Floral top: Similar Here and Here// Blush Skinnies: Similar Here// Block Heels
HAPPY FRIDAY! I'm so sorry I've been so MIA this week. It's been incredibly busy, with a trip back to Bama. Traveling with a youngster is no joke, and that has been my full time job the last couple days. But thankfully, we are now settled into a groove and having a great time in the Deep South.
I wanted to to share this top with you for two reasons. One, because it's so beautiful and feminine (although this color might not work for everyone.) And two, because it is a great conversation starter for proper styling techniques.
I always tend to gravitate towards soft feminine pieces, but I actually didn't pick this piece out. A dear friend of mine (who also happens to be my photographer) picked this out at Nordstrom a couple seasons ago. She thought it was pretty on the hanger, but in the end it just wasn't her go-to style. But by the time she realized she wouldn't wear it, it was too late. So she gave it to me! And I just couldn't be more excited. The sleeves, the floral pattern, and the lovely detail in the front just make for the perfect top for me!
Buuuuuttttt.... because of the color of this blouse, it is not the ideal top for all skin types. The style may work, but if the color washes you out than it is not the right top for you. Color AND style go into choosing the right top. I know it's easy to find a fun top, but if those two major selling points don't work together, than the top is less affective than it could be because the whole of the top is not flattering. Before finding styles that work for your body shape, find the colors that look best on your skin. Maybe you look best in bold jewel tones, or maybe light pastels are more attractive. Whatever the look, make sure your color and style work together. When these two things are in a harmonious unison, your outfit stops wearing you and you begin wearing the outfit! It isn't about how cute the piece is, but about how lovely you look wearing the piece.
Now when it comes to the style of this top, I think it looks absolutely lovely. But, because I am only 5'4" I have to be careful how I wear it. This shirt is not cropped and therefore has the capacity to make me look extremely short and stubby. Because the top is long and flowy, I chose to pair it with cropped skinny jeans and heels. The skininies keep my body from being swollowed up by the flowiness of the top. I wanted my shape to still be noticeable, without it getting lost in the silhouette. And then I chose to wear these block heels to give my legs some height, adding to the illusion that they are longer than they really are.
When wearing a top, be aware of the look the top gives you. If the top is tighter, your choice of bottoms can be looser, and visa versa. It's not a hard and fast rule, but I find it applies to much in my wardrobe. Your body shape also has a lot to do with how this rule applies to you personally, too. Like I said earlier, you want to wear the outfit, you don't want the outfit wearing you. Learning how to pair pieces is an art, but it is easy to learn and easy to implement.
One final time, "You wear the clothes, don't let the clothes wear you." When you're getting dressed, your ultimate goal shouldn't be having people notice a particular piece you're wearing, but instead let your goal be for people to notice YOU! Let your pieces flatter you. Don't let them overshadow you, and your beautiful personality. Allow them to add to your personal attractiveness. When you wear pieces that flatter you, people notice how good YOU look, not how good your pieces look.
I hope you have a fabulous weekend! May it be as fun and exciting as you are, love! And most importantly, when getting ready, put on a smile. It is absolutely the perfect accessory to any outfit, no matter what!
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