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A Bodysuit In Every Closet

 

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Every woman needs a wardrobe formula that she can rely on. My new go to formula is a bodysuit and an A-line skirt. It’s a no-brainer because of the versatility of a bodysuit. I like tucking in my shirt and a bodysuit gives me the tucked in look without the bulk. I bought one bodysuit and now I can’t stop.  I guarantee your skirts will get more wear if you add a few bodysuits to your wardrobe.

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Bodysuit: Boohoo, Skirt: Fashion to Figure, Fishnets: Torrid, Shoes: Steve Madden(similar here)

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I love the playfulness of an A-line skirt. If you are more narrow through the hips an a-line skirt can add volume and balance to your lower body. If you are top heavy and narrow through the hip this is a sexy alternative to body conscious dresses. Bodysuits and skirts are a great personal uniform option. It’s just as no fuss as a maxi dress.

Looking for a bodysuit: Boohoo, Fashion to Figure, Ashley Stewart, ASOS

Need a skirt? Rue 107, Eloquii, Fashion to Figure, H+M

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Pretty In Pink

 

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Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite holidays. I am a facilitator of love and for the next few weeks, I will be the cupid of outfit inspiration. My first look is for the laid back ladies. I am all about the wardrobe uniform. A wardrobe uniform is all about embracing your personal style.  You know what works on your body, and now it’s all about tailoring your look to every occasion. If your signature look is jeans and a t-shirt, consider elevating the look with a great motto jacket in a fun color.

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Consider a few things

  1. The traditional uniform would be a white tee, blue jeans, and a black leather jacket.  Three different colors and textures can break up your shape and make you look shorter. Consider pairing gray or black jeans with a matching top.  Monochromatic will make you look longer and tends to give a more dressed up look.
  2. Feeling bright? Wearing monochromatic underpinnings will make your jacket the focal point of your outfit.
  3. Want to look even taller?  Pair your look with a nude pump.
  4. Distressed jeans are just sexy.  It’s something about a small amount of exposed skin. Find a great pair of distressed denim and consider them evening wear. Just make sure you follow this rule while shopping for new jeans. BHT: Booty, Hip, Thigh. I don’t care if the jeans are on sale, if they don’t properly fit the BHT it’s not worth it.
  5. The goal is to keep the line of your body as long as possible. SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESJacket: Forever 21, Turtleneck: Old Navy (sold out, similar), Jeans: Old Navy, Necklace Charming Charlie (old)

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My Favorite Picks for denim and jackets

Jeans:  Target,  Old Navy

Jackets: Forever 21 Torrid

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Sparkle on New Year’s Eve with Finery Boutique

Who doesn’t want to sparkle for a big event? A dressy occasion often times sneaks up on you and you’re left scrambling for a dress. Even after you find the perfect dress it then sits in your closet waiting for a new special occasion to come out and play. Finery Boutique in OTR is answering your dress up prayers by offering evening dress rental service.

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Along with all of the ladies from Thread Cincinnati, I got a sneak peak of all of the beautiful dresses that are available to rent. If you fall in love with a dress, don’t worry you can purchase the dress. Afraid of commitment? Bring the dress back and rent a new dress for your next occasion.

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Not only did Finery Boutique have a beautiful and fashion forward selection of dresses, they also have a selection of accessories to choose from to make it easy for you get all dolled up. I personally loved this winter white a-line dress with laser cut details. The fit and the fabric of the dress was amazing!

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I plan on frequenting Finery.  I saw a great beaded dress that says,  perfect for New Year’s Eve. I know we will all appreciate this great addition to the OTR boutique seen in the Spring/Summer months during wedding season.

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Over the Knee and Through the Woods

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESI’m not big on mini skirts but I saw one of my favorite Youtube vloggers style a miniskirt and over the knee boots and she sold me on the idea of purchasing one. Her look was so simple but still ultra chic. I am very short waisted, which basically means I have a really short torso and my lower body sits higher on my body. All of this is a really long explanation, in other words, I have a high booty. I often struggle with shorter skirts because they are shorter in the back and longer in the front.

