New Series! Pinterest to Real Life

Pinterest Inspirations

Today we kick off a new Friday series: Pinterest in Real Life.

In our Wardrobe Challenge, I encouraged you to spend some time reviewing Pinterest and “pinning” looks you love. This exercise helps you narrow down your personal style, so you make better choices when editing your closet and when shopping because you’ll never be able to build a wardrobe you love if you don’t know what you like.

The idea here is that you pin all the images you love, ignoring the outfit’s price point or practicality. We’re simply trying to establish your aesthetic. I promise you; we can translate ANY look you love to work for your specific needs. 

After wrapping up our Spring Wardrobe Challenge, I thought it would be fun and helpful to highlight popular, seasonal pins our community shared and show you how to take it from a highly stylized image to a real-life outfit.

I reviewed dozens boards posted in our Private Facebook Group. Since collectively, we aim to create a chic and modern style, it’s no surprise that many “pins” show up across all of our boards. 

This post is full of tips and lessons, so be sure to follow to the end.  

Pinterest Inspiration

 

Pinterest Inspirations

Today, I’m starting with a simple, Parisian-inspired style that is effortless and chic. In “real life,” it’s easier than you may think to recreate with affordable, readily available pieces.

The Challenge with Pinterest Looks

The general challenge with Pinterest images is that most of the models are tall, thin, with little to no curves, which is all fine. Heck, I used to look like that (note I said ‘used to’). However, there is little variety of shapes and sizes, so we have to look beyond that to translate outfits that work for our individual needs.

At first glance, you’re probably not loving how low the blouse is cut. So we need to find a piece that mimics the blouse’s style, with a more practical neckline. Here, we just need a traditional v-neck – which is universally flattering on every shape, size, and body type.

Below, I pulled some more practical pieces to recreate this look that you can now take to the office, or to date night. 

Real Life 

 

Pinterest Inspirations

 

Polka Dot Blouse, $44 | Ankle Pant, $59 | Heel Sandal, $120 | Lipstick, $34 

The brand CeCe at Nordstrom offers easy-to-wear tops that can work day or night. Each top usually has something special about it, so it feels unique like you found it at a boutique, but their prices are fantastic. 

I picked this v-neck black and white polka dot blouse that is on sale for $44 in sizes XS-XL (an XL is equivalent to a 14). It’s the perfect alternative to the inspiration top’s plunging neckline, which I’m assuming has a much higher price tag. 

Plus size? Try this Ralph Lauren wrap style jersey top in 1X – 3X. 

Then, you probably already have a pair of black ankle pants you love. 

You can pair this blouse with a skinny, straight, or wide-leg bottom; tuck it in at least halfway to give yourself a proper proportion. I’m featuring the Avery Straight-Leg Ankle pant from Banana Republic. They are just solid, work-horse pants, great for work or dress up, and on sale for under $60. They come in all sizes, including petite, and tall up to a size 20.

Side note: If you need a suit, you can grab the matching blazer here. 

Next up, shoes. The other challenge with Pinterest pictures is that everyone is in sky-high heels and doesn’t always work. I know I need to schedule some time to practice in heels again after a year in flats. Lol. 

To replicate the look, I went with the block heels sandals by one of our favorites, Sam Edelman. They are about an inch lower than the inspiration look and, again, likely more affordable. You can pick them up in black (above) or 20, yes, 20 other colors. 

Don’t love heels? No problem, a pointed flat is an easy swap. Something as simple as these from Naturalizer with a bit of texture, would work wonderfully. 

Finally, pay attention to your inspiration pins’ styling because what you are attracted to is the overall feel of the look. 

Today’s look is minimal, with a focus on fit and proportion instead of lots of accessories. The one accessory here that you might miss is the smudgy red lip, so go ahead and try that out. 

Nars makes one of my favorite red lipsticks. Instead of swiping it across your lips, dab a little in the center and blend it in with your fingertip. This will give you that bitten lip look that feels fresh and not so perfect. 

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How to Style Print Pants for Day and Night

Printed Pants from Ann Taylor

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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Holidays at Home: Dresses and Jumpsuits

Holidays at Home: Dresses and Jumpsuits

One category I barely touched on this year is special occasion pieces. It’s crazy to think that we’ve gone almost 12 months without a wedding, a girls’ trip someplace fun, a Broadway show, or a fancy dinner out.

