Why You Might LOVE a Bodysuit

Last week, my 14-year-old, Maddie, ordered some summer clothes online. I gave her a budget and told her she could get whatever she wanted. Knowing my need to control everything, I’m attempting to be more “chill,” encouraging her to develop her unique style. Luckily she isn’t into some of the more skimpy pieces marketed toward her demographic, so I didn’t have to worry about what she bought.

I never saw her so genuinely excited, from the autonomy she had placing the order to waiting for it to arrive. Then, finally, it showed up yesterday, and she tore it open, squealing as she pulled each new piece from the box.

Every single item could have been from the Delia’s catalog.

From the color combinations and styles to the daisy dangle earrings, she looked like the coolest girl from the mid-90s.

Boy, have the 90s have come back with a furry.

It’s wild to see how everything old is new again, and surprisingly, one trend I’m not mad about is the rise in bodysuit popularity.

Why You Might LOVE a Bodysuit

Yummie Women's Cotton Seamless Shaping Full Back Bodysuit

 

Bodysuit, $18.50 in black and white

As I’ve gotten older I just assumed they would be a pain in the neck to wear. But to my surprise, they are pretty comfortable and practical.

The trick is to find a decent one that gives you some support. After reading reviews on dozen of different options, I ordered this affordable bodysuit off of Amazon by Yummie. 

Yummie is a brand that creates undergarments, activewear, and a selection of fashion pieces that incorporates elements of shapewear into its designs. Described as a “hug, not a squeeze.” 

If you want to give one a try this bodysuit (under $20) is a fantastic option. It’s NOT a thong (can you imagine?), and it has a high back, so you can wear it with your everyday bra and a universally flattering neckline. 

So why is this so great, and how can you wear it?

It’s kind of like wearing a tank top and Spanx at the same time. Wear it alone or as a layer under a summer-weight cardigan or light blazer.

I like it styled simply with shorts, jeans or a long pair of linen trousers for a tucked-in look that smoothes out your waistline.

Easy-peasy. 

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Pinterest in Real Life: How to Wear Culottes

Are you thinking about trying culottes? Or maybe you have a pair and you’re not sure what to do with them?

Good! Let’s talk about how to wear them in the most flattering way. 

Culottes are an excellent alternative to shorts and, when styled well, a more flattering option than capris. 

Of course, if you want to create a well-balanced and proportional look, there are a few tricks to follow. And that’s where we come in with our series Pinterest in Real Life.

In our weekly series, Pinterest in Real Life, I break down style inspiration looks show you how to wear them in your daily life. I take some of our community’s most popular inspiration pictures shared in our Private Facebook Group and recreate looks using affordable, accessible items that many readers already have. 

These posts are designed to be both educational and filled with practical shopping recommendations.  I encourage you to check your closet before you make a purchase. But, if you need something, I also highly recommend our featured pieces.  As always, our content is not sponsored.

How to Wear Culottes

black culottes, white tank, denim jacket, silver bracelet, black block heel sandals, and a large black tote

Culotte Pants, $30 | White Tank Top, $98 | Denim Jacket, $110 Block Heel Sandal, $140 | Bracelet, $50 | Tote, $398

First, the inspiration picture is lovely. It’s simple and easy, ideal for a chilly spring afternoon. The pants stop at a flattering length, extending the line of her leg without chopping it off. To replicate this yourself, be sure your pants stop right below your calf.

The tie waist is a fun detail, but it may be limiting if you carry your weight in your mid-section. I’m not saying you can’t wear the tie belt. You absolutely can. Personally, the tie doesn’t work for me, and I feel like I am always fussing with it. It’s one of those things I think looks adorable on others but weird on me.

Here I used these inexpensive culottes from Old Navy. They are made of a linen blend, ideal for warm weather, and available in regular, tall, and petite up to a size 20. The flat front is a more flattering option for any shape or size. 

Another essential element is the heels. It’s helpful to wear a heel with pants in this shape, so you get a fluid drape. In the inspiration picture, she’s wearing what looks to me like a stiletto sandal. I’m replacing them with a more practical block heel in a similar strappy style.

