Yaaaaa! The sunshine has made an appearance. What a great way to end the week.
So today was a day of gathering clothes for a photo shoot I have tomorrow, a little lunch with a good friend and basic running around. Looking forward to more baseball, a photo shoot in Fremont, and a dance recital this weekend. What about you?
Happy weekend everyone.
2 • 4 • 6 • 8, who do we appreciate??
The number of women who are actually shopping for these sizes in the US is very limited. Several reports I’ve read, have the average American woman wearing a size 14. Not only do we have the women who are looking for larger sizes, they are also some naturally petite women who have just as much of a challenge to find things that fit. Petite is labelled as anyone under 5’5″ through google but other sources have it labelled as 5’3″ or under. Ladies wearing the larger sizes are in search of good design past size 12 and those on the other end of the spectrum are trying desperately not to have to shop in the kids department.
Tuesday Tip, where to shop for these sizes.
1) Ann Taylor.
When this store was rebranded, they really thought to include a large range of women. Size XXS to XL, size 00-18, and also a full Petite department as well as a full Tall department, with each having the same size range as the regular height merchandise. For even more options, Ann Taylor Loft has the same sizing as it’s original store.
2) Banana Republic
While Banana is not offering quite the range that AT is, they still have a good offering. Regular height is 0-16, Petite is XXS – Large/00-14, and Tall has Small – XL / 2-16.
Another store has gotten on the bandwagon of assisting smaller women with not having to live at their alterationists’. They are now carrying over 200 designs where the sleeve length, the knee placement, necklines, armholes, inseams, and waistlines have been altered for a better fit. Within the Petite Sizing, items are sized 00-12 and the Regular Sizing, the range is 0-14.
Although this isn’t always everyones favorite stop to shop (due to some minor chaos), there are always finds here. The Petite section carries XS-18, Regular carries 2-18, and the Plus sized department has 0X-3X. INC has always been a brand that fits petites well, definitely one to check out. As for the Plus sizing, Michael for Michael Kors has some great pieces.
5) Land’s End
While this might not sound like the height of fashion for you, LE is a great online stop for basics. From bathing suits, to cardi’s, to skirts, pants, and shorts, there are sizes for everyone. In Petite they offer sizes 2-16, in Regular they offer 2-18, they have Tall in 2-18, and Plus sized in 14W-26W. Not only that, they bathing suits offer a variance of cup sizes: Regular, D, DD, DDD, and Mastectomy.
6) Eddie Bauer
Another place to shop for basics. They carry Petite (XS-XL), Regular (XS-XXL), Tall (M-XXL) and Plus (16W-24W).
While I LOVE J.Crew, they are a store that is definitely cut a little narrower than standard fare. How I fit their clothes depends on the given piece. They do carry Petite sizes (recommended for 5′ – 5’4″) from 00-12, Regular sizes in 00-14 / XXS-XL, Tall (recommended for 5’9″ – 6’0′) in 2-14. They also have an online section for Size 16 and an online shoe section for sizes 5 and 12.
8) J.C.Penny or now JCP
One more place that is great for basics and fabulous pricing. Petite sizes in XS-SL, Regular in 2-16/18 (depending on the piece), Tall in 2-16/18, and Plus size in 1X-3X.
Great quality, more of a classic look, Talbot’s has a fabulous range of sizes as well. Although not Tall, they do carry the following: x-3x for Plus and 0-22 for Petites. The Regular sizing at Talbots is 2-20.
Sadly, this brand from Spain does not carry larger sizes, hopefully someday. In the meantime, those who are narrow, this shop is for you. With their European cut’s, their clothing is much narrower than the standard American brands we are used to. Being a “regular” sized person, I always have to go up a size or two to get things to fit. So for the tiny out there, this is your place to shop. The sizing is labelled XS-XL but I think it is safe to say that an XL equates to an American 10/12. While these sizes aren’t officially Petite and you may still have to hem for length, the cuts and width will fit you.
**Too much reading? Top picks for Plus would be Ann Taylor and Macy’s, Petite would be Anthropologie, INC brand (Macy’s) and Zara.
I’m updating my Styling page today and adding these photos to the mix. Looking out at the gray skies, these warm weather pics are making me remember our quick Seattle summer that happened a few weeks back, while shooting this youthful, beach style theme.
The shoot took place near Alki Beach and the details are as follows: Model: Samantha V. (SMG), Photographer: Mike Diep, MUA/Hair: Shyn Midili, and Wardrobe: Me.
I’ve been promising to share the results of my more edgy shoot for quite some time, still awaiting some editorial decisions, hopefully I can share them soon.
Hey All! Hope you each had a good week. For those who know me personally, you know that I spent a lot of the week in the bleachers at Little League Baseball games. Much of the same is on the schedule for the weekend. What about you? Are you headed out of town? Any big BBQ’s for Memorial Day? Although I didn’t grow up here and the Holiday I am used to is Remembrance Day, it means the same and it is important for us all to be grateful for those who have served in their countries military to protect our freedoms. Thank you!
Sunglasses: Target (here), Cardigan: Canada (similar), Linen Tank: Zara (similar), Brown Tank: Banana Republic (here), Necklace: Stella & Dot (similar), Coral Jeans: Kris&Kate.com (here), Booties: Felmini (here)
The Sheer Trend. When and how to wear it without sharing what you’d rather not.