Not that I ever needed a closet full of cocktail dresses, but now, my kids ask me why I’m “dressed up” when I put on a pair of jeans.

The last time I got even close to dolled up was my 40th Birthday party last November. Just thinking about it makes me realize how much we all need a fun night out to blow off some steam.

Hopefully, that night is coming sooner rather than later.

For now, consider wearing something glam for the holidays, whether it’s Christmas cocktails with a small group or New Year’s Eve on the couch with Netflix.

Before you buy anything new, go in your closet, all the way in the back, and pull out something you saved for a special occasion. Throw that on instead of your leggings, pour yourself a glass of champagne, and toast to the fact that we survived this miserable year.

If you need some inspiration or want to pick up something new, scroll down to see some easy ideas in all sizes that will arrive just in time to celebrate.

Holidays at Home: Dresses and Jumpsuits

 

Holidays at Home: Dresses and Jumpsuits

 

Velour Dress 

H&M Black Velour Dress

Velour Dress, $25

Eat and drink all you want in this loose $25 velour dress.  Just slip it over your head for an instantly elevated look as comfortable as wearing your favorite nightgown. To make it EXTRA extra, where you best jewelry and a bold red lip. 

Long Wrap Dress

red Wrap Front Maxi Dress

Wrap Front Maxi Dress, $99 

I got really into long wrap dresses over the summer. They were a fantastic alternative shorts but felt infinitely more polished. See what you already have and consider wearing it around the house next week. Maybe add a gold flat or slipper. You’ll instantly feel the power of getting dressed and how it sets the mood for you and everyone in your home. 

This one from Nordstrom is available in red and black, and can be worn year round. 

Sweater Dress

 

Ann Taylor Black Sweater Dress

Sweater Dress, $149

You likely have at least one sweater dress in your wardrobe, and maybe it’s not getting the wear you thought it would when you bought it. Go put it on! It’s the definition of one-step dressing. If you want to get dressed this holiday season without overcomplicating things, the sweater dress is your best bet.

If you need one, I love this option from Ann Taylor, with the one-shoulder buttons. You can wear it now, at home, and then take it to the office with tights and boots. Available in sizes XXS – XXL.

Jumpsuit

 

Banana Republic Metallic Jumpsuit

Metallic Jumpsuit, $149 (ON SALE $75)

I adore this metallic jumpsuit from Banana Republic available in all sizes including petite and tall. It’s super flattering on, defining your waist and pulling the eye in with the faux wrap style top. Do me a favor and never ever wear it with the ankle boots shown above. Opt instead for a strappy heel if you need some extra height or a simple pair of flats. 

Sequin Dress

 

Express Sequin Mini Dress

Sequin Mini Dress, $54 

When I was in my early 20s, my friends and I threw a New Years Eve party (these days I’m lucky if I’m awake when the ball drops). For fun, my girlfriends and I bought ridiculous, cheap cocktail dresses. They were gaudy, but also kind of fabulous.

This season, Express is killing it with affordable holiday options that remind me of that night. Why not wear something you otherwise would never wear, like a sequin covered dress. 

But, I’m thinking this sequin sweatsuit is the PERFECT outfit to wear to kick 2020 to the curb. Gaudy, but also kind of fabulous 😉 


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Holidays at Home: Fun and Festive Pants

Holidays At Home: Fun and Festive Pants

Yesterday, we featured five chic and affordable sweaters to wear while we celebrate the holidays at home. Today, we’re talking pants, not just any old pair of pants, but fun, festive, and slightly over-the-top. 

After a year of sweatpants, leggings, and joggers, I’m ready for the opposite, like silk drawstring, velvet pull-on, and sequin-covered bottoms. 

I know many readers plan on going all-out with their looks this holiday, despite the fact (or because of the fact) that this year was the worst and our gatherings might be smaller than usual. 

I plan to do the same, but I want it to be easy. 

A great tip is to pull your family’s outfits together now, so you can avoid the last minute trip to Target for tights, shoes, etc. And don’t forget about yourself! In years past, I stopped short of my own outfit, and, of course, I ended up scrambling at the last minute. 