I figured that since I would be pairing the short skirt with over the knee boots that I wouldn’t look excessively leggy. I was right the boots draw the eye up to the skirt and take some of the attention from your legs. Well not all the attention but mostly people will be looking at your boots and not your bottom.  Overall I love the way this look came together I think it’s an easy look that you can wear to casual Christmas parties this season.

My Inspiration

I pull style inspiration from so many different places but I love YouTube because I like seeing style on real women. I think my look is proof that your inspiration doesn’t always have to be the same size as you. I took elements from her look and made them work for my body type.

I’m linking a few miniskirts that I think will work well on my fellow curvy and short waisted sisters we have to stick together. Be sure to check: Torrid (ps this one is on sale), Simplybe, (this one is under $35), Rue 21 (yes they have plus!)

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Skirt:Fashion to Figure, Tutrleneck Sweater: Target, Wrap: Costco, OTK Boots: Just Fab(Sold Out, Similar), 

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Glamorous Gangsta… A Christmas Story

 

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Let me start off by saying that in no way do I support being a career criminal. What I do support is gangster’s girlfriends’ wardrobes in movies! Whether it was Michelle Pfeiffer in Scarface, Sharon Stone in Casino, and hello Taraji P. Henson as Cooke Lyon on Empire. Especially Cookie her wardrobe is the perfect example of glamorous street wear. Which is normally my cold weather go to for casual parties and friendly get-togethers (Secret Santa gift exchange with your girls). The juxtaposition of a glamorous detail paired with street clothes such as denim or boots. This is a great way to play with mixing elements while still staying warm.

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Go big in one area

Pick a high end glamorous detail and work around it. Fur, sequins, satin are all good options for playing around with. I love the idea of having on a great boyfriend tee, your favorite jeans, a trench coat, and a shoe you would normally reserve for evening. When I stlyed my look I knew I wanted my fur to be the glamorous element so I made sure to pair it with a neutral boot, skinny jeans, and I made sure my top (which is actually a bodysuit) had complementary colors to the sweater. I am rocking major VBO (visible belly outline) but I’m good with it I’ve accepted the fact that I like the tucked in look from time to time!

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Sweater:Fashion to Figure: Sold Out (Similar) (Straight Size Option), Bodysuit: Fashion to Figure, Sold Out (Similar) (Straight Size Option), Jeans: Forever 21, Old (Similar), Boots: Nordstrom Rack, Old (Similar) (Wide Calf Option)

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Tis The Season to Slay (The #1 Rule To Werking the Holidays)

I’ve been waiting to wear holiday looks like some people have been waiting to put up their Christmas tree. The holiday season is here and I can’t wait to rock red lips and sparkling frocks as often as I possibly can. When I saw this dress from Fashion to Figure I knew it was meant to be! I keep an evening dress on deck during the holiday season so I don’t have to turn down a last-minute invitation to a holiday party.

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A Dress on Deck is Better Than Stress on the Shore

My rule of thumb is that it better to anticipate something will happen than to expect nothing will be going on. As a woman of a certain size last minute shopping will make me want to cry in the dressing room. In-store options can be limited and quite frankly basic. If I am in the mood to wear something out of the box with an unexpected detail there are more options online. Online only options can be intimating but knowing your measurements (bust, waist, hip, inseam) is essential and read the customer reviews. People who have already purchased the items will let you know if an item runs small, is made poorly, or the item doesn’t live up to its expectations.

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Brands are 100 times more interactive  on social media with consumers if your favorite retailer has a Facebook page or an Instagram account follow them. Their social media teams are normally great about answering questions about sizing and fit questions. If the retailer is not responsive online I wouldn’t purchase from a brand that isn’t, no customer interaction indicaition that they are selling a low quality product. Don’t be afraid of online shopping because a dress on deck is better than last minute shopping, I promise.

