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One Piece Three Ways

I have a few rules when shopping:

1. Don’t drink and shop (I’ll never forget the regrettable sweater incident of 2011);

2. Don’t shop on an empty stomach, you want to be thinking clearly;

3. Don’t buy a piece unless you can visualize it with three distinct outfits using items you already have in your wardrobe.

The last rule is important because you don’t want to end up with a fantastic top that works only one way. Who wants to be seen in the same look over and over again? Not I.

So friends, I give you a new post: One Piece Three Ways.

The piece:

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Romper: Dynamite

Look One: Drinks With the Girls

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Necklace:  Evernew
Clutch: American Apparel
Shoes: Nine West
Lippy: MAC Fuscia Fusion

Look Two: Casual Saturday

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Necklace: Guess
Jean Jacket: Mavi
Purse: Rebecca Minkoff
Booties: Little Burgundy

Look Three: Beach Day

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Sunnies: Barefoot Contessa
Beach Bag: Bath and Bodyworks (gifted)
Sandals: American Eagle Outfitters
Bikini: Victoria’s Secret

These are just a few of the looks I can create with this romper. I could also add tights, boots, and a sweater for winter or pair it with a skirt and wear it as a top. The possibilities are endless. If you don’t have a romper, swap it out for a sundress! This is just a small sample of the ways you can create unique looks by changing the accessories.

Do you think about versatility when you’re shopping? I’d love to hear your tips!

Balancing Act

I’m a curvy girl, and I like it; however, it does present some challenges when dressing. It’s easy to veer into, *ahem*, less than lady-like territory… if you know what I mean, and I’m sure you do because I’m about as subtle as a dump truck. It’s also easy to make myself look much heavier than I actually am by adding bulk to my already generous curves.

Every morning I’m faced with the task of making the most of my hourglass shape, while remaining office appropriate and professional. Enter skirts and dresses. I find it so much easier to throw on a dress than deal with trousers, and tucked-in shirts, and belts. I tend to graviate towards pencil skirts because I’ve always thought that I couldn’t pull off a fuller skirt. Friends, I was wrong. It was simply a matter of finding the right skirt.

OOTD

This little beauty works for me! It cinches me in at the waist, and it flows over my hips without making me look too bottom heavy. The best thing about it? I got it at Forever 21 for $21! What a steal! Forever 21 can be great for basic pieces like this. You have to be willing to hunt but if you do you can come away with a steal of a deal that looks like it cost a lot more!

The details:

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Ring

Skirt: Forever 21, Blouse: Given to me by a friend, Tights: Joe Fresh, Ankle Boots: Little Burgundy, Necklace: House of Harlow 1960, Ring: Evernew, Watch: Bleonged to my dad, Nail Polish: Essie, Play Date

Have you ever overcome a challenge with your figure?