Hopefully those of you who saw my FB post from yesterday asking about sheer and how you wore it, knew that I was not suggesting the above look to be something we are striving for. It is however a current dress for sale for, by a designer, for a very high price. Save your dollars.
This blouse would be a perfect look for not only work but also play. Throw on a taupe silk/poly cami underneath and pair it with a favorite trouser or skirt for work. For downtime this shirt would look equally as great with some boyfriend jeans, unbuttoned a few with a dark cami underneath and some booties or oxfords as it would with dark skinnies, a pair of heels and a black bandeau, lace bra or cami.
As for the Semi’s, as in part of an apparel item is sheer, part opaque, it depends on the piece. The dress above, and while there are always exceptions to the rule, should generally be left for the under 25 crowd. Unless you are going funky (read artsy), there is no good way to dress this dress. The image that comes to mind is this being worn in a hot, beach town with flip flops. It is super casual, period.
This semi is a perfect choice for office or play. It is conservative enough for work but can go anywhere a black shirt would be used. Just a lighter, cooler, version.
While the tops and dresses with the sheer top panel can be cute, they are harder to wear only because of the strap situation. The best way to wear this number is with a strapless bra. The problem then is that once you get up into the larger chest sizes, support and coverage can be iffy. One could wear a tank under this type of top but it does make it even more casual and takes away from the overall look.
Hold up! This is totally sheer you say? Yes. But, not only can it be used as a fabulous beach or poolside coverup, you could also buy an inexpensive thin strapped tank dress or chemise in navy to create a breezy, everyday dress. Examples of those underpinnings would be:
Final tip. Building your selection of cami’s (both dressy and cotton) is important in any women’s wardrobe. All of them add an extra layer of protection from showing skin you don’t want to but only the right fabric and color will make your outfit. To keep the top above casual, they have added a white cami. This screams bad choice to me. Instead of seeing the pretty top, all I can see is the white tank. Always have a good nude option or the other choice would be a carefully matched tone on tone of the given top. Standard cotton for a dressed down look, silk or poly for dress up.
In jeans, a sweater and a puffer vest, (I just want the sun back!) I thought I would share a few things.
I don’t often talk about beauty products as I am truly low maintenance in that department and I leave it to the experts, but I found something I have to share. I rarely paint my fingernails as I am always using my hands and the polish, without a doubt is peeling within a day. Recently, my mom brought me a nail product that her nail gal swore by and so I thought I would give it a try.
The new product is the one in the middle. My little experiment was to put the DL base/top coat on one hand, the Orly Bonder on the other. I then painted both with the Essie color and then finished both with another coat of the DL base/top coat. After 36 hours, this is what happened.
Not one chip on my right hand. And I am right handed. Sold!
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Next up, Hip Travel Mama, Anne Taylor Hartzell and I went shopping. She needed some new looks for some upcoming appearances. Because she is in front of the camera so often, and one can only wear the same thing in so many combinations without being a repeat, we like to find some deals. Yesterday was a score.
3 brand name dresses, 2 pairs of earrings, 1 necklace, 1 bracelet, 1 ring, and an Italian pair of shoes. The shoes alone retail for over $200. The grand total for this haul? $267. And you wouldn’t even believe what we got the shoes for!!! Keep an eye on Hip Travel Mama’s site to see these outfits in action.
And finally, do you remember this picture?
I had posted this on FB a couple of weeks back for outfit inspiration and many of you really liked this look. In fact, one client “W”, decided she needed to add this look to her wardrobe. Here are her two versions she put together:
And then she also put together a version without the stripes.
To get this look for yourself:
Striped Blazer: Bar III (here), White Eyelet Top: Ann Taylor (here), Green Skirt: Talbot’s (here), Black Cardi: Nordstrom (similar), Necklace: Stella and Dot (similar), Watch: Burgi (similar), Shoes: similar (option 1), (option 2) or spendy (option 3).
If you need assistance with putting outfits together or sourcing some fabulous deals, give me a call. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
Here we are again. So glad it’s Friday, this week was a weird one.
This is what we’ve got for photos this week. When an 11 year old is in charge of the camera….
Client time, shopping, and office work today. Above are the pieces involved. Next up is a Little League Playoff Baseball game. It hasn’t gotten sunny like I had hoped so a quick change into something a tad warmer before I go. What are you up to this weekend?
Hope it’s a good one!
Prospector Oxfords (here)
Loafers for women are a really big deal right now. They have been before and they will be again. I personally tend to shy away from them a bit, as many look quite heavy and honestly, a tad masculine. Recently a client of mine made me take another look at them though, with her couple of pairs that have a kiltie up front. You know that golf shoe leather flap to cover the laces. Another way to lighten the look is cutouts on the side, like the pair above.
Hinge Fraser Oxford (here)
Last week, while shopping, a clerk in a clothing store had the ones above on with a floral skirt and they looked adorable. The color and simplicity made them look light.
Mesh Owen Oxfords (here)
These next two pair also do the same trick with mesh sides (above) and less open cutouts (below).
Sam Edelman Jayden Oxfords (here)
What do you think? Are you a brogue/oxford/loafer wearing gal? Do these lighter options appeal to you? Feedback away!
So, you finally got your winter clothes sorted, washed and put away. Out came the shorts and tanks and it was lovely. For one week. And then today happened. A plethora of weather occurring all day long. What didn’t we see in the sky???
I had office work, a lunch out, and some errands. This is what I went with: