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How to Wear Wide-Leg Pants

Wide-leg, lightweight pants are a great-looking and comfortable option in the summer. They are also a cool alternative to shorts and a more stylish option than traditional "capris".  (See more Casual, Cool Alternatives to Shorts here.)

And best of all, they'll take you into the fall as well, and can be worn casually, dressed up and to the office. 

BUT, they are one of the trickiest bottoms to pull off because the success of the look is entirely dependent on balancing proportions and wearing the right top, not to mention the shoes and accessories.  

So let's  break down how to wear wide-leg pants, with several outfits that can take you pretty much anywhere this summer and well into the fall too. 

How to Wear Wide Leg Pants

 Shirt, $49 |  Blazer | Chambray Shirt, $78 |  Budget Option,  $39.50 | Tan Sandals, $48 

Loafers, $48  | Straw Crossbody Bag, $29  | Straw Earrings (lightweight!), $10 

Coin Pre-layered Necklace, $52  | Cognac Bag, $199 | Wrap Bracelet  | Stretch Bracelet


We're all used to full length wide-leg pants, but the crop style is another story. And I hear some of you saying, "no way, Beth - it's not happening." If you're dead set against the style, you can substitute slim ankle pants like these and still create the looks below.  But remember, a style that seems crazy to you at first will start to look normal the more it's around, and this one seems to have staying power. I included some more pictures of them on various shaped and sizes at the bottom of post. 

First, let’s talk about what you should look for in the pants. The pair I'm wearing above is from Peach but no longer available.( I show lots of similar options at the bottom of the post.)  

I was able to find some great-looking navy crepe trousers from Nordstrom. They're on sale for $59 in sizes XXS – XXL in navy and white, and black for $30 here

Looking for plus size? This option from Lane Bryant in a similar crepe are great looking.

Another alternative is this pair from Lands End, also in crepe, pull-on with less fabric. Available in regular, plus and petite sizing. If you're afraid that the others will be too much fabric or add bulk to your frame, these are a great alternative. 

Like many wide-leg pants, the pair in the examples below is high-waisted. In general, the high-waist gives the illusion of longer legs and is most flattering when worn with a shorter or tucked /half-tucked top.

👉If you're short-waisted you'll want to look at pants with more of a mid-rise. Or wear your top untucked and slightly longer (to add length to to your torso).  Click here for Dressing Tips for Short Waist Figures. 

With regard to pant length, you have options. Because it's summer, I'm featuring a crop pant. If you want full length instead, the wide-leg pants need to be hemmed perfectly for your height, meaning that when you’re in a shoe, they need to be just about a half inch off the ground.  

Here's a pair of wide-leg, full length trousers from Banana Republic that come in petite, regular and several colors (including navy).  Long, wide-leg pants like these can make your legs look longer and they look best with a heel, even a low one.  If you get yours hemmed, make sure you do it to suit the heel height you'll be wearing. They'll look best with a heel that is either pointy or shows your toes.  

In the summer especially,  I love the look of wide-leg crop pants.  Generally, the area around the top of your ankle to the bottom of your calf is the ideal length. Once you start cutting through the middle of your calf, you enter capri territory, and you know I'm not a fan of capris. 

👉Remember...you don't want to put a horizontal line across the widest part of your calf - and this what the traditional capris of yester-year do. 

Depending on your frame, the width of the pant may be overwhelming. If that's the case, you can have these easily altered. If  they fit in the waist and hips/rear but are too voluminous in the legs, you can have them hemmed to your most flattering length and ask to have a little bit of fullness taken out. It’s an easy fix and well worth it. 

👉Tip for Petites: Instead of opting for a true wide leg with a leg opening between 22-26.5″, go for a pant with a leg opening of 17-20″

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 go to your closet and plug in similar pieces....keeping in mind proportions! 

Clean and Simple: Navy & White

Wide Leg Pants, $60  |  Shirt, $49 |  Sandals, $120  |  Bag, $34  |  Earrings, $42  | Sunglasses, $15

Short Necklace, $42  |  Long Pendant,  $84


This is one of my favorite looks because it’s elegant yet casual and cool at the same time.  It's the perfect use for a quality white tee that looks especially great knotted on the side or half tucked.  The outfts I'm wearing above were insprired by this look. 

👉TIP:  I use a clear rubber band like these to easily tie a knot without stretching out the top.

This slub scoop neck tee has a great structure which is important.  Because the pants are so full, you need a top that will help create balance.  If you wear a full, flowy top with wide leg pants, you will just look wide everywhere like a square....not a good look unless your name is Bob (i.e. Sponge Bob... Get it?? 😉 

The key to the top is that it be shorter or tucked/half-tucked or fitted and somewhat structured. It DOES NOT have to be skin tight (although a bodysuit would look amazing with these pants) but it also shouldn't be voluminous.

👉Remember, loose and flowy on the bottom means fitted on top.  And loose and flowy on top (a tunic top for example) means fitted on the bottom (i.e. slim fitting pants, skinny jeans, etc). 

The statement earrings add a splash of color and I like that they are a contrasting shade of blue, adding interest rather than "matching".  A long, simple pendant necklace works with the earrings without being too much and provides a visual vertical line down the middle that is always flattering.

You could also wear nude shoes, wedges, flats (especially if you're tall) or block heels. Stay away from kitten heels or very dainty sandals, as the wide leg of the pants would overwhelm them. Again, proprotion is key! 

Fresh Floral

Wide Leg Pants, $60  |  Blouse, $49 |  Sandals, $59  |  Bag, $29  |  Earrings, $42  | 

Double Necklace, $64 |  Cuff Bracelet, $52


Next, this patterned sleeveless top (from Banana Republic) is another pretty option and works well with the wide leg pants because it gathers at the waist, creating a beautiful shape. It's a pretty top for summer but could also be worn under a jacket this fall, or in the AC this summer.  If you don't like sleeveless, I saw this navy floral blouse....the Banana Republic tops  come in regular and petite up to  XXL, and are on sale.  

I just ordered the Cole Haan sandals shown. They are so comfortable and the heel is moderate in height so still flattering but easy to walk in.   And don't forget your jewlery ...it makes the outfit... the finishing touch.  See how I show mixed metals above? Have fun and play around with accessories.

Monochromatic Chic

Wide Leg Pants, $60 |  Peplum Top, $40  | Blush Sandals, $48  |  Chain Link Necklace, $42

Cognac Bag, $199 (sale)  |  Leather Wrap Bracelet, $64


Last but not least...a gorgeous navy monochromatic look - always a winner for looking taller and slimmer. I added accents of blush and tan, and accessories with texture to keep it from looking flat. The blouse has some texture and adds interest with the buttons and sleeve details...the key to monochromatic dressing. And the peplum waist provides shape and structure too. 

That's it! I hope you found this informative and maybe you're willing to give wide-leg pants a try. They are yet another option if you don't like wearing shorts or leg-baring skirts....And, they still let you stay cool and stylish....and are so much better-looking than dated capris! (Here's another post with more ideas for alternatives to shorts).

Below are some more shopping options for them - and the sales going on these days are crazy!  Let us know in the comments if this is a style you'll try and go #justgetdressed. 😉

I'm Here for You....My Readers! 

My clients and followers inspire all of my content, and this post is not sponsored or paid for by brands or retailers. 

Recommendations are based on my experience as a personal stylist and wardrobe consultant.  My goal is to wade through the ocean of retail confusion for you,  and currate ideas to help you simplify fashion and look and feel your best so you can  #justgetdressed.  

I work with real women with real bodies and smart budgets who want to look chic and feel confident, but can be confused and overwelmed by what retailers and the fashion industry put out there.  

Some links are affiliate links, which means if you purchase via my site, I receive a small commission, but the prices you pay are no different at all.  I am aslo a brand ambassador for Peach, Stella & Dot and Beautycounter, so I'm available to provide personalized attention and help with those brands  - drop me a note any time with questions. .  

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How to Switch to Beautycounter on a Budget

Since joining Beautycounter about two years ago,  I’ve talked to a lot of people who want to make the switch from their products that are potentially harmful, but also want the most bang for their buck. I totally get it!

Beautycounter products are not cheap. They are comparable to department store prices, not Target. 

But you don’t need to spend a fortune and overhaul all your products at once. It’s a process, and I want to share some ways you can make the switch without breaking the bank..

When I first tried Beautycounter, I had a mish-mash of beauty products and didn't pay attention to ingredients at all.  

I was primarily concerned with anti-aging, so I had tried a bunch of  high-end moisturizers (that didn’t work),  but with the rest of my products, the cheaper the better. 

Then I met Meredith..(my Beautycounter mentor) at a time when a close family member was suffering with cancer. I started to educate myself more on ingredients and quality of the products I put on my skin. 

At that time, the Overnight Resurfacing Peel was getting a lot of great press and reviews so I decided to give it a try, although  with skepticism. 

Well, I was blown away and still use it religiously today.  The results were noticeable in just a few days. It has definitely reduced the size of my pores and improved the texture and brightness of my skin...with no dryness or irritation. 

Finally a product that actually showed results - quickly.  And because it worked so well, I was okay spending money on it. 

The fact that I knew it was safe and clean was an added and important bonus.  

I figured a quality nighttime moisturizer is a heavy-hitter too, so I added that to my regimen as well.

And you know I'm a lipstick girl and could totally buy into the importance of that being clean too. Now I'm a Beautycounter lipstick collector;) See my favorites here.

So maybe pick the area most important to you and zero in on products that address that - and start with one or two.  Beautycounter has a money-back guarantee too and returns are free and easy...even if you used the product. 

More Tips for Switching to Clean Beauty Products on a Budget

1. SWITCH OUT ONE PRODUCT AT A TIME

If you research the ingredients on your products (the Never List is a great resource for this) and realize a lot need to go, don’t panic. Start by switching out one or two products for safer alternatives. If you need help with this, let me know. A good rule of thumb is to either start with the product you can’t live without or the product you’re running out of. 

2. BUY COLLECTIONS

Beautycounter has collections for all categories, and they can be a great way to save money. When buying the collection over individual products, you’ll save anywhere from 10-20%. Beautycounter created a skincare quiz that will recommend 4 skincare products plus 2 additional products that meet your specific needs. When you buy the 4 skincare products through the quiz, you save 10%.

Some other sets worth noting:

  1. Flawless in Five – Complete everyday makeup set that only takes 5 minutes to do
  2. Get the Look – Four safer, high-performing products that take your every day look to the next level
  3. Countercontrol Regimen – My teen son was dealing with acne and we switched him over as well. What a difference! Acne creams and washes can be loaded with lots bad stuff, and his skin is so much better since making the switch. 

Consider signing up for a Band of Beauty Membership. It’s $29 for the year, and you get free shipping on orders $100+,  and 10% product credit for every dollar you spend.

*That means if you spend $100 on product purchases, you will get $10 towards your next purchase!

Plus, you'll receive a Hydrating Body Lotion in Citrus Mimosa ($25 USD value) as their gift to you when you become a member and spend $50+ in product purchases.

There’s no auto-ship to manage, just money-saving benefits that more than cover the fee. You can learn more about the membership and add it to your order here.

The best saving in my mind is to join  Beautycounter and become an advocate (that’s really what consultants are). As a consultant, you save 25% on products and earn 25-35% of what you sell. Plus, you’re helping bring about change in the beauty industry.

