Oversized jumper, Kim-K style

Outfit of the day, Reviews, Wardrobe planning

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! ❤

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Review: Trespass COMPAC mac

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I like to go walking for hours and hours in the local hills and bush in NZ – it’s a paradise if you love getting outdoors.  Most of the time when I’m doing something outdoorsy, I have tended to submit to looking a bit stumpy and lame haha!  It doesn’t really matter what you look like when you’re hiking, but the girly girl inside me wishes I looked a bit awesomer!  Anyway, one thing I’ve done is buy a Trespass Compac Mac off eBay recently (from this seller who was fantastic, my purchase arrived so quickly, is authentic Trespass goods, perfect condition, everything was easy; it looks like they may be an official Trespass seller).

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I was looking for a waterproof mac that had a waist tie and a good hood that could be tightened when the wind and rain both decide to make a show.  I wanted the mac to have an a-line shape with a bit of butt coverage, as I find this length more flattering over leggings.

Turns out the Trespass mac was not only a bargain (29.00GBP – wow, migrant reminders that you’re living in another country: I don’t even have the pound sign on my laptop anymore!) but it fitted all my specifications.  Be aware if you’re looking for a similar coat, that this is thin and unlined, so your warmth will need to come from other layers (I chuck my Karrimor fleece underneath).  But it’s fully waterproof and breathable.

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The hood covers my whole head – I HATE those rubbish micro-hoods that come only halfway over the crown of your head.  Cue full frizzy hair from the crown forwards, which frames the face beautifully like a pom-pom.  Awesome.  But the Trespass Compac is a good hood, AND the genius who designed it put toggles either side of the hood so you can tighten the hood in the wind/rain.

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The waist-tie is simple and lightweight and I think looks pretty good actually.  There’s belt loops so you can tie it behind you if you want a more subtle waisty look.  I’ve shown below the coat without the belt, and with.  I got the XS and my measurements are bust 35 inches, waist 24.5inches, hips 34.5 inches. You’ll see there’s plenty of space for a thick jumper or fleece beneath the waterproof outer shell that this mac provides.

Overall, I’m impressed, I just need to trial it outdoors in the rain now.  And I wonder if I should’ve gotten the purple one because it’s cool (no other reason needed) but I try to keep my sports/outdoors clothing and equipment to pink and black so I can mix and match well (plus it’s flattering) so I’m glad I got the black really.

Hope this review is useful for those of you trying to find flattering outdoorsy clothing!  See you next time ❤

Stripey jumpsuit = 1970’s time!

Banter, Outfit of the day, Outfits, Reviews

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I saw this on Boohoo.com and just had to give it a go – how fun yet how risky, I thought to myself.  Chance of looking like Crusty the Clown in a Wham! video?  High.  Chance of looking 1970’s in a non-ironic way?  Also high.  Chance of having fun whilst all this is going on?  Well, I don’t know, at least a medium?

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Sorry about my messy dusty mirror and, well, messy dusty whole house really.  I enjoy cleaning and living in a perfect looking house, but I enjoy reading and thinking even more dammit.  Anyway, I slipped this jumpsuit on when it arrived promptly from Boohoo, and thought to myself: actually, this is working for me…just about.

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I wore this to work a while back actually, tried to pull off the look, with a mustard blazer over the top and some heels…but it looked a bit daft for a formal setting I think.

It certainly has a slightly clown-like tendencies, this outfit, maybe a bit of this goin’ on:

I think it was meant to be channelling a bit more Cheryl Cole like this:

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Anyway, I liked how the bodice is quite fitted in this jumpsuit, and the square neckline is flattering.  I think you could fit bra-straps under the straps of the jumpsuit, but the cut of the bodice makes cramming a bra under here a bit difficult unless you don’t mind it peeking out.  I think an adhesive bra or nothing would work best – it’s quite fitted and supportive on the bust.  The bodice fits the waist beautifully, and I think that is part of the reason I think this outfit could work.  I’ve come to think it should only be worn as a stand-alone piece, and only for an  evening do, a la Cheryl Cole, maybe with just a clutch.

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Here’s me showing you the wide trouser legs.  And below, the heels I paired it with.  I’m 5’2 and the heels are 3 inches, so you can see above the trouser legs bunch up just a little on the floor on me.  That should give you an indication of how the length will be on you if you buy it.

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What do you think, is it wearable without looking too daft?!  Thanks for visiting and supporting the blog, I’ll be back again soon.  With love ❤

Trying casual styles on in Cotton On, Part 2

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Continued from Part 1 – I’ll just jump right in.

