Today’s Pinterest in Real Life comes at the request of one of our dear readers, Deanna, who sent this pin over last week. I was so excited to feature it. It’s fresh, pretty, and feels perfect for right now.
The inspiration look is from Kristine at Trendy Curvy, a new-to-me blog and Instagram. So I ended up going down a rabbit hole looking at her site. She is gorgeous, confident, curvy, and serving up some seriously stylish looks at affordable prices.
So let’s break it down this look with tips on creating it on your own and recommendations for pieces to help you do it.
First, I love a short with a long sleeve top. It’s a great way to make a casual look feel more sophisticated. You can do this with a button-down shirt, 3/4 sleeve top, a long cardigan, or, like we see in our inspiration picture, a blazer.
Pinterest in Real Life: Shorts and a Blazer
This time of year, because we’re creating simple looks with just a few pieces, it’s essential to get each of those pieces right. You can do this by focusing on proper fit and fabric.
It doesn’t mean you have to spend a ton of money. Instead, this look is an excellent opportunity to talk about where to spend verse where to save.
A few things I want you to remember. First, if for some reason you have a pink suit, do not break it apart and wear the blazer here. It won’t look right. You want a proper separate.
Next, choose a seasonally appropriate fabric. Avoid wool, tweed, or anything too heavy.
I’m using this lightweight ruched sleeve blazer from DKNY ($129 in sizes 0 -18). It’s polished yet casual. Wear it with shorts, dark or white jeans, or your favorite black summer trousers to work. You’ll get a ton of use out of it. That’s why I would spend a little more, so you get a better fit and overall quality.
Then, I like to feature pieces in this series that I know you have, because we’re focused on wardrobe building.
This affordable white bodysuit by Yummie comes in sizes up to a 3X and was a top seller last week. It gives a smooth finish, and I promise, it’s easy to use the restroom 😉
In general, I love distressed denim. But many of our readers aren’t huge fans. I went with this inexpensive short from Old Navy with a high waist, a 5″ leg, and the slightest bit of fringe on the hem. (Available in sizes 0 -20.) Here, you want a little distressing in this look, so it creates fun tension and visual interest against the polished blazer.
Finally, I swapped out the strappy white sandal in the inspiration picture with these Marc Fisher woven block heel slides for no other reason other than to show you another option. I like the texture they add to the look. You can wear any white summer shoes, with or without a heel.
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