 

Holidays at Home: Fun and Festive Pants

Holidays At Home: Fun and Festive Pants

Prices are subject to change, so please keep that in mind, and inventory across the board is limited and selling out quickly. As always, there are plus, petite and tall sizes available in several of these options. All of the featured retailers have holiday delivery. 

Velvet Pants

Green Velvet Pants from J. Crew

Velvet, $118  (ON SALE $59) 

A pair of velvet pull-on pants may be the definition of glamorous comfort. They make pulling together a holiday look so easy, and they feel like sweatpants. Pair with a tonal sweater for an elevated monochromatic look.

Available in Regular, Petite and Tall up to a size 24, in colors dark spruce (above), navy and black. 

Satin Drawstring 

Black Satin Pants from Banana Republic

Satin, $89.50 (ON SALE $45)  

Personally, I think I am going to host Christmas Eve in these satin drawstring pants and a black sweater, then glam it up with accessories (Thursday’s post!). Like wearing pajamas but better. 

Available in XXS – XXL on sale for under $50

Plaid High Waisted Ankle Pants

Green and Blue Plaid Pants from Old Navy

Plaid, $25 

While I would NEVER wear these in public, there is something so fun about them. If you’re hosting a small gathering why not wear something way out of your comfort zone.

These plaid bottoms from Old Navy are only $25, available in all sizes including regular, petite, and tall up to a size 20

You can keep the look simple with a basic black sweater, or go all out and pick up the coordinating plaid sweater! Just ditch the ankle boots and, instead, wear a simple flat like the Birdie velvet loafers

Sequin-Covered Trousers

 

Black Sequin Pants from Express

Sequin, $54  

Express has some fun dress up pieces right now. So many I had a hard time picking just one. But these sequin covered trousers are the perfect way to send 2020 packing. They have a relaxed fit and are ankle length, so you can wear them with a flat or a heel.

I would wear these with a grey slouchy sweatshirt to balance and black heels for New Years Eve in front of the TV or, pair them with this $25 fuzzy white sweater featured in yesterday’s post. 

Available in Regular and Petite in XS – XL

Faux Leather Leggings

Faux Leather Pants from Spanx

Leather, $98 

 

Finally, these Spanx Faux Leather Leggings are a long time reader favorite. If you already have them, wear them with a basic or sequin-covered tunic, depending on your tolerance for bling. Find more styling options in our post How to Wear Faux Leather Leggings.  

Available in XS – XL here and plus size here. Buy one size up. 


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How to Dress Up Leggings for the Holidays

How to wear leggings for the holidays

Today we’re talking about how to dress up leggings for the holidays, so you can maintain your 2020 comfort level while looking festive and chic. Because, if ever there was a year to embrace loungewear as holiday attire, I guess this is it.

First, let’s talk about the kind of legging. Contrary to popular belief, not all leggings are created equal. For these looks, you do not want to wear the leggings you wear to work out.

Just like we keep gym sneakers separate from “dress up” sneakers, leggings follow the same rule. Gym leggings will look out of place.

My hands down, absolute favorite pair of all time are the Zella Live-In leggings. Even though they are sold as work out bottoms, I prefer to use these as my “better” pair. 

These higher-waisted leggings are thick, and pull you in and lift you up while still being comfortable. I have had several pairs for years and I am always amazed at how well the wash. They don’t fade or stretch out over time. 

Zella Live-In Leggings

Zella Live in Leggings

 

Leggings, $58  

Style note: If you’re not totally comfortable wearing traditional leggings, swap these out for your Spanx Perfect Pants, you’ll feel more finished in them. Want to make these looks extra special? Wear the Spanx Faux Leather Leggings OR their new  Velvet Leggings

For the outfits below I worked with a combination of items I know you have and added in some new affordable pieces to help build out your options. 

How to Dress Up Leggings for the Holidays

How to wear leggings for the holidays

Cozy Glam 

 

How to wear leggings for the holidays

 

Sweater, $40  |Loafers, $95 | Hair Bow, $10 Studs, $40  

This first look is simple yet chic. I like leggings because they allow you to wear a big oversized sweater, and this one from Express is fab. It’s on sale for $40 and comes in four colors up to an XL. Above, I’m using the grey because I love the neutral combination. There is also a seasonal red that would look lovely.

