- Choose stretchy fabrics, like ponte or jersey knit. You'll be comfortable all day long, whether you are watching football on the couch, cooking furiously in the kitchen, or chatting at the dinner table until the wee hours of the morning.
- Go light on the accessories. Scarves can trail through the gravy, belts might need to be let out a notch after dinner, and heavy bracelets can dig into your wrists during a long meal.
- Rely on bright colors and fun patterns to add a dash of style to your look. Choose something bold for a festive outfit.
- Flared or a-line dresses are great because they create an hourglass shape and let you leave the shapewear at home!
- If you prefer to wear pants, look for a side-zip ankle pant to minimize zipper discomfort after eating a large meal.
It's almost Thanksgiving, the holiday where you have to balance looking nice with being comfortable enough to have extra helpings of everything. For those of you who are newer to the blog, here's a quick recap of my Thanksgiving dressing tips (for more details, check out last year's post):
Now you know what to wear for Thanksgiving, but there are plenty of other pieces that need to fall into place so that you can have a fun holiday with friends, family, and food. Before you make your last run to the grocery store, take a look at this post where I tell you the secret to an amazing pumpkin pie. The best part is that it is so simple that it only requires a small edit to your grocery list!
Do you have overnight guests staying at your house this Thanksgiving? Put a small stack of paperback books in their room so they have a go-to pile of suggestions when they need a little quiet time. Check out this post for my recommendations.
You spend a lot of time planning out the perfect menu for Thanksgiving, so shouldn't the cocktail list be just as special? Using the flavors of Thanksgiving--nutmeg, ginger, and thyme--I have created three easy and delicious cocktails for all parts of the day. If you have a designated bar area, write the specialty cocktails on a small chalkboard so all your guests know what's available. Check out this post for all the recipes.
When your group is looking for entertainment post-football and pre-dinner, pull out a board game. The three games I suggest in this post are easy to learn, fun to play, and won't take all night. If you have a group of people who don't normally play board games, assign someone in your group to carefully read the rule book ahead of time. That person will be in charge of explaining the games and clarifying the rules as necessary. This will ensure that you spend the time actually playing and not just learning to play.
What other tips and tricks do you have for making your Thanksgiving festive? Share your thoughts in the comments!
So the past few days were pretty cold, huh? Last week there were still holdouts wearing sandals and sweatshirts, but I think now everyone has officially switched over to their winter coats and boots. Another side effect of the weather is that many women stop wearing skirts and dresses on a regular basis. If your commute requires waiting at a bus stop or train platform, even tights under the dress may not keep you warm enough. The result is an increase in the number of days wearing pants, which can sometimes feel monotonous. Try these styling tips to make wearing pants a little less boring:
1. Make sure your pants are not all the same color. Even in a very conservative office you can choose from black, navy, various shades of grey, and brown. A tweed or herringbone pattern can also add some pizzazz without causing you to look unprofessional. If you are dressing for a more creative workplace or for the weekend, be adventurous with a deep eggplant, burgundy, or forest green.
2. If your bottoms will be essentially the same every day, your tops are responsible for making your look stand out. This means that you shouldn't wear a cardigan every single day of the week (although I have totally been guilty of this). In a five day work week, try to limit your sweater wearing to three days. Of those three days, one day is for cardigans, one for pullovers, and one for sweater jackets. The other two days you might wear a blazer, or just a long sleeve blouse without any layering piece. By enforcing limits on how often you can wear certain things, you will be less likely to fall into a style rut. Also be sure to accessorize with jewelry, scarves, or belts if your ensemble is feeling drab.
3. Get a few great pairs of shoes. An ankle boot can look very chic under pants while also offering extra protection from the elements. I adore my wedge ankle booties and although they are not flashy or glamorous, I feel really happy and confident every time I put them on. Different shoes can put you in different moods so you can use them to add some swagger to an outfit.
4. Check the weather report at the beginning of each week to see if there will be a warmer day in the mix when you can wear a dress or skirt without freezing your legs off. Even if you only get to ditch the pants once or twice a month, it can be refreshing to wear something different. For those who really do not want to wear pants all winter, you can add extra layers to your legs during your commute. It is fairly common in the winter for me to see women at the bus stop wearing sweatpants underneath their dresses and skirts. All it requires is a quick costume change in the bathroom at work.
How has your style changed now that the weather has gotten colder? Share your thoughts in the comments!
We all get stuck in fashion ruts every now and then because when we find a style that works, we want to embrace it. Today I realized that I am caught in the trap of trying to make everything versatile. It's cold here in Chicago and I decided that instead of wrapping myself in layers of down and fleece, I would go out and and find a new pair of jeans. Shopping for jeans is one of my least favorite activities, but I prepped ahead of time by scouting out the options online since I was trying to break my habit of buying the same jeans from LOFT (which are a little too short in the petite sizes, but way too long in the regular sizes). A few styles on the Levi's website looked promising so I walked into Levi's on Michigan Avenue...and immediately got distracted by an adorable printed sweatshirt. It wasn't part of my jean-buying mission, but I added it to my try-on pile anyway so I would have something uplifting if the jeans didn't fit well. They didn't, but the sweatshirt looked great!