Sixth outfit: Black leather-look moto jeans with print crop top

I really liked the shape of this outfit, especially from the back with the pretty straps and overall curve-flattering (well, curve-adhering!) shape of the clothes.  I think everyone needs a good pair of wet-look/leather type of jeans in their closet, and I’m a huge fan of moto detailing ever since I first saw it about a decade ago.  It just adds something extra and the details are what make relatively cheap clothes look more expensive.

IMG_6100 2The top didn’t work so well for me for the sole reason that it was cut too low at the armscye (I think they were trying a racer front which yes, I admit looks cool but I loathe for bra-related reasons) so I had half my boobs visible at the sides.  The top as a result didn’t keep my bust supported or contained so the girls felt like they were roaming far and wide; I’d normally work around that with an adhesive bra, but the racer-front cut would’ve rendered the weird silicone skin-coloured cups visible, which would look like a strange boob deformity to onlookers.  So sadly, despite the cool print, length and back-straps of this top, I did not invest.IMG_6970

Oh, here is the name of the jeans if it’s of use or interest to anyone.  They are a mid-rise so you’ll see how that sits on my short rise body – they’re nearly high-waist but not quite.  They don’t have the exact same in Cotton On right now but two very similar without the moto detailing here and here.IMG_1946

Seventh outfit: Orange slogan tee with stretch skinny jeans and tan heels

So this outfit I wore to the bar with my girlfriend on a warmish summer/autumn evening and it was perfect for the weather.  Here I am trying the all-tucked-in look with what felt like legs up to my chin (for once haha!) and I liked pairing it with a mid-heel to extend my legs but still remain comfortable and casual.  I tucked in the front of the T-shirt and left the back out, and wore some mirrored aviator-style shades and a tan cross-body bag to match my shoes.  Excuse my serious facial expressions, I look so much like my parents would taking these photos – the ‘looking at the button to press rather than the camera’ face…

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I actually had matching fingernails and toenails this day too, I’m so proud.  If only I’d gone for a red/orange lip too…Anyway, here is the tag from the jeans if it’s useful for anyone. I’ve found them on Cotton On too which is great, but I’m laughing my socks off because on NORMAL PEOPLE these jeans are mid-rise and CROPPED not full-length! Hahaha never mind…IMG_9751 3

Right that’s all for now so I’ll finish up and go look at how short the jeans look on the model on Cotton On compared to FULL. LENGTH. on my micro legs.  Hope you’ve enjoyed this 2-part post, I’m hoping some of you will try or have already tried the tucked in full butt on show style – let me know whether it worked for you or not.  Until next time  ❤

 

Two looks with Topshop trainers on an hourglass body

Casual hourglass, Outfit of the day, Outfits, Reviews

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Here’s a couple of ways I’ve been wearing my Topshop trainers lately.  These flat soled type of trainers are surprisingly easy to style with our type of body, even though I haven’t yet tried them in that typically Instagrammy style with an A-line midi skirt (see pic below).  I’m too scared to try – just thinking about my cute (body acceptance) but chunky (body realism) ankles and calves poking out the bottom of the skirt ha!  I’ll work up to it eventually.

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Now I bought these trainers from Topshop in NZ a couple of weeks ago, but I can’t find them online now, so either they’ve been sold out, or we just get sent all the nine-seasons-ago stuff the rest of the world didn’t buy….option two is a veritable possibility in NZ, you should see what we have to work with over here :p  But currently online is an almost identical pair of trainers to mine, here, if you’re interested.  But I love these gold-tipped trainers too (Topshop again).

For outfit one, I’ve paired an old burgundy leopard print crew-neck sweater from The Warehouse, and some old black skinny jeans from Primark.  I tend to buy a size or two up in skinny jeans, just to house my thighs and calves – anyone else have to do that?  I will hopefully be testing out jeans meant for us curvy girlies eventually so I can report back to you whether they’re worth your investment.  For this look, I rolled up the ankles just a bit, but found that too much of a roll up is just emphasising a weak area for me, so I kept my roll up low and only showing the slimmest bony bits of my ankle.  My leather cap is from The Warehouse too, two seasons ago, but any black cap would work.

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In look 2, I’m wearing a khaki stretch dress from Cotton On in NZ, bought a size up so I can also wear it to work without it looking too spray on.  I’m laughing at our blurred photo editing in the second pic – when preparing some of these pics for Instagram and Pinterest, me and my husband thought it would be *really good* to blur out the photo except for focusing on the footwear, that being the emphasis of the outfit.  And, er, now I’m just cringing!  Anyway I’ll leave you with outfit two, hope you enjoyed the quick ‘two ways to wear’post, and that you can use it to judge how well the trainers work with an hourglass body.