It can be as easy as sharing the information with your friends and family and helping them make the switch too. The cost is only $50 and entitles you to over 40% discounts on products when you join.  And I will be here to help you along the way (along with my mentor Meredith who has been with the company since the beginning and is so wonderful and supportive). 

As always, if you have any questions about Beautycounter products/ingredients, how to find safer products, or anything else, leave a comment or email me!

That's all for now... Remember -  keep in clean, and #justgetdressed;)

My Top 10 Go-To Beauty Products

Today we're talking all things beauty products!

When it comes to beauty products are you in a committed relationship, or do you tend to play the field?

I generally fall into the "jump around and play the field camp" (in the beauty product department that is;)  

I'm not loyal to just one brand, and I'm always on the lookout for new products. I also love learning from people like Angie from HotandFlashy about anti-aging skincare, but I try to balance that by trying to simplify things and get decent results with the fewest products. 

So while I am constantly changing things ups and experimenting there are a handful of products  I find myself repurchasing over and over. 

Today I'm sharing those top 10 go-to's...and many (5 out of the 10) are from Beautycounter, a favorite clean beauty brand that I represent.

 Currently they are having a 15% off Friends and Family sale too! 

My Top 5 Beautycounter Go-To's

I always (naively) assumed that  "someone" was insuring that the stuff in the products our family puts on their skin and in their mouths were tested for safety. However, the amount of chemicals in some of the products  we use daily is shocking. Since learning more, I have made an effort to move my family over to  more safe products, especially the things I use on my skin daily.

Like many premium, high-quality brands, Beautycounter is not "discount-happy", meaning the price is the price, and the value is there, and you won't see a lot of crazy promotions. They do occasionally have sales - like right now - so it's a great time to stock up or try the brand.  

Here are my favorites picks that I use religiously: 

This peel is a game changer.  You put it on before you head to bed and it helps bring your dull skin back to life and shows almost immediate results (unusual, I know, but true).  You will feel this peel when you put it on; I use it at least 3 to 4 times a week.  I wait 5 minutes after applying before adding my ​nighttime  moisturizer.

 If I HAD to pick one item to get - this product would be it, hands down.  I'm using the sale to get more.

BeautycounterPeel

I've been all over the map with cleansers but have settled on this on as my favorite. The creamy foam gets your skin squeaky clean without , removes every trace of eye and face make-up and leaves your skin soft and smooth, not dry and tight.  And since I hit my 50's, I have really sensitive eyes, and this one does not bother them one bit. 

Countermatch Cleanser

I use this day cream, Countermatch Adaptive Moisturizer every morning after the cleanser and after my  serums (numbers 6 &7 below) - and before my sunscreen (which I also love and get on amazon through subscribe & save). 

I use this night cream, Countertime Tetrapeptide Supreme Cream every night before bed. I even use it under my eyes in lieu of a separate eye product. It's deeply hydrating,  supports elasticity, and visibly firms while minimizing the look of fine lines and wrinkles. 

KEY INGREDIENTS

  • Retinatural Complex: We took two of the most powerhouse plant-derived ingredients available and created a scientific breakthrough. Bakuchiol has been shown to provide skin-care results that are comparable to retinol—without harmful side effects such as skin irritation and increased sun sensitivity—and Swiss Alpine rose boosts the skin’s antioxidant defense.
  • Tetrapeptide: Helps increase skin elasticity, minimize the appearance of lines, boost visible firmness, and smooth skin surface.
  • Fermented Sugars (Biosaccharide Gum-1): This blend of fermented sugars helps soothe skin while helping slow the visible effects of aging by optimizing hydration for renewed skin.
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4. EYE MAKE-UP

My eye-makeup collection is pretty minimal.  I a I use these three Beautycounter products:

  1. This is the only eyeshadow palette I own because the colors are so pretty, neutral and easy to use for a novice.  There are 4 options for palettes, so choose the one that suits you. And check out the Beautycounter tutorials here
  2. If I use an eye pencil (which I don't always do) I use this one in brown.
  3. I love this brow gel and use it to color, fill and shape my brows. (It's out of stock right now unfortunately,  but you can be notified when it's back. It's worth the wait!) 
beautycounter eyeshadow

5. Lippies! 

I absolutely LOVE Beautycounter lipsticks.  The fact that something going so close to my mouth is safe is obviously important, and I also love the way they glide on, how they taste and smell, and the colors!   If I could only have one type of make-up, I'd pick lipstick.  I feel naked and washed out without it (and can use it as blush in a pinch;)

I use the lip gloss (love dahlia)) The Sheer Lipstick is what I have in my pocket and in my car at all times (usually in Rose), but I'm a lipstick fanatic so I have several shades.

For a more intense color, I just got this one  -  I love the design on the tube - and the color is a vibrant pink, great for summer (I have B.Fearless, neutral pink). I also love the lip gloss (I use dahlia).

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BC_roselip

More Products I Buy on Repeat

I use this serum each morning after cleanser - all over my face, and then down my neck, chest and back of hands.  I've been using it since March and notice an improvement in my skin. I use it daily and liberally, so this brand has been a big money saver too. I found out about it from Angie and it's formulated with the same exact ingredients as SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic but with 20% pure L-Ascorbic acid making it more effective...at a small fraction of the price.

Vitamin C Serum

Next to the Beautycounter Overnight Resurfacing Peel,  this serum is my other favorite heavy-hitter, result-producing product. There are so many serums and potions that Angie recommends layering on, but I like to use  this one for me is a single product with powerful ingredients and I've seen great results.  The EVER  line of beauty products is from our friends at Stella & Dot and recently they combined under the same umbrella, so it's another collection I can personally help you with. So far this is my favorite product I've tried - and it's a best-seller with proven results.  I've been using for 45 days and plan to re-order! You can save 10% by getting on auto-delivery too.   