As I was standing in front of the mirror feeling a bit bummed about the unflattering denim I had gotten my hopes up about, I found myself wishing that the sweatshirt was more versatile so I could justify buying it. But here's the thing: I wasn't at a loss for occasions I would be able to wear it. Actually I was thinking that this would be perfect for hanging out with friends on the weekend, a section of my wardrobe that is severely lacking. The problem I was getting hung up on was that I would only be able to wear it casually. It is not a piece that can be dressed up for a day at the office or dinner at a nice restaurant and as a result I was ready to skip it.
Although I write a lot about versatility here on the blog, I feel like I need to temper my enthusiasm for that topic with another sentiment. It's okay to have single-use clothes. In fact, to have a truly well-rounded wardrobe you will probably need to have a couple. Maybe it's a patterned sweatshirt that you can throw on with jeans and boots for a casual look to wear to the coffee shop or maybe it's a sequin top to wear to your friends' birthday dinners. Clothes don't have to be versatile in order to be useful. Just because I can wear a cardigan in every outfit, no matter the dress code, doesn't mean that I should or that I will enjoy doing so.
The motto of this blog is "love what you wear everyday." Somewhere along the way I got distracted from that. Luckily I had a pile of coupons burning a hole in my pocket so I got the sweatshirt from Levi's and another one (in a floral print) from LOFT. I might only get to wear them on the weekends, but that's okay. Not everything in your wardrobe has to be versatile as long as everything has a purpose.
I'm switching things up a little bit this week. I am way behind on all the book reviews I've been wanting to write, so I am using the next few days to catch up them. They will be posted on the bread and flowers section of the blog, so head over there if you are looking for new content. Today I posted a review of Marisha Pessl's novel Night Film which I wish I had read sooner. There's also a Thanksgiving post about choosing the perfect pumpkin for your pumpkin pie. (Spoiler: it's a cheese pumpkin.) Fashion posts will resume over the weekend, but if you have any style questions that need answering in the meantime, feel free to contact me!
One of my favorite things about blogging is getting comments and notes from my readers. I especially love when you all tell me what style issues you need addressed because it gives me an idea for a post that I know will be useful. Today I will be answering one of your questions about holiday outfits:
"Recently, I've concluded that jewel tones are Not Really For Me (I think they don't work well with my skin tone), and I'm trying to dress in more natural / earthy / autumnal tones. But when I look at ideas for holiday and party outfits, pretty much everything is jewel-toned and glitzy.
Although I do tend to suggest glitzy pieces around the holidays, most of my holiday season is spent in more comfortable basics since the dress code at most of the events I attend is fairly casual. There is a joke in my house that your Thanksgiving outfit needs to include elastic waist pants so you can stuff yourself silly with mashed potatoes and pie. I do try to wear a ponte dress instead of yoga pants, but my look is far from being featured in a magazine spread.
Before I give specific suggestions about party pieces, I want to talk about shopping for pieces that aren't the most popular style for a season. Pretty much every store will start getting in a collection of glitzy dresses for the holiday so it can quickly feel like there are no other options. But if you approach your outfit search from the right angle, you will be able to find a great look without a lot of stress.
First, check out the sale section. All the fall pieces (with their lovely autumnal colors) are going to be marked down and put together in an overwhelmingly crowded section at the back of the store. It takes a little bit of patience, but there are often gems back there. When shopping the sale rack, be willing to try on multiple sizes. Sometimes pieces end up back there because their fit was slightly different than the brand's normal sizing and other people were unwilling to try a size up.
Second, shop at department stores. They have a much wider selection because they need to cater to a large audience (and also because their larger physical space means they have room to display more pieces). You can also try a store that focuses more on vintage-inspired or bohemian fashion, such as Anthropologie, because the color palettes there tend more towards the earth tones.
Now onto answering the original question. My immediate thought when I read this question was that bronze would be the perfect party color. It is earthier and more subdued than gold or silver, but it is still in the metallic family so you have a bit of shine. Plus, the great thing is that bronze comes in many variations as some lean more towards rust red and others to chocolate brown.
If bronze still feels too glitzy for your tastes, instead focus on the fabric. Taupe or olive green may not seem like party colors, but if your dress is made of flowing silk or delicate lace you will look appropriately dressed. For the holiday season I absolutely love jacquard and flocked fabrics because the texture adds visual interest and since they are thicker fabrics, they feel seasonal.
Do you have a question you would like me to answer? There are lots of ways to contact me and I'd love to hear from you!