Casual OOTD: Superdry T-shirt and beige slacks

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Happy Saturday to you all :). I took a quick picture of my slouchy Saturday outfit today – I can’t work out whether it’s cool or American Tourist™ but this is basically the sort of thing I would be wearing most of the time if I could make it look ok.

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I feel like I look pretty straight-figured in this outfit and that may be part of why it works.     The main focus for me, looking at these pictures retrospectively, is the minimising effect this outfit has had on my hips/thighs. I mean, the thighs are still very clearly *there* but….just go with me on this one, ok? :p

I usually feel this type of outfit stands or falls on the thigh area – let’s be honest, it’s a masculine, ‘blokey’ look, and it suits straight, boyish figures more than it suits feminine figures.  So the figure sporting the outfit needs to kinda reflect that blokeyness for it to work well.  I think it’s the cut of these (old Quiksilver) what would now be Roxy clothing trousers that creates that loose, peg-leg trouser look without clinging to the hips.  I’ve worn the already low waist, low slung on my body to lengthen my torso and balance my proportions, and furthermore for reasons I can’t figure out, the rolled-up 3/4 leg effect creates a balanced lower half.

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I’ve lengthened my lower proportions by just over an inch with my ‘flatforms’ from this previous post which is subtle but certainly helps.  The Superdry t-shirt I ordered off Ebay and it’s a size too big at size 10, but it doesn’t look or feel too loose on.  I think it helped create a straighter waist section to complement the masculine look of the outfit, but it still vaguely follows the curves of the torso so doesn’t add too much upper-body volume.  I’ve had a few Superdry t-shirts over the years, and they last ages, always look great and can be quite fitted when you get them in your correct size.  What makes them so good for the female form in my opinion is the cut of the neckline, and the cap sleeves that have a flattering effect of widening the shoulder line a bit, which balances the hips.  So I’d highly recommend stocking up on several of these cute t-shirts, they’re great for combining with sports gear, with just jeans and sneakers, or if you’re me, you tuck them into maxi skirts and wear with Converse too (to work, as well)….I’ve not tried their vest/tank tops yet, and that would be next on my agenda to see how well they are cut also.

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Anyway, just a brief look at todays slouchy outfit for you – even if it is a bit American Tourist™, you can maybe take the principles and make them work for you with different colour trousers or lose the cap etc.  Have a great week, speak to you soon! ❤

Ps sorry to my American readers – let it comfort you that American Tourist™ is no where near as bad looking as British Tourist™, who sports socks with sandals, awful billowing Bermuda shorts and probably a full dress shirt and tie on the top half, because British.  And if you were my grandfather’s generation, you wore an undershirt (vest as we call it) 365 days a year, despite it being blazing summer or whatever, because it was practically pornography not to wear your undershirt.  So….maybe you feel better now….maybe…..? ;P

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Quick OOTD: black co-ords for work

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Hey there!  Hope you are all having a great week ❤

Just some really quick shots of a simple outfit I wore for work today.  It’s all old items, the sort of thing any of us have in our wardrobes.   But it’s a very easy and classic combination and pretty flattering to an hourglass shape in my opinion.

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The high waisted A-line skirt is what makes the outfit – it’s flattering to my short and not particularly skinny legs (the 3″ court shoes help also – an old Marks and Spencer floral patterned heel, not for sale any more but they do some super cute low-to-mid-heeled patterned shoes there with all sorts of stiletto or block heels).  Just to draw attention to another point – I’ve always felt that 3/4 length sleeves and trousers work on my figure, and this black shirt is no different.  I can’t work out if it seems to work because I’m petite in height, and the 3/4 length stops the garments overwhelming my limbs.  Or whether it’s a more general hourglass body principle, such as the way it balances with our short torso perhaps?  I don’t know, but there seems to be a visual balance provided somehow by the 3/4 sleeves.  It could be worth playing around with as a really subtle way to make your casual outfits look a bit better – push the sleeves of your cardie or sweater up to your elbows or forearms and see what you think – it always seems to work for me.