I use it in the morning after the Vitamin C and before my moisturizer. I use it in the pm on the nights I don't use the peel, before I moisturize with the Beautycounter Supreme Cream

Youthful Serum

I've been using this foundation or the CC cream for years and keep going back to it. I use the oil-free bye-bye foundation when I want more coverage, and the illuminating CC cream on most other days.  You can buy it at Ulta, Sephora, etc...or QVC also has the CC cream  with a great brush and free shipping. 

9. Honest Beauty Extreme Length Mascara + Primer 

I forget who turned me on to this 2 in 1, clean mascara (from the company founded by Jessica Alba), but whoever you are - thank you! It's affordable, clean and it WORKS. I get it on amazon with subsubscribe and save so I don't forget to replace it. 

honest mascara

I DO know who turned me on to this secret weapon (thank you Carol Kolster)! This pencil in Stella is my "I got 9 hours of sleep" tool. She taught me to put it in the inner corner of my eye and on my brow bone. I even run it along my lower water line. The brightening effect is magical! 

There you have it - my top 10 beauty products I use on repeat.

Now, do tell! What products to you repurchase over and over? We'd love to hear what's working for you! Share below, or over in the private B.Styled Facebook Group!

Thanks for reading and remember to #justgetdressed;)

Your Summer Wardrobe Checklist

YOUR STEP-BY-STEP PLAN TO SUMMER FABULOUSNESS

How about a simple checklist or roadmap to help you build a summer wardrobe that makes it easy (and fun) to #justgetdressed. Sounds good, right?

Well, almost every woman I’ve ever worked with starts out with this same or similar issue: 

“I have a mish-mash of clothes, a closet that’s bursting at the seams, and most days I end up feeling frustrated and completely uninspired by what I finally put on my body.”

When I ask her what she’d like to achieve with our time together, her answer is usually some variation on this theme: 

“A stylish, mix and match wardrobe  that makes it easy and painless  to get dressed each day feeling stylish, comfortable and confident."

The key is that despite what you may think,  you don’t need more clothes. But you do need the right clothes. 

And that’s what the B.Styled Summer Wardrobe Checklist does for you.  I’ve put together a checklist of items that all work together to create innumerable chic, modern and comfortable looks. EASILY.

Remember the goal here: Less stuff, more style, smarter shopping. 

24 Pieces to a Stylish, Fun and Easy Summer

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Now that you have the list, let's go through the step-by-step process of making it work for you.  And scroll down to see how I can help you personally if you wish.

Into Your Closet You Go....

First, head to your closet with the checklist and look for the pieces you already own.  


But ladies, let's do this with a critical eye. For example, If the pants you're checking off are 3-5 years old, there is a good chance they're dated. I know it sounds harsh, but I’m here to give you the straight talk. Like it or not, styles change - especially when it comes to pieces like pants and shoes.  It’s probably a big conspiracy by the retailers and fashion-designers, but it’s reality. And if you want to look and feel current and modern, you need to update key pieces every few years.


That said, if you’ve been following me and taking my advice over the years, chances are many of the items on the list are pieces you bought in prior seasons - and guess what? They probably still work (if they are in good shape and they fit and flatter you - today).  

 

We need to get out of the habit of feeling like we’re “starting over” each season.  Did you get white jeans last spring or summer that you LOVE? That's a major coup... Check them off the list.  Do you have khaki capris with pockets on the legs from 5 years ago? Give them away.  And please don’t send me hate mail;)

Identify What's Missing


The next step is to circle  the items you're missing on the list - that you actually LIKE. 


If you hate florals though, you are NOT to circle the floral dress or top.


No one is saying that you have to wear florals just because I put it on the list or a trend blog says it’s a “must have”.  


But be open-minded...If you like the idea of floral patterns but feel like you “can’t” wear them because of some arbitrary rule you’ve imposed on yourself - that's no bueno. 


But maybe you just don’t like florals, or you don’t like the ones I picture. NO worries!  

Maybe you’re more of a geometric pattern girl like me….Look to add interest and pattern to your wardrobe that way instead.  You do you!  (And my shopping recommendations include alternatives as well). 

Consider Adding Some Seasonal Trends


Next, pick a few seasonal trends that you’ve been eying and want to introduce. Maybe you only want to add one, none, or all of them....Or maybe you have "trends" from this spring that you love and look forward to wearing.  Check them off!

Build Your Outfits


Finally...the fun part.  It's time to #justgetdressed. 


WEAR your clothes, don’t save them. Have fun with them, mix and match, and accessorize. Over the next few weeks I’ll be sharing the outfits I’m wearing based on this checklist.  


Visit the free #justgetdressed Facebook group and share your looks, get advice and shopping tips.


 Play along with me and #justgetdressed  - and love the way you look (and feel) this summer - and beyond. 


Here are a few looks from life over the past weeks built from the checklist:

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Affiliate Links: 

Blue Top (lots of colors)   •    ponte blazer (white, black, navy)   •    tan leather sandals   •     White Joggers (new full-length version)   •   black ponte ankle pants  •   White Jeans

  Nude low heel sandals   •    Colorful Bracelets   •    Snake Print Flats   •    White Strappy Bra   •    Pendant Necklace   •    Straw Crossbody Bag   •   Black Athletic Sneakers

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Affiliate Links: 

Pattern Top (many options)  
   New Straight Leg Jeans   •   White Sandals

White Dress   • Fun Earrings   •   Colorful Bracelets   

Solid Color Top (many options)   •   White Strappy Bra (may colors, looks great showing under tops)   • delicate gold hoops and necklace (beautiful solo or layered) 

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Affiliate Links: 

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Maybe you've reached the end and still feel confused and overwhelmed. Fear not! If you want some personal help assembling your summer wardrobe, I've got you. 


I’m introducing a bite-sized, virtual,  1:1, personal shopping service at a special rate:  30 minutes  for $30. We'll decide based on your needs how many 30 minute slots it will take.  


