Over-knee boots and a grey poncho

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Here’s a quick outfit of the day for you.  I’ve often wanted to try the tall-boots-over-jeans look but I’ve kinda chickened out thinking you needed ultra skinny thighs for it.  But recently I purchased a pair of suedette boots from Milanoo (wouldn’t massively recommend these particular boots as the foot box is a bit loose, but otherwise they’re ok) but they were cheap and enabled me to try out the look without committing too much.  I liked the look, and paired the black boots with my black jeans, for a more subtle effect initially.  For the top half, I have worn a red/white/blue checked shirt, but also my grey poncho as pictured.  There’s plenty of other cute tops you could wear, such as chiffon blouses, leather jacket, tunics etc etc.  I think I’ll also be brave enough to wear them over my grey jeans too at some point.

See what you think, hope you like the look 🙂

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My poncho is from Temt, a highly affordable Kiwi store that sells Primark-standard clothing.  Black stretch skinny jeans are old, from Primark.  Handbag is from Novo and boots are from Milanoo.  My hat is old from Forever 21 in a trilby style.  Bangle is Forever 21.

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That is one stunning outfit…

Casual hourglass, Outfits, Wardrobe planning

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This is just a quick post I meant to write a while back when I did my Kim Kardashian Style Hits piece.  I came across this outfit of Kim K, and I know I’m on a casual blog and just about nothing of the above outfit is casual, but just aaaaaaaaaaah (heavenly music whilst gesturing towards the photo above, in case you were wondering)!  It’s.  Such. A. Beautiful. Outfit.  I love it and think it’s actually pretty achievable for an hourglass.  I found some pretty good look-alike-y pieces for next to nothing on a quick search of Boohoo (Missguided could be another option for this sort of thing). No affiliate links yet by the way, I’ll let you know in any post that I’m using links that I profit from.  But anyway, maybe this could provide some cute outfit inspiration for an evening at the theatre, a posh meal out with family, office wear, or just randomly walking across STOP signs like Kim K above.

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Boohoo Megan Cropped Sweat – if you want to make the look a touch more casual

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Boohoo Amber Roll Neck – plenty of these ribbed cropped tops online at the moment.

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Boohoo Sophia Twist Front Pencil Midi Skirt – could be good for tummy coverage if needed

 

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Boohoo Esme Ribbed Midi Skirt – get your spanx ready for this little number…!

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Not cheap these ones, Sam Edelman sandals for $322.75 USD, but seem more wearable with blocky heel and are real suede.

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Stiletto heeled nude ‘Caged Faux Suede Heels’ from Forever 21

Styling brogues when you don’t have skinny legs

Casual hourglass, Outfit of the day, Outfits, Reviews, Uncategorized, Wardrobe planning

Brogues. They strike fear into the heart of many a curvy girl. Undeniably mannish in style, they contradict our feminine bodies to the extreme but here lies the draw: they’re hard to style. Every woman likes a decent challenge, a way to prove that despite her manly attire, she can still come off as a beacon of femininity.  Or something like that.

So, in short: challenge accepted, on behalf of all the short, chunky-legged, womanly-shaped women out there who would like to try a brogue or two.  Now as a proviso before I set off, if you are after a brogue this season to update your look, I would (now) completely encourage you.  Before I bought a pair and played around with some outfit looks, I would’ve said avoid completely if you’re an hourglass.  I’ve been pleasantly surprised at how it’s possible to style them fairly easily, and they got the husband seal of approval :p

The brogues to buy would be black patent ones like these from ASOS (as I’m typing this I realise I may be lumping in loafers alongside brogues – sorry about that.  I’m going to change my title to reflect the mix-up and for future reference, apparently brogues have little perforations/holes in, whilst loafers are slip-on and have the tassels.  Trust me to find a pair of shoes with both features – I’ll call them broafers).  Anyway, back to those patent brogues, they should be super shiny and I think they look awesome with a white sole, kinda reflecting the sport-luxe trend gently.  If you can’t get or don’t like shiny black ones, get some cool cut-out metallic ones, these often look a bit girlier too and gold or silver can be treated as a neutral when it comes to pairing with outfits.