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I was having a bit of a ‘fat legs’ week before I decided to go out in public with this outfit, as it’s where I carry most of my weight.  I’ve been looking at the prospect of covering them up all summer with a bit of regret, but this day I decided to try and make it work for my cute lil fat legs.  The wide hem of the A-line skirt really helps to visually slim down your legs, so this is a flattering option; I feel the length of this skirt, several inches above the knee, is also quite important – it seems to balance the rest of my outfit better than a shorter skirt would, and ends where my thighs are still a similar width to my calves.  But it’s short enough to look youthful and playful at the same time.

I was wearing some Marks and Spencer’s tights/pantyhose this day, ones with ‘support’ and 20 deniers and a relatively matte/natural tan finish.  These tights are fantastic and have lasted about 20 washes so far without getting holes in them.  Well worth the investment.  Just remember if you’re a bit self conscious of your legs, very natural looking tights are still an option in the summer, even under shorts, and the support ones hold wobbly legs in a bit tighter, almost like Spanx for your legs xD (also if you’re me and your legs swell, it helps with circulation).  I would recommend Aristoc 5-20 denier tights as some of the best on the market and extremely durable too.  But M&S has an excellent selection at cheaper prices.

Lastly, despite wanting what I can’t have (I want to wear ankle straps that cut me off at the ankle, and boots that come up to my ankle etc etc) I decided to go with the flattering ‘no-straps-at-the-ankle’ look and simply plumped for some cute mid-heel courts to lengthen my legs.  Sometimes I forget to just stick to the tried and tested, proven formulas for legs because I’m so focussed on wanting to be able to do what super-skinny legged girls can do (wear converse hi-tops with a mini skirt or whatever – I shudder at the thought of that on me….).  But the short skirt and court heels trick is probably always going to bring the best out in any girl’s legs.  So remember this as a trick with skirts or shorts over the summer.  It’s a bit higher maintenance than wearing flats, but if it gives us a little confidence boost, then it’s worth it.  Substitute stilettos for slingback peep-toe wedges for the warmer weather too.

Details pictures below:

  1. The button front of my shirt
  2. A close up of the green and navy smokey eye I paired with this simple look
  3. Another look at the make-up I wore – below these photos you can see the type of inspiration I was copying (with varying degrees of success xD).  The idea for me was to try echo the colours in my eyes with a cool yellow around the pupil and dark blue around the edges.  The middle of my corresponding makeup ended up looking goldy/green instead but I liked it either way and it got a few compliments.  Sadly the colours washed out quite a lot in the photos, but the professional make-up look below my photos is simply breathtaking, made more dramatic by the pale eye colour, and the eyeshadow beautifully echoing that.  Also my eyebrows are EXTREMELY jealous of the ones in the professional photo…think it’s time for me to drop $50 and get mine fixed up at Phoenix Salon again….

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That is a stunning outfit: Jean from ExtraPetite

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Extrapetite.com is one of my favourite blogs EVER and hugely successful.  I’ve followed the blog since about 2011 and have watched Jean develop her blog into a powerful brand, she works like a boss and ensures every look is deployed perfectly.  I sometimes look at her TINY thighs and think I shouldn’t really be on her site xD – the term extra-petite is for really small framed and short girls, but she creates THE most beautiful outfits in just my favourite style, so I keep turning up!

I love this look below SO much and think it would also work for a curvier body.

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The neutral tones work incredibly well, creating an expensive-looking ensemble.  Here is a link to the original post on Extrapetite.com.

OOTD: Beige casual chinos for summer

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These photos were taken indoors on a dark evening so the lighting was awful to start with.  I’ve brightened them as much as I can in photoshop but lost a lot of quality on the way – but let’s just pretend they’re ok and carry on as friends would 😛

One day I promise I’ll invest in a good camera, tripod and lighting but that day is not today sadly xD.