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3 Chic & Easy Thanksgiving Looks

Ah, Thanksgiving the food, the family, that comment your extended family member didn’t have to say to your face. Who’s not excited? Whether you are hosting or being hosted this Thanksgiving you want to look good (can’t let your sister in law catch you slipping) but still be very comfortable. I’ve got three looks that are chic and easy to wear so whether you will be in the kitchen or in the den watching football you’ll be cute and comfy.

Leather Lumberjack

Do families still dress up for dinner like in Lifetime Thanksgiving movie specials? If your family still dresses up please invite me over next Thanksgiving. I love the idea of playing with juxtaposition and contrasting a dressier element with a casual element. The shape of this skirt is dressed up but since it’s faux leather you can add the casual comfortable element of a plaid flannel. Just be sure to bring it all together with your boots and tights of your choice.

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Top: Old Navy, Skirt: SimplyBe (similar), Booties: Nine West (similar)

Cool Sweater, Cooler Shoulder

If there is a cold shoulder detail on a dress or top within a five-mile radius I’ve seen it and considered buying.  It’s just enough skin to be sexy but it’s not overly revealing. This detail is perfect for anyone who’s priority is being comfortable but you still want to look chic and on trend. Just throw on your favorite skinny jeans and some booties and you’re ready to go.

 

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Sweater: SimplyBe (similar), Jeans Forever 21 (similar), Booties; Gabe’s (similar)

Two in One

I love a wrap poncho it makes everything ok and I found this one at Costco! Wraps and blanket scarfs are so versatile it transforms jeans and a t-shirt into an ensemble. You’ll walk in greet everyone and tell everyone, “Happy Thanksgiving”, then take off your wrap and relax. I paired my poncho over a black long sleeve body suit, flare legged jeans, and belted it to give the look more polish look. Added bonus it anchors your wrap in the event a gust of wind blows when you are carrying covered dishes into your grandmother’s house. This plaid poncho is reversible so if you’re not feeling a big print you can wear it on the solid side for a more minimalist look.

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Poncho: Costco (similar), Bodysuit: Fashion to Figure, Jeans: Target

Thank you so much to all of my Oh Wize readers I hope you all have a wonderful holiday filled with love and food! Be sure to tag me in your Thanksgiving looks on Facebook and Instagram @ohwizeone so I can see how great you look!!

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Style Sunday | Repeat Offender

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I am guilty on several accounts of repeating outfits. Hey, they’re my clothes! I should get to wear them as much as I like. It is said that you shouldn’t buy anything that you can’t style with at least three other items in your closet. I’m actually really bad at that I think I have shopping ADD because I see something I like and buy it with no regard for the rest of my wardrobe. For a while, I felt like I had a closet full of statement pieces which made it feel like I had nothing to wear, even after I added new items to my closet.

The only new item I’m wearing is this long sleeve tee from J Crew which I love!!! Adding a high-quality basic tee can make all the difference when layering pieces together for the fall and winter season. I almost didn’t buy it because well I got distracted by sparkly jewelry. This basic tee can be paired with so many things. Everything else in this look is a repeat and I ain’t ashamed to say that this orange long line vest is something  I wear often. Be sure to follow my Instagram (@ohwizeone) to see the other ways I style my J Crew tee.

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Vest (Torrid:Similar), Jeans (Target: Similar), Tee (JCrew Factory Outlet), Booties (DSW), Necklace(Mr. Kate), Earrings (Nordstrom Rack:Similar)

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Fall Style with Cincinnati Premium Outlets

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Who doesn’t love a day at the outlet mall? Knowing that you are bound to get an incredible deal on designer clothes is enough to make any woman overjoyed. When Cincinnati Premium Outlets invited the ladies of Thread and I out for an exclusive blogger event, I was thrilled.