I on the other hand thought about getting my ideal pair of black shiny loafers ($189 NZD), but instead had to invest in a couple of other bits and bobs for other posts, so I settled for some tan ones that were cheaper and I fell in love with them a bit.  Anyone else a sucker for a tan shoe?  No?  That will just be me then.  My brogues were from Novo on Queen’s street, Auckland, and I got them reduced for $40 NZD.

Here’s three looks with brogues that I felt reasonably happy to leave the house in; see what you think.

Look number 1: All black, city style with a tailored jacket

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This was probably my favourite look of the three – trust an hourglass to migrate towards the smartest possible option.  Bah, I’m unproving my own theory that ‘hey hourglasses, we can all look awesome without resorting to the smartest possible option’!  Anyway my jacket is from H&M (yonks ago – they usually have some current options year round however), button-down cotton polyester shirt from Primark (old) and the jeans I bought from K-Mart cheaply and added in some knee rips myself – search Pinterest for how to do this if you’re interested.  You’ll see I’m putting together outfits with a lot of pieces already from my wardrobe – it’s partly because I’m not a billionaire buying new clothes all the time (‘we never would’ve guessed’ I hear you cry), but it’s actually a deliberate policy to represent outfits that don’t cost the earth or require constant expenditure – I’m a believer in a good-quality basic wardrobe, that gets updated with key pieces as and when needed (e.g, brogues).  My sunglasses are new from Topshop – the round shape is an easy update this season.

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Look number 2: Laid back Saturday leather jacket and jeans

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This comfy look would be great for any number of daytime events, pottering round the shops, running errands, having a coffee out with your husband.  I kept the white top fitted (it’s a peplum style top from Pagani a year ago) so that my waist wasn’t completely lost in the loose leather jacket.  My jacket is old, from Miss Selfridge and is falling apart now!  But everyone needs both a black and a coloured (p)leather jacket in their wardrobes, they’re so versatile.  My jeans are my good ol’ Primark Lift n Shape.  Oh and my handbag was from The Warehouse, but any tan handbag would work here, to bring out the tan in the shoes.

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Look number 3: Back to school preppy styling with fedora and tights

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I bought this fedora from Topshop very recently, and am in love with it.  I’ve been wanting a floppy-brimmed light brown hat forever, and then found this one which combines a floppy brim with up-to-date fedora detailing.  I paired this hat with an old stretchy dress from Primark – the short length helps keep the brogues from looking too frumpy.  My bag is old, no clue where from but you can get a nice tan bag from anywhere these days.

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Hope you enjoyed my three brogues outfits, if you’re interested in some super comfy stylish shoes, I can definitely recommend brogues as a worthy update to your hourglass closet.

Football crop top casual look

Casual hourglass, Outfit of the day, Outfits, Reviews

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I thought this look would be good for transition weather such as Spring or Autumn – I’ve paired a football style cropped T-shirt (recent purchase, Valley Girl again! Total bargain too…) with some grey moto jeans from Primark (old) and last season’s faux leather jacket from Forever 21.  This look is easily replicated with pieces from just about any high street store.

Accessories include a faux leather cap and chunky rose gold watch from The Warehouse, and bracelet from Forever 21.

Red body suit for spring/summer

Casual hourglass, Outfit of the day, Outfits, Reviews

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Even though its winter in New Zealand, I thought I’d include a summery outfit of the day for Northern Hemisphere readers! I was lucky enough to get a gorgeous sunny day to take photos without goosebumps :p and felt this outfit worked well for an hourglass frame.  The cut-out detailing at the back manages to draw in the waist visually and makes the look super casual.  I would probably wear this outfit to a beach or festival as I’ve styled it here, but I’ve also been wearing the bodysuit under a blazer and black trousers to work (with red lips), and for lounging at home with a checked shirt thrown over.  I love the pop of bright colour this gives for a spring/summer outfit and the sporty styling – it’s also too tempting to pair red nails and lips with this lovely orange-based red. I bought this several days ago from Valley Girl in Auckland (its not the ONLY shop I go to, I promise!) but this type of bodysuit should be readily available online currently from Forever 21 (here are some) or ASOS (here too).