ANYWAY I need to get on with the post!  I really enjoyed chilling in this outfit.  The gorgeous super comfy cotton trousers are from Quiksilver years ago (now Roxy clothing I believe).  I bought them after seeing this awesome promotional photo of a girl sitting in the side door of a VW camper van, with her grey t-shirt and beige chinos, ankles rolled up and some sweet Converse sneakers on.  It all looked so chill and cool that I totally bought into it.

Here’s me in my house.  Working on the VW camper van for now.  I’m sure I’ll get there….eventually….xD

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I paired the chinos with a boxy cropped t-shirt from K-mart NZ.  Similar chinos are available here by the way.  The garments are all boxy and straight which adds to the slightly masculine outline and chilled vibe of this combo.  The reason it probably works is that the shoulder-widening cap sleeves balance the hips nicely, the scoop neck of the tee shows a slim neckline.  The skin on show – arms, lower waistline and ankles, give the eye three narrow points of reference that make it obvious that there’s a slimmer figure beneath.  That’s why I chose a crop for this outfit – it worked better than a boxy full-length tee would.

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I love the low-slung waistline of the chinos and the loose but not-too-loose fit.  I added a small heel (from my Wearable Heels haul) of about 1.5 inches to lengthen and slim the leg and ankle, and it really helped to have the straps in a lovely nude colour to achieve this (plus it went with the beige chinos really well).Brightened pic 4

Speak to you soon xx

Quick post: OOTD wearing my new heels from mini-haul

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Hello lovely ones, just a quick OOTD pic (from my porch today – yay new camera angle!).  I promised a few pics with outfits I’d put together wearing my new low heels from the recent mini-haul post, and here’s the first one.

This is my work outfit from today, with my faithful skinny jeans, and the navy glittery sandals as below:

I paired these with a navy strappy camisole from Glassons (similar in black here), which is a really silky-feeling, versatile piece with added interest at the neckline (it’s not as low as it looks in the pic, but a bit too much cleavage is the downfall of taking pictures from such an acute angle).  You can’t see it here, but I’ve tucked the cami into my jeans, with a chunky tan leather belt to add a pop of contrasting colour (that incidentally matches my current hair-colour, but, yeno…;P) (full disclosure: ok I also matched my eyeshadow to the hair and belt today, with a nice rust-coloured smokey eye, because I’M THAT PERSON OK?  That pedantic person that takes intense delight out of things matching and co-ordinating xD. Time and therapy is sure to sort it out, don’t worry).

Last of all, I’ve popped a navy v-neck knit cardigan from Glassons over the cami, and for jewellery I had some studs in my ears, and my staple silver chains round my neck.

Hopefully I’ll get some outfits with the remaining two low heels (the tan sandals and the grey strappy ones (I’ve taken photos of the metallic flatform trainers already for another post – coming soon :P).

Have a great week xx

Oversized jumper, Kim-K style

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After seeing how adorable Kim K looked with a cute oversized sweater in the pic below (yes from my Kim K hits and misses post recently, yes listed under misses – so sue me ok? :p).  No just kidding, it’s not flattering this outfit, but it’s damn cute.  And I wanted to see if I could try it too.

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I loved the peachy pink shade of this Everlast sweater, and bought it from Kmart (I can’t find it online so it must’ve sold out).  I got a size 16 which is a few too big for me, to emulate the fit of the Kim K sweater above.  It’s that super fluffy-backed sweater fabric too so I’ve been in heavenly comfort all day in this.  I took these photos quickly on the day before house-clean day so apologies the house is not perfect, it’s just normal busy life *shrug*)

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It’s a bit of an unusual thing for me, running about feeling this comfortable as I normally have something more constricting on – something which feels a bit more girly or smart, especially heels.  Don’t know how I’d feel if I was wearing this type of thing all the time as I don’t feel my best, but I can see why dressing comfy gets addictive haha!

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I felt (and looked) like a kid again wearing this (you know the type of look where you think someone is young until they turn around and this saggy ol’ face frightens the crap out of you?  Yeah, like that haha!) (Actually I’m totally tangent-ing here, but I had that moment walking behind a beautiful slim woman with long blonde hair some years ago, head-to-toe in denim, with red shoes, she looked about 24 until she turned around and her face was SEVENTY.  No lie.  I was shocked but really that lady deserves a medal for having a figure that good in her seventies, and for cracking out the double denim and having no style constraints.  HI-FIVE that lady.  Anyway, digress-over).

