OOTD: Beige casual chinos for summer

Casual hourglass, Outfit of the day, Outfits

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 ūüėõ

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

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Quick OOTD: Floral wide-leg trousers and white blouse

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I paired the trousers from this set on Boohoo with my white stretch/fitted blouse from Pepperberry ¬†(bought a year ago) and my huge tan platform heels as below (they go with everything – I’ve had so much wear out of them, from Asos.com originally a couple of years ago).

Thought I’d take a super quick snap to share with you and I’ll add more photos from that day soon (mirror selfies so you can see what the full outfit looked like).

These trousers are long for me, and I had to pin them to fit my waist (they were a size 8 and my waist is currently 24.5 inches) but I love the idea of them for summer, easy to wear for pottering round the shops, dining out on summer nights paired with some huge platform wedges, and if you’re me, they’re work-worthy too ūüôā

These came with a matching top from Boohoo but I don’t recommend the top for over a B-cup bust as there’s not a lot of fabric. ¬†Unlike most of the things I buy from Boohoo which are in stretchy fabric that accommodates curves, this set however is woven fabric, so unfortunately it’s a bit more hit and miss if it will fit or not. ¬†The set is extremely summery and pretty however, and currently on sale for only $13 NZD, so some of you may find it works perfectly for them. ¬†I will say the trousers have a really nice small waist to hip ratio too, it’s just that the size 8 is probably better for a 25-26 inch waist, but the hips were comfortable/slightly loose on my 34.5 inch hips – with this cut of garment, you don’t need to have them tight so it looked fine as far as I can tell. ¬†But my point is an hourglass gal with the usual ’10 inch difference between waist and hips’ will do well with the waist:hip ratio of these trousers. ¬†One thing I really really like about Boohoo is that you can fairly easily find clothes that fit a small waist, and that is really rare. ¬†It’s a bonus they sell clothes so cheaply given the fit and stretchiness of the clothes tends to play to our figures very well.

The Pepperberry blouse is comfortable and stretchy, the shaping fits pretty well – I think I got this in a 8RC ‘really curvy’ according to their sizing system. ¬†Even the darting and extra accommodation for the curves doesn’t stop it puckering a little bit at the buttons unfortunately as you can see on the picture, but in real life it’s not very obvious and there isn’t any gaping. ¬†I probably just need to iron it better. ¬†Overall, I’m really pleased I bought it and pleased to have a form-fitting classic white blouse to pop under high waisted skirts and trousers for summer. ¬†A great layering piece, too, for preppy looks under cardigans and belted with a skinny belt. ¬†I’d recommend it.

Edit: Here’s a full length photo as promised, it was a bit dark so I had to brighten it in photoshop but you get the idea.

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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

Hourglass casual outfits: Fanny Neguesha

Celebrity inspiration

Ok let’s get it out the way: life has ruined this perfectly normal women’s name for most of us (!) but when you’re this beautiful, I guess you can call yourself whatever you like ha!

Fanny is a french-speaking model and actress living in Europe, and she’s got the perfect hourglass figure. ¬†She’s great inspiration for casual hourglass outfits because on dressed-down days, she has a cool street vibe, follows trends closely and has a really healthy couldn’t-care-less attitude about her body which I find confidence-inspiring.

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Football babe outfit Inspo: Georgina Rodriguez

Casual hourglass, Outfits, Wardrobe planning

Georgina Rodriguez is currently best known for being football player Ronaldo’s girlfriend and baby mama. ¬†She’s a beautiful, 22 year old Spaniard who is now a mum to two baby twins. ¬†I’m going to do a post on casual style inspo from Georgina as well as this post, but I really loved this casual outfit and think it could work well for an hourglass too. ¬†It’s hard to tell from all the photos online if Georgina is an hourglass or not, but I think she has a pretty small waist and balanced upper and lower body proportions.

So that may give you a better idea of how well her outfits might work on you when looking at these inspiration pics.

Anyway! ¬†Into the outfit: I just love this sporty outfit, it’s cute and summery and looks super-laid back…but there’s a lot of details she’s covered to make sure she looks incredible and laid back xD. ¬†As is always the way with women who look amazing.

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Let’s start with the foundations laid for looking amazing wearing this outfit. ¬†Her hair is blown-out and straightened to perfection – do you see a hair out of place (before Ronaldo’s arm messes the whole damn thing up)? ¬†No. ¬†No you don’t.

 

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Anyway, back to Georgina’s look ūüėÄ

She’s got a really pretty natural looking manicure here. ¬†Also a great tan which may be natural or a spray tan. ¬†Also her skin looks well moisturised and in great condition (incidentally so does Ronaldo’s, but that’s a whole other post: ‘how to look more manicured than most women, featuring Ronaldo’).

Also note her cute, minimal stud earrings and necklace, plus surfy bracelets round her wrist.  I think a set of surfy armbands/bracelets are an easy outfit upgrade for a casual outfit, which make a difference to the overall look without trying too hard.
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Ok, so foundations aside, there’s several things about this outfit that I think make it really flattering. ¬†One is the neckline and fit of her t-shirt – it follows the line of her body without being tight-fitting (but tight-fitting would also work with this outfit, especially for emphasising the waist on an hourglass figure) and if you look at the picture below, you’ll see the neckline is a scooped v-neck.

