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fulleditreduxYay! I’m halfway though the style challenge! My blogging buddy, Lei-Loni at Clothe Your Curves, finished her 30 days. Go to her blog to check out all her smokin’ hot outfits!

closeeditreduxThis necklace is a bit Gatsby, don’t you think? I’ve seen and worn many statement necklaces, but never any in this particular color combo. I like it with this blue lace dress; however, I’d like to try it with a scoop neck top and jeans. Future outfit post!

full2reduxAs for this outfit, whether it’s the necklace, the shoes, or the belt, the details really make such a simple dress pop. What are your favorite accessories to add interest to your outfits? Let me know in the comments.

Thanks to you all, and I’ll see you tomorrow!

Dress: SWAK from Gwynnie Bee / Necklace: Maurices / Shoes: Zappos (similar) / Belt: Lane Bryant

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DSC_0637_2_Fotordancydanceredux It’s Friday, and my happy feet have returned!  It’s gotta be the shoes. As much as I love clothes, I have never been a “shoe horse.” The reason–these big ‘ol 11WW feet are tough to fit. When your feet are wide, not to mention extra wide, a good pair of shoes is hard to find and a cute pair of shoes even harder. Luckily, through trial and error, I have found a few places offering fashionable footwear in W, WW (EE), EEE, and EEEEE widths, and what better way to get your feet wet than with checking out the best flats for fall!

JESSICA LONDON

First, the shoes I’m wearing. Very Dorothy, don’t ya think? Jessica London has been my absolute favorite place to find shoes. Since I began blogging, I’ve been envious of other retro-inspired ladies wearing B.A.I.T. footwear knowing their shoes would never fit my feet in a million years. Many of the styles I’ve bought from Jessica London have come pretty close to looking like B.A.I.T.s, and are very complimentary to my ’50s and ’60s-inspired dresses. Is retro not your thing? They have an excellent variety of styles, a vast majority in up to a WW width. I’ve always been quite pleased with their Comfortview brand. Here are some more of my favorite flats and wedges from Jessica London:

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ZAPPOS

Zappos was always my go to for utilitarian shoes. When I needed a plain-Jane black flat, I went to Zappos. Now, I’m glad to say, they’ve been stocking a variety of fashionably unique shoes while still being the place to go for basics. Also, their customer service is amazing, and I’m always impressed with how quickly their products land on my doorstep. Sometimes I think they ship them before I place my order! Here are the best extra-wide flats from Zappos:

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SIMPLY BE This British company is new on my radar, and they offer they best variety of widths out of the bunch in E, EEE, and some in EEEEE. I know we’re talking flats here, but also check out their wide-calf boots. While some retailers just say their boots are wide-calf and leave it at that, Simply Be offers many in different calf circumferences and are specific with the measurements of each. Anyway, back to flats and a few tips for shopping Simple Be’s shoe department. While they don’t carry a size 12, I usually order a 11EEE and it runs a bit big for me. It hasn’t been overly big enough for me to size down, but if you are a 12, give an 11 a shot as it might work for you. If you’re shopping online, they list each shoe at each width as a separate item, so if you see a shoe you like and it’s not the correct width, either keep looking or search by the name of the shoe. Here are some fabulous flats from Simply Be, linking to the EEE width:

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There you have it! I’m happy to see the variety and choices for what’s available this season, and I hope this post helped you out if you have problems finding the correct fit like I did. Now, I’m ready to strut my stuff in my fancy flats! DSC_0643_Fotorfulleditredux What are your favorite places to shop for wide and extra wide width shoes? Help a girl out, and let me know in the comments! Dress: Cherry Velvet via Gwynnie Bee / Belt: Lane Bryant / Leggings: Torrid / Necklace: PacSun (old, spray painted by me) / Shoes: Jessica London

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IMG_1153I’m going through a bit of a “phase” with today’s outfit. This lunar graphic tee with a chiffon back panel from Torrid shows off one of this season’s hottest trends. I’ve seen many tops with sheer, lace, or completely open backs. How do you get the support you need while still daring to bare? You get one of these:

IMG_1087I call it my “chicken bra” because of the way it looks and feels, which honestly is pretty weird. It’s not right for every outfit. You won’t get a lot of lift and shape from it, but if you have to go backless, it’s a good option. It’s adhesive, can be used over and over, and really stays put. I got mine from Target.