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I paired my baggy sweater with my skinny jeans from this post, my rose-gold sneakers from this post.  I did wear a bra that had a minimising effect under this outfit, because I didn’t want my top-half to look too bulky, and it seemed to work as I don’t think this sweater drew any attention to the chest area, nor added too much volume (well, not any more than I deliberately wanted!).

I think this type of outfit would look adorable on girls with narrow shoulders, more of a pear-shape I suppose, because it seems to be the width of your shoulders that dictates how dainty you can look in this oversized sweater.  Mine are not especially narrow, but I also noticed Kim K’s sweater has a more draped effect on her bone structure (as if the fabric is thinner), whereas my jumper is still thick and fluffy and stood out a bit more making me look wider.  Also, notice the neckline on Kim-K’s sweater – it’s a bit looser than my tight crew-neck one, and I think the scoop neckline is a touch more flattering.  I don’t think there’s any other particular features to pay attention to in order to make this look work, maybe apart from picking a colour that suits your skin (see my post on colours if you need more info).

So if you’re in the market for a big oversized sweater, hopefully these little details will help you choose a sweater that looks amazing but effortless like Kim K’s.  Oh and last little details – notice that Kim K has her hair very feminine, and her make-up and nails done, with some very glamourous oversized sunglasses?  These details keep the look feminine despite the masculine shape of the sweater hiding your curves.  I think this balance is key to pulling off slightly un-flattering looks – make more effort to have other features look flattering so you can get away with the less flattering feature.

Have a great week! ❤

Kim Kardashian casual hourglass outfits 2017

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Hi there!  Thanks for popping back to join me for some hourglass inspiration.  This is a follow-up to the recent post I did on Kim Kardashian Hits and Misses; in this post is just a bunch of outfits that I really found flattering on her, whether they ought to be or not.  They worked for me anyway – see what you think xD. There are unfortunately a couple of sheer tops here but I honestly feel it adds nothing to the outfit, and the look could’ve been just as good if not better without showing off the nips.  But I’m sounding like a grandpa now.  Let’s stop ranting and look at Kim’s awesome outfits from this year!

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Khaki shorts outfit: if you showed me these jean shorts on a hanger, I’d have a seizure trying to picture how bad they would look on an hourglass shape.  So much everyones-mum-in-the-eighties imagery going on…

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But I think KK is pulling this off due to the tight top, and length/slightly A-line cut of the jean shorts, and the presence of some awesome heels.  Hmm.  I’m not sure I’d go there myself, but she’s doing ok with this….*shrug*

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Bustier and tailored trousers look above – what’s not to like?  It’s elegant, everything is tailored to perfection to her body, the fabric on the trousers looks like it drapes like nobodies business.  An hourglass always tends to suit a bustier/corset style top (although most women also do, not sure it’s an hourglass thing per se) but we stand to benefit the most due to small waists, tight fitting top plus or minus big boobs.

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I really like this simple stretchy dress – the colour is perfect against her dark hair and tan; the square neckline is flattering, and the tight fit of everything just serves to enhance her beautiful figure.  Of note, I think she has control wear under this dress, there’s a little indent on the thigh which suggests this to me, so don’t be afraid to invest  and wear control underwear even on casual days.

Joggers and white tank top; I really like this look on her – I mean, the grey marl sweatpants don’t exactly minimise the butt and hips, but the tight tank top seems to allow for the sins of the sweatpants quite easily.  I’m definitely going to try this look out – the comfiness of the joggers is calling to my soul.  These photos were taken on two different days with (I think) two different joggers and sneakers (the right hand joggers (sweatpants) have a tie-cord and the shoes are flat soled).  I think I prefer the right side look overall, which may be down to the slightly different details, or may just be the angle of the photos.