She’s chosen some very sexy mid/high waist tiny denim shorts and tucked her t-shirt in, but what I feel makes the look a bit more wearable is the black top she’s tied round her waist, which covers the back of her thighs right down to her knees. ¬†This is a great option for anyone with less than perfect thighs/back of legs (which is about all of us over the age of 12, even including Gwyneth Paltrow *shock horror*).

She’s snuck in a really wearable low-heeled boot which looks urban and cool, is fit for walking on a football pitch to celebrate your footballer-man’s successes, doesn’t look try-hard at all, but lengthens and therefore slims her legs. ¬†I estimate the heel is two inches or less, and there may be a little platform effect on the front of the boot, but it all looks very ‘not-heels’ and chill if you didn’t look closely (similar here¬†and here from Milanoo). ¬†Every little bit of height helps when you’re showing so much leg. ¬†I feel the ankle length boots might make my legs look a bit chunky, but Georgina doesn’t exactly have sparrow legs, she’s got good shapely legs with a little bit of flesh on them, so maybe I could try and make this look work in real life, we’ll see. ¬†But I think Georgina has deceptively slim legs, it’s just that this outfit makes them look ‘medium’ rather than ‘thin’ because it would have that effect on the very thinnest legs anyway.

Anyway, more pics below for you to enjoy, hope you like this outfit post and tips on how to look incredible wearing a ‘oh this? ¬†I just threw this on’ type of outfit xD.

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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! ‚̧

Kim Kardashian casual hourglass outfits 2017

Body, Casual hourglass, Outfit of the day

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 ‚̧

Mini wearable heels haul – updated

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After trying many different outfits with flats, I just realised I feel and probably look better wearing heels. ¬†And not wanting to be stumbling around with super uncomfortable or high heels, my best compromise is some low-mid height heels. ¬†So with it being springtime here in New Zealand, I picked up a couple pairs of sweet and comfortable sandals, and flatform sneakers. ¬†The shoes look a bit more middle aged than I used to buy – it used to be all pointed stilettos, but I’m enjoying the chunky heel trend going round at the moment and am taking advantage of it!

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These sandals (similar from Kmart here) have got the benefits of having minimal-coverage style straps, being in a gorgeous navy ‘suede-look’ fabric that looks more expensive despite being cheap, and a suuuuuper cute sparkly heel and strap feature. ¬†The heel is chunky and low and the shoes overall are so comfortable I will go back to them again and again (as opposed to some of my fancier stilettos that I reach for less often). ¬†I’ll pop these on under jeans, pop a blazer over a navy camisole and head to work. ¬†Or wear them with a cute summer dress I recently bought which is strappy with a frilled v-neck, plus has off-shoulder frilly sleeve things, elastic waist, knee length and beautiful gentle lemon yellow with navy flowers on it.

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Pair number 2: low nude minimal heels

IMG_5129The thought process behind these was firstly that I really like the minimal two-strap style, leaving plenty of foot on show. ¬†The nude colour doesn’t have the dramatic cut-me-off-at-the-ankle effect because it blends in, so if you have thicker legs like me they’re quite flattering. ¬†With the 1.5 inch heel height, these are low enough that they feel essentially flat and all-day-wear comfortable; in the summer, if I have shorts on and going to head to the beach or something, I don’t really want 4″ wedges to be honest because it can look ‘trying too hard’ or making the outfit too smart. ¬†IMG_5130The bonus is with these sandals is, I get an extra 1.5 inches leg-lengthening effect whilst barely noticing it. ¬†The other point with these is that I can barely imagine an outfit they wouldn’t go with (apart from sports wear maybe) – I know some of my favourite style icons like Kim Kardashian and Shirley Eniang (a Youtuber and blogger) wear nude minimal heels with practically everything and look amazing (theirs are stiletto and 4″ tall however, but mine are the summertime comfy version!).IMG_5131

Pair number 3: Rose-gold flatform sneakers

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Pair number 4: grey strappy suedette low heels

I forgot to include these shoes the first time I published this post, because I bought them a few weeks ago, and I’ve worn them at least once a week since I bought them. ¬†You’ll have to excuse them being a bit stained as they very easily attract scuffs and dirt – I knew this when I bought them but I’m still sad as I don’t really know what to do once they’re proper dirty – ?shampoo them? ¬†Who knows. ¬†They were fairly cheap from Glassons so I don’t know how much they’ll withstand ūüė¶

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These have been surprisingly comfortable and look better on than in pictures. ¬†I tuck my skinny leather jeans into the straps at the top (or kinda bunch up the jeans above the straps) and pair with bright red nail polish. ¬†They’re 3″ heels but I can wear them all day without discomfort due to the chunky heel. ¬†These can glam up any average casual outfit in a subtle way, and I often find it’s details like this that make the difference. ¬†I recently bought matte grey nail polish from Glassons too, and of course the nails have matched the shoes on more than one occasion xD

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Anyway that’s my mini shoe-haul – I’ll try create some looks with these low-heels so you can see how they work in real life, but I think I’ll be wearing these all summer.

Speak to you soon xx

 

 

 

Leather dress in chartreuse

Casual hourglass, Outfit of the day, Outfits

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.