When you wear a wide-leg bottom, a good rule of thumb is to pair them with a block heel to balance out your bottom half. It helps to ground the outfit. This is especially helpful if you are top-heavy or shorter since the block heel will keep the pants from feeling too much. 

Next, let’s go to the top. You can see in the inspiration picture that the tank and denim jacket hit right at her waist. This is ideal. You do not want to wear anything long with culottes, or you’ll look overwhelmed by all the fabric. Instead, keep the top well-tailored and straightforward. 

A crisp white tank is easy. I’m using the Nic + Zoe white tank that many of you picked up earlier this month. You could also use the Spanx tank we featured in our What to Buy at Nordstrom post. 

Then grab your denim jacket. I’m featuring a classic style from J.Crew available in an XXS – 3X

Finally, accessories are simple. In the inspiration picture, she’s carrying a Louis Vuitton. If you have one, carry it, the pattern is elegant and neutral. I like this Tory Burch tote for yea-round use if you need a similar but less expensive bag. 

Because the buttons on the denim jacket are silver, I used a stackable, sterling bangle that has major designer style for under $50. 

 

black culottes, white tank, denim jacket, silver bracelet, black block heel sandals, and a large black tote

Culotte Pants, $30 | White Tank Top, $98 | Denim Jacket, $110 Block Heel Sandal, $140 | Bracelet, $50 | Tote, $398

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How to Style Print Pants for Day and Night

If you feel like maybe you’re in a style rut, it might be time to shake things up a bit.

Nothing too drastic, but putting your toe outside your style comfort zone can kick start your enthusiasm for the new season and open your eyes to even more fashion possibilities.

Plus, I bet you get a ton of compliments, and that never hurts:)

Over the next few weeks, we’ll feature lots of outfit inspiration designed to help you incorporate a new trend or jazz up your basics to show you how to add the “twist” in the classic-with-a-twist style we love around here.

And we’ll do that by featuring new items while mixing them with other popular items recently featured on the blog, so you can get the most out of your purchases. 

Today, we’re starting with how to wear a pair of print pants.

Printed Pants from Ann Taylor

Pants, $79.50 

Print bottoms have been around forever. What makes them a trend, and can therefore date them, is the pattern. To keep them leaning classic choose a subtle print. (Of course, if you love a big, bold print, go for it! They may just be limited in how long you’ll want to wear them.)

For this post, I’m using these Ann Taylor crop pants in what they are calling an animal print. It’s more of an abstract version of one, using neutral colors, which I like more than a traditional print. The base color is called “Night Sky.” 

The pants are available in a range of sizes, from 00 – 18, in regular and petite with a curvy cut option. 

Below, I’m showing two ways to wear them, one for day, one for night, using some of our past reader favorites for the season. 

Sporty Daytime 

outfit with printed pants, a white sweater, and white sneakers

Sweater, $80 | Crossbody Bag, $129 | Earrings, $45 | Slip-On Sneaker, $95  

Anytime you work with a pattern, the easiest way to make it work in an outfit is to pull out one color and work with it. Here, because the weather is warming up, I’m using white. It instantly makes the look feel fresh. 

Banana Republic makes a fantastic knit, like this crewneck lightweight sweater, available in XXS – XXL in regular and petite. 

To keep it sporty, I used white slip-on sneakers from Allbirds. These are great, everyday sneakers for under $100. You can walk all day in them, run errands, travel, visit the grandkids, etc. There are many color options; I prefer the white, grey, and beige. 

Then, since we’re wearing this on a busy day, I used this tan crossbody from Nordstrom. I featured it in our What to Buy at Nordstrom post last month and have received so many notes from readers who are enjoying it. I have three kids and a non-stop schedule, so a stylish crossbody is one of my go-to’s this time of year. 

Finally, I discovered Gorjana, a fantastic affordable jewelry brand, last year. If you want a few jewelry pieces that look different but still fall under the classic category, give them a try. I picked these under $50 earrings for this look because they are small enough for a casual day but mimic the pants’ print, tying everything together.