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Before You  Shop

It’s easy to get overwhelmed when outlet shopping because you have so many options. Before I go shopping at an outlet mall to update my seasonal wardrobe I put away all of my summer clothes . Then I consider the looks that I desire to recreate and get rid of items that have seen their fair share of wear and tear. I knew that I needed a new pair of black booties and these booties from Nine West are everything.

More Than A Dress

I also knew that I needed dresses that I can wear now and in the colder months that will pair well with boots. You won’t believe where I scored this amazing dress that fits so well! Dress Barn they have updated their line and have greatly improved the options in the plus. I would recommend sizing up in this dress if you are on the busty side or want extra arm room. Do they give noble peace prizes for shopping? Drop your preconceived notions and give Dress Barn a second chance.

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Dress (Dress Barn), Boots (Nine West N/A online similar), Lip Color (NYX)

Now for the BEST part: Cincinnati Premium Outlets don’t want you to miss out on the deals, so one lucky Thread winner can win a $250 gift card to a Simon Outlet near them! Here’s how to enter:

1. Follow both @threadcincinnati and @cincinnati_po on Instagram (We’ll be checking to make sure!)

2. Post your favorite outlet or bargain find to Instagram using the hashtag#cincysimonspree and tagging @threadcincinnati and @cincinnati_po

3. Submit your photo by next Wednesday, November 2 at 11:59 PM EST to be considered.

It can be a flat lay of your favorite piece(s) or a picture of you modeling it!

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Something for EVERY Body 16 Fashion Bloggers You Should Follow

As an avid body advocate of body positive media I read my fair share of blogs. As a style expert when I see something stylish my eye just gravitates toward what I find appealing. I love when the two worlds collide on my Instagram account. When I like something I like it whether the woman wearing it is a size 2 or a size 26. I honestly don’t care style and construction are on an even playing field in my world.

I wanted to showcase women of all body types who are incredibly stylish. I am sharing all of my favorite bloggers who give me total and complete closet envy. If you haven’t heard of them you should follow them today because who couldn’t use a little outfit inspiration!

Grown and Curvy Woman

I feel like no one executes quirky curvy girl business professional better than Grown and Curvy Woman. I love her colorful style and how she finds new ways to reinvent her wardrobe all the time. She also did a series on her blog where she recreated looks from her favorite straight size bloggers and the results were fantastic. I love her versatility if you are looking for fun ways to update your office style be sure to follow her @grownandcurvywoman on Instagram.

Style Cassentials

They say big things come in small packages and Casse of Style Cassnetials slays in every way! Just when I felt like there was no one out there addressing the issues that petite plus size women deal with, I discovered Casse. She has written awesome posts about altering garments to better fit the smaller curvy frames of the plus and petite. Her sleek and sexy style will have you filling your online shopping cart full of style goodness. Be sure to follow @stylecassentials

 

Miss Louie

In real life, if I could I would wear everything Miss Louie puts on. If I am styling myself for an event I get on YouTube and watch Miss Louie. Her style is impeccable and it’s the perfect blend of classic J Crew prep and Target flare. Miss Louie shops both ends of the spectrum and it all seamlessly blends and the end result look super polished! Miss Louie is the total package and also goes into detail about her pairings of wardrobe and accessories. I’m sure you will find her style just as intriguing as I do be sure to follow her on Instagram @missejlouie and subscribe to her YouTube channel.

 

The Instagram Wives

These three New York working girls give an ultra chic plus sized Sex in the City vibe that an Ohio girl can only dream of!!  Suits, Heels and Curves, LA PECOSA PRECIOSA and Style Over Size all have different styles but the diversity in their taste provides a cohesive kinship that exudes fun and confidence. They are always on the scene and share insider details from retailers when new lines are being released. If you are interested in knowing when plus brands are extending sizes or just want a peek at next seasons lookbook before you receive the promotion in the mail these are your girls  Be sure to follow them on Instagram @theigwives

 

Skinny Girl Confidence

As the shortest person in my family, there is nothing I appreciate more than a tall drink of water! So often I see tall women not embrace all that is being a total glamazon. Skinny Girl Confidence shows off her cool street wear and her long, long, legs. She is seriously model material be sure to check her out on Instagram @skinneegirlconfidence.blog

The Inbetweenie

As a woman who sits on the edge of straight and plus size clothing, I can totally indulge in the quirky styles of The Inbetweenie. Her style can range from easy going casual wear to fun iridescent rain coats, the sky is the limit. I adore the fun styles that always translate into cool, fun, and  animated pieces. Be sure to catch her on Instagram @theinbetweenie

 

Jessica Kane

Jessica Kane‘s style personifies crazy, sexy, cool. I love how she is always able to create great silhouettes. She always ties in fun colors and textures into her look and it never seems over the top, she makes it look so effortless. She also designs for the line Society Plus which is, oh so cute!! Be sure to Jessica on Instagram @jessica_kane

FeednClotheMe

Feednclotheme is my blogger boo and she kills it every time. She is the ultimate southern belle with her long flowing frocks. She is always sporting bright colors and easy to pair separates. Feednclothe me is a woman after my own heart because nothing beats a cute outfit or a gourmet plate! Be sure to follow @feednclotheme on Instagram

Simply Curvy

Ashley of Simply Curvy is all about the fit if a new plus size line is available at a well-known retailer  I know Ashley has made a purchase. I can always be certain that she will give her honest experience with the brand. She is always rocking what’s new and putting her own fun twist on it. Be sure to check out @simplycurvee on Instagram

Thread Cincinnati

Hey, don’t get it twisted Ohio girls have style too! I love the style of all of the ladies of Thread so I couldn’t just pick one. Everyone has their own unique style and it’s featured weekly on threadcincinnati.com. You can see the confidence in everyone’s style. It may seem a little bias since I  am a member of Thread but I find myself recreating the looks that I see on the other ladies all of the time. If you want to know the best places to shop in Cincinnati look no further. Be sure to check out all of the ladies of Thread on Instagram @threadcincinnati

Finesse Curves

Jeanne of Finesse Curves represents curvy girl style at it’s finest! Not only is Jeanne my blogger boo but she’s also my fellow Midwest fashionista. She is always changing up her look and her hair so I am constantly inspired by her style and her confidence to always take a fashion risk and rock it her own way. Be sure to check her out Instagram @finessecurves314

Personal Bravery

Can you lose with a blog named Personal Bravery? It’s more than style it’s the courage to be yourself, now that’s deep. Princess is a stylist and blogger with an awesome knack for layering clothes to perfection. She styles looks in  a way that I would have never considered and it always looks high end. Be sure to check out real Cincinnati style @PersonalBravery.

This Is Jessica Torres

This woman is hot, was the first thing I thought when I saw Jessica Torres. If you have been looking for the confirmation to leave the house in that sexy little number Jessica will inspire you to have the confidence and style to do it. I mean she’s unapologetic and I am constantly trying to infuse aspects of her style into my wardrobe and her no f*cks given approach to fashion is something any woman can appreciate. Be sure to follow @thisisjessicatorres.

Klassy Kinks

My current hair goals obsession is Klassy Kinks. I recently started on my natural hair journey and I am constantly watching Klassy Kinks on Youtube for hairspiration. She also has a style all her own on Instagram. I love seeing her vibrant colors in my feed. Be sure to follow @KlassyKinks on Instagram.

Curlybyrdie Chirps

Whoever said 40 isn’t fabulous lied. Mary of Curlybyrdie Chirps always puts a sexy and stylish spin on looks that transition into my real life wardrobe. She is always proving that age ain’t nothing but a number. Be sure to follow @curlybyridie on Instagram.

FabEllis

Fabulous she is I can’t get enough of her mixture of street style and high end looks when I see FabEllis in my Instagram feed! She is always rocking a bold print. I just love how she mix and matches items so effortlessly be sure to follow her on Instagram @FabEllis

 

Are you caught up in the scroll too? Who is your Instagram or social media style crush?

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