Then, I used the Birdie loafers we are all loving, in black velvet. For accessories, a fun pair of CZ studs and a simple velvet bow hair tie I found on Etsy.

 

Chic by The Fire 

How to wear leggings for the holidays

 

Sweater, $52 | Thermal Tee, $12 | Booties, $125 Beanie, $19 

Many people are getting creative this year, hosting smaller get-togethers outside. Whether you’re sitting by a fire or snuggled up under a heat lamp, this look would be adorable. I created a simple column of color by adding the popular Old Navy long sleeve tee (another reader fave) as a base. Then, I found (and ordered for myself) this Fair Isle wrap cardigan

When I first saw it, I swore it was expensive, but much to my delight, it’s another Old Navy find for under $50 available in regular, petite, and tall sizes. 

Then I used these Sam Edelman tan booties. In our INSIDER group, we talked about when you can wear tan shoes with black bottoms and when to keep it to all black. My best tip is to add the tan to a look when it is casual because it will elevate it and add interest. If the outfit is more formal, keep it to black. 

Finally,  a hat is a fun accessory. You’ll stay warm and bonus points since you won’t have to do your hair.

Classic Combo 

 

How to wear leggings for the holidays

 

Tunic, $25 | Earrings, $12 | Mules, $88 | Lipstick, $28 

This last look is as easy as it gets. Add a long white tunic, like this one from J.Crew in all sizes up to 3X for $25. You want this to feel and look oversized. 

I love the look of an over-the-top earring with a collared shirt. It feels dramatic and perfect for the holidays. Here I used this $12 pair, also by J.Crew. These are big and will add some movement and glamour. 

Speaking of glamour, holidays at home should be a little extra, so I went with these gold fur-lined slipper/loafers and, for an added touch of flair, a bold red lip with my go-to brand Kosas. 

Tell us below, what are you planning on wearing at home this holiday?


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The $30 Wrap Dress I’m Living In This Summer

$30 Wrap Dress from Amazon

Lately, I have not been feeling great about my body. As a creature of habit, I thrive in routine. Four months of stay at home orders took its toll on me mentally and then physically. 

Fitness-wise, the accountability I get by going to group classes and the scheduled time out of my house, free of distractions and interruptions, helps me create the boundaries I need to take care of myself.

So once gyms closed and homeschooling started, I was really at a loss for what to do. I am getting back on track and am beginning to feel better. But I’m nowhere near the weight or fitness level – more specifically, I don’t feel as strong, energized, or healthy as I was pre-COVID.

It’s frustrating, of course, but I know that if you feel like crap while you’re trying to get back to yourself, you’re never going to get there.

Doing little things, like getting a manicure, or putting on some makeup in the morning is so important. It sends a single to your brain that caring for yourself is a priority.

And finding a few things to wear that make you feel pretty is like jet fuel for motivation.

So a month or so ago, my sister-in-law came over in what looked like the perfect summer dress, from Amazon. I loved it so much I ordered one, then another, and then another. 

I feel slim, feminine and so pretty in them. 

And don’t be turned off by the model photos, you can see them on me and my very normal body below. 

The $30 Wrap Dress I’m Living In This Summer

Wrap Dress, $30

We’ve been trying to take advantage of the weather and support our local restaurants with a weekly date night. It’s lovely to sit outside and decompress for a few hours, out of the house and away from the kids, especially since there is nothing else to do. 

I am wearing these dresses on repeat. To dinners, for drinks outside, even to my daughters softball games. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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I’m wearing the large and it fits perfectly. There are two styles available, one has flutter sleeves and a high/low hem, the other has a short sleeve and long maxi skirt (shown in red). 

Below is the blue version. I wore it to dinner last night in the city with my sister-in-law. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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To care for them, I put them in a lingerie bag and wash on delicate. Then, I hang them to dry and use my steamer to remove any wrinkles quickly.

 


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How to Wear Wide Leg Pants

How to Wear Wide Leg Pants

Wide-leg, lightweight pants are a fabulous option in the summer if you want an alternative to shorts or capris.