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My jeans and belt are old, from Primark, watch and sandals from The Warehouse, and bracelet from Forever 21.  Sunglasses are Céline.

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Outfit for a casual beach walk

Casual hourglass, Outfit of the day, Outfits, Uncategorized

I recently bought this cosy cardigan from Valley Girl in Auckland, and it’s already come out multiple times when there’s been a slight chill in the air.  It’s warm like a blanket (some may even go so far to say it resembles their grandmother’s blanket,  knitted in the 1950’s) but undeterred by such observations, I have been loving its slightly surfy laid-backness.  It doesn’t do a jot for the figure though, so I compensated by having a close fitting underlayer to ensure I still looked more hourglass than blanket-shaped.

I’ve paired this chunky cardi with my favourite old Primark jeans (lift and sculpt style) and some Converse look-a-likes from The Warehouse.

Jewellery is from Glassons and Swarovski.

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Quick snow outfit of the day

Casual hourglass, Outfits

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We recently had a lovely weekend in Ohakune, NZ, with our best friends and they took us up the beautiful Mount Ruapehu to have a look before the true ski season starts.  It was stunning, and freezing!  Here is what I threw on to keep myself warm and I felt it worked quite well for comfort and warmth.  I won’t hold this up as a paragon of cutting-edge fashion (!) but what I’m wearing comprises basics we’ve probably all got in our closets, and is fairly flattering for an hourglass frame.

What I’m wearing includes:

  • Woolly bobble hat from Valley Girl (NZ brand)
  • Sunglasses, last season Céline (link goes to NZ store, Sunglasses Hut)
  • Parka coat (old Select, a UK brand)
  • Merino wool gloves from a tourist shop in Auckland (so warm!)
  • Handbag, old from The Warehouse (NZ store)
  • Mid/dark wash skinny jeans, old from Primark (UK brand) in a ‘lift and shape’ cut
  • Fake Converse from The Warehouse
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Closer look at my hat and gloves

My feet were still quite chilly, so I’d recommend substituting in some Ugg boots/sheepskin boots for a day like this.

Here is a couple more shots of the scenery taken by my gorgeous husband with his iPhone 🙂

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What is your boob strategy?

Body, Casual hourglass, Struggles, Wardrobe planning

Sometimes dressing an hourglass figure elegantly or casually can feel like a complicated mass of curves that each need flattering in their own individual way.  This is why I need to ask you: what, ladies, is your boob strategy?!

What I mean is: boobs have the ability to change the entire overall effect of an outfit, and represent an important consideration when planning your outfit.  Instead of feeling constrained by having either big or small boobs as an hourglass, I see this as being an adjustable aspect you can use to make your outfit work better (obviously there are some limitations to the ‘adjustableness’ of A-cup or K-cup boobs but there is a good degree of playing up or playing down one can achieve :p).  So when you have a certain outfit/look you want to achieve as an hourglass, but you think the boobs may get in the way or spoil the line, have a think about how to improve the fit and look of your garments with a few careful tweaks to your underwear.  I’ll be focusing mainly on larger busts in this article.

So first let’s deal with how you decide which approach to take.


Firstly, playing up the boobs.

What? Closely fitted, bust emphasizing outfits on top of a good boobs-up-front-and-centre bra (or an excellent push up bra for smaller busts and those who want cleavage).

Why?  A busty lady will tend to look slimmer with her boobs perked up high, brought in from the sides, and some say, ‘lifted and separated’.  You provide the perfect contrast to your tiny waist, and counter-balance to your rounder hips.  Another benefit is that this look can be pretty show-stopping and your man will probably love it!  And an hourglass figure really will speak for itself aesthetically when the figure is undisguised by baggy clothes.  Smaller boobed hourglasses may wish to play up their bust with add-two-sizes bras from Victoria’s Secret (the Bombshell is a good one I believe) in order to add curves to your top half – especially a good idea if you are an hourglass who veers towards a pear shape.

Good for: More dressed up outfits; fitted, waist-emphasizing clothing shapes – tight tops, pencil-shaped dresses; balancing wide hips/thighs; more feminine silhouette; v-neck and wrap tops/dresses; jersey or stretch items, skirts and dresses.