Night Out 

outfit with printed pants, white blazer, white camisole, and nude heels

Earrings, $32 | White Blazer, $128 |Camisole, $68 |Woven Clutch, $58 | Heels, $65 

Oh, how I love heels and blazers!

Here, I used the white blazer we featured from Express  in yesterday’s post and layered it over this camisole by Spanx (also featured in our What to Buy at Nordstrom post).

Then I used these neutral-colored strappy heels by Via Spiga (on sale over on Amazon) and this woven clutch which is my new favorite find from Bloomingdales.

Lastly, these gorgeous earrings are only $32 at Lilly Pulitzer

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5 Fair Isle Sweaters for Thanksgiving and Beyond

I usually wait until after Thanksgiving to decorate for Christmas, but I started this week. My kids have been in full-time, in-person school since the start of the school year (it’s been wonderful) but are going virtual for two weeks, beginning on Monday.

Knowing the next few days will be filled with distractions, I’m putting in a marathon effort this weekend to get the holidays set up.

This year I want to make it as cozy and fun as possible. That shouldn’t be too hard since Vivi turns two a few days before Christmas. Getting to redo all of our holiday traditions with a little one again has been an absolute gift. I’m not sure who is enjoying it more, her or me. 

One of my favorite childhood traditions was how my mom made sure we always had a few special things to wear, like pajamas just for Christmas Eve and a new Christmas Day outfit. Of course, I do the same for my kids. Because what we wear can set the tone for the occasion and end up marking a memory. 

And for me, there is no pattern more memory-evoking than a Fair Isle print. 

So as we head into the weekend, I’m rounding up some of my favorite cozy Fair Isle sweaters for holidays at home. They are perfect for this time of year, for Thanksgiving, the night you decorate your tree, or just snuggling on the sofa with a holiday movie. 

5 Fair Isle Sweaters for Thanksgiving and Beyond

5 Fair Isle Sweaters

How fun are these? They’re the stuff of Hallmark Movie magic. If you pick one up, or already own one (and you really only need one) keep your look simple: a pair of jeans, a pull on pant, or a jogger, the pour yourself a glass of wine and relax by the fire. 

Below are my top picks in all sizes including regular, tall, petite and plus:

 

 

Fair Isle Sweater from LL Bean

LL Bean, $75 

Fair Isle Sweater at Nordstrom

Vero Moda, $65 

Fair Isle Sweater from The Gap

Gap, $80 

Fair Isle Sweater from The Gap

Gap, $70 

 

Fair Isle Sweater from The Gap

Ann Taylor, $90 (On Sale for $45)


 

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The Best Selling Amazon Over-the-Knee Boots I LOVE

Over-the-knee boots have been popular for some time. Over in our Facebook Private Group, I get questions about them frequently. Specifically how to wear them and if they are age-appropriate.

So let’s start with the question of age. It’s simple. AGE DOES NOT MATTER. The Well Dressed Life is all about helping you achieve a modern and classic style, which is inherently timeless and ageless. I break down my philosophy on age and “appropriate” dress here.

For style inspiration, you have a lot of options. But first, lets talk about the boot. 

I wanted one that was versatile, affordable, casual and easy to incorporate into my uneventful life. 

Last December, I started to hear (unsponsored) praise for these Best Selling Amazon Over-the-Knee Boots on social media, so I decided to give them a try. 

I’ve had them for almost a year now and still highly recommend them. 

The Best Selling Amazon Over-the-Knee Boots I LOVE

Best Selling Amazon Over the Knee Boots

Boots: $45, Jeans: $80

I will never be comfortable posting pictures of myself, but thank you to everyone for being kind. I know the pictures are helpful, even though I feel like a major dork in them. 

For some context I am (almost) 41 and am 5’10. However, I found these on Pop of Pippi’s Instagram and she is petite and looks fantastic in them. So don’t be afraid to give them a try if you are petite (and follow her Insta for some great petite looks).

Are they the best quality? They do the trick, which is to let you wear a trend while it’s popular without feeling committed to it and spending a small fortune. 

They are surprisingly comfortable. The block heel gives nice support and they are not too high making them super easy to walk in. 