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Swimsuit and jeans look above: an easy, comfy outfit that looks great.  The square, low cut neckline is extremely flattering and I like the optical illusion the colour blocked sides of the swimsuit provide, making her waist look even smaller.  Her jeans are mid-rise which leaves plenty of room for her torso in this outfit.  Perfect proportions.

Purple outfit above: sorry about the nips in this photo, but the outfit is just amaaaaaazing!  I love the toning colours, the tight fitting high neck top is somehow working (actually, it may be working better because the sheerness adds some ‘features’ to the upper body rather than being a high-necked elongated bulky blob).  Personally I feel a half sheer sweetheart neck top would have the same effect (sheer over the neckline, opaque over the boobs).  Anyway, the high waist trousers tucked into high boots is really working – I think what’s happened is that her proportions have remained in balance, but just shifted up.  The high neckline, the high waist, the high ankle-line.  But I really like the way she’s tucked in her trousers.  The puffa jacket is meh to me, but in this picture I must admit it looks pretty damn cool.

Ok that’s all for now, hope you enjoyed analysing why Kim’s casual outfits are working so well on her figure, and that you can apply this to your own wardrobe!  Have a great week ❤

Leather dress in chartreuse

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Ok this is another of my recent series of OOTDs which show you what I’ve been wearing lately; the outfits have been admittedly more ‘smart hourglass’ than casual.  I’ll get back to my remit soon, I promise.  Maybe I’ll try arrange some hauls of certain casual brands and see how well their clothes fit on a curvy frame.

Anyway, back to todays outfit: this was from Milanoo.com over a year ago, and I’ve gotten a few wears out of it.  Milanoo is a cheap and cheerful website, I think they ship from China, it is legit but I do find the quality is variable, usually cheap quality.  They sell everything, including clothes and shoes.  If you ever want a fancy dress outfit or dress up wig, this is absolutely the place to go!  However I saw this dress in the women’s clothing pages and wanted to try it as I loved the idea and the styling on the model, and it turned out it’s really nice quality PU leather – most people think the dress is real leather close-up and I’d be hard pressed to tell the difference myself.  I’m not sure how well that comes across in the photos however.

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So this is a size large, as it’s in super petite Asian sizing.  I’m normally a size 8 in UK/NZ sizes.  It is fully lined, and zips up at the back.  It’s extremely comfortable and warm.  You will see that the waistline is pulled upwards by the fact that it’s not designed for a full bust, but a waist tie is provided and I feel like this enables me to compensate for the altered waistline.

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I tend to pair the round neckline with a fluffy scarf as it adds to the slightly 1940’s feel of the outfit, and matches my skintone more easily than chartreuse which I find a bit hard to pull off right next to my face.  I also add thick black eyeliner, pearl earrings, a pair of black court shoes and a structured black handbag.  Normally I’d have my hair curled at the ends too (max out that retro vibe!) but I was trying to do a lot of outfit photo’s at once back in mid-October to update you all on my smart outfits.  So forgive the slightly thrown together feel of these photos xD

Anyway, hope you enjoyed this outfit post!  This shape and length of dress is great for a work outfit for an hourglass, it tends to flatter all the right parts of your figure.  I feel that a leather/leatherette dress is easier to wear in a softer colour than black, and the length and style needs to be quite conservative.  Here’s a useful article I found on GlamRadar as I was looking for good examples of leather dresses, about how to wear a leather dress.

That is a stunning outfit: Beyonce

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Beyonce smashes it out the ball park with this gorgeous cut-out floral dress.  Paired with glossy straightened hair and peep-toe heels, this is a beautiful summer evening outfit for an hourglass figure.  The floral dress appears to have two straps and a bustier style top, and despite the cut-out, manages to not be overly revealing, whilst emphasising her tiny waist.  Peep-toe heels are meant to be an excellent heels option for hourglasses, and I like how Bey’s have a little platform for some additional leg lengthening – super flattering.  Excuse the low quality picture it was all I could find.  As an aside, JayZ looks awesome with more hair than usual, I’ve never seen him with a mini-fro before.  Speak to you again soon lovely ones ❤

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