character so it’s not a Banna Republic blazer it’s a cape helping you step into the role of Super Woman. You got this girl!

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Dressing for Your Body Type: Are You a Tulip Shape?

There is a lot of debate on dressing for your body type. Some style gurus say throw all the rules away and others say it’s the foundation for creating a stylish look. I love getting dressed but for women who don’t, I can see why you would want some guidelines to help when styling yourself, especially if you don’t have a widely talked about body type.

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There is a lot of debate on dressing for your body type. Some style gurus say throw all the rules away and others say it’s the foundation for creating a stylish look. I love getting dressed but for women who don’t, I can see why you would want some guidelines to help when styling yourself, especially if you don’t have a widely talked about body type.

 

I think there are some common misconceptions about being plus size.  Even though we are all shopping in the same section I feel that curvy hourglass and apple shapes are getting a lot of visibility. As an inverted triangle, I can see why no one talks about it. It doesn’t even sound fun.  I mean, hourglass suggests bends and curves which are ideal and hell, at least apples taste good.  I like to call my inverted triangle shape a “tulip”. I bloom at the top and have a slender stem at the bottom.

Styling Tips for Inverted Triangle Shapes

Tulip Shape Features

  • Broad Shoulders
  • Full Bust
  • Narrow Hips
  • Lean Legs
  • Slight Waist

Tulip Shopping dilemmas

  • You often feel like two different sizes – larger on the top and smaller on the bottom
  • Hard time finding pants that fit your midsection and your narrow hips
  • Difficulty finding the perfect button down shirt
  • Balancing your shape so that you look proportional
  • Being questioned if you are even plus size because of where you carry your weight. (according to these clothing manufacturers the answer is YES)

 

Looks that I love to ROCK on my Tulip Shape!

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Tulip Shape No-Brainers

  • Full Skirts- creating volume on your bottom half creates balance
  • Embrace the delicate art of tucking in your shirt and BODYSUITS!!
  • Tops and Jackets that stop at your hip
  • Duster length sweaters, vests, and jackets over body-conscious pieces
  • Wide Leg Pants (Yes, Please)
  • Anything that shows off your legs (add to cart)
  • Anything chiffon or flowing add light volume to give you more balance to your frame

There are pros and cons to any body shape but as far my style goes I don’t think there is anything I won’t wear. I am however more conscious of certain styles that highlight how narrow my lower body is because drawing too much attention can make me look top heavy.  I don’t ever want to hide my shape but I also don’t want to enter the room with my narrow hips either. I reserve skinny straight leg styles for when I have a great tunic or a blazer to accompany them. I am more likely to rock a full A-line skirt but that doesn’t mean that I don’t occasionally find a well-made pencil skirt. It’s all about playing with angels and lines that make you feel the most comfortable.

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Valentine Vibes | 3 Outfits for 3 Dates

Valentine's Day Date Night Looks

Not all dates happen at night. I wanted to bring you three Valentine’s Day looks for three different dates. I threw in some tips on how to enjoy Valentine’s Day, Galentine’s Day, Single Awareness Day, call it what you will. I have some outfit inspiration for everything from brunch with your girlfriends or a hot night on the town.

Brunch with the Girl’s

Yes, we’ll have mimosas for the whole table, thank you! A date with your girls is a great way to kick off Valentine’s Day weekend. As a single girl, I love a date. I welcome a date with my girls with as much excitement as I do a date with a gentlemen caller. I also get excited about “self-dates” which I did last year when I worked a half day on Valentine’s Day, bought my favorite chocolates and saw 50 Shades Darker.  Before I left the office everyone asked if I had a date for Valentine’s Day? I said, “yep, with myself!”  For an early brunch no need to overdo it.  I like the idea of keeping everything laid back and relaxed.  Nothing is more chill than roughly tucking in your pajama shirt into your favorite jeans. Throw on a great coat and start the day off with ease.

Plus Size Brunch Date Outfit

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Jacket: ASOS, Pajama Top: SimplyBe (similar), Jeans: NY& Co.

The “We Go Together” Date

I think there is a difference between a “getting to know you” date and a “we go together” date. I don’t think you should hide your personal style but I like to keep first dates laid back (A cute t-shirt with the jeans that make my butt look good. You get my main idea here).   For a “we go together date” hopefully “WE” have made BIG plans to go somewhere nice and I can really jazz it up a little. My love for jumpsuits would be known in my fantasy “established” relationship and this one is perfect for Valentine’s Day.

Simply Be Floral Jumpsuit

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Simplybe Floral Cropped Jumpsuit

Plus Size Date Night Outfit

Fur Jacket: Target, Jumpsuit: SimplyBe, Clutch: Old (similar), Shoes: Old (similar)

Sexy and Sassy Night Out

Who said that sexy can’t be multifunctional? I would wear this casual evening look to a number of places; the movies, out for drinks, to a club. I think this look has “first date” written all over it. If red fur isn’t your thing you can always wear your favorite moto jacket and layer an oversized coat for warmth. This look is sexy without overdoing it which is exactly the message you would want to send on your first few dates. In this look, you have your bases covered in the elevated t-shirt and jeans look. PS.. It’s a bodysuit!

Target Who, What, Wear Cropped Fur Jacket

Target Who, What, Wear Cropped Fur Jacket

Plus Size Date Night Outfit

Fur Jacket: Target, Bodysuit: Fashion to Figure (similar), Jeans: Forever 21, Boots: JustFab

What are your Valentine’s Day plans? Let me know in the comments! 

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