I paired them with the Joe’s Curvy Skinny Ankle Jean. (On sale for $80 at Nordstrom Rack – they usually retail for $189). I LOVE these. They are high waisted, with nice stretch. But the slide over any skinny jean easily. 

I’ve worn them a few different ways, usually with jeans (above) or leggings and a long cardigan (below). The key is to keep it simple. Almost think of them as pants, if that makes sense. 

This weekend I’m going to wear them with this black sweater dress from the J.Crew factory sale for dinner on Saturday (I’ll share over on Instagram).  

I original purchased the tan suede, and just ordered them in black for the holidays. I think the suede adds a richness to the look but again, has a casual vibe. 

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How to Style Joggers

Let’s break down how to style joggers. 

Last month our series, “What to Buy at,” featured Banana Republic. I love BR for their classic modern style and commitment to offering an inclusive size range. They make my job so much easier. 

After that post, I received several questions about how to wear these joggers, specifically, how to style joggers in an outfit for work and weekends. So today, I’m breaking down a few options to wear for whatever work looks like for you and ideas to make them casual, since right now those worlds are merging together. 

If you are new to our site (welcome!), today is an excellent example of how many of our posts are designed to help you build a functional, practical, and chic wardrobe. I use items from popular, mainstream retailers, focusing on realistic price points and inclusive size options. 

My goal is to help you build a wardrobe much like I did when I worked with my private styling clients. I reuse popular items throughout each season, so what you purchase through this site becomes a piece you turn frequently. 

In the looks below, I used a combination of items you may already own, along with some new options, all well priced, all available in a range of sizes. 

How to Style Joggers for Work 

 

How to Style Joggers

 

Joggers, $56

Maybe the best thing to come out of 2020 is jogger pants. They are having a big moment. With work and home life being one and the same, it’s nice to have a few pieces you can grab that straddle both worlds.

The cut, tapered leg, and drape of a jogger make them a more polished alternative to leggings and sweatpants. At this point, we know how much better it feels to get dressed in some capacity for our day. Feeling pulled together makes all the difference in our mood and productivity. 

These BR joggers are best sellers, on sale for under $60 in a range of sizes and colors. Black (above) and olive (ideas below) are the easiest colors to wear. Sizes are inclusive up to a XXL in missy and petite. 

Like Black Pants

 

How to Wear Black Joggers Three Ways

Sweater, $41, Loafers, $140, Crossbody, $130

Don’t let the casual nature of these pants throw you. Wear them like you would any pair of black pants. Here, I used this black and white marled sweater from Gap. It’s easy-peasy, comes in regular, tall and petite up to an XXL and on sale for $41. This is suppose to be oversized, not giant, but not fitted. I like how the sweater complements the joggers; both feel cozy and casual.

Then, to add a level of polish, some better pieces, like a structured crossbody bag by Madewell and these insanely comfortable loafers by Birdie

With a Jacket

How to Wear Black Joggers Three Ways

 

Tank, $48, Jacket, $169, Heels, $105, Hoops, $60

The trick to wearing a casual jogger with a jacket is to make sure the fabric of the jacket works with the jogger’s material. Here,I’m using the Ann Taylor motto jacket we featured earlier this month. It’s done in a knit, which means it will complement the blend of the joggers.

As a layer,I used this popular sleeveless shell (also from BR, in white and black). For this look, tuck the shell into the pants and give it a little blouse by pulling it out a bit.

Then, I added block heels in a python print that combines the two neutrals.

Finally, because the motto’s zippers are silver, you want to wear silver-tone accessories, like these hoops. It will help the look feel purposeful.

Party Up Top

 

 

How to Wear Black Joggers Three Ways

 

Sweater, $47, Necklace, $48, Earrings, $195, Lipstick, $28, Slippers, $120

If you are working from home and Zooming all day long, keeping things polished up top and comfy below is sometimes the way to go. 

Here, I’m using another Reader Fave, this under $50 silk and cashmere-blend sweater (members of our Private Facebook Page RAVE about it). It comes in six seasonal colors; I’m featuring the “pine.” 