How? Obviously getting an excellent bra fitting so that you lift your boobs and can define your torso beneath the bust better. You will want a bra with a good T-shirt bra shape so that your outline in fitted clothing is attractive – in specific, you won’t want too pointy boobs or a double boob silhouette, and saggy un-lifted boobs will make you look older. To narrow your torso, find a bra that can lift and project your breasts so the fullness is up front rather than out at the sides where it will make you look wider. Freya is a very good brand for projection, although you may want to browse more specialist lingerie blogs to find out if they’re good for you in relation to full-on-top vs full-on-bottom boobs and wide-set vs close set boob shapes etc.
To achieve the slimming effect of fitted outfits, the top should follow the line of your body under your boobs rather than hang/drape from the apex (which would add volume to your torso).  You need to separate your boobs from your torso, and ensure your outfit fits your waist – achieving both of these can be surprisingly hard for many hourglass women. Regarding clothing, Pepperberry, which is the clothing brand of the bra brand Bravissimo, is good at creating pieces which fit your boobs underneath, separating them from your ribs and belly, and creating a very flattering profile. Their clothing comes in normal UK dress sizes but has another measure that takes into account just how busty you are. I need to do a post specifically on this brand at some point – they don’t do edgy cool casual looks but are good for staples for busty women such as cardigans, jumpers, Breton style t-shirts and plenty more.  Don’t forget shape wear for your middle section if needed. This look emphasizes the midriff section so make sure your waist is tight and flat so your fitted clothes don’t cling to too many lumps and bumps.


Secondly there is the option of minimizing the presence of your boobs for your outfit. Why? It’s useful to be aware that smaller boobs tend to come across as more youthful, and casual outfits tend to project a more carefree, youthful look, so you can harness this knowledge to make your casual outfits work a touch better for you.  Another reason you may wish to compress your boobs is if you want to amp up cleavage, but have boobs that are wide set or on the smaller size.  Using compression is actually an option I use quite frequently for a variety of reasons, such as the following examples:

  • tight fitting sheath dress with racer back, worn with Converse or heeled boots
  • drapey grey wool poncho that makes my upper body look like a chunk unless I minimize the boobs or wear a slim belt over it (see this link to Jean’s ‘Extra Petite’ blog for the inspiration I used for this outfit – oh how I love this blog, no matter how not-extra-petite I am haha!)
  • work blazer – I can fit into mainstream blazers as my boobs aren’t huge (versus having to buy them from specialist stores like BiuBiu), but my blazers will hang oddly  over my boobs when undone, or fail to sit correctly when done up sometimes, whilst fitting my waist and shoulders fine; minimizing the boobs lets me get away with more, and provides a chic-er line for my professional outfits
  • high neck tops and crew neck sweaters – avoid a great big visual monoboob effect from your neck to your underbust by minimizing your boobs 🙂

What? Although you don’t seem to hear much about minimizing bras these days, I find them to be a useful aspect of my wardrobe. I don’t think it should be an every day thing: don’t quote me on this but I think continually compressing the breast tissue can cause some longer term loss of fullness, so make sure you give your boobs a good break from compression. But occasional minimizing is utterly harmless, and works by compressing the fatty tissue in breasts into a more compact, smaller shape (fat tissue is readily compressible as the cells are not tightly packed).
How? I most often use a sports bra (I get mine from Cotton On in Auckland – actually I have one of their sports bras under my fluffy top in this post), but you can purchase a minimizer bra (I learn from Her Room that they often only go up to a G which is a bit silly but anyway…). If you’re much over a D-cup, this gives you a few more clothing options, as the difference of a cup size or two can mean the difference between fitting into mainstrem clothes vs needing specialist clothes like Pepperberry or Biubiu. Also having less fullness up top can mean you can wear looser tops without looking too bulky, or make those straight-ish shift dresses or boho looks work a bit better.  If you are after killer cleavage, you can use your push-up bra under a sports bra, or just wear a well fitting minimizer which should push everything closer to your body, and smush boobs together a bit in the centre.

Anyway, there’s a few of my personal tips for coping with the complicating factor of boobs when dressing your gorgeous hourglass frame.  Any more suggestions or comments are welcomed, thanks for reading!