BUT, they are one of the trickiest bottoms to pull off because the success of the look is entirely dependent on balancing proportions.

You can’t just throw on any top. 

So today, I’m breaking down how to wear wide leg pants, with three outfits that can take you pretty much anywhere this summer. 

How to Wear Wide Leg Pants

How to Wear Wide Leg Pants

First, let’s talk about what you should look for in the pant. 

For this post, I went with these navy crepe trousers from 1.STATE. They are on sale at Nordstrom for $59 in sizes XXS – XXL in navy and white, and black for $39 here

Plus size? This option from Lane Bryant in a similar crepe looks perfect.

As an alternative, Lands End has a simpler pair, also in crepe, also a pull on with less fabric. Available in all sizes, plus here

Like many wide leg pants, these are high waisted. That’s important to note because it comes into play with the featured tops. 

Regarding length, you have options. If you want a length, they need to be hemmed perfectly for your height, meaning that when you’re in a shoe, they need to just skim the ground. This look works best if you are tall.

In the summer, many of these pants come in some kind of crop. Generally, the area around the top of your ankle to the bottom of your calf is ideal. Once you start cutting through the calf, you enter capri territory, and we all know how I feel about that.

Depending on your frame, the width of the pant may be overwhelming. If that happens, remember, you can have these easily altered. If you try these (or any pair) on and you the fit of the waist and rear, have them hemmed to your most flattering length and ask to take a little bit of fullness out. It’s an easy fix. 

How are you wearing these? 

The outfits below are ideal for the office, a date, or a small get-together. As always, you can shop this post full of practical recommendations OR use it as inspiration so you can see how the components work together. 

Related: Why I Hate Capris and What to Wear Instead

Simple Structure

How to Wear Wide Leg Pants

Wide Leg Pants, $60  |  Shirt, $28  |  Sandals, $150  |  Bag, $30  |  Necklace, $13

This is one of my favorite looks because it’s elegant and has structure. Because the pants are so full, you need a top that will help create balance. This simple white jersey top from COS brings a lovely drape and feel.

They are calling it a “crop” top, but it’s not, it’s just short, and that’s what you want. You won’t show your mid-drift. Instead, this will sit over the high waistband, and you can leave it out, full or half tuck it. I LOVE it.

For the shoe, I used these reader favorites from Sam Edelman in bright white. A flat sandal works well here, so would a block heel. Avoid a delicate shoe because the fullness of the pant will overwhelm it.

Keep accessories simple with this long necklace ($13 on sale at Nordstrom Rack) to give a subtle layer that drapes against the fabric of the top, and a round straw bag from H&M provides texture.

Pretty Pattern

How to Wear Wide Leg Pants

Wide Leg Pants, $60  |  Top, $69.50  |  Sandal, $248  |  Clutch, $25  |  Earrings, $45 

Next, this patterned sleeveless top (from Banana Republic) is another lovely option because it gathers at the waist, creating a beautiful shape to the outfit. It’s a great top for the summer and available in several prints and colors. All are on sale for under $50, in regular and petite up to and XXL. 

I used these sweet earrings from Gorjana that mimic the top’s pattern, my favorite, splurge-worthy Tory Burch sandals, and this fantastic $25 woven clutch to add depth with texture

Monochromatic

How to Wear Wide Leg Pants

Wide Leg Pants, $60  |  Top, $39.50  |  Sandals, $120  |  Clutch, $17  |  Earrings, $68 

Finally, a monochromatic navy look. This is important because wearing one color can help you look taller (and slimmer!)  so if you are on the petite side, and want to try out a wide leg pant, this is a way to do it. 

This navy top has subtle lace trim on the sleeve – another easy-to-wear summer piece from Banana Republic. It also comes in white, light blue, and olive in regular and petite up to an XXL for under $40. 

Tuck the top in to show off the detail on the waistband. 

The sandals are the block heel version of the flat Sam Edleman sandals in the first outfit. Remember, you can add a heel, but keep the balance by using a block heel. 

Then the accessories are effortless. For earrings, my new favorite Soho studs from Julie Vos, and this $17 clutch, again, from DSW. 


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