When video conferencing, think about wearing colors that bring light and warmth to your face. The sweater is a lovely base to add some simple accessories, like a chain link necklace and stud earrings. These small details will add layers to your look and help you look more professional. 

What’s not professional are these Ugg slippers 🙂 Who knew when I bought them in late 2019 just how much I would wear them, lol. 

Finally, consider your make-up if you are regularly on camera. You may need a darker or brighter lipstick, so you don’t look washed out. My favorite is this red lip by Kosas.

 


Below is our article from March (when all of this nonsense started).  I used a similar pair of olive joggers to create three casual outfits. Almost all of the items are still available. 

How to Style Joggers for the Weekend 

How to Style Joggers for the Weekend

 

Joggers in olive, similar here

Joggers are what you want to wear when you don’t want to wear sweats. They are slightly better, and make all the different in that space between feeling sloppy and like you still have your life together. 

I’m featuring them in a dark army green. It’s a fantastic, updated neutral. 

Let’s dive into the first outfit: 

White Tee and Denim Jacket

Three Ways to Wear JoggersJoggers,   |  Tee, $25  |  Jacket, $79  |  Sneakers, $50

You likely have these pieces already hanging in your closet. I want to call out the tee shirt because it’s what many of you are looking for.  It’s a lovely ballet neckline with a sleeve that goes to your elbow, making it ideal for layering or to wear alone.

It’s available in: white here,  from a 00 (XXS) – 18 (XXL) and plus size 1X – 4X here. 

Then I added our favorite denim jacket by KUT. I just love it, I wear it all the time. It’s available in petite and missy up to an XXL.

Finally, I included these sweet tie top sneakers by Vans. I almost stopped myself from featuring them here, since my girls are obsessed with their slip on version, but these, with their contrasting sole and warm “marshmallow” color feel right for grown ups

Cozy Sweater

Three Ways to Wear Joggers

Joggers,  |  Sweater, $25  |  Necklace, $40  |  Sneaker, $48 

Temperatures are all over the place right now, at least on the east coast. One day it’s warm, the next it’s dark and chilly. 

My love of H&M sweaters is well documented. So I paired the joggers with this white, slightly oversized turtleneck sweater. (It’s getting limited in sizes but is available in regular and petite.)

I added a long necklace by Kendra Scott (on sale for under $40 at Nordstrom Rack) – because why not? Jewelry makes me feel human. 

Finally, I am crazy about these shoes by Louise et Cie. They are a leather slip on sneaker in a leopard print available in lots of sizes for under $50, also a Nordstrom Rack. I was not allowing myself to buy another leopard print shoe, but will be breaking that rule with these. 

Better Than a Sweats

 

How to Wear JoggersJoggers, $69.50  |  Sweatshirt, $38  |  Flats, $145  |  Earrings, $36 

I took the joggers and added a simple grey sweatshirt by Everlane. I find they run slightly small, so size up, or pay close attention to the measurements. 

Then I added these chic and comfortable Rothy’s in camo. I’m wearing my Rothly’s in my office almost daily. There’s something about wearing a real shoe that helps me feel grounded.

Now, keep in mind, my office is a few steps away from my house. I have to go outside to get in, so wearing shoes is required. I get it might be less important if you are currently working at your dining room table – just something to consider. 

Finally, these earrings, by our new favorite Gorjana. I’m mentioning them because they come in gold AND silver tone, and so many readers have requested more silver options. They are incredibly affordable and a simple way to raise your spirit. 


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Three Cute Outfits with Black Jeans

We receive so many requests for posts featuring cute outfits with black jeans so today I’m sharing a few that are practical, chic, and can be created with pieces you may already have in your closet.

Black jeans are an obvious wardrobe staple that you can dress up or down.

Below, I list my top picks for black jeans at all price points, share tips on how to best care for them and offer inspiration on how to style them for a day of working from home, a casual weekend, and a date night. 

And please keep in mind, because our readership is far reaching, everyone is experiencing various forms of restrictions differently. My priority here is first to help give practical tips, and also keep things forward thinking and optimistic 🙂 

Let’s start with black jean options: 

Black Jeans: High, Mid, and Low Range

Black Jeans

High: Paige ($179) , Mid Range: KUT From The Kloth ($94), Low: Old Navy ($20). 