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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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Book review: 1000 Outfits From Just 30 Pieces (Wendy Mak)

Casual hourglass, Reviews, Uncategorized, Wardrobe planning

I’ve always been a bit interested in the capsule wardrobe idea – if you got it just right, you’d probably look good most of the time.  And I like variety, so I like the idea of having a good solid ‘basics’ wardrobe, whilst updating a few key pieces and accessories each season to stay up-to-date but without costing the earth.

I don’t yet know if this concept will work with the type of style I’m trying to achieve.  I’ve always been a bit of a classic girly dresser by habit, just because I achieved that look a bit easier with my figure, and the capsule works well with that look.  But I’ve always wanted to do that edgy-cool-casual type of look (google Ellie Goulding casual or, like, Cara Delevigne casual to get the gist).  So we’ll find out during my exploits whether this capsule wardrobe thing can be adapted for the style we’re aiming for (or does the fashion move too quickly for the capsule to work?).

Buuuut anyway.  Back to the book.

After browsing around for a good book on the above topic, I came across Wendy Mak’s book on Kindle and downloaded it very cheaply.  It was exactly what I wanted – an actual list of fundamental wardrobe items, complete with reasons why I needed them in my wardrobe.  Also she includes a long list of the supposed ‘1000 outfits’ at the end of the book.

The explanations as to why you need each piece in your wardrobe are invaluable because I think this will enable the reader to adapt the capsule from the fairly ‘classic’ and middle-aged style Wendy proposes, to a more youthful or edgy style.  However, Wendy has also cleverly included casual and smart looks within her 30-piece wardrobe, and if you start changing up the pieces, the ability to dress smart and casual may come unstuck a bit.

After reading the book, I followed her instructions and developed the list of 30 pieces (they were either already in my wardrobe or had to be bought in newly).  I actually built this capsule wardrobe right before we emigrated from the UK to New Zealand.  It was brilliant because we moved over with just two suitcases, and my capsule fit in such a small space, and yet provided a multitude of good outfits.

So, did it work?

Well I do feel that since I invested time and a bit of money in developing this capsule of 30 items, I’ve not lacked any key pieces in my wardrobe.  I just feel like I can construct a whole load of outfits from not very many clothes.  I’ve existed off a small wardrobe for the last six months in NZ, and this wardrobe has sorted me out for both work and casual, somehow.  So overall, I’ve been delighted with the results.  Of course, since moving here, I’ve wanted to buy the odd pieces of clothing – like yet another white tee or some accessory or other.  But I’m quite sure it’s saved me a whole bunch of cash on not-very-useful clothing.

Over time, I’m also going to gradually update my capsule pieces to better quality ones, now that I know Wendy Mak’s capsule works for me.  So for example, I came to NZ with a thrifted high-waisted black skirt from ‘Morgan’ and have more recently replaced it with a more expensive, lovely quality skirt from ‘Cue’ in NZ (gorgeous high quality Aussie brand by the way).  So bit-by-bit I’m hopefully going to look a bit better dressed.

What are the cons of the book/capsule idea?

Well the 1000 outfits listed at the end actually included outfits which were identical to each other, save for changing the handbag for example.  So for me, a change in handbag didn’t really constitute a separate outfit although I’m sure it could change the look somewhat.  Similarly, I don’t consider it a new outfit when you change just your silk scarf.  But overall, I didn’t find this detracted too much from the principles of the book.

Also, as mentioned earlier, the capsule pieces Wendy suggests are in a very ‘classic’ style.  It remains to be seen if this works for a different style.

Wendy is quite open with the fact that she designed this capsule with the Australian weather in mind.  It’s proved quite helpful for me now I live in NZ (even though it’s a bit colder here), but it may need some tweaking for colder or more variable climates.  I found myself wondering if you really need a capsule for each season, rather than just one for the whole year.

Lastly, after about 6 months of using this capsule of clothing, I’m just starting to get a bit bored.  But bear in mind, Wendy does suggest you update with 3-6 pieces every season and I’ve not paid much attention to that so that may explain why I’m getting bored with the same clothes.

Anyway, if you like the sound of this book, Amazon should have hard copies or Kindle copies for you for a few bucks.  I got the Kindle version, and the colour pictures and ‘1000 outfit’ charts at the end don’t display as well as in the paperback, but this was ok for me.

Have you tried a capsule before?  Do you reckon we could adapt the idea for a casual hourglass style?