I'll provide recommendations for the items you’re missing based on your unique body, taste, style and budget.  Email me with questions and click here to sign up and get the process started:

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Here's my last lecture words of advice/encouragement:

Summer is an easy time to let getting dressed slip - and being in the midst of a pandemic and social distancing certainly doesn't help.

But remember, #justgetdressed is more than just an alternative to nudity;) 

Spending a few minutes each day to put yourself together will pay dividends in terms of your mood, productivity and even relationships. So get to it ladies! 

Cheers! 

Best White Jeans for Grown-ups

It's Memorial Day weekend... so if you're a follower of the "no white jeans before Memorial Day" rule - it's time to break them out. But, if you're like me, you never put them away. During quarantine,  I haven't worn my white jeans even once. Then again,  I've barely worn denim jeans much either. Now that we are slowly getting out a bit more, so will the white jeans.  They are my favorite summer "going out" pants...and it's so worth it when you find the right-for-you pair. 

I know they are hard to get right though!  I also know it's impossible to diagnosis everyone's jean predicament in a blog post. But I've done A LOT of white jeans research (so you don't have to) and here's a rundown of my top 8 picks in various cuts and budgets. 

But wait...before we begin, let's all make sure we have the right undies on, shall we? Nude color (not white) with no VPL's (google it;) is the only way to go. Find the pair/style that you like.  FYI I personally wear these:  incognito hipster and simply soft thongs... and the boyshorts in the summer with dresses. 

Don't forget to check the rear view! 

Now, for my Top 8 White Jean Picks....The key to on-line shopping for jeans is to pay close attention to the rise and inseam (use your measuring tape)and read the reviews like a pro. Ideally, find a reviewer with a similar shape as you.  And use the B.Styled #justgetdressed Facebook Group to ask questions and get advice. 

Ok, here we go! 

1. NYDJ Curves 360:  Comes in regular, petite, plus and petite plus. Straight leg, ankle.  Ideal for curvy hourglass and pear shapes.   10" front rise; 15" back rise, 27” inseam

2. NYDJ Marilyn Straight Leg, high rise. Great alternative to skinny jeans and you can cuff them to get an ankle length, or wear them long with heels. Good choice for larger legs and calves.   10" front rise; 15" back rise, 32” inseam

3. Wit and Wisdom Ab Solution, regular and petite. Tummy slimming inner panel and high rise -- a fan favorite!   10 1/4" front rise; 27” inseam, 25” petite inseam

4. Paige Skyline Skinny: crop, raw hem, mid-rise. I've had Skyline skinnies for years and they are great for straighter figures who don't like high rise. This crop pair is great for petites. On sale! 9 1/4" front rise; 25” inseam

5. AG Prima Ankle Cigarette Jean:  Another mid-rise favorite of many. Very high quality, just enough stretch and they hold their shape. 9 1/4" front rise, 28” inseam

6. AG Farrah Skinny Ankle, High-Rise, Crop: Top pick for high rise skinny.  Very high quality, stretchy, light weight denim, not see-thru.  Sewn/faux front pocket gives a nice smooth appearance.  Slim fit but not too tight in the knees.  These are high-rise, but not super high. 9.75" rise, 27" inseam.

7. Good Legs by Good American High Rise Crop Skinny:  Reg and Plus. Curve hugging, highly rated.  Great for curvy hourglasses and pears.   10" front rise 27” inseam

8. Scoop Raw Hem Kick Crop Flares: I love this brand, and you’ll never guess the retailer. I ordered these after reading about them and haven’t received them yet so the jury is out,  but I thought they looked so fun - and you can’t beat the price for a trendier pair of jeans. 

Do you have a pair of white jeans you love? Help your friends out and post about them in the B.Styled #justgetdressed Facebook group.  We’d love to hear and you’ll be helping out other white jean shoppers! 

Happy weekend, friends! 

Spring and Summer Shoe Tips

This is an update from a post from a year ago. Things  sure are different this May 2020 aren't they? #understatement. 

But in reality, the shoe info I shared last May holds true again this year. So rather than do a new video, I'm updating this post. That way you don't have to see my gray, spray- painted roots. Sound good? 

 I've also updated the links to some new shoe suggestions. 

If I had to pick ONE shoe that we all "need", especially during this time, it would be hip white sneakers. They are a no-brainer because they are obviously comfortable and practical, but also cool, hip and youthful. Whether you are 20 or 95,  you can wear these and look great. I give lots of suggestions below. 

Here are ideas or sneakers, flats and heels. Yes they are neutral, and yes they are basic. AND if you have all three of these bases covered, yay for you...You are welcome to graduate to a statement shoe if you wish;) But, if you're looking for great-looking, comfortable shoes that will work with most spring/summer casual looks...here you go! 

Scroll below the collage to see shopping links and  click the tiny >arrow on the right and left of the picture to scroll through to see sneakers, flats and heels. 

You can also click HERE to see all my Spring/ Summer Shoe Picks - and I will be updating and adding to the collection all season.

I truly hope this helps! 

Head over to the free private #justgetdressed Facebook group to share your shoe woes and we will help; I promise!  

xo, Beth

Casual, Cool Alternatives to Shorts

As soon as spring and summer roll around (and she's dragging her feet here, unfortunately) I get asked for alternatives to shorts.  I'm not a huge shorts-wearer either thanks to varicose veins that I've had since my early 20's. But since hitting 50 I've come to peace with them and do wear shorts when it's hot out and my legs have the glow of a nice fake tan;) 

But I realize many of you don't like wearing shorts, and the good news is there are lots of alternatives that look great and will keep us looking and feeling cool.  My top picks are dresses and loose fitting pants. There are lots of options and styles that fall into those categories, so here are some tips. 