Premium denim is expensive for a reason. Long time readers know my focus is always on buying the best you can afford, with the understanding that just because something is the most expensive doesn’t mean it’s the best. 

Brands like Paige (above), AG, Citizens, etc., all focus on quality material and fit, and they last much longer. 

Unfortunately, they don’t offer much in inclusive sizing. 

In the just under $100, or “mid” range, I like KUT from the Kloth. The Diana (above) has a curvy cut and is available in missy, plus, and petite. Consider sizing down in these. When you try them on for the first time, they should feel tight. Tight like you are going to want to get the next size up. 

Don’t, because they stretch out immediately. 

Finally, we love Old Navy around here. They have a completely inclusive size scale (including tall) and are decent quality for the price. These are $20 jeans, so don’t expect them to last longer than a season or two. They will shrink and fade faster than the better brands. 

Related: The Best Jeans for Every Size at Every Price 

Care of Black Jeans

So you get the most out of your purchase, it’s important to care for them properly. Do everything you can to avoid washing them. Of course, if you stain or spill something on them, you have to wash them. But if you’ve only worn them for a few hours, fold or hand them back up neatly until your next wear. 

I know that sounds gross, but once you start to wash them, they will shrink, fade, and generally lose their shape. This goes for all jeans.

It’s helpful to have more than one pair so you can rotate wear. Spot clean when necessary, and when you are ready to wash them, turn them inside out and follow the instructions on the tag. 

Okay, let’s get into outfits … 

Today I created three cute outfits with black jeans, a laid back look, a casual chic outfit, and something simple for weekend date night. 

Three Cute Outfits with Black Jeans

Three Cute Outfits with Black Jeans

 Outfit One: Cardigan, $80  |  Sneaker, $110  |  Tee, $25  |  Bag, $75  |  Outfit Two: Top, $38   |  Vest, $180  |   Booties, on sale $50 |  Bag, $80  |  Outfit Three:  Wrap Top, $30  |  Pump, $118 black  |  Bag, $55 

 

Work from Home Outfit

 

Three Cute Outfits with Black Jeans

For our first look, I was thinking of days working from home, or travel, when you have to head to the airport or train station (eventually). I’m using a skinny black jean, you could also wear a slim straight leg.

Grab a basic white tee; I like these v necks at J.Crew. Then, add a long cozy layer. I’m a big fan of H&M.  This cardigan is a wool blend, and I love the color – it looks extra sophisticated. 

To keep things interesting, we used a leopard printed slip-on sneaker by Keds x Kate Spade. 

I included this Sole Society weekender to round out the look for travel. 

Chic Weekend Outfit

 

Three Cute Outfits with Black Jeans

I wanted to find a Breton top with a long sleeve in black and white. Happily, Boden makes the perfect one for around $40. 

Layers that add interest without bulk are essential to incorporate as the weather cools. So, I went as classic as it gets with a Barbour olive vest. (In my mind, I spend weekends in the English countryside.) 

Add a pair of ankle boots, like our go-to Sam Edelmans in putty, and a crossbody bag (above in champagne), and you’re set for the day. 

Date Night Outfit 

Three Cute Outfits with Black Jeans

Keeping things simple is the key to getting dressed and out of the house on the occasional date or girl’s night out. 

Last year, a friend was wearing a beautiful blouse at a friend’s 40th birthday dinner. When I asked her where she found it, I nearly fell off my seat when she said Express. I know! She said, but some of their things are great and affordable. 

And isn’t that just what we need a night out tops to be? Because I have no room in my budget for a $200 top.

This pleated detailed wrap blouse is gorgeous. It’s fun, a little sassy and about $50. Try on a few sizes as they run small. 

Add your black pumps, like these popular 12-hour heels from Banana Republic, or a heel with an open toe when the weather warms up a little more. Finally, this quilted black envelope clutch is $55 and adds just the right amount of texture and interest to such a simple look. 


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