IMG_1156I finished off the look by layering two gold necklaces. Yes, I’m a Leo, and now you know because of this sweet necklace from Shop Soul. The geometric statement necklace is from dELiA*s, and the leggings I’m wearing are from Avenue. Now, I’m ready to soak up some moonlight!

Work It!

March 16, 2014 — 18 Comments

IMG_1059Work where? No matter how you bring home the bacon, you can always be on the clock in style. In this week’s Style Study, I’m going to show you three different professional outfits tailored to different workplaces and a quick DIY to reveal your creative side.

Outfit #1: Executive Excellence

IMG_0927You’re the corner-office cutie who’s dressed to impress! This look is great for any workplace with a suit-and-tie dress code or for that all-important interview to you snag the job of your dreams. The power suit doesn’t have to be too matchy-matchy. I paired this plain black blazer with a chevron-striped pencil skirt, both from Lane Bryant, to show that you can mix and match your suit separates to get versatile looks from your business wardrobe. The ruffled top from Cato Fashions adds a pop of coral to brighten up your daily grind.

IMG_0932Chevron earrings from dELiA*s, a Lane Bryant belt, and black patent, pointy-toed heels from Zappos gives the outfit professional polish to show you mean business. Ready for a night out with co-workers? Lose the blazer for a party-perfect evening look.

Outfit #2: People Person

IMG_0988Let’s face it. Heels and short skirts aren’t always practical if you spend all day on your feet. You may be a teacher running to keep up with the kiddos one second and having a parent-teacher conference the next. Or, you may work in retail where you have to look put-together for the public but still have to be comfy enough to spend eight hours without sitting at a desk. This is the outfit for you! This sheer teal top from Torrid layered over a Lane Bryant cami gives the outfit a dressy look without being too fussy. The black slacks, also from Torrid, are casually functional and have a little bit of stretch ensuring that you can keep up with whatever the day throws your way.

IMG_0989I can testify these sensible flats from Zappos with cute knot details have helped me to survive many shifts on the sales floor. I used the same Lane Bryant belt from the first outfit to emphasize the top’s empire waist. The little rose earrings from Charming Charlie compliment the fabric detail of the top as well, and a cute hair bow from Carter’s (Yes, the baby store! I was shopping for my niece, and one thing led to another…) finishes off the outfit.

Outfit #3: Creative Comfort

IMG_1053Ever want to show up to work in your sweats? Some people are really this lucky, especially artists, designers, and writers. If you’re one of these folks working either from home or from a dressed-down workplace, you can still look polished without taking too much energy away from your creative endeavors. Pastel and pretty, this graphically inspired Lane Bryant sweatshirt layers effortlessly over an Old Navy mandarin collar shirt. Stretchy, skinny jeans from Torrid are comfortable for a long day sitting in front of a computer but are polished enough for if you actually run into another human being.

IMG_1052The accessories pull from the pastel palette of the rest of the outfit. You’ll swear these mint flats from Simply Be are your favorite slippers, and the earrings? Well, that’s our DIY project, and you can make them in no time!

IMG_0843The how-to on how to make the earrings can be found here, and she even gives a few different designs you can pick from. As for me, I started off with a pair of big, gold hoops from Charming Charlie that were beginning to tarnish and not look so great. Picking the embroidery thread, I chose colors found in the sweatshirt going with shimmery mint green and pink and a solid black. Full disclaimer, the shimmery thread was a bit more difficult two work with because the strands wanted to separate more so than with the black thread, but I made it work, and here’s the end result!

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Hopefully no one has a case of the Mondays with these outfits! Until next time, work hard, play harder!

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