#1 DRESSES

The easiest alternative, and my personal favorite is the one-and-done dress.  There are basically 3 lengths of dresses, and I like to have at least one in each length for spring/summer:

KNEE LENGTH:

  The most universally flattering length, and or petites sometimes it's helpful to go an inch or two above the knee too.  My go-to dress on hot days that also double as a swim suit cover-up is a swingy tank dresss.  This versatile tank dress can be worn as is or without the hem tied. It can also be worn with the scoop neck in the front as shown in the 2nd picture.  Tying a chambray shirt around my normally undefined waist helps to give the illusion of a waist with a casual vibe. 

This dress (with pockets!) can also be worn with the scoop neckline in front as show in the  (blurry!) middle picture below. 


These looks show how a casual  tank dress can be dressed up or down. The black sandals on the right are ok,   but I think a neutral sandal would still be better as it would blend in with my legs.  This exact dress is old, but Old Navy comes out with them every year and they are very affordable.  I got this black and white stripe one this year and also really love this color.

MIDI-LENGTH:

The midi length dress is a great alternative to shorter lengths (read: varicose veins and pasty white legs). Many people (especially petites) have been told they "can't" wear midi-lengths. Here are some tips for how to wear them if you are so inclined: 

1. Select a length that is slightly above or below mid-calf:  FIRST - remember the cardinal  rule of dressing: never put a HORIZONTAL line across the widest part of your body - (unless you want it to appear wider).  

You don’t want the midi dress to end exactly at mid-calf, which is the thickest part of your leg. Look for a midi dress that is slightly above or below.

2. Consider Fabric:

For your midi dress look for a fabric that is light and doesn’t add much weight to your figure.  Look for light and floaty fabric, and if you are petite, or want to avoid making your legs look shorter consider a dress with an asymmetrical hem or generous slit. 

3. Opt for a solid color or same pattern from head to toe:

This is not a dress you want to color block. Look for a midi dress in a solid color or one that has the same pattern from top to bottom. If you do want a dress with a little bit of pattern look for a dress with a small pattern. By small pattern, I mean a small floral pattern, tiny polka dots or something along those lines.

4. Cinch in the waist :

You don’t want to wear a midi dress without giving your waist definition. If not, it's easy to look like rectangle of fabric. This is especially true for my hour glass and pear shapes.   Even if the midi dress you buy doesn’t come with a belt, you can still add one, unless you’re going for that easy, breezy summer look. The red floral target dress below has the appearance of a band around the middle, creating the illusion of shape while still being comfortable and "breezy".  For a casual, cool look, consider the chambray shirt trick I did above. 

5. SHOES:

Ahhh...the shoe question.  In a perfect world we'd wear nude colored strappy heels like these, and they really do look the best, and elongate the leg. But the reality is, especially these days, comfort is key.  Especially if you're petite, you will want to steer clear from clunky chunky shoes with midi-dresses. While I love the look of white sneakers with a midi, they can make short legs look even shorter.  Opt instead for SIMPLE and sleek skin-tone sandals for the best look. See below for some ideas. Here are two midi dresses from my closet...a floral from Target and a gray t-shirt dress from Amazon (that is technically a maxi, but I tied the hem to shorten it..It could be belted too!  And see how much better the nude shoes look vs. black??

My favorite layer to add to dresses is my black or white (also in navy) ponte blazer or my beloved jean jacket.

MAXI DRESS:

Last but definitely not least in the dress category is probably my favorite -- the maxi dress. It eliminates all leg issues (and shaving too;) and is usually more comfortable and cool than pants on warm days. Traditionally, petites have ben told to steer clear from the maxi and only wear dresses that hit at or above the knee. But I disagree, and here are some tips to help: 

1. Pick the Right Length: 

Contrary to popular belief, floor-length dresses will work better for petite women compared to ankle length ones, NOT the other way around.

Why? Well, once the hem of your dresses touches your ankles, whether or not you’re wearing heels, you will appear shorter because the hem is like a horizontal line cutting across. (Remember the cardinal rule about horizontal lines).

2. Go for Solid or Monochromatic:

Maxis in solid colors, especially darker ones, will definitely make a short person appear taller for the simple reason that it is slimming and elongating and it offers less distraction to the eyes.

If you prefer patterns and find them more fun and flattering, look for  prints that are proportionate to your size.  If you’re thin and short, pick maxi dresses that have small prints. Wearing a long dress with large prints will overwhelm your tiny frame.

If you’re medium built and short, you can go for medium sized prints. If you’re plus size and also a petite, just go with medium prints instead of large ones (large prints are most ideal if you’re tall and plus size). Pay attention to the seaming and lines in the pattern and remember that vertical lines lengthen and horizontal lines can cut off or shorten. 

3. AGAIN...Wear the Right Shoes:

With the maxi dress already covering most of your body, it’s best to keep the feet open and and as bare as possible. 

The best companion of a maxi dress is a pair of heeled strappy sandals, with wedges being the most practical and comfortable. If you want to wear flat sandals, go with thong sandals that show a lot of skin, ideally in nude or gold metallic.  See below for shoe ideas.  Here are some maxi dress ideas. 

#2 LOOSE FITTING PANTS

I don't know about you, but once summer and warm weather hits (please? soon? someday?) I pretty much stop wearing skinny jeans and leggings and opt for loose fitting and flowy pants. 

When it comes to looser fitting pans, remember another cardinal rule - BALANCE!  When your bottom is loose or flowing, your top is best more fitted. By fitted I don't necessarily mean tight or cropped, but consider doing a loose half tuck , or tying the shirt hem.  I use these little dittys when I can't tie a true knot. 

My go-to in this category are:

1. Girlfriend Jeans (love these from Target!) color: summer fling, TTS, I have size 4. 

(Red sweater)

2. Wide Leg Flowy Pants (my favorite are these from Old Navy) TTS, I have small, white. Also like the cream, olive and stripe!

Striped Button Down and Fun Necklace.

3. Shocking (not) - My beloved modern bohos in the light buttery fabric that makes me so happy and comfy. I especially love the gray.  And how about this cute $16 graphic tee? (used the clear rubber band trick).

4. Cropped Wide Leg Pants: Many are nervous to try these, and all I can say is that they are worth trying and snapping a pic and see what you think.  As with the midi dress, pay attention to where they hit on your calves,and go for a nude sandal for the most flattering look.  Mine below are from Peach, an old collection, but I also found these from Amazon and they are their way to me. Highly rated by Cassie from Sugarplum! 

Now for SHOES! Here is a collection of wearable, stylish and comfortable shoes that will work with most of these options.  I include flats, heels and sneakers with a focus on COMFORT brands and styles in basic neutrals for maximum versatility. Scroll under each collage to see the individual shoes and click to shop (hit the > arrow to scroll through).

Which non-shorts alternative is your go-to favorite? Or do you love wearing shorts? 

Head over the private, free facebook group B.Styled #justgetdressed VIP's and feel free to post questions, picture and get advice. I love hearing from you!

Stay tuned for the launch of my monthly membership program where you will get virtual styling help, outfit ideas and formulas, plus other content surrounding beauty, wellness and style to help us live our best lives. More to come, so stay tuned! 

xo, Beth

Mother’s Day Gift Picks

Mother's Day is in 10 days people, and this is NOT the year to drop the ball.    

There's no question it's going to be a different Mother’s Day this year. So many families will be  unable to be together, and I especially feel for those with parents in retirement and nursing homes and assisted living situations who can have no contact at all. We are so fortunate to have Mary living safely and happily under our roof.

I scoured the internet to come up with ideas that you can have delivered to the special woman in your life.  I got Mary this neck and shoulder heating pad and this wrap in her favorite color.   And If I were shopping for myself, this souped up coffee maker would be on my personal wish list. And I know cleaning equipment used to be considered a no-no, but given the state of my house right now, I would really love this ....It cleans and disinfects with just water, and the pad is machine washable. Who have I become???

For a more meaningful gift idea, I have a dear friend who is going through a very tough time right now, and I created a bracelet stack for her that includes a reversible,  engrave-able leather wrap bracelet.  I've been representing Stella & Dot for years now, but today was the first time I really looked at their KEEP COLLECTION, and I was blown away by all the options for gifting any special woman or girl in your life with a personalized message and gorgeous piece of jewelry.  Keep this in mind for graduations, confirmations, showers and more. 

Finally, if the special woman in your life is like me, and the way to her heart is through amazing food she doesn't have to make, consider handmade treats from my dear friend Karen Collins' business, Bisousweet Confections. You can order here for delivery directly to mom, and you'll instantly win Favorite Child Award.  Karen has generously extended a 10% discount to my readers with code #justgetdressed. (Note that the hearts for heroes are excluded from the discount). 

 

Fun fact::  Many of you saw this  self-portrait drawing done by Eddie Collins - my family's personal hero, and kidney donor to my husband, Bill.  Well, Karen and Eddie are husband and wife! Talk about a talented and amazing duo.

Here are some other Mother's Day ideas (scroll down and then use the right arrow). 

How do you plan to celebrate Mother's Day this year?  To all you special women out there, you are in my thoughts, and I appreciate you stopping by this little spot on the internet today. Take good care of yourself! 

How to #justgetdressed in Quarantine

Hello my friends,

Today I'm coming to you today with some concrete advice on how to use clothing and #justgetdressed to help with motivation. I don't know about you, but my motivation levels started out pretty high when this began, bu there are days now where I really struggle in the motivation and productivity department.  

Study after study shows that we feel better when we can cross some things off the to-do list. And there's no doubt that routine and structure make us more motivated and productive. We've been telling our kids/teens this for years and now it's time to walk the talk ourselves.

What I choose to wear very much helps me distinguish between relaxation and work. That doesn't mean I wear anything uncomfortable (especially these days) but it does mean I choose to #justgetdressed in a casual outfit that feels a couple notches above PJs, so that I take myself, and my work seriously. Sometimes I even put on shoes (usually these)  and spend about five minutes creating a simple makeup look. And I've been asked about my favorite bralette (since real bras are so 2019) - this one is the best I've found

For me, this  #justgetdressed routine tricks my brain into thinking I'm going somewhere, even if it's to the next room. And the difference in the day I have in terms of mood and productivity, is undeniable. 

YOUR QUARANTINE CAPSULE

Here is a collection of my favorite go-to WFH pieces, that can all be mixed and matched, and dressed up or down, into innumerable comfortable, casual-chic, quarantine-appropriate (???) looks.  These are all basics that you will reach for over and over again IRL too.  I show a week's worth of outfit formulas, but  all the pieces mix and match, so the possible combos are many.

(Note,  below are  product suggestion, just scroll below the picture and just click the little right arrow > to scroll through them all....Also, if you click on a Peach or Stella & Dot links, thank you for selecting me as your stylist/ambassador. I appreciate your support!)

Head into your closet and experiment with these outfit formulas using whatever you have on hand. Snap a selfie and post it on Instagram or in the Private #justgetdressed VIP group, using the hashtag #justgetdressed  so I can see what you're up to! 

LOOK ONE:

My favorite Quarantine Pants, hands down. You really have to experience them to believe them. If you want to try at no risk, just message me and I'll get you free shipping (returns are always free).  You'll find yourself grabbing them all the time now, and then again when we get busted loose. They are so great-looking, versatile and COMFORTABLE. 

LOOK TWO:

Remember, we've committed to putting on the ol' jeans with a button and zipper AT LEAST once a week, ideally more.  If nothing else to make sure they still fit. "Pajamas will have you believe all is well in the kingdom." #truth.  

