What should I wear to my friend’s wedding?

Hello Hello!!  So one of my friends is getting married and I am having this huge debate in my head about what I should wear.  When I first got the invite in my head I have already decided what to wear.

So I love this dress, I think it is a very flattering look and fits me very well.  I love that it is lose on top and the skirt is tight.  This for me creates the illusion that I have a smaller waist then what I actually do.  The slit in front makes if fun and flirty and perfect for a wedding.  I personally love this dress.

But I was texting my sister asking her opinion and it made me question my decision.  She said that it looked beige and didn’t really look good.  So then I went back to the drawing board and came up with a few other options.

So I just got this skirt and its a little fancy so I have been dying to find a place to wear it to.  Both of these options have the same skirt but different shirts.  One is a tight grey shirt and the other is a lose shear navy shirt.

This gold pleated midi skirt is amazing and looks super fancy, I love that.  I actually had to hem it so it is a midi on me, I am short.  But now that I hemmed it and it actually hits mid calf, I am ready to wear this out.  So I like the dark shirt look with this skirt, I think it really allows the skirt to shin and be the center of attention.  I think this would also be very wedding appropriate, as it is fancy enough but not over the top.  I also think it will be great for dancing, will allow me to move around a little more freely then the other one.

If you have an opinion please let me know, I am open to other people’s opinions.

Also if I wear the skirt I will cover up the elastic band with a belt.

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Emerald Dress

Hello Hello!!  A few weeks ago I meet up with one of my best friends and I actually went to a mall for the first time in forever.  (I hate malls, I think they are overly crowded).  Anyways while we were walking around I didn’t really see anything I liked until we got to the last store and then I wanted to buy everything.  What was the last store?  Zara!  I am going to share my thoughts on Zara in a later post but I wanted to rave about one specific thing I bought.

Ahh I love shift dresses, they are so lose and free to be styled however you want.  This shift dress caught my eye right when I walked in the door.  The ruffled sleeves are super cute.  Combined with the v-neck of this dress.  I just want to say the cut of the v-neck is perfect, its low but does not show too much cleavage.  Actually the bright red color of this dress caught my attention but it was not in my size.  I hesitated with the green because its not usually my color but my friend convinced me to try it on anyways.

I am so happy I did, this dress fit me perfectly and at that point I could not leave the store without it.  And the green color is amazing, since I have blue eyes I usually avoid that color but I really liked how this dress looked.

Let me know your thoughts,

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White Dress

Hello Hello!!  I have been looking for a chill white dress for awhile now and just have not been able to find the right fit for summer.  I even spent part of last summer looking and could not find one.  I am not sure the one I found is exactly what I am looking for but I am content with it.

Here is the dress that I bought, its pretty plain and the material is not what I would have expected (kind of like a sweatshirt material, really weird).

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Just a regular shift dress with some black ties, I like it without any frills.  I like the basic white dress.  I wore this to my friends birthday party which was a pool party.  I was worried the entire time that I would ruin it on the first outing but we made it through fine.  Now initially I wanted to wear the dress like this, without any frills, but thought about it and was like maybe I should put my waist back into the outfit.

So I added a black belt to the dress

I love the black belt, really pulled the dress into make my waist look small.  Also love this new bag.  So actually it was really hot out so I did eventually drop the belt because it was making me too sweaty to keep on.

Let me know your thoughts

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How to create the illusion of a smaller waist

Hello hello!! Yes I know the first question, do you have to do this aren’t you already skinny?  So yes I am skinny but I am not curvy, my waist does not really curve in much.  If I wear a traditional bodycon dress, from the front I look like I don’t have a shape, where as from the side you can see I have curves.  (Pics below, I dug out my last bodycon dress and I tried it on for you).  So this is due to the fact that I do not have a large chest and I have small hips, so my waist curves in but not by a lot.

So this is a dress that is probably going to be given away the next time I clean out my closet.  The pic on the left is not as flattering as a typically bodycon dress.  But from the side you can see that I do have curves.  This dress was one I bought in college when all I really wanted was short and tight. Now that I am a little older I dress to highlight my figure better.

In order to make my waist stand out and appear smaller in dresses or skirts, I do one of two things.

  • I wear a top that is tight on top and on the bottom look for a skirt that flares out from the body at least a little bit.
  • Or I wear a skirt that is tight and pair it with a shirt that is loose.

I picked this dress to use for this because it is similar to the other one in color and shape.  I like this one a lot more then the other one because it flatters my figure better.  This dress fits into the first category, it has a tight top and even though the bottom appears tight in the pic on the right you see it is only tight right at the waist.  The dress highlights my waist because the top of the dress appears to float and the skirt portion is tight at the waist creating a very flattering silhouette.

These outfits fit into the second category- tight skirt paired with a loose top.  This is typically an outfit I wear to work using my pencil skirts for the bottom.  These are both examples I wore last week, these skirts are staples in my work wardrobe.  On top I usually use a sheer top with a cami underneath, I own a good variety of these tops to be worn with my pencil skirts.  The silhouette is created by the skirt with is doing all the work, the loose top being tucked into the skirt highlights the waist.

Here are a few more examples-

Let me know your thoughts

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Can I Wear Color to a Funeral?

Hello People!  Can I wear color to a funeral?  What is appropriate attire to wear to a funeral/ memorial/ wake?  For the first time in a long time I needed to figure this out and I no longer live by/ near my family so I couldn’t just see what they wear and then alter as needed.

So I had the question- can I only wear black?  Can I mix in any other colors? What is appropriate?  I decided on the below outfit.

I wore a basic black fit and flare dress and paired it with a navy professor blazer, added my brown clutch and white necklace to finish off the outfit.  I live by the standard that navy is a neutral color and can be paired as such.  This worked for the funeral because it was still within the color scheme (dark colors) and I did not feel like I stuck out for wearing this as a jacket.   I did have a long debate about the necklace because it was white and gold and kind of became a focal point.  I did have a similar necklace with black jewels that I had planned to wear but it felt like a little too much and was very hard to see with the dress, while the white brightened up the outfit a little bit.

If you are going to wear a color I would do it very tactfully.   I would advise for a more toned down color such as navy (like me), brown or a dark grey which would all be suitable for a funeral.  I would not wear any color that could be considered a bight color.  As a bright color will draw more attention to the fact that you are not wearing black and make you stick out.

If you knew the person very well then I think you can deviate from the above and wear an outfit/ dress that that person really loved to see you in regardless of the brightness of the outfit.

Let me know if you have any questions.

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