Replace the t-shirt with any top, and remember the power of color, especially if you're feeling blah. A favorite color top won't cure all, but it may just make you feel a little better. 

Swap the blazer for comfortable cardigan, and of course, socks are the new shoes. These are my favorites, and I swapped them out for all my mismatched socks when I did my Closet Cleanse.

I also encourage you to put on a 5-minute face most days. This no-brainer set is quick and easy and will help you feel like yourself again. 

LOOK THREE:

A matching loungewear set is immediately more chic and cool looking... I know it sounds crazy, but it's true, and something I've learned from some of my fav fashion bloggers.  This set from Target (here and here) just arrived and is like wrapping yourself in a cloud of cozy softness. It's PJ's and loungewear that will translate to everyday life too.  I've been looking everywhere for ivory/neutral cozy slippers and found these on Amazon that I LOVE.

LOOK FOUR:  

Hopefully you have a comfy maxi or midi dress for an easy one-and-done look that will come in handy once the sun actually comes out and the temps warm up. If you're already there with the weather, why not throw on a dress instead of stretch pants for a change? It may motivate you to shave your legs and even put on some self tanner?!  My favorite for the body is this mousse and best to use with this $7 mitt.  And be sure to exfoliate and moisturize the night before.  I also have these amazing drops to use on my face....I love them because you just mix them with your regular moisturizer or sunscreen for a natural sun-kissed look. They can be used on your body too.  So popular they sold out, but will back in July.

A fun, comfortable alternative to a dress is a wide-leg jumpsuit like this under $30 one that you will also love wearing all summer and fall. 

LOOK FIVE:

A striped tee is one of my favorite essentials and perfect for a casual Quarantine Wardrobe. The classic JCrew version is my favorite and it's at a great price plus an additional 30% off with code 5DAYS. Think of it as a neutral, and add color, pattern (i.e. leopard or floral) to jazz it up!

LOOK SIX:

Another "Real Pants" option that will make you feel like you're cheating since they are as comfortable as yoga pants but also perfect for the office and real life when it resumes.  Add a top in a favorite color, a necklace and flats you are DRESSED.  This top is $25 and comes in the most gorgeous, vibrant colors.

LOOK SEVEN:

Here's the matching set trick again featuring leggings and a matching top.  You'll be creating the Column of Color look I talk about a lot, and you'll be comfortable and chic...Add an accessory or two if you're so inclined...They are an instant mood lifter!

At the end of the day, it's NOT about the clothes, but since we do need to put clothes on our bodies every day (right??) we might as well like what we're wearing and enjoy the positive ripple effect it has on our mood, productivity and relationships. 

Stay well my friends! 

An important time to #justgetdressed

Well, what can I say? We certainly didn't think we'd be sitting here a month ago, did we?

Topics like spring shopping, fun outfit formulas, and cute sandals seem like a bad joke right now, don't they?

But ladies....now is NOT the time to wallow, throw in the towel and fall into bad habits.

Does it mean it's time to sit at home and shop online for a bunch of new stuff that will make us feel better? NO. It's not.

I'm suggesting it's time to pivot in our Spring Style System and use this time to motivate each other to #justgetdressed - even though we're isolated at home.

It's a time to take steps that will make us feel better, give us control over some areas of our out-of-control lives, and connect with one another.

So, what does this mean for the Style System membership?

First of all, love or hate Facebook - our private Group is going to be GOLD at this time. If you are a Facebook holdout, (I bow to you -- you have saved yourself years of wasted time;) I would encourage you to give this group a try. No pressure to do so, but I think you may enjoy it, especially at this time of social distancing. It's where all the group interaction and coaching go on since it's hard to do that via email.  And it's fun. And the women are amazing.  And it's free (included in your membership).  And it's private - no one outside the group sees anything. 

If you don't have a Facebook account (you are my hero) and need help creating one, just let me know. You can hit reply to this email.

Another feature of the Facebook group that will be of value is that members are identifying their body types and challenges and sharing the cuts and styles that work best for them. This will be a great way to learn and visualize outfits on real women with various shapes.

As far as the formulas go, I'm pivoting there and will be creating outfits that make sense for this unusual (understatement) spring we are ALL experiencing.

I will also be focusing on using what I already own, and I encourage you to do the same. I had purchased a bunch of things to use in the formulas, but have decided to return some of them and am only keeping items I know I will wear now, this summer, and into the fall. I will share my keepers with you over in the Facebook group.

If shopping makes you feel good, I say go for it, but be intentional and smart.  And maybe consider shopping at a local boutique. Many of them, like Wish Boutique,  are offering online options and shipping. Wish has a new Facebook Group, Wish Tribe,  where they are doing live videos of their awesome, affordable products. But remember, a list and a plan, right? Use the Style System list for direction.

As always though, I am here to serve you and your needs. So please post any requests in the private Corona Spring group. I am open to your ideas and my goal is to provide the content that will help you most.


I've included a lot of  information about body types. Remember, these are general guidelines and not hard and fast rules. Use them to help guide you, and when in doubt, sound off in the private Facebook group. Every shape and size are represented and this group is so happy to share and help one another.

Outfit formulas will start next week, but that doesn't mean you can't start making your own now. Feel free to get creative, use what you have, and share with the group so we can inspire each other.  And there will be no judging for living in cozy clothes these days. But let's make an effort to still look and feel great. Little things like lipstick and a necklace can do a world of good to our psyches.

We have many people in the group who have brought friends in and I am so appreciative of your support. Please feel free to share this sign up link with friends. It's not too late to join and benefit from this special program. 

I hope to see you in the Corona Spring Group so we can support and inspire one another during this unprecedented time....and of course, #justgetdressed.

xo, Beth

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